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Pictured above and on the front cover are Beth Reese, a 
junior from Ontario, Canada, and Mark Robbins, a junior 
from Dayton, Tenn. Photos by Cunnyngham Studio. 


Editorial Office: William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee 37321, (615) 775- 

Editor-in-Chief: Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: John 
Bartlett. Rebecca Peck, Charles 

Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
Rebecca Peck 


Circulation Manager: Shirley 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 

Copyright 1978 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College. Dayton. TN 37321 


Photos of Beth Reese on pages 3, 4, 9, 10, and 12 are also by 
Cunnyngham Studio. 

Photos on center spread are by Beth Shreeves, student yearbook 
photographer, a sophomore from Chamblee, Georgia. 

The back cover photo by Larry Levenger is a panoramic view of 
the Tennessee Valley from Buzzard's Point on the Cumberland 
Escarpment about three miles northwest of Dayton. 


1 he theme of this issue of BRYAN LIFE is 
roots. The fact that the founding of Bryan Col- 
lege was an outgrowth of the Scopes Trial, 
which was followed by Mr. Bryan's death in 
Dayton, makes the Rhea County Courthouse 
(pictured on the cover) and what happened 
there in 1925 part of the heritage of the college. 
This courthouse recently underwent a 
million-dollar restoration and was rededicated 
in April, 1978. It is listed on the National Regis- 
ter of Historic Places and has been declared a 
National Landmark for its fame as the scene of 
the Scopes Evolution Trial of 1925. 

But life is more than history or buildings. The 
two students in the picture symbolize what a 
Christian college is all about — the spiritual and 
educational growth and development of indi- 
viduals. The information on the educational 
program focuses on careers with roots in a lib- 
eral arts education. Space consideration has 
limited severely what might have been said. 
But for the interested student, the catalog can 
fill in the gaps, as can a campus visit, rated high 
as a catalyst for prospective students and their 


Theodore C. Mercer 


teh in the Faith 

of Our Fathers 

Oryan College was named for William Jennings 
Bryan (1860-1925), American statesman, political 
leader, orator, and Christian layman, who died in Day- 
ton, Tennessee, shortly after the close of the Scopes 
Evolution Trial of July 1925. Mr. Bryan had come to 
Dayton to assist the prosecution in the celebrated legal 
battle over Tennessee's anti-evolution statute, an event 
which also attracted famed criminal lawyer Clarence 
Darrow for the defense. 

The Scopes Trial, with its complex issues, is a sepa- 
rate story in itself and cannot be reviewed here even in 
capsule. Still a subject of perennial interest, the trial to 
be understood must be considered in the perspective of 
the modernist-fundamentalist controversy which en- 
gulfed the American religious scene in the first three 
decades of this century. That controversy, in turn, had 
its roots in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German 
rationalism, specifically those cumulative develop- 
ments in the last third of the nineteenth century, which 
saw the spread of naturalistic evolution (spurred by the 
publication of Darwin's Origin of Species and sub- 
sequent developments in the field of science) and the 
importation into America of the theological liberalism 
which had arisen in the German universities. The new 
"Modernism" generally denied the supernatural 
character of the Biblical revelation, including the mira- 
cles of the Bible; accepted the evolutionary explanation 
of man's origin; and abandoned many theological posi- 
tions dating back to the beginnings of Christianity and 
held by virtually all Protestant Christians since the Ref- 
ormation. In America the term Modernist came to be 









applied to those who accepted these new ideas in reli- 
gion, and the term Fundamentalist applied to those who 
adhered to evangelical orthodoxy. 

In the wake of Mr. Bryan's death and the subsequent 
movement of national scope to memorialize him. his 
friends remembered the interest he had expressed in 
seeing a Christian school established on one of Day- 
ton's scenic hills. Consequently, the Bryan Memorial 
University Association was organized in October. 
1925, to establish an institution committed to the Bible, 
which Mr. Bryan had so resolutely defended at the 
Scopes Trial. The college was chartered in July. 1930. 
and opened in September of that year in the old Rhea 
County High School, where John Thomas Scopes had 
been a teacher. The yearbook of 1931 lists a total of "4 
persons enrolled during that first year, with 31 students 
and six faculty in the official photograph of the first 
student body taken September 30. 1930. 

In spite of the fact that he did not gain the U.S. 
presidency (though he was nominated three times for 
that high office by the Democratic party). William Jen- 
nings Bryan was one of the most influential Americans 
of his generation. His ideas in politics and government. 
though some of them were ahead of their time, ulti- 
mately resulted in significant contribution to American 
life, as history now shows. His popularity as a speaker 
on the Chautauqua circuit gave him a large public fol- 
lowing: and the fact that his ethical and religious views 
were shared by many in his generation gave him a moral 
influence that was widespread. But it was Mr. Bryan's 
outstanding personal witness as a Christian in his gen- 
eration and his sturdy adherence to the Bible as the 
Word of God at the Scopes Trial which constitute the 
real link between him and the college. 

FALL 1978 


The educational program of the col- 
lege is organized under six educational 
divisions as follows: biblical studies and 
philosophy, education and psychology; 
fine arts; history, business, and social 
sciences; literature and modern lan- 
guages; and natural sciences. Within 
these divisions are departments desig- 
nating particular academic disciplines. 
You are invited to take a tour that will 
introduce you to the majors generally 
listed in clusters by divisions. 

Underlying the educational program 
are the twin principles of aspiration to 
the highest intellectual attainment of 
which the student is capable and the 
integration of that learning with Chris- 
tian faith and living. 

Bible, Christian Education, 
and Greek 

The general education requirement of 
16 semester hours in Bible for every de- 
gree program shows the importance 
placed on the study of Bible for all stu- 
dents. In addition, the biblical studies 
division provides students an opportu- 
nity to major in Bible. Christian Educa- 
tion, and Greek. All instruction in the 
division is based on the infallibility and 
inerrancy of the Scriptures and on the 
Bible's assertion of the deity of Christ 
and His atoning sacrifice as the sole 
ground of man's salvation. Because in 
methodology observation is basic to 
correct interpretation and application, 
the Bible is studied first to determine 
what it says, then what it means — all 
with the view to the student's obedience 
to its spiritual message. 

Graduates with majors in this division 
have been readily accepted at such 
seminaries as Dallas. Denver, Grace. 
Reformed, Trinity, and at Southwestern 
Baptist in Fort Worth, the largest semi- 




nary in the world, where students who 
major in Christian Education at Bryan 
can receive up to 16 hours on their mas- 
ter's degree. This advanced standing 
program is based on competencies in 
particular areas. 

Graduates in Bible and Greek are 
serving as pastors, associate pastors. 

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missionaries, professors of Bible and 
Greek, etc.; and Christian Education 
graduates are presently serving as 
editors with publishing companies, di- 
rectors of mission boards, professors of 
Christian Education, camp directors, 
ministers of education in local churches, 
youth directors, associate pastors, 
Bible club missionaries, and teachers of 


The business department offers four 
majors — accounting, business ad- 
ministration, business education, and 

The opportunities are plentiful in the 
three major accounting fields: public, 
managerial, and governmental. Public 
accountants either have their own busi- 
ness, or work for an accounting firm. 
Managerial accountants, also called 
private accountants, handle the finan- 
cial records of the firm they work for. 
Governmental accountants examine the 
records of governmental agencies and 
audit businesses or individuals whose 
dealings are subject to governmental 
regulation. Within these broad areas are 
several more specialized occupations. 

The business administration major 
can prepare the student for a number of 
occupational opportunities, such as 
those in banking institutions that train 

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their employees in specialized fields but 
want prospective employees who are 
conversant with a wide range of busi- 
ness disciplines. This major could also 
lead to occupations relating to insur- 
ance, real estate, sales, computer pro- 
gramming, advertising, or management. 

The business education major is of- 
fered in conjunction with the education 
department and relates primarily to job 
opportunities in secondary education. 
Because the transition from the 
academic to the business world is read- 
ily accessible to the business education 
major, his job potential often extends 
beyond occupations in teaching. 

The economics major is a relatively 
new major at Bryan. Federal, state, and 
local governments are the primary 
employers of economists. Several gov- 
ernmental agencies are involved in 
economic planning and development. 
Many more hire economists to research 
potential economic ramifications and 
implications of policies that are not per 
se economic. Banking and other private 
businesses, concerned with economic 
trends, are also employers of econ- 
omists. There is also opportunity for 
advanced study in economics on both 
the master's and doctor's level. 

Education and 

The division of education and 
psychology offers majors in elementary 
education and psychology, professional 
education courses for secondary 
teachers, and extensive courses in phys- 
ical education. Graduates specializing 
in these fields find rewarding careers in 
education at all levels and in a variety of 
other human services fields. 

The courses of study in education 
give the future teacher an understanding 
of the learner, an overview of effective 
teaching methods, and a knowledge of 
philosophies of secular and Christian 
education. Graduates completing edu- 
cation programs serve in public and pri- 
vate schools in the United States and 
overseas. Many broaden their career 
options by completing graduate studies 
in specialized fields such as guidance, 
reading, learning disabilities, and school 
administration. Programs lead to Ten- 
nessee state certification in early child- 
hood education; elementary education; 
school art, grades K-12; school music, 
grades K-12; physical education, grades 
K-12; and secondary teaching in biology, 
business, chemistry, English, history, 
math, and other subject areas. By plan- 
ning of the student's program, certifica- 
tion is available in most other states. A 
recent survey of elementary education 


in the Academics 

graduates from 1972 through 1977 
show.s that 78% of the respondents cur- 
rently hold leaching jobs. I ctters to the 
professor of elementary education (not 
a formal survey) reveal that as of July 4, 
1978, 65% of the May graduates already 
had contracts for the fall. 

Graduates majoring in psychology 
find employment in various counseling 
situations, including school guidance 
centers, human services agencies, and 
employment agencies. Many psychol- 
ogy graduates have been accepted for 
continued studies in leading university 
graduate schools, where they have pre- 
pared to become college teachers and 
professional psychologists. 


Believing that the person who can 
search out the facts, analyze them 
clearly, and present the solution to prob- 
lems lucidly both orally and in writing 
will always be valued, the department of 
history seeks to develop a broad founda- 
tion of skills in its students and not a 
limited specialty. Therefore the history 
major at Bryan College is not, in the 
strictest sense, a career-training pro- 
gram but is one more step in the prep- 
aration for living. Nevertheless, the his- 
tory major has been used in the past for 
preparation in several specific areas. 

One option is preparation for high- 
school teaching. Or a graduate in history 
from Bryan is well prepared to move 
directly into the role of archivist assist- 
ant, research assistant with news 
periodicals and magazines both secular 
and Christian, journalist, governmental 
administrator, or into a sales position 
with private business. One recent 
graduate, who went directly into con- 
struction business with his father upon 
graduation, chose history as a major be- 
cause he decided that his life would be 
enriched by a study of history. 

A history major is foundational for the 
student who wants to continue to learn 
through his entire span of life. For many 
this has meant the continuance of their 
studies in a formal atmosphere either in 
theological seminary, law school, or 
graduate school in history, political sci- 
ence, or international relations. In the 
last five years. Bryan graduates in his- 
tory have had a hundred per cent 
acceptance rate for graduate programs 
of high reputation from a wide range of 
seminaries; from law schools, such as 
Duke. Vanderbilt. University of Flori- 
da, Stetson of Florida, University of 
Texas, and Washburn University of To- 
peka. Kansas: and from graduate 
schools, such as University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ohio State Uni- 
versity (with fellowship). University of 

Georgia, and University of fennc 

There have been unanimously posi- 
tive testimonials from rcccnl hiStor) 

graduates from Bryan as to l lie adequa- 
cy of their preparation as they went on 
into life, whether the Lord's calling fot 
them was into the world of business or 
government, continued study, or into 
the classroom as a teacher themselves. 

English and 
Modern Languages 

Every Bryan graduate, as a part of his 
general education, receives instruction 
in the division of literature and modern 
languages — six hours of writing, three 
hours of literature, three hours of 
speech, and, in most cases, six hours of 
a foreign language. The accompanying 
chart represents areas of study within 
this division, the number of hours of- 
fered in each area, and the number of 
hours required for general education: 






If the student wants to teach, there 
are four areas within this division for 
teacher certification: English, and. as 
second fields, with appropriate ar- 
rangements, speech. French, and 

The English major is also vers useful 
because of its scope within the 
humanities. By following a prescribed 
course. English majors are welcome in 
graduate schools of law. science, and 

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jobs are open to the English n, 
executive work, administration at all 
levels of business and industry, i 
relations, personnel management. 
radio, newspapers and communica- 
tions, public relations and advcrti 
selling, v.nting. or the civil service The 
reason for this is a paradox. It is be. 
English — like any of the humanities — 
does not always prepare a person for a 
particular job v.ith which to earn a liv- 
ing, hut it prepares him for living a life. 

Biology, Chemistry, 

The division of natural science aims 
to provide all the courses necessar 
a broad major in either biology . chemis- 
try, mathematics, or composite natural 
science. With careful planning, second- 
ary certification can be added to each of 
these majors, a fact which provides for a 
wide range of career options. 

In its striving for excellence in teach- 
ing, the division offers students "hands 
on" experience with microscopes, 
spectrophotometers, gas chromato- 
graph. radiochemistry instruments, and 
computer terminals. The biology de- 
partment also has an 18-foot pontoon 
boat for ecological studies in the Ten- 
nessee River. 

Four of the five full-time faculty in the 
division hold the doctor's degree. This 
training of the faculty means that the 
division can and does offer the basic and 
advanced courses necessary for many 
different careers following graduation. 
Our graduates have entered high-school 
teaching, public health service, agricul- 
ture, nursing, quality control lab- 
oratories and research, medical 
technology, and pharmacy . Others ha\ e 
planned for graduate studies and are 
now preparing for careers in nuclear en- 
gineering (in the U.S. Navy), college 
teaching, veterinary medicine, and 
aerospace engineering. 

One graduate is plant manager for a 
chemical industry firm: and another, 
who took his pre-med at Bryan, went to 
the University of Virginia Medical 
School on scholarship and is now prac- 
ticing medicine in Ohio. 

These examples show that any stu- 
dent who wants to have a career in the 
sciences can be prepared for it at Bryan 
if he is willine to work. 

FALL 1978 


♦ ♦ 

in the Fine Arts 


The art department offers courses 
in the various art media to enable 
students to develop artistic talents 
according to individual interests. A 
wide range of courses provides 
credit hours equivalent to a major 
and makes certification available in 
art education. The work of student 
artists is displayed annually at the 
spring art show. The building which 
houses the art classrooms has re- 
cently been expanded to include a 
new kiln and drying room for 


Striving to exemplify the college 
motto, "Christ Above All," the 
music department offers all stu- 
dents an opportunity to develop 
their talents for God's glory under 
the direction of dedicated Christian 
teacher-performers. The music 
major includes concentrations in 
applied music, church music, and 
music theory. The music education 
major for teachers is offered as a 
joint program of the music and edu- 
cation departments. 

Located in the Rudd Memorial 
Chapel complex, the music depart- 
ment enjoys spacious band and 
choir facilities, teaching studios, 
classrooms, and practice rooms. A 
ten-foot concert Steinway piano 
and a Baldwin Multi-waveform 
organ are housed in the main au- 
ditorium. Practice facilities include 
ten Baldwin-Hamilton pianos and a 
Schantz pipe organ. 

Opportunities for student per- 
formance include participation in 
the college choir. Madrigals, sym- 
phonic band, and Gospel Messen- 
gers. In addition to making tours 
during vacation periods, these mus- 
ical groups have a full performance 
schedule on campus and in the sur- 
rounding areas during the school 
year. The department also works 
with PCI in the musical develop- 
ment of gospel teams for a ministry 
in churches. 

Speech and Drama 

As one area of the fine arts, 
the speech department provides 
courses which emphasize develop- 
ment of the art of communication at 
the individual level as well as for 
public expression. The literature 
and modern languages division and 
the department of education offer 
courses leading to teacher certifica- 
tion in speech, which includes the 
opportunity to direct dramatic ac- 
tivities and also to teach speech. 

Students who desire to develop 
talent in the theatre arts are invited 
to participate in the drama club of 
Hilltop Players, which presents a 
major production in the fall and sev- 
eral one-act plays in the spring. In 
recent years the playbill has in- 
cluded The Diary of Anne Frank, Our 
Town, The Matchmaker , Christ in the 
Concrete City, Ten Miles to Jericho, 
and God is My Fuehrer. Members of 
the Hilltop Players may earn one 
hour of credit each semester by 
working 45 hours on a production. 

In helping to provide good enter- 
tainment and cultural enrichment 
for the Bryan family and also for the 
people of the local community, 
many students have developed tal- 
ent in dramatic expression, which 
aids them in all areas of communica- 
tion. The facilities of the new Rudd 
Memorial Chapel provide excellent 
accommodations both for the per- 
formers and for audience comfort 
and visibility. 



Jn Sports 

Bryan's third straight N.CC. 
A. A. championship in soccer was 
the highlight of the 1977-78 athletic 
year. The Lions swept to a 12-3-1 
record and placed two of its mem- 
bers on the Ail-American team 
under the direction of Coach John 

Both the women's tennis and vol- 
leyball teams had outstanding sea- 
sons. The volleyball squad com- 
pleted play with a 32-10-1 mark and 
a second straight Southern Chris- 
tian Athletic Conference champion- 
ship. Only a defeat at the hands of 
University of Tennessee-Martin in 
the finals prevented the girls from 
winning a second consecutive state 
title. Losing only to Belmont Col- 
lege, the lady netters were 6-1. 

In cross-country competition, 
Bryan finished third in its own invi- 
tational, second in the S.C.A.C., 
and tenth in the N.CC. A. A. na- 
tionals. The Lion runners were 
forced to battle crippling injuries 
during the entire year. 

Both basketball teams suffered 
through tough seasons, again with 
injuries playing a large part. Each 
squad, however, placed two players 
on the all-SCAC team. 

All together 1 1 Lion and Lionette 
athletes made All-Conference posi- 
tions, and three more were named 

A summer sports camp directed 

by Athletic Director John Reeser 
brought a hundred budding athletes 
to the campus for a week of most 
successful initial camping experi- 
ence in soccer, basketball, and 

The coaching staff — Reeser in 
soccer, Wayne Dixon in basketball. 

Deborah Whitlow and Jeff Tubbs in 
women's sports — has recruited 
some outstanding new athletes to 
join the returning enthusiasts to par- 
ticipate in a busy 1978-79 season for 
all eight athletic teams — women's 
volleyball, basketball, and tennis 
and men's soccer, basketball, 
baseball, cross country, and tennis. 
Intramural sports competition also 
provides a full schedule of activities 
for non-varsity players. Last year 
40 percent of the regular students 
participated in intramural programs 
and 20 percent in the intercollegiate. 

FALL 1978 



in Social Life 

X oung people want action! And they are interested 
in finding it through interpersonal relationships. A defi- 
nite plus at Bryan is that range of wholesome activities 
outside the classroom which provides this action and 
the opportunities for personal growth and development 
in a supportive Christian community. These extra- 
curricular activities occur in many places and under 
many guises: 

* The Lions Den student center, a hub of social activity 
with its snack bar, lounge, bookstore, and a number of 
recreational facilities. 

* Intramural and varsity sports in the gym and on the 
playing fields and on other campuses. 

* The Student Union, supported by a special fee, with its 
full schedule of concerts on campus and recreational 
excursions off campus. 

* Class parties, outings, and the traditional junior- 
senior banquet. 

* The all-college picnic at a scenic park in the mountains. 

* Banquets at homecoming, Thanksgiving, Christmas, 
Valentine's, and at the end of the year for athletics. 

* Informal good fellowship and that one-to-one relation' 
ship called "dating," which leads every year to a rash 
of wedding invitations on the college bulletin boards 




FALL 1978 


The fruit of Bryan s deep-rooted Christian emphasis can 
be identified in the personal testimonies of three members of 
the class of 1978 and an alumnus of 1971 as they express 
their appreciation for the training they received at Bryan in 
preparation for their careers. 

Bill Bauer 78 

Upon arrival at Bryan College, I was unsure of what 
God wanted me to do in the future. I knew I wanted to 
be a minister, but I was uncertain as to whether I was 
"pastor material." As the deadline drew close to pick- 
ing a major and I was still unsure of God's leading, I 
took what I thought was a blind step of faith in choosing 
Christian Education as my major. Little did I realize 
that God was in complete control of that decision. 

The Christian Education curriculum impressed me 
from the beginning with its practicality, because Chris- 
tian Education students are taught concepts that can be 
used in the church situation immediately. As the stu- 
dent acquires more knowledge and skill in this area, he 
becomes more confident in his ability to minister. 

Christian Education has given me the opportunity to 
become equipped both for a possible full-time ministry 
and for a lay ministry in the local church. 

The Christian Education courses are designed for 
participation. Setting up programs for youth, designing 
Sunday school room layouts, creating evangelistic 
tracts, witnessing door-to-door are just a few of the 
projects which are mandatory in the department. 

One of the most exciting opportunities in Christian 
Education is that the student is able to apply classroom 
knowledge to a life situation through the ministry of 
Practical Christian Involvement. PCI provides oppor- 
tunities for the student to reach out now into the com- 
munity and get involved where the action is. 

Probably the best way to capsulize my experience in 
Christian Education is to say that when I became a 
Christian Education student I was totally unprepared 
to minister in a local church. Now I am confident that I 
could minister and contribute to the local church either 
as a staff member or as a lay person. 

David Spoede 78 

Because my dad is a history professor, naturally I 
have always been interested in history. Many of my 
friends have considered the value of a history major to 
be inferior because they think in terms of purely 
economic or monetary terms. A history student is 
thought to be equipped vocationally only for teaching or 
research, a fact which means that he must pursue 
further graduate studies and thus postpone the inevita- 
ble crisis of finding employment. 

I have learned to appreciate an alternative view of the 
value of a history major as I recognize that history, as 
one of the liberal arts, is the study of one aspect of 
man's knowledge. History provides its students with 
certain perspectives oriented to time sequences taught 
in relation to what preceded and to what followed them. 
So the student of history is equipped with a framework 
within which to integrate all the knowledge that he has 

To illustrate the principle of applying this knowledge, 
I think of my summer experience as a hiker when, with 
the aid of a map, I sought to familiarize myself with the 
terrain of the peaks in the Rocky Mountains where I 
wanted to hike for several days. As I encountered the 
various landmarks during my trek, I was able to orient 
myself from my memory of the map. A knowledge of 
history can be likened to a time-oriented map of man's 

In my own experience, I find that my history major 



in Career Choices 

offers a preparation and a perspective for ;ill careers 
(hat no non-liberal arts major can offer. I feel confident 
that, having been accepted for law school. I will be able 
to meet this new challenge of academic pursuit because 
of the broad training at Bryan, as well as the concen- 
trated emphasis in my history major. 

Charlynn Maxwell 78 

After attending a state university, 1 transferred to 
Bryan as a sophomore. I had already decided that my 
major would be biology. My first semester at Bryan 
proved to me that I had made a good choice. I found that 
all the instructors were well qualified for the courses 
that they taught and were always available for extra 
help sessions. 

The department works as a whole to help advance all 
its students as much as possible during their time spent 
at Bryan. Everyone's schedule is carefully geared to his 
or her own needs, depending on whether one is seeking 
a teaching career or a professional career in some as- 
pect of natural science. The student is taught to think 
scientifically on his own. Apart from regular classes, 
individuals are encouraged to participate in indepen- 
dent study and research projects with fellow students 
and instructors. Bryan's natural science department is 
also an active member of the Tennessee Academy of 
Science. Participation in the meeting of this academy 
allows students to improve their ability to compile and 
present scientific data and other findings. Persons seek- 
ing professional careers are made aware of current lit- 
erature on the advancement of science, and these arti- 
cles are readily available in the Bryan library. 

The staff has also selected the best equipment availa- 
ble both for elementary experimentation and for learn- 
ing analysis at a higher level. Students learn how to 
operate this equipment and are free to use it in their 
independent projects. 

This type of enthusiasm about science in Bryan's 
Christian setting, where qualified instructors still find 
the time for individual concern, is what maintains 
Bryan's fine reputation as a liberal arts college. Stu- 
dents graduating from Bryan find that they do not have 
much difficulty in gaining admission to graduate 
schools or finding employment utilizing the skills that 
they developed at Bryan College. My plans are to do 
graduate work in bio-chemistry, and I feel confident 
upon leaving Bryan that I am well prepared. 

Joel Pearman 71 


I appreciate Bryan for the experiences of m> four 
years in college and for the preparation it gave me for 
my profession as an attorney . In bringing me to Bryan, 
the Lord knew it would be the best place to fulfill my 
special needs, to help me overcome my weaknesses, 
and to complement my strengths. 

I also appreciate the quality of education I received at 
Bryan. I attended a graduate law school at a state uni- 
versity with students from several well-known univer- 
sities, such as Yale. Harvard. Duke. Vanderbilt. Uni- 
versity of North Carolina. University of Virginia, and 
the University of Michigan. In comparing m\ basic 
education and theirs. I feel that mine was as good as 
most of theirs, if not better. 

I am also grateful for the quality of friendships I 
developed while at Bryan. Many of these individual 
relationships have continued until the present, and 
some will last the rest of my life. Best of all. I found my 
wife, Ann. there. Also, there was a spirit of interest and 
genuine concern over a fellow student's problems and 
stumblings. Although many of my personal friends from 
Bryan are not now close geographically, they are dear. 
Their friendship and interest are invaluable. 

Another plus at Bryan is the academic atmosphere in 
which intellectual excellence is stressed and encour- 
aged. It was a place for me to define and examine my 
own ideas and reasoning and to mature academically. 

Bryan is also a place to mature socially under rules 
that are established to control and develop Christian 
behavior in the normally mature students and also guide 
less mature students. Therefore the superior students 
who would not violate Christian social behavior can 
understand that rules are imposed for the help of a 
weaker brother. 

I also feel that Bryan was a maturing place for me 
spiritually. It was there that I learned that God's will is 
something one can know definitely as a daily pro. 
not just as an annual or a "onee-in-a-lifetime" 
phenomenon. I also remember the example of Chris- 
tians who have amazed and challenged me and who 
truly exemplify a Christ-like life. These people are not 
"superhuman." but they are people who are totally 
dedicated to Christ and have by their example helped 
me to face my own difficult situations. 

I am truly indebted to Bryan for its life-changing 
influences and stabilizing examples and principles 
which have provided the background I need for facing 
legal complications and social dilemmas. 

FALL 1978 


\ V 

Practical Christian Involvement 


Practical Christian outreach is not a 
required part of the program at Bryan 
College, and yet over 80% of the student 
body volunteers to participate in sharing 
the good news of Jesus Christ. Areas of 
service include Bible classes for 
school-age children, which reach over 
3,000 elementary children each week; 
gospel teams, which fill engagements in 
word and music in area churches or as 
far away as Canada; FISH, which fea- 
tures the Big Brother-Big Sister minis- 
try involving students with children in 
the local commumity; the nationally 
known Awana program, held on Satur- 
days in the gymnasium, which has at- 
tracted children from ten communities; 
the Navigators' Bible study groups; 
nursing home visitation; The Gospel 
Gimpers. a puppet ministry which takes 
the gospel to schools, churches, com- 
munity organizations, etc.; Student 
Foreign Missions Fellowship, which 
provides a program of missionary edu- 
cation for the college community; a 
summer missions program; a Bible cor- 
respondence program; and Bible and 
tract distribution. 

Practical Christian Involvement's 
full-time director is Bill Bauer, a 1978 
graduate and the recipient of the Chris- 

tian Education department's senior 
award. The director, under the supervi- 
sion of Dr. Brian Richardson, chairman 
of the Biblical Studies Division, and in 
cooperation with the elected leaders of 
PCI, coordinates the work of student 

Netherlands Antilles 

I am working this summer at Trans 
World Radio in Bonaire, which is often 
called the Flamingo Island because it is 
the only island of the Antilles where 
these beautiful birds are found. The of- 
ficial language of the Antilles is Dutch, 
but the people also speak a trade lan- 
guage called Papiamento, which is a 
mixture of Dutch, Portuguese, and 
Spanish. English is understood by 
many, so I have little trouble in com- 

Trans World Radio has two sites on 
the island — the studio-office complex 
and the transmitter site. I work at the 
studio, writing scripts in English for two 
musical programs, "Gems of Melody" 
and "Music for You." which are broad- 
cast to the United States and South 
America. However, we have had letters 
from listeners as far away as Africa, so 
the outreach is really almost limitless. 

Much of the work of TWR is techni- 
cal, but everyone is needed to put the 
gospel out over the air waves. And it 
does go out in many different 
languages — Arabic, German, French, 
Spanish, Russian, and Czech, to men- 
tion a few. TWR's motto is "Telling the 
World of Redemption." It isexcitingfor 
me to be a part of it. 


The Lord is richly blessing my sum- 
mer here in Korea, and I thank Him for 
all He is teaching me. 

Of my twelve weeks here, nine have 
been designated for working and ob- 
serving missionary work; therefore I do 
not really have an "outreach" type of 
ministry. Because Korean is such a dif- 
ficult language and takes so much time 
to learn, I am unable to speak to most of 
the people. Many of them who know 
English are hesitant about using it with 
foreigners, so that fact, too, creates a 

I had the privilege to counsel at an 
English-speaking camp for three weeks, 
and that was a fantastic ministry. Many 
military and business families here are 
unsaved, as are some of the missionary 

All of my time is not spent working. I 
have been able to travel a bit to see the 
countryside and get acquainted with the 
people and their culture. Praise the Lord 
for bringing me here! 

I do have one prayer request. During 
one of my weeks at camp, I fell very 



n Service 

fissions Programs 

hard on my right foot, bending my iocs 
back underneath and tearing the liga- 
ments in that fool. I have a cast thai I 
must wear for two weeks. 1 am in pain 
and frustrated at times, hut I praise God 
lor giving me the grace to smile anil 
thank Him. 

Knoxville, Tenn. 

I am working this summer with 
a Navigators' training program 
called STIK 78 (Summer Training in 
Knoxville), which is divided into twelve 
teams — six for men and six tor 
women — with five or six on each team. 

Each team member is responsible to 
have a 40-hour-a- week job or a summer 
school study schedule. Our day begins 
at 5:30a.m. hereon UTK's campus with 
breakfast at 6: 15. prepared for everyone 
by one of the six women's teams on a 
weekly rotation basis. Then each day is 
topped off with a family-style dinner at 
6:00 p.m. 

Monday nights are set aside for per- 
sonal Bible study in groups. Wednesday 
nights for discussion of our study. 
Tuesday and Thursday nights for team 
personal work conducted by means of a 
questionnaire. On Thursday nights I've 
been holding an investigative Bible 
study for any persons who want to find 

John Graton, second from right in back 
row, and his team, including Bryan stu- 
dent Tony McBride at his right. 

out more about what the Bible says 
about life, with three attending at 
present — Jess. Steve, and Jack. Steve is 
thinking about bringing an Islamic 
friend to join our study. On Fridays we 
receive instruction from Rich Cleve- 
land, the Navigator representative from 

( lhattanooga, who i\ leading us through 
the hook of Ephesians. 

On Sunday mornings, we all at 
the church of our choice. Most ol us 
have been attending Berean Bible 
Church, where John Stone, an alumnus 
from Bryan and Dallas, is the pastor. 

Our objective this summer is found in 
I Timothy 4:8: "Train yourselves in god- 
liness." Personally. I am learning all 
sorts of lessons on leadership. My big 
weakness is communicating and del- 
egating responsibilities, hut I'm learning 
fast with the help of my team members. 
It's been a real encouragement to me to 
have so many with me from Bryan — 
Marcia Tobias. Coleen Murphey. I.inda 
Degerman. Bob Grosser. Tony 

I know that next year at Bryan is 
going to be an exciting and very fruitful 
time for all of us. 

DEAN ROPP — Venture for 
Victory Basketball Team 

I have been in the Philippines about 
one week (as of July 3) and will be here 
in Cebu City for four more days before 
flying to Taiwan for three weeks, then to 
Hong Kong. This place is a beautiful 
example of God's creation. But even 
more noticeable than the beauty of the 
land is the poverty of the people and the 
lost condition of their souls. Praise the 
Lord with us. though, for their respon- 
siveness to the Word of God. Through 
basketball we can get their attention to 
present Jesus Christ to them. 

Most of the people here in Cebu know 
about Jesus but do not know how to 
have a personal relationship with Him. 
Very strong Catholic influence is felt 
here. The language is not much of a 
problem since most people speak Eng- 
lish: and we have needed an interpreter 
only once. The native language is 
Cebuano and we have one song that we 
sing in that language. Yesterday (Sun- 
day) 1 had the privilege of preaching at 
the Cebu Bible Church for about 35 
minutes. It was a wonderful church, and 
the people really love to hear the Word. 
We sang all of the hymns in Cebuano. 
and it was really an experience of mak- 
ing a joyful noise unto the Lord — a true 
time of worship. Praise Him! 

On many of the days, we have two or 
three games, so we have many chances 
to share Jesus Christ. 

The weather here is much different 
from that of Dayton. It is 90 to 100 de- 
grees day and night with 90 to 100 per- 
cent humidity. We are constantly sweat- 
ing hut we are getting used to it now. 
The food is different also, but I eat it! I 
still haven't gotten up the nerve to try 

the smoked fishhead' Iho 
uifit to drii ■ 

I hank you " muc ti i"t mat ing this 
ministry possible for mc b\ ;, out finan- 
cial Mippnrt ami pn 
tinue to lilt ii'. up ii ; 
tinuc io prah c Him for H - dcrful 

love and gra e. Hi and 

v.* ii i ing here in 'ti': Fai I a) I and 
through this Venture f < >r Vicli 


'I he Lord has put me in a situation 
where I work and associate with some of 
the finest people — fellow Furocorps 
members. ' I urope Mission mis- 

ionaries, and students from the Bible 
Institute — and where I can gain an in- 
side view of a mission field that in past 
history has not seen the Lord 
within its borders on a vcr> large scale. 
Spain is this countr> . where it has been 
estimated that there are approximated 
35,000 Christians out of 35.000.000 
people, most of w horn has e never heard 
the gospel story of Jesus. 

Greater Europe Mission's main ob- 
jective is to train Furopeans to reach the 
Europeans. In their eleven Bible insti- 
tutes throughout Europe, they are at- 
tempting to train many of Europe's 
Christian leaders of tomorrow . 

Our task here as Eurocorps members 
is to whitewash, paint, cement, clean 
rooms, move furniture, do laundry, and 
anything else that is required for the up- 
keep of the Spanish Bible Institute in 

Belgian Bible Institute 

"Whatever you do. w ork at it with all 
your heart, as working for the Lord, not 
for men" (Colossians 3:23). I am work- 
ing this summer at the Belgian Bible In- 
stitute as a member of the manual labor 
team. In w ork on the cleaning team with 
five girls. I serve as their leader. Our job 
of cleaning seems insignificant at times. 
but the work of the manual labor team 
makes it possible for BBI to host large 
conferences throughout the summer. 
The Lord has truly blessed us and taught 
us a great deal through our work. 

We enjoy our manual work because 
we know that there is a purpose behind 
it. We also have the opportunity to have 
an outreach to the European people and 
to share in spreading the gospel through 
travel with our evangelism team, work- 
ing with campaigns, and distributing 

This has been one of the greatest ex- 
periences of my life, and I am thankful 
Eve had the opportunity to experience 
real missionary life and service. I'm 
looking forward to returning to Bryan 
for my junior year. 

FALL 1978 


Can I Afford To Go To College? 

You Mean a Private College ? 

r inancial aid is money in the form of grants, loans, and 
employment for full-time and half-time college students. 
In 1977-78 student aid at Bryan exceeded $650,000. Desig- 
nated grants outside the regular budget program were 

Grants do not have to be repaid. Loans must be repaid 
after the student graduates from or leaves college. 
Employment aid is money earned by the student for part- 
time work; it can be used for payment of college bills 
and/or personal expenses. 

How much financial aid is possible? 

The amount of financial aid can range from very little to 
a great deal. If a student's financial need is considerable, 
the aid provided will also be considerable. If a student's 
financial need is minimal, the aid provided will usually be 
minimal unless the student qualifies for some special 
scholarship program that does not require financial need 
as the basis for qualification. 

How is financial need determined? 

The amount that the student's family is expected to 
contribute to the cost of education is determined first. The 
cost of education at a particular college minus the amount 
of expected family and student contribution equals the 
"financial need" that college financial aid officers attempt 
to meet with a package of grants, loans, and/or employ- 
ment. Some students will qualify for all three forms of aid, 
whereas others may qualify for only loans and/or employ- 
ment. The cost of education includes tuition, fees, room, 
board, transportation, and a limited amount of personal 
expenses. Because the costs vary from institution to in- 
stitution, a student may show more financial need at one 
college than at another. 

To determine the expected family contribution, Bryan 
College uses the American College Testing Family Finan- 
cial Statement (ACT FFS). The family completes and 
mails the ACT FFS form to the ACT company for compu- 
ter processing. An evaluation report generated by this 
processing is sent to the college designated by the student 
on the ACT FFS (code number for Bryan College is 4038). 
This report gives sufficient information for the financial 
aid officer to determine the financial need and the federal 
financial aid programs (grants, loans, and employment) for 

which the student qualifies. Last year aid at Bryan for an 
individual student ranged from a token amount of $100 up 
to $3,500 and averaged $1,900. Approximately two- thirds 
of all full-time students received some kind of aid. 

What are the specific financial aid programs? 

The available financial aid programs for Bryan Col- 
lege students are as follows: 
Grants: Basic Educational Opportunity Grants 
Supplementary Educational Opportunity 

Grants (SEOG) 
Bryan Scholarships and Grants 
State Scholarships or Grants 
Loans: National Direct Student Loans (NDSL) 

Guaranteed Student Loan Programs through 

hometown banks 
Bryan College Loans 
Work: College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 
Bryan Work Program 

What "package" of financial aid can a student expect? 

The financial circumstances which determine finan- 
cial need for any two students are seldom alike in the 
amounts of annual income, equity in home and other 
assets, general home situation, summer earnings, etc. 
Nevertheless, the following example will provide some 
idea of the possibilities of financial aid packages: 
Example: Freshman student 

High school grade point average, 2.8 
Family income $16,400, five-member fam- 
ily, two in college, both parents work, 
home equity $12,000, and savings $400. 
Evaluation of financial need: $2,500 (for 

one student) 
Aid Awarded: 

$200 Bryan Grant (music) 
326 BEOG (federal grant) 
600 SEOG (federal grant) 
800 NDSL (loan) 
545 CWSP (work) 

$247 1 Total of financial aid package 
The package of financial aid is built upon the BEOG 
whenever the student qualifies for it. The amount of BEOG is 
determined from the eligibility index and a payment schedule 
provided the college by the Office of Education. 

What are the steps to follow in applying for aid? 

1. Apply for admission to Bryan College. 

2. Complete Bryan College Student Aid Application 
and Employment forms. 

3. Complete ACT FFS form after filling out federal 
income tax return. 

a. Request report from ACT FFS be sent to code 
number 4038 for Bryan College. 

b. If state scholarships or grants are available in 
your state, request report from ACT FFS be sent 
to state agency accepting this particular form. 
(Tennessee residents request report be sent to 
4015 for Tennessee Student Assistance Corpora- 








Type of 
Student Body: 


College motto: 



Costs 1978-79: 

and Recognition: 


Bryan ( <>llegc 

Dayton, I ennessce 3732 1 

Arc;. 615 775-2041 

(Prospective students within mainland i SA ;irc invited to tall 


I >aj I "ii I IS 27 in the scenic ;tnd historic lenncssec Valley 

38 miles north oft hattanooga and 82 miles louthwesl ot Kr 


A four-year Christian college ol arts and sciences. 
1977 fall enrollment — 54K; equal ratio of men and women, en- 
rollment represents 36 states and 19 foreign countries. 

Nonsectarian hy charter and transdenominational in fell 
ship. Committed to the Mihle as the Word of God written and to 
Jesus Christ as living Lord. Student body, faculty, alumni, and 
constituency represent the evangelical Christian spectrum. 
"Christ Above All" 

High school graduation or equivalent, with a 2.0 or "C" aver- 
age; ACT (American College Testing) scores: satisfactory ref- 

Advanced standing available through credit and or exemption 
by satisfactory scores on prescribed standardized tests, such as 
CLEP, Advanced Placement, etc. 

Tuition $1,870; Student Fee S40; Room $700; Board $900: Total 
$3510 (not including travel and personal expenses). 
Student aid. available according to need, averages $1,900. 

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools; approved for training of veterans: membership in 
numerous educational organizations (list appears in catalogi. 

The bachelor's degree offered in the following majors: 

Goal-Oriented Major 
Music (concentrations in theory 
and in applied and church 
*Music Education 
(Grades 1-12) 
Natural Science 



Business Administration 
♦Business Education 

Christian Education 

♦Elementary Education 

(Grades 1-9) 


♦Teacher certification available in these majors plus Kindergar- 
ten Education (K-3). Special Education, and Art Education 
(Grades 1-12) 

FALL 1978 

Director of Admissions 


Dayton, Tennessee 37321 
Please send me more information: 

Phone: (615) 775-2041 
Call Collect. 





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Tennessee 37321, (615) 775- 

Editor-in-Chief: Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: John 
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Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
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Circulation Manager: Shirley 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
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Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 

Copyright 1978 


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Dayton, Tennessee 

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The five students singing 
carols on the steps of the White 
Chapel are members of the stu- 
dent senate. They are Christa 
Henry, a junior class representa- 
tive, Barnesville, Ga.; Laurie An- 
derson, secretary, Dallas, Texas; 
David Zopfi, business manager, 
Dayton; Tom Branson, vice pres- 
ident, Hanson, Ky.; and Ron 
Ruark, president, Canton, Mich. 

Laurie Anderson describes 
the philosophy of the student 
government program for this 
year in an article in the Campus 
Review section. The gift of stu- 
dent leadership is integral to the 
functioning of the college. 

Photo by Jim Cunnyngham 

Volume 4 

Fourth Quarter 1978 

Number 2 

LOCKHART PORTRAIT: The gift of the portrait of the second 
president of Bryan College. 3 

INCARNATION: The gift of the Incarnation described, analyzed, 

and above all to be believed. By Dr. Karl E. Keefer, Jr. 4 

OUT OF THE IVORY PALACES: The gift of sanctified imagina- 
tion in a treatment of the Christmas story. By J. H. Hunter 6 

MADONNA OF THE CHAIR, a painting by Raphael: The gift of art 

used to portray the humanity of Christ, the Son of God. 8 

CAMPUS CALENDAR: Events listed to interest Bryan visitors— 

the gift of time and how to use it. 9 

education and the special values of the liberal arts as viewed by a 
1978 graduate. By Andrew Emerson 10 

CAMPUS REVIEW: The gift of activity shown in the unfolding of 
significant campus events. 12 

MATCHING GEFT PROGRAM: The gift of business and industry 

to support higher education. 15 

A NEW YEAR'S PRAYER: The gift of poetry used to convey an 
aspiration for the new year by a godly woman, who being dead 100 
years in 1979 still speaks. 16 


The theme of this issue of BRYAN 
LIFE is "Gifts." And what an ap- 
propriate theme it is at this season 
when we celebrate the greatest of all 
life's gifts, God's gift of His Son, 
Jesus Christ. We exclaim with the 
Apostle Paul, "Thanks be to God 
for His indescribable gift!" In another passage, Romans 5, Paul explains 
just what this Gift means to us when, in contrasting the results for mankind 
of Adam's sin and Christ's redemption, he says, "For if by the transgres- 
sion of the one the many died, much more did the gift by the grace of the one 
Man, Jesus Christ, abound to many." The articles of this issue of our 
magazine show something of the breadth of God's gracious gifts which 
enrich a Christian college. 

Theodore C. Mercer 




I he portrait of Dr. Malcolm Lockhart, which was 
unveiled at the fall homecoming on September 30, was 
given to the college on behalf of the family by Mrs. 
Roydeil Astley, a daughter of Dr. Lockhart, of New- 
town Square, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Lockhart was an honor graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Georgia at nineteen in the Class of 1896 and was 
awarded the honorary doctor of laws degree by Asbury 
College in 1932. In his public relations work, he served 
several colleges and other organizations, including 
Georgia Institute of Technology, Agnes Scott and 
Davidson colleges, the Southern Presbyterian Church, 
and the Near East Relief Fund. It was from this 
background of experience that the directors of the 
Bryan Memorial University Association called him in 
1926 to direct the promotion and fund raising that re- 
sulted in 1930 in the establishment of the college, of 
which he then became vice president. 

In the eight years of Dr. Lockhart's association with 
the institution — as financial director, then vice presi- 
dent , and finally president — he more than any other was 
the key individual in the developments of those forma- 
tive years. The scope of his service to the college is 
reviewed in the article reprinted below, which origi- 
nally appeared in the June-July issue of the Newsette in 
1940 shortly after he died. This tribute was written by 
the late Dr. Lloyd E. Fish, a member of the second 
graduating class of Bryan and treasurer and assistant 
professor of the college at the time he wrote. It is 
reprinted here as a salute to the memory of a man whose 
labors still bear fruit in Bryan College today: 

"Fourteen years ago, at the inception of the Univer- 
sity established as a memorial to William Jennings 
Bryan, the founders of the Bryan Memorial University 
Association called to be director of the promotional 
work a man whose experience and whose strong Chris- 
tian testimony and convictions amply qualified him for 
that responsible position. 

"A short few weeks ago, on April 29. 1940, that man. 
Dr. Malcolm Lockhart. went to be with the Lord, whom 
he loved and served. 

"Dr. Lockhart himself would have been the first to 
say that he was but an instrument in the hands of the 
Lord; but for those years when the University was 
coming into being, he was a strong and true instrument, 
shaping its policies and planning for its future. 

Shown above are Bryan's fourth and current president. Dr. 
Theodore C Mercer, with Mrs. Judson A. Rudd. widow of Bryan's 
third president, unveiling a memorial portrait of Dr. Malcolm 
Lockhart. who served as the second president of Bryan College 

"It was through the efforts of Dr. Lockhart that the 
Charter of the University, a document affirming its firm 
stand for the 'faith of our fathers.' uas granted by the 
state of Tennessee. It was he who formulated the State- 
ment of Belief, modeled upon a statement adopted by a 
group of evangelical believers who met in a historic 
conference in Philadelphia in 1919. His endeavors and 
influence secured the group of men and women who 
became the first trustees of the University, and it v. as al 
his invitation that Dr. George E. Guille accepted the 

"When Dr. Guille died, having been president a little 
over a year. Dr. Lockhart as vice president assumed the 
responsibility as acting president and later as president 
of the University. It \\ as in this capacity that he invited 
to the staff such men as Dr. Charles Currens. Prof. A. P. 
Bjerregaard. President Judson Rudd. and others. So it 
was that, just as the founders of the University, led by 
prayer for guidance, chose Dr. Lockhart. he in turn was 
used by the Lord in the choice of those who w ere to 
carry on. As a valuable link in the chain by which God 
assures the continuity of His work. Dr. Lockhart was 
His man for those years. 

"When in 1933 he was forced to resign because of ill 
health. Dr. Lockhart left the University but not the 
respect and love of those w ho were to cam on the work 
begun under his leadership. As the University extends 
its sympathy to his family, who will miss him most, it 
also pays — both as an institution and as a group of 
individuals — a tribute of affection and respect and 
gratitude for the sincere and valuable service, for the 
years of his life which Dr. Malcolm Lockhart gave in 
this service 'as unto the Lord." 

WINTER 1978 


G Z7£e incarnation 

'God . . . revealed in the flesh'" (I Timothy 3:16) 

bv Karl E. Keefer, Jr. 

1 he era of rapid transportation 
and mass communication in which 
we live offers unprecedented oppor- 
tunities and formidable challenges 
for the spread of the Christian Gos- 
pel. Let us be grateful for these and 
let us seize every chance we get to 
proclaim the Good News. 

But while we do so, let us also 
recognize that these very forces 
sometimes weaken the Gospel's 
impact through making special 
things common, through seculariz- 
ing the sacred. Take the Christmas 
season, for instance. Just about 
everyone in the western world 
celebrates Christmas in one way or 
another. But that very fact may tend 
to rob Christmas of much of its 
meaning. The most marvelous and 
startling news that man has ever 
heard — that God has appeared in 
human flesh — is virtually obliter- 
ated in the commercialized, 
trivialized, humanized carnival that 
passes for Christmas. 

Even Christ's own "brothers and 
sisters" (Mark 3:35), those who by 
grace and through faith have been 
genuinely born again and who seek 
to do the will of God, may lose sight 
of the deeper meaning of Christmas. 
Christmas is a time of gift-giving, of 
celebrating the joys of childhood, of 
longing for peace on earth, and 
of going to church. It is all of 
these — but it should be much, 
much more. It should be a time 
of deep reflection upon the rock 
bottom significance of the birth of 
this Baby, a significance which is 
wrapped up in the theological term 
"incarnation," which means "in 
the flesh." 

Let us meditate upon this word 
"incarnation" and ask what it can 
mean to us today — not only as a 
theological term, but beyond doc- 
trine and dogma, what it says to us 
about our own lives and destinies. 
The incarnation is significant be- 
cause it tells us at least three things 
that are important to us as human 

beings: (1) because of the incarna- 
tion we know what God is like; (2) 
through the incarnation God has 
shared human experience; (3) as a 
result of the incarnation, we know 
that, in the end, our bodies will not 
be sick, infirm, or evil and that they 
will serve us well throughout eter- 

First, because of the incarnation 
we know what God is like. He is like 
Jesus Christ. Or, even more accu- 
rately. He is Jesus Christ. So when 
we get to know Jesus Christ, we get 
to know God. We need not wonder 
about God or cower in fear of some 
far-off, mysterious, unknown deity 
or speculate regarding the nature of 
the Source of all things. Jesus has 
demonstrated in understandable 
human form precisely what God is 

John expressed this succinctly 
when he said, "the Word became 
flesh, and dwelt among us, and we 
beheld His glory, glory as of the 
only begotten from the Father, full 
of grace and truth" (John 1: 14). It is 
interesting to notice that John 
speaks of Christ before He became 
flesh as "the Word." A word is a 
means of communication. Words 
are spoken in order to convey a 
message. The eternal Word took 
upon Himself human form so that 
He might convey God's message of 
redemption to mankind. 

Paul also exults in this self- 
revelation of God when he writes to 
the Colossians about God's "be- 
loved Son. in whom we have re- 
demption, the forgiveness of sins." 
He says further that "He is the 
image of the invisible God. the 
first-born of all creation," and that 
"it was the Father's good pleasure 
for all the fulness to dwell in Him" 
(Colossians 1:13-15, 19). That 
which was invisible — the very es- 
sence of the God Who is Spirit (John 
4:24) — has been made visible in 
Jesus Christ. 

