88TH ANNUAL BIBLE LECTURESHIP
TRIUMPH OF THE LAMB: The Battle with Evil in Revelation
We are excited to announce the theme for the 88th annual Freed-Hardeman University Lectures (February 4-8, 2024). The Book of Revelation has often challenged readers because of its apocalyptic style, interactions with the Old Testament, and symbolism, yet Revelation is a Christ-centered study of how God’s people would be delivered from the threats of evil. As John from exile wrote the seven congregations of Asia Minor, readers of the Apocalypse get a glimpse of God’s glorious throne room (Rev. 4-5) before the seven seals are opened (Rev. 6-8:5) and seven trumpets sound (Rev. 8:6-11:19). Though evil continually threatened God’s work (Rev. 12-14), God was still victorious (Rev 15) and just in His judgment on those deserving wrath, including Satan himself (Rev. 16-20). God’s people would enjoy victory in the great city God had prepared for them (Rev. 21-22). May we remember the faithfulness of God as we continue to battle evil and to serve God in light of “the triumph of the Lamb” (Revelation 5:6-14).
2023 Lectureship Resources
For Such a Time as This: Restoring God’s People in Ezra, Nehemia & Esther
Below are resources from the 2023 Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University. We truly hope you will consider taking full advantage of every opportunity the FHU Lectureship offers. As we plan for the program for 2024, 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 2024 Bible Lectureship will be a blessing and an encouragement to you.
Bible Lectureship Information
Housing and Dining
On-Campus Housing (dorms)
University on-campus housing may be available in some of the residence halls. These accommodations are VERY LIMITED with our current student enrollment. Men will be housed in men’s housing and women in women’s housing. Cost is $25 per night for a single room or $15 per night for a shared room. All those staying must abide by all university policies. Please be aware that the administration now requires on-campus overnight lectureship guests to complete a background check. More information about the background check will be provided upon completion of the housing request form. If you are staying in our university on-campus housing you will need to provide your own linens (mattresses are extra long), towels and toiletries. Please submit a Housing Request Form by clicking the link below. If you have any questions please contact Lieh Brumback at 731-989-6176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campers/Motor Homes (very limited space; reservations usually made a year in advance)
Spaces for RV (not meant for campers with slide-outs on both sides) and one vehicle available. Space, water, and electrical service cost is $20 per day payable at FHU Business Services Office (in Loyd Aud.) upon arrival. No power cables or hoses are provided by FHU – bring extra of both as some spaces are 100+ feet from service hook-ups. Space reservations cannot be held after first day of Lectureship for late arrivals as we have no way to keep vehicles out of reserved spaces if the RV’s are not in them by the beginning of the event. Call FHU Facilities at 731-989-6413 for reservations in advance.
Mid-South Youth Camp (MSYC)
Cost will be $20 per person per night.
To make a reservation email Courtney Insell (email@example.com) the following information:
- Name (Individuals or Family)
- Number in Party
- Nights of Accommodation (Feb 5, 6, 7, 8 and/or 9)
- Cell Phone Number
* FHU Lectureship Discount
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History of the Lectureship
The library was open day and night to provide to the visitors of the “Preacher’s Course” opportunity to do research on the topics discussed at the lectures. The depression brought a lapse of about a decade in the continuity, but the courses were resumed in 1937. The Lectureship Banquet was held in the “Old Dining Hall” (Draughon Building, first floor). A debt of many thousands was placed on the college in 1926. It was paid in January, 1937. They burned the mortgage during the first special Bible Lectureship. Bro. and sis. N. B. Hardeman helped to burn the mortgage.
The Lectureship was held during the 1936-1937 school year and lasted a month. It was later reduced in length and in the 1940’s it lasted 2 weeks. Since 1966, the FHU Annual Bible Lectureship now comes during the first full week in February.
Special January Courses with H. Leo Boles Added to Faculty
It is the earnest desire of Freed-Hardeman College to render every help possible. We know that there are a number of preachers who cannot spend an entire session in school, and who, being largely isolated in their work, feel the need of contact and discussion of the various problems. An interchange of thought and the opportunity for revising and rearranging sermon matter can but be helpful. To fill this need a special program was drafted for January, 1937. The interest manifested and the good accomplished were beyond our fondest hopes. About seventy preachers from seventeen different states attended. There was a general request for a repetition of these courses and, accordingly, they were repeated in 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 and will be continued through a part of January, 1943. There will be courses suited to the work of elders and deacons and they are urged to attend. Efficient leadership is the great need of most congregations everywhere (FHC catalogue 1943-1944 Bulletin.)
The speakers for the second annual “Preacher’s Course” in 1938 included such notables as: H. Leo Boles, N.B. Hardeman, L.L. Brigance, John T. Lewis, L. O. Sanderson, and Foy E. Wallace. H. Leo Boles had two classes daily along with lectures nightly on “the Problems of Young People.” N. B. Hardeman spoke daily on “The Bible Lands.”
In 1942 a series of debates attracted considerable attention. I don’t know whether there were debates prior to this time or not. Our “Contemporary Discussion” is based on the heritage of this kind of open discussion. The first of the debates that year was on Jan. 6th on the question: “Whether or not preachers have now the same miraculous powers as in the days of the apostles.” Brother Guy N. Woods affirmed and Brother David Bobo denied. Several other topics were discussed by other debaters.
In 1942 some of the “Akin Boys” (preacher-students whose education was funded by the Akin scholarship) gave biographies of the pioneer preachers.
Brother H. A. Dixon, former president of Freed-Hardeman taught sight-singing, vocal music, and theory during the early 1940’s.
