Partners, April 2011
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
CORVALLIS, Ore. — The University Christian Center at Oregon State has become a place where people of multiple faith backgrounds come together to learn, worship and serve, campus minister Jason Swick said.
“The awesome thing about this is that students who have been believers all their lives are now learning about baptism and the awesome things God does in it,” Swick said.
That lesson resulted in the recent baptism of David Bade, who invited 30 college friends to attend Sunday worship at the Circle Church of Christ and witness his immersion, Swick said.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — FHU’s School of Biblical Studies has launched an online academic religious journal.
Called Kingdom, the journal features articles by Bible students, faculty and graduates of Freed-Hardeman.
Billy Smith, dean of biblical studies, said the university long has wanted a journal that would “encourage deeper study and critical thinking in the study of God’s inspired word.”
Read the journal at fhu.edu/kingdom.
SEARCY, Ark. — Tommy Tuberville, head football coach at Texas Tech University and a Church of Christ member, spoke recently at Harding.
Tuberville appeared as part of Harding’s American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
FLORENCE, Ala. — Biblical scholar Frederick William Danker, a leading authority on New Testament Greek, has chosen Heritage Christian as the repository for his extensive personal and professional library.
Initial materials donated by Danker include more than 2,600 books, 2,000 journals and 700 files.
Materials range in date from the early 17th century to the latest Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.
Danker’s friendship with HCU began when he spoke at the university in April 2010. University officials kept in touch with him after the lecture, and in October, he invited HCU representatives to visit his St. Louis home and pick up more than 160 boxes of books.
HCU librarian Jamie Cox described unpacking the boxes as opening “invaluable treasures.”
“We are thrilled to have received Dr. Danker’s collection,” Cox said. “His materials, along with his devotion to biblical scholarship, will certainly enrich the intellectual climate of HCU, its constituency and the greater academic community.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, Lipscomb recently hosted six of the civil-rights activists who challenged racial segregation on public transportation systems in 1961.
Among those Freedom Riders was Etta Simpson Ray, a member of the Scott Avenue Church of Christ in Nashville. Her ride resulted in her arrest and imprisonment for more than 30 days.
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Rangers star outfielder Josh Hamilton and his wife, Katie, entertained a sold-out crowd recently at Lubbock Christian.
The reigning American League Most Valuable Player discussed his Christian faith at an LCU baseball program, titled “Heart and Soul of Baseball.”
Larry Hays, former coach of LCU and Texas Tech University and an elder of the Green Lawn Church of Christ, joked that he could have used a player with Hamilton’s rare talents.
“My whole career I was looking for a guy like Josh,” Hays said, according to the Avalanche-Journal. “And now you’re here and it’s not doing me any good.”
YORK, Neb. — Four years ago, York received a $1.5 million challenge grant from an anonymous donor. With $2 million in matching gifts, the total impact of the challenge grant has topped $3.5 million.
“This challenge has been transformational for York College,” President Steve Eckman said. “It provided stability during a time of economic turmoil, enabled the introduction of new academic programs and athletic teams and made possible the addition of (York’s new) online program.”