ACU's 81st annual lectureship to attempt to take
Christian growth to higher plane
For immediate release
February 9, 1999
The world is changing at breakneck speed, and Abilene
Christian University's 81st Annual Bible Lectureship is
designed to help participants stay focused on God while the
world rushes past.
ACU's signature event, scheduled Feb. 21-24, is designed
to meet the needs of a wider variety of people, said Bill
Young, director of church relations and Lectureship.
Many changes have taken place during the past year's
planning. For example, several younger preachers are giving
a series of lectures. Other sessions will address worship
that changes lives, the role of fasting in today's world,
dealing with the death of a child and intimacy in
These are just a few of the examples of some updated
classes that add to nearly 100 classes about God, salvation,
evangelism, missions and much more. (See printed
In addition, Lectureship planners have added something
new for the final evening -- a night of celebration of
Christians, past and present. Guest lecturer Dr. Jerry
Rushford, director of church relations at Pepperdine
University, will focus on biblical history, hope and
Rushford's theme will be "Surrounded by a Great Cloud of
Witnesses." A special invitation to attend has been extended
to all Churches of Christ in the Abilene region.
"We'd like to make our local friends feel very special on
this last night," Young said. All participants in town for
the week's events will be urged to remain for the final
night of joyful singing, praise and worship.
Throughout the week, one of the broadest slate of
speakers ever will focus on the theme "Behold, He
"Our speakers will remind us, challenge us and convict us
to confidently exemplify God's presence in a world that's
constantly changing," said ACU president Dr. Royce
Young said the goal of this year's Lectureship is for
people in any life situation -- parents, teens, seniors,
couples -- to leave better equipped to live for Christ.
"People are crying out for knowledge," Young said. "We
want to bring in teachers who are storehouses of great
knowledge to share their insights and to open doors for even
greater blessings in the lives of all who attend."
Attendees from around the world are registered, Young
1999 Lectureship theme speakers will appeal to all
Amid several refreshing changes in Lectureship for
February 1999, one thing remains the same -- ACU will serve
as host for seven keynote lecturers. This year they will
address the theme, "Behold, He Comes!"
- Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21 -- Dr. Charles
Siburt, associate chair of ACU's Graduate Department of
Bible and Ministry, will present "The Shape of God's
Future for Us." Text: Isaiah 40:1-11
- Monday, 9:45 a.m., Feb. 22 -- Daniel A.
Rodriguez, assistant professor of religion and missions
at Pepperdine University, will present "They Shall Come
from East and West." Text: Luke 13:22-29
- Monday, 7 p.m., Feb. 22 -- Chris Seidman,
minister for the Gateway Church of Christ in Pensacola,
Fla., will present "The Witness Relocation Program."
Text: Acts 1:6-8
- Tuesday, 9:45 a.m., Feb. 23 -- Randy L.
Daugherty, evangelist for the Oldham Lane Church of
Christ in Abilene, will present "Since We Belong to the
Day." Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
- Tuesday, 7 p.m., Feb. 23 -- Don McLaughlin,
minister for the North Atlanta Church of Christ in
Atlanta, will present "Heaven in the Real World." Text:
- Wednesday, 9:45 a.m., Feb. 24 -- Stephen
Johnson, minister of the Edgemere Church of Christ in
Wichita Falls, will present "The Fire of God's Presence:
Worship as Transformation." Text: Hebrews 12:18-29
- Wednesday, 7 p.m., Feb. 24 -- Jerry Rushford,
director of church relations for Pepperdine University,
will present "Surrounded by a Great Cloud of Witnesses."
Text: Hebrews 11:1-12
For the first time, arrangements have been made by ACU's
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and
Information Technology Department to show the seven theme
lectures live via webcast.
Scruggs Gymnasium to transform into Lectureship Exhibit
As the Sing Song spotlights fade at approximately 11 p.m.
Saturday night Feb. 20, crews of people will be taking
Scruggs Gymnasium by storm.
Scruggs Gymnasium, adjacent to Moody Coliseum, is used as
the staging area for approximately 900 performers for ACU's
annual Sing Song musical variety show Feb. 19-20, but by 8
a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, the stage will be set in Scruggs for
one of the largest Christian trade shows in the world.
During the night, more than 1,360 linear feet of tables
for displays will be set up to accommodate 114 different
Thom Lemmons, exhibit coordinator for Lectureship, said
exhibitors will be coming to Lectureship from across the
nation and as far away as England. Exhibitors will represent
a diverse group of missions, Bible camps, children's homes,
various support organizations for Churches of Christ as well
as a number of retailers offering books, other printed
material, apparel, music and other items.
This will be the first time all exhibitors have been in
one location at Lectureship since 1994.
"With one exhibit location, visitors should find it
easier to find materials they are looking for," Lemmons
Recap of changes for 1999 Lectureship:
- More younger speakers
- More diverse schedule of classes targeting all stages
- Focus on Abilene Churches of Christ on final
- Exhibits moved to one location
- Theme lectures to be shown live via webcast
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