Summit 2012 exposes need to “Return to Intimacy”Posted September 17, 2012
Abilene Christian University's 106th Summit kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 16, with the theme “Intimacy: Return to God.” This year's four-day event focuses on the story of the prophet Hosea, who was commanded by God to marry a prostitute. The theme discusses the need to return to intimacy with God in a world that constantly distracts and works to draw Christians away from God.
Coordinated since 2007 by Dr. Brady Bryce, ACU director of ministry events, Summit's 2012 theme is meant to challenge Christian perspective. “We struggle in our intimacy with God because we don't always desire intimacy with Him. We want God to bless us and bless the other things we are intimate with,” says Bryce.
Featured speakers include author Elaine Heath, who will speak about her book The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex and God; and Walter Brueggemann, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He will focus on his study of Old Testament theology. Author and theologian Dallas Willard, originally scheduled to speak, is unable to attend due to health concerns.
Theme speakers include well-known Church of Christ ministers Mitch Wilburn, Collin Packer, Chris Goldman, Jeff Christian and Jerry Taylor, who will expand on the scripture of Hosea. "These people represent more than 100 excellent speakers who will cover current topics of interest and concern," says Bryce.
Alongside speaking opportunities, there will be coffee houses during which speakers, students and guests may participate in creative experiences that explore the Christian faith, among them a student filmmakers roundtable; conversations with Walter Brueggemann; an open mic poetry slam; and a hip hop concert.