Audio recordings from the 2012 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series are now available on iTunes U .
The Sept. 25-26 event, sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies, featured Pastor Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. and the Rev. Clarence Laney Jr.
The Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series features lectures and sermons that bring outstanding black preachers to Duke Divinity School, and is named for the Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, pastor emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dr. Holmes is Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he served for 28 years. He was an adjunct professor of preaching at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University for 24 years. Known as much for his community activism as his preaching and teaching, Dr. Holmes was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from 1968-1972, while he also served as United Methodist District Superintendent. He is the author of Reaching for Renewal (1991), Encountering Jesus (1992), and When Trouble Comes (1996). Dr. Holmes has also written chapters for Our Time Under God Is Now (1993) and Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons (2002).
Dr. Holmes delivered a sermon titled "Have We Learned the Lesson of the Loaves," and gave the 2012 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture, "Some Unforgettable Lessons I Have Learned About Preaching."
Rev. Laney is a Duke Divinity alumnus and pastor of Monument of Faith Church in Durham, N.C. He gave a sermon titled "Deep Roots in Shallow Places."