Davis Lectures Series features Dr. Steve Shoemaker

Posted at 10:15 AM on Sep 30, 2017

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Pastor, scholar and author Dr. Steve Shoemaker is the guest lecturer for the 2017 Davis Lectures Series, scheduled for Oct. 15-16 at Grace Baptist Church in Statesville.

His ability to speak to people across all political and religious spectrums will provide participants at the lecture series a unique opportunity to consider contemporary issues through the teachings of Jesus and fellow disciples in a meaningful and thought-provoking setting, organizers said. Sunday's lecture is "Homosexuality, the Bible and Us." His theme for Monday's lecture is "Christian Faith and the Care of the Earth: The Witness of Wendell Berry."

The two-night series is a combination study, lecture and dialogue from 7-8:30 p.m. In addition to the two lectures, Shoemaker will speak during the 11 a.m. worship on Sunday asking the question, "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up; The Historical Jesus for Today".

The public is invited to attend the lectures and Sunday morning service. There is no charge.

A MDiv graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and PhD graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Shoemaker is currently an Assistant Professor of Religion at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. He has previously taught at Wake Forest Divinity School, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Brite Divinity School. He served in a pastorate position for more than 40 years, including churches in Kentucky, Texas and most recently for 14 years at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte. He has authored and published numerous articles and books, including Jesus stories: Traveling Toward Testimony (Judson Press, 2016). Currently, he is interim pastor at Statesville's Grace Baptist Church. Some of his books will be available for purchase on site.

He is the first Davis Lecturer to be invited to speak for a second series. In 2008, his well-received topic was "Being Christian in an almost Chosen Nation: Thinking about Faith and Politics”. In the words of humorist Garrison Keillor, “Steve Shoemaker is a gifted preacher whose gift lies in narrative – telling stories of the faith – which is the most powerful preaching of all.”

Grace Baptist Church started the lectures series in 2002 to offer the community a concentrated study of scripture that includes current topics, serious inquiry and honest dialogue. Dr. Richard T. Davis, a retired minister and chaplain from Durham, led the first series. In honor of his efforts and commitment to the endeavor, the congregation named the series for him and his wife - the Richard and Barbara Davis Lectures Series.

Grace Baptist, located at 719 Club Drive, organized in 1971 as an alternative Southern Baptist congregation. The church withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention in 1983 and is now aligned with the Alliance of Baptists and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. For more information, email gracestatesville@gmail.com or go to www.gracestatesville.org.

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