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Courageous Faith In Troubled Times: A Study of the book of Daniel

September 26-29, 2021

It was their darkest hour. God’s covenant people were experiencing more than a crisis – it was a full-blown catastrophe. Their kingdom had been crushed by the mighty Babylonian army. Jerusalem was destroyed. Most galling of all, their holy temple, which symbolized the dwelling place of God Himself, was burned by Nebuchadnezzar. And when he took the sacred temple furnishings and triumphantly carted them off as trophies for the treasure house of his own god in Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar was making an arrogant boast: “My god won, and yours lost!”
That’s why, when the best and brightest of the young men of Judah were deported to far-away Babylon, it must have been spiritually disorienting. After all, they found themselves immersed in an alien culture: given Babylonian names, indoctrinated into a Babylonian worldview, expected to worship Babylonian gods. The promises of the Hebrew God suddenly seemed a distant memory, while the power of the Babylonian gods appeared overwhelming.

Yet out of that darkest of hours shines one of the brightest beams of hope – the story of Daniel and his companions provides some of the greatest examples of courageous faith in troubled times. Their steadfastness was rewarded again and again, as God rescued them from the executioner’s ax, from a fiery furnace, and from the lions’ den. Not only that, the book of Daniel goes on to reveal a breathtaking prophetic message: “The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed” (2:44), an “eternal kingdom” (4:3, 5:34, 7:14, 7:18). The kingdoms of men rise and fall – great empires go from rule to ruin – but God’s kingdom is invincible!

God’s people today likewise live in troubled times, as we find ourselves in an increasingly alien culture. Headlines proclaim the decline of faith. Enemies of Christianity are growing more and more aggressive. Our government is unsettled, and our culture is in a downward spiral. In these darkening days we need to hear anew the message of the book of Daniel:

“There is a God in heaven” (2:28)
“The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men” (4:17, 4:32, 5:21)

With the 2021 Harding Bible Lectureship we affirm that our God is still in heaven, He is still sovereign over history, and his kingdom is invincible! May that confidence enable us, like Daniel, to live faithfully in fearful times.

Virtual Lectureship 2020

Several of the speakers from the 2021 program shared some of their material with us online. Check out the videos posted here, and if you find their presentations useful, you can hear more from them in person at the 2021 Lectureship. We will be adding additional videos in the coming weeks, so check back regularly.

Virtual Lectureship 2020

2021 Lectureship Sermon Challenge

SERMON CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED:  Thanks to all who entered the 2021 Harding Bible Lectureship Sermon Challenge! This year we once again had a very competitive field, and it was encouraging to see the quality of sermons that are being preached in our churches.

"But If Not..." was selected by our judges as the winning sermon in the 2021 Sermon Challenge, Young Ministers’ Network (39 and under) division. It was submitted by Jason Wilder, minister of the church in Elgin, Texas. He and his wife Kristie attended Harding University, and he graduated from the Harding School of Biblical Studies in 2003. He also holds a Bachelor of Ministry from Harding University.

Ken Richter submitted a sermon entitled "Forged in Fire" which won the Sermon Challenge, Masters Division (40 and up). He preaches for the Soldier Creek congregation in Piedmont, Oklahoma. He and his wife Kim graduated from Oklahoma Christian University. Their daughter is a sophomore at Harding University.

Jason and Ken will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Harding Bible Lectureship this fall, and will speak on our program. The Sermon Challenge exists to encourage excellence in preaching, and thus the real “winners” are the congregations which are blessed by the messages of ALL the ministers who participated.

2021 Keynote Speakers

This is a photo of David Shannon.Sunday 7 p.m.  

"Invincible! God's Eternal Kingdom" (Daniel 7:9-18)
David Shannon (Henderson, Tennessee)
This is a photo of Sammie Berry.Monday 9 a.m. 

"In Your Dreams, Nebuchadnezzar: There Is A God In Heaven!" (Daniel 2)
Sammie Berry (Dallas, TX)
This is a photo of David Hunzicker.Monday 7 p.m.

"In The University of Babylon: Daring To Be Different" (Daniel 1)
David Hunzicker (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
This is a photo of Phil Brookman.
Tuesday 9 a.m.

"In the Firey Furnance: Demonstrationg Courage Under Fire" (Daniel 3)
Phil Brookman (Edmond, Oklahoma)
Jason DardenTuesday 7 p.m. 

