The Rev. Dr. Brian Blount
2017 Distinguished Guest Preacher
March 5, 2017
Lecture at 9:30 a.m. program lecture pdf
Sermon at 11 a.m. bulletin sermon pdf
Lunch and Discussion at 12 p.m.
What do Christians mean when they affirm “the resurrection of the body”? Is this anything like a zombie apocalypse? What difference does resurrection make?
The Rev. Dr. Brian Blount, President of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, will address these questions as our latest Distinguished Guest Preacher—following previous speakers John Buchannan, Kenda Dean, and Miroslav Volf. Dr. Blount is our first biblical scholar, specializing in Luke, Mark, and Revelation. He served in the New Testament department at Princeton Theological Seminary before becoming the President of Union Seminary in Richmond, VA. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has published multiple biblical studies and homiletic books.
On Saturday, March 4, Dr. Blount will meet with members of our young adults group for dinner and on Sunday, March 5, he will deliver a lecture in the Georgetown Room at 9:30 a.m. on “Resurrection and the Walking Dead,” followed by the sermon at the 11 a.m. service in the sanctuary. After the service, all are invited to the Georgetown Room for a traditional barbeque lunch and discussion with Dr. Blount.
“Preaching resurrection is not just for Easter anymore,” Blount insists. “We must find a way to image it, to affirm our expectation for it, and to find ways to recast it in contemporary symbolism.” Blount does so by playing off the pop culture fascination with a “zombie apocalypse.” Copies of his book, Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection, will be sold for $10 in the narthex on February 5, 12, and 26.
Childcare will be available on March 5 for both the 9:30 a.m. lecture and the 11 a.m. service.
Please allow time for street parking which is available on both sides of P and Q Streets on Sundays until 2 p.m.
History of GPC’s Annual Preaching Series
Inaugurated in 2013, The Georgetown Presbyterian Church’s Guest Preacher Weekend seeks to offer spiritual and intellectual enrichment, hospitality and fellowship to our church community and our friends and neighbors in the Washington, DC area.
In September 2013, we proudly welcomed the Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan, editor of The Christian Century and a respected leader of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), as our inaugural speaker. Dr. Buchanan offered reflections on the continuing role of the church in the world and on recent developments in the Mainline Protestant movement.
February 2015 we welcomed our second preacher, Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, who spoke to us about the importance of telling our faith stories and making intergenerational connections in our congregations. She highlighted the risk that many of our young people in churches believe less in Christianity than they do in a Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.
On February 7, 2016 we welcomed our third speaker, Dr. Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, and Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture at Yale Divinity School. A native of Osikek, Croatia, Dr. Volf studied under the renowned German theologian Jürgen Moltmann. Dr. Volf’s career has been animated by his work on the Trinity, applying Trinitarian theology to help resolve entrenched conflicts between communities, including between Serbs and Croats, Muslims and Christians, among denominations and between the realms of the sacred and secular.
Click on the below gallery to view images from our weekend with Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan in 2013.
Click on the below gallery to view images from our weekend with Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, February 2015.
To access our video archive of Dr. Dean’s lecture, please visit http://gtownpres.org/kenda-dean/.
Click on the below gallery to view images from our weekend with Dr. Miroslav Volf, February 2016.
To access our video archive of Dr. Volf’s lecture and sermon, please visit http://gtownpres.org/events/volf/. To view more images from our event, please visit our Flickr album.