Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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en thousand people, more than 50 different speakers from around the world and a 60-by-330 foot tent filled with books about every conceivable subject. It may sound like a state fair, but it's not. It's Lectureship. , Some came from Austria, Alaska, Switzerland and the Caribbean. Others just walked across campus. "A New Era in World Evangelism" was the theme for the 64th annual Lectureship Feb. 21-24, which was directed by Dr. Carl Bracheen, professor of Bible. Lec- tureship was planned for the same weekend as Sing Song so that visitors could attend all of the activities. People came to hear speakers, rekindle old friend- ships and be a part of one of the largest single gatherings of Christians. To many students, four days of Lec- tureship meant teachers dismissing classes and allowing students to attend lectures. Some used that time to try to catch up on lost sleep and recover from post-Sing Song ailments. To others, it meant a time for meeting people, visiting with friends from home and hearing speakers discuss problems, concerns, praises and hopes surrounding Christianity today. On Sunday afternoon, students re- ceived recognition at a Parents Day lun- cheon. Jennifer Fritts Carpenter, an education major from Abilene, and Alan De Jarnatt, a biology major from Fayet- teville, Tenn., were recognized as Honor Man and Honor Lady. Approximately 44 other students named to Who's Who In American Colleges and Universities also were recognized. Guests of honor at the luncheon were Mr. and Mrs. Rich Garrett of Brownwood, and the families of their identical twin sons, Dr. Don Garrett of Abilene and Dr. R. E. "Dick" Garrett of Amarillo. The family was chosen as ACU's generation Moody Coliseum is full to overflowing as Jimmy Allen of Harding University speaks on "Persuading Men to Receive Jesus," the opening address of the 64th annual Bible Lectureship. "A New Era in World Evangelism" was the themefor the Lectureship, which featured seven main speakers and 50 classes. family of the year. To open the Lectureship events Sun- day night, Jimmy Allen, associate pro- fessor of Bible at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., spoke to the crowd of 4,000 on "Persuading Men to Receive Jesus." He used what he called the four C's of evangelism - conviction, Christ, conversion and compulsion. As far as persuading souls to Christ, Allen reminded the audience that at- titude plays an important part. "If one's faith is in the fluency of a preacher, large numbers of disciples, the beauty of the church building or in the devotion of his parents, he is powerless indeed," said Allen. "However, if his faith is in the crucified and risen Lord, he is connected to the power of God . . . because there are plenty of people who would like to have Jesus as Savior but not as Lord." On Monday morning, a women's class taught by Irene Johnson Gatewood, of Vienna, Austria, discussed NA Woman's Insight Into Women's Work in the Mission Field." She had worked in the mission field in Frankfurt, Germany, since 1948. Mrs. Gatewood made comparisons of women missionaries today and women in Paul's letter to the church at Rome. She called the Apostle Paul "one of the best persons in the Bible," because "he gave recommendation to women in the church." At the Alumni Day luncheon on Mon- day afternoon, Dr. J. P. Gibson was honored as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. While on the Board of Trustees for ACU, Gibson was active in helping modify admission policies in the 1960s so that all races could attend ACU. Dr. Gibson graduated from ACU in 1925 and served as ACU's college physician from 1933 to 1943. The speaker for Tuesday night,s lecture was Doug Kostowski, minister of the Cen- tral Church of Christ in Miami. He talked about urban evangelism and spreading Godis word past the regional area of the Bible belt. He compared Christ and his apostles to the legendary King Arthur and the knights of the round table. Kostowski pointed out that like God's kingdom, Camelot held a magnetizing attraction that drew people to his feet. He said that we should be as anx- ious as the knights and the apostles to spread and share the personal joy to the untouched souls of the world. The Wednesday night speaker was Lan- don Saunders, spokesman for the nation- wide radio show "Heartbeat." In regard to the 21st century Christian and the new era in world evangelism, Saunders asked the question, "Who will love the world?,' He focused on the lack of vision Chris- tians have in today's society. "If we don't have a dream we lose ourselves and we lose our children,', he said. "Without such a vi- sion, we will dry up. Life will be taken from us." One of the major enemies that blurs Christian eyesight, he said, is the destruc- ting aspects of self interest. The people who cherish and love the world will be the ones who acquire the 20-20 vision of Chris- tianity, said Saunders. Two popular Lectureship classes for university students were Paul Faulkner's "Pillars of Marriage" and Jeff Wallingis "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll 4 Parents and Teens, How are You Coping?" Faulkner listed eight functions and disfunctions of marriage, and the committ- ment involved in producing a strong, withstanding bondage of two people. In his lecture, Walling said that mixing rock music and Christian lifestyles always has caused controversy. Recently much at- tention has been given to music and devil worshipping, he said. His presentation dealt with exposing na- tionally known rock groups and their pro- fessed beliefs of the underworld via songs, album covers and backward masking. One student who attended Walling's class, Gayla Bowerman, a sophomore ac- counting major from Abilene, said, "I was very glad to be made aware of the 'goings on' in the world of rock 'n' roll. I was not aware there was so much devil worship- ping in our worldf, Another lectureship event, the annual Mass Communication Evangelism Sym- posium in the Don H. Morris Center, opened a variety of discussion of the roles of media and communication in the new age of world evangelism. Two of the topics Lectureship 33

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