15th February 2000






A controversial American evangelist will visit Lincoln as part of a national tour of Jesus seminars.


The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will host leading biblical scholar Robert Funk on Wednesday, 5th April.


Mr Funk has made it his life work to discover what he calls the ‘genuine article’ of Jesus which he believes is hidden behind the words of the New Testament.


The ‘Jesus Before the Myth’ lecture is a unique opportunity for anyone, whatever their religious views, to meet an uncompromising speaker who seeks to portray Jesus in a more honest light, as he sees it, as critic, rebel and sage.


The six-week ‘Jesus Seminar On the Road - UK 2000’ tour will see Mr Funk at 21 British venues as he spreads his message up and down the country.


Another evangelist who has courted controversy with the traditional church in America is Bishop John Shelby Spong. He said of Mr Funk: “Robert Funk will threaten the traditional, uncritical believer, but he will excite, encourage and give hope to countless millions...”


The Lincoln lecture will take place in the Jackson Lecture Theatre from 7.30pm. Admission is £4 - for more details ring Rev Leslie Acklam on 01522 887827.