By Andy Hale
Just a few weeks back, I was preaching out of on Luke’s many retellings of Jesus’ encounter with the leper. As I described the physical, spiritual, and social torment of this man, I could not help but think that this disease seems like a thing of our ancient past.
Except, not twenty miles down the Mississippi River from my home in Baton Rouge is the Carville Leprosy Center that closed down in 1999.
The revolutionary work at this Center was that of Dr. Paul Brand. The first to discover that leprosy was a disease that attacks the nerves of the body, Dr. Brand pioneered the development of tendon transfer for use in the hands of the leprous.
I was delighted to learn that Dr. Brand frequently preached and lectured at University Baptist Church in the 1980s while working downriver at the Carville Center.
For many readers of Philip Yancey, the name of Dr. Brand is familiar, since they co-authored several books together. This year, Yancey has released several of their writings into one book, Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image.
For most Evangelical readers, Philip Yancey needs no introduction. Reading What Good is God feels like a rite of passage for many on this spectrum of the faith. He has written countless books, with over 15 million copies printed in English alone.
“I started writing with a personal pilgrimage approach to all of my books. By tackling personal theological issues, I hope to lower the guard of people living on the margins and let them know they are not alone. I want to start where my readers are, gradually working my way to solid theology and a reasonable stance,” said Yancey on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
We sat down with the author to discuss his career and new projects.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy