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ACU Bible Lectureship to focus on truth this spring; lectures moving to fall

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Feb. 16, 2006

In the gospel of John, Jesus states, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." These words serve as the theme and cornerstone for Abilene Christian University's 88th annual Bible Lectureship, the last lectureship to be conducted in early spring.

"A university's life ought to be concerned with truth," and for ACU, "specifically the truth in Jesus," said Mark Love, director of ministry events. 

This year's February Lectureship is the final spring gathering for the event. In the future, Lectureship will take place in the fall, with the next one scheduled for Sept. 17-20, 2006.

"We think we're ending the spring tradition on a high note," Love said. "I'll be nostalgic for the tent, the crazy weather and the way that created community."

Lectureship will include the traditional lectures, classes and forums. This year will also include the Restoration Unity forum, an annual event held in different places each year to encourage conversation among the branches of the Stone-Campbell Movement, Love said. Some elements also will be introduced that will be more prominent in the September Lectureship, such as more faculty and student involvement.

Keynote speakers this year are Dr. Royce Money of Abilene and his special guest, Dr. Don Jeanes of Johnson City, Tenn.; Samuel Twumasi-Ankrah of Accra, Ghana, Africa; Dr. Rick Marrs or Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Dr. Lawrence Murray of Edmond, Okla.; Dr. David Fleer of Rochester, Mich.; Dr. Mike Cope of Abilene; and Dwight Robarts of Dallas.

The keynote lectures will be in Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, through Wednesday, Feb. 22. Other classes will be in various locations throughout the week. For a full schedule, visit

Following the main lectures each evening, "Gospel and Culture Coffee House" will be in the Bean Sprout, downstairs in the McGlothlin Campus Center. These coffee house discussions will explore topics such as "From Rage to Ecstasy: U2 and the Psalms," "Race in America: Reviewing the Movie 'Crash'" and "Tangled Up in Scripture: The Music of Bob Dylan."

An art exhibition featuring interpretive art posters by alumni and students will be on display throughout Lectureship in ACU's Department of Art and Design. These works are the artists' personal visual responses to the book of John and incorporate elements of both typography and imagery.

The Teague Special Events Center will house this year’s exhibits and refreshments and will also serve as a place for Lectureship guests to fellowship with others.

For more information about Lectureship visit


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