Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-03-17

John L. Bell, an ordained minister and hymnodist of the Church of Scotland, will deliver the Ray Frank Robbins Lecture at Samford University Thursday, March 31.  Bell, who resides in Glasgow and serves The Iona Community, will speak on “Social Justice in the Name of Jesus” at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel.

            The Robbins Lecture, inaugurated in 2008 by Samford’s department of religion, honors the longtime professor of New Testament at New Orleans Baptist Seminary who began his academic career at Samford.  The lectureship focuses on the intersection of scholarship and Christian living.

            Bell is an international preacher, lecturer, hymn writer and author with a passion for congregational song.  He has received fellowships from the Royal School of Church Music and the Hymn Societies of both the United States and Canada. He holds a doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

            In addition to delivering the Robbins Lecture, he will speak at Beeson Divinity School in Hodges Chapel Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. and will lead a musical event entitled “Justice and Peace at God’s Request” at Samford’s School of the Arts in Brock Recital Hall Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.

            He will also speak to students in Brock Forum Wednesday, March 30, at 3 p.m. on “Bible and Spirituality” in a University Fellows program. 


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.