Church of Christ

ACU instructor brings humor, insight into ‘A World Gone Mad’


(Editor’s Note: Randy Harris, an instructor at Abilene Christian University, led a two-day seminar Aug. 4-5 on Christian ethics. Always entertaining and insightful, Harris didn’t disappoint. He invites anyone interested to a “Ministers’ Lunch Hour with Randy Harris”, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29, in the Hunter Welcome Center on the ACU campus. His topic will be “Does the Church Matter?” Cost, including lunch, is $15. To register, go to and click on “Events” by Aug. 22)

By Loretta Fulton

The title of the two-day seminar was “Christian Ethics in a World Gone Mad: How to Cope and Even Thrive.”


Randy Harris

By the time it was over, some in the sessions may have suggested a name change to: “Solving Christian Ethical Problems Can Drive You Mad.”

Such is the nature of Christian ethics–it ain’t easy. Thankfully, the leader for the Aug. 4-5 seminar at Abilene Christian University was Randy Harris, a popular instructor at ACU, who made the sessions not only informative and enlightening, but also entertaining.

If you want to be driven truly mad, and entertained at the same time, read “ The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge” by Thomas Cathcart. Harris suggested everyone attending the summer short course read the book beforehand. Those who did realized that spending just two days pondering ethical issues could be maddening.

An example of the ethical dilemmas thrown out by Harris for the participants to ponder:

  1. God wills it because it is good.
  2. It is good because God wills it.

Answer: “Not exactly.”

Scholarly types might want to know that the brain-teaser officially is known as the Euthyphro Problem, first posed by Plato. Don’t worry–even Harris had trouble spelling it. (more…)

‘Sam: The Unexpected Prophet,’ Southern Hills’ VBS extravaganza


A dashing, Elvis-like King Saul celebrates in a song and dance mash-up after being anointed Israel’s first king. The scene is from “Sam: The Unexpected Prophet,” a musical Vacation Bible School at Southern Hills Church of Christ. Photo courtesy Southern Hills Church of Christ

By Ryan Maloney
Children & Family Minister
Southern Hills Church of Christ

Political rancor, uncertain times, a leadership crisis, corruption… These themes are woven through the story of the biblical Samuel as well as trusting in the Lord, embracing His anointing and blessing others. 

We celebrate and discover how God works in unexpected ways through the life and times of 1 Samuel 1-16. A mix of song, dance…and flashing lights help all ages connect to stories that are often glossed over in homilies and flannel graph. 

All ages are invited to our free family Vacation Bible School Sunday-Tuesday, July 23-25. There is something for toddlers, teens and grandparents alike. 

 “Sam: The Unexpected Prophet”

July 23-25 

Southern Hills Church of Christ

3364 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene

 6:30 – Family Experiences 

(self-guide tour through the building to experience food, crafts, petting zoo and games that reinforce the central story)

 7:30 – Sam: The Musical 

(one-third of the musical performed each night) 

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and all ages register at the door for safety. We also have a staffed nursery available for children under 2 years old. Children will receive a free DVD of the musical and a visit from our church a few weeks after VBS.