Craig A. Satterlee Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics; Dean, ACTS D.Min. in Preaching Program

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Areas of Expertise

    Topics that Dr. Satterlee is available to address at adult forums and other congregational events

    Congregations Dealing with Change and Transition
    Discernment and Call Preaching Prayer Spirituality
    Worship and Liturgy
    Formation of Adult Christians (Catechumenal Ministry)
    Helping the Baptized to Proclaim the Gospel

Education

    B.A. University of Michigan
    M.Div. Trinity Lutheran Seminary
    S.T.M. Trinity Lutheran Seminary
    M.A. University of Notre Dame
    Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Biography

Craig A. Satterlee is professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he holds the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair in Homiletics. He is also Dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program and adjunct professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Satterlee received the B.A. from the University of Michigan, M.Div. and S.T.M. (pastoral care) from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and M.A. and Ph.D. in homiletics and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Satterlee is the author of seven books, serves as editor of "Preaching Helps” for Currents in Theology and Mission, and frequently contributes to both scholarly and ecclesiastical journals. Dr. Satterlee’s scholarly interests include the relationship of preaching and areas of congregational life and mission, including liturgy, spirituality, stewardship, mission, and leadership. He also studies patristic preaching, most notably that of Ambrose of Milan, and the worship of the early church.   

Professor Satterlee is described as belonging  “to the relatively small group of working homileticians whose work can justifiably be said to have changed the agenda of the discipline.”  His books are described as “superb examples of practical theology, remaining fully theological while engaging on-the-ground realities in the life of the church.” 

Dr. Satterlee is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Societas Liturgica, and the Academy of Homiletics.

Ordained in 1987, Pastor Satterlee served congregations in Upstate New York and Michigan before being called to LSTC. He regularly leads continuing education events throughout the church. Firmly grounded in parish ministry, Pastor Satterlee currently serves as consulting pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Glenwood, IL, and also preaches and presides in congregations of the ELCA.

As a person who is legally blind, Dr. Satterlee has a passion for ministry with persons with disabilities and a unique perspective on the Christian faith, church, and world. 

Craig and his family make their home in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

Published Works

    Books

    Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow (Herndon, Virginia: The Alban Institute, 2011)

    When God Speaks through Worship: Stories Congregations Live By,  The Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2009.

    The Christian Life: Baptism and Life Passages, Using Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Volume 2, with Dennis L. Bushkofsky, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, MN, 2008.

    When God Speaks through You: How Faith Convictions Shape Preaching and Mission, The Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2007.

    When God Speaks Through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition, The Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2005.

    Presiding in the Assembly: A Worship Handbook, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, MN, 2003.

    Ambrose of Milan's Method of Mystagogical Preaching. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, A Pueblo Book, Collegeville, MN, 2002.

    Creative Preaching on the Sacraments, with Lester Ruth. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2001.

    Articles and Chapters in Books

    “Learning to Picture God from Those Who Cannot See,” : Homiletic [online] Vol. 36, No. 1 (June 13, 2011).

    “Why Do We Give?” Alban Weekly Issue 362 (July 4, 2011)

    “Wordless Words in Worship” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 38, No. 4 (August, 2011) 236-244

    ”Preaching Stewardship from the Lectionary” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 38, No. 4 (August, 2011) 294 – 295

    “Preaching Helps: Concerning this Column” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol 38, No 2 (April, 2011) 157 – 158

    ”Preaching Helps: Choosing To Remember” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol 38 No 3 (June, 2011) 216 - 218

    “One in the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer:  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011,” in Ecumenical Trends, Vol. 39 No. 10 (November 2010) 1-4

    "Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14:  Homiletical Perspective,” “Isaiah 52:13-53:12:  Homiletical Perspective,” “Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24:  Homiletical Perspective,” Feasting on the Word:  Lectionary Commentary Series, Year A, Vol. 2, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2008, pp. 255-259, 279-283, 305-309.

    “Preaching Helps: Advent Preaching” in Currents in Theology and Mission Vol 37 No 5 (October, 2010) 421 - 440

    "Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14: Homiletical Perspective,” “Isaiah 52:13-53:12: Homiletical Perspective,” “Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24:  Homiletical Perspective,” Feasting on the Word:  Lectionary Commentary Series, Year A, Vol. 2, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2008, pp. 255-259, 279-283, 305-309.

