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Public Invited to Day of Worship, Communitas and Spurgeon Lecture at Grace College

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grace College welcomes the public to three special events on campus March 29 and 30.  Grace’s Day of Worship and Communitas will take place on Wednesday, March 29.  On Thursday, March 30, Dr. Christian George, assistant professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will lecture on the life of Charles Spurgeon.

Day of Worship will take place on March 29 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake.  Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Church in Silicon Valley, Calif., and president of the Kainos Movement, will be the keynote speaker.  Loritts is a prolific author, most recently of “Saving the Saved,” and is well-known for his passion for the multi-ethnic church.  Following Loritts, the public is invited to join in student-led prayer and worship.

Communitas will immediately follow Day of Worship and continue through the evening. This annual event is sponsored by the Grace College Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship.  It is a campus-wide, interdisciplinary event aimed at showcasing student scholarship in all forms.

“The event kicks off at noon with entertainment provided by the Worship Arts Program and Remnant drama outreach team,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Grace College Languages, Literature and Communication Department.

Student presentations will take place from 1:30 – 5 p.m.  The complete schedule of sessions can be found at  A launch party and literature reading for Inkspot, Grace College’s new literary magazine, will take place at 6 p.m. at Jazzman’s Café on campus. Free coffee and copies of the magazine will be available for all student and community members in attendance.

“Communitas is an interesting day on campus full of diverse expressions of student learning and interests,” said Rich.  “You don’t want to miss it.”

On Thursday, March 30, Dr. Christian George will speak on the passionate, unapologetic life of Charles Spurgeon and the importance of Spurgeon’s ministry. Dr. George serves as curator of The Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on a 12-volume edition of Spurgeon’s earliest, unpublished sermons on which his lecture will be based.

“Dr. George will expand our view of the man known worldwide as the ‘Prince of Preachers,’” said Dr. Tiberius Rata, chair of the Grace College Biblical Studies Department.  “He will discuss whether Spurgeon’s theology, preaching and rhetoric have changed over the years or remained constant.” The 7 p.m. lecture will take place in McClain Hall Auditorium and is open to the public.

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