Spiritual Life Conference opens school year
August 23, 2011

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The Bryan community will be asked to consider “What did Jesus really teach?” as the Spiritual Life Conference opens the school year Wednesday (Aug. 24).
 
Buddy Hoffman
Ben Norquist, director of spiritual formation, said Buddy Hoffman,pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville, Ga., will speak five times, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. on Thursday, and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Rudd Auditorium.
 
“We asked him to kick off the theme that will weave its way through chapels in the fall, the life and teachings of Jesus,” Mr. Norquist said. “Certainly, the death and resurrection of Jesus are the heartbeat of our faith, but His life and teaching give texture to that.”
 
Mr. Hoffman will use Isaiah 61, the text Jesus used to inaugurate His ministry, as the basis for his series, Mr. Norquist said. And his answer to the general question of Jesus’ teaching: “The coming of the Kingdom of God.”
 
In the mornings, Mr. Hoffman will focus primarily on the Kingdom of God, and the evening sessions will deal with his experience ministering to Muslims and ministry in general, Mr. Norquist said.
 
Mr. Hoffman and his wife started Grace Fellowship Church more than 25 years ago. The church has campuses in downtown and suburban Atlanta. Since the tragedy of 9/11, Mr. Hoffman has had a ministry to Muslims in the Middle East and the Atlanta area.
 
Other chapel speakers this fall will include Bonnie-Marie Yager, assistant director of worldview formation, who will speak on the Prodigal Son; songwriter/singer Michael Card will speak on the life of Jesus as seen in the Gospel according to Luke; and Joe Novenson, senior pastor of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, will speak on how Christians observe Christmas in Belarus.