Compiled by Chris Moon
and Jim Nieman
Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan will host its inaugural Hayden Lectureship later this month honoring the legacy of former Christian Standard editor Edwin V. Hayden. The lectureship March 26-28 will feature Dr. Dwight N. Hopkins, an eminent African-American and global theologian who is Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Hopkins’s lecture series, “Being Human: Wealth, Leadership and Values,” will include the following three presentations: “Wealth and Faith in Black American Experiences” (11 a.m. March 26), “Black Liberation Theology and Global Cross-Cultural Leadership” (7:30 p.m. March 27), and “Global Values for Healthy Human Communities” (11 a.m. March 28).
Edwin V. Hayden was a prolific minister and writer who served as editor of Christian Standard from 1957 to 1977. In 1988, Emmanuel honored Hayden as the first recipient of the James A. Garfield Award for service to the church.
Go to www.milligan.edu for more information about Hayden, Hopkins, and the lectureship.
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Kyle Idleman has taken over for Dave Stone as senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.
Idleman, who joined the church 17 years ago, tweeted: “Humbled and excited to officially become Senior Pastor of @southeastchrist after my hero, my partner, and one of my closest friends, @DaveStone920. Always, only Jesus!”
Stone—who became senior pastor in 2006 and has served SECC for 30 years—will preach four more times at the Blankenbaker location, the last time being Memorial Day weekend, according to WAVE3.com.
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Great Lakes Christian College (Lansing, Mich.) on Saturday came within a bucket of winning a men’s basketball national championship.
The Crusaders lost 84-83 in overtime to Grace Christian University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in the final game of the National Christian College Athletic Association DII tournament in Greenville, S.C., MLive reported.
Still, the near-miss marked a remarkable accomplishment for a team that was down to just a handful of active players a season ago. GLCC didn’t win a game in the 2015-16 season, and won just one game the following year.
The Lansing State Journal reported on the team’s turnaround, which was led by 27-year-old coach Richard Westerlund. He’s credited with bringing together a “mismatched group of players,” many of whom he recruited out of difficult backgrounds.
“I don’t know how many coaches would have recruited the guys that we got,” Westerlund told the State Journal. “I know some of the top teams at our level wouldn’t have recruited my guys.”
Among Westerlund’s previous coaching stops, he led Crossroads College (Rochester, Minn.) to a national championship before that school suspended operations due to financial issues.
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Southeast Christian Church in Louisville will host “indispensABLE!” a regional disability ministry conference. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and will be presented in partnership with Ability Ministry, a Christian organization we featured in our March issue.
According to the May 7 issue of the Southeast Outlook: The regional conference is “for church and lay leaders, families touched by disabilities and individuals interested in serving in disabilities ministry.”
Go to abilityministry.com to purchase tickets; cost is $25 each in advance, $30 the day of the conference. Tickets include lunch and take-home ministry resources.
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Southland Christian Church, with campuses in and around Lexington, Ky., hosted about 6,000 volunteers at eight total sessions to package more than 1 million nutritious meals for kids in Somalia and Haiti. Lifeline Christian Mission was a partner in the meal-pack event.
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After more than 20 years at its present site, Port Orange (Fla.) Christian Church is planning to move to a new 20-acre parcel that eventually will include a building that can accommodate double the number of churchgoers.
“We envision building a new campus on this property in multiple phases,” according to the church’s website. “By building in phases, . . . our facility can grow with us as our ministry grows.”
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North Terrace Church of Christ in Zanesville, Ohio, will host the eighth-annual “Tribute to Fatherhood Dinner” on Thursday. The event, sponsored by ForeverDads, is designed to honor fathers and help them establish better parenting skills.
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A “forgiveness expert” lectured at Milligan College on Tuesday. Everett Worthington, a clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University, is also leading a seminar about forgiveness today at the Tennessee campus.
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