The Child of a Storm

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Tonight (Sept 16, 2014) Dr. Gerald Smith presents the Drummond-Bush lecture for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. The event will be held at the Wake Forest Baptist Church, which is located on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The title of his lecture is “‘The Child of a Storm:’ The Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Dr. Smith is the Martin Luther King scholar-in-residence at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Gerald Smith

Dr. Gerald Smith

Dr. Smith’s Tuesday night lecture is part of a two-day reflection on the role that people of faith played in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 am in Binkley Chapel, Dr. Danny Akin will lead a panel discussion in a special “Casual Conversations” chapel. Dr. Smith will be joined by civil rights historians Dr. David Roach (of Baptist Press) and Dr. Brent Aucoin (of Southeastern Seminary). Rounding out the panel will be Mr. Clarence Henderson, who in 1960 participated in the sit-in of the whites-only Woolworth diner in Greensboro, NC. (NPR has an excellent article about importance of the sit-in and Clarence Henderson’s role can be found here: “The Woolworth Sit-In That Launched a Movement”). Make plans to join us!

In Case You Missed It

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1) Over at Canon and Culture, SEBTS Provost Bruce Ashford evaluates the two false religions often at work in environmental ethics.

2) Do you need a mentor or do not know how to find one? SEBTS Dean of Graduate Studies Chuck Lawless provides some help.

3) Thinking about an academic ministry? Consider the advice of Alister McGrath over at bethinking.org.

4) Some really good advice from Thomas Kidd on how to survive graduate school.

5) Michael Kruger describes how the earliest Christians distinguished themselves from the surrounding culture.

6) Finally, over at The Gospel Coalition, Gavin Ortlund reminds us that Jesus did more to save us than die. 

Christian Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Next Tuesday, Sept 16, the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture will sponsor the annual Drummond-Bush lecture. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing into law the Civil Rights Act, this year’s lecture will focus on the role that people of faith had in the Civil Rights movement. Our speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith, the Martin Luther King Center Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Kentucky. He will lecture on “Christian Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964″. Dr. Smith is the author, editor, or co-editor of three books. He was a contributing volume co-editor of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume Six: Advocate of the Social Gospel. He has nearly forty other publications in historical journals and encyclopedias. In addition to being a recognized historian of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Smith is also a Baptist pastor. The lecture will be given at the Wake Forest Baptist Church, located on the campus of Southeastern Seminary.

In addition to the Tuesday night lecture, there will be a “Casual Conversation” chapel on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Binkley Chapel. Southeastern Seminary’s president, Dr. Danny Akin, will moderate a panel that will further discuss how Christians impacted the Civil Rights movement then, and how believers should respond today. Dr. Smith will be joined by David Roach of Baptist Press and Brent Aucoin of Southeastern Seminary (both historians and scholars of the Civil Rights movement). The fourth panel member will be a very special guest, Clarence Henderson.

Clarence Henderson is seated on the far right

Clarence Henderson is seated on the far right

Mr. Henderson participated in one of the pivotal events of the Civil Rights movement–the famous sit-in at the whites-only Woolworth diner in February, 1960.

Both events are free of charge, but it is necessary to register for Tuesday night’s lecture here, as seating is limited. You will not want to miss either session!