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What is a Bible Chair?

The term “Bible Chair” is an adaption of a term commonly used in colleges and universities. A “chair” can be established in any department to draw students due to the subject matter or the professor teaching in that position. In Amarillo the Bible Chair is not directly on campus but nearby and funded entirely by churches and individuals. Students can obtain an associate degree in religion accredited by Amarillo College. Amarillo Bible Chair is the only Chair at Amarillo College that teaches Bible courses for credit toward a religion degree.  The academic classes are taught by William Mural Worthey.  These students can then transfer to a university and pursue a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in religion.

 

The History of the Amarillo Bible Chair

The Amarillo Bible Chair was founded in 1972 by Gordon Downing and the San Jacinto church of Christ in Amarillo. Brother Downing directed the activities of the Bible Chair for four years, and the San Jacinto church has continued their support of the work for almost fifty years (1972-2022). We have had three churches in Amarillo oversee the Bible Chair over this period. They are San Jacinto church of Christ, Comanche Trail church of Christ, and Bell Avenue church of Christ. We have had a number of directors over the years. Following Gordon Downing, they are Dean Morgan, Wayne Wilks, Jerry Klein, Wyatt Fenno, Mark Johnson, Bobby Boaldin, Frank Bellizzi, Jerry Klein (second term), and Mural Worthey.

        SUMMER CLASSES:

     PHIL 1301-001

          Intro to Philosophy

          July 3 – July 26

          M/T/W/Th/F/S Online (Web)

   

     Backgrounds for Revelation

          Community Audit Class

          Thursdays 7-8:30 PM

          June 6 - July 25

 

    

Director's Report

I have several opportunities to speak at area churches who support the Bible Chair. I am scheduled to preach at Sunray church of Christ on June 30th, at their evening service. They have been a faithful supporter for many years. On August 4th, Anna Street church of Christ has invited me to preach on Sunday morning. Bell Avenue, who oversees our work, scheduled me to speak Sunday morning, June 23rd, in the absence of our minister, Jerry Lawlis. Feel free to call on me if you need a speaker during the summer months. In each of these I give a brief update on our work and present a biblical message.

 

I am busy with two summer classes—an online credit class on philosophy and an audit class on backgrounds for the study of Revelation. We meet at the Bible Chair each Thursday, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, throughout June and July. We have a good group studying with us both in person and online through YouTube and Facebook. A few come from area churches, but the majority are Amarillo College students who are interested in the book of Revelation. Our students come from a wide range of countries and cultures. This Fall we will be presenting an Introduction to the New Testament and Romans, both in person and online. A textual study of Revelation will be offered in the Spring 2025.

Our summer audit class at the Bible Chair is on “Backgrounds for Revelation”. So far we have covered the three types of literature in Revelation—letter, prophecy, and apocalypse; some Old Testament references, and God on the throne. We will study some of the most important references in OT apocalyptic writings like Daniel, Ezekiel, and Zechariah in the coming weeks.

We have made the point that there is not much new in Revelation. The narrative or story line is based heavily on Old Testament themes. Its central emphasis is on Jesus as Judge. The Lamb that is described in chapter 5 is One that has already been slain. All judgment has been given by the Father to the Son. (John 5:24.) The red dragon, the beast, and the false prophet will be judged.

 

The Amarillo Bible Chair facility is located at 2501 S Jackson Street, across the street from Amarillo College. The building is used for students to gather for Christian fellowship, counseling, devotionals, lectures, Bible classes, fellowship meals, and to extend our presence and Christian influence among Amarillo college students, staff and community. We also host a Christian Club on campus known as Kappa Chi, which stands for Christian fellowship.  William Mural Worthey is the director of the Amarillo Bible Chair.

 

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Norma and Mural Worthey (pictured at left). Mural has been the Bible Chair Director since the summer of 2017. Mural serves as sponsor of Kappa Chi, our Christian club on campus; he teaches Bible classes at the Bible Chair and also is an instructor in the Philosophy Department of AC.  

Kappa Chi

Kappa Chi has a strong presence on the Amarillo College campus, currently averaging 40 members. Kappa (K) is the first letter in the Greek word for fellowship, and Chi (X) is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ. Thus, Kappa Chi stands for “Fellowship in Christ.”

Membership is open to any AC student who wants to be a member.  There are no dues; but the members are expected to help pay for the parties, retreats and trips in which they choose to participate. Club t-shirts are available for purchase. Send an email to amarillobiblechair@gmail.com if you would like to join the club. . Mural Worthey is the faculty sponsor.

On Tuesdays of the regular semester, we have a lunch meal for our Kappa Chi students and enjoy fellowship with one another. This gives us an opportunity to talk about biblical subjects. New students often ask about the meaning of a Bible Chair and how we function on a state college campus.  We will begin meeting again on August 20th.

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