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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.