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FHU Lectureship to Examine “Identity in Crisis”

Henderson, Tenn. - Jan 23, 2017

The 81st Annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University, Feb. 5-9, will study the book of Daniel and his vision for the future.

“Christians today should not forget Daniel’s vision for the future, even in the midst of a cultural identity crisis,” Lectureship Director Doug Burleson said. “The 2017 theme, ‘Identity in Crisis: Daniel’s Vision for the Future,’ matches both our striving for an exploration of the text and an application for ministry, from the beginning of the program to the very end.”

This year’s lectureship is dedicated to the life and work of John W. Dale, Murray, Kentucky. An alumnus of Freed-Hardeman, Oklahoma Christian University and Murray State University, he has preached continuously for 52 years, including 39 years at the Seventh and Poplar/Glendale congregation in Murray. Although retired from full-time local work, he continues to preach almost every Sunday and maintains a busy counseling practice. Dale will be honored at a dinner, Tuesday, Feb.7. Tickets are $15 and may be ordered online or by calling Alice Holtin at 731-989-6769.

New features of this year’s program include sessions entitled “Better Business Practices for Christians” conducted by FHU business faculty members, “How We Got the Bible” presented by David Tarbet who last year donated a collection of rare Bibles and manuscripts to the university and “The Nature of Islam” by Wissam Alithawi who grew up in Baghdad and converted to Christianity after studying the Bible for himself.

Also new this year are sessions for Christian caretakers and a personal evangelism workshop coordinated by David Powell and Mark Blackwelder, both members of the FHU Bible faculty.

Popular workshops from previous Lectureships will appear again this year, including the Youth and Family Ministry Workshop Monday through chapel Wednesday and the Hispanic Ministry Workshop Monday. Also returning this year are a kids’ lectureship and a teen lectureship.

Activities will begin with early morning prayer sessions led by men with long histories of service to FHU: former presidents E. Claude Gardner and Milton Sewell as well as Walker Whittle, a retired vice president and former Bible and business teacher. These 15-minute sessions will begin at 8:00am Tuesday - Thursday. Late night lectures at 10:00pm in Old Chapel Hall, designed especially for university students, will conclude events for the day.

FHU’s Chorale, the Ambassadors and the Lectureship Chorus will present programs during the week. Chorale, under the direction of Gary McKnight, will perform following Monday night’s keynote address and the FHU Ambassadors will perform Sunday evening after the keynote. In addition, the Lectureship Chorus, under the direction of John R. Hall, will sing at 6:45pm. Thursday, before the keynote. Those who wish to sing with this group may visit on Facebook for information regarding music and rehearsals.

Complete details of the 2017 program are available at Those planning to attend may register at this site as well as order the Lectureship book, jump drive with all 2017 recordings and tickets to the John W. Dale Appreciation Dinner.