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Pepperdine Gears Up For 72nd Annual Bible Lectures

Pepperdine University’s popular Bible Lectures series returns May 5-8. The theme of the 72nd annual tradition is “FaithWorks,” which will explore the book of James.

Thousands from throughout the United States and around the world will gather at the Malibu campus to hear from a range of speakers on religious and scriptural themes and to experience soul-lifting worship, heartfelt fellowship, and spiritual renewal. There are more than 300 talks, events, and gatherings to choose from, including Spanish language sessions, presentations focusing on various family issues, a children’s ministry, and photography and hiking excursions. Session topics include “To Be Gay and Christian,”  “Women in Worship,” and “Connecting Young Adults and the Church.”

Pepperdine’s Office of Church Relations has coordinated an impressive guest list of knowledgeable, dynamic speakers including:

  • Gene Appel, senior pastor, Eastside Christian Church, Anaheim, one of the nation’s fastest growing churches.
  • Former Pepperdine student and bestselling authorNadia Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, Denver.
  • Kent Brantly, missionary doctor with Samaritan's Purse and survivor of the recent deadly Ebola virus outbreak.
  • David Kinnaman, bestselling author and president of Barna Group, Ventura, a visionary research and resource company, will address spiritual leadership.
  • Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, and recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus.
  • Dave Stone, senior pastor, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky, where he preaches to over 22,000 each week.
  • Sokhom Hun, a former Cambodian prisoner, whose family was killed under the Khmer Rouge, and over a quarter of a century later returned to his homeland as a missionary.
  • Shaun Casey, United States Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs.
  • Andrew and Jenny Kelly, missionaries helping Ukraine refugees.
  • Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children, an organization that works to raise awareness of violence by the Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa, and to bring about positive change. 

Event registration is free. There is a charge for select programs. For more information please visit the Pepperdine Bible Lectures website, call (310) 506-4270, or watch a video showcasing last year's event.