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Lectureship Report

My thanks to all of you who helped make the 91st Annual Bible Lectureship our biggest ever! We had record crowds and many of our classes were filled to overflowing. A special thanks to all the presenters, the volunteers and the Lectureship committee for their hard work that made everything go so smoothly.

You’ll want to mark your calendars for the 2015 Harding Bible Lectureship: it will be held on September 27-30, and the theme will be “SECRETS OF THE KINGDOM – Unlocking the Treasures of the Parables.”

Many people have written in to share their experience at the 2014 lectureship. I thought you might find their comments interesting, so you’ll find excerpts below.

-Dan Williams, Vice-President for Church Relations

 

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2015 Keynote Speakers

Randy Harris

Randy Harris, Abilene, TX
"The Parable of the Sower - The Secrets of the Kingdom"
Sunday, September 27, 2015      7:00 p.m.

 

 

Clay Smith

Clay Smith, Searcy, AR
"The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl - Secrets of Kingdom Joy"
Monday, September 28, 2015       11:00 a.m.

 

 

Steve Cloer

Steve Cloer, Fort Worth, TX
"The Parable of the Weeds - Secrets of God's Judgement"
Monday, September 28, 2015       7:00 p.m.

 

 

Chris Altrock

Chris Altrock, Bartlett, TN
"The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast - Secrets of Kingdom Growth"
Tuesday, September 29, 2015       11:00 a.m.

 

 

Monte Cox

Monte Cox, Searcy, AR
"The Parable of the Shrewd Manager - Secrets of Handling Worldly Wealth"
Tuesday, September 29, 2015       7:00 p.m.

 

 

Orpheus Heyward

Orpheus Heyward, Atlanta, GA
"The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant - Secrets of Grace and Forgiveness"
Wednesday, September 30, 2015       11:00 a.m.

 

 

Bruce McLarty

Bruce McLarty, Searcy, AR
"The Parable of the Good Samaritan - The Secret of Seeing the World With God's Eyes"
Wednesday, September 30, 2015       7:00 p.m.

 

 

Bobbie Solley

Dr. Bobbie Solley, Murfreesboro, TN
"The Master Teacher - Lessons in Story"
Monday, September 28, 2015       8:30 a.m.

"Living Dreams - A Teacher's Story"
Tuesday, September 29, 2015       3:00 p.m.
Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

Special Guest

Conley Gibbs, Jr.

Conley Gibbs, Jr., Ferguson, MO
Interviewed by Dan Williams
Wednesday, September 30, 2015       1:30 p.m.

2015 Schedule

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2015 Lectureship Schedule

 

Sunday, September 27

6:30 pm                             Harding University Concert Choir
                                             Kelly Neill, director

7:00 pm                             KEYNOTE : The Parable of the Sower - Secrets of the Kingdom
                                              Randy Harris
                                            Rick Castleman, worship leader

8:30 pm                             “Prodigals Musical”

 

Monday, September 28

8:00 am                              Women’s Day begins at College Church

9:00 am                             Understanding Islam : Part 1 - Muhammad to Atheism to Christ
                                            Wissam Al-Aethawi

                                            Knowing Jesus, Loving Truth:  A Gentle Offer in a Skeptical Age, Part 1
                                            Kraig Martin

                                            How to Interpret the Parables, Part 1
                                            Allen Black

                                            Does Paul Belong in Our Century? : Part 1 - Creating Bibles in Our Own Image
                                            Rick Oster

                                            Matthew 25: Three Parables of the End, Part 1
                                            Tommy South

                                            E-Church, Part 1
                                            Andrew Baker and Jim Miller

                                            Youth In Family Ministry, Part 1 : The Current Crisis in Youth Ministry
                                            Luke Dockery

                                            The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven
                                            Chris Fifer

                                            When Life Overwhelms Me…., Part 1 - Where Can I Find Help? (Psalm 121)
                                            John Dobbs

                                            RE-VISIONING The Adult Bible Class, Part 1 – What Do You See Now, and How Is That Working For You?
                                            Steve Griggs

                                             A Practical Road Map to Help Us Reach Out to Our World, Part 1
                                            Artie Shaffer

                                            Pure Heart Vision : Paying for Ministry without Auctioning the Gospel - Two Sides of a Table, Part 1
                                            Randy Willingham & Kent Houck

