SECRETS OF THE KINGDOM
Jesus used parables so often in his teaching that Mark 4:34 tells us “He did not say anything to them without a parable.” Why did Jesus employ parables in his teaching ministry? What makes such wonderful stories as The Prodigal Son or The Good Samaritan so effective? And what did our Lord mean when he said his parables revealed “the secrets of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 13:10-12)?
This fall the 92nd annual Harding Bible Lectureship will answer those questions. Join us for presentations on evangelism, preaching, leadership, youth ministry, missions and more.
We will also have a complete Ladies program, with Lisa Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” as one of the keynote speakers. In addition, Lisa and Alan Robertson will hold a book signing for their recent publication, A New Season.
Learn about our keynote speakers, check the schedule and mark your calendar to join us. Last year we had the largest lectureship in Harding’s history. Come this year and see why more and more people are taking advantage of this time of fellowship, renewal and inspiration.
-Dan Williams, Vice-President for Church Relations
2015 Keynote Speakers
Randy Harris, Abilene, TX
"The Parable of the Sower - The Secrets of the Kingdom"
Sunday, September 27, 2015 7:00 p.m.
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, Fort Worth, TX
"The Parable of the Weeds - Secrets of God's Judgement"
Monday, September 28, 2015 7:00 p.m.
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, Searcy, AR
"The Parable of the Shrewd Manager - Secrets of Handling Worldly Wealth"
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 7:00 p.m.
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.
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.
Lisa Robertson, West Monroe, LA
"A New Season"
Wednesday, September 30 3:00 p.m.
Book signing with Alan Robertson to follow.
Conley Gibbs, Jr., Ferguson, MO
Interviewed by Dan Williams
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:30 p.m.
2015 Lectureship Schedule
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Sunday, September 27
6:30 p.m. Harding University Concert Choir — Kelly Neill, director
7 p.m. KEYNOTE : The Parable of the Sower: Secrets of the Kingdom — Randy Harris , Rick Castleman, worship leader
8:30 p.m. “Prodigals Musical”
Monday, September 28
8 a.m. Women’s Day begins at College Church
9 a.m. 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
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Student Chapels, Martin Musyimi
10 a.m. 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 a.m. KEYNOTE: The Treasure and the Pearl - Secrets of Kingdom Joy, Clay Smith
1:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. The Heart of a Minister – Celebration of Ministry Dinner, Dale Jenkins
6:30 p.m. Harding Academy Chorus Concert, Craig Jones, director
7 p.m. KEYNOTE: The Parable of Weeds - Secrets of God's Judgment, Steve Cloer
8:30 p.m. Old Time Gospel Singing, Mike Wood, “Prodigals Musical”
Tuesday, September 29
8 a.m. 3rd Annual Kenneth V. Neller Preachers Workshop begins in Cone Chapel
9 a.m. 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
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Student Chapels Luke Dockery
10 a.m. 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 a.m. KEYNOTE: Secrets of Kingdom Growth : The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast, Chris Altrock
1:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. Book signing – “The Dreamer” Bobbie Solley
Belles and Beaux Concert, Chuck Hicks, director
6:30 p.m.Good News Singers Concert, Chuck Hicks, director
7 p.m. KEYNOTE: Secrets of Handling Worldly Wealth : The Parable of the Shrewd Manager, Monte Cox
9 p.m. Chamber Singers Concert, Kelly Neill, director
Wednesday, September 30
9 a.m. 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
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Student Chapels, Conley Gibbs, Jr.
10 a.m. 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 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 a.m. KEYNOTE: Phil Thompson
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 p.m. 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
4 p.m. Book Signing "A New Season" - Lisa and Al Robertson
6:30 pm Harding Chorus Concert, Cliff Ganus, director
7 p.m. 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 a.m. Registration and coffee, childcare begins.
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Songs of Praise – Judy Cuellar
KEYNOTE: The Master Teacher – Lessons in Story, Bobbie Solley
10 a.m. Session 1 The Sower, Rachel Swindle
Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds, Jill Davis
Teach Like Jesus – High School Girls, Christy Morgan
11 a.m. 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 p.m. BBQ Lunch by Cunningham’s
1 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. El Tesoro en Comprender al Hijo Mayor – Lucas 15:11-12
The Treasure in Understanding the Older Son – Luke 15:11-32
7 p.m. 羊、钱、儿、父。
Sheep, Money, Son, Father, Edward Short 谢德华
Tuesday, September 29
4 p.m. 儿、父、你、我。- Son, Father, You, Me, 谢德华 Edward Short
6 p.m. 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 p.m 怪异的雇主- Parable of the Generous Employer, John Chen
Wednesday, September 30
4 p.m. 怪异的主人 - The Parable of the Noble, John Chen
6 p.m. 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
Tuesday, September 29
4 p.m. God Qualifies the Called, Jenna Montgomery
Blind Your Ponies: The Parables of The Tower Builder and The Warring King, Brent Hall
5 p.m. 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 p.m. The True Cost of Discipleship
Secrets of The Kingdom: Luke 9
5 p.m. 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.”
"SECRETS OF THE KINGDOM: Unlocking the Treasures of the Parables"
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