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Addicted to Drama - Rediscovering “Us” in a Society of “Me”
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Our culture is addicted to drama, which is bad news. A Christian counselor investigates how our drama addiction has a profoundly negative impact on our relationship expectations, while offering biblical solutions to families in crisis."
Apocalyptic Warfare - The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "In the first century, Jews everywhere were oppressed by empire. Revelation describes the Christian response, but what about other Jewish sects? This class will shed new light on the New Testament by examining the Dead Sea sect's response."
Being a Black ACU Student in the 1970s - What I Wish All Black Christians Knew About Race; Culture and Reconciliation
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Two ACU alumni from the early 1970s talk about their experiences in a school that, although committed in principle to racial inclusion, was (and still is) on a journey that is not always easy or clear."
Being Real - Building Real Community or Common Unity
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Community is a buzzword in contemporary Christianity, but how do we know if we are living it out? These sessions explore what our communities look like to minority populations in them. Learn how genuine communication and active understanding lead to authentic community."
Being Wrong - 10 Common Theological Errors
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:15 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Discover the 10 most common theological errors people make and why we make them."
CHARIS Project Presents: Race; War and Gender - The Social Consciousness of Churches of Christ
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Churches of Christ in America have not been known for activism in social justice matters. Some oppose activism and social justice when tied to liberal politics. Is there a heritage of social justice activism that is Christian and not linked to political agenda?"
Children Will Follow Someone; Lead Them to Jesus - New and Old Wineskins
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Children's ministry is not school nor is it babysitting. It is getting on the path with our children and their families and assimilating God's words into life. If kids do not follow Jesus when they are young, they are less likely to follow Him. Discover how we help children choose to follow Jesus, starting today."
China Mission - What is God Doing in China?
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "China calls! China may hate America, but Chinese people love Americans. See what God is doing in China and see what you can do to participate in God's mission work there."
Christ's Church in the Community - Ambassadors of Reconciliation in a World of Hurt
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Christians are increasingly perceived to be judgmental and intolerant. Concern about life hereafter is interpreted as no concern for life here and now. Christ was holy and a "friend to sinners." Discover how to become Christ's church in our communities."
Connecting with American Hispanics in the USA - Simple But Not Easy
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Traditional ways of connecting across racial and cultural divides have proven to be less than effective. However, this difficulty is because American Hispanics actually are searching for a relationship with God. Connection is not a one-time event but a journey of life together."
Creativity and Chaos - Learning From Theologies of Marginality
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "What does it mean to be "marginal?" What does it mean to be "mainstream"? Discover the difference location makes in our Christian witness and how we navigate the complex realities of a religiously plural but predominantly Christian nation."
Dislocated Exegesis - How WHERE you read the Bible influences how you read it
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Often we neglect how reading scripture in a neat, tidy pew influences how we read and hear its stories. We will practice intentionally dislocating ourselves from a place of comfort to a location corresponding to the text. We will physically go to the margins and discover Jesus there."
Does "All Flesh" Mean Me? - Envisioning A Future Where Our Daughters Prophecy
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "In the world we see the conspicuous presence of women, yet the absence of women's voices in our sacred assemblies. Explore Joel's prophecy (Joel 2:28-29) through Luke and Acts to discover whether we can envision a future where God's Spirit is poured out on all flesh."
Freely Eat a Gift from God - Freely Eat of God’s Word and Live
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "God is the key to success over addiction. God preserved me while I learned to submit my will to His. Hear God's story through my journey of losing the weight of about five women. May we freely eat of His Word and live."
Gender and Grace in the Body of Christ
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Hear stories of churches seeking to understand the Bible's teaching about gender and worship. Gary led a congregation through study and implementation of expanded roles for women. Sara works with elders and ministers as they explore women's roles in church. Explore resources like "A Woman Called.""
God; The Master Potter - God Finishes Us
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "A live demonstration relating the ancient art of pottery to the scriptures, showing how God works to prepare, shape and finish us to serve Him according to His purpose. God is the Potter, we are the clay and the work of His hands."
