Erskine Theological Seminary and First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C., will present the Second Annual John L. Girardeau Lectures, with the Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile, Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Jackson Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
The topic of this year’s lectures is “Bondage or Freedom? Questions in Early American Theology.”
The first lecture, “Reformed Theology and the Status Quo,” will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by “Reformed Theology and Social Change” at 7:30 p.m.
Anyabwile, who serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands, is a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including The Decline of African American Theology: From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity, and The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence.
The Girardeau Lectures are named in honor of John Lafayette Girardeau (1825-1898), whose extensive pastoral and educational ministry among the slave population in Charleston, South Carolina, developed many African American leaders for the Church. He stood against segregation in the Southern Presbyterian Church during Reconstruction and became one of the South’s leading theologians and educators.