The Pepperdine Lectures are getting better and better! I've just returned from a week in Malibu that I don't know how to explain. It was way maaavelous!
Pepperdine's campus is God's tease about Heaven. It's breathtaking to walk the ridge above the baseball field while noting the mountain range behind, smelling the fragrant flower and bushes, and then casting an eye upon the Pacific ocean. The setting is too much for one mind to absorb in a week's time.
The fellowship is heavenly. To see Sheri Trupp and then find Larry and Sheila Wishard along with their friends, Ken and Reniece, the glory of God began to swell as to the meaningfulness of Christian family. I love to just stand beside Mike and Ann Spence! I stayed in the Sigma dorm with the Hallal singers. I love them so much I tell friends that my maiden name was Hallal. Ken, Marca, Cole, and Kelsey (and their entire group) are embedded deeply into my heart. Jerry Rushford put together a thorough line-up of Spirit-popping keynotes. Because of my role at the Tulsa workshop, I enjoy sitting back and observing Jerry's combination of joy, concentration, pressure, and love for the event. He's an artist at work.
I enjoyed sitting in on Tim Spivey's class each morning. That guy is a winner! Don McLaughlin and Randy Harris and Rick Atchley were on target, on target, on target. When Don spoke at Memorial on Wednesday night of the workshop, I thought that was the best I had heard from him. Pepperdine was better! But the one teacher that blew me away was a class by Liz Pence. I bought one DVD.....hers. I didn't even get my own (which are free to the presenter). I was wowed by her ability to teach. I have many heroes. Some have already been mentioned above. I have a new one: Liz Pence.
Congratulations to all those who worked on the scene and behind. Your Pepperdine was an experience that fulfilled its mission.