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April 12, 2014

Brunson to deliver Darby/Beal lecture at BMATS

JACKSONVILLE — Dr. Harold E. Brunson Jr. has been named guest speaker for next week's fourth annual Darby/Beal Lectureship at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary.

Brunson, a professor of humanities at Dallas Christian College and a BMATS graduate, will present topics on April 15 and April 17 at the seminary chapel, 1530 E. Pine St. in Jacksonville.

On Tuesday, a 10 a.m. lecture addresses “The Physiological, Pneumatological, and Psychological Effects of the Fall,” while a 3 p.m. lecture addresses “Human Volition and Regeneration.”

Thursday's lectures include a 10 a.m. address on “Repentance,” along with a 3 p.m. address on “The Faith that Perseveres.”

The lecture series was founded in 2011, when Jacksonville residents Wayne and Elaine Beal endowed it to honor Mrs. Beal's parents, Armen and Dorthy Darby, according to a release from the seminary.

Brother Darby was a life-long rancher in Cherokee County who served many years as a faithful deacon at First Baptist Church of New Summerfield.

Brunson, who holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas with a double concentration in Comparative Literature and History of Ideas, has been a pastor for 30 years.

A bulk of his ministry – 23 years – has been served at First Baptist Church in Parker.

He has also worked as an educational consultant for various private Christian schools, served as Headmaster of three classical Christian schools, and has taught Theology, Greek, Literature, Philosophy and History at the high school and collegiate levels. Brunson also has published a number of books, periodicals, essays, short works and poems.

He and his wife Nancy are parents to Trey Brunson and Dr. J. Matthew Brunson.

The Darby/Beal lectures are open to the public at no charge.

The seminary’s mission is to provide accredited theological education to qualified individuals by seeking to equip them for Christian service and leadership roles.

BMA seminary supports the educational needs of the Baptist Missionary Association of America and other groups who share a like commitment to the authority of Scripture.

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