    “Liturgical Preaching: Introduction,” Liturgy, Vol. 25 No. 4 (October-December, 2010):  1-2

    “Patristic Principles for Post-Christendom Preaching,” Liturgy, Vol. 25 No. 4 (October-December, 2010):  18-29

    “Celebrating Vocation in Worship,” The Alban Weekly, Issue 323 (October 4, 2010), http://www.alban.org/conversation.aspx?id=9254

    “Holy Week” section of New Proclamation: Year A 2011 Advent Through Holy Week (Minneapolis, Fortress Press 2010 (191-237)

    “Affirming Christian Vocation,” Sundays and Seasons 2011, Year A, Suzanne K. Burke, editor  (Minneapolis, Augsburg Fortress 2010) 13

    “Sirach 35: 12-17: Homiletical Perspective,” “Psalm 84: 1-7: Homiletical Perspective,” “Job 19: 23-27a: Homiletical Perspective” http://www.feastingontheword.net.

    ”How Does Where You Hear Scripture Impact How You Hear Scripture.” Currents in Theology & Mission, vol. 37, no. 4 (August, 2010) 343-344

    “Speaking ‘Scripture’:  We Need Our Own Language to Talk of Faith,” The Lutheran, Vol. 23 No. 5 (May 2010):  3

    “Mea Culpa” Currents in Theology and Mission  Vol 37  No 2  (April, 2010)  151-152

    “’The Eye Made Blind by Sin’:  The Language of Disability in Worship,” Liturgy, Vol. 25, No. 2 (April-June 2010):  33-41

    “Psalm 114:  Homiletical Perspective,” “Psalm 118:1-2; 14-24: Homiletical Perspective,” “Psalm 150:  Homiletical Perspective,” in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Vol. 2, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2009, pp. 337-341, 361-365, 385-389.

    “Stewardship and Preaching,” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol.36 No. 5 (October 2009): 350-354

    “Vocation in Worship: A Theological Foreword”, Lutheran Partners, Vol. 25 No. 5 (September/October 2009): 16-18. 

    “Our God Loves Stories,” The Clergy Journal, Vol. 85, No. 6 (July-August 2009): 49-50.

    “July 31-August 14,” Christ in Our Home, Vol. 56, No. 3 (July, August, September 2009): 34-48. 

    “The Logic of the Lectionary,” Currents in Theology & Mission, vol. 36, no. 4 (August, 2009): 304-305

    When God Speaks through Worship: Stories Congregations Live By (Herndon, VA: Alban Institute 2009)

    “’That Room:’ Augustana Chapel and the Preparation of Leaders for the Church,” Currents in Theology & Mission, vol. 35, no. 6 (December 2008): 434-440

    “1 Corinthians 11:23-26: Homiletical Perspective,”  Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year B, Vol. 2,, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), pp. 271-275.

    “Hebrews 10:16-25: Homiletical Perspective,”  Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year B, Vol. 2,, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), pp. 297-301.

    “1 Peter 4:1-8: Homiletical Perspective,” Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year B, Vol. 2,, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), pp. 323-327. 

    “A Christmas Feast,” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 35, No. 5 (October 2008) 383-384.

    The Christian Life: Holy Baptism and Life Passages (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2008).

    “Luther’s Small Catechism: a Preaching Text?” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 35 No. 3 (June 2008): 228-229.

    “Patristic Principles for Post-Christendom Preaching: An Example of the History of Preaching  in Service to the Church,” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 35. No. 4 (August 2008): 268-275.

    “Judgment Wrapped in Promise” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 35 No. 4 (August  2008): 302-303. 

    "Easter Vigil," "Easter," "Second Sunday of Easter," Lectionary Commentary Series, Year A, Vol. 6,, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2008.  

    "Holy Thursday," "Good Friday," "Holy Saturday," Lectionary Commentary Series, Year B, Vol. 2,, eds. Barbara Brown Taylor and David L. Bartlett, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2008.  

