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.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.