Landon Saunders delivers his address "From Memory to Hope" at University Church of Christ during ACU Summit at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 17, 2017. As Israel stood on the border of the promised land, Moses delivered a historic tutorial to enable the people to envision a new world flowing with milk and honey. God's actions in the past and his promises for the future awaken our love and commitment today.
From Memory to Hope
You are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
James K.A. Smith delivers his address "You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit" in Cullen Auditorium during ACU Summit at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017. That which we adore and worship alters our hearts; therefore, worship of God alone must be a cornerstone of our faith. A discussion of key habits and practices can transform our worship, our education and our spiritual formation – in the college setting and in our churches.
From Grace to Torah
Sean Palmer delivers his address "From Grace to Torah" in Moody Coliseum during ACU Summit at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017. Behind the Ten Commandments lies the story of how God rescued slaves from bondage and led them to a land where they could flourish as free people. Our story also begins with God’s grace that then transforms our way of living and being in the world.
Conversation Corner: Christian Faith and Contemporary Politics
Being a civil people does not mean we ignore our convictions. It means we remember the fruits of the Spirit, “kindness and gentleness,” even when we strongly disagree. In the 2016 election year, a great deal of hurtful discourse surrounding politics left the realm of the political and inserted itself into the church, wounding brothers and sisters who hold different political opinions. ACU professors Cheryl Bacon, Cole Bennett, and Victor McCracken demonstrate how to engage in civil political conversations. (Monday, September 18, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in Brown Library)
From Love to Love
Josh Ross delivers his address "From Love to Love" in Cullen Auditorium during ACU Summit at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017. The Shema, the most significant statement of faith in human history, emerges from the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy to reflect God’s love story for Israel. No other word than “love” personifies the totality of God and his character. Our only response to God’s love is love. We love because he first loved us.
From Bondage to Appreciation
Thema Bryant-Davis delivers her address "From Bondage to Appreciation" in Moody Coliseum during ACU Summit at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Israel’s experience of enslavement shaped its ethic for the liberty and protection of others. People who have experienced redemption from pain and hardship often become the most generous people in their communities. God’s love calls us to love our neighbor.
Conversation Corner: Silence in the Face of Persecution
Many are witnessing how bullying is outrageously spreading in today’s culture, but it is also crushing lives in our schools, workplaces and daily interactions with people – even our churches. This Conversation Corner features ACU professors Steven Moore, Jennifer Shewmaker and Joey Cope addressing an epidemic in which we can no longer remain silent. (Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in Brown Library at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas)
From Opression to Blessing
Chris Seidman delivers his address "From Oppression to Blessing" in Cullen Auditorium for ACU Summit at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. “Blessings” and “cursings” stress the seriousness of Israel’s relationship with God. Dwelling in God’s presence and walking in God’s path opens the way to an abundance of blessings. In Jesus Christ we have “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
From Death to Life
Jeanene Reese delivers her address "From Death to Life" in Moody Coliseum during ACU Summit at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Although God chose Israel, Israel had to also choose God. For Israel, that choice was between life and death. Amazingly, even if Israel followed the path of death, God’s forgiveness was possible. The choice between life and death is continually offered to all who are broken, disenfranchised and lost.
Conversation Corner: Creative Art + Faith = Worship
Congregations are seeking ways to encourage Christians with spiritual gifts in the arts to honor God with their creativity. Dan McGregor hosts Heather Hodges and Jack and Jill Maxwell in this Conversation Corner that centers on how congregations are integrating creative art as expressions of faith and adoration to God.
Conversation Corner: Church's Response in Times of Fear and Uncertainty
Throughout the centuries Christians have sustained faith and courage in times of anxiety and fear. This Conversation Corner features Jim Reynolds and Richard Hughes considering the church in a changing culture.
Conversation Corner: The Silence of God and Human Suffering
God may seem distant and quiet in our world of anguish. Fred Aquino hosts Darryl Tippens and Landon Saunders as they seek spiritual insights to ways Christians can openly journey during suffering and doubt.
Medical Missions Track 2016 (Morning)
Medical Missions provide care for neighbors in material poverty throughout the world. This track, hosted by Cynthia Powell, brings together healthcare professionals, student pre-health majors, and congregational leaders in a day-long format providing important concepts about short and long-term medical missions.