    "John, Apostle and Evangelist," "Mark, Evangelist," "Matthias, Apostle," "Barnabas, Apostle," "Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist," "Luke, Evangelist," New Proclamation Commentary on Feasts: Holy Days and Other Celebrations, ed. David B. Lott, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, MN, 2007, pp. 36-41, 80-85, 97-101, 121-126, 184-189, 196-201.

    "Means of Grace--The Word in Holy Baptism and Holy Communion," in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, With the Whole Church: A Study Guide for Renewing Worship, Minneapolis, Augsburg Fortress, 2005, pp. 42-46.

    Articles in Periodicals

    "Patristic Principles for Post-Christendom Preaching: An Example of the History of Preaching in Service to the Church," Currents in Theology and Mission 35:4 (August 2008): 268-275. 

    "Preaching and Bible Study," The Clergy Journal, Vol. LXXXIV, No. 5 (March 2008): 6-8.

    "Reflections on Homiletic Method," Notre Dame Center for Liturgy Bulletin (February 2008): 4-6.

    "Characteristics of Christian Worship," The Alban Weekly, No. 181 (January 7, 2008).  

    "Preaching and Worship," http://www.workingpreacher.org/preachingworship.aspx

    "Book of Faith Bible Study, John 15:5," http://www.elca.org/bookoffaith/biblestudies/john15.html

    "The Kingdom of God is Like ..." The Lutheran, Vol. 20 No. 6 (June 2007): 15-17.

    "Between Text and Sermon: Amos 8:1-12,"  Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, Vol. 61 No. 2 (April 2007):  202-204.

    "Preaching for a Lifetime," The Clergy Journal, Vol. LXXXIII, No. 4 (February 2007): 5-7.

    "Holy and Active Listening," Alban Weekly, No. 98 (June 5, 2006).

    "Living by the Word: Groping in Darkness," The Christian Century, Vol. 123 No. 8 (April 18, 2006): 20.                        

    "Living by the Word: Eating at Easter," The Christian Century, Vol. 123 No. 8 (April 18, 2006): 21.

    "Preaching Amid the Winds of Change," The Clergy Journal, Vol. LXXXII No. 2 (November-December 2005): 6-7.

    "Our Problem with Jesus' Parables," The Lutheran, Vol. 17 No. 6 (June 2004): 22-24.

    "The Rich Fool,"  The Lutheran, Vol. 17 No. 6 (June 2004): 24-25.

    "Preaching Helps: The Baptism of Our Lord-The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Series C," Currents in Theology and Mission 30:6 (December 2003):  469-481.  

    "Insights of a Man Born Blind," The Lutheran, Vol. 16 No. 10 (October 2003): 30-31.

    "Preaching Helps:  Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost-Christ the King, Year B," Currents in Theology and Mission 30:4 (August 2003):  307-321.

    "Reflections on Ash Wednesday," Grace Notes: The Newsletter of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Ash Wednesday/Lent (February 2003).

    "Nicodemus:  From Caution to Faith," Lutheran Woman Today, Vol. 15 No. 8 (October 2002):  5-7.

    "From Being Fruit to Bearing Fruit:  The Transition, and Challenge, in Midlife," The Lutheran, Vol. 15 No. 8 (August 2002):  20-21.

    With Trish Madden, "Public Policy and the Pulpit: From Falling Through the Cracks to Making Justice," Let's Talk:  Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Vol. 7 No. 1 (Pentecost 2002):  2-4.

    "Moving Toward More Frequent Communion: A Strategy," Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 29 No. 3 (June 2002):  197-206.

    "Proclaim Jesus Christ:  Lutheran Response to Crisis," Journal of Lutheran Ethics, February 2002 http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Journal-of-Lutheran-Ethics.aspx.

    "Your Spiritual Resolution for 2002:  Be More Honest with God," Lutheran Woman Today, Vol. 15 No. 2 (Jan-Feb 2002):  20-21.

    "Drawing Meaning from the Well of Liturgical Experience," Liturgy, Vol. 16 No. 4 (Spring 2001):  43-51.

    "Preaching: Rooted in Scripture, Living, and Contemporary," Worship 2000 (September 2000): 1-5.

    "Preaching and Acoustics," Environment and Art Letter 12 No. 3 (May 1999): 30-33.

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