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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad is a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and is a minister in the ELCA.

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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

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Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Barbara Kay Lundblad, received a B.A. in English from Augustana College (1966), the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1979), and the D.D. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served 16 years as a parish pastor in New York City, as well as campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University. She has taught preaching at Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in the D.Min. program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. In 2007, she served as president of the Academy of Homiletics. Her teaching interests include preaching in partnership with the congregation, preaching and social transformation, new forms of preaching, and preaching as an integral part of worship.

Dr. Lundblad's ongoing leadership in the Union community has included being a preacher and worship leader in James Chapel, a member of the Seminary Choir, a participant in the Academic Affairs Committee, an advisor to Lutheran students, and a Faculty liaison to the Poverty Initiative planning group and Advisory Committee. In her leadership beyond Union, she is currently serving as the President of the Academy of Homiletics and is on the Board of the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. She has also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan, as Co-President of The Network for Inclusive Vision (ELCA), and as a member of the local committee for “One Voice” campaign working for full inclusion of GLBT people in the ELCA. She preaches and leads worship regularly at her home church, Advent Lutheran Church, and has preached and lectured at many different congregations and educational centers, both locally and throughout the United States.

Last year, Dr. Lundblad published several sermons in the journal Lectionary Homiletics, and “Prologue, ‘Down by the Riverside,’” in Women’s Voices and Visions of the Church: Reflections from North America (2005); her essays on “Narrative Theory” and “Feminism” were accepted for publication by The New Interpreter’s Bible Encyclopedia of Preaching.

Lundblad is the author of two books Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and most recently, Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. This recent book is based on the Beecher Lectures which she gave at Yale Divinity School. In addition she has published articles in journals such as Currents in Theology and Mission, Word and World, Journal of Preaching, and The Living Pulpit.

During her sabbatical in 2004, Prof. Lundblad participated in a study trip to Israel and Palestine, sponsored by the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Her “journey though that beautiful, troubled land marked by many clashing images” and her “deeply moving visits with people in Israel and the West Bank” have undoubtedly only served to enhance the quality of her preaching and teaching.

For over twenty years she has been one of the preachers on the radio program “Day1” (formerly “The Protestant Hour”). She has preached in hundreds of congregations across the United States and has given lectures at many seminaries in this country and Canada, as well as a Lutheran World Federation conference in Buenos Aires. A frequent speaker at the Festival of Homiletics, her 2008 lecture, “Jeremiah, Martin and Me,” challenged preachers to confront the realities of racism in the US, especially in this election year.

She is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Since coming to Union, she has been part of the Pastoral Team at Advent Lutheran Church on 93rd and Broadway, leading worship and preaching on a regular basis. She is also a board member of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.


Latest Content by The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

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ON Scripture-The Bible: A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58:1–9a) By Barbara Lundblad

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A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58: 1 - 9a)

By Barbara Lundblad

 

This has been a hard winter -- from Minnesota to Alabama. It's been a very hard winter for Tanya and Red and Jamie and Andre and Adrian and Mercy. They are my neighbors here in New York City. It's not that the heat was shut off in their apartments because they didn't pay their bills.  They have no apartments. Since last fall, they have made their beds on the steps of Riverside Church, under the scaffolding at Union Seminary and on the benches near Grant's Tomb. "Will you be warm enough tonight?" I asked Tanya. "Oh we'll be plenty warm," she said as she showed me their outdoor bedroom: the first layer was carpeting, then stacks of blankets for padding and many more blankets for covers. "Once you're in here," said Red, "it's too hot to keep your jacket on." I was grateful to hear that because, well, then I wouldn't feel so terrible going inside my warm apartment.

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ON Scripture-The Bible: Dr. Barbara Lundblad on Luke 4: The Abortion Debate

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The Abortion Debate: We're All in This Together

By Barbara K Lundblad                

This is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and on Tuesday the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some people will celebrate all three with thanksgiving. Others will find nothing to celebrate - especially the decision of January 22, 1973 that struck down state laws banning abortion.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

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November 21, 2012

ON Scripture-The Bible: Barbara Lundblad: A Different Kind of King: John 18: 33 - 37

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“What is truth?” Pilate asked, and the question is left hanging in the air. Was he being sarcastic or was he searching for answers nobody else had given him? The answer was not a philosophical proof or a creedal proposition. Truth was the person standing in silence before Pilate.
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September 23, 2012

A Hopeful Fanatic

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad examines Jesus' teaching in Mark 9 that his disciples are to act as children, revealing that Jesus was a hopeless fanatic about opening up the kingdom of God to those who are ignored or denigrated.
ON Scripture Article

April 04, 2012

ON Scripture: Barbara Lundblad on Mark 16:1-8: Beyond Fear and Silence

ON Scripture

In this week's ON Scripture lectionary resource, the Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad explores Mark's account of the resurrection, and what it tells us about how we tell the story.
ON Scripture Article

September 07, 2011

ON Scripture: Barbara Lundblad on Exod. 14:19-31

ON Scripture

We haven’t had any clear victories to sing about since September 11, 2001. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were ambiguous from the start and drag on to this day. Thousands have been killed, both soldiers and civilians. While many cheered the death of Osama bin Laden, his death has not turned sorrow into joy or filled an empty place at the table. What song shall we sing now?
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August 10, 2011

