Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series

Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

Sunday, September 26, 2021

10:30 a.m. – Sermon in Sanctuary

“Don’t Miss It!” based on Luke 16:19-31

5:30 p.m. – Lecture in Moore Hall 

“The Love of God and the Tragedy of Suffering: What Can We Believe?”

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Continuing education workshop for area clergy of all denominations.

“What Would Jesus Imagine? Hearing and Preaching Jesus’ Parabolic Imagination.”

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About Rev. Thomas G. Long

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long was named “one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world” according to a 1996 survey by Baylor University, and was one of only three individuals to be honored again in its next survey in 2018.  Dr. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  He has taught preaching for over forty years—at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and, from 2000-2015, at Candler.  He has served as the president of the Academy of Homiletics and as senior homiletics editor of the New Interpreter’s Bible.  He has also been editor of Theology Today, is currently an associate editor of Journal for Preachers, and serves as an editor-at-large at The Christian Century.  A Presbyterian minister, he has served churches in Georgia and New Jersey and is the author of numerous textbooks on preaching and worship, collections of sermons, and biblical commentaries on Matthew, Hebrews, and the Pastoral Epistles.  His books have been mainstays in seminaries for decades.  In 2011 he was awarded the Emory Williams prize for excellence in teaching by Emory University, and in 2015 he received Emory’s “Scholar/Teacher Award,” the top faculty scholarship award of the university.  In 2006 Dr. Long delivered the distinguished Lyman Beecher Lectures in Preaching at Yale Divinity School, and these have been published as Preaching from Memory to Hope.

Dr. Long received his B.A. degree from Erskine College, the Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He is married to professor of sacramental and liturgical worship, Kimberly Bracken Long.

Dr. Long’s books include:

  • Accompany Them with Singing—The Christian Funeral
  • What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith
  • The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (with Thomas Lynch)
  • 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus
  • A Surprising God:  Advent Devotions for an Uncertain Time (with Donyelle C. McCray)
  • The Witness of Preaching
  • Preaching from Memory to Hope

About the Dill Lecture Series


Steve & Ruth Dill

The Dill Lecture Series was established in 2013 by Dauphin Way United Methodist Church Foundation to honor Dr. Stephen Dill and his wife Ruth for their 40 years of service to the church and to the community. 

The Lecture Series brings to Mobile esteemed speakers to offer their insights and inspiration to the Dauphin Way congregation and to the community at large.  The inaugural speaker of the series in 2014 was Thomas Cahill, American scholar and writer, who is best known for his acclaimed Hinges of History series.  In 2015 the speaker was Dr. Walter Brueggemann, considered to be the preeminent contemporary scholar of the Old Testament.  Rachel Held Evans, best-selling author and nationally popular blogger, was featured in 2016.  Dr. Wayne Flynt, Auburn University professor emeritus and renowned scholar of Southern history, politics, religion, and culture, was the 2017 speaker. Founder and editor-in-chief of Sojourners and renowned preacher and theologian Jim Wallis was the speaker in 2018. Krista Tippett, creator, and host of NPR programs Speaking of Faith and On Being was the 2019 speaker. In May of 2021 Rev. Adam Hamilton, founder and senior pastor of the 22,00-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, presented a special workshop for UMC clergy and then a lecture open to the community.