Dr. William H. Willimon was Minister to the University and Professor of the Practice of the Christian Ministry at Duke University in Durham, NC. The subject of this message was "The Church and the World: For, not Of." In this message, Willimon addresses the relationship of the church to politics in America, social work, and morality. In particular, Willimon offers his appraisal of the Moral Majority movement in the United States.
Dr. William H. Willimon was Minister to the University and Professor of the Practice of the Christian Ministry at Duke University in Durham, NC. In this message, Willimon speaks on the failure of purely moralistic preaching, advocating for preaching to be biblical rather than centered around application. He also explores the relationship between the Law and the gospel.
The service begins with the reading of 1 Peter 2:9-10 (00:00-00:38) and prayer reflected in the writings of John Greenleaf Whittier (00:39-04:49). There was no introduction for the speaker, Edwin Luther Copeland, but he was Professor of Missions at SEBTS. He begins by mentioning the subject of the message, “The Ethic of the Christian Mission,” describing the mission as always being done according to the ethic, and the ethic being measured according to the method (04:50-06:15). First, the ethic is one of servantile radical obedience, not a means of selfish gain (06:16-11:56). Second, the ethic is one of thorough-going honesty concerning the gospel message (11:57-20:17). Third, the ethic is one of identification or self-giving love (20:18-22:39). He ends in prayer (22:40-23:17), and the service ends in singing (23:18-24:25).