Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-09-20

Writer and theologian James Bryan Smith, whose books include A Spiritual Formation Workbook and Embracing the Love of God, will deliver this year's Dotson M. Nelson, Jr., Lecture in Religion and Life at Samford Thursday, Oct. 5.

His topic will be "Discovering Our Beautiful God." The public is invited to the 10 a.m. program in Reid Chapel.

Smith is instructor of practical theology and chaplain at Friends University, Wichita, Kan. A featured speaker at Renovare' conferences, Smith is also the author of Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven.

The annual lecture at Samford honors the late Rev. Nelson, longtime pastor of Mountain Brook Baptist Church.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.