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Beeson Divinity Dean to Lead Tour in Honor of 500th Protestant Reformation Anniversary

By Kristen Padilla
October 5, 2016

In 2017, Protestants will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This event marks the symbolic beginning of the Protestant Reformation, a diverse movement of spiritual and ecclesial renewal which gave us the Bible in our own language and many other developments that still shape our Christian faith today. 

To commemorate this historic occasion, Timothy George, dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, will colead a 10-day Reformation tour, June 26–July 5, 2017, with David S. Dockery, president of Trinity International University, and Scott Manetsch, Reformation scholar and professor of church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

The trip will begin in Germany and end in Switzerland with an optional three-day extension to Rome.

“We would love for you to come along for this special, once-in-a-lifetime experience as we follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther, John Calvin, the Anabaptists and other reformers,” said George, author of Theology of the Reformers.

Registration is open, but space is limited. Cost for the basic 10-day tour is $4,399 per person. The Rome extension is $1,199. Register online. For more information, download the tour brochure here or contact Dr. Timothy George.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Thursday, October 6, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: Six Reasons Why Christians Should Reject Anti-Semitism

By Matthew Hawkins
September 26, 2016

The vote in was 418 to zero in the U.S. House of Representatives. Last year, in an age of hyperpolarized American politics, what could possibly have attracted this kind of bipartisan agreement? Almost 70 years after the Nuremberg trials—which, in part, adjudicated the Holocaust and other atrocities—a House resolution declared “anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts, including violent attacks on people and places of faith, have increased in frequency, variety, and severity in many countries in Europe.”

A survey by the Pew Forum reported harassment of Jews worldwide reached a seven-year high in 2013. Murderous attacks in recent years include shootings at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, the Jewish Museum of Belgium, and a kosher supermarket in Paris. Thus, it may not come as a surprise that many Jews are reconsidering their presence in Europe.

In a survey of almost 6,000 self-identified Jews across eight nations of the European Union, this question was asked, “In the past five years, have you considered emigrating from [this country] because you don’t feel safe living there as a Jew?” The average response across the European Union was 29 percent answering yes. In France and Hungary, respectively, 46 percent and 48 percent said they had considered emigrating in the face of their anti-Semitic experiences. Read the rest at the ERLC website.

Posted by Hunter Upton at Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: An Autumn Prayer

By Jacques Gauthier
October 2, 2016

Photo Credit:
Ian Sane CC

As the days grow cooler and nature begins to don its fall colors, Jacques Gauthier proposes an appropriate prayer.

Show us, O Lord,
your face of light
in the coldness of morning,
in the song of the stream,
in the beckoning of autumn.

Make shine, O Lord,
your face of fire
on the mist of the lakes
on the trunks of the trees
on the crust of the rocks.

Lift up, O Lord,
your Easter face
on the refrain of hours
on the passing days,
on the dance of the seasons.

Read the entire prayer at Aleteia.

Show us, O Lord,
your face of light
in the coldness of morning,
in the song of the stream,
in the beckoning of autumn. - See more at:
Posted by Hunter Upton at Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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