                                            Business As Mission : Being An Intentional Kingdom Employee, Part 1
                                            Bert Purdy

9am and 10am Student Chapels                Martin Musyimi

 

 

10:00 am                            Understanding Islam : Part 2 - The Untold Story
                                            Wissam Al-Aethawi

                                            Knowing Jesus, Loving Truth:  A Gentle Offer in a Skeptical Age, Part 2
                                            Kraig Martin

                                            How to Interpret the Parables, Part 2
                                            Allen Black

                                            Does Paul Belong in Our Century? : Part 2 - Paul's View of Creation and Gender
                                            Rick Oster

                                            Matthew 25: Three Parables of the End, Part 2
                                            Tommy South

                                            E-Church, Part 2
                                            Andrew Baker and Jim Miller

                                            Youth In Family Ministry, Part 2 : The Physical Family, the Faith Family, and Spiritual
                                            Luke Dockery

                                            The Parable of the Friend at Midnight
                                            Johnny Hobbie

                                            When Life Overwhelms Me…., Part 2 - Where Can I Find Peace? (Psalm 122)
                                            John Dobbs

                                            RE-VISIONING The Adult Bible Class, Part 2 – What A Jesus-Style Adult Bible Class Might Look Like
                                            Steve Griggs

                                            A Practical Road Map to Help Us Reach Out to Our World, Part 2
                                            Artie Shaffer

                                            Pure Heart Vision : Paying for Ministry without Auctioning the Gospel - Two Sides of a Table, Part 2
                                            Randy Willingham & Kent Houck

                                            Business As Mission : Being An Intentional Kingdom Employee, Part 2
                                            Bert Purdy

11:00 am                           KEYNOTE : The Treasure and the Pearl - Secrets of Kingdom Joy
                                            Clay Smith

 

1:30 pm                             Missions Forum : When Things Fall Apart
                                           Shawn Daggett and panel

                                           Kingdom Business : Martin Musyimi (Kikongooni, Kenya)
                                           Interviewed by Tommy Bush

                                           Pure Heart Vision : Should Ministers Opt Out of Social Security?, Part 3
                                           Dan Newsom

 

3:00 pm                              Understanding Islam : Part 3 - For We Do Not Wrestle
                                            Wissam Al-Aethawi

                                            Knowing Jesus, Loving Truth:  A Gentle Offer in a Skeptical Age, Part 3
                                            Kraig Martin

                                            How to Interpret the Parables, Part 3
                                            Allen Black

                                            Does Paul Belong in Our Century? : Part 3 - Paul's View of Creation and Human Sexuality
                                            Rick Oster

                                            Matthew 25: Three Parables of the End, Part 3
                                            Tommy South

                                            Go Into All The World Wide Web:  Smart Strategies for Presenting Your Church's Mission and Ministries on the Internet
                                            Christopher Wiles

                                            Youth In Family Ministry, Part 3 : Crafting a Family-Based Youth Ministry in the Congregation
                                            Luke Dockery

                                            The Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matt 22:1-14)
                                            Frank Wheeler

                                            When Life Overwhelms Me…., Part 3 - Where Can I find Favor? (Psalm 123)
                                            John Dobbs

                                            Pure Heart Vision : Paying for Ministry without Auctioning the Gospel - Two Sides of a Table, Part 4
                                            Randy Willingham & Kent Houck

                                            Business As Mission : Being An Intentional Kingdom Employee, Part 3
                                            Bert Purdy

 

4:30 pm                              The Heart of a Minister – Celebration of Ministry Dinner
                                            Dale Jenkins

 

6:30 pm                              Harding Academy Chorus Concert
                                            Craig Jones, director

 

7:00 pm                             KEYNOTE : The Parable of Weeds - Secrets of God's Judgment
Steve Cloer

8:30 pm                              Old Time Gospel Singing
                                            Mike Wood

                                            “Prodigals Musical”

 

Tuesday, September 29

8:00 am                3rd Annual Kenneth V. Neller Preachers Workshop begins in Cone Chapel

 

9:00 am                              Questions We Wish We Could Ask at Church, Part 1
                                            Ross Cochran

                                            Maintenance to Missional, Part 1
                                            Steve Cloer

                                            More Than Just Another Evangelical Church, Part 1
                                            Dan Chambers

                                            Shepherding, Part 1 : Gifted to Equip or Mentor
                                            Leon Barnes

