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Annual Bible Lectureship at FHU Set for Feb. 2-6

Henderson, Tennessee - Jan 13, 2020

The 84th Annual Bible Lectureship, Feb. 2-6, 2020, at Freed-Hardeman University will focus on finding “Our Place in His Story: Remembering the Past, Anticipating the Future.” In conjunction with FHU’s year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Lectureship will include special features that help tell the university’s story, in addition to the traditional sessions that have highlighted previous lectureships.

Sessions are set to begin Sunday evening, Feb. 2, at 6:00pm when guests are invited to Coffee and Conversation in the west lobby of Loyd Auditorium. At 7:00pm worship will begin with a period of congregational singing, and at 7:30 pm FHU President David Shannon will present the keynote address, “The Context of His Story: Creation.” At 8:30pm the university will host a tribute to FHU’s 150 Year History.

The first full-day of the Lectureship opens Monday at 8:00am and continues through a late-night session designed especially for university students that begins at 10:30pm. A similar schedule continues through Thursday evening. Sandwiched between the opening and closing are classes, lectures and workshops geared toward preachers, youth ministers, counselors, elders, college students, teenagers, children, women and others. Approximately 135 individuals will present lessons during the week.

This year’s lectureship will include a number of new features. For example, emphasis will be placed on congregational singing through before keynote addresses, a Clayton Chapel singing Wednesday night and a song-leading workshop each afternoon.

Attention will be given to the Restoration Movement through a new series exploring its history and theological foundation as well as a track entitled, “The Church’s Past in Perspective.” “Historic Sermons of the Past” will feature sermons from A.G. Freed, N.B. Hardeman, T.B. Larimore and Marshall Keeble.

Preachers can get ideas for sermons at the “Four-Day Interactive Sermon Building Workshop.” In addition, a series called “How to Preach Inductively” offers the opportunity to reflect on a different way to prepare and present lessons. For deeper understanding of God’s Word, the Lectureship offers two series on biblical exegesis and one to help understand and choose a Bible translation.

Christians seeking encouragement may want to attend two series of lessons entitled “Good News for All Times” and “Transformed: Once Lost, Now Found.”

The 2020 lectureship is dedicated to the life and work of Dr. Ralph Gilmore, FHU Distinguished Professor of Bible and Philosophy, and his wife Joyce. This spring, he will retire from the FHU faculty after 39 years of service. He has been a member of the Lectureship committee since 1987 and was the moderator of Open Forum for 20 years. He plans to continue his full schedule of speaking, leading mission campaigns, writing, lecturing, and defending the truth in debates and discussions. An appreciation dinner honoring the Gilmores is set for Tuesday evening, Feb. 4 at 5:00pm, in the auxiliary gym. Tickets may be purchased for $15 by calling the FHU business office at 731-989-6347 or 6689.

A full schedule of Lectureship events and registration are available at fhu.edu/lectureship. One may also order the Lectureship book and jump drive and tickets to the Gilmore appreciation dinner through this link.