Flames and prayers in California
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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.
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