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Ruffner Letter to ACU’s Brown Library

By Roelf L. Ruffner

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” ( Luke 6:26).

March 5, 2016

Abilene Christian University
Brown Library

To Whom It May Concern:

I read in the Winter-Spring issue of ACU Today that ACU will be adding the papers of Max Lucado to an honored place in the Milliken Special Collections and Archives of the Brown Library. As a Christian, a preacher of the Gospel, a student of Restoration history and an ACU alumnus (’76) I wish to express my profound disappointment in the University’s decision.

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Notes on Rubel Shelly

Rubel Shelly

From Wikipedia 

Dr. Rubel Shelly is an author, minister, and professor [at] Lipscomb University. He is the former president of Rochester College

Shelly began as an instructor in the department of Religion and Philosophy at Freed-Hardeman University in 1975. In 1978, Shelly began preaching as Senior Minister for the Family of God at Woodmont Hills, formerly known as the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, in Nashville, Tennessee where he continued until 2005. While preaching at Woodmont Hills, he also taught at Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Tennessee State University. From 1979 to 1980 while he worked to complete his graduate work at Vanderbilt University, he served as a graduate assistant in the Department of Philosophy. From 1981 to 1983, he was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lipscomb University. In 1986, while continuing his education at Vanderbilt University, he taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine (Medical Ethics) until 1988. From 2000 to 2004, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tennessee State University.

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Unity in (Spite of) Diversity?


By Dub McClish


Is a renewed and intensified “unity” initiative with the Independent Christian Church (ICC) underway? Abilene Christian University had an ICC preacher on its lectureship not very long ago. The Tulsa Workshop had two ICC speakers on its program last year. Even more recently, the December 2004 issue of The Christian Chronicle gave major ink to two news stories and an advertisement, all of which seem to point in this direction.

News Story Number One

Page 1 carries the headline, “Church of Christ, Christian Church leaders test waters.” The article, written by Chronicle staffer Lindy Adams, tells of ”Ministry Impact ’04,” an October meeting “for dialogue and fellowship” in Grand Prairie, Texas (near Dallas), involving 350 men from the ICC and churches of Christ. Adams, in typical liberal jargon, refers to us, to the ICC, and to the Disciples of Christ as “three streams” of the “American Restoration Movement” and of the “Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.” (Note: I am not a member of a “movement,” but of the church of Christ, to which He added me when I obeyed the Gospel plan of salvation [Acts 2:38–41, 47].)

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David P. Brown and Dub McClish Marked by Forest Hill


Bulletin of Forest Hill Church of Christ

Memphis, Tennessee

Volume 36 December 1 2009 Number 48

From the Preacher

It has been a busy month of preaching and teaching. I had the opportunity to preach in two gospel meetings during October. One meeting was with the Lake City Church of Christ in Lake City, Florida and the other was with the Southwest Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. It was my privilege to close out the Spiritual Sword Lectures here in Memphis in mid October. I returned to Texas in early November to preach on the Schertz Lectureship near San Antonio. After that, I spoke two nights at the Willette congregation northeast of Nashville on subjects related to the home. Last week I preached in a meeting at the Jasper, Tennessee Church of Christ. All of these opportuni­ties were a blessing for me and I pray a blessing to those who were present. It was good to be back in the pulpit at Forest Hill this past week. I appreciate those who have filled the pulpit during my absence and, especially I am grateful to my associate here at Forest Hill, Matthew Jones, for his work on a daily basis on behalf of this congregation.

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The Fellowship Merry-Go-Round

By Dub McClish

Introductory Note

On May 15–19, 2011, brother Neal Pollard preached in a Gospel meeting at the Sherman Drive Church of Christ (formerly Pearl Street) in Denton, Texas. This meeting may prove to be significant beyond the surface.

Sherman Drive Notes

The Sherman Drive congregation is what is left of the once mighty Pearl Street congregation that for almost a quarter century enjoyed a spotless reputation for soundness and faithfulness. This reputation was known in many nations, principally through its twenty-one consecutive Annual Denton Lectures programs (1982–2002).

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