Seeing Christ's Cross through a Reformation Lens

Michael McClymond


Michael McClymond, Professor of Modern Christianity, Saint Louis University


Ph.D., Theology, University of Chicago, 1992
M.A., Divinity, University of Chicago, 1987
M.Div., Yale University, 1984
B.A., Chemistry, Northwestern University, 1980

Worship Service

Oct. 26, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
"Always Carrying the Death of Jesus"
2 Corinthians 4:5-15

Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel


Both lectures are held in Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture One

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
"Setting the Stage: Contemporary Challenges to Atonement Theologies"

Lecture Two

Oct. 28, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
"Reformation-Era Diversity: The Cross in Lutheran, Calvinist, Anabaptist, Rationalist, and Mystical Perspectives"

Lecturer Biography

Michael McClymond is professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. He was educated at Northwestern University (B.A.), Yale University (M.Div.) and the University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D.), and has held teaching or research appointments at Wheaton College (IL), Westmont College, the University of California–San Diego, Emory University, Yale University and University of Birmingham (UK).

Dr. McClymond has written or edited 11 volumes on Christian theology, comparative religions and biblical studies, including Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (2004) and The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (2012), co-written with Gerald McDermott. This last was chosen from more than 400 titles as Theology/Ethics Book of the Year by Christianity Today magazine. This work on Jonathan Edwards has been translated into Korean, and is being translated into Portuguese. McClymond edited the Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, 2 vols. (2007) and co-edited—with the late Lamin Sanneh of Yale University—the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity (2016).

He has done field investigation of Pentecostalism in Mozambique and in Brazil. In 2012, he was Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center.  His latest work is The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of the Christian Debate Over Universal Salvation, 2 vols. (2018), which won the Academic Theology Book of the Year Award from The Gospel Coalition and was chosen by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Academic Title. He served as co-chair of both the Evangelical Studies Group and the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements Group in the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

An Anglican layman, McClymond has been a leader in Global Day of Prayer, Habitat for Humanity and Stepping Into the Light (a substance abuse recovery ministry in St. Louis). His forthcoming book is tentatively entitled, Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics: The Meaning and Message of Christian Spirituality (2022), and in 2021-2022 he is commencing work on a multi-volume global history of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.

About the Reformation Heritage Lectures

Each year, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University sponsors the Reformation Heritage Lectures during Reformation Week. The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century was a tremendous movement of spiritual and ecclesial renewal, which called the church back to its biblical and evangelical roots.

We desire to be not merely a church once and for all reformed, but a church reformed and always reforming: Ecclesia semper reformanda! We respect the warranted wisdom of the past, for only from it can we learn to be faithful shapers of the future under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Services are open to the public free of charge.