In 1944 the Sky Rocket (the student newspaper) announced that room and board will be around $1.50 a day, and requested that visitors drop a card to Freed-Hardeman College so arrangements could be made.
The Special Courses of 1946 were cancelled because of the lack of accommodations in the town which was taxed to provide lodgings for the regular student body. Alumni Frank Van Dyke and Howard Parker, preaching in Jackson, tackled the problem and secured homes in Jackson to provide lodging for 100 visiting preachers. The course proceeded as planned.
In the 1954 Lectureship Lora Laycook held a pre-school demonstration class. “Miss Lora” presented Bible truths in creative ways to young minds. She also taught Bible lessons with song, using familiar tunes of known hymns.
She was the only woman to speak on the Lectureship that year, and the first one as far as we know.
In the 1950’s tea was served to visiting ladies on Thursday afternoon in the home of Mrs. D. E. Mitchell.
In 1955 and other years, free coffee for visitors was available in the cafeteria throughout the lectures from 1:30-4:30.
Missionary updates and news of missionaries was presented early-on in the Lectureships. Mission panels appeared in 1960.
During the 1950 Lectureship, there was an electric power failure that deprived the church auditorium of both heat and light. The eagerly awaited sermon to be given on Friday by H. A. Dixon, of Florence, Alabama, had to be cancelled.
The college chorus and quartet presented programs of spiritual music during Lectures of 1951, under the direction of Kelly Doyle.
A workshop for Bible teachers appeared on the 1958 Lectures.
The comment of one visitor in 1954 seemed to express the feelings of most who were present: “Like a tired and thirsty traveler reaching an oasis, so I have been impressed with the refreshment of the good things offered here.”
Directors of the lectureship include the following: N. B. Hardeman, G. K. Wallace, H. A. Dixon, W. A. Bradfield, Frank Van Dyke, Thomas B. Warren, William Woodson, Winford Claiborne, David Lipe, and Doug Burleson.
Thanks to Marilynn Tollerson for much of this information.
Past Lectureship Themes
2021 – Encountering Ecclesiastes: Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World
2020 – Our Place in His Story: Remembering the Past, Anticipating the Future
2019 – Out of Egypt: Liberation and Covenant in Exodus
2018 – Entrusted with the Faith: Multigenerational Mission in Timothy and Titus
2017 – Identity in Crisis: Daniel’s Vision for the Future
2016 – In My Place: The Servant Savior in Mark
2015 – Give Us a King—Faith, Failure, and Forgiveness in Samuel
2014 – The Patience of Hope—First and Last Things in Thessalonians
2013 – We Will Serve the Lord—Conquest and Deliverance in Joshua to Ruth
2012 – The Behavior of Belief—Faith and Life in James to Jude
2011 – Proclamation and Promise—Major Themes in the Minor Prophets
2010 – Perfecting God’s People—Christ and Culture in Corinthians
2009 – Crying Out to God—Prayer and Praise in the Psalms
2008 – Behold the Lamb—John’s Gospel of Belief
2007 – Hear O Israel—Preserving a Godly Heritage in Deuteronomy
2006 – Better Things in Hebrews—A Call to Faithfulness
2005 – A Light to the Nations—Judgment and Hope in Isaiah
2004 – Opening Our Eyes to Jesus—From Darkness to Light in Acts
2003 – When We Hurt—Tragedy and Triumph in Job
2002 – Exalting Christ in the Church—Unsearchable Riches in Ephesians-Colossians
2001 – New Beginnings—God, Man, and Redemption in Genesis
2000 – Receiving God’s Righteousness—Grace and Glory in Romans
1999 – Hearing Wisdom’s Voice—Proverbs at the Millennium
1998 – At His Coming
1997 – The Great I Am—Our Unsearchable God
1996 – Settled in Heaven—Applying the Bible to Life
1995 – Family, Church, and Society—Restoration and Renewal
1994 – Worship in Spirit and Truth
1993 – Christ in You, the Hope of Glory
1992 – Building Stronger Christian Families
1991 – Advancing Christianity
1990 – Giving a Reason for Our Hope
1989 – Glory to God: Through Christian Living and Through Preaching
1988 – Love for God and His Word
1987 – Grace Abounding
1986 – Ethics for Daily Living
1985 – Just a Christian
1984 – Everyday Christianity
1983 – The Church of Tomorrow: Horizons and Destiny
1982 – World Evangelism at Home and Abroad
1981 – Church Growth—A Blueprint for Stronger Churches
1980 – Eternal Truths
1979 – The Living and Abiding Word
1976 – Freedom: Heritage, Accomplishments, and Prospects in Christ
1975 – The Church Today: Current Issues, Problems, and Challenges
1974 – The Church and Fellowship
1973 – Jesus Christ the Son of God
1972 – The Bible Versus Liberalism
1971 – The Church of Christ—Essential, All Sufficient, Indestructible, Perpetually Relevant
1970 – The Church Faces Liberalism
1969 – Challenges Facing the Church Today
1968 – Proclaiming the Unchanging Faith
1967 – Freedom by Truth
1966 – The Church and the World
1965 – World Vision for Christ
1964 – The Church on the March
1963 – Christianity in Our Time
1962 – Building for Christ
1961 – Sources of Strength for the Church
1960 – Changeless Gospel in a Changing World
1959 – The Book of Books
1958 – The Church through the Centuries
1957 – Christian Education
1956 – Challenges to Youth
1955 – Service to God
1954 – No Theme
1953 – No Theme