Posted by William Nunnelley on 2010-02-23

Dr. James Earl Massey will deliver the William E. Conger, Jr. Lectures on Biblical Preaching at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School Tuesday-through-Thursday, March 2-4.

Dr. Massey, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor-at-Large of Anderson University School of Theology, will speak on “The Poetics of Preaching” each day at 11 a.m. in Hodges Chapel. His topics will be “Our Great Confession” Tuesday, “Centered Creativity” Wednesday and “Engaged Eagerness” Thursday. He will also deliver a 2:30 p.m. lecture on “Prophetic Perspective” Tuesday. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The author of 23 books, Massey has served at Anderson for more than 25 years. He also served as Dean of the Chapel and University Professor of Religion and Society at Tuskegee University from 1984 until 1990 and again during 1997-1998. His book, The Burdensome Joy of Preaching, was named 1998 Book of the Year by Preaching magazine.

The Conger Lectures honor the memory of the late Col. William E. Conger, Jr., a retired military officer who served as a close personal advisor to Beeson Divinity School founding benefactor Ralph W. Beeson.

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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.