                                            Seizing the Property Only to Lose the Inheritance - The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
                                            Karl McLarty

                                            Black Presence in Restoration History, Part 1
                                            James Maxwell

                                            The Care and Feeding of Missionaries: Serving Those Who Serve
                                            Dale Hawley

                                            Pure Heart Vision : Overcoming 3 Temptations of Ministering to Others – Intimacy
                                            Randy Willingham

                                            Women's Program : Power of Storytelling
                                            Calandra Cook

                                            Women's Ministry : Influences on Spiritual Development
                                            Anessa Westbrook

                                            Women's Program : Teach Like Jesus - Pre-School
                                            Rita Fant

 

9am and 10am Student Chapels                Luke Dockery

 

10:00 am                            Questions We Wish We Could Ask at Church, Part 2
                                            Ross Cochran

                                            Maintenance to Missional, Part 2
                                            Steve Cloer

                                            More Than Just Another Evangelical Church, Part 2
                                            Dan Chambers

                                            Shepherding, Part 2 : Guard the Flock
                                            Harold Redd

                                            The Seduction of Wealth : The Parable of the Rich Fool
                                            Steve Reeves

                                            Black Presence in Restoration History, Part 2
                                            James Maxwell

                                            Missionary Family Care
                                            Dale Hawley

                                            Pure Heart Vision : Overcoming 3 Temptations of Ministering to Others – Money
                                            Randy Willingham

                                            Women's Program : The Cursed Fig Tree
                                            Laurie Walker

                                            Women's Ministry : Mentoring through Tough Choices
                                            Tina Ratcliff

                                            Women's Program : Teach Like Jesus - First Grade - Let the Little Children Come to Me
                                            Wanda Knabe

 

11:00 am                            KEYNOTE : Secrets of Kingdom Growth : The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
                                             Chris Altrock

 

1:30 pm                              Helping the Helper Forum : Parables - Lessons for Those Experiencing Anxiety, Depression and Confusion
                                            Lew Moore and panel

                                            Kingdom Business : Burt Nowers (Healing Hands International)
                                            Interviewed by Tommy Bush

                                            College Planning for Parents and Grandparents
                                            Admissions and Financial Aid Staff Members

 

3:00 pm                              Questions We Wish We Could Ask at Church, Part 3
                                            Ross Cochran

                                            Maintenance to Missional, Part 3
                                            Steve Cloer

                                            Ministry Training - An Indigenous Model From Albania
                                            Bledar Valca

                                            More Than Just Another Evangelical Church, Part 3
                                            Dan Chambers

                                            Shepherding, Part 3 : Befriending Your Preacher
                                            Stephen Teel

                                            The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
                                            Tom Alexander

                                            Black Presence in Restoration History, Part 3
                                            James Maxwell

                                            Missionary Teams: The Shelter of Each Other
                                            Dale Hawley

                                            Pure Heart Vision : Overcoming 3 Temptations of Ministering to Others – Power
                                            Randy Willingham

                                            Women's Program : Living Dreams -  A Teacher's Story
                                            Bobbie Solley

 

4:00 pm                              Book signing – “The Dreamer”
                                            Bobbie Solley

                                            Belles and Beaux Concert
                                            Chuck Hicks, director

 

6:30 pm                             Good News Singers Concert
                                           Chuck Hicks, director

7:00 pm                            KEYNOTE : Secrets of Handling Worldly Wealth : The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
                                           Monte Cox

9:00 pm                             Chamber Singers Concert
                                           Kelly Neill, director

 

Wednesday, September 30

 

9:00 am                              World of the Parables : Part 1 - Agrarian Customs in Jesus Day
                                            Dale Manor

                                            How Church Leaders Can Strengthen The Families In Their Congregation
                                            Trey Morgan

                                           What The Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Means For Churches and Ministers, Part 1
                                           Panel Discussion

                                            Colossians, Part 1 : Introductory Matters
                                            Everett Ferguson

                                            The Psalms in First Temple Worship
                                            Justin Rogers

                                            The Trinity and Why It Matters : Part 1 - What’s at Stake
                                            Mark Powell

                                            The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector : Two Ways to be Saved
                                            Ken Stegall

                                            New Tools to Connect with Seekers in America
                                            John Reese

                                            Conversational Evangelism
                                            Bob Brown

                                            Abundant Living : Keep Working for Jesus, Part 1 - Excuses God Does Not Accept
                                            Howard Norton

                                            Women's Program : Sink or Stand? - Putting the Parable of the Two Builders Into Practice
                                            Heather Burchfield

                                            Women's Ministry : Breaking the Bond of Addiction
                                            Geraldine Woodell

                                            Women's Program : Teach Like Jesus - Fourth Graders
                                            Barbara Neller and Debra Nesbitt

 

9am and 10am Student Chapels                Conley Gibbs, Jr.

