The Preacher's Character

Michael Knowles

2023 Lecturer: Scott M. Gibson

David E. Garland Endowed Chair in Preaching and Director of the Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching program at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary

D.Phil., University of Oxford
M.Th., University of Toronto
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Scott M. Gibson holds the David E. Garland Endowed Chair in Preaching and serves as the Director of the Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching program at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Prior to coming to Truett in 2018, Gibson served for 27 years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, where he was the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching. 

Gibson is co-editor with Keith Willhite of The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching, (Baker 1998) and editor of Making a Difference in Preaching: Haddon Robinson on Biblical Preaching (Baker 1999), Preaching to a Shifting Culture: 12 Perspectives on Preaching that Connects (Baker 2004), Contemporary Baptists and Historic Faith (Principle Press 2005), Preaching the Old Testament (Baker 2006) editor and introduction to, How Christ Came to Church: The Pastor’s Dream, A Spiritual Autobiography by A.J. Gordon (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010), Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry (Wooster: Weaver, 2016), The Worlds of the Preacher: Navigating Biblical, Cultural, and Personal Contexts (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018), Training Preachers: A Guide to Teaching Homiletics(Bellingham: Lexham, 2018), and with Matthew D. Kim, Homiletics and Hermeneutics: Four Views of Preaching Today (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018). He is the author of A.J. Gordon: American Premillennialist (University Press of America 2001), Preaching for Special Services (Baker 2001), Should We Use Someone Else’s Sermon: Preaching in a Cut and Paste World (Zondervan 2008), Preaching with a Plan: Sermon Strategies for Growing Mature Believers(Baker 2012), with Karen Mason, Preaching Hope in Darkness: Help for Pastors in Addressing Suicide from the Pulpit(Bellingham: Lexham, 2020) and with Matthew D. Kim, The Big Idea Companion for Preaching and Teaching (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2021). He has contributed numerous articles to books and journals, in addition to having other writing and research projects in hand. He has served as editor of The Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society since 2000 and was editor of the ABE Journal for 14 years. 

Gibson is an ordained Baptist minister. He is a past president and co-founder of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. He lectures on preaching in seminaries and colleges and preaches at churches and conferences. Contemporary issues in preaching, discipleship, pastoral ministry concerns, the history of preaching and the history of evangelicalism are some of Gibson's professional interests.

Worship Service: "Crack in One's Character"

March 21, 2023, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture One: "The Preacher's Character" Part 1 

March 22, 2023, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

Lecture Two: "The Preacher's Character" Part 2

March 23, 2023, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

About the Biblical Preaching Lectures

Past guests include Earl Palmer, James Earl Massey, William Willimon, Bryan Chapell, Richard Bewes, and John Piper. 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 Corinthians 4:6).