Church historian contributes to Urbanna Baptist’s Lenten devotional booklet
Dr. E. Glenn Hinson, a prolific author and a world-renowned church historian, wrote the introduction and much of the devotional content for Urbanna Baptist Church’s 2014 Lenten Devotional Guide.
Dr. Hinson is Emeritus Professor of Spirituality and John Loftis Professor of Church History at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond. He is the author of over 30 books and hundreds of scholarly articles regarding church history and Christian spirituality. He has been a member of both the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches, and has chaired or participated in several panels and dialogues on Christian ecumenism.
Much of the content for the booklet originated from Lenten meditations Dr. Hinson authored for the student body at the seminary in Richmond, but never formally published. The current pastor of Urbanna Baptist Church (UBC), Rev. Jonathan Davis, asked some colleagues in an online ministers group if anyone had Lenten congregational resources, and described his desire to write a devotional booklet for UBC to use during Lent this Easter season. That’s when Dr. Hinson graciously offered to allow UBC to use his material free of charge.
When asked what he thought about Dr. Hinson’s offer for the free use of his writings, Rev. Davis said, “Urbanna Baptist Church feels extremely blessed to be the recipient of material written by such an influential figure in modern Christian spirituality. Dr. Hinson is a living Baptist legend, and we are lucky to have him as a contributor to this project.”
The UBC 2014 Lenten Devotional Guide will be available beginning Wednesday, March 5, at UBC’s 6:45 p.m. Ash Wednesday service. The service will include a presentation on the history of Lent, and the imposition of ashes.
The season of Lent is traditionally a 40-day period leading up to Easter, and is a time when millions of Christians around the world fast, pray and give to the poor while intentionally focusing on the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the world.