Christmas should remind us that 

Dr. Keefer, a Bryan trustee, is the dean of 
the school of education at the University of 
Tennessee Martin. 

when we look at Jesus we are indeed 
looking at God. 

Second, it is through the incarna- 
tion that God has fully shared 
human experience. The infant 
Jesus, cradled at His mother's 
breast; the young adolescent, so ab- 
sorbed in His Father's business as 
He conversed with the rabbis in the 
Temple that He did not tell His par- 
ents where He was; the powerful 
preacher and healer in the prime of 
life, whose words and deeds at- 
tracted many followers and made 
many enemies; the leader of a small 
band of frightened disciples, dying 
on a Roman cross, apparently de- 
feated in His mission — all these and 
many more images from the Gospel 
records tell us that in Jesus Christ, 
God shared with us what it means to 
be human. 

It is well that we allow the Babe of 
Bethlehem to remind us that Jesus 
was fully human, as well as fully 
divine. Christians who regard the 
Bible as the Word of God have 
properly contended for the full and 
undiluted deity of Christ against 
those who have held Him to be no 
more than an unusually godly man. 
But we have as a consequence 
tended to lose the force of His 
equally genuine and thoroughgoing 

For just as Jesus was in the abso- 
lute and complete sense God, so He 
was in the absolute and complete 
sense man. He learned how to walk 
and talk. He learned how to obey 
and reverence His parents. He 
learned how to earn His living at a 
trade. He experienced the same 
feelings and emotions that we feel. 
He was encouraged and he was dis- 
appointed. His body failed Him just 
as ours do. He became tired and 
needed rest and sleep. He made 
friends in the same way that we do. 
There were those with whom He 
was especially close and others who 
were not so close. 

In fact, the Bible tells us that He 



even experienced Ihe same tempta- 
tions that we do. These were 
epitomized in Ihe desert experience 
at the beginning of His ministry, but 
they did not end there. Luke tells us 
that, at the close of that testing, the 
devil departed from Jesus "for a 
season" (Luke 4: 13). There can he 
no doubt that throughout His life on 
earth Jesus was subject to tempta- 
tion, just as we are. The one differ- 
ence between Him and us was ex- 
pressed by the writer to the He- 
brews when he said that Jesus was 
"one who has been tempted in all 
things as we are, yet without sin" 
(Hebrews 4:1?). 

But the fact that Jesus did not sin 
by yielding to temptation should not 
cause us to minimize the reality of 
the temptations. On the contrary, 
we are told that "since He Himself 
was tempted in that which He has 
suffered. He is able to come to the 
aid of those who are tempted" 
(Hebrews 2:18). Strange though it 
may seem, the Bible reminds us that 
Jesus learned through His experi- 
ences, just as we do, to submit to the 
will of the Father and that this was a 
process through which He was per- 
fected, or made complete, in His 
ability to bring about our redemp- 
tion. "Although He was a Son, He 
learned obedience from the things 
which He suffered; and having been 
made perfect. He became to all 
those who obey Him the source of 
eternal salvation" (Hebrews 5:8.9). 

Christmas should remind us that 
in Jesus Christ, God has fully ex- 
perienced what it means to be hu- 
man. Therefore, He can and will 
provide us with "grace to help in 
time of need" (Hebrews 4: 16). 

Third, the incarnation brings us 
assurance that our bodies, which 
give us so much trouble in so many 
ways, are not irredeemably weak. 
infirm, or evil. Although they cause 
us trouble now. they are going to be 
changed in ways which we can only 
dimly imagine, and they will serve 
us well throughout eternity. When 
Jesus took upon Himself "the form 
of a bond-servant" and was "made 
in the likeness of men" (Philippians 
2:7) and when He was subse- 
quently "declared with power to be 
the Son of God by the resurrection 
from the dead" (Romans 1:4), He 
raised the human body to a previ- 
ously unknown level of importance. 

The body has been a problem to 
mankind from the beginning, both in 

its physical weakness and in its 
proneness to evil. Paul faced the 
problem of chronic illness or weal 
ncss or infirmity. I le had to leai n to 
live with it. and through it he came 
to recognize the power of God. 
"He has said to me. 'My grace is 
sufficient lor you, for power is per- 
fected in weakness.' Most gladly. 
therefore, I will rather boast about 
my weaknesses, that the power of 
Christ may dwell in me" (2 Corinth- 
ians 12:9). 

At the same time. Paul longed for 
the time when his body would be 
freed from its shackles as it shared 
with the whole creation in the com- 
pletion of redemption. "Tor we 
know that ihe whole creation groans 
and suffers the pains of childbirth 
together until now. And not only 
this, but also we ourselves, having 
the first fruits of the Spirit, even we 
ourselves groan within ourselves, 
waiting eagerly for our adoption as 
sons, the redemption of our body" 
(Romans 8:22,23). 

Not only is the body subject to 
physical infirmity, but it acts as a 
powerful tool through which evil 
can gain access to human personal- 
ity. Although human flesh was not 
created evil, the serpent used it as a 
means of tempting Eve to disobedi- 
ence, and ever since that cata- 
strophic failure, the flesh has been a 
prime source of temptation. Too 
often has each one of us reenacted 
the Edenic tragedy in our own dis- 
obedience to the known will of God. 

Consequently, the Bible often 
speaks of "the flesh" as leading to 
many evils, such as those enumer- 
ated in Galations 5 : 1 9-23 — 
"immorality, impurity, sensuality, 
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, 
jealousy, outbursts of anger, dis- 
putes, dissensions, factions, envy- 
ings. drunkenness, carousings. and 
things like these" — a catalog of sins 
of attitude and action which, unless 
dealt with in some radical way, can 
lead only to eternal judgment bv a 
holy God. 

Of course, the heart of the Good 
News is that these sins have been 
dealt with in a radical way, by God. 
through Christ and His death on the 
cross. But beyond that comes the 
resurrection — not just a new life for 
the human spirit, but a new life for 
the human body. Just as Christ's 
body was literally raised from the 
dead and transformed into a new 
and different, yet similar and recoe- 

nizablc, bod) . so will it he foi (he 

body ol id'- ( lui tian 

So also is the resin if the 

dead. It is sow na perishable botl 
lised an impci it hal le bod 
n in dishonor, il is raised in 

glorj " |s sown ii 

raised in powci : it is sown a natural 
body, it is raised a spiritual hod . I' 
there is a natural body . there i^ 
a spiritual body" 'I Corinthians 

( onsequently, the Christian, al- 
though limited by the bod) and 
tempted ihioueh the hod', . doe 
regard the human bod) as irremedi- 
ably evil or as something to he de- 
spised and destroyed. On the con- 
trary, it is the place where C,, >.) 
dwells, the "temple of the H 
Spirit who is in you" ( 1 Corinthians 
6: 19), and is to he kept clean, pure. 
strong, and serviceable, both now 
during its fallen condition as well as 
later, when God has completed its 

Christmas reminds us that ' 
values our bodies and that He will 
preserve and transform them, just 
as He did the body of Jesus Christ. 
The vision of eternitv which John 
describes in the book of Revelation 
pictures the risen, glorified Jesus 
Christ in bodily form (Revelation 
1:13-161 and the redeemed as 
equally substantial. 

The message of Christmas i^ a 
powerful one. It is much more than 
family fun. international good will, 
and religious festivals, fine as these 
are. When we understand the true 
meaning of the incarnation, we 
know that we are not alone in the 
universe, for God is here with us. 

'Behold, the virgin shall be with 
child, and shall bear a Son. and they 
shall call His name Immanuel.' 
which translated means. 'God with 
us' " (Matthew 1:23). 

Through the incarnation. God has 
shown us what He is like. In Christ. 
God has shared fully with us what it 
means to be human. By Jesus' death 
and resurrection. God has guaran- 
teed to believers the redemption of 
their bodies, with all the individual 
identity which goes with bodily 

This is a glorious message. Let us 
seek from God both the w isdom and 
the will whereby we who know the 
Babe of Bethlehem as Savior and 
Lord may share that understanding 
with others, both at Christmas and 
throughout the vear. 



Out 01 the Svoty, PalaceA 

by J. H. Hunter 

here was sorrow in heaven. There also was fear. It 
all seemed so strange to the little angels that sped hither 
and yon from one end of the celestial regions to the 
other carrying messages from the Master. Even the big 
angels were troubled, and the music of the spheres as 
they rolled onward through the vast reaches of space 
seemed to have adopted a minor strain. "I just cannot 
understand it," wailed Ariel, a very little angel, to his 
friend Pax, another little angel. "Why, I actually saw a 
thing they call a cloud on the face of a big angel yester- 
day. Such a thing has never been seen in heaven before. 
Oh, Pax, something dreadful must have happened to 
have caused that. I overheard someone say that this 
was the first time such a thing had been seen here since 
the earth was created. Do you remember that day when 
the foundations were laid and we all shouted for joy?" 

"Yes," said Pax, "and that wonderful song that the 
morning stars sang together, I will never forget that. It is 
ringing in my ears still. It is strange, you know, but they 
never seem to have sung so beautifully since then." 

"That's true," said Ariel. "Dear Pax, I can still hear 
that beautiful song. And I too have noticed that for the 
last few thousand years a strange note that was not 
there at first has crept in. I have wondered so often what 
it might be." 

Pax nodded his head. "I suppose we could ask one of 
the big angels. Do you suppose they could tell us?" 

Ariel looked dubious. "I don't know. Anyway, it 
would do no harm to try. But there's a stranger thing 
than anything else. Pax." 

The other little angel pricked up his ears. "What's 

Dr. James Hogg Hunter was 
born in Scotland in 1890 and has 
lived for more than sixty years in 
Canada. He is now retired and 
lives with his wife in Orilla, On- 
tario. Dr. Hunter is the author of 
several Christian novels, includ- 
ing The Mystery of Mar Saba, Ban- 
ners of Blood, and Thine Is the Kingdom. "Out of the Ivory 
Palaces" was written in 1941 for the Evangelical Christian, a 
magazine published in Toronto for about twenty-five years, 
with Dr. Hunter succeeding Dr. R. V. Bingham of Sudan 
Interior Mission as editor. This article is reprinted with 
permission of Dr. Hunter. 

"Do you know," said Ariel solemnly, "that I saw a 
thing called a tear in Gabriel's eye the other day, and 
when I asked Michael what caused it he said it was 
caused by sorrow, and that accounted also for the cloud 
on the faces of all the big angels." 

"Sorrow," said Pax. "I never heard that word be- 
fore. Whatever can it mean, and what could have 
brought it there or been the cause of it?" Ariel shook his 
head. "I really cannot tell you, but I am sure it has 
something to do with those beings that were created on 
the earth. You know how much the Father loves them." 

"No, I don't." replied the other little angel. "None of 
us knows that. We only know that it is a wonderful love, 
but do you know I overheard one of the big angels say 
he could not understand such love as the Father had for 
them. And if they cannot understand it, how can little 
angels like you and me hope to do so?" 

"That's right. Pax. But do you know I heard the most 
terrible thing." 

"What was that? Tell me quick." 

"I heard that those beings down there had forgotten 

"Forgotten Him," said Pax, "but how could that be? 
After all that the Father has done in making that beauti- 
ful world for them and placing them there in all that 
loveliness and walking and talking with them in the cool 
of the day. I just cannot believe it. Surely you must be 

"I hope I am," said Ariel, "but I don't think so. I was 
sitting on a rainbow the other day when I heard two of 
the big angels discussing it. It seems that they can 
neither think nor talk of anything else these days. I 
heard them say that those beings had so forgotten the 
love of the Father to them that they were actually de- 
stroying one another and that they had all departed from 

Pax looked horrified, and a strange, unknown sensa- 
tion clutched his heart. "But what could possibly make 
them do that?" he cried. 

"I don't know. I heard the big angels say it was a 
thing called 'sin.' 

"Sin. Why, I never heard that word before. What- 
ever does it mean?" 

"I cannot tell," said Ariel. "But there is something 
about the very sound of it that makes me shiver." 

"It is all very mysterious to me," said Pax. "but no 
doubt you are right. And what you have told me, dear 
Ariel, may account for the strangest story I ever heard. 
Do you know that I was told by another little angel that 
he had heard that the Lord Jesus Himself was going to 
go down to the earth to save them. He said that the 



Father, the Son, ami the Holy Spirit had planned it all 
and that, unless the Lord Himself went to save them 

none would ever come here or see the glory of I lie- 
Father as we behold it every day." 

Ariel looked at his friend aghast; and, for the first 
time in the lew thousand years he hail lived, a tear 
trickled down his cheek. 

"Look," said Pax, "there is the thing you were 
speaking of in your eye. It is a tear." 

"There is one in your own eye," was the reply. "Hut 
did I hear you aright? You say the I ,ord Jesus is going to 
leave us?" 

"Yes, that is exaetly what I heard." 

"Going to leave us," cried Ariel, "going to leave the 
wonderful glory of heaven and all the beautiful ami 
lovely things here. Going to leave the purity, the holi- 
ness, the love of the Father, going to leave the ivory 
palaces and the rainbow throne and all the holy angels 
who love Him so much, going to leave all that for those 
creatures down there; oh, it cannot be true." And the 
tears rolled thick and fast down the cheeks of the little 
angel. Pax wept too, because he could not help it. "But 
what will He do down there, dear Pax?" said Ariel. 

"I do not know," replied the other. "I heard some- 
one say He was to be born." 

"Born! Born! What's that?" said Ariel. 

"I've no idea," said Pax. "It seems to be something 
that happens to the beings down there." 

The little angel's eyes grew wider and wider. "You 
don't mean to say that He is going to be like them and 
take the same body that they have?" 

Pax nodded his head sorrowfully. "Apparently that is 
what it is," he said, "but I cannot understand it at all." 

The little angels were silent for a while and then Ariel 
said, "When does this strange thing come to pass, dear 
Pax?" "I think it is what they call tonight, down there," 
his friend declared. "Any time now, I suppose." 

"Then we had better hurry back to the city," Ariel 
said. "Perhaps we can learn more about it there. We are 
only a hundred million miles away now. and we can get 
back easily in ten minutes if we hurry. Let us go." 

There was a great deal of commotion in the city when 
the two little angels returned. Messengers were hurry- 
ing to and fro, and there was a great blowing of trum- 
pets. The whole air was filled with the soft rustle of 
wings as angels gathered in from the four corners of 
heaven. Row upon row, rank upon rank, angels and 
archangels were massed before the great White Throne. 
With a terrible sinking feeling in their hearts the two 
little angels saw that the Throne was vacant and that 
their beloved Lord was gone. "He is gone. He is gone." 
wailed Pax. "I told you so." Suddenly they heard their 
names called, and Gabriel ordered them to fall in line. 
They both took their places at the end of a row. 
speculating all the time as to what was required of them. 

While they yet wondered. Gabriel held up his hand, 
and there was silence in heaven. Then in clear tones as 
sweet as the sound of many waters, he said. "You are 
gathered together to listen to the most wonderful pro- 
nouncement ever made in the eternal ages in which we 
live. Our beloved Lord, the only begotten Son of our 
Father, has left us." The voice of the great angel trem- 
bled, and a concentrated sob burst from the lips of the 
gathered host. In a moment Gabriel continued. "Our 
Lord has gone to earth to be born as a babe that He 

might take upon Him elf the fashion of a man in order lo 

take awaj the sin "i the world I ik< a murmui ol 
thundei , a slra ol from the 

assembled angels al this pronouncement. The 
continued ' >n earth tonighl al a littl 
Bethlehem His Incarnation ■•■•ill be accomplished 
the order ol the I athei you will accompany mc as wc 
bring the good news lo the weary urn Id down below I 
will make the announcement ol the clad tiding 
shepherds in the fields neai Bethlehem, simplc-hc; 
men who feai God and believe His promises. You -a ill 
sing the song I give you. I he time is here. Ixl us be 

Ariel was trembling with excitement that he am) Pa I 
should have been selected foi siilIi a journey, chosen as 
one of those to sing the song to the world. I he whole air 
seemed filled with the multitude ol the heavenly hosl 
that attended Gabriel on his way By the thousands and 
tens of thousands they swept throueh the heavens, 
down with a swift rush past the Pleiades, through the 
belt of Orion, and in the twinkling of an eye had left the 
.Milky Way far behind them. Down, down the> went 
through the still night air. leaving the stars twinkling in 
the heavens far above them. 

At a sign from Gabriel the> folded their wings and. 
poised there, they looked beneath them. They could see 
a few men clad in rough garments King there in the open 
and watching their sheep around a fire. As they gazed 
on them, suddenly Gabriel broke through the atmos- 
pheric filament and stood revealed to the men. With 
awe-struck faces the shepherds gazed on him before 
falling on their faces in terror. Then they heard Gabriel 
speak and listened breathlessly to what he ^aid: "Fear 
not, for, behold. I bring you good tidings of great joy 
which shali be to all people. For unto you is born this 
day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the 
Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the 
babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger." 

As the angel finished the words, the light of the glory 
of God fell from heaven, and the angelic throng stood 
revealed. With the rest of the heavenly host. Ariel and 
Pax lifted their voices and praised God. They could not 
comprehend the mystery of it all. but the unspeakable 
and unfathomable love of God to the world caused them 
to lift their voices in praise again and again. "Glory to 
God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to- 
wards men." They knew that this was the song to sing, 
and with all their power they sang it. It floated out upon 
the still night air. this wonderful song that the angels 
sang so long ago. It ravished the ears of the shepherds 
w ho heard it. The night breeze that blows over the fields 
of Bethlehem caught it and bore it hea\ enw ards. w here 
it reached around the throne of God and was lost among 
the stars. 

Again at a signal from Gabriel the heavenly host 
moved upwards. "What does it mean. Pax?" asked 
Ariel, as they sped again through space, heavenward. 
"I cannot tell." said the other little angel. "But it was 
wonderful, wasn't it? Think of it. going Himself to 
redeem them from sin. O Ariel, how glad they must be 
on earth to have Him there, and how eagerly they will 
accept such a Savior! I hope it will not take long to 
redeem them all. It will be so lonely in heaven without 
Him." And tears fell from the eves of the two little 

WINTER 1978 


£Merry QTristmas 

and ^Happy Ngw °Year! 

' 'Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring 
forth a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel, 
which being interpreted is, God with us." 

Matthew 1:23 

The Madonna of the Chair is one of several paintings by 
Raphael (1483-1520) on the subject of the Christ Child and 
His mother, that highly popular subject of Renaissance 
artists. By the side of the Madonna is the child John, later 
known as the Baptist. He carries a reed cross, as if to herald 
the death of the Saviour. His hands are clasped in prayer; 
and though the other two look out of the picture at us, he 

fixes his steadfast look on the Child in ardent worship. 

In a perfect round, this painting is a wood panel 2 feet 4M 
inches in diameter. It was painted between 1510 and 1514 
and is in the Pitti Palace gallery in Florence. The copy from 
which this photograph was made is owned by Dr. John B. 
Bartlett, vice president of the college. Photo by Jim Cun- 
nyngham Studio. 



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The campus calendar is included here to serve as a prayer 
reminder for the second semester and to give our readers a 
sample listing ot chapel programs and special events. Devotional 
chapels are generally held three days a week and a fourth day is 
devoted to faculty, class, and committee meetings. 

WINTER 1978 


The Value 
of a 

Liberal Arts 

by Andrew Emerson 

Andrew Emerson graduated summa cum laude from 
Bryan College in May 1978 with a bachelor of arts degree in 
history. In his senior year he was president of his class and 
a member of the student senate. He is currently studying 
law at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. He wrote this 
essay in the competition for selecting student com- 
mencement speakers. His article sets forth the philosophy 
of his Alma Mater on a liberal arts education. 

A. question which must be confronted by any 
graduate of a Christian institution of higher learning is 
this: What is the true value of a liberal arts education for 
an evangelical Christian? This inquiry is particularly 
relevant to that individual who invests four years of life 
in academic pursuits with no intention of explicitly 
using the knowledge thus attained in pursuit of a profes- 
sion such as medicine, law, or the ministry. Of what 
utility is a college education for those who will devote 
their lives to housekeeping, bricklaying, or a host of 
other occupations where university training is not a 

It may be stated by many that, apart from the training 
necessary to pursue professional careers in society, a 
liberal arts education is of little value to the Christian of 
today. He could more effectively devote four years to a 
personal study of God's Word and practical Christian 
service in everyday life. Does not the Book of Acts 

declare that the elders and scribes recognized Peter and 
John as having been with Jesus because of the confi- 
dence that these apostles manifested in spite of their 
being "uneducated and untrained men"? Does not John 
himself in his First Epistle emphasize the fact that the 
anointing from the Holy One, given to all Christians, 
will teach them all things necessary for the normal 
Christian life? Must we as Christians not finally con- 
clude that pursuing knowledge, apart from that neces- 
sary to carry forth some service in society and thus earn 
our wage, is a waste of precious time which could be 
devoted to laboring in the Master's vineyard? I, on the 
contrary, affirm that higher education can indeed serve 
a very practical and useful purpose in the successful 
proclamation of the gospel message. A brief study of the 
apostle Paul's life and writings will clearly reveal the 
role of liberal arts in the kingdom of God. 

Saul of Tarsus was a man whose early years were 



spent in receiving the finest religious training afforded 
in Israel. Yet all of the wisdom of Gamaliel could not 
lead this individual to the higher tiulli one day revealed 
to him on the road to Damascus. Paul's conversion was 
an experience which for all times impressed upon him 
the inability of natural wisdom to lead to spiritual truth. 
His philosophy is well summarized in his First Epistle 
to the Corinthians, where he states: "For .since in the 
wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not 
come to know God, God was well pleased through the 
foolishness of the message preached to save those who 
believe." His distrust of this world's wisdom is again 
manifested in his warning to the Christians at Colosse 
that they be not taken captive by persuasive arguments 
or the vain philosophies of men which would so readily 
lead them away from the simplicity of the gospel. The 
apostle declares in the same letter that Christ himself is 
the one in "whom all the treasures of wisdom and 
knowledge" are hidden. In the spiritual realm. Paul 
therefore affirmed that truth could be found only 
through divine revelation and not through the well- 
developed logic of men. "No one can say Jesus is Lord 
except by the Holy Spirit" (I Cor. 12:3). 

Although it is apparent that this servant of God 
placed no confidence in carnal reasoning to ascertain 
spiritual truth, it cannot be asserted that he made no use 
of scholastic knowledge formerly accumulated in his 
new role of being the apostle to the Gentiles. Despite his 
total reliance upon the Spirit of God in revealing to the 
hearts of men the truth of Christ crucified, Paul saw the 
necessity of adaptation in the presentation of God's 
message to various individuals. After identifying sev- 
eral categories of men he had approached and presented 
with the gospel, he summarizes his ministry in these 
terms: "I have become all things to all men, that I may 
by all means save some" (I Corinthians 9:22). Nowhere 
was this adaptability more graphically portrayed than in 
his sermon on Mars Hill. In approaching the intellectu- 
als of his own day, Paul met the Athenians at their own 
level. In leading up to his proclamation of the resurrec- 
tion and judgment, the apostle incorporated his knowl- 
edge of the classics in quoting the Stoic poets 
Epimenides and Aratus. The poets were referred to in 
establishing the divine origins of mankind. Though the 
reception of the gospel message proved to be somewhat 
limited on that occasion, Paul successfully fulfilled his 
desire of "becoming all things to all men." 

If this man. possibly the greatest of all Christians, 
found it imperative that he "become all things to all men 
to win some." how much more expedient is it that 
Christians fulfill this challenge in our world of today. 
Ours is a scholastically oriented age. in which the 
prophecy made of Daniel concerning the last days is 
being graphically fulfilled: "Many will go back and forth 
and knowledge shall increase." In this era we as believ- 

ers have a responsibility to incorporate all means in 

ordei to save some." There is in oui societ) •■ large 

Sector ol well-educated individuals not unlike the Athe- 
nian philosophers God's servant addressed on Mar 
Hill Realizing thai il is only through divine enlighten- 
ment thai any man can say. "Jesus is I .old. we should 
view a liberal aits education as the means of "becoming 

all things'' to the Stoics and Epicureans of the twentieth 

century. Is it not possible that v. e can implement a 
knowledge of the philosophies, arts, and sciences of our 
day in gaining a rapport with the educated of the world 
and yet avoid the pitfall of winning men to a faith based 
"on the wisdom of men and not on the power of God'" 
A liberal arts education must be seen as a means for 
expanding a Christian's knowledge of the world and 
thereby allowing him to "become all things to all men. " 
This approach to scholastics is not in conflict with our 
supposition that all spiritual truth comes only through 
God's revelation. We are not attempting to substitute 
the wisdom of man for the wisdom of God; rather we are 
developing keys w hich can be used in opening doors for 
the presentation of God's higher truth. We are estab- 
lishing relationships with that academically oriented 
faction of society and thereby "becoming all thin, 
all men." 

Therefore a Christian liberal arts education is not an 
attempt to substitute the wisdom of man for the wisdom 
of God. The day in which we attempt to employ the 
lucid arguments of man to reveal the truth of Christ 
crucified is the day in which there is no longer a place 
for liberal arts studies in the kingdom of God. Yet I 
submit that this not necessarily be the case. Let the 
knowledge gained in four years of university study be 
viewed as a means to a different end. that being the 
fulfillment of Paul's idea of "becoming all things to all 
men" that we may save some. Unless certain members 
of the universal Christian body continue to pursue 
higher learning, then we in Christendom have failed in 
our mission to that portion of the unsaved world which 
is well educated. Those who will object that this 
philosophy would lead to the conclusion that we must 
become drunkards to reach the drunkards or thieves to 
reach thieves, severely wrest the message. The apostle 
Paul obviously did not equate adaptability with a sinful 
conformity to the world system. 

May those who leave Bryan College use the knowl- 
edge here gained not merely for the end of pursuing a 
career in education, business, or law but also for the 
purpose of being better able to communicate with those 
Stoics and Epicureans of today's world who continue to 
spend their time in "telling or hearing something new." 
May we beware of substituting worldly wisdom for the 
truth which comes only through the work of the Holy 
Spirit, but let us not forsake the compatible goal of 
"becoming all things to all men that we may by all 
means save some." 

WINTER 1978 




4.1 v 

Friberg Monroe 


The music department welcomed 
five new members, replacing those 
who did not return this year. 

David Friberg, who succeeds Dr. 
Bob J . Neil , is assistant professor of 
music, head of the music depart- 
ment, and acting chairman of the 
fine arts division. Mr. Friberg 
earned the M.A. in organ perform- 
ance from Bob Jones University, 
where he taught organ and music 
theory since 1970. He and his wife, 
Judith, have three sons. 

Robert C. Monroe, who succeeds 
Mr. William Boyd, is assistant pro- 
fessor of music and band director. 
He earned his M.M. in applied 
music from the University of Miami 
and the Ph.D. in music education 
from Florida State University. He 
taught five years at Cedarville Col- 
lege (Ohio), and for the past year 
has been minister of music at First 
Cumberland Presbyterian Church 
in Chattanooga, part-time teacher at 
Covenant College, and trombonist 
with the Chattanooga Symphony. 

David Luther, assistant professor 
of music, holds the M.M. in church 
music from New Orleans Baptist 
Seminary and has completed resi- 
dence requirements toward the 
D.M.A. at Louisiana State Univer- 

Mrs. Sigrid Luther, who is wife of 
David Luther and succeeds Mrs. 
Mary Holt, is assistant professor of 
music. She earned the M.M. in 
piano performance at Louisiana 
State and has done work toward her 
D.M.A. The Luthers have two 
daughters, aged 3 and 6. 

Doris Doe, part-time special in- 






structor in voice, was for many 
years the leading contralto at the 
Metropolitan Opera Company in 
New York City. 

New faculty members were also 
welcomed into other academic divi- 
sions of the college. 

Kenneth Froemke '68. who suc- 
ceeds Dr. Paul Biggers, returned 
to Bryan as assistant professor of 
education and psychology. He 
earned the M.Ed, in curriculum and 
instruction at Middle Tennessee 
State University. A former teacher 
at Dayton City School, he most re- 
cently was guidance counselor at 
Rhea County High School. His 
wife, Marcia '72, is a private piano 
instructor for children of the area. 

Carlos A. Pereira joined the divi- 
sion of natural science as associate 
professor of mathematics, succeed- 
ing Dr. Richard Barnhart. He 
earned the M.Ed, in mathematics 
from Boston State College and the 
Ed.D. from Boston University. He 
and his wife. Edie, have two sons, 
aged 8 and 4. 

Galen P. Smith is assistant pro- 
fessor of Bible in the place of Gary 
Phillips, while Mr. Phillips pursues 
graduate study at Grace Seminary. 
Mr. Smith has the B.B.A. in busi- 
ness and economics from Washburn 
University in Topeka, the M.S. in 
economics from Fort Hayes State 
University, Kansas, and the M.Div. 
from Grace Seminary. He and his 
wife, Claudia, have two children, 
Davy, 11, and Shawna, 9. 

Mrs. Jane Tayloe, who replaces 
Miss Deborah Whitlow, is assistant 
professor of health and physical 
education. Mrs. Tayloe received 
the M.A. in physical education from 
Appalachian State University and 
has taught in the public schools of 
Newport News, Va. 


Fred V. Stansberry, former ad- 
vertising manager and director of 
development of Evangelical Minis- 
tries. Inc.. of Philadelphia, ac- 
cepted the position of director of 
development at Bryan, effective 
November 1. He assumed the area 
of responsibility formerly held by 
Larry Levenger. He and his wife 
have three children: Sharon, 20; 
Kenneth, 18; and Carol, 12. 




Miss Virginia Seguine '54, former 
director of library services at 
Bryan, has returned, after a two- 
year absence, to become a recruit- 
ment officer. In the interim Miss 
Seguine was associated with the 
Campbell-Reese Evangelistic As- 
sociation in Milton, Ontario, 

E. Walter Seera '68, former head 
admissions counselor, is now re- 
cruitment coordinator, with all re- 
cruitment activities now being part 
of the public relations department. 

Dr. Mayme Bedford, former dean 
of counseling services, student-aid 
officer, and part-time faculty 
member, has become a full-time 
faculty member holding appoint- 
ment as associate professor of edu- 
cation and chairman of the division 
of education and psychology. 

Mrs. Joyce Hollin, who served as 
assistant student-aid officer under 
Dr. Bedford, now heads that office. 

William Bauer '78 is the new di- 
rector of Practical Christian In- 
volvement, replacing Tom Varney 
'77, who is now enrolled in Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona 
Lake. Ind. 

Mrs. Joyce Wyman is director of 
health services. Her husband, 
Mark, is a member of the junior 





Fifteen Bryan seniors were 
selected for listing in Who's Who 
Among Students in American Univer- 
sities and Colleges. Their nomination 
by the faculty, followed by confir- 
mation by the editors of the annual 
directory, was based upon their 
academic achievement, service to 
the community, leadership in ex- 
tracurricular activities, and future 

Pictured left to right going up the 
stairs are the following: 

Anita Davis, Jacksonville, Florida 
Debbie Marvin, Columbus, Indiana 
Christa Henry, Barnesville. Georgia 
Susan Shields, Kettering, Ohio 
Mary Kirtley, Hamburg, Iowa 
Jill Heisler, Montoursville, Pennsylvania 
Kathy Wright, Monroe Center, Illinois 
John Graton, Jr., Mariposa. California 
Evan Smith, Hogansville. Georgia 
Wesley Johnson. Chattanooga, Tennessee 
David Drake. Hamilton. Ohio 
David Moniz, Smith's Parish. Bermuda 
Tony McBride. Elma, Iowa 
Mark Ammerman, Tampa. Florida 
Not pictured is Jenny Meznar, Sao Paulo, 


Triangle is the appropriate name 
of the new student newspaper, suc- 
cessor to the defunct Hilltopper. The 
name not only alludes to the beauti- 
ful wooded central area of the cam- 
pus on which the Administration 
Building fronts, but also suggests 
the Trinity and Bryan's motto, 
"Christ Above All." A regular fea- 
ture column on the editorial page is 
entitled "My Angle." Published 
every Thursday by the news- 
paper-writing workshop, the 
tabloid-size paper contains campus 
news, sports reports, announce- 
ments, and cartoons. 

Student editor is Mary Tubbs, a 
senior, with Miss Betty Ann 
Brynoff serving as faculty adviser. 
Other staff members are the follow- 

Associate editors — Jill Heisler and Tony 

News editor — Ann Detrick 
Feature editor — John Kaiser 
Sports editor — John Farris 

Photography David llin. 

Business managers < in M < ready 
and Kick Vannoy 

Layout Coordinatoi I ,inda Patterson 

Reporters — Nancy Addleton, land 
Ardclean, David Barbour, < indy Drinkard, 
Key Harrington, Bruce Harrison, Pam 
Henry, Chris Hinc, Karen Jenkins Bel 
Reese, and Peggy Woodward 

Associate staff — Bcih Shrccvcs and 
Rose Slate 


"Dinosaurs and Men" was the in- 
triguing theme selected by Dr. John 
WhitCOmb o\' Winona Lake, Ind.. 
for the annual Staley Distinguished 
Christian Scholar Lecture series 
held at Bryan, October 9-11. Dr. 
Whitcomb is professor of theology 
and Old Testament at Grace 
Theological Seminary. 

In the regular morning chapel 
services. Dr. Whitcomb discussed 
"Dinosaurs and the Book of Job." 
"Dinosaurs and the Book of 
Genesis," and "Dinosaurs and 
Modern Discovery." In two eve- 
ning sessions. Dr. Whitcomb's top- 
ics were "Is there life on Other 
Planets?" and "What Is Man.'" 

Writer of more than half a dozen 
books and co-author of two others. 
Dr. Whitcomb was Staley lecturer 
at Bryan in 1972. when he spoke on 
"Modern Science and the Bible." 


After two years of decline, the fall 
enrollment this year edged up 2.595 
over a year ago with a registration of 
557, of which 520 are full time. This 
enrollment represents 38 states and 
19 foreign countries. For the first 
time, Florida took over from Ten- 
nessee the number one spot in full- 
time students. 83 against 72. How- 
ever, since most part-time students 
are Tennesseans. Tennessee still 
retains the number one rank in total 
registration. Other states with en- 
rollment of ten or more are the fol- 
lowing: Georgia (45): North 
Carolina (29): Virginia (28): Michi- 
gan (26): Ohio and Pennsylvania (20 
each): Illinois (19): Indiana and 
New Jersey (16 each). Among the 
other 23 states represented, the dis- 
tant states of Alaska and California 
have two and four students respec- 

Trie 38 students from 19 foreign 
countries include 14 international 
students from six countries (Canada 
with six) and 24 USA citizens from 
13 additional lands. Many of these 
Americans are children of mis- 
sionaries who have lived principally 
outside the USA. Brazil, in this 
category', has 5 students. The stu- 
dent body enrollment also includes 
41 second-aeneration students. 

b) LaaiiC Anderson. sc<rclar\ 

Positiveness! Thai is the phi- 
lo ophy of the 1978 79 i tudenl 
senate I hi yeai 
make a poi ilive irnpau on the B 

tudi ni body and on campus life. 

Besides the traditional dunes of 
the senate in assisting with the new 
Students' reception, planning 
freshman initiation and home, 
ing, and holding regular senate 
meetings, the senate members arc 
organizing cell groups f<>i volui 
participation. I hese small groups of 
students will band together for true 
Christian fellowship around the 
Word for the edifying of brothers 
and sisters in Christ. 'I he senate 
also is initiating the display of niccl;. 
styled inspirational posters around 
the school. Last ;. ear's successful 
blood drive will be repeated under 
the senate's direction. Another nev. 
idea for this year is the senate plan 
to conduct at least two communion 
services, hopefully to bring a closer 
bond of unity. The first service is 
scheduled during one of the dav-of- 
prayer assemblies. The senate is 
also inviting a group called 
Bridge to help in a community -cam- 
pus evangelistic effort. 

All these activities have been 
planned to undergird the main 
philosophy of making a positive im- 
pact, yvhich is being accomplished 
through the function of three new 
committees — change, service, and 
leadership. Each of these commit- 
tees is headed by a senate officer. 
and members of the senate have 
been put on one of the three com- 
mittees, according to individual in- 
terest and ability. The chance com- 
mittee is working on different types 
of changes to strengthen the posi- 
tive outlook in the student's life. 
The service committee is endeavor- 
ing to assist the campus and the 
community in different sen ice proj- 
ects, some of which will combine 
the efforts of both groups. The lead- 
ership committee will seek to de- 
velop positive leadership among in- 
dividuals of the student body. 

The meetings of these three 
committees, combined with the 
coming together of the senate even 
other week, provide the working 
center for forming positive indi- 
vidual attitudes and for making a 
positive impact on others. This 
positive spirit is the main goal of the 
senate this year and will be ac- 
complished for the ultimate glory of 
the Lord through prayer and much 
hard work. 

WINTER 1978 



R. Don Efird of Kannapolis, N. 
C president of Gideons Interna- 
tional and a Bryan College trustee, 
presented President Jimmy Carter 
with a gold leather Bible com- 
memorating the distribution of two 
hundred million Bibles in 1 17 coun- 
tries of the world. In making the 
presentation to President Carter in 
the oval office, Mr. Efird read to 
him II Chronicles 7:14. 

Inasmuch as Senate Minority 
Leader Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R.- 
Tenn.), had arranged for the presen- 
tation in the White House, Mr. Efird 
presented a special dignitary's Bible 
to Mr. Baker and also to James Sas- 
ser, the junior senator from Tennes- 

Because Mr. Efird had heard that 
Mr. Carter liked to read the Bible in 
Spanish to improve his use of that 
language, he also gave the President 
a New Testament in Spanish. 

Mr. Efird has been a member of 
the Bryan trustee board since 1969. 
This year the fourth Efird son, Don, 
is enrolled at Bryan, following three 
brothers, of whom two are 
graduates here. 


The Bryan soccer team com- 
pleted its third best regular season 
in the sport's 15-year history at 
Bryan by posting a 9-3-1 record. 
The Lions were highly rated in the 
N.C.C.A.A. during its weekly 
statistical releases and, for the first 
time, received a ranking in tenth 
place in an early October release 
from the National Association of In- 
tercollegiate Athletics. 

At press time the soccer Lions 
had advanced to a regional playoff 
with Tabor College, Hillsboro, 
Kansas, by winning in the district 
over Toccoa Falls, of Georgia, 4-0, 
and Central Wesleyan, of South 
Carolina, 2-1. 

If Coach John Reeser's Lions win 
the regional title at Hillsboro, then 
they will compete for their fourth 
N.C.C.A.A. championship at Har- 
risonburg, Virginia, to enhance 
their record of three successive 
championships in 1975-77. 



APRIL 19-21 

For high-school juniors and 

seniors and college 

transfers to attend college 

for a day. 


January 10-12, 1979 




Calvary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. 

together with 


Lay evangelist, Englewood, Colo. 

with special music by 


Christian concert artist 

Kim's Ministries, West Memphis, Ark. 




An alumni couple. Tom 63 and Arlene (Von Busch) x'65 
Beal are shown with their children, Jennifer, Jetlrey. and 
Todd Toms career as an industrial chemist has provided 
opportunities for the family to live in Tennessee. Delaware. 
Michigan, and West Germany prior to their present move in 
1975 to South Carolina. Currently Tom is plant manager of 
the Whitestone Chemical Company, a subsidiary of the 
Wyandotte Corporation. 



5 5 

When Tom and Arlene Beal, of Spartanburg, S. C. make a gift 
to Bryan, they say, "Make mine double!" They are able to double 
their gift because the company where Tom is employed, the BASF 
Wyandotte Corporation, matches the gifts of its employees to 
colleges and schools. In one year nearly 700 companies contrib- 
uted $15 million to 1,200 colleges and schools through their 
matching-gift programs. In fact, in the last fiscal year Bryan re- 
ceived from 30 people more than $7,500 in such gifts, which were 
matched by 26 participating companies. 

Perhaps you, too, without any extra cost to yourself, can double 
the size of your gift to Bryan. If you work for one of those com- 
panies, just tell the appropriate person at your firm (usually in the 
personnel or community relations office) that you would like to 
have your gift matched and need an appropriate form to send » ith 
your gift. When your gift is acknowledged, the matching gift form 
certifying the amount of your gift and applying for the matching gift 
will be returned to your company office. 

For further information and a list of firms which have matching 
gift programs, write or call: 

Public Relations Office 
Bryan College 
Dayton. TN 37321 
Ph. (615)775-2041 

WINTER 1978 


A New f t ars ffntg^r 


Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879 

nother year is dawning, 
Dear Father, let it be, 
In working or in waiting, 
Another year with Thee; 

Another year of progress, 
Another year of praise, 
Another year of proving 
Thy presence all the days. 

Another year of mercies, 
Of faithfulness and grace, 
Another year of gladness, 
In the shining of Thy face; 

Another year of leaning 
Upon Thy loving breast, 
Another year of trusting, 
Of quiet, happy rest. 

Another year of service, 
Of witness for Thy love, 
Another year of training 
For holier work above; 

Another year is dawning! 
Dear Father, let it be, 
On earth, or else in heaven, 
Another year for thee. 

"So teach us to number our days, that we may know how to live." 

Psalm 90:12 

Author of several of the choicest hymns in the English language, 
Frances Ridley Havergal was one of the best known and most beloved 
Christians of the nineteenth century. Though in chronic poor health and 
living in an era of limited educational and professional opportunity for 
women, Miss Havergal became a noted linguist, author, musician, and 
soul winner. 

The deep spiritual quality of her personal life characterized all her 
work. The key to this deep spirituality is well expressed by the hym- 
nologist John Julian when he said, "Her poems are permeated with the 
fragrance of her passionate love for Jesus." This love for Christ is 
conveyed clearly in her beautiful New Year's prayer written for 1874. 


SPRING 1979 










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The Bryan madrigals, directed 
by David Friberg, are shown as 
they appeared for the Christmas 
concert in Rudd Memorial 
Chapel. Photo by Jim Cunnyng- 
ham Studio. 


Page 6, Hartley Kinsey, junior 
Page 12 (top), Dayton Herald 
Page 12 (bottom), David Hines, 

Back Cover, Donna Eberhart of 

Spring Hill Enterprises 

Volume 4 


Number 3 


introduction to the basic principles of aesthetic appreciation and 
the application of these principles in Bryan's fine arts courses. By 
Dr. Ruth Kantzer. 

FINE ARTS AT BRYAN: A description of activities shared this 
year by students and faculty members in the fine arts division. 

a new book by Bryan's Bible professor Dr. Irving Jensen. 

tion of the dynamics of the Communist philosophy which 
challenges Christians to demonstrate an equal dedication to Christ. 
By Dr. Karlis Leyasmeyer. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: A news summary covering faculty, student 
Christian service activities, a new scholarship, and chapel speak- 
ers for first semester. 

IF YOU DON'T. . .THE STATE WILL!: An offer of assistance in 
estate planning by Bryan's director of development. By Fred 




One of the objectives in selecting 
copy for the successive issues of 
this magazine is to provide articles 
regularly which explain the educa- 
tional philosophy of the college and 
look beneath the surface of the in- 
structional program. In the previous 
issue, a graduate of last year gave his views on the value of his liberal arts 
education. In this issue, a division chairman presents basic principles of the 
aesthetic experience and then turns to the instructional program of the fine 
arts division, with special attention to the basic general education course in 
fine arts. The ideas presented are mind-stretching, but, after all, that is the 
purpose of an education. 

Theodore C. Mercer 



l$e (^Aesthetic Experience 

Dr. Ruth Kantzer, chairman of the di- 
vision of literature and modern lan- 
guages, has been at Bryan since 1973 
She is full professor with more than 
twenty years of college teaching expe- 
rience. She received the bachelor's 
degree from Ashland College, the mas- 
ter of arts from the University of Wis- 
consin, and the doctorate from the 
University of Iowa. In addition to her 
duties in the English department, she 
teaches the basic course in fine arts 
required of all students. 

Response to Art 

By Kuth Kantzer, Ph.D. 

A few days ago I was -sitting by 
the window of a 727 as it took off 
from O'Hare and rose over 
Chicago. As we gained altitude I 
kept my eyes glued to the objects on 
the ground — the edge of the run- 
way, other aircraft. Route 294, rail- 
road terminals, trucks and cars, 
buildings, streets and houses — until 
the distance between widened and 
from their separate colors, shapes, 
and lines, a pattern emerged. The 
heavy covering of snow simplified 
the design so that residential blocks 
of streets and roads formed a varied 
grid between the white surfaces. 
Highways and rivers angled across 
the framework; and here and there, 
where the freeways intersected, 
perfect four-leaf clovers were 
carved in the snow. 

The hectic world that a few min- 
utes ago had been thrashing around 

Editor's Note: 

Against the background of her own aesthetic experience in viewing the 
Chicago landscape from an airplane. Dr. Kantzer. in her first article, explains 
four kinds of creative expression which should enable an individual to recog- 
nize his own aesthetic experiences and to distinguish between sensory grati- 
fication and aesthetic satisfaction. Using the term art in its basic sense of that 
which affects the sense of beauty. Dr. Kantzer states that the basic require- 
ment for understanding art is one's own responsiveness. She then proceeds to 
show in her second article that the courses in fine arts have an objective of 
opening up this channel of response, which itself is apart of that gift of creative 
expression which comes from God. A point to be emphasized is that art is for 
everyone in everyday experiences. It isn't limited to the classroom or any 
formal educational setting. 

me now moved quietly in confident 
order. 1 prayed for the safety of my 
sister-in-law. as she was still thread- 
ing her way out of the tangle from 
O'Hare. for 1 couldn't fulh appre- 
ciate the apparent harmony of the 
scene from the air. Yet there to my 
view was evidence of an orderly 
world. The firm lines of order may 
have been partly my own expres- 
sion, my own way of putting to- 
gether what I saw from that 
perspective: but I know, too. that 
architects had engineered the 
cloverleaf highways and the city 
blocks with their buildings. The 
clover patterns were beautiful ex- 
pressions. God had providentially 
simplified the whole, emphasizing 
its unity by means of the ubiquitous 
snow — an uncomfortable ambigu- 

The whole was God's expression. 
Simple, yet I could not read it. But I 
truly responded to it — and with 
pleasure — despite my anxiety about 
the safety and comfort of loved 
ones. Unconsciously I began to 
think about Psalm 19 and how the 
heavens declare the glory of God 
and the firmament shows his 
handiwork, day to day speaking and 
night to night showing knowledge 
with no speech, no language, no 
voice. Yet. silently their lineament 
goes out through all the earth, their 
images to the ends of the world. 

My experience on the airliner, in- 
cluding my contemplation of the 
Bible verses, brings into relief cer- 
tain aspects of the aesthetic exper- 
ience. These aspects can be dis- 
tinguished and classified as four 
kinds of creative expression: ( 1 1 
that which is God's expression, any 

SPRING 1979 


creative act of God, such as the cre- 
ation of the firmament; (2) that 
which is human expression, any com- 
position by a human being, such as 
the construction of a bridge or the 
composition of a symphony; (3) 
that which is the expression itself, 
such as the expression of God's 
glory declared by the heavens or the 
expression of vitality in a human 
construction; and (4) that which is 
a percipient' s expression, any respon- 
sive act, whether of private insight, 
like my pleasure in looking at the 
composition I saw from the air, or 
some public performance, such as 
an opera. 

Although all four of these are 
kinds of creative expressions, they 
are not necessarily communica- 
tions; that is, they need not be dis- 
cursive. They are expressive like a 
smile or a frown. Here we have a 
basic principle of the aesthetic 
experience — namely, that the ex- 
pression of a work does not consist 
of a moral or message translatable 
into words. The expression 
(number 3 above) is the work itself 
and not some meaning we place 
upon it. If we wish to place a mean- 
ing on a work, we should do so with 
full awareness that we are acting 
like one of the blind men of Industan 
who, falling upon the side of the 
elephant, declared it was a wall. As 
a teacher I dare not in that way 
blindly arbitrate meaning to a com- 
position. A certain controversial 
critic has suggested that "a really 

accurate, sharp, loving description 
of the appearance of a work of art' ' 
is of value. This is true especially for 
the person who hasn't yet learned to 
see for himself. Certainly the best 
aesthetic experiences, though, 
come to us directly: when we take 
part in a dramatic performance, lis- 
ten to a symphony, or look at a mas- 
terpiece. Our responses, meager 
though they often are, are creative 
expressions of the fourth kind (a 
percipient's expression); and the 
sculpture is a creative expression of 
the second (human expression). 
The symphony or the play is a spe- 
cial synthesis of the second and 
fourth kinds of creative expression. 
My view from the 727 was an aes- 
thetic experience encompassing all 
four kinds of creative expression. 

The fact that we can recognize 
such an experience as aesthetic 
makes it possible to distinguish be- 
tween two kinds of pleasure. The 
distinction may be narrow, but it is 
recognized by everyone; and we 
need to be aware of the difference, 
that is, between sensory gratifica- 
tion and aesthetic satisfaction. The 
senses may be gratified (or pleas- 
antly stimulated) by a realistic pic- 
ture of a piece of apple pie with a 
scoop of ice cream over it. This kind 
of gratification is offered to us by 
the ice-cream advertiser or the ed- 
itor of a pornographic magazine. 
The empery of this attitude in our 
society is deplored by Wallace 
Stevens when he said, "The only 
emperor is the emperor of ice 
cream." The important thing to re- 
member is that, though both the ad- 
vertiser and the editor of these 
commodities use art, neither of them 
uses it to engage the percipient in 
aesthetic satisfaction in the art itself 
but in sensory gratification of that 
which the art represents. In these 
examples the "art" is something 
other than art. In the aesthetic re- 
sponse a different kind — or perhaps 
a different level — of pleasure is en- 

gaged. Although more precise dis- 
tinctions may be drawn, I think the 
main difference is in the long-range 
satisfaction given by the aesthetic in 
contrast with the flattering gratifica- 
tion of the mere sensory expe- 

"The entire qualification one 
must have for understanding art is 
responsiveness," writes Susanne 
Langer. Everyone responds to art. 
Out of His abundance, God has 
given us the gift of creative expres- 
sion. I think it is the one gift that 
best recalls the fact that God 
created man in His own image. 
Perhaps this is the reason Satan 
tries to eliminate our satisfaction 
and enjoyment by confusing us 
about our response to art. On the 
one hand Satan will confuse our 
genuine admiration for God's crea- 
tion of the human body with diver- 
sions or with doubts about our 
motivation; or he will slyly, by prac- 
tical concerns of usefulness or ap- 
parent moral messages, confound 
our understanding of the nature of 
the creative gift. Not all of us have 
the gift of putting together artfully, 
and few of us can compose great 
works of art; but we can all respond 
to art. Let us pray that God will 
keep the channels unclogged espe- 
cially to this fourth kind of aesthetic 
experience, our response to art. 





