LIVESTREAM: Community Worship Service

 Sunday, August 2, 2020 
10:30am-12:00pm  
Virtual

Supported by The Rev. Dr. Bud Cox Endowment

Lakeside welcomes the Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University, as Preacher of the Week from August 2-6. This week's preacher is supported by The Rev. Dr. Bud Cox Endowment.

She will serve as guest preacher of Lakeside’s livestreamed Community Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. A link to the livestream will be available below or facebook.com/lakesideohio on the day of the event.

The Rev. Dr. Smith’s sermon, titled “How Shall We Read?” is based on Luke 10:25-28.

What do we mean when we say we understand the Bible enough to live faithfully and proclaim a message of hope to others? What does our process of understanding look like? Furthermore, how do we measure the impact our interpretative patterns have on the identities, values and behavior of our worshiping communities and those outside it?

Although we cannot yet worship in-person, you can still make a special gift to the worship service through a virtual giving plate at lakesideohio.com/today.

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More about Rev. Dr. Shively T.J. Smith

The Rev. Dr. Shively T.J. Smith is an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology in Boston.

“I always tell my students, 'To be critical interpreters of the text does not mean to be skeptical—it means to be careful and informed,'” says the Rev. Dr. Smith. “And to be careful and informed means to have many different entry points into the text. It means to be able to hold intention in many ways when reading and understanding the word.”

The Rev. Dr. Smith is currently completing a commentary on Second Peter and articles on 19th century African American women writers and the Bible.

She writes and teaches on all 27 books of the New Testament, but her particular focus is on the letters from Hebrews to Jude and Studies on Peter, Howard Thurman and approaches to biblical interpretation (hermeneutics). Her passion for hermeneutics may have stemmed from her upbringing.

“I'm a pastor’s kid. I was born and raised in a Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal home,” says The Rev. Dr. Smith. “Every family Thanksgiving and Christmas there were a whole lot of preachers from a whole lot of different denominations sitting around the table, arguing about different perspectives.”

The Rev. Dr. Smith has been preaching and serving a diversity of denominational and nondenominational Christian fellowships since the age of 16 and is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

She has served as a board member for the Forum for Theological Exploration and an Associate Editor for the HarperCollins Study Bible Third Edition.

She has appeared on the History Channel Documentary, “Jesus, His Life” and presented at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History &Culture, securing her niche as a biblical teacher and scholar.

“I come alive when I'm learning with others, and the Bible is my way of entering that learning and conversation space,” says the Rev Dr. Smith. “I hope you join me in that journey. Let us learn and grow together faithfully.”

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