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Mission & Purpose
The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence.
The Center has a two-fold purpose: (1) To convey graciously and apply effectively the Christian worldview to all areas of culture and to the human condition; (2) To encourage and support the Church in its redemptive work.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist Church
How is our Christian faith integrated?
What impact has it made on our culture?
Why do we celebrate?
The struggle for civil rights in North America began before the birth of the United States as a nation. A landmark achievement in the quest for social equity is the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fifty years later we pause to reflect upon the struggle and the gains toward achieving the ideals of the law. How should Christians think about Civil Rights? What role did Christian groups play in the Civil Rights Movement? What are the continued struggles for civil rights and how can the church get involved? Answer these questions and others as we commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Drummond-Bush Lectureship was established in 2011 and made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. Drummond in memory of her late husband Dr. Lewis Drummond, fourth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1988-1992). The Drummond-Bush lecture series also honors Dr. L. Russ Bush who at the time of his death was professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. The lecture series addresses apologetic and cultural issues related to the life and ministry of the Church.
Dr. Gerald Smith is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He earned his B.A, M.A., and Ph.D degrees from the University of Kentucky in history. He taught at the University of Memphis from 1988-1993. He is currently an associate professor of history and the Martin Luther King Center Scholar-in Residence at the University of Kentucky. From 1997-2005, he served as the director of the African American Studies and Research Program at UK. He pastored the Farristown Baptist Church in Berea, Kentucky for nearly eight years and was called to pastor Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington on November 1, 2011.
Dr. Smith is the author, editor, or co-editor of three books. He was a contributing volume co-editor of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume Six: Advocate of the Social Gospel. He has nearly forty other publications in historical journals and encyclopedias. He has consulted on various historical projects, lectured on college campuses around the state, and conducted workshops for primary and secondary school teachers. He has also appeared in historical documentaries which have aired on CBS, NBC, KET, and TruTV. He is currently researching and writing a new general history of African Americans in Kentucky and completing his work as a general co-editor of The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia which will be published next year.
Over the years, he has served on a number of different boards and committees and now serves as chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. His awards include: selection as a National Faculty Scholar (1997); Who’s Who Among African Americans (2000); induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars of Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia ( March 2000), and the Evelyn Black Award from the UK Black Student Union (2005). He is a 2006 inductee into the Henry Clay High School Hall of Fame in Lexington, Kentucky; a recipient of the 2011 Richard H. Collins Award from the Kentucky Historical Society, a 2012 inductee into the UK chapter of Phi Theta Phi National Honor Society; and, one of six professors on campus chosen by the UK Alumni Association to receive the 2013 Great Teacher Award.
He is married to the former Teresa Turner. They are the parents of two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah.