The term "Bible Chair" is an adaption of a term used in any college or university where a private endowment pays the salary for a professor. The teacher works for the school, but is paid by the endowment.
When describing a Bible Chair, the endowment pays for both the teacher and the building where the classes are offered. Then, the building is also used as a student center where the students can rest, play and study the Bible.
This Bible Chair was the brain-child of Gordon Downing, long time director of the Bible Chair at WT, and was initially financed and overseen by the San Jacinto congregation. Established in 1972, Gordon directed it for four years. Dean Morgan came and stayed until 1981. A man named Wayne Wilks followed Dean but had a very short tenure; and Jerry Klein was the director from the fall of 1982 until 1995. Wyatt Fenno, Mark Johnson, Bobby Boaldin and Frank Bellizzi followed. When the San Jacinto congregation decided that they could no longer oversee the work, the elders at Comanche Trail accepted the oversight on the condition that Jerry Klein would be the director--and he returned to work here full-time beginning in the fall of 2013 through the Spring 2017 semester. Bell Avenue church of Christ became the overseeing congregation in January of 2017. Mural Worthey took over as Director in July 2017.
On Tuesday, November 5th, the Golden Plains church of Christ provided a Lasagna lunch for our students. We had one of the largest groups so far, feeding 60 with 46 of those students and 14 servers and staff present. Also this month, churches at The Colonies, Southwest, and Bell Avenue provided wonderful meals for our students.
For our devotional, I presented a summary of the excellent speech that Attorney General, William Barr, made before the Notre Dame Law School. The themes were militant secularism and waning spirituality in America; freedom and responsibility; and the major areas where the battles are being fought. One of those battlefields is our schools and colleges. For this reason, our students need to be informed and taught the Gospel. This is the reason for the existence of the Bible Chair.
The Winter School in Seoul, South Korea is only a few weeks away, January 2-18, 2020. Jim Gardner from Freed-Hardeman University will be teaching “the Scheme of Redemption” and I will be presenting a class on “Grace in the New Testament.”
We received a generous contribution of $2,500 from the Claude Church of Christ for our building fund. This brings the total to $60,597. We appreciate the churches and individuals who are contributing toward this effort.
I am ready to tell you about the opportunities on the Amarillo College campus and the work that is now being done. Just call the following numbers to check my schedule. (office: 806-372-5747; cell: 804-852-0515)
Without growing local churches, these mission efforts cannot exist. We pray for your success and that fruit might abound to your account. (Phil. 4:17)