—Gary S. Selby, professor of communication at Pepperdine University, will lecture October 28 and 29

 Princeton, NJ, October 9, 2013–Gary S. Selby, professor of communication and director of the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University, will give three lectures on preaching October 28 and 29 at Princeton Theological Seminary.

gary selbyThe lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the Daniel J. Theron Room of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, 25 Library Place in Princeton.           

The schedule and topics for the lectures is as follows:

Monday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture I: “Performing Theology: Mimesis as Persuasion in Early Christian Discourse”

Tuesday, October 29, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture II: “Experiencing Faith: Contemporary Perspectives on Attitude Change”

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture III: “Capturing Souls: Preaching from a Poetic Consciousness”

Selby’s research focuses on:

• early Christian discourse

• contemporary homiletics

• religion in the public square

• and discourse related to racial conflict in American history

He is the author of Martin Luther King and the Rhetoric of Freedom: The Exodus in America’s Struggle for Civil Rights, and has written numerous articles and essays.

Selby received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harding University, a Th.M. from Harding University’s Graduate School of Religion, and a Ph.D. in public communications from the University of Maryland.

In addition to his academic work, Selby spent more than two decades in local pastoral ministry, including nineteen years as the preaching minister for the Columbia Church of Christ in Columbia, Maryland.                 

The lectureship, the Donald Macleod/Short Hills Community Congregational Church Preaching Lectures, was established by The Community Congregational Church of Short Hills, New Jersey, in honor of Dr. Donald Macleod, Princeton Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Preaching and Worship from 1947 to 1988. Inaugurated in October 1992, the series features, on a biennial basis, two or three lectures by an outstanding preacher or teacher of preachers.                                                                       

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.

For more information about the lecture series, call the Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760.