H/ach year about one-fourth of 
the student body enrolls in Fine 
Arts 311, an introductory survey of 
painting, sculpture, architecture, 
music, and some of the related arts. 
The course is required for gradua- 
tion and is consequently responsi- 
ble, along with Freshman Fnglish 
and History of Western Civiliza- 
tion, for some of the groans that 
issue from registration lines at the 
beginning of each term. As a college 
that champions the great Com- 
moner, Bryan advocates art for 
everyone. A non-elitist attitude in- 
sures a fresh atmosphere. 

One of the purposes of the intro- 
ductory course is to acquaint stu- 
dents with a wide enough scope and 
variety of artistic expression to 
open a channel of response for each 
person. The emphasis is on enjoy- 
ment of the aesthetic experience. 
This doesn't mean that art is re- 
duced to its lowest terms to "make 
it comprehensible." Students are 
given the opportunity to listen with 
attentive ears to at least nine entire 
musical compositions and to learn 
with observant eyes about three 
hundred art works ranging from 
frescoes to architectural structures. 
In addition to learning the formal 
elements of the works and the cul- 
tural contexts in which they Fit. stu- 
dents get direct exposure to fine arts 
by attendance required at three cul- 
tural programs or exhibits during 
the semester. Ample opportunity 
for these experiences is provided 
through the Rhea County Concert 
Series held in Rudd Chapel, the 
Chattanooga Symphony, the Chat- 
tanooga Opera Association, and the 
Hunter Museum. Students are en- 
couraged to write reports that are 

genuine personal responses with 
reasonable support for their claims 
rather than "critical reviews." 
Often students report that, although 
they had dreaded going to the opera 
and had begrudged the time and 
money they were required to spend, 
as they watched and listened they 
discovered they really enjoyed the 
experience. Occasionally students 
who have not previously enjoyed 
the arts undergo spectacular 
changes; but usually the channels to 
increased enjoyment open quietly, 
and students appreciate even more 
the Great Designer of grace. 

Not all students look upon the 
fine arts as a boring hurdle in their 
paths towards graduation. Some 
students already have an interest in 
this area when they come to Bryan 

Fine Arts — 6 hrs 

and are eager to excel in their pref- 
erences. For its size Bryan pro- 
vides a wide choice of courses in 
both art and music for those w hose 
channels are open to the enjoyment 
of the fine arts; and for those who 
wish, there are provisions for enter- 
ing the discipline as a career. 

The chart above illustrates the 
number of hours offered in each de- 
partment of the Division of Fine 
Arts. The shaded area shows the 
relative amount of course work 
within the divisional offerings re- 
quired of every Bryan graduate. 

Nine faculty members teach the 
courses in this division. The library 
maintains an extensive record and 
print collection, and several carrels 
are available to students for indi- 
vidual listening. 

A total of 1 20 students are partic- 
ipating in Bryan's music program. 
Public performance is required of 
music students at least once each 
semester, and an individual recital 
culminates the music major's four- 

i program B< au e the) ire in 

at least one of the ensembles. ■ 
music students perform several 
times each semester. 

I iftj students are enrolled this 

year in the Art Department. Stu- 
dents must complete a specified 
number of original works for each 
course in which they are enrolled. 
The emphasis is on finding one's 
own media for ;. and learn- 
ing the discipline of regular expres- 
sion with steady refinement. At the 
Bryan College student art show held 
annually in April, students exhibit 
their best work for intramural com- 

From time to time, students have 
participated in a study tour directed 
by Dr. Bartlett. Composed of busi- 
ness and professional people as well 
as students interested in the culture 
of other countries, the group usually 
visits the major European mu- 
seums, cathedrals, and other ar- 
chitectural works, attends cultural 
events, and listens to lectures by 
authorities in their special fields. By 
advance arrangement students ma> 
receive at least three hours of credit 
in the fine arts. 

Whether a student comes to 
Bryan with a negative response to 
art or whether he is eager to find 
more opportunities for his choice in- 
terests, life on the Bryan campus 
keeps the channels of creative ex- 
pression open by providing more 
guided experiences than any one 
student has time to take in. This 
year, for instance, a series of free 
film programs shown on Thursday 
evenings gives anyone who is in- 
terested the chance to find out more 
about the fine arts. The films in- 
clude demonstrations of a typical 
rehearsal of a symphony orchestra, 
the process of making an original 
lithograph, and several film- 
lectures on African and Chinese art 
and music. 

Aesthetic experiences are vital to 
Bryan life. They encompass all four 
kinds of creative expression defined 
in "Response to Art." Here on the 
hilltop we are continually searching 
for better ways to keep the channels 

SPRING 1979 


The Fine Arts at Bryan 

Illustrating the involvement of 
the Division of Fine Arts in making 
its contribution to the enrichment of 
college and community life are the 
numerous programs in which stu- 
dents and faculty members partic- 
ipated, as well as concerts provided 
by guest artists. Programs pre- 
sented at the Christmas season and 
others planned for the spring season 
are mentioned here to indicate the 
nature and variety of musical and 
dramatic expression. 


Christmas music on campus was 
highlighted by two concerts, one by 
the Chattanooga Symphony Or- 
chestra and the other by the college 
fine arts division. 


The Chattanooga Symphony, in 
its eighth visit to Bryan, played 
selections by Humperdinck, Res- 
pighi, and Saint-Saens. A feature of 
the program was the organ accom- 
paniment by Bene Hammel, the 
Chattanooga concert artist, who 
taught part-time at Bryan last year. 
Mr. Hammel also played a section 
of Christmas carols prior to the 
main concert. 


The fine arts division concert 
was coordinated by the chairman, 
David Friberg, who directed the 
choir and madrigal singers. Dr. 
Robert Monroe, assistant professor 
of music, directed the band and the 
brass ensemble. The concert was 
concluded with audience participa- 
tion in the singing of familiar carols. 


The Chattanooga Opera Associa- 
tion brought Mozart's tuneful comic 
opera Cosi Fan Tutte to Rudd Chapel 
auditorium in February as part of 
COA's annual caravan tour, which 
takes one production a year to out- 
lying towns. This year the caravan 
had seven on-the-road productions. 
The opera title means "Thus do all 
women," and the moral at the end is 
"Happy the man who can take life 
as it is." The plot focuses on two 
young army officers who return 
home in disguise to test the fidelity 
of their fiancees. It was delightful 
music and entertainment. 


Recent film showings include Pil- 
grim's Progress, sponsored by the 
English department in January, and 
Dr. Francis Schaeffer's How Shall 
We Then Live?, planned for showing 
on March 20-22. Dr. Schaeffer's 
film, a ten-part series which is 
owned by the college, is shown pe- 
riodically as part of the continuing 
process of the integration of faith 
and learning. 


The drama department has in- 
cluded two one-act plays for its 
February production, / Never Saw 
Another Butterfly and Massacre at 
Masada . 


The talents of Bryan music fac- 
ulty were in demand off campus as 
well as on campus during the 
Christmas season. 


Mr. Friberg was guest organist 
for two Chattanooga churches, at 
Central Baptist for the Messiah and 
at First Cumberland Presbyterian 
for the annual Christmas candlelight 
service. For these two events David 
Luther, assistant professor of mu- 
sic, also appeared as bass soloist; 

and for the Christmas eve candle- 
light service, Mrs. Sigrid Luther, as- 
sistant professor of music , served as 

In January Mr. Friberg was guest 
organist at Covenant College, 
Lookout Mountain, Tenn., for the 
dedication of their new chapel. Dr. 
Robert Monroe, Bryan faculty 
member who also teaches part-time 
at Covenant, directed the brass 
choir for that event. 

At the request of WTCI-TV 
Channel 45, Chattanooga educa- 
tional television station, the Bryan 
choir and madrigals, directed by 
Mr. Friberg, along with Dr. Mercer 
as narrator, video taped a Christmas 
program of music, poetry, and 
Scripture. This program was re- 
leased twice as a separate 30-minute 
broadcast, and a segment of it was 
combined with programs from other 
area colleges for airing on Christ- 
mas Day. 


The music department is 
cooperating with three Dayton 
church choirs to present the cantata 
Olivet to Calvary at a Good Friday 
community service to be held in a 
local church under the sponsorship 
of the Dayton Ministerial Associa- 







1. AN- 

to David 

David to 

to Christ 



IThe book of the generation of lesus 
Christ, the son of David, the son of 


2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac be- ABRAHAM 
gat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his 
brethren; 3 and Judah begat I'hare/ and 
Zcrah of Tamar; and Phare/ begat He- 
ron; and llc/ron begat Ram; 4 and Ram 
begat Ammin'adab; and Ammin'adab be- 
gat Nahshon; and Nahshon begat Sal- 
mon; 5 and Salmon begat Boaz of Ra- 
chab; and Boa/ begat Obed of Ruth ; and 
Obed begat Jesse; 6 and Jesse begat 
David the king.# 

And David the king begal Solomon of 
her thai had been the wife of I 'ri'ah ; 7 and 
Solomon begat Rchobo'am ; and Reho- 
bo'am begat Abi'jah; and Abi'jah begat 
Asa; 8 and Asa begat Jehosh'aphat ; and 
Jehosh'aphai begat Jeho'ram; and Jeho'- 
ram begat Uzzi'ah; 9 and Uzzi'ah begat 
Jotham; and Jotham begat Ahaz; and 
Aha/ begat He/eki'ah; 10 and He/eki'ah 
begat Manas'seh; and Manas'seh begat 
Amon; and Anion begat Josi'ah; 11 and 
Josi'ah begat Jeconi'ah and his brethren, 
about the time they were carried away to 
Babylon. • 

12 And after they were brought to 
Babylon. Jeconi'ah begat She-al'ti-el; and 
She-al'ti-el begat Zeruh'babel ; 13 and /.e- 
rub'babel begat Abi'ud ; and Abi'ud begat 
Eli'akim; and Eli'akim begat A/or; 
14 and Azor begat Zadok ; and Zadok 
bei;at Achim ; and Achim begat Eli'ud ; 
- • -. ep *= ■ , ■ 

Dr. Irving Jensen's latest book. The 
Layman's Bible Study Notebook, an induc- 
tive study of the New Testament, as 
shown above, was published in 1978 by 
Harvest House Publishers of Irvine, 
Calif. The format, which displays the 
King James Version on the right-hand 
page with questions or outline to guide in 
study, has the Living Bible comparable 
passage on the facing left-hand page with 
suggestions for analyzing and applying 
the truths which are observed. 

/ ; ;/ 1 low 

Why would this be of sp< 

Deportation to Babylon (w.1 
judgment for Israel's sm .'. 
even emphasize this era 9 

1:18-21 What part did each play m Jes. 

Holy Spirit 


How was Joseph related to David 7 

By whom had Jesus been conceived 9 

1:22 What name was to be given the v i 
child 9 



,iv > -- • - - • »'■ 
a son, and thou shalt call his name Jtsis:' 
for he shall save his people from their 
sins.* 22 Now all this was done, that it | sa 714 
might be fulfilled which was spoken of the 
Lord by the prophet, saying. 

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, 
and shall bring forth a son. 
and they shall call his name lm- 
which being interpreted is. God with us. • 
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep 
did as the angel of the Lord had bidden 
him, and took unto him his wife: 2S and 
knew her not till she had brought forth 
her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS 

Professor of Bible at Bryan since 1954. 
Dr. Jensen is the author of 50 Bible study 
books, including Bible Self-Study Guides 
and Jensen's Survey of the Old Testament 
(Moody Press. 1978). 

All of Dr. Jensen's books are available 
at Christian bookstores or at Bryan 
Bookstore. Bryan College. Dayton. TN 

SPRING 1979 



of the 

by Dr. Karlis Leyasmeyer 


i^ommunism through its dynamics already is con- 
quering the world. Thirty years ago the Communists 
controlled one-third of the world's population. During 
these past thirty years, they have gained the second 
third; and if the present pace continues, in twenty years 
they will have the whole world's population under their 
control, which means you too! 

Karl Marx, the founder of world Communism, who 
with Engels published the Communist Manifesto in 1848, 
dared to start the document with this statement: "The 
specter of Communism is already over Europe." The 
dynamics of Karl Marx was materialistic dynamics, 
built on economic factors. Claiming that he was just an 
economic scientist who was analyzing the facts as they 
were, he declared that economic factors were the main 
producers of historical developments. Briefly, his anal- 
ysis was that as capitalism developed, more and more of 
the good things of life would be concentrated in the 
hands of fewer and fewer rich. As a result of this pro- 

Dr. Karlis Leyasmeyer is unusu- 
ally well qualified to write on the 
dynamics of Communism and the 
threat that Communism poses to 
; the Free World because he was 
' once a Communist himself and has 
: experienced life both under 
Communism and Nazism and in the 
Free World. Born in 1906 in Latvia 
on the Baltic Sea, he studied in Riga 
in the English Institute and was graduated from the University 
of Latvia, where he earned three degrees in humanities and 
social science. Later he took postgraduate studies in England, 
in his native Riga, and after World War II in Germany. He has 
been a teacher, editor, author, and lecturer. 

Dr. Leyasmeyer also knows by personal experience Com- 
munist and Nazi persecution. After he became disillusioned 
with Communism, he was arrested by the Communists, tor- 
tured, sentenced to die, and made to face their firing squad, 
from which he miraculously escaped death. Under the Nazis 
he was in forced labor. Liberated by the Americans, in 1949 he 
came with his family to America. 

Since 1954 he and his family have been citizens of the 
United States. After living in Philadelphia for many years. Dr. 
and Mrs. Leyasmeyer now make their home in Boone, North 

Dr. Leyasmeyer's article is taken from a lecture in a series 
which he delivered at Bryan in November. 

cess, the rest of the people would sink down into the 
masses of the poor proletariat. But Karl Marx said that 
this was not a tragedy, that this belonged to the progres- 
sive developments in history because with it capitalism 
would have produced its own grave-digger army. The 
Communists then would play a most important progres- 
sive role in history, because they would become the 
vanguard of these exploited, half-starving masses, rev- 
olutionizing them and leading them to the great day of 
revolution, when they would take over from the few 
rich everything to make all property the property of the 
working people. Thus everybody would own every- 
thing together in a great brotherhood and would work 
for the good of all and in turn would benefit from what 
all had produced. A new economic brotherhood would 
be established; and as a result also a new political social 
structure would be developed, and new ideas would 
prevail to control men's minds. A new society would 
come about inevitably in the course of history, and 
nothing could forestall it. 

However, a radical change took place because the 
modern labor leaders were thinking things through, ob- 
serving that the modern capitalism was rapidly develop- 
ing. It was like raising a rapidly growing cake. So why 
destroy it? Why not benefit from it? Thus more and 
more of these modern labor leaders fell away from the 
Communist plan of going into a revolutionary struggle. 
Instead they started strikes, began to induce the indus- 
trialists to share the good things and the profit they 
produced. Thus, instead of the workers sinking down 
lower and lower into the masses of the poor, exploited, 
hopeless proletariat, they began to rise up; and a simply 
amazing thing took place. 

For instance, in industrialized countries, especially 
in America, the average worker gets 89 percent of the 
profit; and even though there is only 1 1 percent left for 
the capitalist, he still has plenty. Everybody has plenty 
because the productive cake has been growing on a 
massive scale. In all the industrialized countries, the 
workers have become at least middle class, or even 
upper class, and the staunchest supporters of the free 
enterprise system are mainly the workers today. 

With this unpredicted development. Communism 
lost its following. Even when Karl Marx died in 1 883 , he 
died in hopelessness because he had discovered that his 
predictions went wrong. The course of history had 
taken a sharp turn, and what he had expected to happen 
just wasn't happening. Communism had come to a dead 




end. It had failed. The course of history had turned 
against it, and there was practically no hope for Com- 
munism anymore. There was just a little handful of 
radicals — or, as they were often called, the mad men. 

These men rallied, however, to follow the leadership 
of one individual. I knew this man, who, I am sorry to 
say, misled me and pulled me into the revolutionary 
struggle. He certainly was a brilliant man. He had not 
been exploited; no, he came from the Russian nobility. 
He was a young Russian lawyer, who had become a 
totally dedicated Communist. He used his powerful 
intellect in studying political history to find out what 
kind of dynamics the Communists should develop in 
order that they could still win in spite of the fact that the 
course of history had turned against Communism and 
against the predictions of Karl Marx. This brilliant 
young Russian lawyer has become known the world 
over by his assumed name. Nicolai Lenin. His writings 
today are being read by more people than are reading 
the Bible. He became the supreme authority for Com- 
munism on the basis of the new principles, the new 
dynamics, which he outlined. 

Lenin's first dictum was that Communists must not 
be like tail men. He even coined a special word in 
Russian which means "like a tail." This is how he 
described the role that Karl Marx had ascribed to the 
Communist. You know that the tail never goes ahead of 
the animal. Always the head goes ahead, and the tail 
follows! So now Nicolai Lenin reversed the Communist 
role. He said, "We Communists must be like gods. We 
must create historical developments. We must not wait 
for them. If they go against us. we must change them. 
We must be the lords and masters of history. We must 
produce it." 

Lenin began to apply his new principles: and since 
that time the Communists, in spite of their small, insig- 
nificant numbers, have been producing the course and 
developments of history. 

Lenin said, "It's ideas, comrades, ideas. Our ideas 
will be that mighty, potent force which will produce the 
new course of history. But not ideas somewhere in 
books, archives, or libraries — no, those are dead ideas. 
They won't move one mouse. Ideas must be implanted 
in men's minds and not just implanted, but set afire. 
Ideas set afire in men's minds will determine their think- 
ing, their behavior, their actions, even their readiness to 
die for the Communist cause." 

Now the Lenin strategy is that the Communist lead- 

ers as the supreme elite musi in turn produce the of- 
ficers' corps, which will implant the Communist ideas 
in the minds of the masses. That will produce the for- 
midable world-conquering force and the world 
history-changing course which will conquer the world 
for Communism. 

The primary ideas constitute their ideal, which. I am 
sorry to confess. I fell for right away. It is so enticing, it 
is so beautiful, it is so wonderful that you just can't get 
away from it. The promise is that as the Communists 
take over, they will produce these absolute, total, radi- 
cal changes, which will change environment totalK — 
economically, politically, socially, ideologically — that 
through this totally changed environment the> will pro- 
duce the unselfish man. the brotherly minded man. 
When they will have done this the world over, there will 
be produced, for the first time in human history, univer- 
sal brotherhood. Who wouldn't fall for that? Then, 
through this universal brotherhood will come universal 
peace, because these brothers will not go to war any- 

So in this manner universal brotherhood and perma- 
nent peace are assured. Then through both of these will 
result universal prosperity, because nothing will be 
wasted on war purposes. Do you know how much the 
world has expended on military purposes since the end 
of the Second World War? More than four thousand 
billion dollars. With that sum the w orld could have been 
renewed, rebuilt a hundred times over in bounty and 
plenty for everybody, and yet two-thirds of the world's 
population today is hungry. Between 15.000 and 20.000 
people, mainly children, die from starvation every day. 

This Communist ideal, as Lenin predicted, is espe- 
cially enticing to academic young people even from 
families of the middle class, upper middle class, or 
nobility, in whose breasts the flame of idealism is burn- 
ing high. When this ideal of Communism is presented, 
these young people just fall for it. As 
I have discovered, this is true not only all over the 
United States of America, where I have spoken to 
nearly a million young people, but it is true also in other 
parts of the world as well, especially in Latin America. 
For instance, in Iran right now the most reactionary 
Muslims are fighting side by side with the Communists. 
Why? Because the Communists, by using the Muslim 
reaction against the Shah's modernization program, are 
inciting the students to be revolutionists. They will fight 
tosether. This is the senius of the Communists' 

SPRING 1979 


(Challenge of the Communist Dynamics Continued) 

strategy. They can use even their natural enemies to 
fight alongside them. This strategy is realized through 
the second part of their dynamics — the four "totals." It 
is the key to the dynamics of the Communists, making 
possible their amazing successes and triumphs, which 
rapidly lead them now to be conquerors of the world. 

These are the "totals ." First, nothing less . absolutely 
nothing less than total acceptance of the Communist 
theory, practice, and cause. Total! And you know what 
that does psychologically? It mobilizes the whole 
human personality for the cause. But that is not yet 

You must set the personality afire. How do you do 
that? By total dedication. Yes, nothing less than total 
dedication. You know that psychologically sets a man's 
personality afire for the cause. But that is not yet 

There must be total discipline, which includes profes- 
sional training in strategy, tactics, ideology, methods, 
everything — total discipline. 

And last, but not least, total action — all-out action at 
any cost. Have you observed what it is like now in Iran? 
The students are leading these revolutionary activities 
there and are ready to be shot on the street. Yes, total 
action, and these professional revolutionists with the 
four "totals" are conquering the world. And I am sorry 
to say that, if it goes as it has, in about twenty years they 
will have conquered, including us! 

Now then, is there anything we can do as Christians? 
There certainly is. Jesus Christ told of His type of 
revolutionists. His crusaders. They were the ones who 
changed the course of history in the most amazing way. 
For instance, the Roman Empire was morally disinte- 
grating, becoming weaker and weaker. Then the great 
barbarian hordes, who were already beating at Rome's 
walls in the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries, flooded 
the Roman Empire. It seemed that they would just bury 
everything with barbarity, but it didn't happen. The 
most marvelous new lease on life was given to Western 
civilization. After the Greco-Roman period, there came 
the new Western civilization, the Christian civilization. 
Who brought about this most marvelous historical de- 
velopment? Christ's crusaders did, armed with similar 
four "totals." 

Jesus Christ said, "You are either with me or against 
me." He does not accept 20, 40, or even 60 percent 
Christians. Jesus said that it must be all of you — all of 
your heart, all of your mind, all of your personality. You 
must completely accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, 
Lord, and Master. If you don't do it, you are not with 

Then Jesus said most clearly that your personality 
must be set afire. "No one can be my disciple unless 
first he denies himself." Christ requires total self- 
denial, denial of your own will, your own intentions, 
your own riches, your own command, your own cap- 
taincy of your life. 

Then Jesus said, "Follow me." He wants to become 
the supreme Captain of your life — He, no one else. 
"Follow me." Jesus said, "whatsoever the cost." Yes, 
you have to count the cost. Very often we have in- 

vented cheap discipleship. Christ's discipleship is an 
expensive and dear discipleship. Jesus said, "Follow 
me, whatsoever the cost is, even if it means to lose your 
property, friends, husband, wife, children." Under 
Communism this is exactly what you have to pay. I was 
confronted with these choices as a Christian. You have 
to be ready to give everything, even your life. To be 
Christ's disciples — this is total dedication. Then the 
Holy Spirit can really take over your personality, your 
life; He can set you afire for God. 

Then Jesus Christ also requires total discipline. He 
even asks us to pray for it every day, to seek it every 
morning, every day, and night. Sometimes it is difficult, 
I know, because I have had to seek God's will in most 
dangerous circumstances when life was at stake, but 
Jesus said you should seek it. "Thy will be done." No 
one else's will should be done. God's will should be 
supreme in your life choices, in the way you will dedi- 
cate your life. Have you done it? Have you considered 
this? That's the only way to become a really important 
factor in God's kingdom. 

Then last but not least Jesus said, "Go ye therefore 
and make disciples of all nations." We still have an 
opportunity. One-third of the world's population is still 
open to us. You will remember that the first Christians 
believed that Christ might come within their lifetime as 
the Apostles wrote, and I certainly do not want to imply 
that Christ may not come soon. We are certainly two 
thousand years closer to Christ's coming than the Apos- 
tles were, but they really went all out to fulfill the great 
commission — and they did! Within their own lifetime 
they established churches all over the Roman Empire, 
and in about 300 years they had already become the 
main decisive factor in the Roman Empire. That is why 
the Emperor Constantine switched to their alliance. 
Then when the barbarian hordes flooded the Roman 
Empire, they Christianized even these barbarians, and 
Christian nations were born. A new Christian civiliza- 
tion was born, as Francis Schaeffer so wonderfully 
shows in his books and in his film presentations, espe- 
cially his main work, How Shall We Then Live? 

Yes, God may still give us this opportunity to fulfill 
Christ's great promise and prophecy which we find in 
Matthew 24:14, where He said that, before the end 
comes, before the curtains of human history fall for the 
final time. His Gospel will be preached the world over, 
to all the nations. On that I base the hope that, if we as 
Christians become Christ's crusaders, we may yet have 
the opportunity to turn the course of history for Christ. I 
do not say that we shall, but we may yet, have the 
marvelous opportunity really to proclaim the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ the world over. 

My dear young people, I am not a man of tears, but it 
forces tears to my eyes to realize the potential there is 
among you, among 500 young people, if Christ has full 
control of your lives and His Spirit sets you afire. 
Nicolai Lenin turned the course of history, but what 
you can do for Christ and for the course of history only 
God knows, if you are totally dedicated to Him, having 
accepted Him totally, being totally disciplined, and 
then going into total action to fulfill His great commis- 
sion while there is yet time and opportunity to do so. 





Dr. John Bartlett, vice president, 
and Mrs. Bartlett, assistant profes- 
sor of music, presented a Christmas 
program in Black Mountain, N.C., 
for the Billy Graham local office and 
radio staff and the area trustees. 
The program, following the annual 
Christmas dinner, consisted of tra- 
ditional Christmas music and read- 

Dr. John Bartlett served in Oc- 
tober on the committee evaluating 
Columbia Bible College, Columbia, 
S. C, for the Southern Association 
of Colleges and Schools. 

David Luther, assistant professor 
of music, has been accepted as the 
resident baritone by the Chat- 
tanooga Opera Association. He will 
begin singing roles for the opera 
next fall. 

Dr. Brian Richardson, associate 
professor of Christian education, 
was elected to a two-year term as 
president of the 430-member Asso- 
ciation of Professors of Christian 
Education at its annual meeting in 
Minneapolis, November 2-5. 1978. 
His responsibilities include plan- 
ning the national meetings; select- 
ing the theme, meeting place, and 
speakers; and arranging the pro- 


Dr. Carlos Perelra, associate pro 
fessor of mathematics, recently 
served on a doctoral committee al 

Boston University. He was invited 
to be a part of this committee be- 
cause of his experience in the ad- 
missions office at the community 
college and his knowledge of sta- 


Three Bryan students were 
among approximately a hundred 
collegians from many states who at- 
tended a two-week science mini- 
mester in January at Oak Ridge As- 
sociated Universities. This inten- 
sive program was tailored to the in- 
terests of undergraduate majors in 
physical, as well as life, sciences. 

The Bryan students who partic- 
ipated were two junior biology 
majors, Juanita Fowler, from Signal 
Mountain, Tenn.. and Becky 
Woodall, from Marengo, III., and a 
junior mathematics major. I ,isa 
Liebig, from Dayton, Tenn. 

The schedule during the first 
week included lectures on radiation 
research followed by "hands-on - * 
laboratory sessions with more than 
two million dollars' worth of 
equipment. The second week in- 
cluded in-depth study in areas such 
as nuclear physics, health physics, 
radiochemistry, radiobiology. ecol- 
ogy, and energy. The students also 
spent a day touring the extensive 
research facilities at Oak Ridge Na- 
tional Laboratory and other instal- 
lations in Oak Ridge. 

The science minimester is spon- 
sored by the Education Programs 
Division, U.S. Department of 


I ncrgy Oak Ridge \ 

Universities i'-. ;> nun profit I orpora 
iinn designed i" i ond 
in public arid profci ional ■ 
Hon research, and trail 

I he enthusiasm of the Bryan stu- 
<i' Hi who partii ipati d in Ihi spe- 
cial program ha! already gained the 
interesi of others to share m a repeal 
program in May 

♦ »•» 

Fowler Liebig Woodall 


It is with sincere thanks to all 
those who contributed to the ; 
annual Gifts-for-the-King fund that 
we announce a total of $63,024 re- 
ceived from 587 donors. Of the^e 
donors 170 were alumni who in ap- 
preciation for their opportunity to 
study at Bryan sent $10,301 during 
December and January for thi<- 

The annual Gifts-for-the-King 
program was instituted in 1948 dur- 
ing the presidency of Dr. Judson 
Rudd and has continued to grou in 
its volume of support for financial 
aid to students to provide the back- 
ing for grants and scholarships. 
loans, and employment funded by 
the college. 

Bryan is committed to supply ap- 
proximately $150,000 for student 
aid in 1978-79 in a total program of 
nearly $800,000. including funds 
from all sources both inside and 

Dr. and Mrs. Bartlett 

David Luther 

Brian Richardson 

SPRING 1979 


outside the institution to assist stu- 
dents beyond their own ability or 
their parents' ability to meet college 


Mercer Clementson, right, a re- 
tired professor who lives on Bryan 
campus, has been honored with the 
establishment of a scholarship in his 
name by one of his former students. 
Shown with Mr. Clementson is Mrs. 
Clementson and Dean M. Atkinson, 
of Arvada, Colorado, a senior ac- 
counting major who was awarded 
this first annual grant of $500. The 
donor, a Colorado businessman 
who wishes to remain anonymous, 
said he established the scholarship 
"in honor of one whose life was an 
example and an inspiration to the 
many academicians who taught 
alongside him and the hundreds of 
students whose lives were 
challenged and motivated in his 

Before building their retirement 
home on the college campus under a 
life tenure plan in 1973, Mr. and 
Mrs. Clementson were residents of 
Chattanooga, Tenn., for forty-five 
years. Mr. Clementson was first a 
banker and then a social science 
teacher at Tennessee Temple Col- 
lege, and Mrs. Clementson was a 
high-school teacher of home 
economics for thirty-five years. 

The purpose of the student or- 
ganization Practical Christian In- 
volvement is to serve as a vehicle 
for broadening the student's spir- 
itual life and to encourage individual 
participation in available opportu- 
nities for practical Christian work. 
Membership in PCI is voluntary, 
yet more than two-thirds of the stu- 
dent body participate in some as- 
pect of its many-faceted program. 
The program is coordinated by Bill 
Bauer '78. staff director. 
New Ventures 

A ministry begun by PCI this year 
is a sign-language class taught by 
first-year student Cheryl Krick of 
Holly, Michigan. Fifteen people are 
enrolled and are learning how to 
communicate the gospel to the deaf. 

A tape library has been estab- 
lished with messages on prayer, 
personal evangelism, the spiritual 

life, and similar subjects of interest 
to the growing Christian. These 
tapes, 150 in number, may be bor- 
rowed by people in the local com- 
munity, as well as by members of 
the Bryan family. 

Other new services being de- 
veloped are a pastors' fellowship 
and counseling referral service. 

Continuing Programs 

The Big-Brother/Big-Sister and 
Awana children's programs con- 
tinue to provide opportunities for 
students to demonstrate concern for 
boys and girls in the local commu- 
nity by giving them love, fellow- 
ship, wholesome planned recrea- 
tion, and introduction to the gospel 
message. The Mailbox Club has 
been developed under Tony Cali's 
leadership to provide effective 
follow-up with those children who 
make decisions. 

The Gospel Gimpers, members of 
Bryan's puppet teams, continue to 
present the gospel in churches and 
youth groups as well as in civic 
clubs and some other groups nor- 
mally closed to a formal gospel mes- 

The open-air gospel team, di- 
rected by David Moniz, recently 
made a witnessing expedition to the 
nearby resort town of Gatlinburg in 
the Smoky Mountains, where they 
brought the gospel to hundreds of 

Under the guidance of Dave Zo- 
pfi, the Student Missions Fellow- 

ship (SMF) confronts the student 
body with the challenge of missions 
through missionary speakers, films, 
and the weekly SMF prayer meet- 

The summer missionary pro- 
gram, under which students serve at 
home and overseas as missionary 
apprentices, is just beginning to get 
under way as the applicants receive 
information from the mission 
boards to which they have applied. 
The goal of PCI this year is to supply 
one-third of the cost of each stu- 
dent's fare. 

The two singing gospel teams are 
composed of thirty-five members 
each. These groups are sent out in 
rotation on weekends to churches 
as near as Dayton and as far away as 

Walker Archer, St. Clair, Mich., sur- 
rounded by his puppet friends, the Gos- 
pel Gimpers. 




Among those coming to the cam- 
pus to speak in chapel each year arc- 
friends new and old. These servants 
of God who ministered to the stu- 
dents during the first semester indi- 
cate the quality of the chapel pro- 

September 19-21 

Don Lonie, Farmington Mills, Mich., 
youth counselor. 
September 29 

Fred Donehoo '53, Loganville, Ga., 
principal. Our Shepherd Academy. 
October 2 

John Bass, Colorado Springs. Colo., 
executive vice president. Christian 
Booksellers Association. 
October 4-5 

Bill Piper, Easley, S, C evangelist 
and Bible teacher. 
October 9-10 

John Whitcomb, Winona Lake, Ind., 
professor of theology and Old Testa- 
ment. Grace Theological Seminary. 
October 13 

David Eby, Toccoa Falls, Ga. . dean of 
Toccoa Falls Bible College. 
October 17 

Roger Sandberg, Conyers, Ga. . direc- 
tor of Camp Westminster. 
October 23 

James M. (Mickey) Rice, South 
Charleston. W.V., evangelist with 
Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. 
October 2? 

Christopher Lyons, Wheaton. 111., 
pastor Wheaton Bible Church. 
October 27 

David Bryan, Chattanooga. Tenn.. 
assistant pastor of First Presbvterian 

October 3 1 

Ted DeMoss, Chattanooga. Tenn.. 
president. Christian Business Men's 
Committee. USA. 
November 3 

John Barcus, Springfield. Mo., depu- 
tation secretary. Gospel Missionary Un- 

November 8-9 

Karlis Leyasmeyer, Boone. N.C.. a 
Latvian who lived in Russia as a Chris- 
tian under Communism, a commentator 
on the Communist movement in the 
world today. 
November 14-16 

Paul Van Gorder, Atlanta. Ga.. asso- 
ciate teacher. Radio Bible Class and TV 
Day of Discovery. 
November 17 

Marilyn Laszlo '59. Wvcliffe Trans- 

lator among the Sepik [warn people in 
N. W. Papua New Guinea. 
November 20 

Bruce Woodman, l<ni Lauderdale, 
Fla., director, South American ' ru 
sades. Inc. 

November 2K-29 

Malcolm Cronk, Paradise Valley, 
An/., pastor. Camelback Bible ( lunch; 
former pastor. Wheaton Bible ( lunch. 
Winnetka Bible Church (III.), and 
Church of the Open Door. I. os Angeles. 
December I 

John Fain, Hendersonville. N.C., 
evangelist and Bible teacher. 
December 5 

Wes Willis, Wheaton. III., executive- 
vice president. Scripture Press. 
December 6 

William T.Harding, Charlotte, N.C.. 
regional representative. Sudan Interior 
December 12-13 

Elwood McQuaid, Lynchburg. Va.. 
national field evangelist. Friends of Is- 
rael Gospel Ministry. 


Bryan's 55-member concert choir 
will leave on March 10 for its spring 
tour to Virginia. New Jersey, and 
Pennsylvania, with stops in Ten- 
nessee. Directed by David Friberg. 
the choir program will feature clas- 
sics by Handel and Mendelssohn, 
anthems by Randall Thompson and 
other composers, and gospel songs, 
including a second-coming medley 
arranged by the director. In addition 
to the selections by the entire choir, 
the madrigal singers and the sum- 
mer team of gospel messengers. 
who are also choir members, will 
present numbers from their reper- 


March 10 p.m. Shoun's United 

Methodist Church 

Mountain City. TN 
March 1 1 a.m. Johnson City Baptist Temple 

Johnson City. TN 
March 12 Lexington Baptist Church 

Lexington. VA 
March 13 Dallas Community Church 

Dallas. PA 
March 14 Manahaukin Baptist Church 

Manahaukin. N.J. 
March 15 Calvary Bible Church 

Philadelphia. PA 
March 16 Calvary Road Baptist Church 

Alexandria. VA 
March 1" Ghent Brethren Church 

Roanoke. VA 
March IS p.m.Berean Bible Church 

Knoxville. TN 


I he men's basketball team ' ■ 
second place in the eight-team 
e Thanksgiving tournament at 
Winona Lake. Ind.. for its best fin- 
ish in the five years it has played in 
the tourney. Senior Wes Johnson. 

of ' hattanooga, Tenn., and sopho- 
more Mean Rnpp. oi Marietta ' 
the Lions' leading scorers so far in 
1978-79, were named to the all- 
tournament team. 

After posting a f >-6 record during 
first semester, the squad has strug- 
gled to an X- 1 1 record as of early 
February. After narrow losses at 
home to Tennessee Temple and Lee 
College and a victor) •' ' ovenant, 
the Lions are in third place in the 
Southern Christian Athletic Con- 
ference with a 1-2 mark. 

Nine games remained at press 
time for Bryan to try to improve its 
record, including the SCAC tour- 
nament at Bradley County on 
March 1-2. 

The Lady Lions are enjoying 
what could be their best season 
ever. Bryan's record as of early 
February stood at 8-7 and the gals. 
after league wins over Lee and Ten- 
nessee Temple, were second in the 
SCAC with a 2-1 standard. 

Bryan finished second in its third 
annual Holiday Classic in De- 
cember as junior guard Sandy Stack 
of Hollywood. Fla.. was named the 
Most Valuable Player. Stack is the 
leading scorer in the SCAC. averag- 
ing 19.9 points per game, and should 
hit the 1.000 point mark for her 
career later in the season. 

With eight games remaining, the 
Bryan Lady Lions still had their 
sights set not only on a w inning sea- 
son but on the conference cham- 

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Volume 4 


Number 4 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?: The commencement address 
to the Class of 1979, which recognizes the gloom in forecasts for 
the future but points to the eventual triumph in Christ. By Dr. Karl 
E. Keefer. Jr. 

FREEDOM AND SECURITY: The personal testimony of a Bryan 
trustee about how the power of God manifested in a crisis situation 
brought him to new life in Christ. By Dr. E. Markham Berry. 

sage given at the second annual pastors' conference by a Christian 
psychiatrist. By Dr. Paul D. Meier. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of faculty and student activities, includ- 
ing an evaluation of the teacher-education program and a spring 
sports review. 

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The academic year of 1 978-79 was 
a very good one for Bryan. If June 
30 finds us in the black, it will have 
been an outstanding year in every 
major area of college operation; and 
the financial stability of a balanced 
budget will strengthen the planning 
for the future. 

At the same time, the solemn 
concerns expressed by Dr. Keefer in his commencement address repro- 
duced here are also realities for the future of Bryan as well as for the 
members of the graduating class. These realities lead us to embrace the 
truth that wherever God leads His children. He goes before them and 
makes them better Christians and witnesses for Him, whatever the experi- 
ences encountered. 

In the recent pastors' conference. Rev. Francis Dixon and Dr. Paul 
Meier shared insights which also undergird us for the future. Dr. Meier's 
message included in this issue offers practical help in becoming spiritually 
and psychologically mature. 

Theodore C. Mercer 



Dr. Karl E. Keefer returns to Bryan on 
July 1 as academic dean with the title of 
vice president for academic affairs. 
After serving as academic dean at 
Bryan from 1957-66, Dr. Keefer became 
associate professor of education and 
psychology at the University of Ten- 
nessee Graduate Center on Memphis 
State University campus for three 
years. He has been dean of the school 
of education at the University of Ten- 
nessee in Martin for the past ten years. 

Dr. Keefer holds the master's degree 
in education from the University of 
Chattanooga (now U.T.C.) and the doc- 
torate in educational psychology from 
the University of Tennessee in Knox- 
ville. He has been a member of the 
Bryan board of trustees since 1971. 

As academic dean Dr. Keefer suc- 
ceeds Professor Glen H. Liebig, who, 
as interim academic dean this past 
year, now becomes the new dean of 
admissions and records. 

The accompanying article by Dr. 
Keefer was the text of his address at the 
May commencement. 

▼ here do we go from here?" 
This question comes naturally to the 
mind and sometimes to the lips 
whenever one completes a major 
segment of life such as a college 
education. When I graduated from 
college, our nation was in the midst 
of World War II. The outlook was 
uncertain in some respects, but in 
many ways that question could be 
answered with more assurance than 
it can today. We knew that we had a 
war to win, and we had few doubts 
about our ability to win it. We had 
leadership which we felt we could 
trust, and our sense of pride in our 
nation was unimpaired by the 
doubts and suspicions which have 
arisen in recent years. 

Today the outlook is more 
clouded. People who peer into the 

SUMMER 1979 

Where Do We Go 
From Here? 

b) Karl K. Keefer, Jr.. Ed.D. 

future, whether professional 
futurologists or ordinary worriers, 
find little to assure them and much 
to disturb them. Many scenarios 
have been proposed. None which I 
have seen has a happy ending. Con- 
sider a few. 

The nuclear scenario foresees a 
time when, in the ultimate show- 
down between the superpowers, the 
button is pushed which unleashes 
the honors of nuclear war. The 
earth is left devastated, seething 
with radioactivity which threatens 
to erode the health and destroy the 
life of those who survive. 

The ecological scenario peers 
into a future in which the environ- 
mental balance, which makes life 
possible, is tipped in the wrong di- 
rection by the exploitation of 
natural resources. The earth is 
poisoned by the residues of a chem- 
ically based civilization, and man 
ekes out a precarious existence in 
an increasingly hostile atmosphere. 

The meteorological scenario 
forecasts disaster because of chang- 
ing weather patterns. One school of 
thought holds that the polar ice caps 
will increase until a new ice age en- 
gulfs the temperate climes. Another 
believes that the carbon dioxide in 
the atmosphere will cause a hot- 
house effect, which melts the polar 
ice caps so that the sea level rises to 
flood and drown coastal cities and 

The social scenario is no more 
encouraging. As population in- 
creases worldwide, social con- 

straints break down. Crime and un- 
rest become epidemic throughout 
the world. Undeclared guerrilla war 
becomes general, and those under 
attack develop a siege mentalin . 

What about the economic and 
political scenario? John Hospers. 
professor at the University of 
Southern California, writes as fol- 

President Carter recently announced a 
federal budget for the coming fiscal vear 
amounting to slightly over half a trillion dol- 
lars. It takes an act of simple arithmetic to 
calculate how much that comes to for each of 
214 million Americans: about S;.400 for 
every man. woman, and child in the United 
States, or S9.600 for an average family of 
four. . . . This is not the tax they will pa> 
next year ... but the amount that the federal 
government will spend during the coming 
year. To make up for the difference, the na- 
tional debt will be increased somewhat: but 
most of the difference will come from inflat- 
ing currency: more unbacked paper green- 
backs will be printed. . . . The result of this 
will be that every dollar of one's savings, 
investments, and earnings will be worth con- 
siderably less. . . . 

When inflation becomes rampant, the in- 
centive to produce, work, and save declines. 
Why produce, why take chances, when we 
won't see the returns on it anvwav ? Produc- 
tivity declines, and the standard of living 
goe^ down. Prices continue to soar, and agi- 
tation increases for price controls. The 
majority, thinking that price controls will 
solve the problem, vote in the controls. A^ ^ 
result, massive shortages occur. ... In their 
wake [come] hunger. looting, riots, civil dis- 
order. Gradually the demand increases for 
law and order at any price. 

And then comes Caesar (a dictator, or a 
president with dictatorial powers) to restore 
law and order with an iron hand. The price 
exacted is total control over the economv and 


life of every citizen. The government now 
tells everyone where to seek work, for how 
much, and for whom. . . . Government 
bureaucracy is always inefficient, wasteful, 
and corrupt — but it rules. And anyone who 
opposes it is ruthlessly suppressed and 
punished. Everyone has become a pawn in 
the hands of the central government, which 
now holds powers of life and death over 
every citizen. Liberty has been lost, and 
democracy has self-destructed.' 

These are gloomy forecasts. Let 
me outline one more scenario, 
which may seem to carry with it cer- 
tain shades of gloom, but, on close 
inspection, turns out to contain a 
gleam of better things to come. This 
is a Biblical scenario for the Chris- 
tian's future, not human speculation 
but divine certainty. It consists of 
three parts, each one containing 
both gloom and gleam. First, trouble 
and triumph; second, fear and faith; 
third, servitude and satisfaction. 

Trouble and Triumph 

It was long ago observed that 
"man is born to trouble as surely as 
sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). When 
young, we may wonder whether this 
is really so, for we have not yet seri- 
ously collided with life's problems. 
But time will take its toll in troubles 
and trials. 

We may think that when we be- 
come a Christian we will gain 
exemption from the troubles which 
other people have. But a little ob- 
servation of believers who have ex- 
perienced sickness and disaster, 
sorrow and disappointment, in- 
structs us otherwise. Some troubles 
are of our own making. Some trou- 
bles are visited upon us by cir- 
cumstances. And some troubles 
come just because we are Christians 
living in a society which is increas- 
ingly unfriendly to a virile and vocal 
Christian witness. 

Actually, this should not surprise 
us. Among the less quoted promises 
of Scripture is that which Jesus 
made to His disciples shortly before 
His own maximum trouble — the 
cross — when He said, "In this 
world you will have trouble" (John 
16:33a). This promise is as certain to 
be fulfilled as the more comforting 
ones which we like to remember. If 
you are a follower of Jesus Christ, 
you may be sure that, so long as you 
continue to live in this world, you 
are going to have trouble. 

But the gleam to match the gloom 
follows immediately: "Take heart! I 

have overcome the world" (John 
16:33b). What we must never 
forget, and what is so very easy to 
forget when trouble breaks upon us, 
is that our Lord has triumphed over 
the world and over all the troubles 
which are a part of living in it. We 
shall never escape trouble, but we 
can triumph within it. It all depends 
on how we look at things. 

Dr. Hudson Armerding, presi- 
dent of Wheaton College, recently 
wrote about the winter blizzard of 
'79 which visited that campus, as 
well as the rest of the upper Mid- 
west, with extremely severe 
weather. He said: 

Here in Wheaton we have had a difficult 
winter. There have been extended periods of 
unusually cold weather. We have also had an 
abundant snowfall. Because of the below 
freezing temperatures the snow has tended to 
accumulate rather than periodically melting 
away. Understandably, there has been some 
frustration in having to cope with this 
record-breaking winter. Among other things 
there have been complaints about how dif- 
ficult it is to get from one place to another. 

The complaining became muted, however, 
following one particular chapel service. We 
were privileged to welcome Joni Eareckson 
to campus. As she sat in her wheelchair and 
testified about how the Lord had worked in 
her life since her diving accident left her 
paralyzed from the neck down, all of us 
gained a new perspective on even such a 
simple and routine thing as walking across 
campus. One staff member was overheard 
after chapel saying that he never again would 
complain about the difficulty of walking in 
the snow. He was glad he could walk in that 
snow rather than being pushed through it in a 
wheelchair. 2 

Yes, "in this world you will have 
trouble," perhaps a disabling hand- 
icap, maybe financial uncertainty as 
a result of the inflationary spiral, 
possibly the death of a beloved 
mate, or misunderstanding and per- 
secution because of your testimony 
for Christ. That's the gloom. But 
Jesus said, "Take heart! I overcame 
the world." The gleam is there, if 
you remember to look for it. Jesus 
Christ will lead you to triumph, 
whatever your trouble. 

Fear and Faith 

Since we know that trouble is 
going to come, it is very difficult not 
to be afraid. Fear and anxiety about 
an uncertain future are characteris- 
tic of today's world. We see fulfilled 
about us in every quarter the predic- 
tion of "men's hearts failing them 
for fear" (Luke 12:26). And even 
though we walk faithfully with 
Christ and remind ourselves of His 

promise "Surely I will be with you 
always, to the very end of the age" 
(Matthew 28:20), it is difficult to 
avoid succumbing to occasional at- 
tacks of fear. 

Indeed, fear is a normal compo- 
nent of human life. One can hardly 
avoid anxiety about what one can- 
not control. Only the One who is in 
complete control of all things can be 
completely devoid of fear. God is 
never afraid, because He is in 
charge of every aspect of the uni- 
verse, a universe which He created 
and which He operates for His own 
glory and purposes. But His crea- 
tures cannot escape occasional 

The important question is this: Of 
what are you afraid? All our fears 
about the unknown and the uncon- 
trolled are understandable, but they 
are misplaced. They should be 
transferred elsewhere. This princi- 
ple was explained in the Old Testa- 
ment upon an occasion when the 
nation of Judah was in turmoil be- 
cause of an alliance of powerful na- 
tions threatening to overrun 
Jerusalem. King Ahaz was about to 
turn to some of the neighboring 
pagan kings for help. Isaiah himself 
was afraid of what lay ahead for his 
people. God spoke to him, and 
through him to the faithful few of 
Judah, and said, "Do not fear what 
they fear, and do not dread it. The 
Lord God Almighty is the one you 
are to regard as holy, he is the one 
you are to fear, he is the one you are 
to dread, and he will be a 
sanctuary" (Isaiah 8:12-14). 

God recognizes fear as a normal 
component of human existence, but 
He says, "Be afraid of Me, not of 
the threatening forces which sur- 
round you." And when this hap- 
pens, when we recognize the glory 
and grandeur of the Almighty, we 
shall indeed fear Him — but out of 
the gloom of that fear will come the 
gleam of faith, for the God whom we 
fear "will be a sanctuary," a safe 
refuge for us in our time of trouble. 

We should know that this idea is 
not confined to the Old Testament. 
Peter wrote his first letter to a group 
of people who felt threatened by the 
persecution which they could see 
coming because of their faith. He 
said to them, "Even if you should 
suffer for what is right, you are 
blessed." And then he quoted 



Isaiah, " 'Do nol fear what they 
fear; do not lie frightened.' Hi 1 1 in 
your hearts set apart Christ as 
Lord" (I Peter 3: 14, 15). Icarofotir 
adversaries is to he displaced by 
faith in God. All our fearful thoughts 
are to be fastened upon Christ, and 
all our struggles to develop a calm 
and serene outlook are to be fo- 
cused in the recognition of Him as 
the Lord of our lives. Then the 
gleam of faith replaces the gloom of 
fear as stormy seas are overcome by 
inner peace. 

