Freed-Hardeman University Announces 80th Annual Bible Lectureship 2016, “In My Place: The Servant Savior in Mark”

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The 80th Annual Bible Lectureship will be held in early February and offers several new opportunities including a series of lectures for teens in the sixth through 12th grades and lectures for Freed-Hardeman University students at 10 p.m. each night.

The 80th Annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University will be Feb. 7-11, 2016. This year’s theme, “In My Place: The Servant Savior in Mark,” will use the Gospel of Mark to teach the principles and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Under the leadership of Dr. Doug Burleson, lectureship director, several new opportunities will be offered.
A series of special lectures targeted at university students will be held at 10 p.m. each night. These lectures will focus on contemporary topics of concern for the church.

To involve individuals of all ages, Kids’ Lectureship will be hosted by the FHU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Children from preschool through fifth grade will participate in Bible classes, crafts and various educational games, as well as enjoy a provided snack.

New this year, Teen Lectureship offers young people in grades 6-12 the opportunity to engage in Bible study geared especially for them. Daily sessions and a luncheon are planned for this program coordinated by Dr. Kirk Brothers, FHU assistant professor of Bible.

A Hispanic ministry workshop will be conducted Monday, Feb. 8. Native language speakers and long-time missionaries will present lessons. The series will be comprised of four lessons on Christian families and a luncheon.

The 23rd Annual Youth and Family Workers’ workshop Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9, will feature 12 lessons and a luncheon.

The Bible School Teachers’ Workshop will focus on curriculum and methods for teaching the Bible to children. Teachers and education professionals will present the sessions.

The lectureship will also include afternoon prayer sessions. These sessions will be specific times of prayer for the church and concerns within it.

This year Dr. Ralph Gilmore, Open Forum moderator, will be joined by Dr. Cecil May Jr., to whom the Lectureship is dedicated, and Phil Sanders, speaker for the nationally broadcast In Search of the Lord’s Way. The panel will discuss questions submitted by guests with audience comments. Questions may be submitted at http://www.fhu/lectureship/open-forum.

Guests will have the opportunity to hear the late Guy N. Woods present a lecture from Hebrews via audio recording. Volume one of Woods’ “Open Forum: Questions and Answers” will be on sale for $5 at the session.

Each day at 9:30 a.m., ministers are invited to gather for sessions designed for encouragement. These preachers’ encouragement sessions will be a time of rejuvenation and support for those involved with this sometimes stressful vocation.

Thursday evening the Lectureship Chorus, comprised of FHU Chorus alumni and anyone who would like to sing, will present “An Enduring Legacy—Eight Decades of Favorite Hymns” at 6:45 p.m. John R. Hall, who directed the A Cappella Singers at FHU for many years, and Dr. Gary McKnight, who directs the FHU Chorus, will direct the combined group. In honor of the Lectureship’s 80th anniversary, the program will consist of classic hymns, along with a few contemporary songs. Those who would like to sing with the chorus are may view the i’ page on Facebook or contact Hall at for chart and audio files.

This year’s event is dedicated to May, a well-known Bible scholar and minister.

He will be honored at the Annual Appreciation Dinner. The dinner will be held in the auxiliary gym of Brewer Sports Center, Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased for $15 online through the registration page or by contacting Alice Holtin, administrative assistant, at aholton(at)fhu(dot)edu or (731)-989-6769.

May earned three degrees from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from FHU. He has served as dean at Faulkner University and president of Magnolia Bible College, along with several faculty positions in higher education. Having started preaching in 1951, May has preached and strengthened congregations across Mississippi. Since 2012, he has written the “Back Page” for the Gospel Advocate, as well as articles for numerous other publications. May and Winnie, his wife of 61 years, have four children and five grandchildren. They have received several awards including Harding’s Distinguished Christian Service Award and the Cloverdale Center for Family Strengths’ “Tower of Strength” Family Award. They currently reside in Montgomery, Alabama.

In addition to the traditional book of lesson manuscripts and notes, a jump drive with audio recordings of all lecture sessions will be available for purchase. Guests may purchase the jump drive and the book for $20 each if bought separately. If both are purchased, the cost is $35 for the package. These can be bought at the event or through the online registration. Additional information about the lectureship, registration, appreciation dinner or new sessions is available at Books, jump drives and appreciation dinner tickets may also be purchased through this link.

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