Two renowned archaeology scholars—Dr. Steven Ortiz and Dr. Tom Davis—have founded the Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University in Nashville. In conjunction with this, Lipscomb will be adding its first PhD program.
“The Lanier Center for Archaeology plans to offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East and a Master of Arts in Archaeology and Biblical Studies beginning in January 2021,” Lipscomb announced via a release. “In addition, the center will feature archaeological research libraries, an extensive artifact study collection and a ceramic restoration lab. It will also engage in field research projects.”
Ortiz and Davis are both joining Lipscomb’s faculty and will serve as director and associate director, respectively, of the Lanier Center.
An opening reception is slated for 7 p.m. Sept. 9.
The center is the first of its kind that is part of a university rather than a seminary setting. It is housed in Lipscomb’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Lanier Center for Archaeology is made possible through the generosity of Becky and Mark Lanier (a 1981 Lipscomb graduate). Mark Lanier serves on Lipscomb’s board of trustees.
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Restoration House Ministries will plant a church in Rutland, Vt., next year. Braden and Lindsey Etcheson are serving as church planters for LOVE802 Church. The couple and their three young children have already moved to Rutland.
RHM writes: “The state of Vermont has one area code for the whole state, 802, and leads the nation as the most post-Christian state in the country. . . . The name LOVE802 is their battle cry! Braden and Lindsey are starting this church for people who have given up on church and need to know the love of Jesus.”
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A man arrested after a scuffle on Sunday, Aug. 2, at First Christian Church, Lamar, Mo., has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree domestic assault as a result of a double shooting that left one man dead and a woman—the alleged shooter’s estranged wife—injured.
Lane Stephens, 29, of Carthage, Mo., previously had been charged with two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of first-degree robbery. He is alleged to have carjacked two vehicles after the Aug. 1 double-shooting at the Quality Inn in Carthage.
The Joplin Globe reported on the new charges.
Law enforcement officials arrested Stephens at First Christian Church—20-plus miles from the scene of the shooting—as Sunday morning worship was starting. Five men from the church assisted in the arrest. A deacon at the church had called police to inform them the suspect was in the building. See our story from last week.
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Louisville Bible College’s convocation and inauguration is slated for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12 on the campus grounds. Kerry Allen will be inaugurated as LBC’s new president. The school’s previous president, Dr. Tom Mobley, died in December. LBC’s fall semester is set to begin this coming Monday.
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Johnson University Florida will offer a “virtual alumni reunion” Sept. 12 for graduates from classes that are celebrating significant anniversaries; the day will conclude with the event, “Let There Be Light,” featuring alumni Andrew Peterson and Arron Chambers, starting at 6:45. (Tickets for the evening event are $10 with all proceeds going toward Johnson University Florida scholarships.)
The virtual reunion schedule is as follows: classes of 1980 and 1985, 9 to 11 a.m.; classes of 1990, 1995, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., classes of 2000, 2005, 1 to 3 p.m.; classes of 2010, 2015, 3 to 5 p.m. The “virtual dinner mixer” will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Click here to learn more.
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Christian colleges are sharing detailed information with new and returning students this month to explain complexities related to resumption of instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For example, at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich., students can opt for virtual or online in all classes this fall. “That means,” GLCC’s COVID-19 FAQ page says, “every month you can decide whether you attend classes virtually or face-to-face. If you become ill, you will be able to keep up with your classes without jeopardizing your fellow students and faculty.”
Consult individual college websites to learn more about their plans.
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Four children and two staff members recently tested positive for COVID-19 at a child-care center run by First Christian Church, Kernersville, N.C. The affected children, ages 2 and 3, and staff members all meet in one classroom at The Crossing Preschool Afterschool facility, which serves 11 children and is open to the public, according to the News & Record.
“We have had all Crossing and church staff members tested, and their results all came back negative,” senior pastor Pete Kunkle told the newspaper. The child-care facility is being cleaned and is slated to reopen Aug. 17; the church did not meet for services Sunday.
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