Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-11

Reformation and church history scholar Scott M. Manetsch will give this year’s Reformation Heritage Lectures sponsored by Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School Oct. 26-28. Dr. Manetsch is chair of the church history and history of Christian thought department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill.

“The Reformation of the Pastoral Office” is the theme of the lectures, which will be in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel at 11 a.m. each day with an additional 1 p.m. lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The public is invited free of charge.

Lecture topics are: Tuesday-- A Sure Defense in Desperate Times, Psalm 46; Wednesday—The Ministry of the Word, 11 a.m., and The Ministry of Anonymity, 1 p.m.; Thursday—The Ministry of Pastoral Care.

A noon luncheon on Wednesday requires a reservation. Cost is $7.50. For information and luncheon reservation, call (205) 726-2731.

Manetsch, an ordained minister in the Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America, has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School since 2000. His scholarly expertise is in the area of late medieval and Reformation history with particular interest in Calvin and French Protestantism, Theodore Beza, 16th century Geneva, church discipline, and pastoral ministry in the Reformation era.

He has conducted extensive research in the theology and practice of pastoral ministry in Reformation Europe.


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