Grove City professor of religion, Greek invited to do lecture

Staff report

Grove city, pa.

T. David Gordon, professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College, was invited by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to present the E.Y. Mullins Lectures on Preaching in Louisville, Ky.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary asked Gordon to speak due to his book published in 2009, “Why Johnny Can’t Preach.”

In his book, Gordon discusses the “foolish” message and medium while attempting to argue that the movement from a typographical culture to an electronic and image-based culture in the latter half of the 20th century had very negative consequences for preaching.

“It is an honor to be a non-Baptist and to do the lecture. I’m very pleased they invited me,” Gordon said.

Edgar Young Mullins was the fourth president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Through his books, sermons and denominational articles, Mullins became one of the most influential Baptists of the twentieth century. His influence extended to all spheres of the Southern Baptist life.

Throughout the years, Gordon has served as a pastor and a supply minister, contributed to countless reviews and articles and speaks at numerous events around the country. Gordon has written two books titled, “Why Johnny Can’t Preach,” and “Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns.”

For additional information on Gordon, including where he will be speaking, visit

Founded in 1876, Grove City College stands on its founding ideals of faith and freedom, made possible by an unwavering commitment to Christian principles and rigorous academics at a price within the reach of families with modest means.

The college, located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pa., has an enrollment of 2,500 students and teaches the liberal arts, sciences and engineering. It is an advocate of the free market economic system and accepts no federal funding.

Tuition is about half the national average for private colleges. Grove City College has been named the Top Value in Private Liberal-Arts Schools by Consumers Digest Magazine.

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