Going Out (of Bounds) - Dating Violence in American Culture
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Dating violence in America is a very real experience among many young people, including those in our congregations. Licensed professional counselor Chelsie Sargent shares stories, warning signs, and hope for change in this unfortunately prevalent occurrence."
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - The Strange Cast of Characters in the Parables in Luke
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "In most stories the good guys are easy to recognize from the bad guys. In the best stories however, the characters are harder to peg and full of surprises. Jesus tells the best stories. Listen to them again."
History of Churches of Christ in Cuba - Opening New Roads
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "The story of Churches of Christ in Cuba, from the arrival of the first missionaries in 1935 to the explosive growth since the year 2000."
The History of Our Future as Next-Generation Churches: Leadership - Equipping 21st-Century Missionaries
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Deep change in western culture presents challenges for Christians to faithfully follow Jesus and form new Kingdom communities. Join three seasoned church planting trainers who explore the changing face of new church development in our time."
A History of Women in Ministry in Churches of Christ - Women Preachers; Pastors and Elders
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "There have been many women (both known and anonymous) who served in leadership in all three centuries of our history. These women were allowed and even encouraged by some of the more influential evangelists and authors in the history of Stone-Campbell churches."
How to Love the Least of These - Effective Ways of Loving the Homeless/People
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "When you look at someone, how do you see them? Do you see them at all? A homeless person is someone normally not seen, but what about the everyday folk?"
How to Preach to Women - Having the Courage to Speak to Women the Way Jesus Did
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Explore the longings of women today and discover how the good news of Jesus Christ meets their deepest needs. The God who is the same yesterday, today and forever offers modern women the same hope and good news received by the women in Scripture."
Jesus Unleashed in the Margins - Everywhere You Go I’ll Follow You Down
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Luke's Gospel suggests Jesus came to reach people on the margins of society. Christians today can embrace the ministry of Jesus, who became friends of sinners, set the captives free, and carried his cross to bring people hope and salvation."
The Kingdom and The Church - The Same or the Sacred/Secular Divide?
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "What is the relationship of the kingdom to the church? Are they the same? Are they different? Is one the sacred and the other the secular or public arena? We will examine how kingdom and church are related in such a way that one can contend that what Jesus meant by "kingdom" is more or less what Paul meant by "church.""
The Kingdom and The Church - The Same or the Sacred/Secular Divide?
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "What is the relationship of the kingdom to the church? Are they the same? Are they different? Is one the sacred and the other the secular or public arena? We will examine how kingdom and church are related in such a way that one can contend that what Jesus meant by "kingdom" is more or less what Paul meant by "church.""
Locating Worry - Luke 12:13-31
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 11:00 AM at Abilene Christian University
Longing for a New World - Praying the Lord’s Prayer With Prisoners
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:15 PM at Abilene Christian University: "One's experience when praying the Lord's Prayer might change drastically by simply moving from a church auditorium to a jail cell. Find out if 20 prisoners can reshape your experience of this ancient prayer."
Lost and Found - Luke 15: 11-32
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 7:00 PM at Abilene Christian University
Mega vs. Movement - How Churches Grow Out of Culture
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Church leaders often invest in "the many" to reach a few. Jesus invested in "the few" to reach the many. Learn what His approach can look like in congregations today. Discover how churches grow from the surrounding culture and reach non-church people."
Mentoring Is a Ministry that Keeps On Building - You Can Be a Mentor
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Many people are talking about mentoring. Ministers, church leaders and other Christ-followers want a mentor. This class is for those who want a mentor and for those who want to be a more effective mentor."
Mentoring, Money and You - Brand You
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:15 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Every Christian needs to have a mentor and be a mentor. Discover six principles of mentoring from scripture and people."
A Mid-90s Farewell: I Go to a City Built by God
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University
Moral Agency of Youth - The Kids Are All Right
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Just like adults, youth daily engage moral issues surrounding technology, materialism, racism, sexuality, etc. Discover how youth negotiate morality and how adults can help or hinder their development."
