2017 Theme Speakers

Landon Saunders

From Memory to Hope

Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at University Church of Christ

Deuteronomy 1:1-8, 4:1-40

Just as God's history with Israel informed his promises for their future, God's past mercy and faithfulness awaken our love and commitment today. Landon Saunders will speak to us about our position as a church situated between the past and the future. Saunders, who currently resides in Vermont, has worked with churches, traveled prolifically, and started the non-profit organization, Heartbeat, that he currently serves as president for (just to name a few). He blessed us at ACU Summit 2016, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to hear him again! 

Sean Palmer

From Grace to Torah

Monday, September 18th at 11:00 a.m. in Moody Coliseum

Deuteronomy 5:1-21

The Ten Commandments connect behavior to the nature and actions of God, and the Law, rooted in grace, brings joy to God's people. Sean Palmer will explore the way that God's grace compels us to action and transforms our very existence. Palmer serves as the Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX, and his ministry focuses on the church as a beloved community. 

James K.A. Smith

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

Monday, September 18 at 11:00 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium

James K.A. Smith will be conveying the message from his recent book, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. That which we adore and worship alters our hearts; therefore, worship of God alone must be a cornerstone of our faith. Smith is an award-winning author and philosophy professor at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. 

Josh Ross

From Love to Love

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

God's love story for Israel exemplifies God's commitment and love for the nation and for us today. Our only response to God's love can be love; we love because he first loved us. Josh Ross, Preaching Minister at Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis, TN, will share thoughts on these most foundational commandments.  

Thema Bryant-Davis

From Bondage to Appreciation

Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. in Moody Coliseum

Deuteronomy 10:12-19

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, a minister, psychologist, and associate professor at Pepperdine, will bring her rich and blended background in theology, psychology, and theatre to Summit 2017. Tuesday morning, she will draw on her passion for serving marginalized persons and focus on the ways Israel’s experiences in slavery shaped the way God requires that they treat others. Likewise, our redemption and freedom calls us to in turn free others and love every single neighbor.  

Chris Seidman

From Oppression to Blessing

Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium

Deuteronomy 11:26-32

God promises to bless his people if his name dwells in their land. Like the ancient Israelites, we are called to be a holy, set apart people today. Chris Seidman will remind us of the glorious blessings in store for those who follow God faithfully and of the devastating consequences of human sin. Seidman is the senior minister at The Branch Church in North Dallas. 

Jeanene Reese

From Death to Life

Wednesday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. in Moody Coliseum

Deuteronomy 30

Blessings and curses are laid out as choices in Deuteronomy 30. To choose to follow God is to choose life, and to choose to disobey is to choose death. All people are continually offered this choice between life and death. Jeanene Reese, an ACU professor and director of the Center for Women in Christian Service, will explore these choices and the ways they impact our future as a church.