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The Rev. Dr. John Claypool

The late Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool was well known and much loved as a minister, preacher, theologian, author, and teacher.

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The Rev. Dr. John Rowan Claypool IV was well known and much loved as a minister, preacher, theologian, author, and teacher. He died September 3, 2005 at age 74.

He was born in Franklin, Kentucky, and reared in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His theological education continued at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin, Texas. Dr. Claypool earned a doctorate in theology and has received six honorary degrees.

The Rev. Dr. Claypool was ordained to the ministry in 1953 and served as pastor of five Baptist churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1986, he served as Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Chuurch in Birmingham, Alabama, for nearly fourteen years. He retired from full-time parish ministry in 2000 and then served as Professor of Preaching at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.

During that period, he served part-time as theologian-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 2001 to 2003, and has been an associate priest at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta since 2003.

John Claypool, a prolific writer, was the author of 11 books, including The Hopeful Heart, God the Ingenious Alchemist, and Tracks of a Fellow Struggler. He was a sought after speaker. The Very Rev. Harry Pritchett remembered, "He was always changing-growing, open to new possibilities. Life was a journey to John and it was my great privilege to be his friend during this part of the trip." Kirby Godsey, President of Mercer University, said, "John Claypool touched our souls. Amidst our wounds and our triumphs, his voice became for us the voice of God. He embraced the McAfee School of Theology, his students and his colleagues with a special measure of grace and with unfettered gentleness. John's presence in our lives and our histories is more than mere death can ever take away. He will continue to walk among us, giving light to our steps, wisdom for our hearts, and hope to our souls. John Claypool's life and presence and teaching were profound and enduring gifts to the entire Mercer University community."

In 2008 a new collection of his sermons on the twelve disciples, entitled The First to Follow, edited by his widow Ann Wilkinson Claypool, was published by Morehouse.

 


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30 Good Minutes: John Claypool on the Creative Power of Kindness

The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool, IV (TEC)
The Rev. Dr. John Claypool, Professor of Preaching at Mercer University’s School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, preaches on 'The Creative Power of Kindness,' based on John 8:2-11. This was originally broadcast on 30 Good Minutes, November 28, 2004.
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God's First Class

Luke 14: 1, 7-14

13th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)

August 29, 2004

The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool, IV (TEC)

Many years ago now when I was living in the great Southwest, I learned an interesting detail that reminded me that for all the ways we humans have changed there are certain habits that continue to persist and need to be challenged by the vision of reality Jesus came into the world to embody.

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July 25, 2004

To Whom Do We Pray?

The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool, IV (TEC)

The Rev. John Claypool, an Episcopal priest, is the professor of preaching for the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. In this sermon he explores Jesus' teaching on prayer.

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June 13, 2004

Life Is Gift

The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool, IV (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. John Claypool, an Episcopal priest and professor of preaching for the McAfee School of Thoelogy at Mercer University in Atlanta, reveals God's bold love for all of us--even the worst of sinners.

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May 09, 2004

Loving as Jesus Loved

The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool, IV (TEC)

The Rev. John Claypool, an Episcopal priest, is the professor of preaching for the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. In this text Dr. Claypool examines how Christians should show love for each other.