Moving from Gernation Extinct to Generation Excel - Spiritual Barriers
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "As young people put on headphones and old people run away from technology, we witness a communication barrier between generations. Seek ways to understand and communicate over this divide so we all can benefit from the promise with future generations to come."
A New Look at Models of Church Leadership - How Much Flexibility is there in a Biblical Model of Shepherding?
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "The panel will explore various creative and effective ways for elders to lead within the context of biblical norms."
The New Perspective and the Gospel
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 3:00 PM at Abilene Christian University
Political, Religious and Cultural Polarization - A Nation and Church Divided
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Leaders from George Washington to Barack Obama have separated church and state to direct nations in a theoretical manner. Discover how this affects the church and its function."
The Prodigal Son - The Real Star
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "How many times have you heard this parable? You will be surprised what you do not see because of where you were raised. Who should have top billing? Is it the Prodigal Son, Gracious Father or Bitter Brother?"
Promise and Peril of Initiating and Leading Change - Engaging Our Culture
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Leaders must manage the inevitable transitions of congregational life, but effective leaders also initiate change as they lead their churches in honoring God's mission. This class will explore a process for initiating purposeful change in congregational practices."
Pushing Jesus Off A Cliff - The Church’s Response to Women
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Are Christians today, like Jesus' first "home church," happier to push Jesus off a cliff than accept the radical reorientation of his "good news"? Explore the church's response to Luke's stories of the oppressed set free."
Say What? - Disturbing Sayings of Jesus
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Jesus said some "un-Christ-like" things, given our culture's idea of Jesus, or even contemporary Christianity's idea of Jesus. These sayings give us heartburn to talk about and even more when we try and live them. While hard to swallow, these are life-giving words worth chewing on."
Scarred Faith - When Suffering Gives Way to Adventurous Faith
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:15 PM at Abilene Christian University: "We live in a world full of scars. They are physical, emotional, mental, and social. Every scar has a story behind it. Do we believe God can enter into the scars of our lives to redeem the story?"
Seeking the Kingdom Not Just the Church - Discover the Adventure of Seeking First His Kingdom
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "How do we live out the Kingdom? Stories, observations and learnings are discovered in the context of a fun and funky bunch of ragamuffins striving to be the church."
Someone To Talk To - Luke 11
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "The disciples of Jesus are people of prayer but become aware of a profound difference in the way Jesus prays. They ask Him for insights. He gives them a model and a perspective that changes everything."
Spiritual Disciplines Hiding in the Laundry Pile - Finding Jesus in Real Life
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "When the demands of everyday life make spiritual retreat impossible, holy renewal can still be reality. Join a candid exploration of care for the spirit in the midst of caring for others, both in the workplace and at home."
Ten-Minute Transformation - 12 Spiritual Disciplines in 10 Minutes or Less
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus envisions us becoming more generous with our possessions, gracious toward people, and genuine in our piety. But given our hectic schedules, is this life possible? Explore the tiny spiritual disciplines that make the difference."
Ten-Minute Transformation - Small Spiritual Steps to Revolutionize Life
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus envisions us becoming more generous with our possessions, gracious toward people, and genuine in our piety. But given our hectic schedules, is this life possible? Explore the tiny spiritual disciplines that make the difference."
Theological Vision at the Center of Ministry in Tim Keller's "Center Church" - Mission and Ministry
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 PM at Abilene Christian University: "Timothy Keller's new book, Center Church, offers a distinctive theological vision to mission, ministry and outreach. Participants are encouraged to read the book before participating in this class conversation."
Touching the Lepers in Our World - The Marginalized Need Jesus Just Like You
Lecture given Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM at Abilene Christian University: "Many people are overlooked, despised, rejected, discriminated and oppressed. In Luke 5:12-16, Jesus illustrates that real followers of Jesus are those who touch the marginalized. Discover how contemporary Christians also may touch people."