Race Studies Center at ACU to Open (Plus News Briefs)
Race Studies Center at ACU to Open (Plus News Briefs)

The Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Abilene (Texas) Christian University will open next Tuesday (Sept. 18) with a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m., a luncheon at noon, and sessions throughout the day. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dr. Jerry Taylor will speak on “God Imagines Our Future: Being Filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:1-21).”

There will also be a 6 p.m. reception in the Williams Performing Arts Center, followed at 7 p.m. by a performance of The Mountaintop, depicting the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. Carl Spain Center Events are listed here. Spain served on faculty at ACU and was a courageous speaker against racial segregation in the church and in the Christian college system. The day’s events are part of ACU’s Summit, “Wholeness in a Broken World,” which runs Sept. 16-19.

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NEWS BRIEFS

The Dunning Lectures will be Sept. 20 and 21 at Nebraska Christian College in Papillion. Speaking at 11 a.m. both days will be Chuck Sackett, professor of preaching at Lincoln (Ill.) Christian University. Sackett also has served with Madison Park Christian Church, Quincy, Ill., since 1998. The lectures are named for Guy B. Dunning, one of the founders of Nebraska Christian College.

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Milligan College recently installed Dr. Patrick Kariuki as the W. Edward and Billye Joyce Fine Chair of Education, a newly established endowed faculty chair that honors the Fines’ leadership and commitment to the college. The installation service recognized Kariuki’s commitment to teacher education at Milligan, where he has served on faculty since 1995.

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Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., will host an E2: Effective Elders training event on “What’s Next” on Oct. 12. This all-day seminar will help elders and staff members with topics like: understanding the times, developing powerful leaders, building a generous church, winning spiritual battles, recruiting new elders, and more. Click here to register.

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Stadia has an online listing of several churches launching this fall, including:
Bay City Church, San Francisco (Sept. 9)
Cornerstone Christian Church—O’Fallon (Ill.) Campus (Sept. 9)
Anchor Church, Toledo, Ohio (Sept. 16)
Front Porch Church, Baltimore (Sept. 16)
Historic Church, Dallas (Sept. 16)
North Circle Church, Indianapolis (Sept. 16)
The Ark, Detroit (September)
Anthem Church, Boston (October)
Crossover Church, Atlanta (Fall)

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Tampico Christian Church, Crothersville, Ind., celebrated its 150th anniversary Sunday with a catered meal and a special afternoon service. The church has grown from about 35 to an average attendance of 120 under pastor Randy King, who started there in 2013, according to an article in the Seymour (Ind.) Daily Tribune.

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Eastview Christian Church (Normal, IL) held its first service at its new site on North Airport Road in Bloomington on Sunday. The megachurch purchased the former Crosswinds Community Church in February and has extensively remodeled the building, which is about 100 years old, Eastview senior pastor Mike Baker told the local newspaper.

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Someone stole Southview Christian Church’s 29-year-old, 15-passenger van over the weekend from the Grandview, Mo., church’s parking lot. No one quite knows why. “We’re not angry,” youth and children’s pastor Barry Watts told KMBC News. He indicated the church wants the van back, mainly for sentimental reasons, as many in the church have grown up with it. (Be sure to check out the church’s hilarious Facebook appeal directed to the thief.)

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Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Raymond, Ill., celebrated its 150th anniversary on Sunday.

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Lynn McMillon, president and chief executive officer of The Christian Chronicle, has announced his plans to step away from those roles. He has served the noninstrumental church of Christ publication since 1996, and his wife, Joy, served the Chronicle in a variety of roles for even longer. We commend their exceptional service.

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The drama ministry at Compassion Christian Church in Savannah, Ga., presented a dinner theater production of You Can’t Take It With You to the community this summer.

The church hosted the production with tickets costing $10—and just $5 for a matinee.

“Our audiences love being able to enjoy a delicious dinner together with family and friends, then see a great story,” said Wayne Sullivan, drama ministry pastor at Compassion Christian Church, in www.dosavannah.com. “It’s an enjoyable evening and a great way to check out life at Compassion Christian Church. We invite our guests to join us again for one of our worship services.”

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Rory Christiansen has joined the faculty of Johnson University Florida as associate professor of congregational ministry. Christiansen most recently served as lead minister at Streator (Ill.) Church of Christ..

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The Crossing–A Christian Church, Las Vegas, Nev., sponsored a singles ministry retreat called “Surrendered” at Ironwood Christian Camp Sept. 7-9. The event included three speakers . . . plus paintball, sandboarding, a hayride, human foosball, archery, and more.

Speakers were Dave Cowan, creative arts pastor; Troy Dandrea, Army National Guard chaplain; and John Kim, singles ministry director.

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Students at Harding University, Searcy, Ark., remembered graduate Botham Shem Jean, 26, at a candlelight vigil on campus Monday night, the Christian Post reported Tuesday. The tribute occurred days after Jean was fatally shot inside his apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 30. Jean graduated two years ago from Harding, a university associated with the noninstrumental churches of Christ. Guyger has been charged with manslaughter.

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