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Max Lucado

Max Lucado is a member and preacher in the conservative religious body known as the "Churches of Christ" (or individually as "church of Christ").

Today Max Lucado is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. The Oak Hills Church dates back to the early l900s, when it was known as the Grove Avenue Church of Christ. The Oak Hills Church (which now has weekly attendance of about 3,500 people) is affiliated with Stone-Campbell fellowship known as the Churches of Christ. As is typical of websites for Stone-Campbell churches which avoid use of the word "denomination", this site is circumspect about identifying its denominational affiliation, but the site's "Vision" page (http://www.oakhillschurchsa.org/About/Vision/) on which the church's theology is summarized clearly presents a summary of the Churches of Christ doctrines, beliefs and practices. The main menu of the official website of this church features a "Max Lucado" link to a page describing him and his senior position in the church (http://www.oakhillschurchsa.org/about/max/; viewed 25 October 2005):

As Senior Minister of Oak Hills Church, Max Lucado's primary role is to preach the good news of a risen Savior. He came to Oak Hills in 1988 following five years of church planting in Brazil. Prior to that, he served the Central Church of Christ in Miami, Florida. A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Max is the author of over 70 books, including gift, fiction, and children's books. Max and his wife, Denalyn, are the parents of three daughters.

Max and the Oak Hills leadership believe that God is blessing the work of this church. Together, they dream of impacting the city of San Antonio by raising up 10,000 members who will pray for 10 people a day, thereby interceding for at least a tenth of the city.

For more information on the teaching ministry of Max Lucado please visit http://www.maxlucado.com

From: "Max Lucado Books and Ministry" on "Christ Notes" website (http://www.christnotes.org/_max-lucado.asp; viewed 15 July 2005):

Max Lucado was born in San Angelo, Texas. After graduating from Andrews High School in Andrews, TX, Max earned a BA in mass communications from Abilene Christian University. After receiving his BA, he moved on and earned a MA in biblical and related studies from Abilene. While Max Lucado was raised in a Christian family and was baptized at age 10, he has not always walked the straight path. During his high school years, even after his baptism, Max Lucado choose the ways of the world instead of the ways of God. At one point, he was a heavy drinker, womanizer, and tough guy. Now he recalls how he could drink a whole six-pack and not feel it. However, God turned around Max's life around and called him into full time ministry.

Today, with over 33 million copies of his books sold, Max Lucado is one of Christianity's most popular authors...

One of Max's books has appeared on the CBA's best seller list every month for the past seven years (as of 2004). In addition, three of Max's books have won Gold Medallion for Christian book of the year. Some of Max Lucado's book titles include It's Not About Me, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus, and Traveling Light. Further, Max has also authored Next Door Savior, Give it All to Him, Just Like Jesus, Grace For the Moment, When God Whispers Your Name, and many other books.

In addition to writing, Max Lucado has been a church planning missionary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has served as Associate Minister of Central Church of Christ, Miami, FL. In 1988, at age 33, Max Lucado became an Associate Minister at Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX. Today, Max is still preaching sermons at Oak Hills Church, only now he is the Pulpit Minister. He does not receive a salary from Oak Hills, rather he has a special arrangement with the church that allows him to study and write one book a year, while still preaching.

From: Janet Chismar (editor of Religion Today), "Pat Boone shares his faith in midst of tragedy" from ASSIST News Service (http://www.goodnewsetc.com/91SND1.htm; viewed 15 July 2005):

Other guests on the show included Dave Owen, the pastor of The Vineyard of Malibu, where Ryan and his fiancee attended church before the accident. Another guest, Max Lucado, whom Boone describes as the epitome of gentleness, was chosen by the producers because his name is easily recognized.

Lucado may not share the charismatic background of the other guests, but he and Boone have one thing in common -- they both were raised in the Church of Christ. "We've both come a long way from the early, legalistic, 'speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent' doctrinal stance," says Boone.

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