ON Scripture: Barbara Lundblad: Teaching Jesus (Matt 15:21-28)

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In this week's ON Scripture lectionary post, Barbara Lundblad writes, "Jesus was converted that day to a larger vision of the commonwealth of God. Jesus saw and heard a fuller revelation of God in the voice and in the face of the Canaanite woman. The woman’s truth is evident in the way Matthew tells this story."
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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (Part 2) - Faith and Hunger Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace for her second Faith and Global Hunger Series conversation and focuses on the responsibility of Christians to confront issues of social justice, what priority the bible and Jesus gave issues of poverty and hunger, and why there are such divergent views on the importance of these issues. The Faith and Global Hunger Series is a special series of broadcasts by Day1 in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (Part 1) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace for the third Faith and Global Hunger Series conversation and focuses on the responsibility of Christians to confront issues of social justice, what priority the bible and Jesus gave issues of poverty and hunger, and why there are such divergent views on the importance of these issues. The Faith and Global Hunger Series is a special series of broadcasts by Day1 in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
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June 20, 2010

Closing the Great Chasm: Faith & Global Hunger Part 2

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

In part 2 of our special series, "Faith & Global Hunger," Lutheran pastor and professor of preaching the Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad explores the biblical foundation for the call of God to help those in poverty.
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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

Day1 host Peter Wallace sits down with friend and frequent Day1 guest Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad and discusses matters ranging from her current work to the future of the church and the media's obsession with sexual politics in Christianity.
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Healing the Infirmity of Spirit - Barbara Lundblad on 30 Good Minutes

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

Barbara Lundblad, Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, reflects on God's call to create communities that are welcoming to people with disabilities. "Hopefully our churches are as welcoming as city buses," she says. "People with disabilities can be our best teachers if we're paying attention."
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Conversation with Barbara Lundblad - 30 Good Minutes Interview

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

Lillian Daniel and Daniel Pawlus in conversation with Barbara Lundblad about forming welcoming communities for people with disabilites. She says, "When you receive the bread or the cup from someone in a wheelchair you're suddenly aware that that person is there. I think we could do much more. Somebody told me not long ago that 93% of households that include a person with a disability are unchurched."
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July 12, 2009

Two Very Different Banquets

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad, Lutheran minister and Joe R. Engle professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York, offers a compelling comparison between Herod's ghastly banquet--at which John the Baptist was beheaded--and Christ's feeding of the hungry crowd.

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January 07, 2007

Baptism-Shaped Life

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad reminds us that after the waters of baptism have dried we are called to a life of prayer through which we come to know the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

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December 31, 2006

In the Temple

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad calls us to pause and consider the youth in our midst and to reflect on the twelve year old Jesus in the temple.

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May 15, 2005

When Pentecost Ends Too Soon

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad is a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and formerly pastored an ELCA church in New York.

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May 08, 2005

Footprints on the Earth

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad is a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and formerly pastored an ELCA church in New York.

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May 01, 2005

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad is a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and formerly pastored an ELCA church in New York.

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March 23, 2003

Far More Than Bingo

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Reverend Barbara K. Lundblad is a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and formerly pastored an ELCA church in New York.

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February 16, 2003

What the Mighty Might Learn

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Reverend Barbara K. Lundblad is a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and formerly pastored an ELCA church in New York.

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January 12, 2003

Torn Apart Forever

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Reverend Barbara K. Lundblad is a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and formerly pastored an ELCA church in New York.

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March 24, 2002

Who Is This?

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

God with us in the broken places. God with us in the spaces filled with fear. God with us in the very heart of suffering.

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February 24, 2002

Trusting the Wind

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The wind blows where it will. You cannot pin it down or explain its coming. "I will not leave you orphaned," said Jesus. Rest today in that promise. And may the Spirit catch us off guard and surprise us into believing what we cannot see.

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January 20, 2002

Come and See

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad in a sermon on the world and Martin Luther King JR.

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March 18, 2001

Could This Be the Year for Figs?

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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February 18, 2001

Simple, Yet Not So Simple

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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January 21, 2001

Today

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July 04, 1999

I Will Give You Rest

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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June 06, 1999

Personal, But Never Private

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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May 09, 1999

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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April 04, 1999

Transforming the Stone

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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July 26, 1998

Bad Farming

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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June 28, 1998

It Isn't Practical

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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May 24, 1998

Still Praying After All These Years

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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April 26, 1998

Living in the Postscript

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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March 30, 1997

Who Will Roll Away the Stone?

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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March 02, 1997

It's Not About Bingo

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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February 02, 1997

A New Kind of Authority

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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January 05, 1997

A Strong Sense of Place

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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June 30, 1996

Will the True Bible Family Please Stand Up?

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad explores the many beautifully assembled familes found in the Bible.

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June 09, 1996

Matthew and the Matchbox Car

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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May 12, 1996

The Body of Christ Takes Up Space on Earth

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

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April 28, 1996

Moving and Standing Still

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad reminds us that the journey of faith moves slowly and God is ever present in our ordinary as well as our extraordinary days.