Fridays at the Seminary

An ongoing reflection series featuring compelling topics and hosted by theological thinkers. We are in planning stages for the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year. We are excited to have Dr. Thomas G. Long with us in November!
See the sidebar for information on the two lectures he will be offering at VTS.

Fridays at the Seminary lectures and workshops are typically held in the Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Center, lower level. Some of this year's Fridays will be held in the Immanuel Chapel as part of the Dedicatory Year. Program fee includes morning refreshments and lunch. Registration opens August 1, 2015.

November 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Thomas G. Long

Advent Pilgrimage: A Walk Through Sacred Space
December 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

I Object! Tackling Ethical Objections to the Bible
March 11, 2016
9:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Cook

Does the Bible really say Violence, Slavery, and Homophobia are Okay? Contemporary Atheist Authors and Hate Groups say it does, but could God really support those sorts of things? In this Friday morning session, Prof. Stephen Cook will lead attendees through a closer look at the Bible and its "Hard Sayings," arguing that the answer is "Certainly Not!" The Atheists and Hate Groups are fundamentally mistaken about Scripture's meaning. Come learn something about reading the Bible theologically and hermeneutically!

A Day with the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
May 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Immanuel Chapel Dedicatory Year presents
Thomas Dix Bowers Preaching Fellowship Lectures

The Good Funeral and the Good Funeral Sermon

Dr. Thomas G. Long will share about trends, changes, and challenges in Christian funerals and other death rituals; explore what a "good funeral" might be today; and spend some time thinking through what qualities a "good funeral sermon" might have. Morning of Nov. 6. 9:00 a.m.

Preaching in More than One Voice: Enchantment, Wisdom and Disruption
In his second lecture, Dr. Thomas G. Long will explore how preaching can respond to a fragmented and pluralistic environment of contemporary culture. He will claim that preachers need to cultivate the capacity to preach in multiple "voices" (voices that are also found in scripture) expounding on practical implications and expressions of three of these voices: enchantment, wisdom, and disruption. Afternoon of Nov. 6. 1:30 p.m.

Thomas G. Long served as the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta from 2000 until his retirement in 2015. He previously taught preaching at Princeton, Columbia, and Erskine Seminaries. He is the author several books on preaching and worship and biblical commentaries on Matthew and Hebrews.  His latest books are Accompany Them with Singing: the Christian Funeral (Westminster John Knox), What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith (Eerdmans), and The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (with Thomas Lynch -- Westminster John Knox) . His wife, Kimberly, also a Presbyterian minister, teaches worship at Columbia Theological Seminary.

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