Preaching requires the engagement of biblical texts with the lives of believers in light of the issues and challenges of the world in which they live. This course explores the particular challenges of preaching in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in North America. Participants will be asked to map their ministry setting with respect to issues such as secularization and civil religion, religious pluralism and cultural diversity, economic and social problems. Issues such as gospel and culture, post-modern and narrative theology will be analyzed. Sermons on selected texts will be shared and discussed.