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ACU Bible Lectureship to focus on resurrection of Christ

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Feb. 11, 2004

Living life in light of the resurrection of Christ will be the theme for Abilene Christian University’s 87th annual Bible Lectureship, Feb. 20-23. ACU's annual Bible Lectureship brings church leaders, preachers and Christians from around the nation to Abilene to hear speakers and attend classes and other ministry activities.

The theme for the lectures is "Since You Have Been Raised with Christ" and focuses on the book of Colossians, said Dr. Mark Love, director of ministry events.

"Jesus' resurrection not only guarantees life beyond our physical deaths, it also guarantees a power for life here and now," Love said. "If you take the resurrection seriously, God isn't just an actor in the past but in the present. Jesus is living in His church. That’s what we are emphasizing."

Keynote speakers for this year's Lectureship are Billy Wilson of Holywood Church of Christ in Glasgow, Scotland; David Holmes of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.; Harold Shank of Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn.; Prentice Meador of Prestoncrest Church of Christ in Dallas; Billy Curl of Crenshaw Church of Christ in Los Angeles; Phil Ware of Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene; and Randy Harris, instructor of Bible, missions and ministry at ACU.

Keynote lectures will take place in Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 through Wednesday, Feb. 23. Other classes will take place in various locations throughout the week. For a full schedule, visit

A new forum this year will focus on serving multi-racial congregations. Five ministers who work in congregations of racial or ethnic diversity will offer challenges and lessons Monday, Feb. 21 through Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3:15 p.m. in Hart Auditorium in the Biblical Studies Building.  A second forum meeting at the same time in Room 114 of the Biblical Studies Building will continue the conversation begun last year between the mainstream Churches of Christ and the International Church of Christ.

Special classes will explore the relationship between art and faith, including an art exhibit called "Iron Apron Strings," featuring the art of Jill Maxwell of Abilene. The show will include paintings, drawing and multimedia works representing medieval religious icons and begins Sunday, Feb. 20 at 8:45 p.m. in the Shore Art Gallery of the Don H. Morris Center.  In addition, the ACU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will present a concert featuring 19th and 20th-century masterpieces Monday, Feb. 21 at 8:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.  Eric Harrell, assistant professor of theatre at ACU, will act in a dramatic presentation entitled "An Inch of Rope" Sunday, Feb. 20 and Tuesday Feb. 22, following the main lectures.

Each evening after the main lecture, a "Gospel and Culture" coffee house will take place in the Bean Sprout in the McGlothlin Campus Center, discussing topics such as "The Gospel and The Passion of the Christ," "The Gospel and Joan of Arcadia," and "The Gospel and the World of Nick Hornby."

The Teague Special Events Center will again be the meeting place for Lectureship guests, featuring exhibits, singing groups, refreshments and fellowship.

For more information about Lectureship or to register online, visit


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