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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.

Message 2024

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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April 30—May 3, 2024


Pepperdine University
Malibu Campus
24255 Pacific Coast Highway 
Malibu, CA 90263

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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.  

Create your itinerary of things to do and places to see in Malibu and Conejo Valley

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Guest Speakers Snapshot

Ahmi Lee

Ahmi Lee, PhD

About Ahmi

Kara Powell

Kara Powell, PhD

About Kara

James K. A. Smith

James K. A. Smith, PhD

About James


Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson, MD

About Curt

Special Features Snapshot

Christian Faith and Mental Health

New Music Malibu:
Songs for Worship

Backyard Church
The God of Monkey Science: 
People of Faith in a Modern
Scientific World

Revitalizing Churches:
Reaching our Unchristian Neighbors
with Alpha

Standup Comedy
Red God, Blue God: 
American Politics and Christianity

The Best Story They've (N)ever Heard:
Rediscovering the Beauty of Basic
Christian Beliefs

Harbor Unplugged

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Harbor Recordings

  2023 | "God Loves Forever"
  2022 | "No Other Jesus"
  2021 | "Resilient Faith: A Day of Renewal for Church Leaders"