William E. Conger, Jr.

Lectures on Biblical Preaching


February 28-March 2, 2017

The Reverend Dr. Christian T. George
Curator of the Spurgeon Library
Professor of Historical Theology
Midwestern Theological Seminary, Kansas City


B.A., Samford University
M.Div., Beeson Divinity School
Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland

, February 28, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Worship Service
Hodges Chapel

WednesdayMarch 1, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Hodges Chapel

Thursday, March 2, 2017

11:00 a.m.
Hodges Chapel

The Reverend Dr. Christian George serves as the curator of the C.H. Spurgeon Library and as assistant professor of historical theology. George previously served on the faculty of OBU in 2011 as the Jewell and Joe L. Huitt Assistant Professor of Religious Education. He received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he also served for three years as a doctoral tutor. George received his Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, and his bachelor’s degree from Samford University.

George is the author of several books including Sex, Sushi, & Salvation, Godologyand Sacred Travels. He has contributed to the Journal of Theological Studies, Theology in Scotland, and Perichoresis Journal of Theology, and also to popular theological magazines such as Conversations and Modern Reformation. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Preaching, and he has been interviewed on Moody Broadcasting Radio and other syndicated shows in the U.S. and throughout the world. He has served as a peer reviewer for InterVarsity Press and a consultant for Faith and Culture Books for Zondervan Publishing House. George has presented papers at conferences including the Society for the Study of Theology in Utrecht, The Netherlands; the History of Scotland Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Religion conference in Durham, England; and the Sale di Lettura at the University of Rome, Italy. He preaches and speaks regularly throughout North America and Europe in churches, at spiritual retreats, at youth and college camps, and in university chapel services. George’s passion for world evangelism has taken him to more than thirty countries for short-term mission work.

George has served his denomination as a messenger to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), as a member of the Teller’s Committee of the SBC, and currently as a member of the Worship and Spirituality Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He has participated in BWA meetings in South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Canada, and England, and regularly writes Bible study curriculum for LifeWay Christian Resources. In his spare time, George enjoys ping pong, martial arts, jazz piano, golf, and racquetball.


Audio and video recordings of previous Conger Preaching Lectures can be purchased through our Media Store.

Second in a series of three lectureships, the William E. Conger Lectures on Biblical Preaching are made possible through the generosity of the late Colonel William E. Conger, Jr. After distinguished military career, Colonel Conger served for many years as a close personal advisor to Ralph Waldo Beeson, the founding benefactor of Beeson Divinity School. Colonel Conger long shared Mr. Beeson's deep commitment to the pastoral ministry of preaching. In 1991, that commitment was expressed through the endowment of a lectureship to recapture the vision of preaching ministry, furthering the cause of Christ in today's world. Preaching is the central task of Christian ministry and mission. In the Conger lectures, we affirm our commitment to this biblical reformation mandate. These lectures are presented in the fervent prayer and hope that they shall enlighten the preacher's skill, but above all, stir the preacher's soul, so God Himself may shine "in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (1 Corinthians4:6).

2011's lecturer was Earl Palmer, Pastor Emeritus University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA. Past guests include James Earl Massey, William Willimon, Bryan Chapell, Richard Bewes, and John Piper. Recordings of past lectures are available in the Beeson Media Center or may be purchased from the Beeson Bookshop.