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Pepperdine Presents 70th Annual Bible Lectures Exploring the Book of Revelation
Christians from around the world will witness a milestone in history of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures, as the beloved event reaches its 70th anniversary with a robust schedule of lectures, classes, hymns and worship, performances, and fellowship from Tuesday, Apr. 30 to Friday, May 3. Click here to register.
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The theme of this year's conference is "Can I Get a Witness? Faithfully Following the Lamb in Revelation," and it marks the first Bible Lectures held under the directorship of Mike Cope, director of Ministry Outreach in Church Relations at Pepperdine. Cope is a former Church of Christ minister, the author of five books, and runs the successful blog, www.preachermike.com, which has received over four million hits.
Before the Lectures officially begin, acclaimed pastor and author Max Lucado will deliver a pre-conference lecture from 2:30 p.m. on April 30. Most of Lucado's books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the Christian Booksellers Association. Read more about Lucado and register for his lecture here.
The event will officially kick off with an opening dinner on April 30, followed by a worship service and lecture by Rich Little, of the University Church of Christ in Malibu, titled "The Living Jesus Among His Churches." Click here for a full schedule.
Classes begin Wednesday, May 1, and Fate Hagood will present a lecture in the morning titled, "The Throne Above All Thrones (Revelation 4)," followed by Dave Clayton's evening lecture titled, "The Slaughtered Lamb (Revelation 5)."
Presenting the lectures on Thursday, May 2, will be Don McLaughlin in the morning with "The Ultimate Failure of Evil (Revelation 6-11)," and Randy Harris in the evening with "The Christmas Story as You Rarely Heard It (Revelation 12-13)."
Concluding the event's daily lectures on Friday, May 3, Mike Cope will present "The World's Worst (and Best) War Story (Revelation 14-20)" in the morning, followed by Rick Atchley's "Heaven on Earth (Revelation 21-22)" 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.
Special events at this year's Bible Lectures include a discussion led by Craig Detweiler, director of the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, on April 30 about the History Channel's hugely successful miniseries, The Bible; a time of prayer at Heroes Garden on May 2 as part of the National Day of Prayer for America; and a special exhibition of works by local artist Joel Phillips at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art titled, "Contemplation: Fruitful Action." Additionally, the Boone Center for the Family will host six marriage and family classes to strengthen and promote healthy relationships to honor God.
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.