Dr. Paul Duke will speak at Samford University Oct. 5-7 during this year's Dotson M. Nelson, Jr., Lectures on Religion in Life series. "The Poetic and the Worship of God" is the theme. The public is invited.
Duke is professor of New Testament and Preaching at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, in Atlanta, Ga. The author of two books, Irony in the Fourth Gospel and Anguish and the Word: Preaching That Touches Pain, he is also a gifted songwriter who has published popular hymns. Duke, a Samford graduate, holds master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His three lectures at Samford are titled: "The Poetry of Awe," "The Poetry of Lament" and "The Poetry of Vocation."
The lectures will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 5 and 7, and 9:15 on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Reid Chapel. Following the Wednesday lecture, a reception will be held in the Auxiliary Room for anyone interested in speaking informally with Dr. Duke.
The series honors the late Dotson M. Nelson, Jr., longtime pastor at Mountain Brook Baptist Church.