The Seven Deadly Sins: Preaching Graciously about Our Glittering Vices

Jul 19, 2021 - Jul 23, 2021 | 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids MI

Course description:

Preachers know that part of their job is to help disciples of Christ Jesus lead faithful lives as citizens of God’s kingdom.  To do this well, eventually sermons need to talk about our sins as well as ways to combat such sins and to, as Paul wrote to the Galatians, “keep step with the Spirit.”  But how can we keep the focus on grace and on Gospel Good News even when addressing sin and its antidotes?  Can we proclaim the Gospel in every sermon even when addressing morality and the shape of the faithful life?

The seminar will look at the traditional list of Seven Deadly Sins to ponder not only these besetting sins (and their interconnections) but also how to keep a focus on grace in our preaching even when talking about the need to live as disciples.

Continuing education credits are available.

The seminar has been postponed from July 2020 to July 2021. If there are spots available because people are not able to attend, applications will be opened in Spring, 2021.


Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary President Emeritus, Senior Research Fellow, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Scott Hoezee, Calvin Theological Seminary Professor of Preaching, Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching.

Funds provided by the Center for Excellence in Preaching (CEP) at Calvin Theological Seminary

Daily Schedule:  On each of the five days, our seminar begins promptly at 8:45am with Morning Prayers and concludes at noon with lunch. With the exception of one day when an extended conversation may be available, afternoons are free.

Application information:  Persons involved full-time in church ministries and those who prepare such persons for ministry are welcome to apply. Thanks to generous underwriting by the CEP, the cost for coming to this week-long event will be modest. The church of each participant accepted into the seminar will be asked to pay a $150 registration fee for its pastor, who will also receive a stipend from the CEP to help offset travel costs. Lodging will be provided at no charge at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus, beginning Sunday July 26. Meals will include breakfast and lunch each day, Monday-Friday. Articles, web links or other resources that will be used for the seminar will be sent to the participants ahead of time, early enough to study these materials prior to the start of the seminar in July.


Submit a Curriculum Vitae listing your education, work history, current position, etc.

Submit a short essay of approximately 500 words indicating what interests you about this seminar

Submit contact information (address, cell phone number, email) so that we can get back in touch with you.

Please send all application material to

Rev. Scott Hoezee (preferred) OR

Calvin Theological Seminary

3233 Burton Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507-4387

Seminar participants will be notified by April 3, 2020.

Festival of Faith & Writing

Mar 24, 2022 - Mar 26, 2022 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calvin University, Grand Rapids MI

NOTICE: The Festival of Faith & Writing has been postponed until March 24 – 26, 2022.

See here for more information about the postponement:

The Calvin Center for Faith & Writing’s mission is to celebrate a Reformed engagement with the written word, championing faithful and intelligent conversation about the intersections of religious belief and literature, both broadly defined. In all its activities, the CCFW endeavors to create spaces wherein people from many faith traditions are welcomed warmly, listened to with respect and generosity, and inspired to deeper engagement with the common good.

The Center for Excellence in Preaching is a sponsoring partner of the Festival of Faith and Writing.