"The Handwriting On The Wall: God Is Not Mocked!" (Daniel 5)
Jason Darden (Searcy, Arkansas)
This is a photo of Jeff Jenkins.Wednesday 9 a.m. 

"Written In The Book: God Gives A Hope Beyond The Grave" (Daniel 12)
Jeff Jenkins (Lewisville, Texas)
presidentWednesday 7 p.m. 

"In The Lion's Den: Persisting In Prayer" (Daniel 6)
Bruce McLarty (Cookeville, Tennessee)

Young Minister Network

RELATIONSHIPS - that is what ministry is all about. And relationships will be the focus of this year's Young Ministers' Network. We will consider guidelines for healthy relationships with our elders, with our church members, with the community, and most of all, with God.

At the same time, we will have plenty of networking opportunities to develop and enjoy relationships with our colleagues who are at the same place in life, and who face many of the same challenges. Kevin Burr will once again be our host. You will find the full schedule posted below.

If you are 39 years old or younger and are in any ministry position - whether you are a children's minister, campus minister, preacher, youth & family minister, or women's ministry leader - we invite you to join us this fall for another Young Ministers' Network.

Young Minister Network Track Schedule pdf

Comments from last year's Young Minister Track


"I pray that the young ministers network grows in future years. I really enjoyed this and it was very helpful for me."


"The Young Minister's Network is such a great idea."


"I loved the Young Minister's Network"


"I enjoyed the Young Minister's Network lectures/events."


"The Young Ministers Network was exactly what I needed."


"I really appreciated the Young Ministers' Track. Please make this an annual track."


Shepherding Workshop

I Peter 5: 2-3 - "2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."   Being a shepherd to God's sheep is a challenging opportunity. Please join us at Lectureship 2021 for encouragement and learning through our shepherding track.

Shepherding Workshop Schedule pdf

Youth and Family Track

Parents, Youth Ministers, Family Ministers, and all those who work with young people are invited to participate in this year's special Youth & Family Ministry track.

Youth and Family Track Schedule pdf

Women's Ministry

Once again we will offer a complete program of information and inspiration for all ladies. Check out our program schedule, and take advantage of this spiritual feast.

Women's Ministry Schedule pdf

*Free childcare will be provided by College Church again this year.


2021 Registration

Pre-Registration is open for Lectureship 2021

Lectureship 2020 is going to be another great program. The program this year will be a study of the book of Daniel. If you are interested in attending Lectureship 2020, please take a moment to pre-register.


Courageous Faith In Troubled Times
A Study of the book of Daniel

September 26-29, 2021



Bring Your Children to Lectureship

"We were so thankful for the childcare program, and our four children enjoyed their time there. We were pleased that our kids participated in Bible time, outdoor play, and indoor activities. The regular text message updates from childcare providers helped with our peace of mind, and we were pleasantly surprised that they were already equipped to accommodate our daughter's dietary restrictions. We had a very positive experience with the childcare and are planning to use their services again."

- Christopher and Ashley Wiles (Central Church of Christ, Sparta, Tennessee)


We offer childcare for preschool and young school-aged children at Lectureship. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee. Snacks, activities and dinner are provided.

Childcare is offered at the College Church of Christ, located conveniently across Race Avenue from the Heritage Inn, a short walking distance from the Lectureship venues.

Operational Hours:

Sunday evening:   6pm - 8:30pm

Monday - Wednesday:   8am - noon, 1:30pm - 8:30pm

What People Are Saying About the 2019 Lectureship...


“Congratulations on a fantastic and convicting start to this year’s lectureship. I am a freshman and must say I was blown away.” – College Student


“Please continue the childcare! It was such a blessing.” – Stay at home mom


“Lectureship was a needed, refreshing experience for my wife and I. The Young Minister's Networking classes were excellent. It is always refreshing to sit back at the feet of professors that I hold in such high respect.” – Preacher


“It was one of the most meaningful, hopeful, and spiritually filling lectureships we have attended in the past 10 years. I was not going to attend the LGBTQ presentations, but as a shepherd I felt called to be there.  It was a challenging presentation, but very well handled and scripturally sound.” –Elder


“Lectureship was uplifting, encouraging, and informative with knowledgeable presenters who were able to connect with their topics and listeners. The keynote on Monday morning with Scott Adair was incredible. He is always able to present basic information from a different perspective, and he provided useful tools to carry home. The Preacher's Workshop was also very valuable; it was organized well, and the speaker also provided valuable tools and insightful wisdom into the presentation of the book of Acts.” – Young Church Member


