Saturday, February 15, 2003

Talks explore early
Christian accounts

Star-Bulletin staff

A New Testament scholar and author will explore accounts of the first century of Christianity in the annual Britt lecture series this weekend.

Beverly Gaventa Roberts, professor of New Testament literature and analysis at Princeton Theological Seminary, will speak tonight, tomorrow and Monday at First United Methodist Church.

Gaventa is the author of several books, including "Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus." She is editor-at-large for Christian Century magazine and has been moderator and speaker in the "Disciple II Bible Study" series.

All of the talks at the 1020 S. Beretania St. sanctuary are free and open to the public. The topics will be:

>> Today: 7 p.m. "Cornelius and Peter: The Church Seized by the Gospel."

>> Tomorrow: 7 p.m. "Lydia, an Agent of God's Hospitality."

>> Monday: 9 a.m. to noon. "The Acts of the Apostles: Neglected Friend of Pastors."

Each evening session will begin with a half-hour worship service and will include a question-and-answer forum. Tomorrow's lecture will be preceded by a 6 p.m. concert, "A Celebration of the Americas," by the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra. Information on child care is available by calling the church office at 522-9555.

The lecture series was begun 24 years ago, funded by an endowment by the late Dr. Clarence Britt and Caroline Britt, of Tulsa, Okla.

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