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.

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