Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-09-02


Biblical scholar and teacher of preaching Dr. Brad Braxton will present Samford University’s 2011 Holley-Hull Lectures on September 28 and 29.

Braxton, an ordained Baptist minister and a respected voice among today’s progressive religious leaders, will speak on the theme ”The Beloved Community in a Pluralistic World” during two lectures at Samford and one at Birmingham’s Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.

His talk at the church at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, will be on the topic “A Blueprint for the Beloved Community: Vocation, Values and Voice.”

The topics at Samford on Thursday, Sept. 29, will be “The Last Word on Pluralism” at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel, and “Street Corner Religion: Public Theology for a Pluralistic World” at 3 p.m. in Brooks Hall Auditorium.

The public is invited to any of the lectures free of charge.

Braxton is the author of three books: Preaching Paul (2004), No Longer Slaves: Galatians and African American Experience (2002), and The Tyranny of Resolution: I Corinthians 7: 17-24 (2000), and many essays and sermons.  He and a team of other scholars created The African American Lectionary, the first online, ecumenical preaching and worship lectionary of its kind, in a project funded by the Lilly Endowment.

He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament studies at Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies at the University of Virginia, where he was selected to be a Rhodes Scholar. He has held professorships at Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest University, and pastorates at historic Riverside Church in New York City and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Md.

Sponsored by the Samford religion department, the annual Howard L. and Martha H. Holley Lectures:  New Testament Voices for a Contemporary World, honor university professor and retired Samford provost Dr. William E. Hull.

For information, call the Samford religion department at (205) 726-2925.