Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2014-01-07

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will offer a series of upcoming evening courses, a weekday seminar, lectureships and boot camps for Christian writers through its Lay Academy of Theology.   The non-credit offerings are designed to be of interest to clergy and laity.

The evening courses, led by Beeson professors, meet one night a week for six weeks, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Topics are:  Reading the Bible as It Should Be Read, led by Kenneth A. Mathews,  Mondays beginning February 24; The Other Six Days,  led by Mark DeVine, Tuesdays beginning February 25; and Family Portraits, led by Allen Ross, Thursdays beginning Feb. 27.

Beeson professor Gerald Bray will lead a weekday seminar, The Life and Thought of John Calvin, January 27-31, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Participants will explore, through reading and discussion, the life, times and writings of the 16th century reformer.

Registration for any course or the seminar is $89 for early registration or $115 within a week of the start date.

Two of Beeson's three annual lectureships will be held during the spring semester:  Biblical Studies Lectures featuring Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, February 4-6; and the William E. Conger, Jr., Lectures on Biblical Preaching featuring Andrew Purves, professor of historical theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, March 4-5. The lectures are free and open to the public, and most will be held at 11 a.m. each day in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel.

The Lay Academy of Theology's popular Boot Camp for Christian Writers, led by veteran writers Denise George and Carolyn R. Tomlin will offer two seminars in February.  Topics on Saturday, February 15, are ghostwriting and collaborating, secrets to getting published and how to write a best seller. Topics on Monday, February 17, are memoir-writing, grant writing, and marketing yourself and your book. Additional Boot Camp seminars will be held on April 12 and April 14.

For complete course descriptions, registration details and more information on any Lay Academy of Theology program, visit the Beeson website at or call (205) 726-2731.