Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School will host its first two lectures of 2024 next week, with another slated for March.
The inaugural Reformation Anglicanism Lecture will be held Feb. 5 from 5-7 p.m. in Hodges Chapel. Each year, this event will include an evening talk by an internationally recognized scholar exploring the relationship between the history, theology, worship and pastoral significance of the English Reformation and the broader tradition of Anglican Christianity. The speaker for 2024 is Simeon Zahl, who is a professor of Christian Theology at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Jesus College in Cambridge, England. Zahl’s recent research has focused on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the place of experience and emotion in Christian religious life, and the theological legacy of the Protestant Reformation, culminating in the publication of "The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience." Zahl will speak on “The Book of Common Prayer: Thomas Cranmer’s Technology of the Heart.” The event will be followed by a reception for all in attendance.
Following Monday night’s talk is the Conger Preaching Lectures, a series of lectures focused on biblical preaching. This year’s speaker is Jeremy Treat, pastor for preaching and vision at Reality Church of Los Angeles, California. Treat will speak at 11 a.m. on Feb. 7 and 8 in Divinity Hall N-101, in addition to preaching at Beeson’s chapel service on Feb. 6. Treat’s chapel message will come from Acts 17:16-34 and is titled, “Proclaiming Christ in a Pagan Society.” His title for the Feb. 7 message is “A Theology of Preaching for a Post-Christian Society,” while Thursday’s talk is titled, “The Art of Preaching in a Post-Christian Society.”
In March, Susan Eastman, associate research professor emerita of the New Testament at Duke Divinity School, will preach in chapel and deliver Beeson’s Biblical Studies Lectures. Eastman’s message on March 19 is entitled, “Leaky Buckets,” taken from Romans 5:12-21. She will speak at 11 a.m. in Divinity Hall N-101 on March 20 and 21. On March 20, she will deliver a message entitled, “God’s Son in Human Flesh: The Logic of Grace in Romans 1-8,” with a message entitled, “Solidarity and Exchange: The Outworking of Grace in Romans 9-11” following on March 21.