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Dr. Paul Lim, Divinity School, Vanderbilt University


February 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST


411 Willard Straight Hall

Services at 9 and 10:45AM

One of the pitfalls of Protestant spirituality has been an unbiblical preoccupation with one’s own ‘heart and soul’ as the site of divine indwelling.   In this sermon, we will look at how God as Three Persons finds delight in the ‘Other’: the Father is pleased with the Son, the Son does the will of and delights in the Father, and the Spirit bears witness to the Son, who was sent by the Father.  Following this model, we will discover a more biblical form of spirituality.


Professor Lim, associate professor of religious studies in Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School,  is a historian of early modern and early Enlightenment England, focusing on religious and intellectual changes which manifested as longue durée consequences of Europe’s Reformations.  He has published three books in this area; most recently, Mystery Unveiled: the Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012); The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008); and In Pursuit of Purity, Unity, and Liberty: Richard Baxter’s Puritan Ecclesiology in Context (Brill, 2004).  He has recently been awarded a year-long (2011-12) Luce Fellowship in Theology for a project entitled “God’s Problems: Revelation, Providence and the Religious Other in Enlightenment England,” which will result in a major monograph and a series of articles.

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