Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 18, 2016) – On Sunday, January 24, 2016, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale will welcome Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Walton as the guest preacher at the church’s 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Rev. Dr. Walton is a social ethicist and scholar of American religions who has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, CNN and the BBC.
“We are very pleased to host Dr. Walton for a guest sermon to share his insights on the intersection of religion, politics and media culture with our congregation especially in this increasingly political climate,” said Rev. Dr. Russ Ritchel, Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale.
Walton, who earned his Ph.D. and master of divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University, the Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church and the professor of religion and society on the faculty of the divinity school. He has been published in scholarly journals, including Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and he has published a book titled, “Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism.”
The message for Rev. Dr. Walton’s sermon for the 11 a.m. traditional service at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, which is titled “Be Wary of Praise Reports,” will be based on Biblical text from Luke 4: 14-21.
Rev. Dr. Russ Ritchel will be delivering the sermon at the church’s 8:30 a.m. traditional and 9:30 a.m. contemporary worship services.
About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers two regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.