May 2020 News Perspective Online

Faculty Update

Jack Levison’s New Book Trending on Amazon 

Jack Levison’s new ebook, 7 Questions About the Holy Spirit (Amazon, 2020) was trending on Amazon this month, ranking among top releases in the Spirituality Short Reads and Pneumatology Christian Theology categories. Levison is W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins. Check out the book here.


Robert Hunt Leads Unity Prayer

Robert Hunt, director of Global Theological Education at Perkins, recently led “United Through Prayer,” a daily videoconference with leaders of Dallas-area faith communities. Hosted by the Dialogue Institute Dallas, the prayer sessions began Sunday, March 29, and have continued nightly at 8 p.m. Each evening, a prominent faith leader shares their reflections and prayers for about 10 minutes, via the Institute’s Facebook page.

“No matter what our personal faith is, we are one big human family facing the same challenge,” according to a statement by the organizers. “Let us choose to unite and stay on the side of faith and hope.”

Many other alums and SMU-affiliated names have turned up in the prayer sessions, including the Rev. Blair Thompson-White (M.Div. ’12, D.Min. ‘18) of Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson; the Rev. Dr. George A. Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church, a board member of Perkins’ Baptist House of Studies; Imam Dr. Bilal Sert of the SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life; Rabbi Heidi Coretz of the SMU Office of the Chaplain and Hillel; and Pastor Richie L. Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas and also a member of Perkins’ Executive Board; and the Rev. Deniece Mason of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Sachse, a recent graduate of Perkins’ Course of Study School.