Published on August 10, 2016 by Kristen Padilla  

Beeson Divinity School marked a milestone Tuesday, Aug. 9, celebrating its 300th episode of the Beeson Podcast. This landmark episode features an interview Dean Timothy George conducted with Rebekah Naylor, a Baptist surgeon who served for 30 years as a medical missionary in Bangalore, India.

The Beeson Podcast, which began in 2010, is the vision of Dean George, who wanted a way to extend the ministry of the divinity school beyond its walls and especially to connect with its alumni. The first episode aired on Oct. 26 featuring an interview with the late Charles “Chuck” Colson.

“We began with just a handful of listeners,” George said. “Now each new episode attracts about a thousand listens in its first week. It is a joy to hear from podcast listeners who tell us how encouraging they find this ministry.”

Each week, a new episode features an interview, sermon or lecture. In the almost six years since the podcast began, George has interviewed world religious leaders, scholars and friends from the Samford community. Some of these guests have included Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Archbishop George Carey, Sheila Liaugminas, James Earl Massey, Carolyn Maull McKinstry, Eric Metaxas, Russell Moore, Mark Noll, George Weigel, Andrew Westmoreland and William Willimon.

Once a month, George and Robert Smith Jr., the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity, introduce a sermon as part of the podcast’s “Great Preachers Past and Present” series. Over the years, the podcast has highlighted some of the best sermons given by divinity students and faculty to homiletic masters from the past, including Elizabeth Achtemeier, W. A. Criswell, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Oswald Hoffmann, Martin Luther King Jr. and James Stewart.

Listen to the Beeson Podcast here or subscribe to it on iTunes.

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.