Servitude and Satisfaction 

The third element of a Biblical 
scenario for your future begins with 
a word which sounds strange in 
twentieth century America — the 
word servitude. Mark you. I have 
chosen that word purposely, rather 
than the gentler and less offensive 
word service. We do not like to con- 
template the notion of servitude, we 
Americans, with independence, lib- 
erty, and the bill of rights born and 
bred in us. We think of servitude as 
demeaning, as slavery, as some- 
thing which we fought a long and 
bloody war to eliminate in law, and 
an even longer and still current 
struggle to eliminate in practice in 
the social and economic structures 
of our society. We don't intend to 
give up our rights, our freedoms, 
our liberties for anything or any- 

But the Bible uses the term ser- 
vitude in many places where we 
would use the term serv/re. And the 
Bible uses the word slave in many 
places where the translators have 
used the word servant. God's 
scenario for every believer is that he 
or she be a "slave," not just a "ser- 
vant," of Jesus Christ. And there is 
a difference. A servant is hired for 
the day or the week or the month or 
the year. This is still an individual 
who lives a life separate and apart 
from the service which is per- 
formed. That service can be re- 
nounced at any point when it be- 
comes too onerous. 

But a slave? Ah, that's another 
matter. A slave does not have an 
independent existence. A slave be- 
longs to the master, who has com- 
plete power and control. A slave has 
no rights, only those privileges 
which the master confers upon him. 
And the Bible talks about us as 

Eldon Porter (center), who graduated summacumlaude, eKes his life- Scripture ten* 
just after beinj> awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree bj President Mercer irij;hli and 
receiving his diploma from Dean Glen Liebig. 

"slaves" of Jesus Christ. Servitude 
is the proper word for it. not just 
service. Conditioned by modern 
thought patterns, all of us. and I do 
not exclude myself, have great diffi- 
culty with this concept, and it 
strikes us as gloom indeed when we 
first realize what the Bible really 

But we should not stop there, for 
there is a gleam which shines 
through the gloom. Jesus uses the 
analogy of the servant on several 
occasions. It is most instructive to 
listen carefully to what He says: 

Be dressed ready for service and keep your 
lamps burning, like men waiting for their 
master to return from a wedding banquet, so 
that when he comes and knocks they can 
immediately open the door for him. It will be 
good for those servants whose master finds 
them watching when he comes. I tell you the 
truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have 
them recline at the table and will come and 
wait on them (Luke 12:35-37). 

Jesus describes Himself as taking 
the servant's place and waiting on 
us. Our positions are reversed: The 
Master becomes the Servant, which 
is just what he did when He washed 
His disciples' feet in His dramatic 
illustration of the spirit which they 
should have toward one another. 
On another occasion Jesus said: 

Who then is the faithful and wise servant. 
whom the master has put in charge of the 
servants in his household to give them their 
food at the proper time? It will be good for 
that servant whose master finds him doing so 
when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will 
put him in charge of all his possessions 
(Matthew 24:45-47). 

So the servant becomes the heir. 
Servitude finds its outcome in the 
most supreme, the highest imagina- 
ble satisfaction. 

You. as a Christian, trained in a 
Christian college, have prepared for 
a life of service. If this is not true, 
you would have done better to at- 
tend a secular institution where 
self-seeking and self-advancement 
is the norm and service is more 
rarely the goal. Let me encourage 
you to regard that service not just in 
terms of humanistic altruism but in 
terms of a joyous servitude to your 
Lord and Master. Jesus Christ. And 
be assured that at the end of your 
servitude, and very often during its 
course, you will find a satisfaction 
w hich can never be found in the 
ways of this world. 

Whatever your future holds and 
however you earn your living, how 
marvelous it will be if you find your 
true calling, your true vocation, in 
living out God's will for you. Let the 
call of Jesus Christ. "Come, follow 
me." be your guiding star and the 
Bryan College motto. "Christ 
above all." be your life-long goal. 
Then your own scenario for the fu- 
ture will turn your troubles into 
triumph, your fears into faith, and 
your servitude into supreme satis- 

! "The Course of Democrac\ ." 
the Phi Kappa Phi Journal. Win:; - 

Bulletin of Wheaton Coile.^ 
1979, p. - 

SUMMER 1979 



by C. Mark ham Berry, M.D. 

JVly Christian life really began on January 9, 1945, in 
a small Belgian village an hour or so before midnight. 
Yet, as I look back, I can recall many evidences that 
God worked in my life from earliest childhood. Even so, 
everything changed so dramatically that night that I 
must say the curtain rose there and then. 

But let me pick up the story about three months 
earlier. In Europe, World War II wound into its final 
devastating weeks. I led a platoon in a combat engineer 
battalion of the 87th Infantry Division. General Bradley 
had freshly assigned us to General George Patton's 
Third Army and he, in turn, had committed us to action 
in the Saar Valley. 

We had been ordered to take the remaining few miles 
between us and the Rhine, to cross into Germany and 
push to the heart of the enemy's land. Because the 
Germans considered this "the sacred soil of the 
Rhine," they protected it doggedly. We fought hard, 
suffering heavy losses, especially among our infantry 
troops. Before long, though, the battle plan had to be set 
aside. Other American forces to the north in the Ar- 
dennes Forest were caving in under heavy attack. The 
deep penetration of the German Panzer divisions here 
formed the famous Bulge. General Patton was then 
ordered to swing north and drive into the base of this 
bulge to form a trap for the prize German troops in it. 

During these critical days, the Lord began pressing 
His plan to bring me to Himself. 

His first move involved my jeep driver, McPaul. One 
snowy afternoon the first squad was digging up a road 
outside the town of St. Hubert to clear it of mines. 
McPaul waited for us in the jeep on a hill above where 
we worked. When I was ready to go on, I called him 
down. He came carefully, following the tracks of 
another jeep which had just crept through the mined 
area safely. He intended to miss any remaining explo- 
sives this way — but it didn't work. His right front wheel 
touched the detonator of a large anti-tank mine buried 
deep in the road. The loud explosion jarred us, and we 
saw the jeep fly high into the air. It completely flipped 
over and landed upside down on the roadside — with 
McPaul underneath! 

Without thinking, I found myself muttering a prayer, 
praying to a God whom I didn't know, "God, please 
save his life!" 

I even made Him a proposition! "If you will pull 
McPaul through this," I panted, "I will gladly give you 

Under the circumstances, I offered very little, since 
my overall chances of surviving the war right then were 
small. It was presumptuous, too! 

A moment later, as we strained to lift the jeep, 
McPaul crawled out from underneath. Blood oozed 
from his only injury — a small cut on his lower lip. He 
had landed prone in a very shallow ditch with the jeep 

falling across his body but not touching him anywhere. 
What a relief this was! 

In the days following, we commented several times 
on McPaul's miracle. And in a superficial way, I re- 
membered my pact with God. It became a part of me in a 
strange way. I found myself going about the grisly busi- 
ness of war confident that a special guardian angel 
watched over every step I made, protecting me 
miraculously, too. 

This attitude endangered me more than I realized. In 
place of proper caution. I substituted more and more 
carelessness. Still, time after time I noticed marvelous 
evidences of His protection, and so the assurance grew 
that I was magically shielded and that nothing could 
happen to me. 

It did. though. On that fateful January night I went 
out with the third squad to lay a mine field across a 
narrow road where it entered a wood. We carefully 
placed the mines in a complex pattern and brushed 
snow over them to hide them. Before we returned to our 
headquarters, I remembered having seen some of our 
tanks in this same wood the morning before. To alert 
these tanks to the danger of the mines, we spread out in 
the trees to find them. It wasn't long before we found 
tanks in the woods, but they weren't ours! Unknown to 
us, the enemy had recaptured the area that afternoon 
after we had received our orders: and we were working 
behind enemy lines without realizing it. We had walked 
right up to a well-camouflaged Nazi tank in the dark. 


The flat a and a sharp t were alien sounds and alarm- 
ing. We froze on the spot. When the muzzle of the 
88-millimeter turret gun swung to within a few feet of 
our noses, we knew we were in enemy hands and trem- 
bled at their mercy. 

Our captors searched us carefully and took us back to 
their command post in the nearby village. After an 
on-the-spot interrogation, they herded us farther down 
the road to a large farmhouse. At first the soldiers who 
guarded us treated us well. Gradually, however, the 
pressure they felt and the schnapps they had been drink- 
ing charged the air with a certain desperation. We felt 
that anything could happen. 

Later, when they had collected a dozen or so other 
Americans, one of the guards ordered us out into the 
courtyard and lined us up against the stone wall beside 
the door of the house. We assumed that their officers 
had ordered us shot. 

It was a terrifying experience. I had many times come 
close to being killed, but never before had looked so 
squarely into death's certainty as at this moment. I 
could see no escape. I decided to spend whatever time 
remained preparing myself to face my murder with 
some dignity. The non-commissioned officer then ap- 
peared, barked some commands, and a discussion fol- 



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A momber ol the well-known Berry 
family ol Georgia, Dr Berry lives in 
Atlanta, where he is engaged in the 
practice ol psychiatry His grand 
lather had an active role in rebuilding 
Atlanta alter the Civil War. Dr. Berry is 
a graduate ol the lamous Webb 
School in Bell Buckle. Term., and ol 
both Emory University and Emory 
Medical School. He interrupted his 
undergraduate years with military 
service in World War 11,1941-46. as 
shown in his testimony. He has been a 
trustee ol Bryan since 1970. 

lowed. In ihese moments of delay, my mind matched on 
automatically in patterns established by long habits. I 
began systematically to inventory the assets which in 
the past had always effectively dealt with any problems 
I came up against! My assets included a large, loving 
family; a generous supply of good friends; a sound 
body; a good mind; a reasonably good education; and 
even more money than I needed. 

Now all these things on which I had relied in the past, 
which had overcome so many obstacles along the way, 
seemed useless. Even if I had been the smartest, rich- 
est, and mightiest man on earth, one small bullet 
launched by a drunken soldier could reduce me to a 
heap of dead flesh. I found no human resources 
adequate to the challenge of this moment. Total 
helplessness overwhelmed me. 

The guards' dissension went on a little longer. In the 
gray confusion of my mind, a memory began to form of 
something which did seem, even then, to be 
appropriate — the life of my grandmother. Like the sun 
penetrating a morning mist, the image of the consuming 
friendship that she had with her Lord Jesus Christ 
began to form. His presence permeated her being; she 
spoke not only of Him. but with Him. I remembered her 
entire life as a walk with one foot in Heaven and the 
other on the earth. She had etched into my memory the 
vision of the Lord who repeatedly met her critical 
needs — with miracles if need be — and who could meet 
mine now. 

I looked up at the clear stars in that dark January 
night and gave myself to Him again — unconditionally 
this time — no deals, no bargains. As best I could. 1 gave 
my heart and my life to Him forever. 

Miracle of miracles. He received me! Even though 
my selfishness, my thanklessness, my willfulness, and 
my total worthlessness stood out more starkly in my 
mind at that moment than it ever had before in my life. 
He assured my heart that I was now really His. Tears 
formed as I was overwhelmed by the gracious gift of His 
love. All my life He had stood patiently by. waiting for 
just this resignation, ready to come into the very center 
of my being. His presence filled me. and I sensed the 
warm, steadying glow of real peace. My destiny resided 
no longer in the hands of a few absurd men but in the 
heart of the living God. 

Nothing changed physically, of course, but the 
dynamic elements of our crisis juggled and rearranged 
themselves. The enemy soldier still stood before us. but 
somehow his gun no longer reduced us to powerless 
puppets. We became human again, and I felt the needs 
of those other men who stood beside me. I found myself 
offering them words of comfort, sharing with them my 
new-found assurance. 

Hut the drama moved on 

In those few moments while so much was happening 
within me. the dispute was continuing among the guard: 

in German, which none of Us understood Suddcnl) the 
unsettled dispute was interrupt! iminouswhi 

tie and crash of artillery shells landing close by in the 
village. I he guns which thundered in the distance were 
from ourown division, hut this fact offered little conso- 
lation, since a 155-millimeter shell can't disting 
friend from foe. Our guard claimed the only shi- 
place — behind a watering trough, and the rest of us 
flattened out on ihe snowy stones at our feet and 

The barrage hammered intensely on our ears, lasting 
some twenty minutes, and then stopped as suddenly as 
it had begun. During this time out captors apparent!) 
had changed their minds about shooting us and now 
took us back inside the building. In the peace that 
followed our reprieve, we slept quietly the rest of the 

The danger of certain death was hehind us. but the 
imprisonment ahead lasted the rest of the war. The 
oppression of captivity, locked doors and barbed wire, 
bore down on me. But in another way, I found real 
freedom for the first time in my life. I felt reprieved from 
dread and absurdity. In their place I discovered a sub- 
lime confidence that, live or die. the events of my life 
were woven into a larger pattern, a redemptive plan, 
and would all fit together correctly in the end. 

Although release had come from this dread of a point- 
less end. the suffering went on: for my heart still 
pounded, and sweat still formed when we were strafed 
and bombs fell around us. Weeks of boredom dragged 
me down. Malnutrition and disease wasted my body 
away. Over the three months that I was in prison, my 
weight dwindled from 155 pounds to 85 pounds. Hunger 
still gnawed: pain still stung me as a Christian. Even so. 
the inner confidence never left me that in an ultimate 
sense I was still safe in Him. 

Despite the suffering, these months were rich, filled 
with valuable experiences. They formed a foundation 
for the new life that I have had since that time. All of this 
took place over thirty years ago: and a thousand, 
thousand things have happened since to prove His de- 
termination. In a physical sense He saved my life. In a 
much greater sense I died that night. I learned later on 
that when I had received Christ I had really placed 
myself in Him. in His death to begin with. 

Not only did I die. but a new life sprang up. In a real 
sense I was born a second time. When God lifted Jesus 
Christ from the dead. He included me: and I share the 
resurrection life of the Son. 

M\ present life deeply penetrates the tensions and 
turmoils of contemporary America. Practicing medi- 
cine, growing in marriage, raising a lively family, and 
relating to all the activities of a responsible citizen in a 
confusing age consume busy days. In this my life differs 
little from the path I followed before the war. The 
difference is that now I do not rest my ultimate security 
in these elements, nor do I plot the course of my life by 
them. Just as on that night years ago. today I still find 
my priorities reordered and a new, firm platform from 
which to view all that happens, identification with the 
person of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. 

SUMMER 1979 


The Importance of a Healthy 

1V1 an' s basic needs, as I choose to divide them with- 
out regard to order, are three: the need for self-worth, 
the need for intimacy with others, and the need for 
intimacy with God. Today I want to talk about the first 
one — self- worth. 

We all feel inferior. All four billion people on planet 
Earth, including you and me, feel inferior. But why do 
we feel inferior? 

Personality Development 

From the research that I did, especially in preparing 
the material for a book on Christian child-rearing and 
personality development, I came to the conclusion 
based on that research that probably most of our per- 
sonality is formed during the first six years of our life. 
According to longitudinal studies, in which personality 
inventories were given to people when they were six, 
then twelve, then twenty, then thirty, most people don't 
change more than 15 percent after their sixth birthday. 
Now we are not locked into it, praise the Lord. People 
do change dramatically. You have known people who 
accept Christ as their Saviour and then when they begin 
working on problems and getting help from their 
friends, they do change dramatically. But most people 
don't. Most Christians don't. 

I did a study at Trinity Seminary on a couple of 
hundred seminary students, giving them psychological 
testing on their conversion experience and their 
spiritual habits. I was disappointed to find out that the 
length of time that each had been a Christian didn't 
make a whole lot of difference in his personality. That 
was disappointing. Those who had been saved ten years 
weren't much different from those who had been saved 
one year. The ones who had been saved ten years came 
out a little bit healthier, but not enough to be statisti- 
cally significant in running student T-tests and other 
statistical analyses. So I looked at another question in 
the questionnaire: Are you spending time daily meditat- 
ing on God's Word and applying it to your life? I divided 
the psychological test into three groups — those who 
had been meditating daily for three years or longer, 
those who had been meditating daily for less than three 
years, and those who had not been meditating daily. 
There was a significant statistical difference. Those 
who had been meditating daily for three years or longer 
came out significantly less self-centered, more humble, 
more caring about others, with fewer sexual conflicts 
than those who had been meditating daily for three 
years or less. Those who had been meditating three 
years or less came out significantly better than those 
who had not been meditating at all. So accepting Christ 
as Saviour makes you a new creation, but it doesn't 
change your personality: but meditating on God's Word 
will change you. Sanctification takes place when you 
are meditating on and applying God's Word to your life . 

Areas of Inferiority 

Let's look at some ways that we really are inferior in 
the first six years of our life . It will help us to understand 
why we feel inferior when most of our personality is 
being laid down. 

Children are inferior in physical size when they are 
six or under. Everybody else is bigger. 

by Paul D. Meier, M.D. 

They are inferior in coordination. They can't even 
skip or tie their shoes, and big brother or sister makes 
fun of them for not being able to do those things. 

They are inferior in the knowledge of facts. They are 
always asking Mommy or Daddy. "Why?" I get so tired 
of my kids asking me why about everything that some- 
times I just say, "Don't ask me anything right now." 
Then they say, "Daddy, don't you want me to be curi- 
ous?" I say, "Yes. I want you to be curious because 
that is how you get smart, but please, just don't ask me 
any more questions right now. I can't handle any more 
for about half an hour." 

They are inferior in their psychological interpreta- 
tion. They think that storks carry babies and that there 
is a monster behind every tree. They think that a tooth 
fairy brings quarters. I never tell children things like 
that. When my children have a tooth come out, they 
say, "Do you think the tooth fairy will bring me a 
quarter?" I say, "Yeah, but who do you think the tooth 
fairy is?" They say, "It is you, Daddy." I say, "That's 
right." I want them to know the truth. 

We play games — Santa Claus games and things like 
that. If we go to Sears Roebuck at Christmas time, we 
take the children to sit on Santa Claus's knee and get a 
sucker, but they know it is just a game. They know he is 
not a real person. I think that is important. I think they 
need to have the fun. At the same time, it is important 
not to lie to them and tell them that there really is a 
Santa Claus, because when they get a little older they 
will think that you are lying to them about God too. So I 
let them play games about Santa Claus and the Easter 
Bunny, but when they get off Santa's lap and get the 
sucker stick, they say. "Where does that daddy go 
when he takes his beard off and goes home? Where does 
he live?" 

They are inferior in their concept of the world. For 
instance, here is their hometown, and that is half of the 
world. Then there's Africa, Russia, Europe, and Joe's 
Candy Store. The older you get , the bigger concept you 
get of the world. But really a little child thinks that his 
own backyard is 90 percent of the world. Then when he 
is a little older, he thinks his city is 90 percent of the 
world, and then when a little older, his state seems so 
big, and then his country. Some of us never outgrow 
that. As adults I hope you realize that the United States 
is one dinky little country. It is an important one, but it 
has only two hundred million people out of four billion. 
You know that's not many. That's not a very big part of 
the world. I think little Indonesia has more people than 
we do. 

Children are inferior in authority and autonomy. 
Their big brothers and sisters are bossing them around, 
telling them what to do; so they are inferior in that 
regard also. They are just plain inferior in a lot of differ- 
ent ways. 

When a child is forming most of his personality in 
those first six years of life, he really is inferior. It is 
natural, therefore, that he would grow up continuing to 
think he is inferior. When children go off to school, you 
think that will solve their inferiority feelings. You think 
they will get smart, and then they will like themselves. 
But most American schools have a negativistic ap- 




proach. [fasmarl kidgets80percenl in all his tests, thai 
is usually a B. Hut when he gels his paper back, he sees 
the red marks for the 20 percent that he got wrong; anil 
he says, "Boy, I'm dumb!" I hope that your Christian 
teachers here at Bryan in Christian education will have 
a more positivistic approach when they get out ami 
teach in elementary school. Instead of telling their stu- 
dents what they got wrong, they can say, "Look, you 
have learned enough to get 80 percent right! You have a 
lot of potential." I do that even in seminary. I always 
mark the answers they have right instead of the ones 
they got wrong. It takes more time, but it helps their 

There can be a lot of difference in the way you look at 
a glass of water. One person will say, "My glass is half 
full, and I'm really thankful that I still have half a glass 
left." Somebody else will have that same half glass of 
water and say, "I'm really depressed. My water is half 
gone already." You can go through life looking either at 
the half-full glass or at the half-empty glass. That's why 
I believe life is a choice. 

Parental Value Systems 

Then parental value systems enter into our self- 
concept. Materialism can be a faulty parental value 
system. There's nothing wrong with being rich if you 
are putting Christ first and using wisely the money with 
which He is blessing you to support missionaries in the 
church. Pastors shouldn't put down people who are 
rich, but they should encourage them to use their 
money wisely for the Lord. Some of thegodliest men in 
the Bible were also some of the wealthiest men in their 
time. God sometimes blesses people financially. But 
living for money won't satisfy. Many children grow up 
under the pressure of materialism. Especially many of 
us grew up with parents who, because they had been 
through the depression, were so material conscious that 
they made us so. They may have been disappointed 
when you became a pastor because they might rather 
have had you go into some profession where you could 
make a great deal of money. 

Athletics — this is really good for kids. It can help the 
self-concept. But many times we get this "kill-at-any- 
cost" attitude in athletics. Some coaches are very det- 
rimental to kids, telling them to go out and kick and 
cheat. We have a number of seminary students who 
play professional athletics. It is interesting to talk with 
them about the different coaches from different teams. I 
am glad that Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys is a 
committed Christian. That's my favorite team, of 

A good way to make a child a good athlete is by 
accepting him unconditionally. Don't demand that he 
be first string. Be glad if he gets to warm up the bench. 
Give him a lot of companionship, spend lots of time with 
him, and then encourage repetition, repetition, and rep- 
etition because practice makes petfect. Then give 
genuine praise for what he does that is right and ignore 
most errors. When you are playing catch with your 
child and you want to develop a good self-concept in 
him, don't criticize him when he misses the ball. Ignore 
it when he misses; but when he catches it. say, "Bov. 



Dr. Meier is assistant professor ol practical theology at Dal- 
las Theological Seminary and a psychiatrist at the Minirth- 
Meier Psychiatric Clinic in Dallas. Texas. 

His educational background includes studies at the Michi- 
gan State University lor the masters degree in human 
physiology and at the University of Arkansas Medical School 
for the M.D. In addition, Dr. Meier received psychiatry resi- 
dency certificates from the University of Arkansas Medical 
School and Duke University. He also took graduate courses at 
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School during one year while he 
was on the faculty there. 

Dr. Meier is the author of Christian Child-Hearing and Personal- 
ity Development and he has written articles for religious and 
scientific journals. Recently he served as the elder-pastor of a 
"mini flock" at Richland Bible Fellowship in Richardson. 

Insights into human personality and suggestions on how to 
find solutions for human problems are illustrated in the ac- 
companying article taken from a lecture by Dr. Meier at the 
recent pastors conference. 

you caught it that time. That was great." So you praise 
what children do right and ignore what they do w rong. 
You can give some advice, but don't be overly critical. 

Our society frequently puts an over-emphasis on in- 
telligence. Kids who get straight As all through school 
frequently have more psychological problems than kids 
who have a B or C average. In medical school you have 
to have about an A average in order to get in: but once 
you get in. there are a lot of residency programs after 
medical school that won't accept straight A students 
from medical school. They want B and C students be- 
cause these know how to relate to people: the A student 
has been studying so much that he doesn't have any 
bedside manners. Now that is not always true, because 
there are some A students that study and socialize. But 
intelligence can be overly emphasized. Socialization in 
school is just as important as the grades kids get. I think 
they should work up to their potential: they should 
study a reasonable amount. 

Humanitarianism can be a faulty parental value sys- 
tem if it is done just for the sake of self-w orth. like giving 
to the United Fund or the Seminary Student Relief 
Fund. But many people give just so that they can be 
seen giving, just like the Pharisees in Christ's day. who 
would have somebody blow the trumpet before they 
laid their money on the altar so that they w ould be sure 
to have somebody see them. 

Sinless perfection is another faulty parental value 
system. We can drill the "dirty dozen" into our chil- 
dren day in and day out and expect them to be so perfect 
that we give them the impression that they are better 


SUMMER 1979 


than the other kids because they are so moral. It is 
important for our kids to have good morals but not to 
think that they are better than others because of those 
strict, legalistic types of rules. 

Good looks is really overemphasized in America to- 
day. I was really embarrassed the other day when my 
little five-year-old girl told my former pastor that she 
wanted to be like Farrah Fawcett. What we ought to be 
emphasizing in our children is godly character. We 
should praise them when we catch them sharing. Praise 
them for loving each other, for resolving their conflicts. 
Whatever you praise children for, that is what they are 
going to base their self-worth on. If you praise them 
primarily for looks, they are going to go through life 
being very vain, spending half of their life in front of a 
mirror, and then getting depressed when they turn 
thirty, then getting depressed again when they turn 
forty, and again when they turn fifty. They will base 
their self-worth on their looks. The prettier a little boy is 
or a little girl, the more likely he or she is to feel inferior 
about his or her looks. 

If people are basing their self-worth on material or 
physical values, instead of living for Christ, they will 
live for money and become "workaholics." But they 
won't be satisfied. If they base their self-worth on godly 
character, then when they are down in the dumps, they 
can hone up on that; they can improve their godly 
character, and they will like themselves more. 

Discipline is very important. Proverbs 22:6 says, 
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he 
is old, he will not depart from it." Discipline is neces- 
sary for a good, healthy self-concept. Children need to 
learn limits. Sweden has bought Freud and Spock hook, 
line, and sinker. Sweden used to be a godly nation, but 
in Sweden today spanking is discouraged; in fact, if a 
parent wants to spank his child, he has to take him into 
the innermost part of the house so that someone won't 
call the police on him. In Sweden there are nude swim- 
ming, trial marriages, free this and free that, and no 
discipline. Out of all the nations in the world, Sweden 
has the world's highest teen-age suicide rate. Children 
need limits; they want limits. If you don't give them 
any, they will act worse and worse and worse until you 
clamp down on them. They want you to discipline them 
because that is how they know that you care. They will 
act bad and become hyperactive because they lack dis- 
cipline. We bring these little kids into the hospital for 
one week and discipline them and give them limits, and 
they behave fine. 


All of us have defects. God wants us to work on our 
correctable defects. I hope He doesn't expect us to get 
rid of them overnight, but He expects us to work on 
things like selfish behavior and spiritual maturity. But 
we all have uncorrectable defects. Some of these are 
not really defects. Some people feel inferior because of 
being of a certain race or another. There are such things 
as incurable physical and mental handicaps. We all 
have some things that we can't do anything about. It is 
important not to carry around anger toward God for 
those things. We need to accept our uncorrectable de- 
fects and realize that He made us the way He wanted us. 
He made us in our mother's womb, Psalm 139 tells us. 
He gave us certain strengths and certain weaknesses. 

There are some things that I am very good at, and 
there are some things I am very bad at. So I just need to 
thank God that I am good at a few things. A passage of 
Scripture that helps with self-concept is what Paul said: 

"I have learned in whatever state I am, therewith to be 
content." lean be happy whether my glass is half full or 
half empty — or all the way empty. I can be thankful that 
I still have that empty glass. 

Christ, who created the universe and had all the 
wealth of the universe at His disposal, chose to be born 
in a ghetto part of Israel. He was reared by imperfect 
parents who made mistakes when He was growing up. 
They misjudged Him at the temple. They didn't even 
miss Him for a whole day. Then they didn't understand 
Him very well. They didn't know that He was about His 
Father's business. They made mistakes just as we do. 

All of us feel insignificant. We all want to try to prove 
that we are significant through the lust of the flesh, the 
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — through sexual 
prowess, materialism, power, and prestige. But God 
says those things aren't going to work. He says, "You 
are significant. Trust Me." He says, "Seek first the 
kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these 
things will be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33) — your 
material needs, a feeling of pride and healthy self- 
worth, a feeling of significance. 

Psalm 139 tells us that God formed our inward parts 
and weaved us in our mother's womb, and He gave us 
certain strengths and weaknesses before we were even 
born. Sometimes God needs to give us a physical defect 
or some other thorn in the flesh. I believe that Paul's 
thorn in the flesh was some eye disease, because he 
said, "I know that you would give me your own eyes if 
you could. I write with big letters so I can see what I am 
writing." There are other passages that indicate that he 
didn't have a very good appearance. I think he had 
some sort of eye disease that made him look ugly. In 
Proverbs 25:4, all of us are likened to silver that God has 
to burn away the dross from. And that takes suffering 

Matthew 10:29-31 can be of help to people who have 
low self-concept. If a sparrow falls to the ground, God 
knows it. How much more important to God you are. 

Security in Christ 

John 10:27-31 gives me great peace. When I am feel- 
ing insignificant, I will lie back on my bed and imagine 
Christ having a great big hand, and I will imagine myself 
crawling into His hand and just putting myself into the 
middle of it. And He is warmly putting His fingers 
around me, and then His Father puts His hands around 
that. And He says, "I will love you and give you eternal 
life and nobody can pluck you out of My hand." We are 
eternally secure in Christ. I believe that eternal security 
is important to self-worth and to real peace in the Chris- 
tian life. 

True Biblical Christianity is extremely practical. Liv- 
ing according to God's wise concepts as outlined in His 
holy Word will result in an abundant life of love, joy, 
peace, and the other fruits of the Spirit. It will help your 
self-concept . The main thing that I base my self-concept 
on is my position in Christ. 

According to some research that Wilson and I did at 
Duke, the kind of church one attends can affect one's 
self-concept. A church that has good Bible doctrine, 
fellowship with one another, and evangelism with dis- 
cipleship produces young people who are spiritually 
and psychologically mature. 

My last comment is that I like Bill Gothard's pin that 
he hands out at the end of a seminar with BPGIFWM Y 
on it. People say, "What does that mean?" It means, 

(continued on page 12) 





All five members of the English 
department attended ihc southeast- 
ern regional Conference on Chris- 
tianity and Literature in Savannah, 
Ga., March 30 and 3 1 . Dr. Cornelius 
was elected chairman of the re- 
gional meeting for next year. An 
offer from Bryan to host the confer- 
ence in 1982 was accepted. 

On March 9, David Luther, 
assistant professor of music, pre- 
sented a patriotic program for the 
state convention of the Daughters of 
the American Revolution. He also 
performed as a soloist for the Chat- 
tanooga Opera Guild in March and 
served in April as a judge for the 
Chattanooga Music Club scholar- 

In February, Dr. Robert Spoede, 
associate professor of history, and 
Glen Liebig, academic dean and reg- 
istrar, attended a seminar in Atlanta 
on academic advising sponsored by 
the Small College Consortium. Mr. 
Liebig also attended workshops in 
Atlanta this spring on management 
information systems and faculty 
evaluation. In March. Dr. Spoede 
also attended a seminar in Dallas on 

Dr. Brian Richardson, associate 
professor of Christian education, 
spoke on March 12 at a Scripture 
Press conference in Asheville, 
North Carolina. (Dr. Richardson is 
currently vice president of the As- 
sociation of Professors of Christian 
Education. It was erroneously re- 
ported in the previous issue that he 
had been elected president.) 

Martin Hart/til. assistant profes- 
sor of biology, was selected to at- 
tend a two-day faculty workshop on 
bacteria and viruses in aquatic sys- 
tems at the Argonne National 
Laboratory. Argonne, 111., March 
16 and 17. 

Two members of the math de- 
partment. Dr. Phillip Lestmann and 
Dr. Carlos Pereira, attended the an- 
nual meeting of the Mathematics 
Association of America. Southeast- 
ern Section, April 6 and 7, at the 
University of Tennessee in Chat- 
tanooga. They attended sessions on 

the teaching of mathematics, a sec- 
tion on papers presented by stu 
dents, and two lectures byoutstand 
ing mathematicians. 


The sixth annual art show opened 
April 22 and continued tlnough May 
6 with exhibitions open to the public 
in the third-floor reading room ol 
the administration building. I here 
were 132 entries in the six divisions, 
which included painting, design, 
sculpture, photography, drawing. 
and ceramics. The exhibit was di- 
rected by Kent Juillard, instructor 
in ait. 

First prize in the painting division 
was awarded to Faith DuVall, a 
senior from Jacksonville, Fla.; sec- 
ond prize, to Chris Butgereit, a 
freshman from Jenison. Mich.; and 
third prize, to Tom Campbell, a 
senior from Chamblee, Georgia. 

In the design division, John 
French, a freshman from Kingston, 
Tenn., placed first; and John Hyatt. 
a freshman from Snellville. Ga.. 
second and third. 

Taking first and second place in 
sculpture was Chris Hine, a sopho- 
more from Portage, Mich.; and third 
place, Jim Downward, a freshman 
from Inverness. Florida. 

Beth Shreeves, a sophomore from 
Chamblee. Ga., took first- and 
third-place honors in the photog- 
raphy division; and John T. Salley, 
a senior from Doraville. Ga., the 
second-place honor. 

A senior. Rudy Wolter, from 
Marietta, Ga., placed first and third 
in the drawing entries; and a 
freshman, Marshall Camp, from 
Cordova, Tenn.. second. 

I nst place in ceramics went to 
Marc Meznar, ■■ frci hman from Sao 
Paulo, Brazil second place to Fori 
Rostollan, a specnl student from 
I'.' midji, Mum i and third place to 
Fori Chappell, a fn hman from 

In addition to the current studenl 
entries, work was also exhibited by 
Mark 7 and Linda f| jebig) 78 
Smith and bj Alan F. Baughnui] 


Bryan's second annual horticul- 
ture show in April attracted ;ipr 
imatel) Mm visitors to the third- 
llniir reading room to view over 90 
student entries. Dr. Ralph Paisley, 
associate professor of biology, was 
general chairman of the shi 

The sweepstakes award for ac- 
cumulating the most points v.ent to 
J. T. Salley, senior, of Doraville. 
Ga., who also won the award of 
merit and the award of excellence. 
Thirteen blue ribbons were awarded 
to student exhibitors, who received 
a total of 29 prizes. 

Adding color and variety to the 
show w ere two commerical exhibits 
by Dayton florists. Mrs. Eva 
Goebel of Eva's Greenhouse exhib- 
ited cacti and succulents, and Mrs. 
Sammy Elder of Hy-Way Gardens 
gave a demonstration of basic 
flower-arranging for church altars. 

Judges for the show w ere Dayto- 
nians Mrs. Raymond Walker and 
Mrs. John Nevans. of the Sunset 
Garden Club: Mrs. Bobby Vincent, 
of the Four Seasons Garden Club: 
and Mrs. C. P. Swafford. of the 
Dayton Garden Club. 


Instructor Juillard completes sculpture. 

Students examine a metallic skier. 

SUMMER 1979 


Reverend Francis Dixon 


Rev. Francis Dixon of East- 
bourne. England, shown at the 
McNeely lectern in Rudd Chapel, 
was the Bible speaker for the sec- 
ond annual pastors' conference in 
May. He gave four messages on the 
theme "The Church in Action — 
Then and Now," based on Acts 2-6. 
He was for twenty-nine years pastor 
of Lansdowne Baptist Church, 
Bournemouth, England. During this 
ministry he also developed an ex- 
tensive system of Bible study notes 
known as the "Lansdowne Bible 
Study and Postal Fellowship." The 
outreach of this program is shown 
by the fact that a campus visitor in 
the spring, Dr. Helen Roseveare, 
saw a notice about Mr. Dixon's 
coming visit to Bryan and said she 
had used his study notes for fifteen 
years while a missionary in Belgian 
Congo (Zaire). This correspon- 
dence ministry led to his developing 
an excellent skill in preparing out- 
lines for Bible study. An example is 
given below for Luke 18: 


A Study in Luke 18 

"The things which are impossible 
with men are possible with God" 
Luke 18:27. 


It Is Possible for God 

1. To answer importunate prayer 

(The widow and the unjust judge, verses 

2. To save the very worst sinners 

(The self-righteous Pharisee and the re- 
pentant publican, verses 9-14) 

3. To make himself known to little children 
(Jesus blessing the little children, verses 


4. To deliver from the allurements of the 

(The rich young ruler, verses 18-25) 

5. To compensate us for any sacrifice we 

may be called upon to make for Him 
(The reply of Jesus to Peter's concern, 
verses 28-30) 

6. To fulfill every promise He has ever made 
(Jesus' teaching about His coming Pas- 
sion, verses 31-34) 

7. To perform a great miracle 

(The healing of blind Bartimaeus, verses 

'(Message 8 in Running Up the Stairs. Words 
of Life Paperback #2) 


A committee of Tennessee State 
Department of Education special- 
ists and personnel from two private 
colleges and one public school sys- 
tem visited Bryan College March 
21-23 in fulfillment of a Tennessee 
law requiring periodic evaluation of 
institutions which offer teacher cer- 
tification programs. 

In the brief oral report on the last 
day of the visit. Dr. Don England, 
coordinator for the committee, 
made several commendations, 
suggestions, and recommendations. 
Dr. Mercer was commended for his 
administrative support of teacher- 
education programs. Dr. Bedford, 
chairman of the Education- 
Psychology Division, was com- 
mended for the quality of prepara- 
tion for the site visit of the evalua- 
tion committee and also for the new 
elementary school certification 
program proposal, which had been 
presented by the division and ap- 
proved by the academic council. 
This proposal has since been ap- 
proved by the full faculty. All fac- 
ulty and staff were thanked for their 
hospitality and openness with the 

The new elementary school cer- 
tification program gives additional 

emphasis in teaching the basic read- 
ing and mathematics skills, art, and 
music. A tighter screening of 
applicants for teacher education, 
particularly in the area of basic 
skills, is also a part of the new pro- 

In addition to several secondary 
school specialists from the state de- 
partment, others serving on the 
evaluation committee were as fol- 

Dr. J. M. Galloway, Belmont College 
Dr. Wayne Alford, Union University 
Mrs. Sylvia Ray. Morristown School Sys- 
Dr. Don England. Director of TeacherCer- 

tification in Tennessee 
Mr. John Gaines. Director of Secondary 

Education in Tennessee 
Mr. John Whitman. Director of Middle 
Grades in Tennessee 

The written report has just been 
received from the evaluation com- 
mittee. The college is expected to 
respond within ten days to any er- 
rors of fact within the report and to 
make a formal response later in the 
summer as to the plan for carrying 
out the recommendations of the 

Bryan's approved certification 
programs in teacher education date 
from 1959, with courses in profes- 
sional education being offered since 


A special 50th Anniversary 21 -day tour has been 
tentatively planned to spend ten days in the Alpine 
regions of Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, includ- 
ing attendance at the world-famous "Passion 
Play"atOberammergau. The other 11 days would 
include an extensive tour of Israel. An option which 
would include the Alpine portion only will be con- 
sidered. As tickets for the "Passion Play" are 
limited, anyone interested should contact Dr. John 
B. Bartlett at Bryan College in the near future. 
Tentative dates are June 24 through July 14, 1980. 

Healthy Self-ConceptS (Continued from page 10) 

"Be patient. God isn't finished with 
me yet." We need to be patient with 
ourselves and not be overly critical. 
We need to realize that we are in the 
process of becoming what God 
wants us to be. 

Let us thank God that He loves us 
and cares about us and accepts us 
exactly the way we are. Yet He 
wants us to be conformed to the 
image of His Son. I pray that God 
will help each one of us to cooperate 
with Him and to realize how sig- 
nificant we are to Him — that all 

parts of the body of Christ are 
equally important, even though God 
has given some ten talents and some 
just one. May God help us to realize 
that in His sight we are equal, we are 
significant, and He thinks about us 
so many times each day that we 
couldn't even count them. He helps 
us not to feel inferior, not to believe 
that lie of the Devil, not to waste so 
much of our time going through life 
trying to prove that we aren't in- 
ferior. May we seek first His king- 
dom and His righteousness. 





kathy McReynolds, a graduating 

senior from Dayton, Ohio, was 
named Bryan College Athlete of the 
Year, the highest athletic award 
given by the college; and two other 
Bryan athletes, Wesley Johnson, a 
graduating senior from Chattanoo- 
ga, Tenn., and Sandy Stack, a junior 
from Hollywood, Fla., won the 
male and female Christian Athlete- 
of-the-Year awards sponsored by 
the Southern Christian Athletic 

Miss McReynold's honor marks 
the first time the top Bryan athletic 

Sandy Stack 

award has been won by a woman, a 
fact which indicates the healthy and 
growing program in women's 
sports. Mr. Johnson's winning of 
the SCAC male award repeats last 
year's experience when Jerry Cline. 
Bryan star athlete from Mansfield. 
Ohio, won the award in its first year 
of presentation. Miss Stack is the 
first winner of this newly estab- 
lished honor for women. For these 
SCAC honors, made by the vote of 
the coaches, Mr. Johnson and Miss 
Stack were in competition with 
athletes from Covenant College and 
Tennessee Temple University of 
Chattanooga and Lee College of 
Cleveland, Tennessee. It was com- 
pletely coincidental that two 
athletes from the same institution 
won the awards. 

Miss McReynolds pursued an In- 
dividual Goal-Oriented academic 


Coach Tubbs, Kathy McReynolds 

major with an emphasis in physical 
education and history. Teaching 
physical education and coaching 
athletics are her career goals. In all 
four years Miss McReynolds played 
softball, basketball, and volleyball 
and received many team, confer- 
ence, and state awards in each 
sport. Her senior awards at Bryan 
included Most Valuable Player in 
volleyball. Most Assists in basket- 
ball, and Best Defensive Outfielder 
in softball. 

Mr. Johnson, a Greek major who 
was graduated summa cum laude. has 
the Christian ministry as his career 
goal. He was a basketball standout 
all four years, attending Bryan on a 
four-year scholarship from the 
Chattanooga Chapter of the Fellow- 
ship of Christian Athletes. Mr. 
Johnson won the scholarship, un- 
derwritten by Provident Life and 
Accident Insurance Co.. in compe- 
tition with hundreds of athletes in 
the Greater Chattanooga area when 
he was graduated from Central High 
School in 1975. 

Miss Stack also received Bryan 
honors for Best Defensive Infielder 
and Best Offensive Player in 
softball and Most Valuable Player. 
Leading Scorer, and Leading Re- 
bounder in basketball. 

Showing promise for the future. 
Debbie Witter, a freshman from 
Seabrook, Md.. was recognized as 
Most Improved Player; and Linda 
Menees, a freshman from Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla.. Best Free Throw 
Percentage in basketball. Deborah 
Henry, a junior from Fairbanks. 

Alaska, was not< : lm 

proved in volleyball. 

Sophomore Dean Kopp captured 
all the honors in men's basketball a« 
Best Rebounder, Most Valuable 
Player, and sole winner of the Star 
Plaque. Dean combim lemic 

excellence with his basketball 
prowess in being Ihe lop 

honoi students in his class. 

In cross-country team participa- 
tion, Tim Not', a junior from Ki 

ville. Icnn.. was honored 
Valuable: and Ron Decker, a Dc 
cember graduate now ministering 
through music in Germany, earned 
Most Improved Player award. 

Other honors for outstanding per- 
formance were given for soccer to 
Jim Soyster, a junior from Water- 
lord. Conn.. Best Defensive Player; 
Rusty Fulks. a sophomore of 
Dickson. Tenn.. Most Improved: 
David Shaver, a senior from Zanes- 
ville. Ohio, the Hustle Award: and 
Carlos Vega, a senior from Hon- 
duras. Best ( iffensive Pla\ er 

For men's baseball, awards went 
to Robbie Loveland. a junior from 
Lake Park. Fla.. as Best Defensive 
Player, and to Brian Chapman, a 
senior from Pompano. Fla.. as Best 
Offensive Player. 

In tennis. Suzanne Michel, a 
sophomore from Little Rock. Ark.. 
was cited as Most Valuable Player 
for women: David Sligh. a senior 
from Lakeland. Fla.. Most Valuable 
for men: and Tim Stroup. a sopho- 
more from Muncy. Pa.. Most Im- 

Wes Johnson at center 

SUMMER 1979 



Pam Henry 

Deborah Godbee 

Bonnie Freeman 


Kathy Williams 

^ W Kathy Morrill 

< — ' /v Scott Smith 

1 he Summer Missions Program (SMP) is a 
student-oriented plan for sending students to home and 
foreign mission fields for short-term service during the 
summer under the direction of various mission boards. 

The services performed by the student missionaries 
range from such mundane but necessary work as baby- 
sitting, housework, bookstore-tending, painting, and 
yard maintenance to such spiritual ministries as assist- 
ing in Bible schools and camps, providing religious 
music, and distributing Christian literature. These 
kinds of assistance often provide the career missionary 
with time to perform more vital tasks. 

Gaining an overview of missionary life and rendering 
practical help to missionaries in their daily routine has 
provided a wholesome atmosphere in which prospects 
for missions can evaluate future service. 

A survey of the past seven years shows that at least 
sixty-five students have participated in this form of 
practical Christian service in no fewer than twenty-four 
countries outside the U.S. and in all the continents but 
Australia. They have also rendered assistance to home 
missionaries in nine states of the U.S.A. 

Each summer, selected Bryan students receive 
through SMP a portion of their support, usually about 
one-third of the cost of transportation and other antici- 
pated expenses. The SMP funds are raised during the 
year by contributions from students, faculty and staff, 
and other friends. The student missionaries themselves 
are responsible for the remaining portion of their sup- 
port, usually provided through personal friends and 
students' home churches. 

SMP joins with Student Missions Fellowship to 
sponsor mission prayer bands, help entertain visiting 
missionary speakers, and generally provide a program 
of missions education for the college community. 

SMP is one arm of Practical Christian Involvement 
(PCI), the organization on campus which provides stu- 

dents with opportunities for Christian service. Bill 
Bauer '78 is the present director of PCI. Tim Cox, a 
junior from McBain, Mich., was PCI president for 
1978-79; and Nancy Aldrich, a sophomore from Wil- 
liamsburg, Va., was vice president for SMP. The new 
officers for 1979-80 include PCI president, David Zopfi, 
a senior from Dayton, Tenn., and SMP vice president, 
Lauri Anderson, a senior from Dallas, Texas. 

An interesting sidelight on the SMP ministry is that 
senior Anita Davis, while serving in Venezuela during 
the summer of 1977, met Rina Quijada, a young Ven- 
ezuelan Christian who had graduated from high school 
the previous year. Rina wanted to enroll in a Christian 
college in the United States, and Anita influenced her to 
apply to Bryan. Rina entered Bryan in the second 
semester of 1977-78 and will be a junior in the fall 
semester of 1979. 

Students selected for the 1979 summer missionary 
representatives include the following: 

Pam Henry, junior from Barnesville, Ga., plans to 
serve with the Africa Inland Mission until the end of the 
calendar year. 

Deborah Godbee, a senior from Waynesboro, Ga., 
has applied to Unevangelized Fields Mission to serve in 

Bonnie Freeman, a junior from Ft. Payne, Ala., is 
going to Belgium under Greater Europe Mission. 

Scott Smith, a junior from Waxhaw, N.C., and the 
son of Wycliffe missionaries, is heading toward Italy 
under Operation Mobilization. 

Kathy Morrill, a senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., is 
going under Central American Mission to one of their 
Spanish-speaking fields. 

Kathy Williams, a senior from Hollywood, Fla., has 
been accepted for a summer term in the Philippines 
under Wycliffe Bible Translators. 

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For the Whole Family 


JULY 21-27 

cPibptiecyr ill ife ^Ligfy of today's World? 

"The Prophetic Parables 
of Matthew 13" 

"Western Civilization in 

Mortal Crisis: Its Causes 

and the Solution" 


Radio and TV speaker, associated with 
Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, Mich. 


Latvian ex-Communist, lecturer on in- 
ternational affairs, from Boone, N.C. 

of Christ's Coming" 



Lebanese former Moslem, music pro- 
fessor at Lane College, Jackson, Tenn. 





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for Living 
for Earning a Living 

SPECIAL ISSUE For Prospective Students 

Perhaps you will be like these students who have already "ar- 
rived" on Bryan's verdant, wooded campus to greet a new world of 
college life. Pictured above, left to right, are Dawn Fuller, a senior 
from Liberty, N.Y.; Susan Liebig, a freshman from Dayton, 
Tenn.; Ray Kordus, a freshman from Mosinee, Wis.; and Mark 
Suto, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa. This picture and the cover 
showing the same students are by Jim Cunnyngham Studios as are 
most of the other color photos in this issue. 


Editorial Office: William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee 37321. (615) 775- 



Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: John 
Bartlett, Rebecca Peck, Charles 

Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
Rebecca Peck 


Circulation Manager: Shirley 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
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Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices 
(USPS 072-010). 

Copyright 1979 


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Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
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Back cover photo is by Donna Eberhart, of Spring Hill Enter- 
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1 his current academic year marks the fif- 
tieth year of the "world" of Bryan College. 
Through this half century, Bryan has remained 
steadfast to its original purpose as a Christian 
liberal arts college and in its devotion to the 
Bible as the inerrant Word of God and to the 
supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things. Excit- 
ing things are happening at this significant time 
in Bryan's history. We are bursting at the 
seams with students, and so generally we need 
more space for nearly everything — for housing, 
library facilities, student union and food ser- 
vice, and physical education. A major capital 
advance program is being planned to meet 
these needs, but even prior to that a number of 
adjustments are being made to meet current 
needs. Because we are primarily a residential 
college, a new dormitory is crucial. We invite 
your prayer support that these needs be met 
and especially that our service to the students 
be genuine and of lasting impact and value. 

This issue of Bryan Life has been pre- 
pared so that prospective students and their 
families can better understand our world at 
Bryan College, where the educational program 
is designed to assist students both in learning to 
live and in learning how to earn a living. 

Theodore C. Mercer 




for Living 

for Earning a Living 

To the Prospective Student: 

It is important that you have educational plans that 
include both your own growth and development as a 
person and the acquisition of training and skills which 
will enable you to make a living. 

This principle of relating thought and life is at the very 
heart of what we call a liberal arts education — the kind 
of knowledge that helps us understand ourselves and 
the world of people of which we are a part; the natural 
environment of earth with all the wonders of the physi- 
cal world; those more intangible, but nonetheless real, 
aesthetic, philosophic, moral, and spiritual values re- 
flected in literature, music, art, and philosophy; and, 
above all, the knowledge of God revealed to us in the 
Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ. 

It is this kind of education that will enable you to have 
a fulfilling life of personal satisfaction and of service to 
others, while at the same time to earn a living. 

The education, therefore, which Bryan offers com- 
bines both aspects of life — how to live as a person and 
how to earn a living. Contrary to what some seem to 
think, a liberal arts education is immensely practical. 
One contemporary evidence of the regard for this use- 
fulness is reflected in considerable emphasis currently 
being given to career development. The idea that an 
educated person is one who enjoys the luxury of know- 
ing a lot of nice but useless things but is unprepared for 
the workaday world is passe, if indeed it were ever true. 

The integrating of the ultimate truths and principles 
set forth in the Bible and the knowledge content of the 
academic disciplines is a major concern of the Christian 
liberal arts purpose. 

Some people would like to limit the Biblical message 
to a narrow "spiritual" realm while retaining a special 
compartment of their minds for the "secular" intellec- 
tual disciplines. But there is no such compartmentaliza- 
tion in the teachings of Paul or in any of Scripture for 
that matter. For the Christian there is no "secular" 
realm; all things relate to our faith in Christ. 

