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ACU's Lectureship 2003 to focus on the kingdom of God

For immediate release
Jan. 2, 2003

Abilene Christian University's 85th annual Bible Lectureship will examine spirituality in the book of Matthew with the theme "Welcoming the Reign of God" Feb. 23-26. In addition, this year's Lectureship will feature special forums and presentations on subjects such as "Faith and Art" and "Gospel and Culture."

"Our theme challenges us to experience the reign and presence of God in our lives today," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "We trust the theme speakers, classroom teachers and other programs will provide beneficial information and biblical inspiration."

Speeches and classes will recall Jesus' prayer in Matt. 6:10.

"No revolutionary slogan carries more possibility for dramatic world change than the church's prayer, 'your kingdom come, your will be done, one earth as it is in heaven...'" said Dr. Mark Love, director of ministry events. "Were the implications of such a prayer to seize our hearts and capture our imaginations, our churches and communities would never be the same. This prayer does nothing less than evoke the reign of God."

Keynote speakers will speak on that topic in Moody Coliseum each day at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Keynote speakers are Dan Bouchelle of Amarillo; Steve Weathers, assistant professor of English at ACU; Jerry Rushford of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.; Jeff Christian of Tyler; Tony Roach of Abilene; Chris Seidman of Farmers Branch; and Lynn Anderson of San Antonio.

For the first time this year, special classes will focus on the relationship between art and faith. Presentations by painter, sculptor and illustrator John Collier; Jack Maxwell, chair of the Department of Art at ACU; and actor and novelist Jeff Berryman, will take place in the new Williams Performing Arts Center. In addition, Tim Slover's play "Joyful Noise" will be presented in Fulks Theatre in the Williams Performing Arts Center.

"We are excited this year to hold some classes in the new Williams Performing Arts Center," Love said. "The completion of this building has caused us to reflect on the relationship between art and spirituality."

Several classes will also explore the topic of "Gospel and Culture" including a coffee house dedicated to the topic each night following the main lecture. Specific topics addressed at the coffee house sessions are film and faith, contemporary music and faith, and literature and faith.

For the second year, the Lectureship Tent will be available for fellowship and refreshment. Originally appearing at Lectureship in 1953, the tent served for many decades as the site of exhibits, booths and fellowship. With the addition of the Biblical Studies Building, such activities moved indoors to the Hall of Servants. The tent was revived last year, solely as a place of fellowship and refreshment. Coffee, pies and other snacks will be served by Women for ACU.

A special forum will address the topic "Evangelicals and Churches of Christ" with Richard Hughes, John Mark Hicks, Rhonda Lowry, Mark Henderson and daily special guests Monday through Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.

A workshop designed for preachers and led by David Fleer will go behind the scenes in the sermons of three Lectureship presenters, offering insight into their preaching.

Full details, schedule and registration information about ACU's Lectureship 2003 are available on the Web at


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