Pepperdine Bible Lectures

Well, another Pepperdine Bible Lectures has come and gone. We got home Saturday night at 11:15; that always makes getting up and preaching on Sunday an exhausting experience… for both me and the church! This marked the 20th year Lynn and I spent the week in Malibu. What an incredible blessing it is for us each year; we appreciate our elders and church making this possible. It's always better when Denbigh folks go with us (this year it was Randy and Betty Tanner and Mike and Joann Guthrie). Why don't we all go next year? We'll just move services that Sunday to Malibu. What do you say?

What the best part of the Pepperdine Lectures? This year, the main theme lectures were some of the best we have heard—Monte Cox, Rick Atchley, Josh Ross and Mike Cope were particularly good. The theme was Colossians… which I taught here 6 months ago. I wonder if anyone would notice if I preached a series on Colossians… I may give that a try. The worship times were great, especially Songfest at 6:15 (led by Hallal, Zoe and Lighthouse). We actually got there by 5:15 each night to make sure we got a seat on the front row! That happens at church all the time!

If I were completely honest, I would have to admit that the worship times were not as desperately special as they were in years gone by. Our praise team now leads those same songs in that same way every Sunday… better in some cases! But we did bring back a list of songs we want to try... like an a cappella version of "Praise You in the Dance."

This year was a throwback for me in a lot of ways. Thursday night Late Night in Smothers with Hallal recaptured the good old days when I sprinted from Firestone to Smothers to make sure we got a seat. And listening to Rubel Shelly lecture on atheism (his topic was “Why Are Atheists So Angry?”) took me back to Freed-Hardeman days (where it cost Dad a lot of money for me to hear similar material). Spending time with people like Alan and Sueanne Smith, Bob and Lourene Clark, Eddie and Carol Hendrix, Carl Etchison, and many, many more also really took us back as well. When did all those people get so old?

This was a special, special week. We are already looking forward to next year. Seriously, let’s all go next year. Plane ticket-- $200 (AirTran). Room and Board-- $125 (on-campus). Spiritual experience-- priceless!