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In California, Pepperdine Bible Lectures conclude as wildfires rage

Mike Cope delivers a keynote during the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. (Photo by Erik Tryggestad)

Blogging live from Malibu, Calif.
The 70th annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures have ended.
The wildfires, unfortunately, have not.
We can smell smoke here on the campus of Pepperdine University from the 28,000-acre fire that is raging — and growing — a few miles west of us in Ventura County. We’ve seen caravans of fire engines on Hwy. 101 and helicopters flying overhead, en route to the blaze.
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort had a booth at the lectures and is collecting information and contacts.
The Bible lectures, the first under the direction of Mike Cope, brought together thousands of church members from around the globe. “Can I Get a Witness: Faithfully Following the Lamb in Revelation” was this year’s theme. Many participants posted about the event via Twitter hashtag #pbl13.
Bobby Ross and I both taught classes this year, and we got a lot of good feedback from attendees and Chronicle readers. I was reunited with friends from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Singapore and Cambodia and made new friends from places as far away as Madagascar.
As always, spending time with our brothers and sisters in Christ was the highlight of the trip. Fellowship is the most beautiful thing about this place. The ocean view is a not-too-distant second.
But now that view is obscured by smoke. We pray for those in the path of the flames — and those rushing toward them.
Are you near the fires in southern California? Please post here. We’ll add updates as we get them.

  • Feedback
    Mike Cope brought together a great program to kick off his first year as director. Great theme, great lectures and classes, and a great experience. I look forward to many future lectures and pray God’s blessings on Mike and his leadership. Was blessed to be there.
    May, 5 2013

    Honestly, wasn’t interested in the Book of Revelation simply because it’s a difficult Book to comprehend despite my 54 years of being in ministry. Douglas Qualls, former minister for Palo Alto Church of Christ, was the only person I felt made those pages come alive. Brother Qualls is dead now.
    Well, I thought long and hard about going to the 70th Lectureship, but the more I thought and prayed, the greater my strength to be present and LEARN from Holy Spirit filled instruction prompted a “go”.
    Having attended Pepperdine Lectures approximately 40 years, despite missionary years abroad, this one had to be the most seemingly spirit-fed lecture ever!! Under Mike Cope’s leadership, the lectures seemed more relaxed. There didn’t seem to be a hurried attitude on campus. Each teacher I had the privilege to learn under was outstanding!!
    Thanking ALL the Pepperdine staff members for doing their part well!
    All to the glory of God,
    Anna Marie Valadez-Stolte
    Anna Marie Stolte
    May, 9 2013

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