Freed-Hardeman University will host the 86th Annual Bible Lectureship on campus Feb. 6-10, 2022. This year’s theme will be “He Went About Doing Good: The Compassion of Christ in Luke.”
The Gospel of Luke uniquely tells the story of Jesus, the compassionate Christ, as Peter summarized him in Acts 10:38. From Jesus’ birth narrative found in Luke 1-2 to His ascension in Luke 24, the reader sees His powerful teaching and compassionate encounters. Lectureship organizers hope attendees will grow in their compassion toward one another as they aspire to “do good.”
Last year, the Lectureship was “a little different,” according to Dr. Doug Burleson, lectureship director. The event, “Encountering Ecclesiastes,” was presented in a hybrid format with many recorded lectures online because of the pandemic.
“We are really excited about being together in person,” FHU President David R. Shannon said. “Last year was a spiritual feast, but what we missed was the spiritual reunion. There’s just something wonderful about coming together in an auditorium and worshipping God, fellowshipping with each other, and enjoying all of the other aspects of Lectureship.”
This year’s lectureship will continue many of the traditions of the past, but it will also feature some new events. For example, a Marriage Enrichment Workshop hosted by Steve and Stephani Minor will be conducted Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the Gardner Center.
Instead of one Lectureship book, two books are being published.
Both are designed as 13-week study books for groups or individuals. “He Went About Doing Good: The Compassion of Christ” focuses on themes related to the work and ministry of Jesus. It is supplemented by videos.
“Compassion and Service: The Heart and Hand of the Messiah,” the study book for ladies, was written by 13 women who will also speak on these topics during the lectureship. It discusses qualities of Jesus Christians ought to aspire to demonstrate in their discipleship. The authors will discuss these topics on campus during the lectureship.
Limited copies of both books will be available at the lectureship for $12.50 or they may be purchased from Amazon or ordered in advance at fhu.edu/lectureship.
Shannon will begin this year’s lectures at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening, Feb. 6, in Loyd Auditorium, by addressing “The Challenge of Tradition.” Dr. Billy Smith, recently retired FHU Bible faculty member, will conclude the series of keynote addresses Thursday evening by discussing “The Challenge of Affluence.”
This year’s lectureship is dedicated to Smith whose service to the university spanned 47 years, including serving as the dean of the College of Biblical Studies from 1994 to 2018 and on the lectureship committee since 1992. He concluded his career at FHU as the Distinguished Professor of Bible. Smith will be honored with an appreciation dinner Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Brewer Sports Center’s auxiliary gym. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at fhu.edu/lectureship.
A complete lectureship schedule, registration, as well as book and appreciation dinner ticket purchase are available online at fhu.edu/lectureship.