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Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 - hARTsem DAYS: Celebrate the Arts and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary

Mark Twain House Book Talk: Daniel Darling on “The Original Jesus”

Daniel Darling

Hartford Seminary will be co-sponsoring this BOOK/MARK event held at the Mark Twain House & Museum at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford in the Lincoln Financial Services Auditorium at The Mark Twain House & Museum. The program will be moderated by Lauren Yarger of The WritePros.

From hit songs to bumper stickers to eye-black, Jesus is trending high wherever one looks. But at the end of the day, many “try Jesus” and come away disappointed in the experience. That’s because the Jesus of popular culture looks much more like present day people than the God-man who appeared in the flesh two thousand years ago. There’s Guru Jesus, Braveheart Jesus, Dr.Phil Jesus, Free-Range Jesus, and plenty more imposters that feed into selfish desires. The problem is, they don’t have the power to save or transform people into new creations. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Original Jesus calls readers back to the Jesus who demands worship– the potter who molds the clay. The book calls seekers, skeptics, and sojourners to the way of faith to see Jesus for who he really is: “God in the flesh, calling people to surrender their very lives so that they may truly live.”

About Daniel Darling

Daniel Darling currently lives in the Nashville, Tennessee, area with his wife Angela and their four children. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry at Dayspring Bible College and is currently working on receiving his Master’s at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. When he’s not spending time with his family or studying, Daniel is the Vice President of Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Also, Darling is the host of a podcast series called The Way Home, is the author of several books, and has had his work featured in several publications such as, Relevant Magazine, Homelife, and Christianity Today.

About Lauren Yarger 

Lauren Yarger reviews Broadway and Off-Broadway theater as editor of Reflections in the Light, the only source for professional theater reviews/news with an added Christian perspective. She also covers Connecticut theater for The Connecticut Arts Connection and the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She is a voting member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and the CT Critics Circle. A playwright and theater producer, a writer and book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. As owner of The WritePros, she produces events to help authors create a buzz about their books.

The Book/Mark Series is supported by a generous grant from the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Trustees.

This is a free event, and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or visit marktwainhouse.org and click on Events.

Hartford Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies. What makes Hartford Seminary unique is their multi-faith environment and their proven ability to prepare leaders for the complex world that surrounds everyone. The school offers degree programs and graduate certificates as well as leadership certificates. Hartford Seminary seeks out students who are interested in serving their communities and deepening their own faiths, as well as understanding the faiths of others.

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

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