A robust schedule of lectures, classes, hymns and worship, performances, and fellowship will take place at the 71st annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures Tuesday, Apr. 29, to Friday, May 2.
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This year's theme, "Enter the Water, Come to the Table," will explore how baptism and communion guide us in our understanding of gospel, discipleship, community, mission, and God's future.
Before the Lectures officially begin, John Ortberg, is an author, speaker, and senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco Bay Area will deliver a pre-conference lecture at 2:30 p.m. on April 29. Ortberg's books include, Who Is This Man?; The Life You've Always Wanted; Faith and Doubt; and The Me I Want To Be. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches. Read more about Ortberg and register for his lecture here.
Can't make it to Malibu to experience the Bible Lectures in person? It will be broadcast live on the Pepperdine University Livestream website.
The event will officially kick off with an opening dinner on April 29, followed by a worship service and lecture by Pepperdine University provost Darryl Tippens. Providing the Tuesday evening keynote address following dinner will be Patrick Mead, the senior minister at Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Classes begin Wednesday, Apr. 30, with "Water and Spirit: Deluged in the Life of God (Acts 2:37-47)," presented by speaker Chris Seidman, featuring song leader Kip Long.
Presenting the lectures on Thursday, May 1, will be Jarrod Robinson in the morning with "Owning Up to Our Baptismal Vows (Galatians 3:26-28)," and Jerry Taylor in the evening with "Carnivore Disciples (John 6)."
Concluding the event's daily lectures on Friday, May 2, Tyson Moore will present "Table Wait-ers (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)" in the morning, followed by Josh Graves' "Come to the Feast! (Luke 24)" in the evening.
Throughout the Lectures, singing and worship groups from across the country will perform, including Pepperdine's student a cappella group Won by One.
The Pepperdine University Bible Lectures began in January 1943 and have undergone several evolutions over the past 67 years. Initially, they were modeled after similar programs at Abilene Christian, David Lipscomb, and Harding universities. The early 1950s saw a decline in attendance, and no program was scheduled in 1957.
During the years following, with the help of new president M. Norvel Young and dean J. P. Sanders, the Bible Lectures experienced a resurgence that required they be moved to the Shrine Auditorium to accommodate the large numbers of attendees. In the following years, the huge Los Angeles Sports Arena became the scene for the largest evening lectures.
The University added a special program of summer Bible Lectures for 10 years beginning in 1958. However, the programs were again declining in attendance by the late 1960s and the summer lectures ended in 1967. When Pepperdine moved to its new campus in Malibu in 1972, there was a renewal of interest in the Bible Lectures. Since that time, the lectures have grown in interest and attendance every year.
For more information, contact Church Relations at (310) 506-4270, or visit the Bible Lectures website.