Published on January 22, 2016 by Kristen Padilla  
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Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School has announced the emphasis for the spring 2016 semester of its weekly community worship: “Apocalypse Now: The Revelation of Jesus Christ.”

The Most Revered and Right Honorable Dr. George L. Carey, former archbishop of Canterbury, will begin the spring chapel semester Jan. 26 with opening convocation.

Following Carey, Liam Goligher, senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will speak in chapel as part of Beeson Divinity’s annual Biblical Studies Lectures Feb. 2.

On Feb. 9, Beeson Divinity Professor Allen P. Ross will commence the emphasis on Revelation preaching on the “Alpha and Omega” from Revelation 1.

The study of the book of Revelation will continue throughout the semester with sermons from founding dean Timothy George, associate dean Grant Taylor, and professors M. Sydney Park, Douglas D. Webster, Gerald R. McDermott and Frank Thielman. The series will conclude April 26 with a sermon on Revelation 22 given by the recipient of the James Earl Massey Student Preacher award, who will be chosen during the semester.

“Revelation is really about the worship of God and the Lamb. It is about Jesus Christ, the Lord of history and the Lord of the future,” said George. “In this semester, we will lift up our hearts in praise to the Savior who came and the King who is coming.”

Beeson Divinity School also will welcome Laura A. Smit, professor of theology at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the annual William E. Conger Jr. Lectures on Biblical Preaching Feb. 23. Other special guests include Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, for the Faith and Work Conference sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation grant April 5; and Lisa M. Hoff, associate professor of intercultural studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California, for World Christianity Focus Week April 12.

Services take place every Tuesday during the semester at 11 a.m. in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.