On Monday, October 16, 2017, SFTS welcomed Rev. Dr. Joseph Evans to the Stewart Chapel pulpit. Dr. Evans is the President and Dean of Morehouse School of Religion, and Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Evans preached from Matthew 26:30 – “And when they sang a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Dr. Evans’ emphatic delivery appropriately matched his message. In describing the “quick pulse” that Jesus and his disciples must have felt, walking toward the olive grove, Dr. Evans paralleled examples from more recent history, in which others were challenged to the point of action—to stand up for justice in the face of danger.
Evans described this crossroads as the place where “religion meets reality,” and asked the congregation, “Is your religion large enough for you to confront the realities of life that meet you…that await you in the challenges of the Garden? That’s where your religion really will take place. When your religion is large enough to meet the realities of the day.”
Join us for services at 12:05pm Mondays in Stewart Chapel, and Fridays in Montgomery Chapel (with communion).
From left to right: Rev. Scott Clark, SFTS Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Services; Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry; Rev. Dr. Joseph Evans; Rev. Dr. Jana Childers, Dean of the Seminary; Dr. Peter Goldblum, Course Facilitator of the Center’s Mental Health & Spirituality Working Together online seminar; Rev. Dr. D. Mark Wilson, Course Facilitator of the Center’s Mental Health & Spirituality Working Together online seminar; Dr. Christopher Ocker, SFTS Professor of Church History and Center for Innovation in Ministry Thought Partner