The guiding purpose behind the L.D. Johnson Memorial Lecture series at Furman University is to raise the question "What really matters?" and to learn from various faculty some answers to that question. Of course, the purpose of the series was also to encourage a broader audience to consider the question and their answers. These lectures are not about Dr. L.D. Johnson, for he would have been quick to direct the focus back toward the important question they raise. Instead, these lectures and their writers focus on what Johnson himself focused, the question and the search, with the hope that each reader will join in the search alongside him.
L.D.Johnson (1917-1981) was chaplain of Furman University, where under his direction the Furman Pastors School became the largest program of continuing theological education in the country. A native of Oklahoma, he was a graduate of George Washington University (BA) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M.,Th.D.). His pastorates included First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, and First Baptist Church, Danville, VA.