LORAIN, Oh. (BNC) by David Kenney — The North Central Ohio Bible Lectureship was conducted Aug. 7-10 at the congregation that meets at 5075 Toledo Avenue, Lorain, Ohio.

The theme of the lectureship was “Have You Counted The Cost? – Luke 14:28-30.”

Bob Eddy has served as Lectureship Director for 18 years of this annual event. Brother Eddy has been preaching the gospel for nearly 65 years, directed 24 lectureships, and has worked with the Lorain church for the past 18 years. He is highly respected throughout the Ohio Valley for his many years of service to the cause of Christ.

There were sessions for both men and women. The 23 lectures were well attended and received.

Some of the women’s sessions were “Cost of Not Being A Christian”, “Cost of Not Teaching Others,” and the Cost of Being A Divorced Christian”.

In the auditorium were delivered lectures such as “Cost of Rejecting God”, “The Cost of Preaching”, “The Cost of Vain Worship”, The Cost of True Worship”, “The Cost of Not Training Children”, “Jesus Paid It All”, and “It Pays to Serve Jesus”.

There were other special lectures: “Preserving A Godly Family”, “Overcoming Pride”, and “Women Serving In Worship”.

Included on the roster of speakers for the auditorium sessions included: Raymond Seig; Dan Jenkins; Chris Raynor, Preacher at Hanoverton, OH; Jeremiah Cisco, Preacher in Ontario, Canada; Steve Smithbauer, Preacher at Weirton Heights, WV; Bob Eddy, Preacher at Lorain, OH and Director; Dale Babinski, Dean of Students at South East Institute of Biblical Studies in Knoxville, TN; Andy Robison, Director of West Virginia School of Preaching in Moundsville, WV; David Kenney, Preacher at Wadsworth, OH; Mike Foresha, Preacher at Vermillion, OH; and Harold Reddick, Preacher at Elyria, OH.

The women lecturers for the women sessions included: Tam Raynor, Hanoverton, OH; Paula Babinski, Knoxville, TN; and Marsha Robison, Moundsville, WV.

Among the many exceptional lessons and points, Dan Jenkins delivered an excellent lesson on “The Cost of Withdrawing Fellowship,” by emphasizing the two-fold purpose of church discipline: “To save the wayward brother” and “To save the church”. One of the salient points from his lecture that needs to be heeded related to the lack of support from sister congregations in cooperating with church discipline. Jenkins stated that some simply “hop from one church to another with their sins.” He asked a very penetrating question: “We honor the baptisms in the name of Jesus in sister congregations. Should we not also honor withdrawal in the name of Jesus in sister congregations?”

Meals were provided and served by the Lorain, Vermillion and Elyria churches.

There was good attendance at these lectures with food and fellowship enjoyed by all. Exhibits at the lectureship this year included In Search of the Lord’s Way, Warren Christian Apologetics Center, Potter Children’s Home, South East School of Biblical Studies, West Virginia School of Preaching, and others.

Each evening lecture series was begun with a period of congregational singing led by Steve Cain who works with the West Side congregation in Cleveland, OH.

For more information about next year’s lectureship, slated for the first full week of August, contact the congregation at 5075 Toledo Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44055 or call them at 440-233-5489.



  1. Sounds to me like there was a lot of informative, inspirational, preaching & teaching going on! I am sure you are very pleased with your success and praise God for it!. But… will someone respond here & tell me where in N. T SCRIPTURES is there an example of women not gathering together as part of the church hearing the gospel preached during the same time as the men? Why is there a trend now in the Lord’s church during events of the church for women to separate and listen to women ‘speakers’ somewhere nearby but yet apart from the rest of the church? Where in scripture is such activity authorized? I am not requesting a bunch of comments or trying to make a fuss but this bothers me and I would appreciate an answer. Thanks.

  2. Suzanne or Miss Wright my name is Bill Cartwright and I saw your post but have been in the hospital with renal failure and was hoping some one would answer you. I will start with why men do or not do as instructed by God and it is in their wisdom. if you will look at the duties of a Elder as stated in Acts 20:28 They are overseers of Gods people. Now take a look at !st Samuel 10:1 Samuel takes the vial and anoints Saul captain of Gods Inheritance and later God gives explicit instructions to Saul through Samuel and Saul fails to do as God Instructed but if you listen to Saul as he speaks to Samuel, he has done as God commanded. When Samuel ask what are the bleating of the sheep I did it for God the people made me do it. Yes the job description is the same an d several thousand years later we still hear the same excuses. I needed to address why men do the things they do before moving on to what God tells us about bible study. I could not answer your question the way it was phrased.
    Isaiah 1:18 “Come now let us reason together” Says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet. They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson. They shall be as wool.” Who is us; it is all inclusive there is no hint of separation and it is to be done with God not with a commentary. If one does not understand the word of God they should not be teaching and this passage is clear all of us and Gods word. The results are a change in those studding and a cleansing of their sins.
    Acts 17:11 :”These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, wether those things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” This is said of only one congregation to my knowledge and because of their bible study set them apart from the rest. they did not wait on the preacher to tell them what this or that meant because every soul diligently searched the scripture to prove what God said. Notice men and women studied and believed daily. They had open hearts open bibles and all were encouraged to join in and the results many well behaved women and men; gentiles not just Jews. Many believed not jus a few. Well young lady thank you for the privilege of sharing Gods Word. Bill Cartwright a Student of the Word.