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Gardner-Webb School of Divinity Hosts Winter Bible Study Preview

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Dr. Jim McConnell Leads Overview of the Book of Ephesians

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity hosts the Winter Bible Study Preview on Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hope Hall, Tucker Student Center. School of Divinity Associate Dean Jim McConnell, professor of New Testament Interpretation, will lead the study of “The Letter to the Ephesians: Being the Church.”

The event is free, and lunch is included if participants RSVP by Nov. 4 to Lisa Hollifield.

McConnell will give an overview of the book of Ephesians in the New Testament. “I will be providing the historical background of the letter followed by a section-by-section explanation of the text,” he said.

He shared that his favorite verses from Ephesians are found in Chapter 3, verses 14-21. “The author desires for the readers of the letter to understand what is not possible to comprehend in a human way, namely the love of Christ for all people,” McConnell explained.

McConnell, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., joined the Gardner-Webb School of Divinity faculty in 2009. He teaches classes in all areas of New Testament as well as biblical Greek. The author of “The topos of Divine Testimony in Luke-Acts (Pickwick, 2014),” as well as other articles and essays, McConnell focuses especially on Luke-Acts and Paul. He also serves as the associate editor of the journal, “Review & Expositor.”

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event.  Please call 704-406-4270 or email [email protected] with your request.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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