It is in the context of this broad understanding of the 
implications of the Biblical message that a Christian 
liberal arts college operates. We have been trusted with 
the gospel, and we shall entrust it to faithful students 
who will be able to lead their generation. The Bible 
speaks of government and kings: we teach history and 

social studies in the light of that revelation. The Bible 
speaks of beauty and truth: we teach an integration of 
arts and humanities with the Biblical propositions about 
nature and the universe. The Bible speaks of creation: 
we study the natural sciences in an attitude of grateful 
worship towards the Creator. The Bible speaks of the 
nature of man: it is in that context that we study 
psychology and education. The Bible is God*s preposi- 
tional revelation to man: it is with a full dedication to the 
verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture that we teach 
Biblical studies. 

We believe that a Bryan education not only fosters 
inner personal development » hich will help you to "put 
it all together" in this crazy, topsy-turvy world of the 
end of the twentieth century but will also prepare you in 
a variety of ways to earn a living. And best of all. a 
Christian education will fit you for the life of the world 
to come. We accept as basic the statement that "the 
fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge"" (Prov. 

FALL 1979 



Academic WORLD 

Bible, Christian Education, 
and Greek 

The general education requirement of 
16 semester hours in Bible for every de- 
gree program shows the importance 
placed on the study of Bible for all stu- 
dents. In addition, the Biblical studies 
division provides a student an opportu- 
nity to major in Bible, Christian Educa- 
tion, or Greek. All instruction in the di- 
vision is based on the infallibility and 
inerrancy of the Scriptures and on the 
Bible's assertion of the deity of Christ 
and His atoning sacrifice as the sole 
ground of man's salvation. Because in 
methodology observation is basic to 
correct interpretation and application, 
the Bible is studied to determine first 
what it says and then what it means — all 
with the view to the student's obedience 
to its spiritual message. 

Graduates with majors in this division 
have been readily accepted at such 
seminaries as Dallas, Conservative 
Baptist at Denver, Grace, Reformed, 
Trinity, and Southwestern Baptist in 
Fort Worth, the largest seminary in the 
world, where students who major in 
Christian Education at Bryan can re- 
ceive up to 16 hours on their master's 
degree. This advanced-standing pro- 
gram is based on competencies in par- 
ticular areas. 

Graduates in Bible and Greek are 
serving as pastors, associate pastors, 
missionaries, and professors of Bible, 
Greek, and related subjects. Christian 
Education graduates are presently serv- 
ing as editors with publishing com- 
panies, directors of mission boards, pro- 
fessors of Christian Education, camp di- 
rectors, ministers of education in local 
churches, youth directors, associate 
pastors, Bible club missionaries, and 
teachers of Bible. 

Biology, Chemistry, 

The division of natural science aims 
to provide all the courses necessary for 
a broad major in either biology, chemis- 
try, mathematics, or composite natural 
science. With careful planning, secon- 

dary certification can be added to each 
of these majors, a fact which provides 
for a wide range of career options. 

In its striving for excellence in teach- 
ing, the division offers students "hands 
on" experience with microscopes, 
spectrophotometers, gas chromato- 
graph, radiochemistry instruments, and 
computers. Also an 18-foot pontoon 
boat provides for ecological studies in 
the Tennessee River. The division re- 
cently had four students spend two 
weeks of intensive study in nearby Oak 
Ridge. There they studied the theory 
and applications of radiobiology and 

Four of the five full-time faculty in the 
division hold the doctor's degree. This 
training of the faculty means that the 
division can and does offer the basic and 
advanced courses necessary for many 
different careers following graduation. 
Our graduates have entered high-school 
teaching, public health service, agricul- 
ture, nursing, quality control 
laboratories and research, medical 
technology, and pharmacy. Others have 
planned for graduate studies and are 
now preparing for careers in engineer- 
ing, college teaching, veterinary 
medicine, and aerospace engineering. 

One graduate is plant manager for a 
chemical industry firm, and another, 
who took his pre-med at Bryan, went to 
the University of Virginia Medical 
School on scholarship and is now prac- 
ticing medicine in Ohio. 

These examples show that any stu- 
dent who wants to have a career in the 
sciences and is willing to work can be 
prepared for it here at Bryan. 


The business department offers four 
majors — accounting, business ad- 
ministration, business education, and 

The opportunities are plentiful in the 
three major accounting fields: public, 
managerial, and governmental. Public 
accountants either have their own busi- 
ness or work for an accounting firm. 
Managerial accountants, also called 
private accountants, handle the finan- 
cial records of the firm they work for. 
Governmental accountants examine the 
records of governmental agencies and 
audit businesses or individuals whose 
dealings are subject to governmental 
regulation. Within these broad areas are 
several more specialized occupations. 

The business administration major 
can prepare the student for a number of 
occupational opportunities, such as 
those in banking institutions that train 
their employees in specialized fields but 
want prospective employees who are 
conversant with a wide range of busi- 
ness disciplines. This major could also 
lead to occupations relating to insur- 
ance, real estate, sales, computer pro- 
gramming, advertising, or management. 

The business education major is of- 
fered in conjunction with the education 
department and relates primarily to job 
opportunities in secondary education. 
Because the transition from the 
academic to the business world is read- 
ily accessible to the business education 
major, his job potential often extends 
beyond occupations in teaching. 

The economics major is a relatively 
new major at Bryan. Federal, state, and 
local governments are the primary 
employers of economists. Several gov- 
ernmental agencies are involved in 
economic planning and development. 
Many more hire economists to research 
potential economic ramifications and 
implications of policies that are not per 
se economic. Banking and other private 
businesses concerned with economic 
trends are also employers of 
economists. There is opportunity also 
for advanced study in economics on 
both the master's and doctor's level. 

Education and 


The division of education and 
psychology offers majors in elementary 
education and psychology, professional 
education courses for secondary 
teachers, and extensive courses in phys- 
ical education. Graduates specializing 
in these fields find rewarding careers in 
education at all levels and in a variety of 
other human services fields. 

The courses of study in education 
give the future teacher an understanding 
of the learner, an overview of effective 
teaching methods, and a knowledge of 
philosophies of secular and Christian 
education. Graduates completing edu- 
cation programs serve in public and pri- 
vate schools in the United States and 
overseas. Many broaden their career 
options by completing graduate studies 



in specialized fields such as guidance, 
reading, learning disabilities, and school 

A nolice of continued approval of 
Bryan College as a teacher-training in- 
stitution has been received from the 
Tennessee Slate Department of Educa- 
tion following a committee evaluation in 
March of 1979. livery seven years 
teacher-training institutions in Tennes- 
see arc evaluated by a committee made 
up of representatives from other col- 
leges and State Department specialists. 

Education programs lead to Tennes- 
see certification in early childhood edu- 
cation; elementary education; school 
art grades K-12; school music grades 
K-12; physical education grades K-12; 
and secondary teaching in biology, 
business, chemistry. English, history, 
math, and other subject areas. By plan- 
ning of the student's program, certifica- 
tion is available in most other states. A 
survey of elementary education 
graduates from 1972 through 1977 
showed that 78% of the respondents 
held teaching jobs. 

Graduates majoring in psychology 
find employment in various counseling 
situations, including school guidance 
centers, human services agencies, and 
employment agencies. Many psychol- 
ogy graduates have been accepted for 
continued studies in leading university 
graduate schools, where they have pre- 
pared to become college teachers and 
professional psychologists. Emphasis in 
the psychology department is on the in- 
tegration of faith and psychology. 

English and 
Modern Languages 

Some years ago. when the demand for 
teachers was almost greater than the 
supply, many English-major graduates 
of Bryan entered the teaching profes- 
sion. In more recent years, Bryan Eng- 
lish majors have been looking in other 
directions, such as management, law, 
various types of business, writing or 
some aspect of publishing, and Chris- 
tian ministry. At one time we had almost 
overlooked the fact that applying one's 

interest and training in English to the 

needs of enterprise is ;> traditional use of 
the skills of the English majoi 

The great masterpiece. "I literature 
were often written by those who cat ncd 
their living not by the famous works foi 
which we remember them but by theil 
skill in organization, logic, composition. 
and communication. Chaucer studied 
law, Spenser was a clergyman, Shake- 
speare an actor. Milton, who from the 
beginning of his career wanted to be a 
writer, put into words what the English 
major's real job is. He said he wished 
"to be an interpreter and relatei of the 
best and sagest things" among his own 
countrymen and in his own native lan- 
guage. Whether the English major is 
"doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief." his 
real concern is with the interpretation 
and relation of thought and life. He must 
be able to understand others and to or- 
ganize, reason, compose, and com- 
municate this understanding. 

Bryan College recognizes the variety 
of jobs open to qualified English majors. 
In addition to a required core program of 
traditional English courses, majors at 
Bryan are encouraged to select an op- 
tion of writing, speech and/or drama, or 
education in order to give their pro- 
grams marketable direction. The accom- 
panying chart indicates how some of the 
options work in terms of credit hours. 

The biggest single advantage the options 
have is to help the majors integrate their 
English training with another discipline 
so that the value of the English 
humanities courses may be transmitted 
into the practical need of earning a liv- 
ing. Most English majors — and often 
their parents who foot the bills — must 
acknowledge, as Milton did. that work- 
ing to earn a living is their "portion in 
this life." 


The quality of the history department 
of a college is based not solely on such 
things as the variety of courses available 
to the student, the proven scholarship of 
the faculty, or the availability of vast 
resources in the library. Although these 
and many other factors should be of in- 
terest to the student searching for the 
best college to attend, the most impor- 
tant factor is the quality and motivation 

of the student in the history department. 
Quality is best judged by the charac- 
teristics of intelligence, discipline, abil- 
ity to read with comprehension, and a 
hunger to learn. 

The history department at Bryan has 
generally been blessed with students 
who possess high ability. This fact has 
been established by their performance 
in graduate education. The degree from 
Bryan has earned high respect in 
numerous graduate schools across the 
nation. Two years ago a research histo- 
rian from a large state university slated 
that the performance of ten senior his- 
tory majors at Bryan exceeded that of 
the ten top students at his university . He 
has subsequent!) been proved correct 
by the achievement of the Bryan stu- 
dents in graduate schools. 

No Bryan graduate in history w ho de- 
sired to go to graduate school has failed 
to be accepted within the last six years 
(the time the present history faculr. h as 
been at Bryan). In the school year 
1978-1979. Bryan alumni history majors 
were enrolled in graduate programs at 
Dallas Theological Seminary. Grace 
Theological Seminary. Ohio State Uni- 
versity, the University of Texas at Aus- 
tin, the University of Georgia, the Uni- 
versity of Southern California. Wayne 
State University of Michigan, the Uni- 
versity of Detroit, and the University of 
Tennessee at Knoxville. 

Other history majors have gone di- 
rectly into high-school teaching with 
marked success. Still others have gone 
into business positions, moving quickly 
into executive training programs, which 
promise successful careers. 

The body of knowledge that any his- 
tory graduate should have at his dis- 
posal can be gained in several ways, but 
the best way is through reading and dis- 
cussion. Skills and analysis are best 
passed to the student in tutorial or small 
group discussions with the students. 
Here the professor can share with the 
student all the experience and training 
that the Lord has provided him. 

Personal contacts with the history 
faculty are fostered by both the Chris- 
tian relationships and the informal family 
atmosphere at Bryan. This personal 
counselling also contributes to that 
other characteristic of a good stu- 
dent — motivation, demonstrated by a 
hunger to learn. 

FALL 1979 


Cultural WORLD 


The art department offers courses 
in the various art media — drawing, 
painting, ceramics, sculpture, two- 
dimensional design — to enable stu- 
dents to develop artistic talents ac- 
cording to individual interests. A 
wide range of courses provides 
credit hours equivalent to a major 
and makes certification available in 
art education. The work of student 
artists is displayed annually at the 
spring art show. The building which 
houses the art classrooms has re- 
cently been expanded to include a 
new kiln and drying room for 


Students are encouraged to de- 
velop their musical talents during 
their years at Bryan College. Op- 
portunities exist for instruction in 
piano, organ, voice, brass instru- 
ments, percussion, woodwind in- 
struments, evangelistic song- 
leading, conducting, and hymn- 
playing. Dedicated Christian fac- 
ulty who themselves are outstand- 
ing performers assist the student in 
his musical growth and seek to in- 
spire him to attain his greatest po- 
tential so that he may use his talents 
more effectively for God's glory. 

Performance opportunities in- 
clude participation in the concert 
choir, madrigals, symphonic band, 
brass ensemble, and Gospel mes- 
sengers. These groups have a full 
schedule of performances on cam- 
pus and in the surrounding com- 
munities during the school year, and 
several groups participate in tours 
scheduled during vacation periods. 

Students wishing to major in 
music may concentrate their studies 
in applied music, church music, or 
music theory. The music education 
major is also offered as a joint pro- 
gram of the music and education 
departments and includes super- 
vised student teaching in the local 
schools. Excellent teaching, re- 
hearsal, and practice facilities are 
available in the Rudd Memorial 
Chapel. Academic excellence, pro- 
fessional standards, and an en- 
thusiastic commitment to a vital 
Christian ministry form the major 
thrust of the music department, 
which constantly seeks to uphold 
the college motto: "Christ Above 

Speech and Drama 

As one area of the fine arts, 
the speech department provides 
courses which emphasize develop- 
ment of the art of communication at 
the individual level as well as for 
public expression. The literature 
and modern languages division and 
the department of education offer 
courses leading to teacher certifica- 
tion in speech, which includes the 
opportunity to direct dramatic ac- 
tivities and also to teach speech. 

Students who desire to develop 
talent in the theater arts are invited 
to participate in the drama club of 
Hilltop Players, which presents a 
major production in the fall and sev- 
eral one-act plays in the spring. In 
recent years the playbill has in- 
cluded The Diary of Anne Frank, Our 
Town, The Matchmaker, Christ in the 
Concrete City, Ten Miles to Jericho, 
and God Is My Fuehrer. This past 
year, Moliere's Tartuffe was the fall 
production; and two plays repre- 
senting significant events in Jewish 
history — Massacre at Masada and / 
Never Saw Another Butterfly — were 
presented in February. An Easter 
play. The Man on the Center Cross, 
was given in chapel. Members of 
Hilltop Players may earn one hour 
credit each semester by working 45 
hours on a production. 

In helping to provide good enter- 
tainment and cultural enrichment 
for the Bryan family and also for the 
people of the local community, 
many students have developed tal- 
ent in dramatic expression, which 
aids them in all areas of communica- 



Sports WORLD 

ION ~~ 


The athletic program, both in- 
tramural and intercollegiate, is an 
important part of Bryan's total edu- 
cational program. Last year 33 per- 
cent of the regular students partici- 
pated in the intercollegiate program 
and 45 percent in the intramural ac- 
tivities. Bryan is again anticipatinga 
good year in sports in 1979-80. 

A number of outstanding high- 
school athletes were recruited to 
join the returning athletes under the 
strong coaching staff — John Reeser 
in soccer and tennis (both women's 
and men's). Wayne Dixon in men's 
basketball and baseball, Jane 
Tayloe in volleyball and Softball, 
and Jeff Tubbs in cross-country and 
women's basketball. 

In the fall, Bryan's three-time na- 
tional Christian college champions 
(1975, 1976, and 1977) in soccer 
start against several top teams, in- 
cluding Alabama A & M. a NCAA 
runner-up. Three other NAIA 
finalists are on the schedule. Wom- 
en's volleyball will try to retain its 
state-finals status as will men's 

Men's and women's basketball 
teams play a rugged schedule but 
can be expected to fare quite well 
again this year. Both teams expect 
to be contenders in the Southern 
Christian Athletic Conference and 
state play-offs. 

During the 1978-79 season. Bryan 

placed 15 Lion and Lionette 
athletes on All-Conference posi- 
tions and two soccer players, Carlos 
Vega and Rocky DaCosta. on Ail- 
American. Wes Johnson was named 
to honorable mention on the All- 
American team in basketball. 

Intramural and club sports at 
Bryan include the following: touch 
football, volleyball, basketball, 
soccer, tennis, table tennis, and 
pool. Other individual sports avail- 
able off campus include skiing, 
swimminc. boating, and skatinc. 


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FALL 1979 




Young people want action! 
in finding it through interperso 
nite plus at Bryan is that range 
outside the classroom which ] 
the opportunities for personal 1 1 
in a supportive Christian coj 
curricular activities occur in 
many guises: 

• The Lions Den student cente I 
with its snack bar, lounge, bi 
recreational facilities. 

• Intramural and varsity spot I 
playing fields and on other * 

• The Student Union, support* 4 
full schedule of concerts on It 
excursions off campus. 

• Class parties, outings, an ^ 
senior banquet. 

• The all-college picnic at a see 

• Banquets at homecoming, I 
Valentine's, and at the end 

• Informal good fellowship an 
ship called "dating," which* 
of wedding invitations on thl I 



' are interested 
nships. Adefi- 
some activities 
his action and 
d development 
These extra- 
ces and under 

f social activity 
nd a number of 

ym and on the 

:ial fee, with its 
id recreational 

itional junior- 

the mountains. 

ig. Christmas, 
r for athletics. 

o-one relation- 
year to a rash 
illetin boards. 

FALL 1979 


VA/ORLD of Career Preparation 

Though firmly liberal arts in orientation, Bryan's 18 
academic majors in the arts and sciences open doors directly 
or indirectly to a variety of careers. The articles which follow 
show how this principle of preparing for careers operated in 
the framework of a Christian liberal arts college for these 
four students. 

Anita Davis 

Jacksonville, Fla. 

Editor of 1978 Commoner 

Highest Softball batting av- 
erage, 1976-77 

Resident assistant, 1978-79 

Summer missionary to Ven- 
ezuela, 1977 

In choosing a college, the most important considera- 
tion for me was that it provide a proper spiritual envi- 
ronment. Not only should it be labeled as a Christian 
institution, but the position and attitude of the adminis- 
tration and faculty must encourage a high level of 
spiritual growth and development. One of the best ways 
to judge how well an institution meets this criterion is by 
observing the alumni. During my sophomore year of 
high school , I developed a close friendship with a Bryan 
alumna. As I communicated these desires to her, she 
strongly suggested that I check into the possibility of 
attending Bryan. 

After several inquiries. I discovered that Bryan was 
one of the few Christian institutions offering a math 
major. Upon visiting the school. I found many other 
favorable aspects, including a beautiful campus. After 
prayerful consideration, I decided to attend Bryan. 

Looking back on my four years at Bryan. I find that 
several other things, in addition to the ones already 
mentioned, stand out in my mind. There is a wide vari- 
ety of expertise in the mathematics department, the 
professors being proficient in either theory or applica- 
tion. The professors* interest in the student is both 
spiritual and social as well as academic. This interest is 
a result of the fact that the professor and the student 
share a unity in spirit. Bryan has a low student-teacher 
ratio, which allows for the student to receive indi- 
vidualized attention in any area, including that of per- 
sonal needs. The mathematics department has a high 
standard of academic excellence and adequately pre- 
pares the student for a teaching career, for further edu- 
cation in graduate school, or for a position in business. 
The student is encouraged not only to do independent 
research aided by the computer but also to think on his 

The program at Bryan supplies a well-balanced lib- 
eral arts education which has sufficiently enabled me to 

meet the demands placed upon me as a teacher. With 
the background I received concerning application of 
mathematical principles. I shall be able to teach high- 
school students the mechanics. With my background in 
theory, I shall be able to explain how and why these 
mathematical principles relate. 

I also hope to do graduate work. Combining all these 
factors, I feel well prepared to face any situation in 
which the Lord may place me. 

Jenifer Meznar 

Secretary of Student Senate, 

P. A. Boyd (Leadership) 

Award, 1978 
Resident assistant, 1976-79 
SCAC all-tourney volleyball 

team, 1978 

The desire to become a teacher has directed my life- 
long ambition: and after four years of training at Bryan, 
I'm excited about entering the classroom as a teacher. I 
see a tremendous need for Christian teachers in the 
many Christian day schools which are mushrooming 
across this nation. However, my particular interest in 
being a Christian teacher lies in overseas missionary 
schools, where the demand for willing and dedicated 
teachers is also very great. An education major is 
perhaps the most vocationally oriented major at a lib- 
eral arts college. Promises of ajob immediately follow- 
ing graduation are encouraging. 

I also feel that an education major is perhaps the most 
"well-rounded" major in that the student is required to 
take a smattering of all the different studies, such as 
biology, math, Bible, history, and English language. 
One is not confined to a narrow selection of teachers, 
courses, and classmates, but has the unique opportu- 
nity to experience a great variety. Aside from the 
kaleidoscopic perspective, a number of education 
courses proved both interesting and potentially benefi- 
cial to me — Children's Literature, Exceptional Chil- 
dren, Curriculum and Design, Educational Psychology, 
and Human Growth and Development. 

I chose to attend Bryan for many reasons, including 
the reputation of the education department. Bryan 
suited me because it was a liberal arts college, was 
small, and was a Christian college. Furthermore, it had 
a reputable women's athletic department, of impor- 
tance to me, because I was particularly interested in 
playing basketball and volleyball. Not only did Bryan 
satisfy all my requirements, but it proved to have many 



bonuses. The faculty were well qualified and OUtStand 
ing in t heir rapport with the students. There were op- 
portunities through Practical Christian Involvement to 
get a taste of teaching through leaching the Bible to 

In summary, I have been pleased with Bryan — its 
friendly group of staff and students, as well as the 
spiritual climate and athletic program. I feel that the 
education department was ample enough to meet my 
needs and guide in instruction. The department is lamil 
iarwith the certification requirements of all of the states 
and eager to help students meet certification in their 
respective states. The job opportunities which are 
available upon graduation are very promising. F.ven if a 
graduate does not pursue a lifetime career in teaching, 
the knowledge assimilated can be transferred and 
applied in teaching Sunday school or in rearing chil- 
dren. But if teaching is chosen as a career, the teacher 
can look forward to being continually stimulated by 
building upon the foundation of previously acquired 

ing is the vocation which ( rod would have me pursue. 
I .OOking back on my lime al Bryan. I am thankful for 

the opportunity to learn undei the instruction ol godly 
men and women and I am confident thai the education 

obtained in those foul Inn I years will be a valuable tool 
as I seek to deal with the complexities of our age 

Eric Hedin 

Normal. III. 

Vice President of Student 

Union, 1977-78 
Resident assistant. 1978-79 

David Drake 

Hamilton, Ohio 

President of junior and 
senior class, 1977-79 

Concert choir and madri- 
gals, 1975-77 

Student Senate memher 

Resident assistant, 1977-79 

Clearly one of the most impressive aspects of Bryan 
College is the dedication and excellence of the faculty. 
Those who have taught me over the past four years 
have provided me. I believe, with an education more 
than sufficient to meet the demands of life in the "mar- 
ketplace" of society. 

Whether it has been general education courses 
needed to fulfill Bryan"s liberal arts requirements or the 
more advanced classes in my chosen major of psychol- 
ogy, the instruction provided has always been of high 

A factor helping to produce this quality in psychology 
is Bryan's internship program for upper-level students. 
Indeed, one of my greatest periods of learning while at 
Bryan College came when I had the opportunity to 
participate in this program by serving an internship at 
the Hiwassee Mental Health Center in Cleveland, Ten- 
nessee. For me. the time spent involved in such a set- 
ting was valuable in two major areas. First, my knowl- 
edge of psychology increased as I attempted to apply 
my studies to practical, everyday experiences; and sec- 
ond, through the time spent in this professional setting. 
I gained both a greater awareness of the realities of 
counseling and a greater confidence that such counsel- 

The thought of majoring in science strikes fear in the 
heart of non-science majors. However, after taking 
Human Anatomy and Physiology. I became so fasci- 
nated by the intricacies of the formation of the human 
body and other systems that the fear w as overshadowed 
by the desire to learn more. Consequently. I chose 
natural science as my major area of study. 

The science courses at Bryan are designed to stimu- 
late analytical reasoning and provide opportunities to 
exercise these skills in the classroom and laboratories 
as well as independently. Special research projects pre- 
pare the student for future work of this nature either in 
graduate school or in a career. The instructors in the 
science department create an atmosphere of learning 
that conveys their mastery of the subject matter along 
with their accessibility to students having academic and 
personal needs. Improvement of the department is a 
major goal, and the department works together as a 
whole to attain this goal. 

Why would a science major choose a liberal arts 
college? This is a question I faced many times, and from 
many different people. Why would Bryan College, a 
school named after William Jennings Bryan, avowed 
opponent of evolution, offer a major that in most col- 
leges is evolutionary oriented? One reason is that here 
we can learn to answ er with fact the unproven theories 
of evolution. Life also involves more than just science. 
One needs to know how to write properly, how to 
express himself, and how to develop a personal sense of 
history. The arts are also very important because the 
arts are a part of the history of culture. To miss out on 
them would be a major loss to any education. I have 
found that Bryan College provides all these things in 
addition to a setting in which secular sciences are 
learned in the light of Christian principles. 

As I further my education in microbiology. I am 
confident that my education at Bryan has fully prepared 
me for the challenee of araduate studv. 

FALL 1979 


WORLD of Christian Witness 

Practical Christian Involvement 

Practical Christian Involvement (PCI) at Bryan is the 
student organization which serves as a channel for vol- 
untary participation in a number of outreach ministries. 
PCI provides opportunities for students to apply class- 
room knowledge and heartfelt faith by sharing Christ 
through these programs. In keeping with Paul's admo- 
nition to young Timothy to "be instant in season, out of 
season" (II Timothy 4:2), PCI could well stand for 
Preaching Christian Instantly. 

The following student ministries are included under 

Ministry to school children. In 1979 sixty-five students 
volunteered their time each week to teach the Bible to 
school-age children. 

Gospel teams. Seventy students served on teams 
which ministered on invitation to churches as far away 
as Atlanta, presenting music, testimonies, and a Bible 

Nursing home ministry. Some students share each 
week in a visitation outreach to the patients in two local 
nursing homes. 

Big brother/Big sister. Offering friendship and counsel 
to boys and girls, a college big brother or sister adopts a 
local child and arranges for times of fun, fellowship, and 
spiritual guidance at least once a week. 

AWANA clubs. The name AWANA is built upon the 
text "A workman not ashamed." Members conduct 



boys' and girls' clubs on Saturday mornings for local 
children aged 8-13. Each child is given the opportunity 
to participate in sports. Scripture memorization, crafts, 
and a Bible lesson. 

Summer Missions Program. The arms of Bryan College 
reach around the world each summer when several 
students serve in various countries as short-term mis- 
sionaries. With contributions made toward their sup- 
port by Bryan students and faculty, six students 
traveled in the summer of 1979 to Africa, Haiti, Italy, 
Belgium, Central America, and the Philippines. The 
short-termers assist in music, tract distribution, and 
youth programs and also aid in doing menial tasks to 
free the career missionary for more vital services. 

Bible study groups. As an integral part of spiritual 
maturity, student groups meet each week in the dor- 
mitories for fellowship, learning, and sharing. 

Student Missions Fellowship. Members learn about, 
correspond with, and pray for missionaries in various 
geographical areas of the world. They also help to enter- 
tain missionaries visiting the campus and to suggest 
programs of missions education for the college com- 



Student Aid 

Many students need and are receiving money 
to help pay for their education costs. More than 
$5 billion in various federal programs of finan- 
cial aid has been appropriated for the 1979-80 
award year to assist students in continuing their 
education beyond high school. 

During the 1 978-79 award year, student aid at 
Bryan exceeded $800,000. With the provisions 
of the new Middle Income Student Assistance 
Act (MISAA) signed into law in November. 
1978. a significantly larger number of students 
are qualifying for Basic Grant assistance for the 
1979-80 award year. Not only has the average 
Basic Grant award for current students in- 
creased but the program is substantially ex- 
panded to include students from families whose 
incomes are between the S15.000 to S25.000 
income levels: and depending upon family size 
and circumstances, families with income levels 
as high as S40.000 could qualify. The MISAA 
also permits students from families at any in- 
come level to qualify for federal interest sub- 
sidies under the Guaranteed Student Loan 
(GSL) Program. 

What is financial aid? 

It is money that comes from sources other 
than the student or parents — a supplement to 
what the family can reasonably be expected to 
contribute toward the student's education. 
Student aid comes in two different types: 

1) GIFT AID: Scholarships and grants 
which do not have to be paid back. 

2) SELF-HELP: Loans and employment. 

(Continued on next page) 

FALL 1979 


What determines eligibility for aid? 

Eligibility for most financial aid is based on need, not 
on family income alone. Need is defined as '"the differ- 
ence between what the student and his/her family can 
reasonably be expected to contribute and what it will 
cost to attend." The amount that the parents are ex- 
pected to contribute will vary according to such factors 
as their income, assets, number of children in the family 
(living at home), and number of family members attend- 
ing college at the same time. The student is also ex- 
pected to contribute toward school costs. 

Total Cost of Education (tuition, fees, room, 
food, transportation, and personal expenses) 

— Parental Contribution 

- Student Contribution 

= Assistance Needed 

Students who can document financial need have no 
major difficulty in receiving financial aid of the kind and 
amount for which they qualify, provided they are will- 
ing to complete the required papers and file them with 
the college at the appropriate time. 

How is need documented? 

A need analysis (Family Financial Statement or Fi- 
nancial Aid Form) is used to determine what the family 
can contribute toward educational expenses. The Fam- 
ily Financial Statement (FFS) of the American College 
Testing (ACT) or the Financial Aid Form (FAF) of the 
College Scholarship Service (CSS) provides necessary 
information concerning the student's financial needs. 
When completed, these forms provide all data required 
to compute financial need according to the Uniform 
Methodology and to calculate BEOG eligibility, as well 
as additional data useful in the need analysis process. 
The fact that FFS and FAF use direct line item refer- 
ences from the U.S. Tax Return forms allows all 
families to furnish comparable data. The appropriate 
form should be submitted as soon as possible after the 
first of January and may be acquired from your school 
guidance counselor or college financial aid officer. 

How is "need" met? 

Once the financial aid officer receives the results 
from the ACT FFS and the application for aid is com- 
plete, the student is awarded funds according to the 
programs he applies for, the amount requested, and 
eligibility for the specific programs. The need for assis- 
tance is usually met with a "financial aid package," 
combining different kinds of financial aid (grants, loans, 
and employment). Some students will qualify for all 
three forms of aid, whereas others may qualify for only 

What are the sources of financial aid? 

Basic Educational Opportunity Grants (BEOG) 

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) 
Student State Incentive Grant Program (SSIG) 
Vocational Rehabilitation Grants 
Bryan College Scholarships and Grants 


National Direct Student Loans (NDSL) 
Guaranteed Student Loans (GSL) 
Bryan College Loans 


College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 
Bryan Work Program (BWP) 

How do students apply for financial aid? 

1. Apply for admission to Bryan. 

2. Indicate your desire to apply for financial assis- 
tance on the Application for Admission. All 
necessary forms and instructions will be mailed to 
you upon receipt of your request. 

3. Submit the Family Financial Statement (FFS) to 
the American College Testing Program (Code # 
4038 for ACT; Code # 1908 if you use CSS). This 
form is to be submitted after January 1. 

4. Submit a Bryan College Student Aid Application 
form to the financial aid officer. 

The following sample cases illustrate various family 
circumstances and the different types of financial aid 
packages that could be expected: 

Mary is a junior; both her parents work and have a 
combined income of $18,250 a year. She comes from a 
family size of six and only one in college. The family 
assets are under $25,000. 
$ 90 Parental Contribution 
700 Summer Savings 
1176 Basic Grant (BEOG) 
700 Supplemental Grant (SEOG) 
1000 National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) 
800 College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 

Joe has a family size of four with two in college. His 
parents are both employed full time and their adjusted 
gross income was $33,900 last year. Their assets consist 
of $21,000 home equity and $3,700 in savings. 
$2500 Parental Contribution 

710 Summer Savings and Student Assets 
326 Basic Grant (BEOG) 
300 National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) 
800 College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 

Bob comes from a family size of four with two en- 
rolled in college. He is a sophomore music major. The 
father is retired but his mother is still employed full 
time. They have a combined income of approximately 
$20,000 a year. Their home equity is $25,000 and they 
have $6,000 in savings. 

$1000 Parental Contribution 
600 Summer Savings 
250 Music Grant 
876 Basic Grant (BEOG) 
200 Supplemental Grant (SEOG) 
700 National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) 
900 College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 




Regular chapels provide opportunity for stu- 
nts to hear excellent speakers from many places 
a ministry basic to the spiritual life of the college 





Type of 
Student Body: 


College motto: 



Costs 1979-80: 

and Recognition: 


Dayton, Tennessee 37321 

615 775-2041 
(Prospective students within mainland ' SA are invited to call 

Dayton is on 1 S 27 in the scenic and hi /alley 

3k miles north ol ' hattanooga and 82 miles southwest "f Ki 
ville. Dayton is 40 miles from Interetates 40, 75, and 24 

A four-year Christian collegi ind sciences. 

1978 fall enrollment — 557; equal ratm ol men and women; cn- 

rollmenl represents 38 st;ites and 19 foreign countries. 

Nonsectarian by charter and transdenominational in fell 
ship. Committed to the Bible as ihe Word ol God written and to 
Jesus Christ as living I .ord. Student body . facultv . alumni, and 
constituency represent the evangelical ( hnstian spectrum. 
"Christ Above All" 

High-school graduation or equivalent, with a 2.0 or '< aver- 
age; ACT or SAT scores: satisfactory references. 
Advanced standing credit and or exemption available by sal 
factory scores on prescribed standardized tests, such a i ' ! I \' 
Advanced Placement, etc. 

Tuition S2.000: Student Fee S40: Room S750; Board S960; Total 
$3750 (not including travel and personal expenses). 
Student aid. available according to need, averages $2. 100. 
(Costs for 1980-81 will be announced after Februarj I. 1980.! 

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools; approved for training of veterans: membership in 
numerous educational organizations (list appears in cata: b 

The bachelor's degree offered in the following majors: 


Goal-Oriented Major 
Music (concentrations in theory 
and in applied and church 
music i 
"Music Education 
(Grades 1-12) 
Natural Science 



Business Administration 
"Business Education 

Christian Education 

"Elementary Education 

(Grades 1-9) 

"Teacher certification available in these majors plus Kindergar- 
ten Education (K-3), Special Education, and Art Education 

(Grades 1-12) 


Admissions Office 


Dayton, Tennessee 37321 

Please send me more information: 


Phone: (615i "5-2041 
Call Collect. 





Phone (Area) 

Year vou will enter college 



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Tennessee 37321, (615) 775- 

Editor-in-Chief: Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: John 
Bartlett. Rebecca Peck, Charles 

Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
Rebecca Peck 

Circulation Manager: Shirley 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 
(USPS 388-780) 

Copyright 1979 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Dayton. TN 37321. 


The front cover picture is a 
winter scene in Pocket Wilder- 
ness on one of the favorite hik- 
ing trails near Dayton. 

The color photo on page 8 was 
taken by Dr. Ruth Kantzer during 
her 1979 summer tour in Eng- 

Volume 5 


Number 2 

lege is founded on the truth of Christmas, the Incarnation. 


feasts and celebrations of the Old Testament provide examples that 
encourage Christians to participate in a Christ-honoring celebration 
of Christmas. By Thomas V. Taylor. 

MY MOST MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS: Young believers found the 
peace and serenity in the family fellowship at their first Christmas as 
Christians to be a significant background for the severe trial of faith 
that followed. By Galen P. Smith. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Bryan sends season's greetings to you on 
the two pages of the center spread. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: To keep you informed of developments at 
Bryan, there are brief reports on faculty appointments and staff 
changes, enrollment increases. Who's Who Among Students, lectures, 
sports, and Student Senate activities. 

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS: Christian Life Conference, Campus 
Caravan, 50th Anniversary Tour, and Summer Bible Conference are 
announced with dates for 1980. 




It is a happy circumstance that the college 
began its fiftieth year of operation in the 
black financially and with an excellent in- 
crease in enrollment. We could not have 
asked for two more encouraging facts to 
launch us into the final year of our first half 
century. The principal acts of celebration 
will be held next year, beginning with the 
commencement which concludes this 
academic year. 

It seems appropriate in the introductory article of this Christmas issue to 
take a look at the genius of the Christian college and of Bryan in particular in 
the light of our educational philosophy, institutional purpose, and educational 

For God's signal blessings into this fiftieth year, we give Him special praise; 
and at this joyful season, the members of the college community join with our 
friends everywhere in saying, "Glory to God in the highest!" 

On the center fold of this magazine are our special season's greetings to 

Theodore C. Mercer 




and the Christian College 

A l this joyful time when we celebrate the birthday of 
Jesus Christ, it is appropriate to ask just what Christmas 
has to do with the purpose of a Christian college. I la- 
answer is a complex one. but some parts of that answer 
can he stated forthrightly, if somewhat incompletely. 

First of all, for the Christian. Christmas is the cele- 
bration of the fact of the Incarnation — that the invisible 
God, who is spirit, became also a true human being in 
order to reveal Himself to mankind fully and completely 
and in unmistakable clarity and finality. Isaiah states it 
succinctly: "Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is 
given." John says, "The Word was made flesh and 
dwelt among us." God the Son existing from eternity 
co-equal with God the Father became the God-Man in 
the holy child Jesus. 

This coming of God into the world (which we call the 
First Advent, in recognition of the fact that the Bible 
teaches that God will intervene again in human history 
at the Second Advent) must be understood as a series of 
events — the angel's visit to Mary; the journey to 
Bethlehem and the holy birth: the flight into Egypt: the 
return to Nazareth, where Christ grew up: Christ's 
baptism and public ministry, culminating in His death at 
Calvary: His burial: and His subsequent bodily resur- 
rection and ascension into heaven. These are mind- 
stretching thoughts, but they are all included in the 
assertion by the writer of Hebrews in chapter 1 that the 
unseen God, heretofore known in an incomplete way 
(as recorded in the Old Testament) is now fully and 
completely revealed in Jesus Christ. And this revelation 
began to be visible to man at Bethlehem. 

The Christian college therefore begins with the prem- 
ise that God has revealed Himself to mankind preemi- 
nently and finally in Jesus Christ and that the record of 
this revelation is in the Bible. The Christian college 
affirms also that it is possible for the individual to know 
God in a personal way through a living relationship with 
Jesus Christ. It is on this premise that the program of 
Bryan College is carried out. The college statement of 
educational philosophy states the matter this way: 

Bryan College is founded upon the belief that God is the 
author of truth; that He has revealed Himself to mankind 
through nature, conscience. Jesus Christ, and the Bible: 
that it is His will for man to come to a knowledge of 
truth. . . . 

The coming to a "knowledge of truth" must include 
some understanding of who God is. what kind of God 
He is, and what His purpose is for mankind and the 
created physical order. Coming to a know ledge of the 
truth also includes the individual's wrestling with those 
three basic personal questions identified by phi- 
losophers as "Who am I?": "Where did I come 
from?": and "Where am I going?" Somehow the objec- 
tive truth of the transcendent God. who is above and 
separate from His creation, had to be communicated in 
such a way as to be subjectively real to the individual. 

It is personal insights of this kind which the Christian 
college has the potential to provide tor the Student 
is looking for answers. 

The role of Bryan's educational program comes into 
view in the statement of educational philosophy that 
"an integrated study of the arts and sciences and the 
Bible, with a proper emphasis on the spiritual, mental. 
social, and physical aspects of life, will lead to the 
development of the whole person." This role is further 
underlined in the statement of institutional purpose that 
"the basic purpose of Bryan College, as an under- 
graduate institution. |is] to assist in the personal grow th 
and development of qualified students h\ providing an 
education based on an integrated understanding of the 
Bible and the arts and sciences." The key word here is 
integrated. The first of six stated educational goals de- 
fines one aspect of what this integration is: 'Toprovide 
opportunity for students to gain a knowledge of the 
Bible and the aits and sciences and to understand their 

A Christian college education addresses itself seri- 
ously to that core of general education which provides 
the kind of information and insights w hich any educated 
person ought to aspire to. regardless of future career 
plans, so that students can learn to think for them- 
selves, to work on their own. and to express themselves 
creatively in many ways. Also they master a subject 
field w hich can serve as a foundation for graduate study 
or a vocation: and they seek that personal and attitudi- 
nal development that will assist them in becoming ma- 
ture individuals and responsible citizens, reaching out 
to others and to the world in which they live. 

The summation of all this is that our study and learn- 
ing should be guided by those ultimate insights and 
principles to be found in the Bible . whether our subject 
matter is history, literature, philosophy, music, 
psychology, mathematics, natural science, business. 
teacher education . or some other area of pre- or profes- 
sional studies. All teaching and learning are based on 
the belief that God Himself is the source of all truth and 
that in truth there is unity. 

A Christian college, therefore, is not just a place with 
a founding religious belief, chapel, religious activities, 
or an "atmosphere" growing out of an environment in 
which living by Biblical principles is the aim. It may 
have all these characteristics and more: but what really 
connects it with Christmas is that a serious effort is 
made to provide the opportunity to bring together the 
multifaceted learning of this world and those ultimate 
insights and final truths of the Bible about the whole of 
life — the nature of man. the physical world, human 
relationships, the grave needs and issues of the present 
time, and the life of the world to come. And all of these 
truths find their ultimate focus in Jesus Christ, because 
as Paul said, it is Christ "in whom are hid all the trea- 
sures of wisdom and knowledge." Without Christmas 
there would be no reason for Brvan Colleae to exist. 

H1MER l l )7 l > 


Christmas from ai 

Tom V. Taylor 

Thomas V. Taylor, Bryan alumnus of the class of 1954, 
is a professor at Biblical School of Theology, Hatfield, 
Pennsylvania. He received both the M. Div. and the S.T.M. 
from Faith Seminary, where he previously taught. Known 
among his friends for his sense of humor as well as for his 
solid scholarship, Mr. Taylor responded to the request for 
a picture to accompany his article by sending the carica- 
ture included here as well as his photograph. 

Strange as it may seem, the 
celebration of the Lord's birth — 
Christmas — is very much in keeping 
with the festival ideas of the Old 
Testament. You doubt it? Well. 
consider the spiritual life of the Old 
Testament believer. 

Externally one's spiritual life in 
the Old Testament was built around 
a cycle of commemorative and re- 
flective occasions. These were joy- 
ous events in which one's inner 
being exulted in the goodness of 
God. From Passover ("Remember 
this day, in which ye came out from 
Egypt, out of the house of bond- 
age. . . ." Exodus 13:3) to Taber- 
nacles ( "That your generations may 
know that I made the children of 
Israel to dwell in booths, when I 
brought them out of the land of 
Egypt. . . ." Leviticus 23:43), the 
year revolved on the emotional real- 
ity of a God who had delivered His 
people. With thankfulness they 
were to greet the occasions in the 
prescribed manner, an indication of 
their willingness to remember a 
proof that they loved. At one and 

the same time, the feasts of Israel 
were solemn, joyous, and captivat- 
ing. If they were ever less, it was 
only due to a dullness of heart on the 
part of the participant. Great de- 
liverance called for great rejoicing. 

Moreover, it does not seem to 
have been the Divine intention to 
limit public celebration or religious 
ceremonial enactments to the par- 
ticular occasions mentioned in the 
law. It appears that the ordered oc- 
casions indicated a format that 
would guide public life and offer 
guidelines to govern other occa- 
sions that might come. There was 
no limit placed on spiritual remem- 
brance and thoughtfulness so long 
as it was in agreement with what 
God had done. 

So in the days of the Babylonian 
Captivity, Israel developed particu- 
lar fasts to remind the people of 
Jerusalem and its past as well as its 
promised future (Zechariah 7:3, 5). 
These were hardly festive, but even 
the repenting or sorrowing heart 
takes cheer from the memory of 
God's workings. In a happier vein. 

the Hebrews adopted the feast of 
Purim to remember God's provi- 
dence in the days of Esther (Esther 
9:24 ff.); and somewhat later the 
sacred calendar gained the Feast of 
Dedication (lights, Hanukkah) to 
celebrate the cleansing work of 
Judas Maccabeus. Both of these 
events found a permanent place in 
the Hebrew life and culture al- 
though not ordered in the Old Tes- 
tament. They continued the concept 
of rejoicing and confessing faith at 
the recognition of the Lord's salva- 
tion. Thus they were respectfully 
bound to the worship of the Hebrew 
people. That such was an accept- 
able practice may be inferred from 
John 10:23, with Jesus' presence at 
the Feast of Dedication in Sol- 
omon's porch (the temple). It is evi- 
dent that the Lord was there to join 
the commemoration, not to tell the 
people to stop it. 

The early church, while interpret- 
ing the Hebrew feasts as having ful- 
fillment in Christ (e.g., in I Cor. 5:7. 
8: "Christ, our Passover, is sac- 
rificed for us"), nonetheless con- 
tinued the ideal of sacred occasions 
useful for memorial and worshipful 
puiposes. The Lord's Day quickly 
became an opportunity for remem- 
bering the life, death, resurrection, 
and promised coming of Christ. In 
some ways it represented to the 
church in the new age what the Sab- 
bath had represented to Israel in 
former times. It is true that from the 
earliest moments in the life of the 
new church this celebration as 
others was limited in place and size 
by the nature of the local churches 
and by the illegal status that marked 
the new faith. 

Such legal prohibitions, we may 
feel certain, slowed the develop- 
ment of New Testament com- 
memoratives which, apart from the 



lid Testament Perspective 

modest teachings regarding the 
Lord's Day, are not prescribed in 
the New Testament. Nevertheless, 
Easter, the day of resurrection, 
quickly became a very important 
part of the yearly calendar. This fact 
is witnessed by the considerable 
disputes arising in the second cen- 
tury about the date of its celebration 
as well as the homiletic stress laid 
on events centering on that date. 
But when the church was legalized, 
there was soon a proliferation of re- 
ligious days, seasons, and occa- 
sions. Apart from Easter, none at- 
tained more prominence than did 
Christmas, the commemoration of 
Christ's birth, for it seems evident 
that if He had not been born He 
neither would have lived nor died! 
Surely reverential celebration of 
Christ's birth and death is in keep- 
ing with the attention of Israel to the 
reminders of the Divine providence. 
Now we may briefly pause and 
note that not all Christians are 
happy with Christmas. The freedom 
of thought and opinion born of the 
Protestant Reformation, in particu- 
lar, caused many to re-evaluate the 
practices and ceremonies of the 
church. Finding that the established 
church often used these occasions 
in a sacerdotal way and thereby- 
abused the conscience of those who 
should have been hearing the Gos- 
pel of grace, some Christians com- 
pletely withdrew from all ceremo- 
nial life. But most of the Protestant 
bodies did not go to such an extreme 
and, though eliminating such obser- 
vances as saints' days, kept the ob- 
servances of the spiritual seasons 
more commonly agreed upon. Most 
of the objections, then as now, were 
not to the occasion but to the inci- 
dentals assigned to it. Those who 
feel that all Christian holidays are 
merely worldly concessions are 

brethren to be loved fully. The) 

likely would have fell uncomforta- 
ble on Solomon's porch. 

But for much of the church there 
is something gripping about Christ- 
mas. What is the hold that it has on 
our hearts? Certainly it is not the 
commercialization of our age or the 
emotion of a few children's songs! It 
is. in reality, the joy of deliverance 
that comes when we see the work of 
God and know that the redemptive 
program has rescued our souls. 

The church is thrilled with 
amazement at the precise details of 
the angelic message given to Mary 
and the wonder of the mystery of 
the incarnate God. Similarly the 
dramatic appearance of the star for 
the shepherds with the emphatic 
message of peace given to a strife- 
filled world holds us spellbound 
with the joy of the "fullness of 
time." The coming of the wise men. 
alerted to their pilgrimage in suffi- 
cient time to come from afar, tells us 
of the world-wide aspects of the 
birth of Jesus. Then there is the in- 
tensely warm moment when Joseph 
led his wife to the stall area and. in 
the quiet loneliness of the rustic set- 
ting, the Incarnation became an 
event of our history. 

With all of this, we are struck with 
the fulfillment of the prophetic word 
in the virgin birth: in the place of 
birth, the Bethlehem site against in- 
comparable odds: and in the later 
attendant events. Our ears are filled 
with the words of Simeon in the 
temple and the message of the aged 
Anna as she spoke to those who 
looked for redemption. With great 
emotion we realize that all of re- 
demptive history is rushing to its 
focal point — the cross — as the pro- 
gram of God has entered this enor- 
mously important time segment. 
Consequently, it is only natural that 

in our thinking the evenl of the birth 
ofChrisl would come to be a 
special time, marking the truth of 
Immanuel, "Clod with us"! 

The celebration i >t this event is in 
perfect harmonv uiih the Old Tes- 
tament feasts, v. here thejo) of de- 
liverance and the realization of Di- 
vine presence v. ere so meaningful. 
It is unthinkable that the time in 
which the promised Deliverer 
would be born should be "just 
another day." Whether the incident 
occurred in December or July is not 
so important. The big factor is that 
God has spoken and dramaticall) 
fulfilled His word. The Saviour has 

No doubt we should take care 
that the nature of our celebration 
does not mar the occasion. The 
commercialization is regrettable, as 
is the fact that some of us spend the 
time in Epicurean customs that do 
not help the soul. Certainly our at- 
tention should be on the Lord Jesus 
with respect, obedience, and joy. 
For after all. we are not the wor- 
shipers of tinsel, greenery, and 
sleigh bells, but of the Son of God. 
In the joy of that worship, some of 
these other items may find a place of 
service: and. in proper subordina- 
tion, the joy that is expressed in 
them should not be denied. 

Therefore let some cheerful per- 
son shout. "Mem Christmas!" 
Have the choir with great en- 
thusiasm sing such songs as "Joy to 
the World" and "God Rest Ye 
Merry Gentlemen." The deliver- 
ance for which the Old Testament 
believers looked, has appeared. The 
reality of Divine release calls for 
praise of the Divine. May the whole 
church give itself to one great 
chorus of "Hallelujah"! For "unto 
us a child is bom. unto us a son is 
given" (Isaiah 9:6)! 

WINTER 1979 


After earning degrees in business and economics (the B.B.A. 
from Washburn University, Topeka, and the M.S. from Fort Hayes 
State University, Kansas), Galen P. Smith switched his academic 
interests to theology, entering Grace Theological Seminary, 
where he earned the Master of Divinity in theology. He is at Bryan 
on a two-year appointment, replacing a faculty member on leave 
for graduate study. Galen is shown with his wife, Claudia. 

Standing at the window, I watched the large 
snowflakes floating down and accumulating on the lawn 
outside. As I beheld the beauty and grandeur of freshly 
fallen snow, 1 thought how fresh and clean I, a sinner, 
had become since Jesus had taken up residence in my 
heart. My family and I were in Kansas that year for the 
Christmas holidays, taking a couple of weeks' break 
from the University of Wyoming, where I had been 
doing graduate work. But that was not just another 
Christmas season for Claudia and me, because in March 
of that year, we had found a new life and a new meaning 
for all of life. We had met the Lord and had begun a 
personal walk with Him. For my bride of six years and 
me, this would be a very memorable Christmas. 

We were at the home of my wife's sister in Topeka, 
where all of the family had gathered for the exchange of 
gifts and dinner on Christmas Eve in 1972. As the gifts 
were exchanged and we enjoyed the meal, our hearts 
were light with the fragrance of the Person whose birth- 
day we were celebrating. How beautiful He had made 
our lives and how near was His presence on that 
Christmas Eve! And even though we felt that nothing 
could be more beautiful than that Christmas, little did 
we know the blessing through trial that God had in store 
for us in the next few winter months. 

As we returned to Wyoming and crossed the upper 
end of the Rockies, we rejoiced in the greatness of our 
Lord and the magnificence of His creation. But it was 
good to get back to our little apartment and to be safe at 
home; for the winters are severe in Laramie, and this 
was to be one of the worst winters recorded in Wyom- 
ing. Within a few weeks of our return trip, the Lord 
began to endear Himself to our family in what would 
seem at first to be a tragedy. It all started with my wife's 
having difficulty in sleeping at nights. At first we were 
not alarmed, even though I would find her many a 
morning over the next few weeks sitting up asleep in the 

My Most 




overstuffed chair in the living room. But following along 
closely with this was a period of difficult breathing and 
enlarging of the extremities, especially the feet and 
calves of the legs. A doctor in Laramie after preliminary 
observation suggested that she see a cardiologist in 
Denver immediately. The appointment was made, and 
we found ourselves taking the same highway that we 
had come home on just a few weeks earlier. After doing 
a complete series of heart tests and examinations, the 
doctor indicated to us that the mitral valve of the heart 
was only about 10 percent effective and that the difficult 
breathing and the swelling of the extremities were due 
to this basic cardio- vascular failure in the mitral valve of 
the heart. A commissurotomy was scheduled im- 
mediately. This relatively simple heart surgery was 
meant to stimulate the mitral valve, which at this time 
was hanging limply in place, not springing shut. 

As young Christians we had confidence that God was 
working all things out according to His perfect will for 
our lives. It was already the custom in our young 
spiritual lives to pray before any activity; and so in 
complete trust that the Lord would tenderly watch over 
Claudia, we bowed our heads as the nurses stood by to 
take her to surgery. As new Christians, relying on Him, 
we ended our prayer and looked up at each other with 
tears in our eyes. I had prayed that He would guide the 
doctor's hands and take care of the one I loved. Almost 
as quickly as they had come, the nurses took her to the 
elevator. I went directly to the little chapel, which my 
wife and I had found to be a lovely and serene place in 
which to draw away and be alone with the Lord. You 
see, God was going to touch our young Christian lives in 
the next few hours in a way which would change our 
entire walk with Him. 

I spent several hours in the chapel, took a break, and 
then went back again. As I was praying I became aware 
of the presence of someone coming in and sitting down 



beside me. I looked up and saw the chaplain, who said 
tome, "Mr. Smith, your wile has had a stroke, resulting 
from a blood clot in her heart which broke loose and 
lodged in her brain." I later found oul from the surgeons 
thai she was paralyzed and had lost her speech as a 
consequence of the switch to open-heart surgery while 
she was on the operating table. I low long this paralysis 
and aphasia would last or whether for the rest of her life, 
they could not say. 

I returned to prayer. My God was still the same; there 
had been no change. The verse came to my mind which 
Peter had spoken to Jesus after the multitudes had left 
Him. Jesus had asked, "You do not want to go away 
also, do you?" And Peter had replied. "Lord, to whom 
shall we go? You have words of eternal life." All I could 
think of was that just a few months ago my wife and I 
had said we would give ourselves to the Lord; and now 
that He had touched us ever so gently. I could only say, 
"We are yours, Master. To whom else can we turn?" 
There were the long nights of sleeping in the hospital 
lounge and wailing to see the extent of her stroke. Over 
the next few months while traveling down that lonely 
highway between Laramie and Denver, I often had a 
vivid sensation that One was riding beside me, guiding 
the car — the One whose birthday we had celebrated 
only a few months earlier. 

Claudia's parents came from Kansas two days after 
the surgery. Over the next month, through physical 
therapy and speech therapy for aphasia, Claudia gradu- 
ally got back the use of her right side with much residual 
weakness and was able to speak definitively but slowly. 
But she was different. God had caressed her in a special 
way, and she would never again be the same person 
who prayed that day before surgery. And neither would 
I, the waiting one. 

Then followed several months of separation as she 
recuperated at her sister's house in Topeka, at the doc- 
tor's request that she be at a lower altitude. Her parents 
had our children at Maple Hill. Kansas. After much 
struggling. I decided to complete the spring semester of 
my schooling. This proved to be a lonely ordeal in itself. 
But through it all there was that Voice which said, 
"Leave her alone; she is Mine." After the semester 
came to an end, I packed our belongings and prepared 
for the trip home. The trip went well and, oh, the joy 
that filled our hearts as again we were united in each 
other's arms and together in the arms of Him who knew 
so well our lives and what was needed at a given time to 
cause us to sing praises to Him! 

My wife was different physically now. as well. She 
had lost much weight and was speaking just a few 
words. I recall as she would try to speak and reveal her 
heart to me that her eyes would fill with tears, for she 
was just not able to coordinate the mental activity with 
the speaking ability. But God continued His work over 
the next year as she tried to do housew ork and care for 
the children. Because the heart still had the defective 
valve, she was always exhausted and very weak. 

We had known all along that open-heart surgery 
would again be required, but we had hoped that she 
would regain her strength so that she would have a 

better chance lo survive the second surgcr) I'm she- 
began to gel weaker; and n was evident i>> hci cat 
diologisl in Wichita, Kansas, thai surgery would have- 
to be scheduled immediately aflCl ( Im Jin., ol IT < 
Because of her condition and the attendant cir- 
cumstances of the first surgery, the probabilities lot 
recovery from this surgery were nut good. I his time 
things were different in thai we were in oiii home state 
and many ( Ihristian friends and out families were there 
to wait during the surgery. Bui one thing remained the 
same — our confidence thai the One who had created 
her could also heal her if il was His will. 

That morning before surgery as the sun shone 
through the hospital window and I looked upon the 
serene face of my wife, I realized that she had not a care 
in the world and that she had slept quite soundly. As she 
opened her eyes we again knew of ihe love that only 
Christ can make possible between a husband and wife. 
But as the morning went on, I realized anew that she 
belonged to Him and I was l<> let Him have her. As v.e 
prayed that God would guide the surgeon's hands and 
heal her, there was no fear at all in her voice, for the 
perfect love of her Savior had cast out fear, even in the 
face of death. Because she knew the Great Surgeon. 
there was an indescribable peace that went across her 
face that morning as she went through those doors to 
surgery. I went to the chapel to be in prayer with the 
Lord Jesus Christ, to whom we had committed our 

The surgery was long, with difficulty in getting the 
heart to take over independently from the aid of the 
heart-lung machine; but it was a success. The new 
mitral valve had been inserted: and a reassuring tap. 
tap. which met my ears as I knelt down to kiss her after 
she came out of surgery, indicated that the heart was 
functioning properly, although out of rhythm. Her 
strength began to return rather quickly, she gained 
weight, and her voice continued to improve. She was 
indeed a new creature in Christ: for even as the Lord 
had said to the Israelite children. He also seemed to say 
to Claudia, "And I shall give you a new heart." 

Indeed the Lord has given Claudia a new heart, and 
even today she continues to improve and to speak of the 
work of the Lord in her life. Through this wintrv experf- 
ence. God placed upon her heart a need to know Him 
better as He is revealed in His Word. 

In the years that have passed, we have continued to 
see God working through every circumstance in our 
lives. Increasingly I had a strong desire to teach the 
Bible, a fact w hich caused me to leave my earlierfield of 
academic preparation and to enter seminary to prepare 
for a career of teaching, a part of which I am now 
fulfilling in my teaching service here at the college. 

As a family we look back to that Christmas of 19"2. 
and even to that of 1973. as a very precious starting 
point early in our Christian lives to trust God in every- 
thing. It is this living reality of Jesus Christ as He helps 
us from day to day that gives us anticipation in entering 
another Christmas season with its reminders that He is 
a wonderful Saviour and Friend. 

WINTER l l )7<) 


£Merry QTristmas 

and 'Happy I^ew 'Year! 

The great west window over the door to Chester Cathedral in 
England. Designed in the continental style by Carter Shap- 
land and dedicated in I960 by Archbishop Coggan. 

' 'And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the 
heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the 
highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." 

Luke 2:13, 14 




The holly boughs have all been hung, 
The Christmas carols now are sung 
To celebrate a Baby's birth: 
New joy gladdens all the earth. 
But pause — far pathways steep and rough, 
A baby's hand is not enough: 
Men need to know, in Bethlehem, 
That God Himself came down to them. 
One further carol lift and tell 
Earth's sweetest word — Immanuel! 
God with us! 

God with us in the manger bed, 
God with us through all years ahead: 
For ways too dark and treacherous, 
God has come down to be with us. 
O, hear, beyond that Infant cry, 
The blessed promise: ' 7, if I 
Be lifted up, will draw to me 
All men." Beloved, this is He — 
Not just a child on earth to dwell, 
But Savior, Lord, Immanuel: 
God with us! 

— Helen Frazee Bower 



Bryan's expectations for 1979-80 
are the result of the expressed de- 
sire for some articulated prayer 
goals for the college community for 
this academic year. Developed in a 
discussion session during the 
opening-of-school faculty work- 
shop, these goals for the college 
community were formulated to 
complement Bryan's basic goals of 
individual spiritual growth and 
Christian witness and are stated 
broadly in order to serve as a guide 
to more specific requests as needs 

1. Sense of unity in the faculty 
and the entire college com- 

2. Highest retention rate in five 

3. Faculty acting as models of 
mature Christians. 

4. Acceptance of diversity within 

5. Students growing in Christ- 

6. A new library and dormitory 
begun within next year. 

7. Best year ever in productivity. 

8. Quality representation outside 
for Bryan College in all areas. 

9. Growing sense of community 
participation and understand- 

10. Growing love for one another 
— students, staff, parents, 
alumni, and friends. 

This list of expectations, in no- 
wise intended to be exhaustive, is 
commended for regular use in 
prayer about the college communi- 
ty. You are invited to pray with the 
Bryan administrators, faculty, staff, 
and students that these expecta- 
tions for 1979-80 will be achieved. 


Ronald E. Dingess, instructor in 
education and psychology, replaced 
Dr. Robert Larzelere, who returned 
to graduate research. Mr. Dingess 

Dingess George Miller 

has the M.Ed, in community coun- 
seling from the University of Ten- 
nessee at Chattanooga with 18 addi- 
tional hours, mostly in psychology, 
and the M.Div. from Trinity College 
in Dunedin, Florida. 

Bob L. George was appointed as- 
sistant professor of business, suc- 
ceeding Dr. Robert L. Jenkins, who 
accepted a position in agricultural 
extension with UTK. Mr. George 
earned the B.A. in business ad- 
ministration from Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity and the M.B.A. from the 
University of Tennessee at Chat- 
tanooga. He also completed training 
in various military schools while 
serving in the U.S. Navy and an 
executive control course by corre- 

Diana E. Miller, who had been 
part-time for two years, joined the 
faculty full time as assistant profes- 
sor of education, replacing Kenneth 
Froemke, who has moved to the 
counseling office. Mrs. Miller holds 
the B.S. in education from Dickin- 
son (N. D.) State Teachers College 
and the M.S. in educational ad- 
ministration and supervision from 
San Fernando State College, North- 
ridge, California. She has also com- 
pleted a year of additional graduate 
study in special education at the 
University of Tenneseee Knoxville. 

Jack Traylor, of Emporia, Kan- 
sas, accepted the appointment as 
assistant professor of history, suc- 
ceeding Dr. William Ketchersid, 
who resigned earlier this year to 
enter private business. Dr. Traylor 
received the B.A. in history and 
political science at the Presbyterian 
College of Emporia, the M.A. in 
American history from Emporia 
State University, and the Ph.D. in 
history from the University of 
Oklahoma. He comes to his new 
position here from the post of ar- 
chivist of the Kansas State Histori- 
cal Society. 

Traylor Russell 



Zelpha Russell, with twenty-two 
years of service, was honored by 
the college with a retirement dinner 
in September. From 1950 to 1953 
she served as assistant in the stew- 
ardship department and from 1960 
to 1979 as director of admissions. 
Though officially retired, she will 
continue on a part-time basis in the 
admissions office. 

Glen Liebig, former registrar and 
associate dean, and last year full 
academic dean, now succeeds Miss 
Russell with the title of dean of ad- 
missions and records. 

Barbara Howard '73, former as- 
sistant registrar, has now become 

Carole T. Ragan, wife of Principal 
James Ragan of Rhea County High 
School, who was part-time last 
year, has changed to full time as 
secretary to Dr. Karl Keefer, vice 
president for academic affairs. 

Hazel Bovard has replaced Miss 
Madge Hughey, who accepted 
employment with TVA. A resident 
of Sale Creek together with her hus- 
band. Gary, Mrs. Bovard is secre- 
tary in the admissions office and 
operator for the IBM Systems VI 

Delura Kindsfather '79 has be- 
come assistant to the dean of stu- 
dents, succeeding James Hughson, 
who has gone full time with the Boy 
Scouts of America after working 
with BSA part-time for several 
years. Miss Kindsfather is also head 
resident of Huston Hall. 


Bovard Kindsfather 




Members of the board of trustees 
recently presented Dr. John B. 
Bartlett, vice president for public 
relations and development, an orig- 
inal oil painting by Kort, a contem- 
porary German artist. Pictured 
above in the presentation are Lewis 
Llewellyn of Sebring. Fla., chair- 
man of the board's public relations 
committee, left; Dr. Bartlett; and 
Dr. Ian Hay, of Cedar Grove. N.J., 
chairman of the board. 

The inscription accompanying 
the painting reads: "Presented to 
Dr. John B. Bartlett, educator, ad- 
ministrator, and Christian leader in 
recognition of exceptional dedica- 
tion, ability, and accomplishment. 
Presented by the Board of Trustees 
of Bryan College, Dayton, Tennes- 


The college experienced a sig- 
nificant gain in enrollment for the 
fall semester. The total student 
headcount of 645 was up 15 percent 
over a year ago, the number of full- 
time students (587) was up 12 per- 
cent, and the full-time-equivalent 
enrollment of 606 was up by 13 per- 
cent. New freshmen increased by a 
third, and the retention of continu- 
ing students was high. These in- 
creases of the fall semester push 
Bryan's student population slightly 

beyond the previous highs achieved 
in the fall of 1975. 

This enrollment represents 38 
states (same as last year) and 22 un- 
duplicated foreign countries. For 
the second consecutive year, 
Florida has surpassed Tennessee in 
the number of full-time students, 98 
compared to 76. However, since 
most part-time students are local, 
Tennessee, with 115. still retains 
first place in total registration. 

Other states having ten or more 
students enrolled are the following: 
Georgia, 44; North Carolina. 36: 
Michigan. 25; Virginia. 24: Ohio. 
23; Pennsylvania. 22: Illinois. 19: 
Indiana. 18: Kentucky, 17; Mary- 
land. 15; New Jersey. 14: South 
Carolina, 13: and Texas. 12. 

The 47 students from foreign 
countries include 19 international 
students from 13 countries and 28 
USA citizens from 13 countries. 
Many of these Americans are chil- 
dren of missionaries and have lived 
principally outside the United 
States. Eight students in this cate- 
gory are from Brazil, the foreign 
country with the largest total rep- 
resentation of nine. Canada is next 
with seven students. 

The total number of MK's (mis- 
sionary kids) exceeds 40. more than 
a third of whose parents serve with 
Wycliffe Bible Translators. The 
second-generation students number 
nearly 50: and there is one third- 
generation student, whose father 
and mother and grandfather are 

I ll I 01 ( IIKISI 
l< \I)IH < Ol KSI 

Man Winkler, >istan( profesi 
nt Bible, is leaching a noncrcdil 
course in the Life of Chris) by radio 
in cooperation with Radio Station 
w\li'A\ ;, Moody outlet in ( hat- 
tanooga. I he two-part course will 
run from Septcmbci to May and is 
aired on I uesday evening 
A certificate is being offered to 
those who complete the course 


"Evidences of Christianity 

the general theme of the annual 
Staley Lectures given in October by 

Josh McDowell, popular youth 
counselor and speaker known for 
his ministry with Campus Crusade 
for Christ. He has spoken on more 
than 550 university campuses in 53 
countries during the last ten years. 
He has been featured in three films 
and is the author of several hooks, 
including Evidence That Demands a 
Verdict, More Evidence Thai Demands 
a Verdict, and More Than a Carpenter. 
As in the past, the lectures this 
year attracted large attendance and 
interest both from the college com- 
munity and the local area. Because 
of this consistent success. Br\an 
was selected some years ago as one 
often colleges out of more than two 
hundred participating institutions to 
have its annual program endowed. 
The endowment was in the form of a 
gift of 1.000 shares of Reynolds 
Securities stock from the Staley 
Foundation, established by the late 
Thomas F. Staley to perpetuate an 
evangelical witness among college 
students. Mr. Staley. who w as a na- 
tive of Bristol. Tenn.. and a found- 
ing partner of Reynolds Securities, 
died in 1977. 

Josh McDowell 

WINTER 197s> 



The 1979-80 edition of Who's Who 
Among Students in American Univer- 
sities and Colleges will carry the 
names of 14 seniors from Bryan who 
have been selected as being among 
the country's most outstanding 
campus leaders. These students, 
elected by vote of faculty and ad- 
ministration, have been chosen for 
their academic achievement, ser- 
vice to the community, leadership 
in extracurricular activities, and fu- 
ture potential. They join an elite 
group of students selected from 
more than 1,200 institutions of 
higher learning in all 50 states, the 
District of Columbia, and several 
foreign countries. 

In this annual directory, first pub- 
lished in 1934, the following Bryan 
students will be listed this year: 

Laurie Anderson, Dallas, Texas 

Paul Bitner, Hagerstown, Mary- 

Jeff Chamberlain, Lake Park, 

Tim Cox, McBain, Michigan 

Mark Garrett. Winchester, Ken- 

Ann Detrick Grosser, Cedarburg, 

Ivey Harrington, Dickson, Ten- 

Anita Jaggers, Columbus, In- 

Karen Jenkins, Etlan, Virginia 

Daphne Kelly, Charlotte, North 

David Marvin, Columbus, In- 

Beth Reese, Kitchener, Ontario 

Ronald Ruark. Canton. Michigan 

David Zopfi, Dayton. Tennessee 


V i 

Eric Clarke, a senior with a major 
in chemistry, attended a science 
minimester offered by the Oak 
Ridge Associated Universities, Oak 
Ridge, Tenn., last summer. Spon- 
sored by the U. S. Department of 
Energy Division of Human Re- 
source Development, Washington, 
D.C., the minimester studies were 
on radiation, radioactivity, radia- 
tion safety, biotracers, and envi- 
ronmental radiation and included 
studies in coal, with field trips to 
Oak Ridge National Laboratories, 
Bull Run Steam Plant, and strip- 
mining sites in the Knox County 

Later in the summer, Clarke, 
from Miami Springs, Fla., was one 
of ten students from six colleges 
participating in a summer research 
program in chemistry sponsored by 
the National Science Foundation on 
the campus of the University of 
Alabama at Tuscaloosa. The pro- 
gram provided college credit and a 
$100-per-week stipend. 

The student team's research in- 
volved experimenting with an ex- 
tract of kudzu vine and injecting the 
extract into laboratory rats in order 
to determine whether it would re- 
duce the blood pressure of the rats. 
The results are to be published and 
made known at the regional Ameri- 
can Chemical Society meeting at 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 
December, 1979. 

Back row: Zopfi, Ruark, Chamberlain, Garrett, Marvin, Cox, and Bitner. Front 
row: Reese, Grosser, Kelly, Anderson, Harrington, Jaggers and Jenkins. 

Coach-of-the-Year Tubbs 


Concluding the regular season 
with a 7-6 record, the cross-country 
team won the Southern Christian 
Athletic Conference championship 
in late October to end Tennessee 
Temple's domination of the title for 
the past three seasons. Senior Eric 
Clarke, of Miami Springs, Fla., so- 
lidified his standing as the best run- 
ner in the history of the conference 
with the individual championship in 
the race and broke Covenant's 
course record in the process. It was 
the fourth year that Clarke has made 
All-SCAC honors. Seniors Tim 
Noe, of Knoxville, Tenn. , and Mark 
Padgett, of Harmony, Pa., joined 
Clarke on the All-Conference team; 
and Jeff Tubbs was named SCAC 
Coach of the Year. 


Concluding their season at the 
AIAW Division III state tourna- 
ment at Maryville with third place 
honors, the women's volleyball 
team had a record of 17-7 and had 
also won second place in the SCAC 
tournament. Named to the All- 
SCAC team for 1979 were Martha 
Ardelean, of Brasilia, Brazil; Nancy 
Giberson, of Bath, New Brunswick; 
and Delia Haven, of Many Farms, 
Arizona. Martha was also selected 
for the all-state tournament team. 


After a sluggish start, the soccer 
team posted wins in six of its final 
nine games to finish the season with 
a 7-7-1 record. For the first time 
since 1973, the Lion soccer team did 
not compete in the NCCAA na- 
tional tournament. With a young 
team this year. Coach John Reeser 
will be looking for his squad to 
bounce back next fall. 




by Nancy Addlcton 


Constructive change seems to 
characterize the progress o 
Bryan's 1979-80 Student Senate. 
Although the traditions built behind 
us are good and solid, the Senate 
has risked being different and has 
discovered new areas of challenge 
and growth. 

Change began a week before 
classes did, with the traditional 
week of freshman orientation. As 
usual. Senate members arrived 
ahead of freshmen to be ready to 
welcome and assist them in every 
way possible. The regular activities 
and parties were planned, with the 
traditional president's reception 
climaxing the week. But tradition 
was broken when the time came for 
the annual freshman initiation. In- 
stead of the usual round of humiliat- 
ing tasks and pranks, the Senate de- 
cided to initiate the freshmen 
through a cleanup campaign on the 
main streets of Dayton. Armed with 
brooms and buckets, the freshmen 
were marched down Bryan hill and 
into the town to have a good time, 
be initiated into the Bryan family, 
and prove concern and care towards 
our community. Considering the 
positive impact that was made, we 
hope that this change will become a 

The entire student body has en- 
joyed another recent change intro- 

6fi \ &*M. 

Student Senate officers (left to right) are 
Chris McCready. bus. mgr.; Nancy Ad- 
dleton, sec: Scott Smith, pres.; and 
David Barbour, vice pres. 

In front of the historic Khea County (Hurl House and Robinson's Drug Store, where 
the Scopes trial started in l')25. Bryan Freshmen ;irc pictured sweeping the sidewalks 
as part of their initiation planned l>\ the Student Senate. 

duced by the Student Senate. Tradi- 
tionally open house in the dor- 
mitories was held only once a year. 
after the formal Christmas banquet. 
It has always been a much antici- 
pated evening, with the dorms 
cleaned and festively decorated for 
the occasion. Even though Christ- 
mas has not arrived yet this year. 
open house has already been held 
once, after the freshman talent 
show. Much preparation and ex- 
citement went into the evening as 
the rooms were polished up and 
many girls baked homemade 
specialties to serve. We still look 
forward to two more such happy 
events, after the Christmas and 
Valentine banquets. 

The Senate has also built upon a 
tradition which was established last 
year and one that may be difficult to 
measure up to in the future. 
Homecoming 1979 was celebrated 
with a big splash. The theme of 
"The Old South" was kept secret 
while plans for the celebration were 
underway. The activities began Fri- 
day night before homecoming, 
when the classic film Gone with the 
Wind put everyone into the spirit of 
the theme. A small admission fee of 

twenty-five cents was charged, and 
all proceeds were presented at the 
homecoming banquet to PC I 
summer mission program. Before 
Saturday's homecoming soccer 
game, a North vs. South tug-of-war 
was fought, followed by an old- 
fashioned greased-pig chase. At the 
evening banquet, the homecoming 
queen and her court looked the part 
of southern belles, seated before a 
white antebellum plantation porch. 
Freshman initiation, open house, 
and homecoming — these are a few 
of the visible changes that the Sen- 
ate has brought about this year. But 
beneath this outer sphere of activi- 
ty, there is an undercurrent of 
Christian unity. This bond of lo\e 
and unity is not only among the stu- 
dents but also between the faculty 
and students. A positive attitude 
exists between the faculty and stu- 
dents this year: and both groups are 
eager to understand one another 
and to cooperate with one another. 
God has been working in and 
through us in very real w a) s . We are 
continuing to trust in His guidance 
and wisdom as we seek to serve our 
college in many other areas this 


July 21-26. 1980 
Dr. John Reed 


Dallas Theological Seminary 

Dallas. Texai 
Rev. Howard Park 


Shades Mountain Bible Church 

Birmin °ham . A labama 


WINTER 1979 



January 9-11, 1980 




Norman V. Cook 

Special Ministries Director 
Overseas Crusades, Inc. 

Jay Kesler 


Youth for Christ International 

Musicians * 

Bruce Woodman 


South American Crusades 
Bryan College choir, faculty, students 


More than 40 missionaries from over 30 mission societies with 
displays, workshops, personal interviews, testimonies. 




April 17-19, 1980 

For high-school juniors and 

seniors and college transfers 

to attend college for a day 

For further details, write to: 

Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

50th Anniversary 

July 28 - August 11, 1980 

Dr. Mercer and Dr. Bartlett will personally escort 
Bryan's 50th Anniversary Tour next summer to Israel, 
Jordan. Egypt, and Germany for the Oberammergau 
Passion Play. The 15-day tour will depart July 28 and 
return August 1 1. 

Cities visited will be Amsterdam, Munich, Oberam- 
mergau, Cairo, Amman, and Jerusalem. During the stay 
in Jerusalem, there will be tours to such important sites 
as the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives 
and to Bethlehem, Samaria, the Sea of Galilee, Caper- 
naum, Nazareth, and Haifa. 

The Oberammergau Passion Play, first performed in 
1634, is presented every ten years, having been given 
regularly except during World War II. The play takes 
almost eight hours to perform, and the 124 speaking 
parts are played by inhabitants of the village. Although 
the stage is an open-air platform, the audience occupies 
a 5,200-seat roofed auditorium. 

Further information may be obtained by calling Dr. 
John B. Bartlett at the college (615-775-2041). 





JtLvery person, regardless of age, sex, color, or 
creed, has an appointment with a probate judge. For 
that appointment you will be represented by your 
executor, if you have a will, or by a court-appointed 
administrator, if you have no will. 

The judge will require proof of your last will and 
testament, and at least one of the witnesses who signed 
your will must be present to verify your signature. If the 
judge accepts the will, he will instruct the executor to 
carry out your plan of distribution for your estate after 
all taxes and debts are settled. 

If you do not have a will, the judge will direct the 
administrator whom he appoints to distribute your es- 
tate according to the laws of descent and distribution, a 
fact which may result in extra expense and inconveni- 
ence for your heirs. Failure to make a will can result in 
forced liquidation of houses and other possessions, 
court-appointed guardians for minor children, expen- 
sive bonding requirements, and legal disputes that may 
eat away the assets of an estate. 

So, if you do not have a will, you should certainly 
write one as soon as possible with the help of your legal 
counselor. A will that is improperly written may be 
declared invalid by the probate judge. You are in- 
structed in Scripture to be a wise steward of what God 

has given you. That obligation includes putting 
house in order and making a legally v. nitcn will. 

Furthermore, if you have a will, you should review it 
as least once a year to provide for any changes in your 
family situation or in the tax laws. Remember. \ our n ill 
is your plan for all that you care most about — your 
family, friends, and charitable and Christian causes. 

Someone has said. "If God is in your heart. He- 
should be in your will." Many Christians support the 
Lord"s work through tithes and offerings during their 
lifetime, and they also leave a bequest in their will to 
help after they are gone. 

Many worthy Christian causes like Bryan College 
have benefited greatly as a result of bequests from the 
wills of faithful Christians. You can name Bryan or any 
other Christian cause to receive a bequest in your will 
for a specific amount, a percentage, or the residual if 
anything is left after other bequests have been satisfied. 

You may want to include a testamentary trust or gift 
annuity in your will to provide income for a spouse or 
loved one, with the principal going to Bryan or another 
Christian cause. 

For further information on planned giving through 
your will, please write today for the free booklets listed 

Director of Development 
Bryan College 
Dayton. TN 37321 

Dear Mr. Stansberry: 

Please send me free of charge the following booklets: 

□ Giving Through Your Will 

fj Giving Through Gift Annuities 

□ Giving Through Life Income Plans 

Name Date of Birth 





WINTER 1979 




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Third Annual Pastors' Conference 

MAY 13-15, 1980 

Free to Pastors 


Dr. D. James Kennedy 

Senior minister, 

Coral Ridge Presbyterian 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
(Coral Ridge has been selected by De- 
cision magazine as one of the five 
great churches of North America 

Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson 

Founder and president. 

Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, 

Atlanta, Georgia 
(This is a growing new ministry em- 
phasizing discipleship based on a 
mastery of the Bible through group 
seminars and a printed devotional 
guide. The Daily Walk.) 

Roger Cowen 

Minister of music, 
First Baptist Church, 
Martin, Tennessee 
(Member of The Centurymen, 
100-voice singing group 
Music leader for Bible Preaching 
Week. Ridegcrest Baptist 

• Three evenings and two full days of lectures and seminar sessions 

• Pastors and wives invited as guests of the college 

• Opportunities to meet administrators and faculty members 

• Special music and social activities 

Write for information folder: PASTORS' CONFERENCE 

Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 




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Editorial Office: William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee 37321, (615) 775- 

Editor-in-Chief: Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: John 
Bartlett, Rebecca Peck, Charles 

Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
Rebecca Peck 

Circulation Manager: Shirley 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 
(USPS 388-780) 

Copyright 1980 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College. Dayton, TN 37321. 


The front cover photo unites 
personalities in Bryan's fifty- 
year history as Sybil Lusk '34, 
center, visits with 1979 Home- 
coming Queen, Daphne Kelly 
'80, and Student Senate presi- 
dent, Scott Smith '81. Cover 
photo and center photo of 
1979-80 student body are by 
Cunnyngham Studios. 

Volume 5 


Number 3 

GETTING A PERSPECTIVE: A sense of direction for the year of 
celebration, 1980-81. 3 

REVIEWING THE BEGINNINGS: A historical view of Bryan's ori- 
gins from the Scopes Trial (1925) through the first graduating class 
(1934). 4 


By Richard Cornelius, alumnus and professor. 
By John Anderson, senior professor. 


By Sybil Lusk, of the first graduating class, 1934. 
By David Smith, of the Class of 1972. 
By Daphne Kelly, a senior, of the Class of 1980. 
By Scott Smith, a junior, of the Class of 1981. 

LOOKING AT THEN AND NOW: Pictures of the first student body 
(1930), the first graduating class (1934), and the current student body 
(fall, 1979). 12 

EXPLORING THE DISTINCTIVES: The distinguishing characteris- 
tics of a Bryan education in the spectrum of higher education. By Karl 
E. Keefer. 14 

PUTTING THE BIBLE TO WORK: A practical plan for Bible study 

from a book by Bryan's best-known professor. By Irving L. Jensen. 16 

REPORTING CAMPUS ACTIVITIES: A selection of current news 
within the college community. 18 

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: In recognition of Bryan's needs, the 
50th-anniversary plans for expansion and hopes for future develop- 
ment. 20 


for the first six months. 22 


This issue with its theme of "Then and 
Now" inaugurates the celebration by the 
college of its first fifty years, 1930-1980. The 
information presented here is intended to 
reflect in miniature the major principles used 
in planning for the celebration — to salute 
Bryan's history, especially its beginnings; to 
show what the total institution is like today 
as a college community; and to give a sense of the direction of planning for the 
future. The golden cord binding all the festivities together is to be continuing 
praise to God for His faithfulness, mercy, and providence in the life of the 
college through all these fifty years. The proper response to the celebration 
will be the reaffirmation of our commitment to "Christ Above All" in what- 
ever future years it may please God to give this institution. We invite our 
friends everywhere to come to see us during the celebration year. 

In the article on the following page, I have given more information as a 
perspective on the celebration. 

Theodore C. Mercer 




Getting a Perspective 

Ky Theodore C. Mercer 


of jubilee 

1 he academic year of 1979-80, soon drawing to a 
close, is proving generally to be the kind of year one 
could wish for as a prelude to a year of celebration 
commemorating the first fifty years of the college: a full 
enrollment, the highest in the school's history; continu- 
ing financial stability; current improvements in physical 
plant to ease some of the growing pains as preliminary 
steps to a major plan providing for additional space and 
equipment; and a good spirit and attitude in the college 
community and constituency, without which this kind 
of favorable situation could not exist or future growth 
occur. At the same time, God in His faithfulness also is 
testing us, as He has over the years, so that we enter the 
celebration year in humility, depending on Him and 
not puffed up in ourselves from His many blessings. For 
this mercy, we thank Him also. 

It was a happy coincidence that the historical marker 
commemorating the founding of the college was erected 
by the Tennessee Historical Commission during the 
fiftieth year. Especially in view of my own personal 
interest and involvement in local and state history af- 
fairs, I was pleased that THC asked me to compose the 
wording for the historical marker. It is appropriate that 
this marker should be located on U.S. Highway 27 
bypass next to Cedar Hill, which was leased by the 
college from 1932 to 1938 as the first college residence 
hall. It may be pointed out that the college bought Cedar 
Hill in 1967 and now uses it as an overflow dormitory. 

The main events of the first six months of the celebra- 
tion are printed on page 22. One of our goals is to have 

more people come to know Ihe college as il really func- 
tions; consequently, the plan is to infuse regular college 
events with a flavor of the celebration rather than to 
organize special extra events purely of a celebration 
nature, which could make the schedule a burden, (.spe- 
cially do we wish to make public our thanksgiving to 
God for bringing the college through fifty years, many 
of them very difficult years. We wish also to call atten- 
tion to the fact that Bryan remains steadfast to its found- 
ing principles and mission and that . as the college begins 
its second half-century, it is engaged in active pursuit of 
realizing the Lordship of Jesus Christ in ever> area of 
college life. 

We are not unaware of the many problems which 
higher education is facing in these last two decades of 
the century: and we know that some of these problems 
may be even more onerous for the Christian college 
determined to maintain a biblical standard of life and 
morality and to carry on a quality academic program 
which aims to integrate faith and learning. Amid the 
changing scenes of higher education and national life, 
we will continue to seek to understand even more 
deeply our institutional identity and mission so as to 
discern the kinds of things which should not change and 
those changes appropriate to this institution. We want 
only to be the kind of school that we believe God wants 
Bryan to be — reputable and solid in our academic w ork 
and "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." All eh 
secondary to that aspiration. 



Bryan College was named to honor William 
Jennings Bryan (1860-1925). American statesman, 
orator. three -time democratic presidential 
candidate, former secretary of state, and 
spokesman for religious orthodoxy in the 
modernist - fundamentalist controversy, who 
died here five aays after the Scopes Evolution 
Trial cf 1925. in which he assisted the 
prosecution. Opened in 1930. Bryan is « > non- 
sectarian, independent liberal arts college 
committed to Biblical Christianity. 

SPRING 1980 


Reviewing the Beginnings 

1925 to 1934 

A he organization of this Christian college named for 
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was a direct out- 
growth of the Scopes Evolution Trial, which took place 
in Dayton, Tennessee, July 10-21, 1925. A statute lately 
passed by the Tennessee legislature making it unlawful 
to teach in any state- supported school "any theory that 
denies the story of Divine Creation of man as taught in 
the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended 
from a lower order of animals," was tested in the courts 
with William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in 
opposing legal roles. The Rhea County Courthouse, 
where the famous trial was held, is now on the National 
Register of Historic Places, and the building has been 
declared a National Historic Landmark. 

Although Mr. Bryan had suggested that a Christian 
school should be established on one of the scenic hills 
around Dayton, it was his death in Dayton on July 26, 
1925, five days after the trial, that sparked the memorial 
movement which led in five years to the opening of the 

A leader in these activities was F. E. (Mr. Earl) 
Robinson, Dayton pharmacist. Around a table in his 
drug store on Main Street, a group of local citizens had 
decided on May 5, 1925, to organize a test case of the 
anti-evolution statute as a public relations venture "to 
put Dayton on the map." The group secured the coop- 
eration of John Thomas Scopes, the young Kentucky 
science teacher and coach at Rhea County High School 
in Dayton, who agreed to testify that he had taught 
evolution in the biology classes in which he had substi- 
tuted as a teacher. Not long after the trial, it was at a 

meeting in Mr. Robinson's home (known then as the 
Haggard house) at the corner of North Market and East 
Third Avenue, across from the Courthouse, where the 
actual decision to organize a school was made. 

On October 15, 1925, the Bryan Memorial University 
Association was incorporated. The first contribution, a 
$1,000 check from C. A. Dagley, of Hollywood, Flori- 
da, had already been received in September. Malcolm 
W. Lockhart, of Decatur, Georgia, was employed to 
direct a program of financial support for the founding of 
the school. An 82-acre campus in three tracts of land 
was secured on Matthews (now Bryan) Hill for $6,700; 
and ground breaking was held November 5, 1926, with 

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Tennessee Governor Austin Pcay's turn- 
ing the first shovelful of dirt in the pres- 
ence of a large and enthusiastic crowd, 
which afterward enjoyed basket lunches 
spread out on the ground in a festive at- 
mosphere. The initial construction on the 
main building began on May 14, 1927, 
with the pouring of the first concrete. 

In spite of a number of problems which 
arose following this high point of the ac- 
tivities of the Memorial Association and 
the beginning of the Depression in 1929, 
The William Jennings Bryan University 
was chartered on July 24. 1930. Dr. 
George E. Guille, a well-known Bible- 
teacher under the extension department 
of Moody Bible Institute and a former 
Presbyterian pastor, was elected presi- 
dent; and Mr. Lockhart became vice president, con- 
tinuing in promotional work. The fall term opened on 
September 18, 1930, with a convocation in the court- 
room where the trial had been held. 

Nearly one hundred individuals and families are enti- 
tled to be known as Founders by virtue of their being 
incorporators either of The Bryan Memorial University 

Dr. Lockhart Dr. Gofllc 

Association or of The William Jennings Bryan Univer- 
sity or by virtue of their being major financial suppor- 
ters. The names of these persons have been preserved 
on the two bronze memorial plaques erected in 19 
the entrance to the main building. 

None of the incorporators is living: and there is only 
one widow from this group. Mrs. Wallace Haggard, of 
Americus. Georgia. Mrs. Haggard's husband (she 
also a student in the early years), a young lawyer in the 

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twenties serving on the Scopes Trial prosecution staff, 
was an incorporator both of the Memorial Association 
in 1925 and of the University in 1930 and later served for 
a time as treasurer of the institution. Although Mr. and 
Mrs. Haggard moved from Dayton in the mid- thirties, 
their interest in Bryan continued; and since his death in 
1971, Mrs. Haggard has remained a strong supporter of 
the college. 

Of the four financial sponsors known to be living, 
three live in Dayton — Mrs. E. B. Arnold, Mrs. James S. 
Frazier, and Mrs. Glenn W. Woodlee. Mrs. Arnold and 
her late husband not only were Founders but each later 
served as trustee, he for 13 years until his death in 1948 
and she for 21 years from 1949. Both Mrs. Frazier and 
her late husband were Founders , and she later served 1 7 
years as a trustee . Mr. Frazier attended every session of 
the Scopes Trial and was active in organizing the 
Memorial Association. Mrs. Woodlee is a Founder as a 
member of the E. B. Ewing family; and her late hus- 
band. Chancellor Glenn W. Woodlee, was a trustee 
from 1950 until his death in 1969, having served as vice 
chairman of the board for many years and having been 
elected chairman of the board only days before his 

The fourth surviving financial sponsor, Mrs. Dow- 
ney, lived with her husband at Sale Creek at the time 
that Bryan was founded. After long service at Columbia 
Bible College, Mrs. Downey has now retired and lives 
in Chattanooga. 

Mr. F. E. Robinson, both an Incorporator and a 
Founder, became the first chairman of the board of 
trustees and served in that position until 1 955 , two years 
before his death. 

Mr. Lockhart was a key person not only in the finan- 
cial campaign but also in the initial organization of the 
college — adoption of the statement of belief, the secur- 

Mr. Ryther 

Miss Yancey 

ing of the charter, forming of the first board of trustees, 
inviting of George E. Guille to become president, and 
the bringing together of the first faculty. Among the first 
faculty were Dwight W. Ryther, Jr., and Julia Anna 
Yancey, both still living. 

"Dean" Ryther, as he came to be known to succes- 
sive generations of students, was appointed professor 
of English and history (later of speech and English) and 
arrived in time to help recruit the first student body. 
Serving as a professor and later also as vice president 
and academic dean, he continued with the college until 
1956. In 1977 the Alumni Association honored Dean 
Ryther with a distinguished service award for his 
twenty-six years of association with Bryan. He now 
makes his retirement home in DeLand, Florida. 

Miss Yancey, now Mrs. Josh Hogenboom, of 
Weirsdale, Florida, taught music and art and remained 
on the faculty for eleven years. She still keeps in touch 
with the college and visited the campus in 1979. 

When the college opened on September 18, 1930, it 
had few tangible assets, but the spirit and faith of these 
institutional pioneers were bright and strong. This first 
administration and the first faculty and staff carried on 
their work in the old Rhea County High School building, 
which had been made available for a period of three 
years, a new high school having been built. Students 
came mostly from the local area and either lived at 
home or boarded in Dayton homes. Seventy-four stu- 
dents were enrolled that first year, some of whom are 
shown on the center spread with the first faculty. Be- 
cause of the educational opportunity afforded by having 
a hometown college, a number of older residents regis- 
tered for classes in the early years. 

The onset of the Depression, which began with the 
stock market crash of October 1929, brought not only 
the nation to its economic knees but also everything 
connected with Bryan University to a survival level. 
President Guille lived in Athens, where he pastored a 
church to supplement his meager Bryan salary. When 
he died suddenly in November 1931, vice president 
Lockhart unwillingly became president and served for 
two years until ill health forced his resignation. 

Upon Dr. Guille's death. Dr. Charles Currens of At- 
lanta became the Bible professor and commuted to the 
college from 1932 until his own death in 1939. Both Dr. 
Guille's and Dr. Currens's Bible teaching had such wide 
acceptance in the community that a weekly Bible class 



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Mrs. Currens, Mrs. Ruth Jones (Dr. Currens's daughter) and 
Dr. Rudd at the unveiling of the portrait of Dr. Currens. 

Mary Frances 


Mrs. Rudd 

continued into the sixties and was taught by successive 
Bryan professors. Later Dr. Guille's son, W. Gettys 
Guille, served as a trustee of the college. His widow, 
who lives in Salisbury, N.C.and Dr. Guille's daughter, 
Mrs. Henry Henegar, of Knoxville, Tenn., continue the 
family's interest in the college. Dr. Currens's widow, 
now 90, lives near Atlanta and visited the college in 

In spite of the difficulties of the initial year, Bryan 
opened on a strong note in the fall of 1931, when more 
than sixty new freshmen joined the returning students. 
Coming to the faculty that year was a young man from 
Colorado, Judson Archer Rudd. with Lucile, his wife of 
four years. The Rudds later said that they were so 
disheartened at what they initially found at Bryan that 
they almost turned around and went back to Colorado, 
where Dr. Rudd's family was then living. However, 
they stayed, and the rest is history. 

When Dr. Lockhart relinquished the presidency in 
1933, young Rudd was made acting president and. after 
three years, assumed the full title, continuing 22 years 
in the presidency. He more than any other individual 
demonstrated that dogged determination that became 
the key to the survival of this institution through the 
Depression and the War years that followed. With him 
in all those struggles was Mrs. Rudd, who served vari- 
ously as hostess, dietitian, and secretary. She remains 
today a part of the college family; and their daughter. 
Mary Frances, is currently employed at the college in a 
special project relating to the alumni in the celebration 
year. Though Dr. Rudd resigned the presidency in 1955 
for reasons of health, he remained with the college, 
working in various capacities, and continued active 
until shortly before his death in October 1970. It is 


First Faculty: Guille, Spindler, L. Montova. Rvther, 
Bjerregaard, C. Montoya. (Herm and Yancey not pictured i. 

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altogether fitting that such an important building as the 
college auditorium and fine arts complex has been 
named to honor him. 

The enrollment for Bryan's second year is not known 
beyond a picture of 74 persons with a caption under it 
that it is of the 1931 freshman class and faculty. A 
picture survives of a small summer school in 1932. The 
enrollment for 1932-33 also is not precisely 
documented. It seems certain that the increasing sever- 
ity of the Depression, which led to the stopping of 
construction on the building on Bryan Hill, was begin- 
ning also to affect enrollment: for the enrollment of 
1933-34 is known to be 65 regular students — 28 
freshmen. 21 sophomores. 8 juniors, and 8 seniors — 
plus 16 special part-time students in Bible. Neverthe- 
less an attractive yearbook named The Commoner (from 
a title which had been applied to Mr. Bryan as a cham- 
pion of the common people and which he gave to the 
paper he published) was issued by the first graduating 
class. In this 5V4x8 red-cover book of 48 pages are 
pictured ten student-life organizations, including men's 
and women's basketball teams, a student council, 
ministerial association, literary society, drama club, 
college quartet, and a student newspaper. The graduat- 
ing of the first class in 1934 marks a significant climax in 
Bryan's earliest years and concludes the scope of this 
historical review. 

SPRING 1980 



By Richard Cornelius 

In my twenty-three years at Bryan — first as a stu- 
dent and then as a teacher — I have seen the faces of the 
Bryan family and the campus change, but the heart of 
the college as exemplified in its motto, "Christ Above 
All." has remained constant. To me. the foremost fea- 
ture of Bryan College is that life on the Hill has gener- 
ally been on such a high plateau that it is difficult to 
select as outstanding a few incidents and individuals. 
The writer of Hebrews, however, provides a model for 
such a selection by listing in chapter eleven outstanding 
people and events which can serve as representatives of 
many others. 

In the realm of the spiritual, I recall the mountaintop 
experience of the fall Bible Conference in 195 1 , with Dr. 
E. Schuyler English and Dr. George Schmeiser, during 
which many made decisions bearing lasting fruit, as 
seen in the missionary giving and going emphases which 
have continued until the present. The multiple minis- 
tries of the Christian Service Association and its suc- 
cessor. Practical Christian Involvement, in which hun- 
dreds of students over the years have shared Christ with 
thousands of souls, represent an impressive peak of 
spiritual attainment. How beautiful upon the mountains 
have been the feet of a long line of chapel speakers, such 
as missionary doctor Helen Roseveare, who testified of 
the Lord's leading and enabling through the horrors of 
the Congo rebellion. Is it any wonder that there have 
been scores of students and staff whose lives have been 
changed as they have climbed to new heights by feeding 
on God's Word, so abundantly provided at Bryan? 

In the realm of the academic, there have been such 
high points as the continual, conscientious work of 
administration, faculty, students, and alumni, resulting 
in the achievement of full accreditation in 1969; the 
establishment of a curriculum integrating faith and 
learning within the context of the Christian liberal arts; 

Dr. Cornelius came to Bryan as a freshman in 1951 , graduating 
in 1955 with a major in English. After military service and a year of 
teaching in his home state of Florida, he began graduate work at 
the University of Tennessee, where he earned the master's and 
Ph.D. degrees in English. In the meantime, he joined the Bryan 
faculty and is now completing 19 years of service. The observa- 
tions in this article cover a span of 29 years. Dr. Cornelius's wife, 
Donna Black, attended Bryan two years before earning degrees in 
music education at Colorado State College at Greeley and at the 
University of Tennessee. The Corneliuses have two children, 
Craig, 14, and Christa, 11. Dr. Cornelius's mother, Betty, of 
Jacksonville, Fla., a retired food editor of the Florida Times-Union, 
has also been closely identified with Bryan over these three dec- 


Viewing th< 

the inspiring teaching of such faculty as Dr. Beatrice 
Batson; and shelves of books, articles, and recordings 
produced by Dr. Irving Jensen, Mike Loftin, Jim Reese, 
and a battalion of alumni writing for missionary and 
other publications. 

In the realm of the physical, there has been the fifty- 
year miracle of the Lord's daily provision — both for 
individuals and the institution. To a student desperately 
needing five dollars, the anonymous gift of this amount 
through intramural mail or the opportunity to work 
some extra hours was just as encouraging as the answer 
which came in the late 1960's to the faithful group of 
prayer warriors who had been praying specifically for a 
million dollars. Out of the blue the Lord sent in the huge 
gift of the Summers estate, which provided the incen- 
tive for other gifts and the securing of a low-interest 
loan. Grand total — one million dollars. The result was 
the construction of the Summers gymnasium and Ar- 
nold Hall as well as the renovation of the academic 
areas in the administration building. Another pinnacle 
of achievement was the completion of the Rudd Chapel 
project — started from scratch without any significant 
financial base other than God's faithfulness. And then 
there were the district and national play-offs reached by 
the basketball team on several occasions, and the 
NCCAA national championships won by the cross- 
country team in 1975 and by the soccer team in 1975, 
1976, 1977. 

In the realm of the social and personal, I believe the 
high points are the enduring reality of the Bryan family 
spirit with its warmth of Christian love and genuine 
individual concern, the balanced position the college 
has sought to preserve on social conduct rules, and the 
multitude of hilltop dwellers in whom the Lord has 
worked to glorify Himself and give to others. Limiting 
the list primarily to those associated with Bryan for 
quite a number of years, I think of the dogged determi- 
nation of Dr. Judson Rudd, who hoped against hope and 
put on coveralls to make the hope a reality; the stabiliz- 
ing influence of Dean Dwight Ryther — equally at home 
in the office or Octagon, on the speaker's platform, up a 
hiking trail, in a fishing boat, or at a symphony concert; 
the bright smile, brilliant mind, and flashing camera of 
Dr. Theodore Mercer; the hard-working efficiency of 
such people as the Hills and the Argos, whose kitchen 
management over the years helped to make the Bryan 
dining room outstanding for institutional food; the red- 
carpet hospitality of Dr. and Mrs. John Bartlett; the 
energetic spirit of Rebecca Peck, who stops helping one 
person in need only to begin helping two more; the wit 
and wisdom of Tom Taylor and Fred Donehoo; the deep 
concern of Drs. Blair and Louise Bentley, who have 
taken many a student or alumnus under their wings and 
helped them over the rough spots; the meticulous 
museum work and helpful hands of Dr. Willard Hen- 
ning; the quiet competency of Glen Liebig, Dr. Mayme 
Bedford, and Vern Archer; the behind-the-scenes ef- 
forts of Alice Mercer, Carlos Carter, and Betty 


3igh Points 

Wynsema; the longsuffering patience of Personnel 
Deans Karin DeRossel and Boh Andrews; (he faithful- 
ness to the Word of God hy Dr. John Anderson, Dr. 
Brian Richardson, Alan Winkler, and Glen Atkins; the 
impact of Ken Campbell, who has fearlessly taken a 
Christian stand on national Canadian television; the 
unassuming spirituality of Alice McLeod Campbell; the 
hard work, warm heart, and endless anecdotes of Kcr- 
mit Zopfi; the publication endeavors of Steve Griffith 
and Keith Batman and their Arkenstone magazine; the 
academic brilliance and well-rounded abilities of Dr. 
Harold Jenkins and David Llewellyn; the musical tal- 
ents of the Allen Jewett clan and Judy King Barth; the 
cross-country speed of Eric Clarke, Tom Potter, and 
Bob Carigon; the basketball wizardry of Wayne Dixon, 
Jerry Cline, and Lebron Bell (leading national scorer in 
1962 of all small colleges for average points per game); 
the soccer stamina of Luke Germann, Carlos Vega, and 

Chuck Grant; (he pastoral ministries of Dr. V\ 
Allcm and Mickey Park; the perseverance amid I 
and hardships in missionary service demonstrated by 
such individuals as the Spud Willoughbys. the Ralph 
Tolivers, the Buddy Fritzes, the Ian Hays, and the 
Darwin Neddos; the years ol faithful service of a vast 
company of alumni laymen and Christian workers; the 
wisdom, generosity, faith, and Christian commitment 
of the Trustees; and the sacrificial love and suppori of a 
host of friends, who hold the ropes for the various 
climbing endeavors at the college. 

As the writer of Hebrews says in his recounting of the 
heroes and heroines of the faith, "the time would fail me 
to tell of . . . these all, having obtained a good report 
through faith . . . who wrought righteousness, obtained 
promises . . . out of weakness were made strong, waxed 
valiant in fight . . . of whom the world was not worthy." 
for in upholding the faith of our fathers they found 
God's faithfulness to be great as they climbed toward 
that "city which hath foundations, whose builder and 
maker is God." 

By John C. Anderson 

As I reflect on my years of service at Bryan, three 
highlights seem to stand out above others. The first is 
Bryan's position with reference to the Bible. From its 
inception, Bryan College has held a conservative, 
evangelical, orthodox position. Its doctrinal statement 
is explicit when it says, "We believe that the holy Bible, 
composed of the Old and New Testaments, is of final 
and supreme authority in faith and life, and, being in- 
spired by God, is inerrant in the original writings." 
Although existing in a rapidly changing world, Bryan 
continues to hold fast to its belief in God and His Word. 
This position alone makes possible the motto of the 
College, which is "Christ Above All." In this instance, 
we but echo the words of Martin Luther of old, "Here I 
stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen." 
Bryan College holds, and is committed to hold, to this 
important doctrine. 

The second highlight is what is often referred to as the 
"Bryan Family." Although the family is composed of 
trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and student 
body, its members recognize that they are one in Christ 
Jesus. A visitor will not be long on the campus of Bryan 
College before he senses the mutual love and concern 
growing out of this family relationship, which fulfills the 
injunction of our Lord to "love one another" (John 
14:34). There is concern not only for the spiritual wel- 
fare of the individual but also for his physical well- 
being. In case of sorrow or trouble of any kind, a helping 
hand is extended. For example, when a student had 
major medical expenses beyond his own resources and 
that of his insurance coverage, the college family con- 
tributed $2,200. Such love and concern are not only 
shown to those within the group, but also reach out to 
those in other ministries. At the time of the Toccoa Falls 
disaster in 1977, the college family contributed S3. 000 
as a love offering for the families of the victims of that 
tragedy. Bryan is a "family" and has the family traits. 
To be a member of such a group is a blessing indeed. 

The Bryan student is the third highlight. According to 
the charter, no religious test is to be applied to any 
student; yet nearly all who come are already believers 
in Christ Jesus. They come for a higher education "un- 
der auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual." It is a 
great privilege to teach individuals who are charac- 
terized by purpose, eagerness to learn, and concern for 
doing the will of God. After graduation they go forth to 
serve in the vocation to which God has called them. It is 
also a delight to hear of their success and the blessing of 
God attending their service. Their continuing interest in 
their Alma Mater is demonstrated by their campus vis- 
its, their financial support, and by the presence of their 
sons and daughters as students. Teaching these 
second-generation students multiplies the ministry of 
the professors involved. It truly is a blessing to be used 
of God in such an institution. May He ever continue His 
work in this place. 

Dr. Anderson, professor of ancient languages, earned his 
bachelor of arts degree at the University of Illinois in English and 
the Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary in New Testament Liter- 
ature and Exegesis. He heads a thriving Greek department, which 
had ten majors in last year's graduating class and thirteen in this 
year's. Appointed to the faculty in 1955. he is nowcomDleting his 
twenty-fifth year of teaching service to the college, sharing hon- 
ors with Dr. Jensen as senior member of the faculty. Mrs. Ander- 
son is completing her twentieth year on the library staff. Their two 
sons and son-in-law are graduates of Bryan, and their daughter 
also attended Bryan. 

SPRING 1980 




By Sybil Lusk 

As I think back over my years at Bryan College (four 
as a student, two in teaching and library work), the 
things that impressed me very much in those days were 
the dedication of faculty members, the high quality of 
teaching and counseling, and the Christian fellowship 
among students and faculty. But the most thrilling thing 
was to have the Bible, about which I had previously 
known so little, just "come alive" under the teaching 
of such men of God as Dr. George E. Guille and Dr. 
Charles Currens. 

In more recent years, I have had opportunities to visit 
Bryan campus and attend some of the many programs 
and conferences sponsored by the college. Also I have 
had contacts with some 
of the students and with 
other alumni; and I find 
that the same high 
standards are main- 
tained as in the begin- 
ning and that, with its 
steady growth, the col- 
lege continues to live 
up to its motto, "Christ 
Above All." 

In view of existing conditions nationally in our 
public-school systems and in institutions of higher 
learning, if I were responsible for the education of a 
young person, I would be willing to make whatever 
sacrifice necessary to see that he or she received it in a 
Christian college such as Bryan. 

Presenting Fou 

By David Smith 

"I don't want to see the inside of another classroom. 
I'm through with school." These were my famous last 
words at high-school graduation. And I was soon off to 
Vietnam. But while I was in the Army, the Lord im- 
pressed me with the need to continue my education; and 
I came to Bryan a few months after being discharged. I 
didn't really know what I wanted to major in; but. while 
taking some of the required freshman courses , I became 
fascinated with biology. By the end of the second 
semester, I knew I wanted my major to be in biology, 
although I didn't know what occupation it would lead 
to. Through the personal attention given by one of my 
chemistry teachers, I became interested in the medical 
field and took advanced training in medical laboratory 
technology in Nashville, Tennessee. In my advanced 
lab training, I felt I was well prepared by Bryan's biol- 
ogy and chemistry departments to compete with stu- 
dents from larger schools. 

My wife, Diane, and I returned to Dayton four years 
ago when I was offered the position as laboratory 
supervisor of Rhea County Hospital. I am currently 
finishing up work on a master's degree in hospital man- 
agement and supervision to help me in this job. We are 
enjoying living here again and just recently adopted a 
baby boy. As we look back over the past ten years, we 
are so grateful for the Lord's leading and His perfect 
timing in our education, jobs, and family. Trusting in 
Him, we can enjoy our daily walk and confidently leave 
our future in His control. 

Sybil Lusk '34 shared valedictorian honors in the first grad- 
uating class with Logan Rector. After two years at Bryan as 
librarian and teacher, she took business-school training and 
became a career secretary. She worked three years at John 
Brown University; six years in Illinois, one year at a church and 
five years with the War Department at Chanute Field; and then 
twenty-two years with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chat- 
tanooga, until her retirement in 1968. Always an active Christian 
in a local church, she is now a member of the Christian and 
Missionary Alliance Church of Chattanooga. 

Coming to Tennessee from New Jersey, David Smith was an 
honor graduate in the Class of 1972. His wife, Diane Morgan, was 
also an honor graduate two years previously. David's brother 
Steven also attended Bryan, graduating in 1976. 



Points of View 


By Daphne Kelly 

As I think of my experience at Bryan, I recall the 
words of the apostle Paul in I'hilippians 1:6: "Being 
confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a 
good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus 
Christ." It has been exciting to watch God continue this 
work of His during my years here at Bryan. God knew 
that, as a one-year-old babe in Christ, I needed to attend 
a college where Christ was "above all" and where 
Christian fellowship and Bible teaching were a part of 
campus life. 

Now, as I finish my fourth and final year at Bryan, I 
can look back and see why God in His delicate way led 
me here. Much has been accomplished. I am about to 
receive my degree in Christian Education. That's one 
reason I chose Bryan. Being overwhelmed and awe- 
struck with the salvation given to me through Jesus 
Christ, I knew I wanted to give Him my whole life to use 
in His service. My initial interest in the Christian Edu- 
cation major has been maintained during the four years 
I've been here. Through the department of Christian 
Education and the many spiritual life conferences and 
seminars held here throughout these years, I have seen 
the many vast opportunities to serve my Lord in the 
years to come. Even while attending Bryan, I have had 
the thrilling opportunity to serve Him through PCI 
(Practical Christian Involvement) in teaching Bible to 
school-age children and in going to Bolivia, South 
America, as a summer missionary in 1978. 

My last year at Bryan will be drawing to a close soon; 
a phase of my life is about to end. It will close, though, 
so that a new phase might open up — returning to Char- 
lotte, North Carolina, to live with my wonderful family 
and to serve the Lord in my home church. 

God chose Bryan College to continue His work in my 
life. He will use Bryan time and time again to continue 
His work in the lives of many other young people. I am 
just so thankful for my years at Bryan. "Oh, magnify 
the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together" 
(Psalm 34:3). 


By Scott Smith 

In his book Escape from Reason, Dr. Francis SchaefFer 


Today wc have a weakness in our educational 

process in failing to understand the natural ass<> 
tions between the disciplines. Wc tend lo study all 
our disciplines in unrelated parallel lines . . with- 
out understanding that these are things of man, and 
the things of man are not unrelated parallel lines. 

It was this quest fora synthesis among the disciplines 
which led me to seek to further my education at a 
Christian liberal arts college. 

I had previously reached a point in my life in which I 
realized that God. through His Word, has given us the 
real answers to life and its problems. I had also emerged 
from a fairly thorough high-school education with a 
basic understanding of the physical universe and the 
related disciplines. What I had failed to achieve was a 
proper integration of these two intrinsic facets of life. 

Since enrolling at Bryan College. I have discovered 
this integration to be not only possible but also very 
interesting and worthwhile. God is the Author of the 
Bible, His written Word. God is also the Author of the 
universe. His created Word. Therefore, a diligent con- 
flation and exegesis of these two masterpieces by the 
same Author leads not to contradiction and confusion, 
but rather to enlightenment and harmony. Such har- 
mony can make all the difference in my later years and 
will ratify my decision to attend a Christian liberal arts 
institution like Bryan College. 

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Scott Smith, a junior and president of the Student Senate for 
1979-80, is the third member of his family to attend Bryan. His 
brother Mark was graduated in 1977. and his sister Susan is a 
graduating senior this year. His parents are missionaries with 
Wycliffe Bible Translators, who have served in Peru. S.A. Cur- 
rently the family is located at Waxhaw. N.C.. working with JAARS. 
the technical arm of WBT. Scott has been a consistent honor 
student and is active in Christian service with children and youth 
in the community. 

Daphne Kelly '80. a graduating senior from Charlotte, N.C.. was 
Homecoming Queen in 1979. She has been a resident assistant in 
the dormitory, a vice president of Practical Christian Involvement, 
and a member of a gospel team. She is among fourteen members 
of her class who were selected for the 1979-80 edition of Who's 
Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. 

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Mona S. Flerl 


William Logan Rector Marjorie Alpheus Yancey Franklin H. Bennett Harriett Elizabeth Dunlap 


Sybil Lusk 

miracle, kentucky 

Bertha Ansley Morgan 
dayton, tennessee 

R. Tibbs Maxey, Jr. 



Present Student Body and Faculty! 

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Exploring the Distinctives 

By Karl E. Keefer 

Dr. Keefer, who was dean of Bryan from 1957 to 1966, returned 
to the college as vice president for academic affairs in the fall of 
1979, after thirteen years of service in the University of Tennessee 
system. He holds the master's degree in education from the Uni- 
versity of Chattanooga (now U.T.C.) and the doctorate in educa- 
tional psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 
He served eight years, 1971 to 1979, on the Bryan board of trus- 
tees. He and his wife, Sue, have two sons, both of whom are 
graduates of Bryan, as are their two daughters-in-law. 

15 ryan College is one of more than 3,000 institutions 
of higher education in the United States today. Is there 
anything about Bryan College which gives it a special 
identity among such a large number of schools? I be- 
lieve that there is, and I want to write about that special 

Briefly put, a Bryan College education is a blend of 
the Biblical, the cultural, and the vocational, held to- 
gether by a continuing emphasis upon the preeminence 
of Christ and His special plan for each student's life. 
The college motto, "Christ Above All," is taken seri- 
ously by the faculty, and daily efforts are made to 
translate a noble sentiment into a practical guide for 

Bryan College places strong emphasis upon the Bible 
as the inspired, inerrant Word of God and integrates 
that emphasis into every curriculum, both through re- 
quired Bible courses and through a continuing effort by 
each faculty member to demonstrate the ways in which 
Biblical truths and principles are relevant for scholar- 
ship and for daily life. 

Bryan is not a Bible college, in which every major is a 
Bible major. But it is a Bible-based college, in which 
every program includes a strong core of Bible courses 
as part of the student's program. These courses are 
intellectually challenging as well as spiritually stimulat- 
ing. Students are taught methods of Bible study in addi- 
tion to basic Bible knowledge, so that they may con- 
tinue their exploration of the Word of God long after 
finishing their college courses. 

A Bryan College graduate, in whatever academic 
discipline, will have been exposed to the Bible not just 
as a literary and historical artifact, but as a source book 

for philosophical and theological thought and as a guide 
and guard for coping with the confusions of today and 
the uncertainties of tomorrow. Bible study is not an 
afterthought — it is at the heart of a Bryan College edu- 

Bryan College also emphasizes the cultural — that is, 
the importance of the liberal arts in the education of a 
thinking person. The liberal arts were once those 
studies which were deemed appropriate for "free 
men," that is to say, those Greeks who were not slaves, 
but who were served by slaves and thus had the free- 
dom and leisure for intellectual pursuits. This identifi- 
cation is no longer relevant, but the concept of the 
liberal arts as a core of liberating subjects is still alive. 

The Bryan College student is expected to pursue, in 
addition to Bible, a core of courses in a variety of 
disciplines (often called "general education") in order 
to provide a breadth of understanding of the culture in 
which life is lived. Although these may vary somewhat 
as students make choices, they generally include lan- 
guage and literature, science and mathematics, history, 
communication and the arts, psychology, and physical 
education. No student will become "expert" in any of 
these areas during four years of study, even in that 
specialty which is taken as a "major." But each student 
will have the opportunity at least to come to realize the 
scope, breadth, and complexity of options which are a 
part of modern culture and to experience liberation 
through the liberal arts from restriction of choice based 
on ignorance. 

Especially important in this connection is Bryan's 
insistence upon the integration of faith and learning. If 
all truth is God's truth — and we believe it is — then there 



is no area of learning which cannot and should not be 
integrated with the Christian faith. Such a task is not 
always easy, and may not ever be complete, but it is an 
exciting challenge for faculty and students alike. 

Finally, Bryan College does not neglect the practical 
aspects of a Christian education. Biblical knowledge 
and cultural sophistication are of little value unless thev 
are related to the concerns of life and of making a living. 
Bryan College is not a vocational school, in the sense 
that some schools arc geared solely to teaching voca- 
tional and technical skills. Nor is it a professional 
school which takes college graduates and prepares 
them for one of the recognized learned professions. But 
its students must be prepared to enter the world of work 
or to undertake further education as a preliminary to 
doing so. 

It is important, then, that Bryan College students be 
given skills which they will need for their life beyond 
college, whether that be in the world of business or 
industry, classroom teaching, or graduate study in an 
academic discipline or in a learned profession. Like 
every other aspect of a Bryan College education, this 
concern is geared to an emphasis upon the supremacy 
of Christ in life's choices. 

A vocation, after all, is or should be a "calling." as 

the derivation <>l the v. mil indii at< I mch of t he- 
modern world, this meaning has been lost in an) bul the 
vaguest sense, lor Bryan ( ollege, one's vocation is 
that very specific area ol life in which one has the 
opportunity of answering Cod's call, in whatever place 
of service He wills. Occupational choice is first of all a 
matter of Cod's choice for the individual. Ilnv. does 
God want him to make a living'.' When the answer to that 
question is found, mosl othei questions about i 
adult life and career fall into place. 

Bryan College would make no claim to heme ■< 
"unique" college in the strictest sense of that term. 
There are other fine Bible-based. Christian liberal arts 
colleges where young people are being prepared for the 
place in life thai Cod has for them. But Bryan College is 
"unique" in the sense that it offers a rather special 
blend of the Biblical, the cultural, and the vocational to 
those students whom God brings to its campus. 

There is a will and purpose of God for an institution, 
as for an individual. As faculty, administrators, mem- 
bers of the Board of Trustees, staff, and studen' 
gether seek to keep "Christ Above All" and as God 
leads these people to be associated in the work of Br> an 
College. His will and purpose for the college will be 
realized. We can ask nothing beyond that. 











Statement of Belief 

Paragraph one of the college charter states that the original Board of Trustees was formed "for the 
purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a College for the higher education of men and 
women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord 
Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible." 

The college charter also states that although "no statement of belief shall be required of any matriculat- 
ing student, no one shall be placed in a position of leadership or authority either as Trustee. Officer, or 
member of the Faculty who does not subscribe with us to the following statement of belief: 

We believe: 

that the holy Bible, composed of the Old and New 
Testaments, is of final and supreme authority in 
faith and life, and, being inspired by God. is 
inerrant in the original writings; 

in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy 
Ghost, this Trinity being one God. eternally 
existing in three persons: 

in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ: that He was 
born of the virgin Mary and begotten of the 
Holy Spirit; 

that the origin of man was by fiat of God in the act 
of creation as related in the Book of Genesis; 
that he was created in the image of God: that he 
sinned and thereby incurred physical and 
spiritual death: 

that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, 
and are in need of a Saviour for their reconcilia- 
tion to God: 

that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Saviour, that 
He was crucified for our sins, according to the 
Scriptures, as a voluntary representative and 
substitutionary' sacrifice, and all who believe in 
Him and confess Him before men are justified 
on the grounds of his shed blood: 

in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus, 
in His ascension into Heaven, and in "that 
blessed hope." the personal return to this earth 
of Jesus Christ: and He shall reign fore\er: 

in the bodily resurrection of all persons, judgment 
to come, the everlasting blessedness of the 
saved, and the everlasting punishment of the 


SPRING 1980 




Putting the Bible 

By Irving L. Jensen 

1 he Christian's ultimate goal in Bible study is not to 
do something to the Book, but to let it do something to 
him. Observation and interpretation are not enough. It is 
application which completes the Bible study process. 
When a young Chinese student was asked how he was 
getting along in his Bible study, he replied, "I am now 
reading the Bible and behaving it." 

1. The Bible is to be applied. 

The ministry of the applied Word is deep and 
far-reaching. We shall use simple diagrams to illus- 
trate the point. 

This circle represents the Bible, which is the Word of 

/ WORD \ 


What a mighty Word it is! Its potential is beyond all 
comprehension. Its message, the gospel, is dynamite 
(Rom. 1:16). God would have this Word to be at the 
center of our lives — instructing, motivating, empower- 
ing us. So let us put this circle in the center of a larger 
circle, which represents our lives, thus: 

The arrows represent the ever-active work of the Word. 
In its work of diagnosis, the Word exposes the cancer of 
sin and brings conviction (Heb. 4:12-13). In its healing 
work it cleans and purifies (John 15:3; 17:17; Eph. 
5:25-26). Its manna gives strength for living (Deut. 8:3), 
and its sword equips for battle (Eph. 6:17). As a manual 
it gives counsel for our walk (Ps. 1 19:24), and as waters 
flowing from the throne of God it brings forth fruit to the 
glory of God (Ps. 1:2-3). There is no book in all the 
world like this! The writer Izaak Walton (1593-1683) 

(excerpts from Enjoy Your Bible, chapter 10) 

penned four short lines to tell what the Bible meant in 
his life: 

Every hour 

I read you, kills a sin, 

Or lets a virtue in 

To fight against it. 

But there is a larger ministry of the Word. This minis- 
try, launched in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19- 
20), affects the whole, wide world. So let us put the 
circle of the Word, and of My Life, in the center of the 
circle of The World: 

-vtf£ | World 


Again, the arrows represent the activity of the Word: 
the Word not merely working in my life, but also work- 
ing in the world through my life. This is God' s full design 
for putting the Bible to work. 

Now let us get a little more specific in our discussion 
of personal application of the Bible. Both the Old and 
New Testaments were written with two basic purposes: 
to point unbelievers to the way to God and to show 
believers how to walk with God. Paul made this very 
clear when he wrote his last inspired letter to Timothy, 
reminding his friend and co-laborer that the old Scrip- 
tures which Timothy had learned from childhood (at 
that time the Scriptures included only the Old Testa- 
ment) were able to make him "wise unto salvation" (II 
Tim. 3:15). This was teaching concerning the way to 
God. Also, Paul wrote, all Scripture was given by God 
"so that the man who serves God may be fully qualified 
and equipped to do every kind of good work" (II Tim. 
3:17, Today's English Version). Paul was telling Timothy 
that the Scriptures were to equip him to walk accepta- 
bly with his God. This was teaching concerning walk 
with God. It is correct to say that all spiritual lessons 
derived from passages in the Bible have something to 
say, directly or indirectly, about these two vital life- 
truths: way to God or walk with God. 



o Work 

Dr. Jensen is Bryan's best-known faculty member by virtue of 
his publications based on the inductive method of Bible study. 
Since his initial work, Independent Bible Study, in 1963. he has 
developed 39 study manuals covering the entire Bible. His most 
recent publication was Sun/ey of the Old Testament. He holds 
degrees from Wagner Memorial Lutheran College, The Biblical 
Seminary in New York, and Northwestern Theological Seminary. 
He is the senior member of the faculty in terms of the year of 
appointment ('i954); but because of a year's absence, he shares 
with Dr. John Anderson the joint distinction of twenty-five years of 
service on the faculty this year. He and his wife, Charlotte, have 
three children — two daughters, who have already been 
graduated from Bryan, and a son and daughter-in-law, who are 
members of the Class of 1980. A son-in-law is also a Bryan 

motivation. For inspiration, no passage excels ( J s;ilm 23. 
No< hallenge could be more timely than that of Joshua's: 
"Choose you this day whom ye will sen.' 
24:15). Example appears throughout the Bible, be 
the Bible speaks mainly about people. Read the context 
of Acts 9:27 and derive an important lesson from the 
short phrase. "But Barnabai took him." If we are lack- 
ing moti vation in our life foi God, we can find this in such 
verses as I Cor. 15:58,". . . forasmuch as ye know that 
your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 

No Christian can afford to neglect such a profitable 

Surely, it is not enough merely to know v. hat the 
Bible says. Paul in his letter to Titus spoke of the need of 
adorning the doctrine of God (Titus 2: 10), and through- 
out the letter he showed that good deeds were that 
adorning (e.g.. 2:141. While James's emphasis was. 
"Faith without works is dead.'' Pauls emphasis was. 
"Doctrine without deeds is bare.'' 

If we truly enjoy reading and studying the Bible, we 
will enjoy putting it to work. The psalmist wa 
thrilled about the Scriptures that he exclaimed. 

' 'O how love I thy law! 
It is my meditation all the day" (1 19:97). 

Seven lines later he supported this testimony with a 
word about deeds: 

"I have refrained my feet from every evil way. 
That I might keep thy word' ' (119:1011. 

May such practical enjoyment of God's Word be our 
daily portion! 

Personal application of the Bible becomes an easier 
task and a more natural habit when we are convinced 
that the Bible offers up-to-date instruction, that it con- 
cerns us personally, and that its spiritual lessons are not 
hazy or ambiguous. 

2. The Bible is profitable. 

The Bible is a unique book because of the crucial 
profitable doctrines which it teaches (cf. II Tim. 
3:16). The most important of these concern 

a. who God is 

b. what man is 

c. what God does for man 

What subjects are more vital and contemporary than 
these? In fact, it was to discuss these subjects that the 
Bible was written in the first place . Whenever you study 
a passage in the Bible, observe what it says about God 
(Father, Son, Holy Spirit) or about man or about 
God's ways with man. It is not difficult to make some 
personal applications based on such truths. 

The Bible is also profitable for reproof, bringing con- 
viction of sin: and for correction, showing the right way 
to walk. And it is profitable for instruction in righteous- 
ness, affording inspiration, challenge, example, and 


' 'In truth thou canst not read the 

Scriptures too much: 
And what thou readest. 

thou canst not read too well; 
And what thou readest well, 

thou canst not too well understand: 
And what thou understandest well. 

thou canst not too well teach: 
And what thou teachest well. 

thou canst not too well live." 
-Martin Luther 

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Reporting Campus Activities 


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Dr. Charles R. Thomas was ap- 
pointed associate professor of edu- 
cation and psychology last fall and 
joined the faculty at the beginning of 
the second semester. Formerly as- 
sociate professor in the department 
of education and linguistics at 
SUNY College at Oswego, N.Y., 
Dr. Thomas holds the Ed.D. degree 
in reading and language arts educa- 
tion from the University of Maine. 

Dr. Thomas fills a specific faculty 
need in the newly revised elemen- 
tary education program because of 
his expertise and experience in lan- 
guage arts, linguistics, reading, and 
supervision of student teachers. In- 
creased attention is being given in 
the new program to the preparation 
of teachers in language arts and in 
reading; and with the cooperation of 
the local school systems, prac- 
ticums in the local classroom are 
included as a required part of read- 
ing courses. This emphasis reflects 
concerns in teacher education both 
in Tennessee and in the nation. 

Dr. Brian Richardson, professor 
of Christian Education, recently at- 
tended the annual convention in 
Denver. Colo., of the National As- 
sociation of Professors of Christian 
Education. As the convention vice 
president, he was responsible for 
planning this year's program for the 
annual meeting. While in the West, 
Dr. Richardson also spoke at the 
Mountain Area Sunday School 
Convention in Denver and was a 
member of the platform party for 
the inauguration of the new presi- 
dent of Conservative Baptist 
Theological Seminary, Dr. Haddon 

Dr. Jack W. Traylor, assistant 
professor of history, published an 
article entitled "Topeka's Santa Fe 
Roundhouses" in the Annual Bulletin 


of the Shawnee County ( KS) Histor- 
ical Society which was issued in 
December 1979. The entire issue 
was devoted to the history of the 
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Rail- 
way's operations in Topeka, Kan- 


Dr. Louis W. Koenig, visiting 
professor of political science at 
Columbia University, lectured on 
campus February 19 and 20 under 
the sponsorship of the division of 
history, business, and social sci- 
ence, of which Dr. Robert Spoede is 
chairman. The theme of his series 
was "A Perspective on the Impact 
of William Jennings Bryan on the 
Politics of America." 


At the winter meeting of the 
board of trustees at the end of 
January, five trustees were recog- 
nized in chapel for 85 years of 
cumulative service to the college. 
Presented with a citation of merit 
and a gift certificate from the college 
bookstore were the following: 

For thirty years, Lewis Llewel- 
lyn, a member of the Bryan class of 
1938, pastor and columnist, of Se- 
bring, Fla. Mr. Llewellyn is chair- 
man of the board's public relations 
and development committee. 

For twenty years, Miss Ruth 
Huston, in absentia, of Lexington, 
Ky., and Winter Park, Fla., long- 
time missionary to eastern Ken- 
tucky and author. 

For fifteen years, Dr. J. J. Rod- 

gers. retired physician of Dayton. 
Dr. Rodgers is a member of the 
academic affairs committee of the 

For ten years, R. Don Efird, con- 
tractor of Kannapolis, N.C., and 
member of the board's building 
committee. Mr. Efird is currently 
completing his third term as Inter- 
national President of the Gideons, 
with a total Gideon service record of 
twenty-five years. 

For ten years. Dr. Ian Hay, 
member of the class of 1950. Gen- 
eral director of the Sudan Interior 
Mission, of Cedar Grove, N. J., Dr. 
Hay has been board chairman since 

Tribute was also paid to the three 
wives present — Mrs. Llewellyn, 
Mrs. Rodgers, and Mrs. Efird — for 
sharing their husbands' interest in 
the affairs of the college. 

L. Dean Hess, registrar of the 
University of Tennessee Center for 
Health Services at Memphis, who 
was recently elected to the board, 
attended his first meeting in 
January. He has been appointed to 
the academic affairs committee. 

Elected trustees at the January 
meeting were Dr. Robert Benson, 
professor of educational adminis- 
tration at the University of Tennes- 
see at Chattanooga, who will also 
serve on the academic affairs com- 
mittee; and Rev. Howard (Mickey) 
Park '55, pastor of Shades Moun- 
tain Bible Church in Birmingham, 
Ala., who will serve on the student 
affairs committee. 

Pictured below are four of the trustee honorees plus two spouses (left to right): Dr. Hay, 
Mrs. Rodgers, Dr. Rodgers, Mr. Llewellyn, Mrs. Efird, and Mr. Efird. 

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A total of $91 ,299 was received in 
response to this year's Gifts-for- 
the-King appeal for student finan- 
cial aid. Made up of 530 contribu- 
tions from individuals, families, 
churches, businesses, etc., the 
amount exceeded by $16,000 the 
goal of $75,000 set by the adminis- 
tration and by $26,000 last year's 
total. The smallest gift was $.50 and 
the largest, $16,000. In addition to 
the increasing support of alumni for 
their own special projects, 
graduates and former students con- 
tributed more this year to student 
aid than ever before. The informa- 
tion brochure featured a picture of 
the fall 1979 student body as shown 
on the center spread of this 

This Christmas offering, which 
represents the largest response in 
the 32-year history of the annual ap- 
peal, goes toward the student aid 
underwritten directly by college 
funds, about $200,000 altogether 
this academic year. 

The undertaking of the Gifts-for- 
the-King project was initiated at a 
service on December 15, 1948, in 
the white frame chapel, which dur- 
ing that year had been dismantled at 
Camp Forrest near Tullahoma, 
Tennessee, and re-erected on the 
campus. The record of the first ser- 
vice known as Gifts-for-the-King 
states: "At that time almost the en- 
tire student body and staff joined in 
prayer and fellowship for a service 
in which they presented their gifts 
for the King — gifts of gold, frankin- 
cense, and myrrh. The gold rep- 
resented material gifts; frankin- 
cense, a word of encouragement or 
testimony; and myrrh, a verse of 

In those early days. Gifts-for- 
the-King contributions were used 
for general operating needs and 
helped the college survive finan- 
cially during those struggling years 
and into its fourth decade. In more 
recent years, the annual offering has 
been designated for student aid in 
the form of academic honor schol- 
arships and goodwill, music, ath- 
letic, and other special-purpose 

Total financial assistance to stu- 
dents this year will exceed 
$1,000,000. Approximately three- 

fourths of the student body receive 
some form of aid ranging from ;> 
token $50 to almost total support. 
Half of the aid is in scholarships and 
giants, with 27'/' in loans and 23% in 


"Untold Millions Still Untold" 
was the theme of the biennial mis- 
sions conference, which opened the 
second semester in January. Sixty- 
four representatives from 32 mis- 
sion societies participated in the 
general sessions, conducted work- 
shops, and counseled informally 
with students around their mission 
ary displays in the Lions' Den stu- 
dent center. 

The major conference speakers 
were Norman Cook, director of 
special ministries for Overseas 
Crusades, Inc., and Jay Kesler. 
president of Youth for Christ. In- 
ternational. Bruce Woodman, 
founder and director of South 
American Crusades, led the confer- 
ence music and also spoke. 

A spirit of revival broke out on 

the final nij-ii' ot the meetings, when 

student te ■.tiiiionics, which . 
scheduled to last perhaps fit' 
minutes, continued until 2 
When it was all over, more than 
a thud of the student body had ap- 
peared on the platform to express 
publicly their repentance for ap 
and backsliding, to make oi n 
commitments for full-time Christian 
living, to declare then availability 
for missionary service, and to re- 
joice in what the Lord was doing for 
them and others in this spiritual 
breakthrough. Amid tears there 
were many requests for prayer for 
unsaved family and friends. In- 
stances of the asking for forgiveness 
and the making of restitution, as 
well as a decided upsurge of per- 
sonal witnessing, followed the con- 
ference. An announcement shortly 
afterwards of thirty-two vacancies 
in Christian-service opportunities 
for the new semester brought more 
volunteers than the openings avail- 
able. And the fruit continues quietly 
on campus with many lives 
deepened and changed. 


May 4-5, 1980 


Sunday, May 4. 2:30 p.m. 
Rudd Memorial Chapel 
Speaker: Rev. Francis W. Dixon 

Words of Life Ministries 

Eastbourne. England 


Monday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. 

On the Triangle 

Speakers: Three graduating seniors 

chosen through written competition 






Looking to the Future 

lVlany experts are predicting hard times for colleges 
in the 80s because of a decline in college-age population 
and rising costs. It is not possible to assess how these 
factors will affect Bryan. However, at the present, 
Bryan is experiencing both enrollment growth and fi- 
nancial stability. 

The current 600-enrollment level has created a need 
for new facilities to relieve already crowded conditions 
and to allow for expected new growth during the 80s. 
Major capital funds will be needed to meet this chal- 

The board of trustees and the administration have 
initiated a campus development plan for the decade of 
the 80s. The first phase will focus on the facilities 
needed for current enrollment levels, and subsequent 
phases will focus on the needs for a projected enroll- 
ment of 800. 

As a private interdenominational Christian college. 

Bryan does not accept direct government aid for de- 
velopment purposes, nor does it enjoy denominational 
support. We depend entirely on the Lord's provision 
through faithful Christian friends and alumni who share 
our burden for providing a Christian education for 
Christian young people. 

The 50th anniversary capital campaign committee 
will need the prayers and financial support of trustees, 
faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to set an example to 
others who can give. This kind of commitment will be 
necessary before the campaign committee can ap- 
proach foundations and other major donor prospects. 

At the winter session, the trustees approved the con- 
struction of a new men's dormitory as the first priority, 
followed by gymnasium expansion and a new library as 
the Lord provides. The men's dormitory will be the 
focus of the 50th anniversary capital campaign, begin- 
ning in May 1980. 

1. Men's Dormitory (174 beds) 

This facility is urgently needed to relieve al- 
ready overcrowded dormitories and provide for 
modest enrollment increases in the immediate fu- 
ture. More than one hundred students are being 
housed in temporary housing on or near the cam- 
pus. It has been necessary to place single students 
in housing originally planned for married students 
and in nearby apartments and homes. The new 
dormitory will help keep students on campus and 
improve the learning atmosphere. 

2. Gymnasium Expansion 

Bryan has only one gymnasium, which is in- 
adequate for present athletic programs. Two full- 
sized gym floors are needed to handle men's and 
women's varsity sports and intramural activities. 
Additional facilities will also allow full participa- 
tion of students, faculty, and community groups in 
physical-fitness programs. 

3. Library/Learning Resource Center 

Despite careful weeding, the growth of the li- 
brary collection to 61,000 volumes plus 8,500 
nonbook items taxes the present facilities. Profes- 
sional consultants and the Southern Association 
of Colleges and Schools have stressed Bryan's 
need for a new library/learning center complex 
that would provide for advanced library services 
and learning skills, which would enhance the 
learning opportunities of all Bryan students. In 
addition to providing space for more than 120,000 
volumes, it would house extensive microfilm col- 
lections, audio-visual materials, laboratories for 
reading and language skills, workshops, and 
seminar rooms. 






1. Men's Dormitory 

2. Gymnasium Expansion 

3. Library Learning Resource Center 


4. Student Center 

5. Dormitories 

6. Science Center 

7. Married Students' Apartments 

8. New Land Purchases 


9. Administration Building 

(classrooms, library, cafeteria I 

10. Rudd Memorial Chapel 

11. Old White Chapel 

12. Present Gymnasium 

13. Present Dormitories 

14. Campus Housing 

15. President's Home 

16. Tennis Courts 

17. Athletic Fields 

SPRING 1980 


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary 

Commencement to Homecoming 

May-October 1980 

May 4, 5 

Commencement (see page 19) 

May 13-15 

Third Annual Pastors' Conference 

May 17 

Annual Strawberry Festival 

The committee responsible for this major annual 
civic function has announced that this year's fes- 
tival is being dedicated to Bryan College in honor 
of its fiftieth anniversary. Bryan will enter a float 
in the annual parade for the first time in several 

July 21-26 

Summer Bible Conference 

July 24 

Charter Day 

Commemorating the chartering of "The William 
Jennings Bryan University" on July 24, 1930, by 
the state of Tennessee. 

July 26 

55th Anniversary of the death of William Jennings Bryan 
in Dayton, Tenn. 

July 28 - August 11 

Holy Land and Oberammergau Passion Play Tour 

Inquiries invited 

August 30 - Sept. 1 

Spiritual Life Meetings opening fall semester 


Dr. Theodore Epp 

Back to the Bible Broadcast 

Lincoln, Neb. 

Sept. 18 

Fiftieth Anniversary Convocation 

Ceremonial convocation in the circuit courtroom 
of Rhea County Courthouse, commemorating the 
opening of the first academic year of the college 
on September 18, 1930, in that courtroom and the 
Scopes Evolution Trial, which took place there in 
July 1925. 

October 3-5 

Alumni Homecoming 

Saturday evening, 
Sunday afternoon, 
deceased alumni. 

Jubilee Banquet 

Memorial Concert in honor of 


Mr. James R. Barth 

Mr. L. Dean Hess 

Mr. E. J. Robeson, III 

Agriculture Business 

College Administrator 

President, Manufacturing Co. 

Poland, Ohio 

Memphis, Tenn. 

Chester, S.C. 

Dr. Robert Benson 

Miss Ruth Huston 

Dr. J. J. Rodgers 

College Professor 

Retired Bible Teacher and Writer 

Retired Physician 

Hixson, Tenn. 

Winter Park, Fla. 

Dayton, Tenn. 

Dr. C. Markham Berry 

Mr. Lewis Llewellyn 

Mr. Mark Senter 


Pastor and Columnist 

Bible Teacher 

Atlanta, Ga. 

Sebring, Fla. 

Jonas Ridge, N.C. 

Mr. Morris V. Brodsky 

Dr. J. Wesley McKinney 

Mr. John E. Steffner 



Business Executive 

Fincastle, Va. 

Memphis, Tenn. 

Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Mr. John Cammenga 

Mrs. Clifford Norman 

Rev. W. Earle Stevens, Jr. 


Special Agent in Insurance 


Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Clemmons, N.C. 

Memphis, Tenn. 

Mr. R. Don Efird 

Mr. Robert Norris 

Mr. Glenn C. Stophel 

Residential Building Contractor 



and Insurance Agency 

Dayton, Tenn. 

Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Kannapolis, N.C. 

Mr. Albert J. Page 

Mr. C. P. Swafford 

Mr. W. C. Frykman 

Administration Manager 


Retired Executive 

Gaithersburg, Md. 

Dayton, Tenn. 

Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. Howard (Mickey) Park 

Mr. C. Barry Whitney 

Dr. Ian M. Hay 


Cotton Factor 

Mission Executive 

Birmingham, Ala. 

Augusta, Ga. 

Cedar Grove, N.J. 

Mr. Ben Purser 
Bank Chairman 
Dayton, Tenn. 



f K 

Third Annual Pastors' Conference 

MAY 13-15, 1980 


Dr. D. James Kennedy, senior pastor 
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 


Mr. Bruce Woodman, director, 

founder, and president 
South American Crusades 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson, founder and 

Walk Thru the Bible Ministries 
Atlanta, Ga. 


Summer Bible Conference 

JULY 21-26, 1980 


Rev. Howard Park, pastor 
Shades Mountain Bible Church 
Birmingham, Ala. 

Dr. John Reed, professor 

Dallas Theological Seminary 

Dallas, Texas 

Children s 

Rev. Charles Westgate 
Community Baptist Church 
Montoursville. Pa. 

SPRING 1980 





Editorial Office: William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton. 
Tennessee 37321. (615) 775- 

Editor-in-Chief: Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: John 
Bartlett. Rebecca Peck. Charles 

Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
Rebecca Peck 

Circulation Manager: Shirley 

Volume 5 


Number 4 

CONTINUING OUR HISTORY: A look at twenty years of institutional 
history through the eyes of a staff member whose acquaintance with the 
college covers 44 years. By Rebecca Peck. 

POLITICS: An assessment by a scholar in American government of Mr. 
Bryan's innovative political practices and ideas. By Louis Koenig. 

graduating senior to the Bryan College commitment to the Bible as the 
inspired Word of God, final in authority for faith and practice. By Ron Ruark. 

VIEW FROM THE MOUNTAIN: An account by a graduating coed of how her 
liberal arts education in a Biblical perspective changed her outlook on life and 
how she views the challenge of her future. By Karen Jenkins. 

I LOVE BRYAN: The testimony of a doyenne in Christian service about her 
acquaintance first with Mr. Bryan and then with the college named to honor 
him. By Evelyn McClusky. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: Faculty and staff service recognitions: Strawberry Fes- 
tival floats. 

FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN: Outline of the plans to raise 
$2,000,000 for a dormitory. 






BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
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Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 
(USPS 388-780) 

Copyright 1980 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
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The cover picture presents three 
Bryan coeds — Darlene Ragland, 
of Hodgenville, Ky.; Beth 
Schoffstall, of Macon, Ga.; and 
Dee Ann Symington, of Knox- 
ville, Tenn. — who rode Bryan's 
float in the Strawberry Festival 
parade. The cover photo and the 
commencement photos inside 
are by Cunnyngham studios. 

The community's salute to Bryan in honor of the fiftieth anniver- 
sary has been most heartwarming. At its annual dinner meeting in 
March, the Chamber of Commerce presented a plaque in honor 
of the event. In May the annual Strawberry Festival, the 
premier civic celebration of the year, was dedicated to the 
college. A number of floats in the parade (some of them 
pictured in this issue) used the fiftieth anniversary motif. 
Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander led the parade 
and later attended the Strawberry Tea in Brock Hall of 
Rudd Chapel. The college deeply appreciates these 
expressions of friendship from the local commu- 
nity. The roots of the college, as they should be, 
are deep in the community. 




By Rebecca 


Miss Peck will soon begin her thirty-second year as a member 
of the college staff. Her employment falling into three different 
time periods from 1944, Miss Peck's work responsibility has in- 
cluded the positions of teacher of shorthand and typing, regis- 
trar, secretary in public relations, secretary to the president, and, 
since 1957, executive alumni secretary. During her presidency of 
the alumni association in the mid-forties, the very first annual 
alumni project was initiated and carried out — the purchase of an 
electrically cooled water fountain. She also originated the 
Bryanette, the college alumni publication. Dating from her stu- 
dent years (1936-40), her firsthand acquaintance with the college 
covers all but the first six years of the institution's history. At 
honors day and at commencement in 1979, she was cited for 
thirty years of service and given a trip to the Holy Land, made 
possible primarily by her fellow alumni. 

"Let's move forward," declared the small but 
enthusiastic student body that assembled for 
Bryan's fifth academic year in 1 934. A petition 
signed by 44 students was presented to then Acting 
President Judson Rudd to urge launching out by 
faith to complete classrooms on the ground floor of 
the massive foundation structure on Bryan Hill. 
The students were eager that Bryan University (as 
it was then known) have its own home and be free 
from the leaky roof and creaking floors of the old 
Rhea County high school building, which was des- 
tined to be demolished. The administration and 
faculty tallied their very limited financial re- 
sources; but with faith in God, who had begun this 
work, they began planning for the move to Bryan 

Until this time the only building in use on the 
campus was the frame Octagon dormitory built in 
1932 to provide a home for male students. Also in 
1932 Cedar Hill dormitory was leased to provide a 
girls' dormitory, faculty apartments, and dining 
room and kitchen facilities. 

Peck '40 

I he summei effort ol a team "I voluntai 

cis made it possible foi : lasses in begin foi the 
1935 fall term in the newly enclosed I the 

presenl administration building (the fronl half of 
the ground floor). This area, connected I 
boardwalk on the clay and rock surface, pro-, 
a central administrative office fused until V> 
chemistry laboratory, three classrooms, lit 
and reading room, and chapel (which al- 
as a classroom). Unpainted tile walls, concrete 
floors, unfinished ceilings, homemade tables, and 
cane-bottom chairs were symbols of the paralyz- 
ing "depression days," through which the college 
continued to survive under the persistent leader- 
ship of a dedicated administration and facull 

In 1938 the sale of Cedar Hill dormitory evoked 
a new crisis, forcing further construction on the 
administration building to enclose more area on 
the ground floor for dining room and kitchen and to 
add the south half of the second floor for faculty- 
apartments and dormitory space for men. so that 
women could use the more attractive Octagon 

In 1940 the graduating class of 16 members re- 
vealed a definite growth trend as it was double or 
more the size of any of the six previous graduating 
classes. The growth pattern was interrupted, how- 
ever, with the onset of World War II. uhen most 
young men of college age entered military service. 
The following seven graduating classes averaged 
nine persons until the return of servicemen after 
the close of the war. when the class of 1948 
reached the record high of 20. Growth continued 
for a high point of 51 graduates in the class of 1954. 
a record not exceeded until more than a decade 

To accommodate the servicemen who wanted to 
return to the campus as older students, many with 
wives and children. Trailerville was established 
with a combination of government surplus trailers 
and privately owned mobile units for a total of 
some 20 units. This area outlived its anticipated 
temporary use more than ten years. 

SUMMER 1980 


Another significant addition to the campus after 
the close of the war was the white frame chapel, 
which was secured from an Army base in Tul- 
lahoma, Tenn. After being dismantled piece by 
piece, this building was reassembled as the Bryan 
Memorial Chapel in 1947 in a prominent position at 
the entrance of the campus. It continued to serve 
as the main auditorium until early in the 70's, when 
the enlarged student body could no longer be ac- 
commodated there. 

The servicemen brought new life to the campus 
also in a spirit of enthusiasm for improving the 
facilities. This attitude and the program of ac- 
tivities deriving from it came to be known as the 
Mass Student Movement. As a result, adminis- 
trators were encouraged to undertake a plan to 
complete the entire administration building. 
Nearly seven years — from the renewed pouring of 
concrete for pillars on the second and third floors 
until the building was covered with brick and the 
interior walls were put in place — were required to 
make possible the use of the entire building by the 
fall of 1956. 







During this period, academic progress was also 
achieved. Based on their faculty's evaluation and 
vote, the University of Tennessee in May 1951 
granted full academic recognition to Bryan Col- 
lege, strengthening the previous partial recogni- 

In the fall of 1953, funds raised for the 
Alumni Association project provided for Bryan's 
first athletic field. In 1954 another alumni project 
made possible the employment of a teacher to 
begin developing an education department, which 
has since grown into one of the strongest depart- 
ments of the college. 

This twenty-year period of the life of Bryan 
College was climaxed by the resignation in 1955 of 
President Judson Rudd, who had completed 24 
years of service with the college, all but two of 
these years in the role of president. He was pro- 
moted to the position of President Emeritus and 
served variously as treasurer, economics teacher, 
or counselor to the new president, Dr. Theodore 
Mercer. He continued to be active at the college 
for a total of 38 years until ill health overtook him 

it Hi 

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!i in 

Dr. Rader Mr. and Mrs. Hill 

about one year before his homegoing in 1970. 

Also continuing until this time from the very 
first year of Bryan's existence was Dr. Rudcl's 
close associate. Dean Dwight Ryther. From his 
first position as English professor, he was ad- 
vanced to the responsibility of registrar and dean 
in 1934, later becoming executive vice president. 
He continued with the college until 1956, with 
nearly three years' leave of absence for military 
service in 1942-45. As a grammarian and speech 
teacher. Dean Ryther is often quoted by alumni 
who sat under his teaching. He is also remembered 
for his leadership in other areas, including the 
editing of college publications, serving as college 
photographer, training and traveling with gospel 
teams, and promoting good table manners and 
courtesy, which have enabled those who accepted 
this training to be at ease in their social contacts. 

After an additional 18 years of collegiate service 
at The King's College in New York from 1956 to 
1974. Mr. Ryther retired and now lives in Deland, 
Fla., where he is finding ways of being of service 
now to fellow retirees. 

Other staff members who also gave outstanding 
and long-term service during those early years 
include Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd E. Fish, both 
graduates in the class of 1935, who held teaching 
and administrative positions until 1952; Dr. Alma 
Rader, who introduced many freshmen to the 
riches of the Old Testament from 1941 until her 
retirement in 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hill, 
who. taking over the new dining room and kitchen 
in 1938, continued except for a five-year absence 
in the forties until Mr. Hill died on the campus in 
1950 and Mrs. Hill moved to California in 1956: 
and Mr. and Mrs. Roy McMurry, who were dor- 
mitory residents from 1933 to 1943. Dr. "Mac" 
being also chemistry instructor. 

Three Bible professors made significant con- 
tributions to the spiritual training of the students: 
Dr. Charles Currens. who commuted weekly from 
Atlanta, Ga., from 1932 until his death in 1939: Dr. 
A. J. Levengood, a missionary and founder of the 
Tennessee Mountain Mission, who assisted in 
Bible and Greek teaching from 1938 to 1944: and 
Dr. Harris H. Gregg, a nationally known Bible 
teacher, of Chattanooga, who ministered at Bryan 
from 1939 until 1943.^ 


Several alumni remembered by many students 
for faithful service include Dr. Beatrice Batson 
'44. who began teaching in 1944 and. with inter- 
ludes for earning the master's and doctor's de- 
grees, continued her service at Bryan until 195": 
Ila Ruth Mahr and Lois Weyhe. graduates in the 
class of 1948. who stayed with the school in staff 
positions until 1956 and 195" respectively. 