 

10:00 am                            World of the Parables : Part 2 - Economic Customs in Jesus Day
                                            Dale Manor

                                            Healthy Families Make Healthy Churches
                                            Trey Morgan

                                            What The Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Means For Churches and Ministers, Part 2
                                            Panel Discussion

                                            Colossians, Part 2 : Supremacy of Christ
                                            Everett Ferguson

                                            The Psalms in Second Temple Worship
                                            Justin Rogers

                                            The Trinity and Why It Matters : Part 2 - Christian Living
                                            Mark Powell

                                            The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
                                            Gregory Tidwell

                                            The Urgency of Evangelism
                                            Bob Brown

                                            Abundant Living : Keep Working for Jesus, Part 2 - Fundamentals of the Good Life
                                            Howard Norton

                                            Women's Program : Workers in the Vineyard - Pride, Greed and Forgiveness
                                            Chelsie Grate

                                            Women's Ministry : An Open Discussion on Ministry in Difficult Situations - with Panel
                                            Anessa Westbrook, moderator

                                            Women's Program : Teach Like Jesus - Jr. High
                                            Kelley Rose

11:00 am                           KEYNOTE : The Unforgiving Servant - The Secrets of Grace and Foregiveness
                                            Orpheus J. Heyward

 

1:30 pm                              Race, Reconciliation, and the Gospel – An Interview With Conley Gibbs, Jr. of Ferguson, Missouri
                                            Interviewed by Dan Williams

                                            Kingdom Business : Salvador Cariaga (Philippines)
                                            Interviewed by Tommy Bush

                                            College Planning for Parents and Grandparents
                                            Admissions and Financial Aid Staff Members

 

3:00 pm                              World of the Parables : Part 3 - Social Customs in Jesus Day
                                            Dale Manor

                                            The Last 8 Words of a Dying Church
                                            Trey Morgan

                                            Colossians, Part 3 : The Colossian Heresy
                                            Everett Ferguson

                                            The Psalms in Early Christian Worship
                                            Justin Rogers

                                            The Trinity and Why It Matters : Part 3 - The Church’s Mission
                                            Mark Powell

                                            The Parable of the Unjust Judge
                                            Machona Monyamane

                                            The Glory of Kings: Finding God through Philosophy
                                            Larry Hunt

                                            Abundant Living : Keep Working for Jesus, Part 3 - Fulfill Your Ministry
                                            Howard Norton

                                            Women's Program : A New Season
                                            Lisa Robertson

 

4:00 pm                               Book Signing "A New Season" - Lisa and Al Robertson

                                       

6:30 pm                              Harding Chorus Concert
                                          Cliff Ganus, director

7:00 pm                             KEYNOTE : Secrets of Seeing the World Through God's Eyes – The Parable of the Good Samaritan
                                            Bruce McLarty

                                            Botham Jean , worship leader

 

 

Women’s Day Schedule

 

8:00 am                              Registration and coffee
                                            Childcare begins.

8:30 am                              Welcome and Songs of Praise – Judy Cuellar
                                            KEYNOTE : The Master Teacher – Lessons in Story
                                             Bobbie Solley

10:00 am                            Session 1
                                                                The Sower
                                                                Rachel Swindle

                                                                Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds
                                                                Jill Davis

                                                                Teach Like Jesus – High School Girls
                                                                Christy Morgan

11:00 am                            Session 2
                                                                 The Parable of the Talents
                                                                 Terri Rine

                                                                The Parable of the Good Samaritan
                                                                 Denise Beneby

                                                                Teach Like Jesus – College Age Girls
                                                                 Debbie Gentry

12:00 pm                            BBQ Lunch by Cunningham’s

1:00 pm                              Session 3

                                                                The Parable of the Friend at Midnight
                                                                Abby Drayton Stone

                                                                The Father and Two Sons
                                                                Sherry Pollard and Shannon Pollard King

