FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS:  Restoring God's People in Ezra-Nehemiah and Esther

We are excited to announce the theme for the 87th annual Freed-Hardeman University Lectures (February 5-9, 2023), "For Such a Time as This:  Restoring God's People in Ezra-Nehemiah and Esther." The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther tell the story of God's gracious redemption of His covenant people and His challenging them to serve Him in faithfulness.  From the Lord's stirring up Cyrus to allow God's remnant people to return to Judah (Ezra 1:1-4) through the prayers of Nehemiah for himself and his people (Nehemiah 13:29-31) readers encounter the challenge given to God's people to live distinctively for the Lord even in their returning and rebuilding.  The examples of Ezra, Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Mordecai, and Queen Esther demonstrate the need for God's people to be zealous, while also relying upon the merciful God who provides opportunities for faithful service.  May we remember the faithfulness of God in the midst of our troubled times as we seek to serve God even "in such a time as this" (Esther 4:14).

The Lectureship committee and many other members of the FHU community work year round on the program. Kristi and I never cease to be amazed by the teamwork and devotion that is demonstrated by various administrators, faculty, staff, students, sponsors, and other team members who help to make this happen. We truly hope you will consider taking full advantage of every opportunity the FHU Lectureship offers. As we plan for the program in February, we are particularly excited about some new aspects of the Lectureship this year, while also looking forward to experiencing many of the traditional aspects of the program that have made it great year after year. It is our prayer that the 2023 Bible Lectureship will be a blessing and an encouragement to you.



Douglas Y. Burleson
Director, FHU Annual Bible Lectureship