Lay School of Theology focuses on Paul

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Lexington, Ky., Sept. 5, 2012 – Paul was a controversial person in his day, and he remains one in ours – though for opposite reasons. Then, he was the progressive; today he is often viewed as a hard-nosed chauvinist.

The fall Lay School of Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary will take a fresh look at Paul’s career and how better to understand his writings. The Lay School of Theology is a continuing education program primarily for those who wish to enrich their Christian faith.

“We will examine what he has to say about women leaders in the church, about the end times, and about salvation (the faith and works question),” said Dr. Jerry Sumney, Professor of Biblical Studies at LTS.

The Lay School of Theology will be offered Oct. 13, 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, beginning with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at noon. The $60 registration fee is due Oct. 6. Participants may register online at or call Rev. Bill Turner at (859) 280-1253.

“In Paul, we will find a teacher deeply engaged with the problems his churches faced, how the gospel can be lived out in new situations, and how to answer some of the questions raised by the tension between church and culture,” Sumney said.

Dr. Sumney has written six books and over 30 articles for journals and other collections. He currently serves as chair for the Pauline Epistles and Literature Section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also a contributor to the highly-regarded New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.


Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit