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500th Celebration of Martin Luther's 95 Theses

Dr. J. Bradley Creed to speak at celebration.


The Logsdon School of Theology and Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University will be celebrating the 500 th  anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses on October 30-31. Dr. J. Bradley Creed, a church historian and the President of Campbell University in North Carolina, will be sharing why the ideas of Luther is still relevant today.

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther placed a document on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral entitled, "The Ninety-Five Theses." Within this document, Luther introduced new, profound ideas that launched a revolution of beliefs that are still taught today, such as: the Bible is the most reliable source of truth about God, grace is free, and our faith is what grants us the opportunity to relate to a personal God who loves us.

The first lecture, entitled "Martin Luther and the Reformation of the University", will take place Monday, October 30 th at 7:00 p.m. in Logsdon Chapel. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Behrens Chapel, Creed will discuss how this historical event still has an influence on the everyday life. The event will close in the John Building Multi-Purpose Room at 12:00 p.m. with a lecture entitled "Martin Luther's Baptist Legacy".

About Dr. J. Bradley Creed  

Dr. J. Bradley Creed an accomplished leader of mission-driven institutions and a scholar and historian of religion, began his duties as Campbell University's fifth president on July 1, 2015. Previously, Dr. Creed was the provost, executive vice president, and professor of religion at Samford University, a private Christian university in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining Samford, Dr. Creed was a professor of Christian history, associate dean, and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has also served as the scholar-in-residence at the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., and visiting professor of church history at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia. Earlier in his career, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana. A Jacksonville, Texas, native, Dr. Creed received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University, graduating cum laude. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He pursued further study in Harvard University's Management Development Program and in the Spanish language program at Academia Hispano Americano in Mexico. Dr. Creed's wife, Kathy, is an educator by training and previously was a public school teacher and administrator in Texas and Louisiana. The Creeds' family includes son Charles; daughter Carrie Grace; and one grandson, James Noble Creed. A daughter, Caitlin, died in 2007 during her freshman year in college.