The Freed-Hardeman lectureship committee is resting easy after a successful 76th annual Bible lectureship. The series of biblical lectures began Sunday, Feb. 5 and concluded with a chapel lesson Friday, Feb. 10. In a nod to the decades-old tradition of snow during lectureship, a few flakes fell about the time chapel ended Friday.
This year’s theme was “The Behavior of Belief: Faith and Life in James to Jude.” A total of 125 speakers and song leaders led the sessions this year. The lectures dealt with the seven brief New Testament books known as the "General Epistles:" James, first and second Peter, first, second and third John and Jude.
“We are indebted to our entire campus family for helping such a huge event run so smoothly with very little difficulty. Our speakers were very well prepared, the audience was happy and grateful for such a good program, and our contributors have given very generously,” said Dr. Billy Smith, dean of the FHU School of Biblical Studies. “As far as logistics on campus is concerned,” he said, “everything worked. It takes a fine-tuned machine to put on something like this.”
Smith estimated approximately 4,000 additional people were in town for the week.
Keynote sessions each evening at 7:30 addressed the theme topic: “The Behavior of Belief.” Chapel sessions Monday-Friday at 10:30 a.m. focused on “Faith and Life.” Special sessions were conducted Monday and Tuesday for youth workers. Wednesday also featured sessions designed for Bible schoolteachers.
Musical entertainment followed each evening’s session. Monday night was the University singers, and Tuesday was the University Chorale. Bible professor Sam Hester coordinated the annual performance of “Pickin’ and Singin” Wednesday evening. The FHU Alumni Singers under the direction of John R. Hall presented a program Thursday evening.
Following the lecture Thursday evening, Dr. David Lipe, director of the Lectureship committee, announced the 2013 theme: “We Will Serve the Lord: Conquest and Deliverance in Joshua to Ruth.” The 77th annual Bible lectureship will be Feb. 3-8, 2013. The lectureship committee will begin planning for next year in two weeks.
Thanks for a Lectureship which was very instructive, encouraging
and joy filled. Thanks to David Lipe for his good work as the Director and to Ralph Gilmore for another excellent job of directing the Open Forum. I love to attend the F-HU Lectures.
I'm sorry I was not able to attend the lectures this year. However, I did watch the streaming. It was great but not like being there. The program was very good.