Amridge University confers its first PhD degrees

amridgeMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — The graduation that took place at Amridge University June 8 was historic. The Turner School of Theology conferred its first two PhDs in Biblical Studies.

It was also historic in a larger sense for recipients Jimmy C. Gee and David W. Hester.

Gee was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in Old Testament from Amridge.

Hester was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in New Testament from Amridge.

Both men graduated summa cum laude.

Gee’s dissertation was, “The Role of the Queen and the Queen Mother in the Bible and Ancient World.”

Hester’s dissertation was, “The Long Ending of Mark: An Examination of Modern Scholarship (1965-2011) and a Proposal Concerning the Origin of the Passage.”

Gee and Hester were two of the first students enrolled in the PhD program at the Turner School of Theology.

Information provided by David Hester.

Faulkner University forms new graduate school of theology, honors F. Furman Kearley

F. Furman Kearley

F. Furman Kearley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc)Faulkner University announced Apr. 25 the formation of the Kearley Graduate School of Theology in the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies.

The school will be named after the late Dr. F. Furman Kearley, a biblical scholar and a strong proponent of Faulkner University and Christian higher education.

The Kearley Resource Center is located in the Harris-Parker building and contains Kearley’s vast library collection.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree and all future graduate programs will be administered and overseen by the Kearley Graduate School of Theology. Continue reading

VP Bruce McLarty named as Harding president

Harding University names president

Bruce McLarty

SEARCY, Ark (BNc) — Vice President of Spiritual Life Bruce McLarty has been named as the fifth Harding University president.

The announcement was made on Twitter and Facebook.

“I enthusiastically embrace the mission of Harding University,” McLarty said at the press conference in Cone Chapel at 1:30 p.m., CST.

He will replace David B. Burks when Burks retires from the position in June. Continue reading

HCU hosts seminar on ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’

Gospel of Jesus' Wife

Graphic used for the presentation

FLORENCE, Ala. (BNc) — Heritage Christian University sponsored a special seminar Oct. 16 on the Coptic manuscript that supposedly affirms that Jesus had a wife.

HCU’s own Dr. Jeremy Barrier, specialist in Coptic Christian literature, presented “Apocryphal Gospels and the Historical Jesus:  What Can Recent Discoveries Teach Us?” in the Overton Memorial Library.

The major topic was an open forum discussing the impact of the new papyrus fragment finding, namely the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” fragment that surfaced in Berlin, Germany, and presented to the world by Karen King, an early Christian scholar from Harvard University. Continue reading

Guyana Christian University graduates ten preacher students

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

LETHEM, Guyana (BNc)  — Graduation ceremonies were held July 13, for ten graduating students of Guyana Christian University, Lethem, Guyana. Tom Holland, President of GCU, traveled to Guyana and delivered the commencement address.

Approximately 75 were in attendance for the graduation ceremony and the reception for the graduates, family and friends. Continue reading

Scott Gleaves named Faulkner Univ. Assistant Dean

Christian collegeMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) – Dr. G. Scott Gleaves has been named Assistant Dean of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies of Faulkner University.

For four years, Scott was the preaching minister at Granny White church, Nashville, Tenn. His last Sunday at Granny White was July 17.

During the evening service, Dr. Gleaves was presented a Faulkner Eagle statue by Dr. Ernest Clevenger. The eagle had been presented to Clevenger when he was the academic dean in 1977.  In the presentation Clevenger asked Gleaves to “take the eagle back home.” Continue reading

Magnolia Bible College to close

KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (BNc) — Magnolia Bible College will close its doors on Dec. 17, according to the school’s website. The decision was made Aug. 19 by the board of trustees.

The 33-year-old Bible training school cited as the cause of the forced closure financial pressures from the trend of decreasing enrollment, escalating costs and lack of donations and revenues. Continue reading

Guyana Christian University graduates first class of ten

gcufinal09graduates3 LETHEM, Guyana (BNc) – Jerry O. Davidson, missionary to the Amerindian villages in Guyana, South America, since 1999, reports that the school’s first graduation, held on July 3, 2009, was a success.

Ten Amerindians received diplomas for their two years of concentrated Bible study.

All of the graduates will be preaching in the Amerindian villages, some returning to their own villages. Continue reading

Faulkner lectureship chooses hope theme

faulkerlectures2009MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) – The Faulkner University Bible Lectureship, slated for Mar. 2-5, will highlight the theme, “Hope for a Hopeless World.”

“If ever there was a timely theme this is one,” wrote Faulkner’s Sam Long, in an email. “In time of personal and financial crises where can we go to find hope? God’s Word tells us that there is hope among the storms of life.”

Over 90 different speakers have been scheduled in 101 different sessions. Continue reading