Lance Pape

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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Lance Pape joined the Brite faculty in 2010 as the Granville and Erline Walker Associate Professor of Homiletics. He did undergraduate work at Abilene Christian University and completed his B.A. at the Institute for Christian Studies (now Austin Graduate School of Theology) in 1991. He holds the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1994) and the Ph.D. from Emory University (2010). His teaching and research are focused on homiletical theory, and biblical hermeneutics and preaching. An ordained minister, he has served congregations in Texas, Alabama, and New York. Lance is married to the Rev. Dr. Katie Hays (Disciples of Christ), and they are the parents of two children.


Ph.D., Emory University, 2010
M.Div, Yale Divinity School, 1994
B.A., Institute for Christian Studies, 1991


Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


  • Advanced Homiletical Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Sermon Development & Delivery
  • Biblical Interpretation for Preaching - Preaching the Parables
  • Foundations for Preaching
  • Introduction to Ministry Studies
  • Narrative and the Preacher's Task
  • Preaching Economic Justice
  • The Pastor as Popular Culture Critic
  • The Preaching Imagination


  • Pape, Lance B. The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2013.
  • New Proclamation Year C 2013: Easter Through Christ the King. Turner, Mary Donovan, Eric D. Barreto, Walter C. Bouzard, and Lance Pape, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • “John the Revelator Teaches Preaching,” Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry, 21:4 (2013), 181-184.
  • “Coming to Terms with Barth’s ‘Third Thing’: Hans Frei, Paul Ricoeur, and the Possibility of Postliberal Homiletics,” Homiletic, 38:1 (2013).
  • Review of Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls by Clive Marsh and Vaughan S. Roberts. In Homiletic, 38:2 (2013).
  • Review of Taking Your Course Online: An Interdisciplinary Journey by Kathleen M. Torrens, and José Amador. In Teaching Theology and Religion, 16 (July 2013).
  • “Preaching the Lesson” essays for John 15:1-8 (Year B, Fifth Sunday of Easter), Acts 10:44-48 (Year B, Sixth Sunday of Easter), Psalm 1 (Year B, Seventh Sunday of Easter), and Romans 8:22-27 (Year B, Pentecost). In Lectionary Homiletics, April-May 2012.
  • Homiletical essays for Matthew 10:24-39 (Year A, Proper 7), Matthew 10:40-42 (Year A, Proper 8), and Matthew 11:16-19; 25-30 (Year A, Proper 9). In Bartlett, David Lyon, and Barbara Brown Taylor, Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.
  • “Narrating Congregational Life: Narrative Homiletics as Typological Imagination.” In Practical Matters: A Transdisciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Spring 2009.
  • Homiletical essays for Mark 5:21-24a; 35-43 and Mark 5:24b-34. In Bartlett, David Lyon, and Barbara Brown Taylor, Feasting on the Gospels, Louisville: WJK Press.


  • “What We Talk About When We Talk About Jesus” The Wells Sermons, Brite Divinity School Ministers Week, February 17-19, 2014
  • “‘But the Gospels are not about Stewardship:’ Wrestling with the Call for Topical Preaching,” Academy of Homiletics, Hermeneutics and Preaching Working Group, Louisville, KY, December 6, 2013.
  • “The Second Naiveté: How to Take the Bible Seriously,” Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX, October 19, 2013.
  • “So Help Me God: Biblical Preaching as Testimony,” Pepperdine Bible Lectures, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, May 3, 2013.
  • “Preaching for Social Justice and Transformation,” Thurman & King Preaching Conference, Warren Avenue Christian Church, Dallas, TX, April 20, 2013.
  • “Jesus and Money,” Center for Faith and Giving of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), lectureship held at Christian Theological Seminary, June 12-14, 2012.
  • “Learning to Read: Preaching as a Serious Vocation in Literacy,” Workshop at Brite Divinity School Ministers Week, February 9, 2011.
  • “Purpose or Personality Driven? The Role of Ethos in Rick Warren’s Preaching,” Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, June 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Homiletics
Society of Biblical Literature