Rev. Dr. Jean Morris and Rev. Dr. Thomas LongGrace Presbyterian Church proudly welcomed the Rev. Dr. Thomas Long to the inaugural Preaching Grace conference in Calgary May 27 – 28. The author of 21 books and the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Candler School of Theology
in Atlanta , Dr. Long is a popular presenter at preaching conferences worldwide.  His book The Witness of Preaching is one of the most widely used texts on preaching in seminaries around the world.

The relationship between Dr. Long and the Rev. Dr. Jean Morris dates back 30 years when Jean was a student of Dr. Long at Princeton.  It was that relationship that facilitated Dr. Long’s involvement in Preaching Grace.

“The interesting, creative, excellent presentation of Dr. Long was really exhilarating and stimulating for people,” said Jean. “It was such a privilege to watch other people be exposed to this superb preacher and teacher.”

Dr. Long gave a free public lecture May 27 to more than 160 people on The Churches at the Four Corners, discussing how each church understands Jesus Christ and the challenges of the Christian life and our faith today.

On May 28, Dr. Long conducted a sold-out preaching workshop for 50 people that was well attended by both clergy and lay people. Jean said “the content was great” and it not only only helped preachers think about their craft but it also gave new insight to lay people.

“It really helped lay people think about ways to listen to sermons differently. Dr. Long provided some great tools,” she said.

Many enthusiastic comments were received from attendees, including:

  • “This was about much more than ‘preaching’; it was life at all levels.  As a lay person, I learned so much.”
  • “Fantastic content, great value, very helpful. I loved it!”
  • “What an incredible opportunity to have this caliber of intellectual come to Calgary!”
  • “Really pleased I came. Grateful to know there will be more.”

Preaching Grace is sponsored by the Margaret and Robert Montgomery Fund. Plans are already underway for Preaching Grace 2017, with the Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence. Dr. Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta and a highly sought-after preacher throughout North America.


Click here to read about how Dr. Long was called to preaching