Visitors from 35 states and 17 countries converged on the Freed-Hardeman University campus Feb. 3-8 for the 77th annual Bible lectureship. More than 120 men and women addressed the theme, “We Will Serve the Lord: Conquest and Deliverance in Joshua to Ruth.”
This 2013 lectureship and the lectureship book were dedicated to the life and work of Jay Lockhart. Currently an elder and the minister for the Whitehouse congregation in Whitehouse, Texas, he has served churches in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas. He has decades of radio and television preaching and is the author of the commentary on Ephesians in the Truth for Today series. Lockhart is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman and a member of the university’s board of trustees.
The Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth “tell the story of Israel’s entrance into the land of promise and their victories and defeats in the long struggle to become a nation as God intended,” Lectureship Director David Lipe said. The Lectureship looked at the great characters of faith and other figures from these books and the lessons contemporary Christians can draw for their own lives.
Online registrants for this year’s event totaled 2,210. Registration is not required to attend so the exact attendance number is unknown. Six hundred congregations were represented in the attendance figures.
Those unable to make the trek to Henderson were able to watch many sessions online. More than 600 virtual attendees registered for that.
I have not been able to attend a lectureship since 1986. I miss being able to actually be in the presence of great Bible teachers and preachers, but I can at least see some of the lectures online and watch Open Forum.