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Summit looks at ministry to people at margins

For thousands of people, an annual pilgrimage to Abilene for Summit began a few days ago and ends at Moody Coliseum tonight.
Known prior to 2008 as Bible Lectureship, the 107th annual event Sept. 15-18 packs lectures, classes, panels, concerts and discussion with fellow Christians into four days, an experience designed to encourage, educate and inspire believers of all ages.
You can watch a livestream of presentations at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday this week at, starting with Jonathan Storment’s opening theme lecture tonight at 7 p.m.
Theme lecturers in Moody Coliseum include:

  • SUNDAY, 7 P.M. – Jonathan Storment, preaching minister of Abilene’s Highland Church of Christ
  • MONDAY, 11 A.M. – Aaron Metcalf (’02), preaching minister of Westside Church of Christ in Hillsboro, Ore
  • MONDAY, 7 P.M. – Eric Wilson, executive minister, Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn.
  • TUESDAY, 11 A.M. – Sean Palmer, senior minister, Vine Church, Temple, Texas 
  • TUESDAY, 7 P.M. – Gordon Dabbs, preaching minister at Prestoncrest Church of Christ in Dallas
  • WEDNESDAY, 11 A.M. – Larry James, president and CEO of CitySquare in Dallas, Texas
  • WEDNESDAY, 7 P.M. – John Mark Hicks, professor of theology and history at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. 

Featured Guests are:

  • Luke Timothy Johnson, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology
  • Peter Williams, warden of Tyndale House and honorary senior lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Aberdeen
  • Scot McKnight, popular speaker, professor and blogger. McKnight’s award-winning books include The Jesus Creed and The Blue Parakeet.

Sub-tracks feature classes in church planting, children’s ministry, youth ministry, women in ministry, preaching ministry, deaf ministry and leading in worship. More than 120 speakers from around the world – including archeologist Gabriel Barkay from Jerusalem, Israel – are among the program participants.
Special late-night events include:
SUNDAY, 8:30 P.M.

  • “Living Letters: Encountering Philippians,” a one-man play by Broadway actor Stephen Trafton, Fulks Theatre in the Williams Performing Arts Center
  • Coffee House: “Beyond the Barricade: Exploring the Theology of Les Misérables,” with Dr. Richard Beck, Library Commons in Brown Library
  • In Concert: Acappella, Moody Coliseum

MONDAY, 8:30 P.M.

  • Coffee House: “On the Edge: Protest Prose and Poetry,” with Dr. Steven Moore, Library Commons in Brown Library
  • In Concert: The Brilliance, Recital Hall in Williams Performing Arts Center

TUESDAY, 8:30 P.M.

  • Coffee House: “The Gospel According to Monks Coffee Shop: Nurturing Faith Through Serving Coffee,” with Jerry Hendrix, Library Commons in Brown Library
  • In Concert: The Hemingways, Chapel on the Hill in Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building