Best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey will be the featured speaker at Trinity Lutheran Church this weekend.
He’s scheduled to appear 4-5 p.m. both Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, at the Freeland church, 18341 State Highway 525.
The event is part of the 2018 Speaker Series sponsored by the church. The talks are free and open to the public.
“Dispensing Grace to a Divided World” is the topic for Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon, Yancey will speak on “Prayer: Does It Make a Difference?”
Each talk will be followed with a question and answer session, followed by a book signing.
Books will be available to purchase.
Seating is on a first-come basis; doors open at 3:15 p.m both days.
In addition, Yancey will preach at Sunday worship services at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
His books consider topics of faith, pain, doubt and grace. They have sold 15 million copies in over 50 languages, according to a press release.
He writes to address the ongoing questions and concerns he perceives in his own life.
His book titles include: “Where is God When it Hurts?; “Soul Survivor” and “Prayer, Does it Make a Difference?”
Yancey approaches writing as a journalist, extensively researching topics, then interviewing sources and authorities who have wrestled with similar questions.
Yancey currently serves as an editor-at-large for Christianity Today and is an online contributor to the Washington Post.
He had to “unlearn” much of what he was taught about God in the fundamentalist, segregated church of his childhood in Atlanta, according to his website.
Books became his window to a wider world, opening his mind, challenging his upbringing and going against what he had been taught — which sometimes resulted in a sense of betrayal.
“I’m a pilgrim, recovering from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller,” he states on the website.
“My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I wonder about and worry about. I write for people struggling in the borderlands of faith.”
He will be accompanied by his wife, Janet, a social worker by profession, who served Chicago’s inner-city senior community and later provided chaplaincy care for hospice patients in Denver.
• For additional information, go to www.philip yancey.com.