                                                                Teach Like Jesus – Adult Women’s Classes
                                                                Amy Cox

2:00 pm                              Songs of Praise – Judy Cuellar
                                            KEYNOTE : Secrets of the Kingdom
                                            Stacey Neely and Belle Canto Women’s Choir

 

 

Spanish and Chinese Lectures

 

Monday, September 28

6:00 pm                                El Tesoro en Comprender al Hijo Mayor  – Lucas 15:11-12
                                            The Treasure in Understanding the Older Son – Luke 15:11-32
                                            Glen Henton

7:00 pm                                羊、钱、儿、父。
                                            Sheep, Money, Son, Father
                                            Edward Short     谢德华

 

Tuesday, September 29

4:00 pm                                儿、父、你、我。- Son, Father, You, Me    
                                            谢德华  Edward Short     

6:00 pm                                El Tesoro en el Poder de la Semilla  : Mateo 13:1-23 - The Treasure in the Power of the Seed : Matthew 13:1-23
                                            Glen Henton

7:00 pm                                怪异的雇主- Parable of the Generous Employer
                                            John Chen

 

Wednesday, September 30

4:00 pm                                怪异的主人 - The Parable of the Noble
                                            John Chen

6:00 pm                                El Tesoro en Usar lo Que Nos es Dado  – Mateo 25:14-30   The Treasure in Using What We Are Given – Matthew 25:14-30
                                            Glen Henton

  

Student Lectures

 

Tuesday, September 29

4:00 pm                                God Qualifies the Called
                                            Jenna Montgomery

                                            Blind Your Ponies : The Parables of The Tower Builder and The Warring King
                                            Brent Hall

5:00 pm                                From Outside the Camp to Within the Kingdom : Taking Christ's Salvation to the World
                                            Jessica Markwood

                                            Lost and Found : God's Relentless Pursuit
                                            Austin Yates

 

Wednesday, September 30

4:00 pm                                The True Cost of Discipleship
                                            Jane Vanderburgh

                                            Secrets of The Kingdom : Luke 9
                                            Philip Baird

5:00 pm                                Reimagining : The Parable of the Prodigal Son
                                            Brooke Kehl

                                            Recapitulation: Victory in Last Adam
                                            Kyle Johnson

 

 

What people had to say about Lectureship 2014

“I always love the singing. The lecture that affected me the most was Les Ferguson's Desperately Wanting to Believe Again.ʺ

“I loved the whole thing. The Women's Day on Monday was great and very inspiring. Alan Robertson is so open and honest and it really gets his point across. I come from a small congregation, and sitting in the midst of 2,500 Christians singing praises to God is an awesome experience! Thanks for a great time of learning from the wisdom of others, wonderful fellowship, and inspiration from God's Word!!”

“The Ken Neller series on preaching that was held on Monday was the most helpful for me. I gained a lot from it. Preachers of various ages and various talents covered the subjects very well.”

“I much appreciate the fact that so much of the lectureship--programs and activity--is laid out in a convenient line, from Heritage Center to Bible Building. It is a model of convenience.”

"Preachers Workshop was more informative and I learned lot more. Keep up the good work on it.”

“I appreciated that there were only three class periods and that each time slot offered multiple choices. It was also helpful to have the keys to what each class was geared to. I also liked it all in the same buildings.”

“I liked it all! I can't wait to listen to the lectures I missed. I feel that any growing Christian will appreciate any opportunity to study the Word under a different teacher and would make it a profitable lesson.”

"There was a heightened level of energy and enthusiasm about the Lectureship. Dan Williams did a masterful job as host during the evening sessions.”

“The lectures and classes were well prepared and delivered, and had no vague allusions not based on Scripture. It is very nice to hear well thought out and researched lessons.”

“This is my favorite lectureship among our Christian Universities, including the one I graduated from in the past. I appreciate the quality and doctrinal integrity of the speakers and the atmosphere of the lectures.”

"I liked the way that the school seemed to encourage students to participate and attend as much as possible.”

“I have been in the ministry over forty years and yet, the leadership and ministry sessions were most appropriate for me at this point in my ministry.”

“It was my first time this year and I enjoyed the classes very much. I really liked the ones for the elders.”

"This was my first year to attend but it will not be my last. The classes and speakers were so good. It was just so hard to choose one over the others. All the classes were easy to find and coordinated very well. I loved that you could stay with one topic for several classes or choose to expand.”

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