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King University News :: Bestselling Christian Author Philip Yancey to Present Buechner Institute’s Annual Lectureship at First Presbyterian Church Feb. 7

BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 22, 2015 – Each year, the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute at King University hosts its annual Buechner Lectureship. Past lecturers include Frederick Buechner, for whom the Institute is named, Barbara Brown Taylor, Ron Hansen, Katherine Paterson, Marilynne Robinson, Kathleen Norris, and Patricia Hampl. This year, the Institute is pleased to present bestselling writer Philip Yancey as the 2015 Buechner Lecturer. On Saturday, Feb. 7, at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., Yancey will begin the day’s events with an on-stage interview at 4 p.m., followed by his lecture at 7 p.m. The events are part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute’s 2014-15 Lecture Series and are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

One of the founding members of the Buechner Institute Advisory Board, Philip Yancey is editor-at-large for Christianity Today, a journalist, and best-selling author. Yancey says that his books, which include “Where Is God When it Hurts?,” “Disappointment With God,” “What’s So Amazing About Grace?,” “The Jesus I Never Knew,” are for people “living on the borderlands of faith.”

“We are excited to have Philip Yancey present the 2015 Buechner Institute Annual Lectureship. Yancey is a friend of Frederick Buechner, and like Buechner, he wrestles with the difficult questions, the doubt, and the impossible love found within the Christian faith,” says Shannon Harris, coordinator of the Buechner Institute at King. “Yancey unflinchingly explores the art, beauty, lostness and pain of God’s world in his work.”

Yancey’s work has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide since 1977. Many of his titles have won prestigious awards, and his essays have appeared in Reader’s Digest, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal.

Yancey grew up in Atlanta, near the suburbs, and has lived since in Chicago and Colorado. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Chicago, Yancey has published 25 books and has written for many periodicals. Yancey has also served on the editorial board for Books Culture.

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern United States, Yancey writes that he tended to view God as “a scowling super cop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time—in order to squash them,” ( He devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. Along the way, he realized that God had been misrepresented to him at a young age.

Since that time, Yancey has explored the most fundamental questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. “Writing is such an introspective act that I found myself looking for ways to connect with the planet bodily,” Yancey also commented. “My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology (in small doses), politics, literature, and classical music.” In 2007, Yancey completed his goal of climbing all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks.

Philip Yancey will be interviewed on-stage at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., by Jim Dahlman, associate professor of Communications at Milligan College. Philip Yancey will give a presentation at 7 p.m. The events are open to the public and free to attend. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, coordinator for the Buechner Institute, at or 423-652-4836.



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