Harding University

October 3, 2013

University hosts 90th annual Lectureship

Harding University’s 90th Annual Bible Lectureship was held on campus Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Christians from across the country joined together for a period of spiritual growth and fellowship under the theme “Rock Solid Living: Getting Serious About the Sermon on the Mount” as they explored the historical sermon that lays a foundation for rock solid faith.

The annual Celebration of Ministry Dinner took place and included preachers, elders, youth ministers, missionaries, all full-time church workers and their spouses. Paul Shero, a preacher for the Southgate Church of Christ in San Angelo, Texas, was be the keynote speaker.

New to Lectureship this year was a daylong, intensive workshop for preachers presented by Harding University’s Center for Preaching. Preachers received homiletical instruction and inspiring biblical teaching as well as resources for continued study and networking. 

College Church of Christ hosted the annual women’s day program on Monday with a special luncheon and a wide range of topics and discussions geared toward women.

With a lineup of approximately 150 classes throughout the four-day conference, attendees learned from a variety of speakers on topics surrounding the Sermon on the Mount. Chinese and Spanish Bible classes and lectures were also offered.

The keynote speakers this year included:

  • Dr. Dan Williams, vice president for church relations and Lectureship director, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
  • Dr. Duane Warden, associate dean of the College of Bible and Ministry, Sept. 30, 11 a.m.
  • Dr. Willie Nettle, pulpit minister for Bypass Church of Christ in Vicksburg, Miss., Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
  • Caleb Borchers, 2006 Harding alumnus and a part of the Kairos Church Planting network in Providence, R.I., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.
  • Tony Fernandez, representative in Cuba for Herald of Truth Ministries. Translating on his behalf will be Tim Archer, preacher and coordinator of Spanish-speaking ministries for Herald of Truth Ministries, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
  • Carl Williamson, 2004 Harding alumnus and lead evangelist at Gateway Church of Christ in Holmdel, N.J., Oct. 2, 11 a.m.
  • Dr. Bob Lawrence, family practice physician in Nome, Alaska, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Student speakers included:

  • Tyler Gentry, a senior exercise science major from Searcy, Ark.
  • Alyssa Beam, a business management major with an emphasis in wedding and event planning from Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jacob Robertson, a junior missions and Spanish major from Ashburn, Va.
  • Abigail Partlow, an early childhood education major from Mount Juliet, Tenn.
  • Jared Mayes, a senior missions major from Searcy, Ark.
  • Petra Malmquist, a junior nursing major from Russellville, Ala.
  • Hector Mejia, a senior international business and management information systems major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  • Brett Cravens, a senior nursing major from Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Shelby Nicholson, a senior Spanish and business management major from Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Harding Academy Chorus and Harding University’s Chorus, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Good News Singers, Belles and Beaux, and Belle Canto all shared their musical talents with performances throughout the week.

For more information, visit www.harding.edu/lectureship. For lectureship updates throughout each day, find Harding University Lectureship on Facebook and follow @HULectureship on Twitter.