Magnificent Story: James Bryan Smith Visits Chapel Hill

Magnificent Zoe Groups: James Bryan SmithWe welcome pastor-in-residence Dr. James Bryan Smith to Chapel Hill on Sunday, September 10 to preach and sign his latest book. The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness and Truth  is the first in a forthcoming “Magnificent” trilogy. A noted theologian and author of the Good and Beautiful trilogy, Smith is executive director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University and a pastor-in-residence at Chapel Hill.

Smith will preach at 9:30 and 11 AM and sign his book in between and after services. Spiritual bookseller Eighth Day Books will be on hand selling copies of Smith’s works, including The Magnificent Story.

Chapel Hill Explores the Writings of Magnificent Story Author

Smith’s appearance highlights the exploration of Smith’s work this fall at Chapel Hill.

Magnificent Zoe Study Groups

Magnificent Story, Magnificent ZoeFirst, together with these sermon series, Chapel Hill Zoe Groups, our adult ministry small groups, will meet weekly this fall to discuss, study, learn and pray together over Smith’s newest book,  The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness and Truth (InterVarsity Press, 2017). Click here to learn about and register for our Magnificent Story Zoe study groups.

Good and Beautiful Sermon Series

Next, this summer and fall, Senior Pastor Jeff Gannon is leading sermon series based on two books from Smith’s Good and Beautiful trilogy. We examine  The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ from August through September. From October through November, we turn to The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love.

Apprentice Gathering, September 28 – 30

Finally, Chapel Hillers may wish to consider attending the Apprentice Gathering, a three-day workshop held by the Apprentice Institute for Christian Formation at Friends University. The Gathering is an annual spiritual retreat for individuals on a journey into Christlikeness. Dr. James Bryan Smith presides over inspiring presenters who help you draw closer to Christ in all aspects of life. Together, attendees and presenters alike seek to uncover a Gospel of beauty, goodness and truth. Learn more.



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