Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-01-21

Christianity and Immigration is the theme of the 2010 Biblical Studies Lectures presented Feb. 2-4 by Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School.

Bible scholar and immigration specialist Dr. M. Daniel Carroll will give a series of talks and participate in a panel discussion on the topic “Thinking ‘Christianly’ about Immigration: Can the Bible Help Us?”

Dr. Carroll, distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary in Colorado, is a specialist in many international aspects of social action, theology and immigration.

Carroll’s focus at an 11 a.m. worship service on Tuesday, Feb. 2, will be “Ground Rules for a Constructive National Conversation on Immigration.”

Wednesday’s topics are “Where to Begin the Immigration Conversation” at 11 a.m., and “Immigration Legislation” at 1 p.m. “Immigration: What Would Jesus Do?” is the topic at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

A 3 p.m. panel discussion on Wednesday will be co-sponsored by Beeson and Samford’s Francis Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. Center director John C. Knapp will serve as moderator.

The panel will include Carroll, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama executive director Isabel Rubio and Beeson Divinity professor Osvaldo Padilla.

All programs will be in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel and are free to the public. For information, call (205) 726-2731.

Carroll’s latest book, Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible is a biblical-theological orientation to Hispanic immigration.

Prior to joining Denver Seminary faculty in 1996, Carroll was on the faculty of El Seminario Teologico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.