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Feb. 12, 2004
Christians from around the nation will find spiritual renewal at Abilene Christian University’s Lectureship 2004, focusing on "Come to the Waters: Messages of Renewal from Isaiah." In addition to the traditional keynote speakers and wide variety of Bible study classes, once again this year, Lectureship will feature "Art and Faith" classes, dialogue-style forums and coffee house discussions.
Several activities will focus on "Gospel and Culture," including classes on church planting.
"In a post-Christian culture, we can no longer assume an ‘if we build it they will come’ mentality of church life," said Dr. Mark Love, director of ministry events. "We must recover a sense that the church is a missionary community sent into the world."
In addition, coffee house discussions will take place each night on various gospel and culture topics such as "The Gospel and Literature," "The Gospel and the Matrix," and "The Gospel and the Lord of the Rings." The coffee house discussions are Sunday through Wednesday night in the Bean Sprout just after each evening’s main lecture.
The 'Art and Faith" series includes classes and demonstrations by sculptors, actors and musicians for the second year in a row.
"We decided to make the 'Art and Faith' series a regular part of Lectureship after the overwhelming response to last year's program," Love said.
The ACU department of Art and Design will host an exhibition of pieces focusing on spirituality. The works will be on display in the Shore Art Gallery throughout Lectureship. A reception to meet the artists will take place Monday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m., and a brown-bag lunch on Tuesday, Feb.23, at 12:15 p.m. will feature presentations by some of the artists who will discuss their work. All events will be in the Shore Art Gallery.
Performer Geanetta Bennett will explore the relationship between art and the life of the church through teaching, acting and singing on Feb. 22 and 23 at 9:45 a.m. in Fulks Theatre in the Williams Performing Arts Center.
One of the highlights of the "Art and Faith" series will be a special Lectureship performance of "Marvin’s Room" Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in Fulks Theatre.
Theme speeches and other classes will focus on themes of renewal from the book of Isaiah.
"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.
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."
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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