Prophets’ University at Abilene Christian Univeristy Lectureship September 16-19

<ed.note>Kate Miller ( miller at bible.acu.edu ) sent me a head’s up about this event at my alma. While living in Abilene I attended Minter Lane where I had the blessing of attending the class which Tom Olbricht* taught ( I can’t remember a thing except the emphases on compassion and unity ). In a class at ACU, John Willis* had the unenviable task of getting the concepts of mercy and justice into my thick skull via the prophetic literature. As a teacher he modeled what he taught and he inspires his students to greater holiness ( oy, what a challenge ) reminiscent of Assisi Frank’s admonition to "preach the gospel at all times — when necessary, use words". I might mention also that ACU is a sponsor of the World Convention ( Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ ) scheduled for Nashville next summer. Mark your calendars now ( July 30th – August 3rd, 2008 ).</ed.note>

Each year ACU’s Bible Lectureship brings outstanding scholars to lead us deeper into the holy writings. This year, we have assembled a team to lead us into the rich worlds of Israel’s eighth-century prophets, namely Micah, Amos, Hosea and Isaiah. The powerful pictures offered by these prophets will aim to give you a greater understanding of God and his concern for the world. More info available here.

Eighth-Century Prophet Classes

Dave Bland
Experiencing the God of the Prophets:
Experiencing God’s Lament: Amos
Experiencing God’s Love: Hosea

Phillip Camp
Injustice is Blind … and Deaf: Isaiah
Confronts Injustice in Judah and in Us

Christopher Heard
God’s Favorites: Election and Uniqueness in the Book of Amos

*Tom Olbricht
God Loves Forever (hesed in Micah)

Glenn Pemberton
Worship Wars, Israelite Style: Three Psalms, a Sacrifice and a Prayer? And Other Burning
Questions From Worship

Rodney Plunket
The Wild, Wild, Near East: The World of the Eighth Century Prophets
Superpowers, War Crimes, and Coups d’Etat

Mark Shipp
A Harlot’s Wages: No Knowledge, No Mercy, No People
God Sows: Mercy, People, Knowledge of God

Trevor Thompson
Micah at the Margins: Micah as Medium, Micah Muted

*John Willis
The Message of Micah
God’s Central Concern for the Oppressed
God’s Treatment of Hardened Sinners and Persistent Sin
God’s Work in and Through His Chosen People and and the Nations

Timothy Willis
Anyone Want to Play ‘Follow the Leader’?
Being an Elder in Biblical Israel