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Pepperdine Lecture Notes to Come

We’re back in San Francisco after being on the road all day.

The Pepperdine Bible Lectures in Malibu, CA were wonderful! I will be posting notes from a few classes I attended just as I did last year. Keep checking westcoastwitness.com over the course of the next few days if you’re interested in seeing them, or simply subscribe to this blog and get new posts sent directly to your email address or favorite reader- that’s the easiest thing to do.

This was a great event – I will update fully later.

For now I’m going to continue my research into the subject of pacifism for my social ethics class at Fuller. UFC 113 is about to come on, and the fight card is lookin’ good! Must research.

Oh, and don’t forget to call your mother tomorrow and tell her you love her. It’s Mother’s Day!

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Pepperdine Bible Lectures

I’m planning to attend the Pepperdine Bible Lectures next week, and am bringing quite a few people with me.

In addition to my wife and two children my parents are making the trek to Malibu for the first time, as are my good friends Gary and Zoe Lambrecht, James Holston, and Nathaniel Tuliao – all first timers.

Last year was my first time to attend (regular readers may remember I posted notes online). I came away impressed with the program, and have since talked it up to quite a few people.

I’m pleased to see Jonathan Storment is a featured speaker this year, and am also pleased that Tyler Ellis has been invited to teach a class on campus ministry (I bragged on Tyler a few days ago in this post). Both are young ministers my age whom I respect and believe the church at large could learn a lot from (view the complete lecture schedule here).

I’m also looking forward to Tim Spivey’s classes on reviving and maintaining healthy growing churches. His blog series on church revitalization was excellent – I’m sure his classes on the subject will be as well.

Who else is planning to go?

If you can’t make it in 2010, you ought to put it on your calendar for 2011. This is a quality event.

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Notes From The Pepperdine Lectures – Monte Cox

Notes taken during Monte Cox’s presentation at The 2009 Pepperdine Lectures – “Christ, the Mystery of God” – Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 7PM. Based on Colossians 2:1-7.

To download Dr. Cox’s PowerPoint presentation used during this lecture, go to www.harding.edu/cwm and look under the heading “Dr. Monte Cox’s ’09 Pepperdine presentation,” or click here.

  • “Pluralism drives the relativism that makes evangelism a four letter word.”
  • The book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a good example of how people view spirituality today (pluralistically – just make sure you get a little bit of every religion and you’ll be ok).
  • Ministry in the North American context means you will encounter 1) postmodernism, 2) individualism, and 3) skepticism.
  • “Does the concept of ‘God’ belong in a religion class? Can a Christian teach a world religion class at a secular university? Some would say ‘no’ because of their Christian bias. We do, however, need to critique that question. How is a believer’s bias less valid than an unbeliever’s? The underlying assumption of that question is a biased one.”
  • Colossians 2:9 – “Son of God – fully human and fully divine?” Rejected by postmodern thinkers because that sounds too exclusive.
  • People today aren’t looking for a Savior – they’re looking for a spiritual life coach. They’re looking for a therapist. For many, that’s what Jesus is reduced to.
  • Jesus is seen by many as a highly evolved spiritual coach who can help … if you want Him to.
  • Colossians 2:2,3 – “All mysteries” are hidden in Christ. Not Christ plus something else!
  • Paints a picture of two people. One is a girl who gets up in the morning, looks in the mirror, and sees nothing but ugly. Another is a young man that gets up in the morning, looks in the mirror, and sees a suave ladykiller. Dr. Cox says both of them have a self-esteem problem – not just the girl. The problem is they get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see themselves instead of seeing Christ.
  • Recommends Christless Christianity by Michael Horton as a book we all should read. Read the first chapter of this book by clicking here.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:14 – “If Christ isn’t the Son of God and raised from the dead, we have nothing to say! Apart from Christ – the center of our faith and identity – we have nothing to say!”
  • “I do not want to be guilty of drawing lines [in terms of fellowship] where God hasn’t clearly drawn them Himself because I’m too conservative for that!” (Amen to that!)
  • Christ-centric theology is the key to the future of the Churches of Christ. (Amen to that too!)

Other good stuff from Dr. Cox concerning Church of Christ world missions (PowerPoint presentations):

  1. Around the World in 60 Minutes
  2. Missions and Money
  3. What the World Needs Now
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