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William P. Brown Will Present the 2005 Twitty Memorial Lectures at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC


Decatur, GA.—William P. Brown, noted Old Testament scholar and Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, will deliver the 2005 Twitty Memorial Lectures at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, March 13 and 14. His title for the lecture series is “The Psalms: A Hymnbook for Wholeness.” Brown, who joined Columbia’s faculty in 2004, says, “It’s a great honor for me to be this year’s Twitty Lecturer. Covenant is in many respects a model Presbyterian church, one that is committed to serious lay theological education as well as to community service. The church’s lecture series is a great way of equipping the saints…and learning from them!” Brown is author of numerous books, including Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor (Westminster John Knox, 2002) and is editor of The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faith (Westminster John Knox, 2004). The lectureship begins on Sunday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m. According to Brown, the first lecture, “Covenant Commons: ‘Soul Anatomy’ in the Psalms,” focuses on the extremes of the cry “out of the depths” and the call to “sing a new song” that mingle together in the Psalms. “The Joy of Lex in the Psalms” is the topic of the second lecture that begins at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. This lecture explores the psalmist’s poetic use of imagery in Psalms 1, 19, and 119. The concluding lecture, “The Song of Leviathan: God’s Theater of Glory” begins at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14. In this lecture Brown looks beyond the individual and communal concerns of the Psalms to present the psalmist’s view of the cosmos within God’s expansive circle of grace. In addition to the lectures, the church, which is located at 1000 E. Morehead Street in Charlotte, has planned a luncheon for clergy, educators, and seminary students to have an opportunity to interact with Brown. The cost of the luncheon is $5.50 and reservations are required. The lectures are free. Reservations are required for childcare and meals on Sunday and Monday evenings. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 704-333-9071 ext. 100, or register online at the church’s Web site, Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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