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Art and the Pulpit with Guest Dr. Carl Ellis

Walter Strickland and Carl Ellis discuss how the sermon is a piece of rhetoric that is not merely made of wise words (Acts 4:13), but could also be described as a piece of art. Even if there are no icons, tapestries, and stained glass windows in a church, there is still art in worship and in the sermon.


  • Walter Strickland is Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has contributed to, edited, and authored multiple books in his areas of research interest, which include the African American theological tradition, education theory, and theology of work.
  • Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister in New York, he studied under Francis Schaeffer at LÁbri in Switzerland, completed his MAR at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School. In recent years, Dr. Ellis has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and is now the leader of the African American Leadership Initiative at Reformed Theological Seminary, where he teaches, and collaborates with RTS presidents, deans and faculty to cultivate mentoring and modeling of students who aspire to serve in predominantly black church and multi-ethnic contexts.


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