Abilene Christian University's 89th Annual Bible Lectureship, Sept.17-20, will feature distinguished keynote speakers, dozens of classes, concerts and workshops.
This first fall Lectureship will cover messages from the Gospel of John focusing on the theme "The Truth Shall Make You Free."
"The vital connection between ACU and congregations has been a common devotion to the word of God, and this has always been the central focus of the Lectureship," said Dr. Mark Love, director of Ministry Events at ACU. "By moving it from February to September, Lectureship finds its own space on the ACU calendar, which will allow it to expand its service to both the university and the church."
New extended afternoon workshops have been added to the schedule this year. The three-hour sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons will include topics such as Reading Revelation, Spiritual Direction, Christians and the Environment, Filmmaker Workshop, Overcoming Racism, and Mission Leadership.
Lectureship attendees and ACU students will also have the opportunity to help assemble walls for a Habitat for Humanity house during Lectureship. Building crews will work on assembling the walls on campus, and then transport them to the home's permanent location in Abilene. For more information on how your can help, visit the Spiritual Formation website.
The seven keynote speakers for the event were chosen for their knowledge in biblical and theological study and for their ability to effectively deliver that knowledge, said Love. They will deliver their messages twice each day, at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
"For nearly 90 years, the annual ACU Bible Lectureship has enriched not only the life of the university, but also the lives of congregations and their leaders," said Love.
ACU's 89th Bible Lectureship Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Jack Reese, dean of the College of Biblical Studies, dean of the Graduate School of Theology and professor of preaching at ACU
• Sunday, 7 p.m.
• "I Was Blind, but Now I See"
J.C. Thomas, director of diversity relations at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Mich.
• Monday, 11 a.m.
• "I Have Come that You May Have Life, and Have it Abundantly"
Dr. Stephen Johnson, professor of Bible at ACU
• Monday, 7 p.m.
• "I Am the Resurrection and the Life"
Dr. John York, professor of Bible and preaching at Lipscomb University and co-preacher at the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn.
• Tuesday, 11 a.m.
• "I Am the Vine and You Are the Branches"
Don McLaughlin, pulpit minister at North Atlanta Church of Christ in Atlanta, Ga.
• Tuesday, 7 p.m.
• "That You May Be Completely One"
John Siburt, preaching minister at Richardson East Church of Christ in Richardson, TX
• Wednesday, 11 a.m.
• "What is Truth?"
Kenneth Greene, minister at Metro Church of Christ in Dallas
• Wednesday, 7 p.m.
• "That You might Believe and Have Life in His Name"