Daily Archives: October 21, 2008

A fortnight in the oldest town in Texas

Since October 5-19 I have worked with the Stallings Drive Church of Christ in Nacogdoches, Texas, teaching a series of intensive Bible classes.

On Sunday morning and Wednesday evening, for a total of six lessons, we studied A Chronological Survey of the Bible. On Sunday evenings I presented three lessons on A Journey Through Ancient Lands. We discussed Eastern Turkey, Lebanon, and sites in the Sinai and Israel.

The center piece of the series was classes each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening on Daily Life in Bible Times. These classes were two hours each evening.

We had a wonderful response to these classes, and it was a joy to be able to work with this good church in this way. I appreciate the vision of the elders in their willingness to plan such an effort. In too many churches Bible classes are taught on a level of mediocrity. There should be classes for the babes in Christ, but there should be classes that challenge those who have studied at the same level over and over.

Randy Harshbarger has been working with the church at Stallings Drive for about 15 years. He is loved by the church and, with his wife Marilyn, is doing a good work. Randy is allowed time each year to preach overseas in Russia, Italy, Ethiopia, and other places. He has begun a blog to report on his trips in Ethiopia. In between those trips you can expect some good inspirational lessons. Check it here.

Nacogdoches is the oldest town in Texas, and the home of Stephen F. Austin State University. A large number of college students attend at Stallings Drive. I was able to attend one of the football games and see SFA thrash Kentucky Weslyan.

I was treated royally while in Nacogdoches, but it is always good to be back to home base.