WAUSAU — Nationally recognized evangelist, prolific author and executive director of the Billy Graham Center will headline the eighth annual Veninga Lecture on Religion and Society on Sept. 13.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., will speak on “Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring our Best When the World is at its Worst.” This is the title of his most recent book, which will be released in October.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Wausau West High School auditorium, 1200 W. Wausau Ave., Wausau.

Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chairman for Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. In addition to leading the Billy Graham Center, he chairs the Evangelism and Leadership Department in Wheaton’s graduate school.

Widely known in religious media circles and through his work as a conference speaker, Stetzer has organized, revitalized and pastored churches and trained pastors on six continents, holds two masters’ and two doctoral degrees, and has written over a dozen books and hundreds of articles.

“Dr. Stetzer will provide insight into how Christians today can continue to inspire others and be a positive example of how to lead a faith-filled life – despite being portrayed in a less than shining light by some,” said Julie Bunzcak, WIPPS program manager, in a WIPPS news release.

For more information, email info@wipps.org or call 715-261-6368.

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As a way to broaden discussion of the Veninga Lecture topic, WIPPS is providing pre- and post-discussions open to the public on Sept. 13 and Sept. 17. For details and to register, go to http://wipps.org/events/.

Jim Veninga, former UW-Marathon County dean, religious studies professor and a founding father of WIPPS, created this annual lecture to help engage people on religion and its relationship to society.

Photo courtesy UW-Marathon County.