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Book of Luke focus of Darrell Huckaby's lecture series

Book of Luke to be focus of Darrell Huckaby’s lecture series

Citizen columnist Darrell Huckaby will discuss the Book of Luke during a lunch and learn series at the Conyers First United Methodist Church on April 3, May 15, June 12 and July 31. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

Citizen columnist Darrell Huckaby will discuss the Book of Luke during a lunch and learn series at the Conyers First United Methodist Church on April 3, May 15, June 12 and July 31. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

According to Bible scholars, the writer of the Gospel of Luke had an outstanding command of the language. His vocabulary is rich and his style, at times, approaches that of classical Greek. His words seem to reveal geographical and cultural sensitivity.

Next week, Newton County native Darrell Huckaby, known for his own command of the English language and writings drenched in the geography of the South, its heritage and culture, will share his interpretation of Luke’s Gospels.

Much like Luke, the author of the third Gospel, Huckaby is also a master at engaging audiences, and he will use his noted talents and humor to continue the lunchtime lecture series “I Love to Tell the Story: A Southern Man Looks at the Book of Luke.” The lecture is Thursday, April 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with lunch followed by Huckaby’s lecture at noon.

This will be the second of five lunch and learn lectures at Conyers First United Methodist Church and the event is free and open to the public. However, guests who would like to enjoy lunch during the series are asked to make reservations by calling the church at 770-483-4236. A gourmet “grab and go” lunch prepared by the Meals with a Mission team will be available for a $6 donation, or guests may bring their own lunches.

For these special lunch and learn lectures, Huckaby forgoes his usual speaking fee and all proceeds from donations go to support mission projects.

The first lecture was held last month, but Huckaby said each lecture stands on its own, so those who missed the first one should still be able to enjoy the rest of the series.

“We’re just going through the Book of Luke,” he said. “We already covered the first four chapters. We’ll pick up right after the Christmas story and start where Christ started his ministry.”

Known for his humorous take on life, Huckaby promises to make the lectures interesting.

“We’re looking at the whole Gospel according to Luke from my viewpoint as a Southerner,” he said. “I use humor and down-home expressions and cover Luke as a way everybody can understand it and enjoy it. I was raised up listening to all the Bible stories and this is a great opportunity to share.

“We’re going to cover the main topics and we’ll be talking about the Sermon on the Mount. I’ll try to boil down the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes in my kind of language. It’ll be an enjoyable take on it.”

Born and raised in the mill village of Porterdale, Huckaby and his wife Lisa are the parents of three children. Now a longtime resident of Conyers, he retired last May after a career in teaching. He taught history and current issues at Heritage High School.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Huckaby is the author of 10 books and has a syndicated newspaper column, which appears regularly in the Citizen. He also has a commentary on the Moby in the Morning radio show on Wednesdays at 7:50 a.m. The author and humorist sponsors group tours across the country and around the world.

“We just got back from the Holy Land last week,” Huckaby said. “We saw everything. If it was recorded in the Bible, we saw it. It gives you a different perspective. It gives me a more vivid picture in my mind.”

The April 3 lecture is followed by additional lectures on May 15, June 12 and July 31. Conyers First United Methodist Church is located at 921 N. Main St. in Olde Town Conyers.

Beth Slaughter Sexton is a freelance writer based in Gwinnett County. Contact her at bethslaughtersexton@gmail.com.