Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures
April 30–May 3, 2024 | Malibu, CA
Established in 1943, Harbor is now a flagship event for the Office of Church Relations. It is an annual four-day conference at the Pepperdine campus in Malibu, bringing together Christians from across the nation and around the world, with education, fellowship, worship, and rejuvenation. Learn about the history of harbor.
Our message speaks to this year's theme "Running With Perseverance".
Hebrews was a sermon (“word of exhortation” – 13:22) to believers who were wearing out. An apt image to describe them was: “feeble arms and weak knees” (12:12). Formerly, they’d been on fire and endured whatever came their way; now, they were needing to hang on (10:32-36).
Perhaps some of us can identify! Whether its weariness from rejection in society (as in Hebrews) or struggles in church leadership or the political divide that has cut through our churches—well, I’d guess many can identify with the image of a runner who’s about to collapse.
What a brilliant reminder to us that Hebrews begins with an exalted view of Jesus—the Son who became a human, suffered and died, rose, was exalted to the presence of God, and who still intercedes for us. To revive a weary people, Hebrews points back to vital, ancient resources: the community, scripture, and (especially) the risen Christ!
Please join us as we let the ancient words of encouragement challenge us again to fix our eyes on Jesus (12:2) and to consider how we may stir one another on to love and good deeds (10:24).
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A Vacation Destination Conference
Malibu, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains and stretching 27 miles, is the ideal great outdoors vacation spot and a sought-after tourist destination on the West Coast for all ages. Add extra days to your Harbor experience and explore the wonders of surrounding areas including Conejo Valley — just 30 minutes from Malibu and 45 minutes from Los Angeles. Discover the best of world-class beaches, scenic trails, arts, culture, entertainment, dining, and drivable day trips.
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Guest Speakers Snapshot
Ahmi Lee, PhDAbout Ahmi
Ahmi Lee is a longtime assistant professor of preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Preaching God's Grand Design, and the chief partnership officer of Resource Global. As a "third culture kid" born in South Korea, raised in Japan, and educated in an American-founded international school in Japan, her unique background and experience enrich her understanding and passion for preaching in the global church context.
Kara Powell, PhDAbout Kara
Kara Powell is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute, and faculty member and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know," Powell speaks regularly at parenting and youth ministry conferences and is the author or co-author of many books including Sticky Faith, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.
James K. A. Smith, PhDAbout James
James K. A. Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin University and editor of Image, a quarterly journal at the intersection of art, faith, and mystery. He is a clear and deep thinker who consistently engages broad, important cultural questions. The author of many influential books, Smith's writing has also appeared in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as in magazines such as America, the ChristianCentury, ChristianityToday, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and LitHub.
Curt Thompson, MDAbout Curt
Curth Thompson, with a considerable dose of warmth (and a surprising measure of humor), is a psychiatrist who weaves together an understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and a Christian view of what it means to be human—to educate and encourage others as they seek to fulfill their intrinsic desire to feel known, valued, and connected. He understands that deep, authentic relationships are essential to experiencing a healthier, more purposeful life—but the only way to realize this is to begin telling our stories more truly.
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American Politics and Christianity
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