Ex-divinity school professor to lead Iuka conference, school


Dr. James Efird, retired professor from Duke University Divinity School will lead the Bible Conference and Pastor’s School at Iuka First United Methodist Church.

Both events are sponsored by the churches of the Iuka Parish.

The Pastor’s School will be offered on May 18-19 for one CEU. Efird will teach the course “Navigating Through Apocalyptic Literature” and will lead pastors in understanding the context of Daniel and Revelation as well as the meaning of apocalyptic literature today. The cost is $30 for preregistration and $35 the day of the event. To register, go online to www.iukaumc.org and send payment to 101 E. Eastport St., Iuka, MS 38852.

The Lay Bible Conference will meet at 7 p.m. May 17-20 for a Study on First Corinthians, “Looking Into a Mirror: Reflections of the First Century Church in Today’s Church.” All are invited free of charge.

Efird began teaching in the Divinity School at Duke as a graduate student in 1958, joined the faculty full time in 1962 and has taught Greek and Biblical studies to generations of students.

He is an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister and has served for nearly 50 years as interim supply pastor for various churches. Committed to making the Bible understandable and properly understood for pastors and laity alike, he has been active in the Divinity School Lay Academy program and has taught in churches of many denominations throughout North Carolina and elsewhere.

He first taught in the United Methodist Church’s Course of Study program in 1966 and continues to do so. He has written 13 books and more than 60 articles, many of which can be found in the Harper-Collins One Volume Bible Dictionary. He has also authored numerous Bible studies available through Cokesbury Bookstores.