W14-1421.10. Henry Bast Memorial Preaching Program/Preaching Festival. Papers, n.d, 1985-2010. 0.25 linear ft.

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Rev. Dr. Henry Bast (1906-1983) was the Western Theological Seminary Professor of Practical Theology from 1956-1963. As a Reformed Church in America pastor, preacher and professor, Bast is remembered by the RCA as one of its most gifted leaders. Bast loved to preach. His commitment to constant preparation and continual learning is motivation for all good preachers. He would often say, “Be ready to pray, preach or die on a moment’s notice.” The Resident Preacher Program invites applications from pastors to join Western Theological Seminary to deepen their own reflection and understanding of pastor as preacher. The program seeks to enrich the preaching vocation of students and pastors in the church. Resident preachers may have opportunities to teach or co-teach a class, serve as a mentor to students, present a lecture or workshop, and contribute to the Bast Preaching Resource Center. The seminary provides an office and a stipend from the Bast Endowment. The Bast Festival of Preaching is a conference held each fall at Western Theological Seminary. The Festival has featured speakers and preachers such as Fred Craddock, Eugene Lowry, William Willimon, Eugene Peterson, Mary Hulst, Robert Smith and Fleming Rutledge. The collection contains an undated videotape/DVD about the program and information on the program and festival dating from 1985 to 2010.


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