Here & There (Image Vol 9, No 1 – Jan/Feb 1993)

By Matt Dabbs

By Denny Boultinghouse

The 50th annual Pepperdine University Bible Lectures will take place April 27-30 in Malibu, California. Each year thousands of Christians from throughout the country are challenged by this exceptional lectureship. Those delivering theme lectures include: Max Lucado, Jim Woodruff, Harold Shank, Tom Olbricht, Jeff Walling, Larry James and Mike Cope. Some of the class teachers include: Oliver Howard, Rubel Shelly, Gayle Napier, Susan Davis, Prentice Meador, Jr., Carroll Osburn, Josephine Johnson, Lynn Anderson, Jeff Nelson, and many others. The Hallal Singers will present a program each evening. The IMAGE lunch will again be on Wednesday and will feature Art McNeese as the speaker. If there is any way you can attend this lectureship, do so. It will bless you beyond what you can imagine. Contact the department of Church Services at Pepperdine (215-456-4270) for more specific information…

Tony Compolo recently authored a book titled: Everything You’ve Heard Is Wrong. In this book (subtitled There’s a Better Way to Win in Business and Life), Mr. Compolo offers a number of challenges to some of the formulas which are often repeated. Here are some quotes from the book: “Courtesy is a trait that is always found in loving people. That is because loving people have no desire to make others feel uncomfortable. Loving people always want others to feel special. Loving people are committed to making ordinary people feel like royalty.” “Courtesy in the workplace is always evident among those who would be loving. If you have chosen to become the kind of person who reflects a Christlike character, you cannot help but want to learn how to do those things that will enhance the sense of dignity of those with whom you work nine to five.” “The call for those who follow Christ is to permeate society with new values and to try to restructure institutions in accord with the principles established in the Scriptures”

A Day of Praise will be hosted by the Red Bridge church in Kansas City on March 28. The Hallal Singers under the direction of Ken Young will participate. This afternoon will be a time of worship and praise. Contact the Red Bridge church (816-941-0680) for more details.

The annual Tulsa Soul Winning Workshop will be March 25-27. Some of the speakers this year include: Jim McGuiggan, Jerry Jones, Steve Flatt, and Stanley Shipp. Each year over ten thousand Christians gather for this time of motivation. The whole purpose of this workshop is to encourage the church to do a more effective job of sharing the message of Jesus with the outsider. Contact the Memorial Drive church (918-832-8110) for more information.

The Campus Christian Conference will be held April 2-4 with Lynn Anderson as the keynote speaker. This retreat is especially for those involved in campus ministry or those in college. The contact person is Mike Matheny (615-528-2872)

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (the authors are David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen) is the title of an interesting book. Some quotes from the book: “I have consistently endeavored to preach the grace of God as our only hope for spiritual life and power; that God moves toward the broken, comforts the mourning, and satisfies the hungry. We consistently confront the pious pretending of pharisaical legalism. What we have noticed is that wounded people get healed, and religious people get angry.” “It’s possible to become to determined to defend a spiritual place of authority, a doctrine, or a way of doing things that you wound and abuse anyone who questions, or disagrees, or doesn’t ‘behave’ spiritually the way you want them to.” “Are you practicing grace, allowing the Spirit of Christ to live through you in such a way that you help lift oppressive weights off of others and spiritually empower them to live? Or are you trying to force people to live under laws, rules, or formulas for spirituality that cause them to feel weighed down, unable to measure up to your standards.”

“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Pet. 2:10).

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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

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