Faculty Speaker: Rev. Dr. J. Warren Smith, Associate Professor of Historical Theology
Lectionary Texts: Exodus 14:10-14, 21-25, 15:20-21; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-23; Luke 24:1-35
Reflections on the lecture
Warren Smith’s lecture on the resurrection argued that the resurrection is a dogma of the Church which cannot be argued with or negotiated away. Focusing on the reasons for and consequences of Jesus’ resurrection rather than the specific mechanisms by which Jesus was resurrected, Smith outlined how Jesus’ resurrection brought about the victory over sin, death and injustice. He also stressed the importance of the bodily nature of Jesus’ resurrection as well as the sharing of human beings in that same resurrection. According to Smith, the resurrection challenges us to think beyond our earthly lives and deaths while simultaneously recognizing the inseparability of the body from the soul.
“The resurrection is a non-negotiable [aspect of our faith].” –Rev. Dr. Warren Smith, in plenary
“There is good news in the graveyard!” –Rev. Lisa Yebuah, in worship
Referred to as “Easter in June,” today began with the singing of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” in Morning Prayer. After the plenary lecture by Warren Smith, worship workshop groups got to work on planning worship for later in the week. In the afternoon, students and staff experienced their last regular session in the Arts Village, and some (precocious) students attended an information session on Duke Divinity School admissions during free time. In the evening, we enjoyed a dinner of Southern comfort food provided by Mt. Level Baptist Church in Durham before a joyful resurrection worship service in which Rev. Lisa Yebuah preached a rousing sermon.
Submitted by Peter Thompson,Mentor