Oxford theologian to speak at ACU

Posted September 29, 2015

Oxford University international theologian and historian Dr. Anthony R. Cross will speak at two lectures at Abilene Christian University on Oct. 12 and 13, covering the sacramental aspect of baptism.

In these lectures, Cross will explore the importance of a biblically sacramental understanding of baptism, said ACU dean of library services Dr. John Weaver.

The first lecture will be held Monday, Oct. 12, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in ACU’s Chapel on the Hill. This lecture is titled Knowing God through Experience: The Role of Personal Testimony in Baptismal Services among Baptists. Dr. Everett Ferguson, professor emeritus of church history, will follow with a response. Refreshments will be served.

The second lecture will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Room 130 of ACU’s Biblical Studies building and will include lunch. This lecture is titled The Sacrament of Baptism among the First Baptists. A response will follow from Dr. Doug Foster, professor of church history and director of the Center for Restoration Studies.

“The lectures should be of interest to students, faculty and other community members interested in the history of Christian thought and practice,” Weaver said.

Both lectures are sponsored by the ACU Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS).

“CHARIS is an academic center supporting faculty, staff and students’ engagement with their religious traditions for the purpose of their spiritual renewal,” Weaver said. “CHARIS is directed by a board of academic leaders at ACU.”

To attend the Oct. 13 lunch, please RSVP to crosslunch@acu.edu.

Learn more about CHARIS here.


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