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 Millennium."

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 Coliseum.

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 conversation.

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, including:

  • ACU Alumni Day Luncheon, Sunday, Feb. 20 - ACU's Alumnus of the Year recipient will be presented at this event.
  • Christian Service Luncheon, Monday, Feb. 21 - ACU's Christian Service Award will be presented at this event.
  • Friends of ACU Library Dinner, Monday, Feb. 21 - A special volunteer service award will be presented at this event.
  • 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 $1,570,000.

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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