NASVHILLE, TN—Dr. Eric L. Johnson, Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, will serve as the guest lecturer for the 2014 Leroy Forlines Lectures at Welch College, according to President Matt Pinson. The lectures will be held April 2-3.

The Leroy Forlines Lectures began in 1993 at Welch College as a means of bringing well known speakers to campus who could address challenging issues of the day related to theology, philosophy, worldviews, global evangelism, and other topics.

Dr. Johnson received his B.Th. from Toronto Baptist Seminary, M.A.C.S. from Calvin College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He began his teaching tenure at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009, prior to which time he taught courses in psychology, theology, and Christian worldview at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota for nine years.

President Matt Pinson said, “It’s fitting that Dr. Eric Johnson will be our Forlines Lecturer this year, speaking about the Christian worldview and how it affects our studies, with reference to counseling and psychology. These topics represent the two sides of Leroy Forlines’s career: teaching theology and counseling students in his long-time role as Dean of Men/Students.”

Eric Johnson is the author of Foundations of Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal (InterVarsity) and editor of Christianity and Psychology: Five Views (InterVarsity) and the apologetics text God Under Fire (Zondervan). He is a leader in the movement known as Christian Psychology, which seeks to forge a faithful Christian approach to counseling, psychology, and the human condition.

Dr. Johnson will speak twice daily April 2-3 (Wednesday and Thursday), 10:00 a.m. until noon and will address topics centered around bringing together faith and learning for a lifetime of learning and study, as well as the need for Christians in the twenty-first century to forge a genuinely Christian approach to counseling, psychology, and human behavior. The lectures will be held in Memorial Auditorium at 3607 Richland Avenue and provided free of charge.

“Eric Johnson is at the forefront of an effort to transform psychology and the human sciences with the ancient wisdom of Scripture, theology, and the Christian Tradition.” President Pinson said. “We invite everyone to come and take part in these lectures.”

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