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Dec. 9, 2003
Abilene Christian University's 86th annual Bible Lectureship will focus on renewal in the book of Isaiah with the theme "Come to the Waters: Messages of Renewal in Isaiah" Feb. 22-25. In addition, this year's Lectureship will feature a special dialogue forum and presentations on subjects such as "Faith and Art" and "Gospel and Culture."
"To use Isaiah's words, the 86th annual Bible Lectureship of Abilene Christian University is an invitation to 'Come to the Waters.' The waters offer refreshment, cleansing and new life," said Dr. Mark Love, director of ministry events. "So, as we come to lectureship this year, we expect to find all that water offers. We expect to be renewed."
Keynote speakers will speak on that topic in Moody Coliseum each day at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Keynote speakers are Mark Henderson of Oklahoma City; Tim Woodroof of Nashville; Jerry Taylor of Abilene; Ralph Draper of Longview; Eddie Sharp of Abilene; Monte Cox of Searcy, Ark.; and Stuart Love of Malibu, Calif.
Again this year, special classes will focus on the relationship between art and faith. This year's lineup includes a special presentation of the play "Marvin's Room," an orchestra performance and an art exhibit focusing on spirituality. Many of the Art and Faith offerings will take place in the Williams Performing Arts Center.
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 this year at the coffee houses will be "The Gospel and Literature," "The Gospel and The Matrix," and "The Gospel and The Lord of the Rings."
This year, ACU's Teague Special Events Center will be the home of exhibits and will serve as the gathering place for food, refreshments and fellowship, rather than the traditional lectureship tent.
"At last year's Lectureship Ol' Man Winter buried the venerable tradition of the Lectureship tent under ice and snow," Love said. "In a move akin to going from tabernacle to temple, we will move pie, coffee, sandwiches, croissants and other goodies into the more weather-impervious Teague Center."
A special forum with representatives from Churches of Christ as well as the International Churches of Christ will take place Monday through Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Participants will be Al Baird, Mike Taliaferro, Gregg Marutzky, Gordon Ferguson, Jack Reese, Jim Woodroof and John Wilson.
"For nearly 20 years, a growing silence has marked the division between these two groups," Love said. "While division loves silence, peace cherishes conversation. The good news is that change in both groups has brought us to a place where conversation is again welcomed and desired."
Lectureship will also feature general classes at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as times of praise, prayer, meals and fellowship.
Full details, schedule and registration information about ACU’s Lectureship 2004 are available on the Web at www.acu.edu/lectureship.
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