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Guest Preacher: Dr. Glenn Hinson

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You won't want to miss this!

Join us this Sunday as Dr. Glenn Hinson, retired professor of Church History brings reflections on his relationship with Thomas Merton in Sunday School (9:45). Afterward, he will be preaching on "Is Your God too Small?" (11:00).

Biographical Information

Glenn Hinson has come a long way from his roots in the Ozarks of Missouri. For most of his elementary education he attended a one-room country school with about a dozen fellow students. Things improved after high school, however, as he attended Washington University in St. Louis (B.A.), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., Th.D.), and Oxford University (D.Phil.).

His life course has confirmed Douglas Steere’s observation that “Life’s interruptions often turn out to be God’s opportunities.” Intending to study law, he found himself sidetracked and rerouted toward Christian ministry during his third year of college. Expecting either to serve as a pastor or a missionary, he spent most of his life training ministers. After teaching Church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, for thirty years, he took part in the development of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (1992-1999). Choosing to retire from his position as Professor of Spirituality and John Loftis Professor of Church History in 1999, he subsequently taught at Candler School of Theology, Emory University; Louisville Presbyterian Seminary; Lexington Theological Seminary; and the newly founded Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.

Glenn is married to Martha Burks. They have two children—Christopher and Elizabeth—both of whom received Ph.D.s in 2002.

With work as his “play,” Glenn is the author or editor of 29 books and more than a thousand articles and book reviews. His most recent books are The Early Church (Abingdon), Love at the Heart of Things: A Biography of Douglas V. Steere (Pendle Hill/ The Upper Room), Spiritual Preparation for Christian Leadership (The Upper Room). and A Miracle of Grace (Mercer), his autobiography. He served for many years as Editor of Review & Expositor. He has served on the Board of Weavings from its beginning and is a frequent contributor to it.

Glenn was a member of the Faith and Order Commissions of both the National and World Council of Churches. He took part in numerous dialogues, including the international dialogue between Baptists and Roman Catholics. He was a member of the Ecumenical Institute of Spirituality founded by Douglas Steere and Godfrey Dieckmann.

He has served as a faculty member for the Academy for Spiritual Formation since its founding in 1983.