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Calvin Lectures

October 6 - October 7

“You Are What You Love”

Click here to reserve your lunch plate on Saturday, October 6, at noon in the Fellowship Hall

Click here to download a copy of the Calvin Lectures brochure

Tentative schedule:
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – Lecture One
10:45 a.m. – Lecture Two
12:00 p.m. – Lunch. Reservation
1:00 p.m. – Lecture Three

Sermons at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Sunday sermon title: “How (Not) To Be Free” Romans 8:1-11

Lecture 1: “You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit”

What if our lives are governed, not so much by what we think, or even what we believe, but what we want? This talk will explore why a discipleship of the heart is crucial for spiritual transformation.

Lecture 2: “You Might Not Love What You Think: On Secular Liturgies”

Love takes practice. We learn to love through liturgies. But what if we’ve been worshiping other gods and didn’t even realize it?

Lecture 3: “You Make What You Want: Worship and Our Work”

Our work is fueled by what we imagine the world ought to be. That’s why worship is integral to our work: it’s where God restores our imagination for mission.

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker. He has emerged as a thought leader with a gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.

The author of a number of influential books, Smith also regularly writes for magazines and newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, First Things, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Hedgehog Review. He serves as editor-in-chief of Comment magazine.

He and his wife, Deanna, are elementary school sweethearts with four children in college. Natives of Stratford, Ontario, they lived in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are committed urban dwellers who enjoy gardening, travel, wine with friends, and curling up on the couch with their two maltipoos, Daisy and Kirby.


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