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Platt to headline Union’s Read the Bible for Life conference April 15-16

David Platt will be the keynote speaker at Union's Read the Bible for Life conference April 15-16.
David Platt will be the keynote speaker at Union's Read the Bible for Life conference April 15-16.

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 17, 2011 – Pastor and author David Platt will be the featured speaker at the Read the Bible for Life conference April 15-16 at Union University.

The conference, sponsored by Union’s R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, will address the topic of biblical literacy and is part of the “Read the Bible for Life” biblical literacy initiative by George Guthrie, the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union.

“The problem of biblical illiteracy is significant, particularly in the church,” said Ray Van Neste, director of the Ryan Center and associate professor of biblical studies. “For individuals and churches to be healthy, we must know and understand the Scriptures well.”

Van Neste said the conference will address such topics as effective Bible study, training others to study the Bible, understanding the overarching storyline of the Bible and available resources for personal and small group use.

Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., and author of “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream,” will give three plenary addresses during the two-day conference.

In addition to Platt’s addresses, the conference will feature a panel discussion with Platt, Guthrie and recording artist and author Michael Card, who will also lead a breakout session. Guthrie will lead breakout sessions for those wanting to use the “Read the Bible for Life” curriculum in their churches.

Other breakout sessions will be led by faculty members from Union’s School of Theology and Missions.

Cost for the conference is $60, or $50 for groups of 10 or more or those who register before March 23. Registration deadline is April 6. Registration fee includes the entire conference, two meals and a continental breakfast.

To register, or for more information, visit www.uu.edu/events/readthebibleforlife or call (731) 661-5579 or e-mail bdenker@uu.edu.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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