“The Young Minister’s Network is such a great idea. Thank you for creating it!” – Minister’s wife
“The Lectureship was a very positive experience and was a refreshing time for my spiritual health. I attended with two ministers from my local church, neither one of us had previously attended at Harding University.” –Shepherd


“The Lectureship was exciting and showed a great effort to diversify in terms of the speakers.  The spirit was excellent.” – Elder


“I was refreshed and filled by the atmosphere in the whole event.” –Preacher
“Absolutely amazing! The Young Minister’s Network was exactly what I needed.” – Minister


“It is a solid lectureship that does not veer to extremes” – Church member


“It's not only become a family tradition, but a way of nourishing my soul each year and enlightening me on how to deal with sensitive issues in the church.” – Elder


“The Lectureship was helpful, motivational, and practical. I really appreciated the Young Ministers' Track. Please make this an annual track.” – Minister


“Keep Dr. Dan Williams as Lectureship Director!  He was on top of things and took time more than once to warmly interact with us, in spite of demands.” – Christian lady


“I pray that the Young Ministers Network grows in future years. I really enjoyed this and it was very helpful for me. Maybe the Young Ministers Network could be partnered with Harding throughout the year, as well as at lectureship. I think a Facebook page could be one simple way to keep an active lifeline between all the young ministers.” – Minister


“My experience was informative and encouraging. I enjoyed the Young Minister’s Network lectures/events. Continue, in some form, the YMN through lectures or other events.” – Minister

Note from Dan Williams, Lectureship Director: Having overflowing classrooms is a good problem, but we recognize it IS a problem. We are hard at work on next year’s schedule in order to address this challenge.

Exhibitor / Vendor Information

Reservations for Lectureship 2021 exhibit areas

2021 Exhibitor Slide Information:

For those exhibitors who are eligible to have a slide shown during Lectureship 2020, your slide is due September 1st. The slide should be in a 16:9 PowerPoint format. For any questions, please contact our office at lectureship@harding.edu.

Due to COVID-19 causing Lectureship 2020 to be postponed until 2021, all exhibit reservations for Lectureship 2020 have been rolled forward to Lectureship 2021 (September 26 - September 29, 2021). We do still have a few exhibit booths available. Please complete the form below and submit with payment to secure your exhibit reservation for next year. Payment methods accepted include a check or credit card. (Registration must be completed below, but payment by credit card is also accepted by phone at 501-279-4449.) Exhibit areas will fill up quickly so early application is encouraged.

Exhibit fees for 2021:
$150 per exhibit table in the McInteer Rotunda and Student Center
$75 per exhibit table in the Benson Lobby.
$20 for ad in advertisement slide (Optional add on)

NOTE: There is a max limit of two tables

Please check out Exhibitor Instructions pdf for additional information.

Exhibitor Information and Registration Form - 2021



CD's and books are no longer produced for our Lectureship events.

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Free Downloads!  

We are working with the Brackett Library to create a more functional and user-friendly archiving platform for Lectureship program information and recordings. Visit the library site to see all of the features and information that is available. scholarworks.harding.edu/lectureship. The recordings from 2014 - 2019 are available on that site.

Several previous years are also available at iTunes U for free download.

iTunesU Instructions for Use:

  1. Click the link above. If you already have iTunes software on your computer, click the grey "I Have iTunes" button. If you do not have iTunes, click the blue "Free Download" button.
  2. Once iTunes is installed, you will see a list of the recordings for Lectureship 2016. Hover your mouse over the number for the session you'd like to hear and click on the play button (a triangle inside a circle). Make sure your speakers are on and enjoy the recording.

Note: Lectureship recordings can be heard on your smartphone. Use the iTunes app and search for "Harding University Lectureship".

Past Lectures

If you would like to hear recordings from past Lectureships, use the search bar in the top right corner of your screen to search for "Harding University Lectureship". There are several years of lectures available for free download. To see a full list of recordings for each Lectureship, click "SUBSCRIBE" on the left. 

To order previous or current Lectureship DVDs of limited presentations, contact Harding's VideoWorks at

Harding University
Box 10853
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


Order Forms

2014 Lectureship CD/DVD Order Form pdf

2012 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2011 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2010 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2009 Lectureship Video Order Form pdf

2009 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2008 Lectureship Video Order Form pdf

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