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Summit theme focuses on the ‘Margins’

By James Eldred
Posted on September 4, 2013 | News | Comments Off on Summit theme focuses on the ‘Margins’

Seven theme speakers, three featured guests, and more than 100 session leaders are scheduled to lead ACU’s 107th annual Summit from Sept. 15-18.

Theme speakers will include Jonathan Storment, preaching minister at Highland Church of Christ, and Larry James of CitySquare in Dallas.

“They’ll be talking about the theme ‘Margins,’ which is taken from the Gospel of Luke – following Jesus at the edge,” said Dr. Brady Bryce, director of ministry events.

Bryce was originally drawn to the “Margins” theme because of the depiction of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.

“He has this time of esteem and fame, and people really like him, but then it culminates where pretty much everyone is ready for him to die, so he’s pushed to the edges,” Bryce said. “He identifies with these marginalized people all along the way, and he identifies with them in an amazing way by his death.”

The three featured speakers will not follow the theme, said Anna Jane Perrey, contextual education and ministry events coordinator.

“Since they are not a part of the culture of the Church of Christ, they always bring an interesting perspective of faith and obedience to Summit,” Perrey said.

Class sessions with various track themes will take place in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building throughout the day.

“There are classes pertaining to women, advancing ministry and identity, both in and out of the church,” said Perrey.

Bryce cautions students to check with their professors to whether classes scheduled in the building are truly cancelled or whether they are moved.

As in previous years, students can receive Chapel credits for attending Summit events.

“There are 10 opportunities to get two credits each, but the maximum is 12,” Bryce said. “The Moody sessions are at 11 a.m., which is the Chapel time and then 3 p.m. in the afternoon, which is our featured slot, and then 7 p.m.”

The 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. sessions will run about 45 minutes long to allow for classes, while the evening session will last about an hour and a quarter, ending at 8:15 p.m.

Summit will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in Moody Coliseum. Jonathan Storment will begin the discussions themed on the Gospel of Luke.

“I’m trying to get us to focus on discipleship, about what it really means to follow Jesus,” Bryce said. “If we say we’re a Christ-follower, then we will go to the places he went and that means the kinds of people, the places, the circumstances and even a willingness to give our life for Him at the edge.”

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