Preaching Emphasis Week: Fred B. Craddock Lectures on Preaching

Theme: Ancient-Future Preaching

Dr. Fred Craddock

The Fred B. Craddock Lectures on Preaching honors one of Johnson University’s most renowned and respected alumni. Craddock's voice has been one of the most influential in homiletics over the last fifty years. A Baylor University research study, published by Newsweek, named Craddock as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. His scholarly regard for the biblical text and his folksy story telling ability combined to make Craddock an exceptional model of creative, effective communication.

Dr. Craddock received his education at Johnson University, Philips Seminary, and Vanderbilt University. He served churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Georgia, and taught at Johnson University, Philips University, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He held the title of Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, at Candler; and the Minister Emeritus of Cherry Log Christian Church. He wrote extensively in the fields of preaching and New Testament and lectured for some of the most prestigious lectureships around the world. Read more...

Wednesday, March 29
9:00 – 9:50 Sermon in chapel (Dr. J. Kent Edwards)
10:00 – 11:15 Lecture, “The Catalyst” (Dr. J. Kent Edwards)
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch ($6.50 in the Gally Commons)
1:10 – 2:25 Lecture, “Engaging Biblical Preaching” (Dr. J. Kent Edwards)

Though the lectureship is free, please RSVP by calling 865-251-2254 or emailing

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Master of Arts in New Testament

Johnson University offers an online Master of Arts in New Testament. Students interact with class materials, other students, and their professors through course sites that include live chats, discussion forums, audio and video components, and other technology-based teaching tools. Professors are also available to interact with students via email, telephone, and social media. In addition to New Testament studies, students choose one of four concentrations: Preaching, Research, Spiritual Formation, or a Customized concentration that allows students to pursue additional fields. For more information, call 800-669-7889 or 865-251-2254, or email

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