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Singing about an ‘Upside Down Kingdom’


Ken Young, worship minister at the Fourth Avenue church in Franklin, Tenn., welcomes singing groups across the nation to the stage May 2 on the final night of the Pepperdine University Bible Lectures in Malibu, Calif. With the theme “The Upside Down Kingdom: Living the Sermon on the Mount,” the four-day lectureship featured 272 classes and 15 singing and drama groups. Nearly 5,000 visitors attended from 40 states and more than 20 countries, organizers said.
Arkansas wrestlers win state
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The wrestling team at Central Arkansas Christian Schools recently celebrated winning the Arkansas Wrestling Association championship.
Eight wrestlers from the K-12 Christian school won their weight classes as the Mustangs claimed the first-ever Arkansas state title in the 1A-4A classification.
The head coach is Keith Almond.
BIBLE CAMPS

NEBRASKA YOUTH CAMP
HASTINGS, Neb. — The camp moved closer to realizing supporters’ dreams for the building of a new dining hall.
The Southwest church in Omaha recently offered $34,000 in donations and pledges to the effort.
CAMPUS MINISTRIES

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Cats for Christ conducted a recent spring retreat titled “Breaking Barriers” at the Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kan.
The event featured speaker Todd Lollar from Denton, Texas, and included ministries from the University of Missouri and Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Matt Carter, church planter and veteran campus minster in Chapel Hill, N.C., spoke at the recent Campus Ministry Celebration Weekend.
People attending a May 3 banquet were encouraged to give donations to benefit “The Well,” the church-planting team in Chapel Hill.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

MEDINA CHILDREN’S HOME
MEDINA, Texas — University of Texas football coach Mack Brown, who grew up in the Church of Christ, delivered the keynote address at the home’s recent 18th annual fund-raising dinner and auction in Dallas.
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, a member of the Preston Road church, served as master of cermonies and welcomed 1,300 guests to the dinner.
Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy and wide receiver Jordan Shipley — both church members from Abilene, Texas — were among the guests.
Founded in 1958 in rural Bandera County, the nonprofit home has helped thousands of at-risk youth in academics, social skills, personal development and faith-based instruction.

HIGHER EDUCATION

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
ABILENE, Texas — When 24 future leaders of Madagascar crossed the commencement stage May 10, they were greeted by their nation’s president.
President Marc Ravalomanana said he has high expectations for these students he handpicked four years ago to help transform his island nation of 17 million.
The diplomas the students received were made possible through a scholarship program that Ravalomanana initiated to develop future leaders for his nation.

AUSTIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

AUSTIN, Texas — The school surpassed its fund-raising goal of $3 million sought to fund a new campus, school officials announced. Austin Grad raised $3.3 million in the “Building the Dream” capital campaign to convert an existing building into its new campus.
In January, the school moved to the new 27,000-square-foot facility, which is more than twice as large as the old building.
LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb graduated its largest class ever at commencement cermonies May 3. The 428 students who walked the stage represented the most in Lipscomb’s history, the university said.
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Christian President Mike O’Neal and Nathan Mellor, executive director of the Academy of Leadership and Liberty, presented at the United Nations recently on the university’s nation-building efforts in Rwanda.
O’Neal testified at a conference on using technologies to fight poverty.

SUNSET INTERNATIONAL BIBLE INSTITUTE
LUBBOCK, Texas — With 475 guests in attendance, Sunset recently celebrated the successful completion of the “Let’s Go … Make Disciples” capital campaign.
The institute announced that more than $13 million had been raised in cash and pledges. “This exceeded our goal by more than $1 million,” campaign chairman Bob Crockett said. “We are grateful for the partnership of brethren nationwide who support Sunset’s national and global vision to reach our world for Jesus Christ.”
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

HARDING ACADEMY
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Students recently donated more than $3,100 to Agape Child and Family Service’s FIT program.
The Families in Touch program serves homeless, pregnant women and their children by providing housing and job skills training while reconnecting them with their family and other important relationships, administrators said.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
ABILENE, Texas — More than 900 students in grades six through 12 competed in the recent Texas Christian Schools Interscholastic Tournament.
The tournament involves 12 Texas and Oklahoma schools associated with Churches of Christ.
In the junior high division, Fort Worth Christian School won the first-place sweepstakes trophy, with second place going to Brentwood Christian School in Austin and third place to Northland Christian School in Houston.
In the high school division, Brentwood Christian School won top honors. Northland Christian School finished second, and Fort Worth Christian School came in third.
Brentwood Christian School presented the grand champion one-act play, “Godspell,” directed by Lindsey Pierson.

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