Spring 2001
Vol 18 No. 1

Making Samford a Better Place

An Exceptional Gift

Working for the Common Good

New Business Leadership

Opening the Free Market

Trucking with Computers

Other Stories
Bellas Created 'Climate of Achievement' in Samford School of Business

Community Banking Stresses New Technology, Personal Touch

Faculty Compendium

Early Greek Influence on Jordan Strikes Jan Term Class Members

A Cappella Choir Invited to Sing in Russia

Wind Ensemble Performs at MENC Conference

Samford Students Out-Perform Peers in 'Engagement' with Learning: NSSE

Student Accolades

Samford History Prof's Book on King Jail Letter Examines Complexities of '60s Racial Scene

Humphreys Writes on Baptists and Calvinism

Book Edited by George, Smith Examines Racial Reconciliation

George Authors Doctrine Study

Tillette's Team Makes It Interesting During Seventh Straight Winner

Pharmacies Could Hold a Key to Effective Disaster Response

Cochran and Moore Write the Samford Record Book

Baseball Alumni: Send Your Name

Kenny Morgan Scholarship Winners



Book Edited by George, Smith Examines Racial Reconciliation

Dean Timothy George and Professor Robert Smith, Jr., of Samford's Beeson Divinity School have edited a compilation of sermons that represent a mosaic of contemporary biblical teaching on racial reconciliation.

A Mighty Long Journey: Reflections on Racial Reconciliation was published this spring by Broadman & Holman. It features 16 sermons-eight each by Anglo-and African American ministers-that illustrate "one cannot be 'in' Christ and 'out' with Christ's brothers and sisters."

Most of the contributors, who are educators and ministers, grew up in an era of legally mandated segregation.

"We believe that the community of Jesus Christ has something to say about racial reconciliation," wrote George and Smith. "At its heart, racism is a spiritual malady. All these sermons move transparently from the world of the Bible into our own situation."

Among themes addressed by A Mighty Long Journey are:

  • That God's Word calls us to confront the sin of racism.
  • That the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ is essential to racial reconciliation.
  • That true racial reconciliation must extend to the level of personal relationship.

Among the sermons included are "Shattering Wall and Veil" by Smith, "The Sin of Inhospitality" by George and "God Shows No Favoritism (And Neither Should We!)" by Samford graduate and divinity professor Charles T. Carter '56.

Looking over a copy of A Mighty Long Journey are co-editors Robert Smith, Jr., left, and Timothy George, right, with retired Tuskegee University chaplain James Earl Massey, to whom the book is dedicated.