Labberton brings message of love, justice to Amp pulpit

Labberton

The Rev. Dr. Mark Labberton  will be the chaplain in residence at Chautauqua for Week Three, preaching at 10:45 a.m. Sunday and at 9:15 a.m. Monday to Friday in the Amphitheater. He will share his faith journey at the 5 p.m. Sunday Vespers in the Hall of Philosophy.

Labberton is the Lloyd John Ogilvie Chair of Preaching and director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

Having served in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years, Labberton was the senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Calif., for the past 17 years before joining the faculty at Fuller.

Labberton cares deeply about God’s call for God’s people in community to be loving and just manifestations of the Kingdom of God in everyday life, and especially among those facing chronic and acute injustice in our world. These convictions are expressed in his book The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice and in his most recent book, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others through the Eyes of Jesus. These convictions are also central in his development of national and international preacher-formation groups called Micah Groups, sponsored by the Ogilvie Institute.

Labberton holds degrees from Whitman College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Cambridge University. A frequent speaker at churches, conferences and seminaries in the United States and around the world, he currently also serves as a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission, a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and on the board of John Stott Ministries.

On Sunday he will preach on “An Undomesticated God.” For the rest of the week his topics are “Smelling Salts,” “Inverted Living,” “Shocking Righteousness,” “Warnings and Discoveries” and “The Ministry of the Unlikely”

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