Robert Smith
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Prophetic Preaching

October 7—November 11

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Via Zoom

This course, co-taught by Robert Smith Jr. and Tyshawn Gardner, seeks to motivate alumni toward biblically responsible prophetic preaching during times of social upheaval. Students will be given the tools to equip them to apply the gospel to the questions and issues weighing on the minds and lives of the people of God in their churches, communities, the nation, and the world. Students will be able to identify biblically responsible prophetic preaching and apply its tenets to their pulpit work. The course will include professorial talks, book readings, dialog sessions, and audio/visual presentations.

Course texts/learning resources:           
(Students are encouraged to read these texts ahead of time.)

Selected readings from Abraham Heschel, The Prophets (New York: Harper Perennial Classics, 2001)

Teresa Fry Brown, Weary Throats and New Songs: Black Women Proclaiming God’s Word (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003)

Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited (Boston: Beacon Press, 1996)

Kelly Miller Smith, Social Crisis Preaching (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1984)

Beeson Divinity School, through its Thriving Pastors Initiative, is excited to facilitate the learning and growth of its alumni through continuing education courses. The courses provide Beeson Divinity School alumni with affordable and accessible opportunities for post-graduate-level study to increase their capacities for faithful Christian ministry and to strengthen relationships among fellow ministers of the gospel. Students must be alumni in order to attend.

Continuing education courses are not offered for credit towards a graduate degree, nor will courses be added to an academic transcript. Upon request, the school will award continuing education units (CEUs) for completed courses.

Enrollment in continuing education courses is limited to graduates of Beeson Divinity School. Each course has an enrollment capacity; enrollment capacities may vary from course to course.

Registration is required for all continuing education courses. Registration begins upon announcement of the course offerings for each term and continues until each course has reached its enrollment capacity. A registration fee of $150 is charged for each course, payable at time of registration.