Lectureship 2000 to focus on unfinished business; open
dialogue for Christian growth
For Immediate Release
Feb. 14, 2000
With the new millennium a little more than six weeks old,
the focus of ACU's 82nd annual Bible Lectureship will be
"Unfinished Business: Challenges for the New
ACU President Royce Money will kick off the lectures with
"A Vision for the Third Millennium" on Sunday, Feb. 20, at
7:30 p.m. with a keynote address in Moody Coliseum.
"It's time the Churches of Christ pull together and make
a positive impact on society," Money said. "I hope we can
lead the way on such an effort with Lectureship 2000 serving
as the starting point."
During Money's presentation, he also will reference a
recent statement he made at Southwestern Christian College
in Terrell concerning ACU's denying admittance to
African-Americans prior to 1965.
On Monday evening at 7 p.m., Jack Reese, dean of ACU's
College of Biblical Studies, will present "May It Be
According to Your World" in Moody Coliseum.
Then, on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum,
Mike Cope, adjunct faculty for undergraduate Bible and
ministry, will present "A Passion for Community."
To wrap up the lecture series on Wednesday night, Ervin
Seamster, special assistant to the president at ACU, will
present "Holy God: Holy People" at 7 p.m. in Moody
Along with those evening addresses, three morning keynote
presentations will take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
(Feb. 21-23) at 9:45 a.m. each day in Moody Coliseum.
Dr. Monte Cox, director of missions at Harding
University, will speak Monday morning about "Renewing Our
Identity: Seeking and Saving the Lost."
Dr. Harold Hazelip, chancellor of David Lipscomb
University, will speak Tuesday morning about "People of
Proclamation and Prayer."
Mark LaValley, preaching minister for the North Street
Church of Christ in Fayetteville, Ark., will speak Wednesday
morning about "A Gospel for All Generations."
A special series concerning how a group of believers can
remain united when some individuals might have differing
opinions also will take place Monday through Wednesday with
sessions starting each day at 1:45 p.m. in the University
Church of Christ auditorium.
F. LaGard Smith and Michael Armour have agreed to discuss
issues facing the Church of Christ and model godly
On Monday, Smith and Armour will address "The Necessity
of Constructive Conversation." On Tuesday they will focus
on "Taking Different Perspectives Seriously," and on
Wednesday their focus will be on "Honoring One Another in
the Midst of Differences."
Other special events will round out Lectureship week,
- ACU Alumni Day Luncheon, Sunday, Feb. 20 - ACU's
Alumnus of the Year recipient will be presented at this
- Christian Service Luncheon, Monday, Feb. 21 - ACU's
Christian Service Award will be presented at this
- Friends of ACU Library Dinner, Monday, Feb. 21 - A
special volunteer service award will be presented at this
- WACU "For Ladies Only" Dinner, Tuesday, Feb. 22
- Mass Communication Ministry Symposium, Monday, Feb.
21, through Wednesday, Feb. 23.
ACU's annual lectureship follows Sing Song, Abilene's
largest annual musical extravaganza. The two events draw
incredible crowds of people from around the world, and
estimates this year indicate as many as 15,000 people will
be guests in Abilene during this six-day stretch. With that
kind of guest volume, the economic impact of ACU's Sing Song
and Lectureship on Abilene will be greater than
With many out-of-town guests arriving, Money is quick to
point out the value of these events to the Abilene area
populations, economics aside.
"This is a great opportunity for Christians in Abilene to
hear some of the finest preachers and teachers of our
generation," he said. "I encourage all Christians in
Abilene to take advantage of the multitude of classes and
the keynote lectures. The wealth of Christian education and
encouragement available through Lectureship is just as
important to Abilene folks as it is to Christian brothers
and sisters from around the world."
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