Minister to speak at ‘Union of Mind and Spirit’
Regarded as the pre-eminent living teacher of preaching, ordained minister Fred Craddock will be the featured speaker at the "Union of Mind and Spirit Lecture" in late October.
"The name Fred Craddock is really well known in church circles," said the Rev. Ira DeSpain, minister to Baker University. "His strength and forte are storytelling. He has a remarkable way of weaving a story together."
Craddock, the Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will lead Baker University's weekly chapel service at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. He plans to discuss the influence of history from a spiritual and social perspective.
DeSpain recalled a story Craddock told about an "interview" with a retired greyhound: "You're living the life of luxury and you just gave up racing. Why did you give it up? We're you not good? We're you injured?"
The greyhound responds: "No I'm healthy. I gave it up because I finally realized we're going around and around chasing a rabbit going in circles and it wasn't real. Whatever you chase, make sure it's real."
Before going to Emory, Craddock served as chair of the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament at the graduate seminary of Phillips University in Enid, Okla. Craddock received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnston Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1950, a Bachelor of Divinity from Phillips in 1953 and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from Vanderbilt in 1964.
Craddock also served as an inspiration for Baker University's Speech Choir, DeSpain said. The choir often combines quotes, news reports and poetry in front of audiences at university events such as Founder's Day, chapel services, memorial services and other campus events.
After speaking at the 11 a.m. service, Craddock will speak to religious professionals during a workshop at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church.