(This two-decade historical account together 
with the earlier narrative of Bryan's beginnings 
covers the first 25 years in the life of the college. 
The second 25 years will be treated in subsequent 

SUMMER 1980 





By Louis W. Koenig 

Dr. Koenig, professor of government at New York University, 
visited the campus earlier this year as a lecturer under the spon- 
sorship of the division of history, business, and social science. 
The theme of his lecture series was "A Perspective on the Impact 
of William Jennings Bryan on the Politics of America." The article 
printed here was taken from an address made to the college 
community at an assembly program on Feb. 20, 1980. Among the 
dozen books he has authored are The Invisible Presidency, The 
Presidency Today, and A Political Biography of William Jennings 

It is a great honor to be here today, and I am 
thoroughly joyful to be with you. I am sure that it would 
give real pleasure to William Jennings Bryan to see this 
lovely room that we are gathered in and to see this fine 
assembly of young people. This indeed would represent 
the achievement of his goal of establishing a college, a 
dream that he expressed not only during the Dayton 
period but numbers of times earlier, as I discovered in 
my research. He was very much interested in education 
and young people throughout his career, and of course 
this institution reflects the main culmination of that 

I must confess that I didn't know very much about 
Bryan when I undertook to do a biography of him. 
Before very long, however, when I got into the re- 
search, a conviction seized me that is very much with 
me today — that the reputation of William Jennings 
Bryan suffers from a severe historical misjudgment 
mainly as a result of the trial here in Dayton. 1 think that 
the great price of this injustice to his reputation is that 
the average individual is cheated out of the knowledge 
of the Bryan that preceded by so many years, by so 
many great deeds, the events which transpired at Day- 

Before beginning the support of that justification, I 
thought I might try to give a thumbnail sketch of this 
man. For at least thirty-five years, William Jennings 
Bryan was at the forefront of American politics. He was 
a dominant figure in the Democratic party throughout 
that interval. I would imagine that there would be very 
few politicians in our national life about whom that 
statement could be made. In a country of the complex- 
ity of ours, for anyone to hold the stage center for that 
time requires, I am sure we would agree, very uncom- 
mon gifts. And as I'll try to indicate, I think Bryan had 
those gifts. 

He was born in Salem, Illinois, in 1860. He grew up 
on a farm and was very attentive to his farm chores. He 
was a good boy. He revered his parents. His mother 

being a Methodist and his father a Baptist. I discovered 
he went to one Sunday school in the morning and the 
other in the afternoon. He attended Illinois College and 
had the education of the day, a classical education, with 
a good deal of attention to religion, Greek, Latin, and 
English. He was a star debater. He appeared in intercol- 
legiate declamation contests and did very well. Then he 
went on to law school, a school that became North- 
western University Law School in Chicago, and did 
well in his legal studies. Then he went back to his 
college town, Jacksonville, Illinois, where Illinois Col- 
lege is located, to start a law practice. As often happens 
with young lawyers, it didn't sprout very strongly; so he 
moved on to Lincoln, Nebraska, along with the covered 
wagons of the day that were pouring westward. He had 
met his wife, Mary, while he was in college. I think that 
the Bryans represent one of the early families devoted 
to political life, so that Mary became a strong political 
partner throughout Bryan's career, being with him all 
the time and sharing in his political undertakings. His 
son, William, later on joined in as well; and, of course, 
he was part of the trial here at Dayton — a lawyer at his 
father's side. Daughter Ruth went into politics, and I 
think the other daughter, Grace, was the only one who 
did not. But she was her father's favorite. 

In Nebraska, as in Illinois, Bryan went out on the 
campaign trail for local Democratic candidates. Ne- 
braska was heavily Republican, but Bryan became a 
star at stumping and pretty soon got a very unpromising 
nomination as Democratic candidate for the House of 
Representatives. By some kind of miracle, I think be- 
cause of his oratorical talents, he won. He was re- 
elected; and then the Republican legislature, having had 
enough of Bryan and his victories, resorted to the ger- 
rymander, which, of course, is a favorite way of cutting 
up election districts so that the ballots of voters are 
thrown against the dominant party at the moment. 
Bryan then did not run further; so the only elective 
office that he held was two terms in the House of Rep- 
resentatives. Then beyond that we have the presidential 
nominations of 1896, 1900. and 1908. In 1896 Bryan 
delivered the famous "Cross of Gold" speech, one of 
the great bursts of American political oratory. This 
handsome young man. raven haired and very much an 
actor, thirty-six years old, took over the convention by 
this remarkable performance and moved on to the 
nomination. And beyond that, as I have indicated, he 
was a very powerful force at further national conven- 
tions of the Democratic party right down to 1924. 

Then also he was secretary of state during the early 
years of World War I before the United States joined 
the war( 1913-1915). Bryan wasa neo-pacifist, and so he 
was repelled by war. Wilson's moving more toward war 



Mr. Bryan in 18%. 

brought on the resignation of Bryan. After leaving the 
government, he continued speaking on the Chautauqua 
and the lyceum circuits. Later on he got into other 
public issues — such as women's suffrage, which he ad- 
vocated, as well as prohibition, and also, of course, the 
attack on Darwinism, and subsequently the trial here at 
Dayton. Now, my proposition, getting back to that, is a 
rather ambitious one — that Bryan has been wronged. 
Inherit the Wind, that popular play. I think does him the 
greatest injustice. 

Just what can we say in a positive way about William 
Jennings Bryan? One thing that I would offer is very 
simply the notion that William Jennings Bryan was the 
inventor of the modern presidential campaign. 1 Before 
Bryan's time the presidential campaign was a very 
staid, reserved kind of occasion. Candidates regarded 
running for president as we know it today as undig- 
nified; so they stayed home, they stayed quiet, they 
corresponded a bit, but not much beyond that. Bryan, 
of course, broke all of this tradition and took out on the 
campaign trail. He covered the country. It was a man- 
killing schedule of speeches, day and night, six days a 
week, never on Sunday, and a miracle really of perse- 
verance. He had little in the way of comforts. He had no 
secretary to arrange his travel schedule, and he had to 
look up train schedules and change trains in the middle 
of the night. And he had to speak, of course, in the day 
of no microphones: but he could speak to great audi- 
ences. He could really draw the crowds — 10.000. 
20,000. 30.000 — and apparently there was some quality 
to his voice that enabled him to reach the outer limits 
without any great effort. In this way he built up these 
great attendance records. 

The ninety-six campaign was devoted to the free 
coinage of silverat the ratio of 16 to 1 to gold. It is rather 
complicated to explain, but basically the situation was 
that there was a great depression in that era. Farmers 
were suffering. They had borrowed money in times of 
inflation and had to pay it back in times of deflation. In 
other words, their crops commanded a lower price. 
Mortgage foreclosures and other hardships fell upon 
farmers, and Bryan then tried to redress this by putting 
more money into circulation, w hich was really the pur- 
pose of the so-called free silver movement. And. of 
course, many, particularly in the East, threw up their 
hands in honor at this kind of thing. Brvan was called an 

The April May 1980 issue of American Heritage magazine contains the article 
"The First Hurrah" by Di Koenig on the development of the modern st\le 
presidential campaign inaugurated rn William Jennings Bryan. 

anarchisi foi proposing this and newspaper)) • 
much against him. Hie establishment a wcwouli 
now adays, in general litcd in op| n lo 

Bi Bui he made his case very eloquently and 
rationally foi In approach i<> the economic problem. 

During the ninety-six campaign there were i 
pickpockets thai followed Bryan. I Ik-, would gel on 

the tram in the i ning; and ihen. each lime B 

would get off to address a greal (hrong, Ihey would 
climb out of the cat loo and move around among the 
crowd. Foi a while Bryan unwittingly helped ihcii 
because one of his purposes in speaking was lo indicate 
that people were accustomed lo using both gold and 
silver in financial transactions. He would ask all those 
who had gold in their pockets to put up then hands and 
then all those who had silvei in their pockets lo put up 
their hands, and of course lhat made it easy for the 
pickpockets to move in and do their work. But after a 
while, I am happy to report, he worked all that out much 

Bryan is part of the tradition of Jefferson and 
Jackson, a tradition of popular rule, of trying lo make 
government responsive to the great body of people. If 
we look at the record of Bryan, it is a record of support- 
ing different steps in our political history to extend 
popular rule. Bryan advocated the initiative and the 
referendum, the primary, and the recall. He wanted lo 
facilitate voter registration, such as postcard registra- 
tion, which we have come to have in man> parts of the 
country. At the same time Brvan rejected an opposite 
kind of government, one he spoke of as a government of 
special interest, composed of those who had economic 
privilege, who had superior political access, and who 
were sophisticated in the use of the svstem. His suppo- 
sition was that these people would use the svstem 
against the general popular interest. There are a couple 
of quotations of Bryan that I wanted to read that I think 
give very well his view of this kind of tension between 
special interest and general interest. At one point, for 
example, he said. "The people have nothing to fear 
from open enemies, it is secret influence which is con- 
stantly corrupting government and securing special 
privileges for the few at the expense of the manv ." And 
again he said. "The man who advocates a thing which 
he believes to be good for the people as a whole has no 
reason to conceal his purpose, but the man w ho tries to 
secure an advantage which he knows to be beneficial to 
some class or a combination but hurtful to the public 
naturally and necessarily emplovs stealth." 

A second perspective that I would like to give on 
Bryan is that 1 think that he is the founder of the modern 
Democratic party. He is the founder in the sense of his 
extending the scope of that party . The Democratic 
party of Grover Cleveland had a quite limited scope in 
terms of its appeal. But Bryan extended that scope in 
terms of appeal to different ethnic groups, to black - 
swing them over from the Republican party and to 
association with the Democratic party. He appealed to 
the different regions of the country. He sought to bring 
both farmers and city laborers into the party. In other 
words, we have here. I think, the seeds of the Franklin 
Roosevelt coalition, so fruitful to the Democratic party 
at later points. 

i Continued on page thirteen I 


Why I Would Choose Bryan College Again 

(A Commencement Address) 

By Ron Ruark '80, summa cum laude 

Ron Ruark, of Romulus, Michigan, double majored in history 
and Greek. He was vice president of the Student Senate in his 
sophomore year and president in his junior year. He and his wife, 
Nancy Aldrich, of Williamsburg, Va., married at the end of their 
junior year and were graduated together in the 50th anniversary 
class on May 5, 1980. He was chosen as one of the commence- 
ment speakers through a written competition open to all graduat- 
ing seniors. 

Hxcuse me for sounding a bit 
trite, but if I had to do it all over 
again, I'd choose Bryan College. I 
could cite many reasons for that, 
including the beauty of the campus, 
the friendships of many people, and 
the challenge of the academic pro- 
gram. And, of course, not least 
would be the excitement of meeting 
my wife here. But I must admit that 
these are only secondary considera- 

What, then, would be my primary 
motivation for choosing Bryan? If 
not for faculty, friends, and falling 
in love, then what is it above all else 
that gives real meaning and purpose 
to Bryan College? 

I think the answer is found in the 
attitude of Bryan College toward 
the Word of God. Historically, 
Bryan has exalted the Bible as the 
final authority on all questions of 
life, whether they be questions of 
faith and practice or of history and 
science. Today Bryan clings to the 
same tradition, which is much more 
than an empty creed. It is in accept- 
ing this authority that we find true 
meaning and purpose — not so much 
from academics and the student 
body, but in simple faith that what 
God has said is just as relevant 
today as it was two thousand years 

Let's amplify this commitment. 
Consider for a moment the evangel- 
ical tradition out of which Bryan 
College emerged. During the 1920's 
the Christian Church was divided 
into two camps — the Modernist and 

the Fundamentalist. In brief, the 
Modernist camp adopted the critical 
thinking of European scholarship 
and consequently disregarded the 
infallibility of Scripture. On the 
other hand, the Fundamentalists 
preached the traditional position 
that the Bible was inspired by God 
and so is authoritative in all that it 

No single event better typifies the 
attack upon Fundamentalism than 
the famous Scopes Monkey trial. 
The Monkey trial was held in the 
Rhea County Courthouse at the bot- 
tom of this hill in the summer of 
1925. It was there that William Jen- 
nings Bryan was labeled an "old 
Holy Roller," who was "terrified of 
education," and that the Fundamen- 
talist creed was dubbed as "rub- 
bish." 1 Bryan was satirized and 
seemingly humiliated. Many Mod- 
ernists naively proclaimed the death 
of the old order. Shortly after the 
end of the trial, Bryan himself died, 
but not without first expressing his 
dream that a school be established 
upon one of the Dayton hills, a 
school that would support Fun- 
damentalism and regard the Bible as 
completely true. 

Bryan College is the fulfillment of 
that dream. Bryan opened in 1930 as 
"an institution which recognizes 
revelation and accepts the super- 
natural." 2 Without apology it pub- 

lished a Statement of Belief. With- 
out compromise it stated that "the 
Holy Bible ... is of final and su- 
preme authority in faith and life, 
and, being inspired by God, is iner- 
rant in the original writings." 3 With 
the founding of Bryan College at the 
beginning of that new decade came 
the reaffirmation of an old truth. 
Committed not only to higher edu- 
cation, but also to Divine Revela- 
tion, Bryan joined the cause of 
Christ at the exact point in history 
when so many desired to destroy it. 

Today the controversy still rages. 
Still among us are those who would 
rob the Church of her greatest 
source of strength. It is rather easy 
to understand how the mind-set of a 
man who hates God would seek to 
refute the Bible, even desire to de- 
stroy it; but it is very hard to com- 
prehend how an avowed member of 
the Church, a follower of Jesus 
Christ, would deliberately and un- 
ashamedly undermine the one 
source that gives strength to his 
Church and substance to his com- 
mitment. Yet this is the case as we 
enter the 1980's. 

How has all of this affected Bryan 
College? Concerning our view of 
Scripture, where do we stand to- 
day? Do we still hold to the original 
statement, or have we com- 
promised and surrendered to liberal 




ll is encouraging to know that 
Bryan College has persevered in its 
doctrinal convictions. There has 
been no compromise over the past 
fifty years. The statement in the 
I'M) college catalog concerning our 
view of Scripture is the same state- 
ment that was published in the 1930 
catalog. And even more important, 
the administration and faculty of 
I9K0 have the same respect for the 
Bible that their counterparts had in 
1930. At times it might have been 
easier to compromise. It's not al- 
ways pleasant to be scorned, to be 
called narrow and out-dated. But to 
have compromised our belief in the 
authority of God's Word would 
have been equal to despising the 
truth to which we have committed 
ourselves. Bryan College has mean- 
ing today, not so much because it 
produces church leadership, not 
because it promotes academic ex- 
cellence, but primarily because it 
has persisted in its original purpose 
of supplying an education that is 
centered on Christ and is consistent 
with the whole of Biblical truth. 

I should like to conclude this 
morning by simplifying the real is- 
sue. In the academic arena, the 
classroom is a battleground, in 
which Falsehood is pitted against 
Truth. The crucial issue in all of life 
is whether we will choose to live our 
lives according to falsehood or ac- 
cording to truth: according to the 
desire of man or according to the 
decree of God; according to a Bible 
that is perverted by error or accord- 
ing to one that is pure and spotless. 
The crucial issue, then, is whether 
or not we will trust the Bible as the 
only infallible guide in all the pur- 
suits of life. 

Fifty years ago Bryan College 
began in a fight for truth. Today we 
are still fighting. Tomorrow we will 
continue. When the battle is finally 
over, we will then be comforted by 
the fact that truth gives validity to 
every experience of man. no matter 
how common or backward it may 
seem in the eyes of the world. 


1 H. L. Mencken, "The Monkey Trial" in D-Days at 

Dayton, p. 47. 

2 Dr. George E. Guille. first president, at the con- 
vocation on September 18. 1930, opening the first 
year of the college. 

' The College Charter, the first catalog, and all suc- 
ceeding issues of the college catalog. 

Dr. Francis W. Dixon is shown above 
being hooded for his degree by Dr. John 
Bartlett, vice president for public rela- 
tions and development. Dr. k;irl Keefer, 
vice president for academic affairs, pre- 
sented Dr. Dixon for the degree, vthich 
was conferred by President Mercer. Mrs. 
Dixon is shown at the left. 

Rev. Francis W. Dixon, from 
Eastbourne. England, bacca- 
laureate preacher for the 1980 
commencement, received the hon- 
orary degree of doctor of divinity at 
the close of his sermon, entitled 
"'Fullness of Blessing in Christ." 
based on Romans 15:29. His mes- 
sage emphasized seven aspects of 
fullness in Christ: pardon, life, 
peace, joy , victory , grace, and satis- 

While in his twenty-nine-year 
pastorate at Lansdowne Baptist 
Church in Bournemouth, he de- 
veloped the free correspondence 

system ol Bible study note #hich 
came to be know n ai the 
Lansdow ne Bible School and Postal 
Fellowship, reaching ghl a 

worldwide mailing list of J6.000. In 
excess of 20 milium Study fl 
were sent out altogether. Dl Di 
has been a tegular speaker at the 
world-famous Kesv.ick ( (invention 
in England for nearly thirty ye 
anil he has carried this me^ 
around the world, speaking in Asia. 
Africa. Australia and New Zealand, 
and North America. He first visited 
I'.i . m in 1961 . when he in Chat- 
tanooga foi a Keswick ministry :and 
he spoke at ihe 1979 Bryan pastors' 

Since retirement from the pasto- 
rale. Dr. Dixon continues the free 
lending library of tape and cas ■ 
recordings and has begun a sen-. 
sermon booklets, six of which have 
been published to date. In addition 
to his Bible conference ministr> 
elsewhere, he has spent three 
months of each of the past three 
years in the U.S., ministering to 
some twelve churches on each visit. 

In responding to the conferring of 
the degree. Dr. Dixon pointed out 
that he has completed fifty \ears as 
an active witness for Christ. e\en as 
Bryan has completed fifty years of 
Christian education. 

The anatomy of the class of 1980 

1 18 candidates for degrees 

25 states and 6 foreign countries represented (as 

against 40 states and 20 foreign countries in the total 

student body) 

22 married students, including two couples 

40 with a relative to attend Bryan previously 

1 second-generation students (one or both parents 

having attended Bryan) 

4, each as the third child of his or her family to be 

graduated at Bryan 

A brother and sister in the graduating class with 

both parents to attend Bryan plus five aunts and 


8 MK's (missionary kids) 

10 students earning double majors 

23 qualifying for teacher certification 

15 academic disciplines represented among Ihe 
majors plus one INGO (Individual Goal-©' e 

Majorsbydivisions:Biblical(BiS e ;--s - ar E;_: = - 
tion. Greek). 41: history and bus n€ 5S : ~ Ed 
and psychology. 25: natura :logy. 

chemistry, and mathematics!. 12 FineAfts -nusicl. 
7: modern language and literature. 5. 

SUMMER 1980 




rSryan has changed my life in the same way that 
standing on the top of a mountain changes the life of a 
person who has always lived in the valley. Bryan has 
given me a view of the world, a view I had not seen 
before: for in many ways I spent all my life previous to 
coming to Bryan in a valley ringed with mountains 
which were so high that I could not see over them. 

This is true in a very literal sense, for I grew up in a 
remote green valley of the Virginia Appalachian moun- 
tains. In that valley were only relatives, people very 
similar to myself. So very similar were they, in fact, that 
I was five years old before I discovered that there were 
people in the world who actually had last names that 
were not the same as mine! 

In our secluded valley, our farm was a virtual world 
of its own. We raised almost all of our own fruits, 
vegetables, and meats; and we even made most of our 
own clothes. In our home, television was unheard of; 
and the only newspapers were the county papers, with 
local news, weather, and gossip. The pleasant self- 
sufficiency and isolation left me unaware both of the 
needs and of the allurements of the outside world. 

Of course, this isolation changed somewhat when I 
entered grade school. But it changed only slightly be- 
cause most of the other children in our little school were 
very much like me. Most of them, in fact, were kinsfolk 
or near neighbors who thought and acted much as I did. 

School did. however, expand my horizons in one 
way: I learned to read. This new ability ushered me into 
another realm, for as Emily Dickinson says, ""There is 
no frigate like a book"; and soon I was exploring the 
world through my beloved books. However, there was 
still a dichotomy between my experience and the real 
world. Books are paper and ink; and while these can 
carry the mind, a light thing in itself, they are not 
enough to take the spirit and lift it over the mountain 
walls of experience. My books told me of another 
world, but they could not take me there. The other 
world lived only in my fancy, not in my real life. 

High school, while somewhat broadening, was much 
the same way. I learned facts and figures about other 
places and people, but I never learned to believe in 
them. Even the claims of Christ in my life were remote, 
although I had known of them since childhood. They 
were, somehow, removed from my experience and my 
life. Their reality existed only in a misty world some- 
where beyond the mountains of my home and my mind. 

Then I came to Bryan. At first glance, Bryan Hill 
seems rather small compared to the physical mountains 
among which I grew up. But spiritually. Bryan College 
has been for me a vantage point that scrapes the sky. 

First, Bryan taught me firsthand about the rest of the 
world. At Bryan I lived in dormitories with people who 


By Karen Jenkins '80, summa cum laude 

' W 

Karen Jenkins, of Etlan, Virginia, is the third of her family to be 
graduated from Bryan, all three with highest honors. Her sister, 
Reva '62, a nurse, earned a master's degree in English as well as 
completing nurse's training; her brother, Harold 70, attended the 
University of Virginia Medical School on a full scholarship and is 
now a practicing physician in Clarksburg, Maryland. Another 
brother, Dr. Robert Jenkins, taught on the Bryan faculty from 
1972 to 1979 as professor of economics and business administra- 
tion. Karen's article here is the first half of this year's prize win- 
ning essay in the McKinney competition, open to all seniors, on 
the subject of "How Bryan College Has Changed Me and How I 
Would Change Bryan College." 

did not talk, dress, act, or think as I did. Some of them 
were from faraway lands and spoke with strange ac- 
cents: others could not speak English at all. I met mis- 
sionary children who had experienced other cultures all 
their lives and who were unfamiliar with what was very 
familiar to me. Even students from other areas of this 
country differed from me in many ways. Interaction 
with these new kinds of people had a very enlightening 
effect on me. I became aware of other cultures and 
customs in a way that books had only faintly impressed 
upon me. At first I was uncomfortable with these un- 
familiar ways of life, but soon I learned to accept them 
and to enjoy the differences. 

As I look back, I can only praise God for His gentle 
manipulation of circumstances as He ever so tenderly 
introduced me to His mountaintop view of the world. In 
a way, the outworking of His plan for showing me the 
world has been rather humorous: He led me through a 
succession of roommates who came from places farther 



and farther away from my home and whose experiences 
were more and more unlike my own. Finally lie settled 
me down with a roommate from Pakistan, who was. 
despite a lew common characteristics, almost the in 
verse of myself. To top that off, lie gave me a best 
friend who was born and raised in Haiti, where his 
parents were missionaries. That friendship, which 
began early in my freshman year, has grown into love; 
and that friend is now my fiance'. 

The social changes in my view of the world were 
second only to the intellectual changes I came to make. 
Classes at Bryan were harder than those I had taken 
before, but I enjoyed their challenge. The important 
difference, however, was that most of those classes 
were not taught from a viewpoint absolutely identical to 
my own. At Bryan, teachers did not share all my as- 
sumptions and prejudices, and I began to sec even the 
world of knowledge from quite a different standpoint. 
This was especially obvious in some of my Bible 
courses, where I learned to seek answers to questions I 
had not even thought of before. 

In all of my classes, I learned about new and unfamil- 
iar ways of thinking. The beautiful aspect of this was 
that, as I learned about these new ways, the teachers 
were careful to help me analyze and evaluate, so that 1 
could discern good from evil, usable from useless, and 
beneficial from harmful, rather than make the hasty and 
erroneous judgments to which I am inclined. 

I came to appreciate and utilize some of my new 
knowledge, but to regard curiously and then discard 
some other which I considered inappropriate for my life 
and beliefs. But always, I was encouraged to look 
further, to see for myself, and then to evaluate within a 
Christian frame of reference. The classes at Bryan have 
challenged my beliefs sometimes and my mind often, 
and they have forced me to think and act for myself with 
responsibility to God. This has not been without pain, 
but I am stronger for the pain and much more suitable to 
survive spiritually in a world which I now realize will 
attempt not merely to challenge me, as Bryan has. but 
which will actually seek to change me to fit its own 

A third way that the view from Bryan Hill has in- 
creased my view of the world is that it has informed me 
of the needs of the world. At Bryan I became aware of 
the spiritual and physical hunger and disease of the 
world. I learned about people who do not read, who 
never saw a blooming or fruit-filled apple tree, and who 
never lie down at night without fear of known or un- 
known terrors. While this has increased my gratitude 
for all of God's goodness to me, it has also increased my 
desire to share my blessings with those who are not half 
so fortunate. I have become increasingly aware of the 
claims of Christ on my life and of His desire that the 
whole world know of Him. I now know that my in- 
creased awareness of the world beyond the mountains 
is for a purpose: I am to go and serve. This is not easy 
for me to contemplate, for I love my familiar way of life . 
But I know without doubt that God has brought me to 
this mountaintop not merely that I might stand and 
enjoy the view, but rather that 1 might be shown the 
path down the slope to the other valleys. 

>M M 

- 1 

Shown above, third and fourth from the right, are Mr. and 
Mrs. Clyde Boeddeker of St. Louis, Missouri. who rei 
special recognition at commencement for all four of their > bit- 
dren having attended Bryan over a thirteen-year period. l%7- 
80. Pictured with them are Dan. a member of this year's <law. 
Timothy x'7I, Elizabeth '72. Andrew "75. together with their 
son-in-law, two daughters-in-law. grandchildren, and P 
dent Mercer. 

Shown above, third from the left, is Jack G. rJatsefl, of 
Dayton, who received a special recognition at graduation for 
persevering as a part-time student o\er a period of 11 years, 
1969-80, to earn his bachelor of science degree in buMnt-s- 
administration. Shown with Mr. Hut-ell are hi- wife and his son 
Mike, a business major, who will be a sophomore next j tar. and 
Mr. Hutsell. a full-time emplo\ee of DuPont Compan\ in Chat- 
tanooga, enjoyed an excellent reputation with hi- teacher' be- 
cause, as one teacher put it. "He never asked for exception'. 
and his record of class attendance was excellent." As far as is 
known. Mr. Hutsell'- record is unique in the fifty-year hiMnr\ 
of the college. 

Pictured above at the graduation comocation on May 5 are 
the four living founders of the college with the certificates of 
recognition presented to them by President Mercer. They are. 
left to right. Mrs. Licia Downey, of Chattanooga, and Mrs. 
James H. Frazier. Mrs. Glenn Woodlee. and Mrs. E. B. Ar- 
nold, of Dayton. The founders of Bryan originally numbered 
nearlv one hundred individuals and families. 

Sl'MMKR 1980 


W ould you like to go with me to the depot?" asked 
my father. 

"Do you mean to go with you to the train to meet the 
distinguished orator who is to speak at the college this 
afternoon?" My father was then the Presbyterian 
minister at Denton, Texas, and had been instrumental 
in the invitation. Our family had been excited about it 
for days. 

We were fifteen minutes ahead of train time, but the 
president of the college was there ahead of us. He and 
father compared watches, looked down the track, then 
decided to be seated in the depot. I, a teenager dressed 
in white, thought the depot seat was not clean enough, 
so walked up and down excitedly by the tracks until the 
whistle blew and the train came puffing in. The three of 
us watched the doors open and passengers exit. Sud- 
denly I plucked father's arm, "There he is! The large 
man with unpressed trousers." 

Father said, "If more individuals had baggy-kneed 
trousers because of praying, more would know we need 
William Jennings Bryan for president of the United 
States of America." 

When we arrived at the campus, a college student 
came to take Mr. Bryan's luggage. Mr. Bryan and I 
were seated in the back seat. I heard father say to the 

Mrs. McClusky is widely known and loved among evangelical 
Christians as a result of her ministry as founder and for 47 years 
president of the Miracle Book Club and editor of its magazine, The 
Conqueror! Begun in 1933 in Portland, Oregon, Miracle BookClub 
grew rapidly because of the immediate publicity it gained through 
The Sunday School Times, a leading evangelical periodical of that 
day. Dr. Charles G. Trumbull, its editor at the time, had been 
impressed with the fact that the front rows of the church where he 
was preaching were filled with high schoolers, with Bibles and 
notebooks in hand, who identified themselves, "We're Miracle 
Book Club." To this new Christian enterprise Dr. Trumbull gave 
immediate publicity, and in eighteen months there were MBC 
chapters in 54 countries. 

Dedicated to God by her parents before she was born in Liberty, 
Missouri, Mrs. McClusky was led to Christ as a child of seven by 
her maternal grandfather "through personal conversation and 
Scripture," as she describes it. Her intense interest in studying 
the Scriptures began when she was 14. Looking back on her long 
personal fellowship with Christ, she says, "I am aware that God 
used Dr. B. B. Sutcliffe to give me the scope of God s Word; Dr. 
John Mitchell to make me sure of everlasting life; and L. L. Let- 
gers to point me to the truth of Galatians 2:20 — that the Son of 
God lives /n me furnishing His faith to live by! How sweet to know 
that one is bought by the shed blood of the Lamb of God, that the 
Risen Lord Jesus Christ, seated at His Father's right hand, is 
listening, answering in love and superb wisdom — all the way!' 

The picture above was taken of Mrs. McClusky on her 90th 
birthday, October 10, 1979. in Atlanta, where she and a sister, 
Miss J. Lou McFarlane. make their home together. 


By Evelyn McClusky 

president, at the wheel, that he had to attend a funeral 
and must leave. Mr. Bryan said to me. "See yonder 
bench? After I wash up for lunch I'll meet you there." 
He did! 

We talked for some time. I vividly remember some of 
the things he said. "Do you read the Bible?" he asked. 

"Oh, yes, sir," I replied. "When I was fourteen I 
read the entire Revelation one night, fascinated!" 

He clasped his hands, "But did you skip Genesis? 
That is where you find that God molded Adam and 
breathed into his nostrils." 

"Oh, sir, I believe that. And I think it is wonderful 
that Jesus put the candlestick of the church out of his 
right hand in order to let him put his right hand on 
prisoner John while he was on the Isle of Patmos. Jesus 
has such a personal love! And he said, 'Behold I come 

Mr. Bryan clapped his knee, "Keep close to Christ's 
Word and you will find Him close to you. Pray you'll not 
be enticed to follow the crowd. One day they cried, 
'Hallelujah,' and then later, 'Crucify.' Crowds are 
fickle. Israel asked for a king 'like other nations.' It is 
more important to be like Jesus and to be ready when 
Christ comes 'quickly.' Crowds are fickle, but Christ is 

So you see why I was interested in Bryan College as 
soon as I heard of it and gave the college the Kodak 
pictures I had made of Mr. Bryan that day. 

When I first came to Bryan College it was upon the 
invitation of President Rudd, to speak on "Conversa- 
tion for Christ," the emphasis of Miracle Book Club, 
Inc., of which God had made me the founder and presi- 
dent, since October 10, 1933. Some of the most effec- 
tive conversations are surprisingly spontaneous, but 
they need always to be Spirit filled, and centered in 
Christ. So you see why I like Bryan's "Christ above 

For many years I was privileged to be a speaker at 
chapel, from the days when there were no floors in the 
hallways, and Rebecca Peck and I pecked our way over 
planks which "sloshed" in the mud. 

I remember breakfasts of oatmeal and raisins with 
Dr. and Mrs. Rudd and the many friendly talks with him 
in his office as we spoke of reaching and teaching young 
people. He appreciated 

The Four Goals of Miracle Book Club, Inc. pi/adcOoo^ 

1 — To INVITE ^^ 

INTO CHRIST, the only safe place. John 5:24 

2 — To HELP Born-again ones realize that 

CHRIST LIVES in them. Galatians 2:20 

3 — To BE more than Conqueror 

THROUGH CHRIST. Romans 8:37 
(club motto) 

4 — To BECOME Conversationalists 

FOR CHRIST. Psalm 50:23 

I remember Dean Ryther's kindness in taking Fred 
Donehoo as a student, although I phoned him a month 




late and vowed Fred would make good, lied did — all 
the way to graduation — and others also. I, in Royston, 
Mary Usee, Naney Griffin, and Elizabeth Tucker 
"made good" and were blessed by life at Bryan. Much 
of the friendliness started with admissions director 
Zelpha Russell. 

Then came Dr. Ted Mercer as president. Some per 
sons have "open-heart surgery" but Dr. Mercer has 
"open-heart welcome!" Vice-President and musician 
John Bartlett has a sweet voice matched by his loving 

I love Bryan because of the way the Holy Spirit 
blends faculty and students to bring honor to William 
Jennings Bryan and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. For 
each chapel program granted me and the interviews 
afterward, I thank God, 



Mrs. W. L. (Maude Rice) 
Colvin, who lives on Wal- 
den's Ridge near Dayton and 
was 93 on May 25, recalls 
vividly the Scopes Trial, the 
founding of "Bryan University," and the experience 
of her son W. L. Colvin, Jr.. in attending Bryan 
1931-35 and being graduated in the second class. At 
that time the family lived a mile up Lone Mountain 
west of Dayton, from which young Colvin walked to 
Dayton to go to school, first to high school and then 
to college. The family computed that he walked al- 
together a total of 13.500 miles to attend high school 
and college. 

After young Colvin had been in college a year, his 
father was killed in a traffic accident , in which he was 
hit by a drunken driver. This tragedy left Mrs. Colvin 
a widow with six children, the youngest four years 
old. Seven months later the family home burned. 
Such adverse circumstances would have daunted a 
woman of lesser faith and determination: but Mrs. 
Colvin and the family were resolved that "Junior" 
should continue in college. She paid her son's tuition 
during those Depression days in canned green beans, 
tomatoes, pears, and other produce as available. A 
younger brother remembers making the trip in a 
two-mule farm wagon to deliver the tuition pay- 

Another son Carroll and two of Mrs. Colvin" s 
granddaughters, Alice and Mary (daughters of W. L. 
Colvin, Jr., '35). also attended Bryan. Alice '69 and 
her husband, Kenneth Hurley '68. are missionary 
candidates under Wycliffe Translators to go to 
Brazil. Mrs. Colvin's brother, the late Dr. D. B. Rice 
of Rock Island. Tenn.. provided a scholarship pro- 
gram for students from the local area through a be- 
quest in 1965. 

Mrs. Colvin makes quilts to give to the Red Cross. 
Since she began this hobby in 1938. after an accident 
which curtailed other activity, she has made 239 

The Contribution of William Jerinino.-, Iir/,u 
i < ontinued from peine < . mi 
We can also speal ol Bi yan as a leader of several of 

our great political movements. Once in a while in our 
history, we have political movi merit! ol gr< 
quence which lead to majoi accomplishments I ■ 
speaking now of the Populist and Progressive n 
menis. for which Bryan provided the leadership ' ' 
of the time in oui politics we have whal m> fellow 
political scientists call incremental politics. In other 
words, we make very slight changes in the workinj 
our political system, and there are all sort 
reasons for this. But the difficult) is that the problems 
pile up. they get more severe, people suffer v. ho art 
deprived of various benefits, and political movements 
on occasion come along and make giant strides. And as 
I say. Bryan had a great place in two of these move- 
ments at least. Populism and Progressivism. 

Another step that I want to take in trying to justify 
William Jennings Bryan is perhaps the underlying 
philosophy, the vision that moved him through this very 
extensive political life. And it is essentially what he 
perceived to be the very close connection between re- 
ligion and politics. In other words, he saw these as 
highly compatible and interlocked, the one serving as 
the fulfillment of the other. I suppose one way to try to 
put this would be to say that Bryan was interested in 
practicing religion the entire seven days of the week. 
His major purpose was to lift the moral standards of our 
society and politics and to induce individuals to accept 
responsibilities as citizens and government officials, as 
defined in Biblical terms. Bryan became interested in a 
concept called social sin. which was spoken of by a 
sociologist of his day. Edward Ross, at the University 
of Nebraska. One of the notions behind this was that the 
harm that an individual can do in others is not limited to 
direct contact. If food is adulterated, then the adul- 
terator inflicts harm upon a great unseen body of indi- 
viduals who use that food. And likewise, of course, a 
statement could be made in reference to other kinds of 
harms in society, such as stock swindling and failure to 
use safety devices in an employ ment situation. This, it 
seems to me. is a dimension of Bryan that was over- 
looked in Inherit the Wind and overlooked in some of the 
histories and caricatures that were written of Bryan 
after the Dayton trial. 

Again, as I say. it seems clear that Bryan had a dual 
kind of role that we can remember him by — the more 
formal role of religion that w e associate w ith the issue in 
the Day ton trial and the movement that he espoused to 
have one's religious principles affect all areas of life. 
Bryan, too. was a man of peace, a neo-pacifist. one who 
gave great support to the League of Nations even after 
he left the Wilson administration. One of his theories of 
avoiding war was to keep talking if you have a dispute. 
Just keep on negotiating: don't stop. He was in favor of 
setting up commissions to deal with disputes. In all 
these ways he has a great contemporary relevance. I 
think you can see from some of these remarks that 
Bryan in a sense is with us today. I remember the 
statement that his wife, Mary, made just after he 
died — that Bryan's "soul still marches on just beyond 
our mortal vision." 

SUMMER 1980 




At the annual Honors Day on 
April 28, 12 faculty and staff mem- 
bers received citations of merit and 
cash gifts in recognition for a total of 
160 years of service to the college. 
Those recognized were as follows: 

Five Years 

Martin E. Hart/til. Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Biology 

Jeff Tubbs, Assistant to Athletic Di- 
rector and Women's Basketball 
and Cross Country Coach 

Mrs. Brenda Wooten, Secretary in 
Support Services 

Ten Years 

Mrs. Josephine R. Boyd, Secretary 
to Dean of Admissions and Rec- 

Mrs. Joyce G. Hollin, Student Fi- 
nancial Aid Officer 

Dr. Karl E. Keefer, Vice President 
for Academic Affairs 

Fifteen Years 

James (Son) Johnson, Maintenance 

Mrs. Eleanor Steele, Secretary in 
Support Services 

Alan N. Winkler, Assistant Profes- 
sor of Bible 

Twenty Years 

Mrs. Harriet Anderson, Clerical As- 
sistant in Library 

Twenty-Five Years 

Dr. John C. Anderson, Professor of 

Ancient Languages 
Dr. Irving L. Jensen, Professor of 


The cash gifts for Dr. Anderson 
and Dr. Jensen were in the amount 
of $3, 100 each for a trip to the Holy 
Land, made possible by gifts, many 
from alumni, in appreciation of their 
teaching ministry. 


Pictured below are a number of the floats which included some aspect of 
the theme of Bryan's fiftieth anniversary. 

Shown above are Dr. John Anderson, 
left, and Dr. Irving Jensen, right, honor- 
ary marshals for the graduation convoca- 
tion in recognition of their being the 
senior members of the faculty, each hav- 
ing served for twenty-five years. They 
received a rousing ovation from the 
graduation gathering. 

Rotary Club of Dayton 





This new lour-story 

dormitory will house 174 

male students. Each room 

will provide living quarters 

for two students who will 

share a connecting bath with 

two students in the adjoining 

room. Each student will have 

an individual study center 

designed to provide privacy 

and stimulate good personal 

study habits. A dormitory 

lounge and kitchen will 

enhance the opportunities 

tor fellowship and interaction 

with other students. 


Kick Off 

At a 50th anniversary banquet in Chattanooga on June 6. 
the first phase of a proposed 10-year, 1 0-million-dollar 
development plan to meet the needs of current enrollment 
and expected growth during the decade of the 80s was 
announced. Phase One will be the focus of our 50th an- 
niversary celebration which began in May, 1980. 

Honorary chairman for the 50th Anniversary Campaign is 
John C. Stophel, Chattanooga attorney. Co-chairmen of 
the Chattanooga campaign are John E. Steffner, president 
of Chattanooga Armature Works, and Earl A. Marler, Jr.. 
assistant to the president of Chattanooga Federal Savings 
and Loan Association. 

Phase One Goal 

The goal of the 50th Anniversary capital campaign is to 
raise $2,000,000 in gifts and pledges during 1980-81. 


The funds will be used to construct a 174-bed men's dor- 
mitory to relieve presently crowded housing and to allow 
for modest future growth. 


We are asking every concerned friend and alumnus to give 
above and beyond their regular annual giving for this 

Construction Date 

Plans and specifications for the dormitory are already 
complete. When one-half of the goal is reached, we will 
begin building. 

How to Give 

1 . Make an outright gift of cash, securities, or property. 

2. Pledge an amount to be paid over three years. 

3. Have your gift matched if you work for a matching 

4. Give a new or existing insurance policy by naming 
Bryan as the beneficiary. 

5. Arrange for a bequest in your will or for a deferred gift 
through a gift annuity or trust. 

6. Designate your gift as a fitting memorial to a de- 
parted friend or loved one. 

For more information on how to give to the 50th Anniver- 
sary Capital Campaign, please write: 

Stephen Harmon. Jr. 
50th Anniversary Campaign 
Bryan College 
Dayton. TN 37321 

SUMMER 1980 






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00032611EM** *70 
DAYTON TN 37321 



For 1981-82 



Editorial Office: William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee 37321, (615) 775- 

Editor-in-Chief: Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: Stephen 
Harmon, Rebecca Peck, Charles 

Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
Rebecca Peck 

Circulation Manager: Shirley 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 
(USPS 388-780) 

Copyright 1980 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Dayton. TN 37321. 


Cover photos by Robert Walter 
of Knoxville. Other photos by 
Walter, Jim Cunnyngham 
Photography, and student 

Front cover, Dee Ann Synington 
and Alec Harrison; back cover, 
Cindy Marona. 

Volume 6 

Third Quarter 1980 

Number 1 

Testimony by Ray Kordus 

n^g^S^^ Looking back over my first year at Bryan 

^^ College, I would like to share with student 

prospects some verses that I have found 
important — Proverbs 23:23, "Buy the truth 
and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline, and 
understanding" and John 14:6, "Jesus 
Christ is the truth." I greatly appreciate the 
wisdom, discipline, and understanding that 
have been offered to me in Jesus Christ and 
made evident in the lives of the staff and 
k faculty. 

I also want to share the importance of keeping the Lord first, because 
He takes care of our needs and guides us in what we should do as 
promised in Matthew 6:25-34. For me this has included direction in the 
courses I should study in pursuit of a history major and the provision of 
finances at the proper time. 

In a third area I have learned the importance of trials in order to 
experience the encouragement and reproof of Christian fellowship. The 
Lord has helped me develop patience and self-control through playing 
soccer, since most of my life I have had a temper and expected instant 

As I continue to grow at Bryan, I realize that "it is God who works in 
you to will and act according to his good purpose" (Phil. 2:13). 


This is the fourth annual issue of this magazine produced as a prospec- 
tus for students and their families who wish to consider Bryan in their 
choice of a college. The facts brought together here are the result of the 
participation of many persons, including current students, with the 
purpose of providing in a forthright manner the detailed kind of informa- 
tion prospective students and their families require for a decision. This 
information reflects the college as it is in this current academic year, and 
it will be effective for the admissions and enrollment process through the 
fall of 1981. 

One of the criteria for activities in this jubilee year celebrating Bryan's 
first fifty years is to depict the college as it functions today as a Christian 
college community. It is my hope 
that this prospectus, though dif- 
ferent from the usual material in 
Bryan Life and containing 
many details of a business na- 
ture, will help meet that objective 

in the spirit of the Apostle Paul's I f^ ^f 

standard "not slothful in L 

Theodore C. Mercer 



Bryan College is 

/\re you looking for ;i college where you can develop as a whole person' 1 Do 
you want to prepare tor full-time Christian living while you prepare to earn a 
living? If so, Bryan College may be the place for you. The purpose of Bryan 
College is to assist in the personal growth and development of students by 
providing an education based on an integrated understanding of the Bible and the 
arts and sciences. The college is committed to providing opportunities for young 
people to develop as Christians and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed 
for success in a career. 

In order to accomplish its purpose, Bryan College offers courses in Bible and 
24 other disciplines. However, sharp lines are not drawn between secular and 
religious studies. A committed Christian faculty trains students to examine 
knowledge in the light of Biblical truth. As a Bryan student you will learn to test 
the psychologists' views of human nature against the Biblical view of man. You 
will be taught to compare secular philosophies of history with what the Bible says 
about man's purpose and destiny. You will discover how to evaluate the ideas 
and values expressed in art and literature against Biblical moral absolutes. 
Through the study of science, you will gain a greater appreciation of the wisdom 
and power of the Creator. 

It is the conviction of the Bryan faculty that this kind of integrated study of the 
arts and sciences and the Bible, with a proper emphasis on the spiritual, mental, 
social, and physical aspects of life, will lead to the development of the whole 
person. Such a Christian liberal arts education will enable you to develop a 
unified understanding of God and His works and of man and his culture. 

Through one of the eighteen majors offered at Bryan, you will be able to 
prepare to enter directly into a career or to continue specialized studies at the 
graduate level. During half a century, graduates of the college have discovered 
that their education at Bryan has equipped them for successful careers in educa- 
tion. Christian ministries, business, government, and industry. Of equal impor- 
tance they have found that their Bryan experience has helped them to achieve 
greater fulfillment as citizens, church members, husbands and wives, and par- 


1. To provide opportunity for students to gain a knowledge of the 
Bible and the arts and sciences and to understand their relation- 

2. To provide opportunity for students to concentrate on one or more 
subjects as a foundation for graduate study or a vocation. 

3. To encourage students to think critically, to work independently, 
to communicate clearly, and to express themselves creatively in 
their search for truth. 

4. To guide students in developing constructive interests and skills 
consistent with their abilities. 

5. To develop in students wholesome attitudes, healthful habits, 
responsible citizenship, and the recognition that education is a 
continuing process. 

FALL 1980 



At Bryan there is room to grow 
spiritually. Both in atmosphere and 
in activity, Bryan seeks to foster in- 
dividual growth and maturity along 
Scriptural guidelines. The spiritual 
climate at Bryan is enriched by the 
gifts and aspirations that each stu- 
dent brings to the campus. You will 
find ample opportunity to develop 
your relationship with Jesus Christ 
alongside other young people with 
similar goals. 

The academic year is highlighted 
by regularly scheduled conferences 
and lecture series. The fall semester 
opens as the students and faculty 
participate together in a two-day 
Spiritual Life Conference. The 
messages of a distinguished guest 
pastor or teacher are the core of the 
conference and are enhanced by 
music from students and guest 
musicians. Later in the fall term the 
Staley lecture series! features a 
well-known Bible teacher or scholar 
(Josh McDowell in 1979 and Walt 
Kaiser in 1980) in a week-long series 
of morning and evening lectures. 
These messages are designed to 
give scholarly examination of a 
topic of general interest to students. 
There are other conferences 
throughout the year, including a 
Bible Doctrine Series in both spring 
and fall, a seminar on Christian dat- 
ing and marriage, also in the fall, 
and a Missions/Christian Life Con- 
ference at the beginning of the 
spring term . Speakers for these con- 
ferences have included such well- 
known persons as Malcolm Cronk, 
Don Loney, Dan DeHaan, Jay Kes- 
ler, and Bruce Wilkinson. 

Another distinctive feature of life 
at Bryan is the chapel program, with 
three chapels weekly throughout 
the year. The student life commit- 
tee, composed of representative 
students, administrators, and fac- 
ulty members, plans the programs 
to offer a balance of worship, Bible 
teaching, and challenge to service. 
A wide variety of speakers and 

musicians includes visitors from 
many parts of the world as well as 
members of the college community. 

The Bryan community believes in 
prayer. Classes and other activities 
begin with prayer. One day each 
semester is set aside as a Day of 
Prayer, a time specifically for 
prayer and fellowship with others of 
the college family. Informal prayer 
and Bible study groups sprout up to 
supplement the school-organized 
events as friends and classmates 
share mutual spiritual concerns and 

When you come to Bryan, you 
can find a church home in one of the 
many churches in the surrounding 
communities. The opportunities to 
worship and to serve will enrich 
your life. Students are required to 
attend Sunday morning services 
and are strongly encouraged not 
only to attend Sunday evening and 
Wednesday evening services but to 
become actively involved in local 
church life. 

You may want to join an organi- 
zation existing solely to provide op- 
portunities for the spiritual exercise 
and outreach of Bryan students. 
Practical Christian Involvement 
(PCI) serves as a channel through 
which you may voluntarily become 
involved in a number of construc- 
tive outreach ministries, each or- 
ganized and run by you and your 
fellow students. Much valuable ex- 
perience is gained each year by stu- 
dents in each of the PCI-sponsored 
ministries. These include: 

Gospel Teams — Students serving 
on these teams minister on invita- 
tion to churches in the area, present- 
ing music, testimonies, and a Bible 

Big Brother / Big Sister — How 

about "adopting" a local child, of- 
fering friendship and counsel, tak- 
ing him or her to ball games and just 
being a friend? 

Awana Clubs — Awana is built 
on the Scripture text "a workman 
not ashamed." Members conduct 
boys" and girls" clubs on Saturday 
morning for children, ages 8-13. 
Children participate in sports. 
Scripture memory programs, crafts, 
and a Bible lesson. 

Summer Missions Program — 
Each summer Bryan College 
reaches around the world through 
this program of short-term mission- 
ary service. The student's help, 
even if only with menial tasks such 
as grounds-keeping and repair 
work, frees the career missionary 
for more vital services that only he 
can perform. This program gives 
you valuable opportunity to view 
missionary life and work firsthand. 

Student Missions Fellowship — 
Members get together each week to 
learn about, correspond with, and 
pray for missionaries in various 
areas of the world. 

Bible Study Groups — Each week 
students meet in dormitories for the 
fellowship, learning, and sharing 
that is such a vital part of spiritual 

Other areas of PCI in which you 
may want to become involved in- 
clude open-air campaigns, puppet 
ministry, motel ministry (Bible dis- 
tribution), Mailbox Club (a chil- 
dren's correspondence course), 
Pastors' Fellowship, a sign- 
language class, a jail ministry, and a 
LIFE outreach to high-school youth 
in the area. Whatever your area of 
Christian service, you will find a 
constructive outlet for your talents 
and gifts at Bryan. 




You arc the kind of person who 

knows the value of an education. 
You recognize thai although social 
life and athletics are important, 
your primary reason for going to 
college is to get a good education. 
You want to increase your store of 
knowledge, develop your powers of 
thought, and improve your skills in 
communication. Bryan College 
exists to help you and others like 
you achieve these goals. 


The faculty of Bryan College are 
deeply committed men and women. 
They are committed to their respec- 
tive fields of learning. All have 
earned advanced degrees in the sub- 
jects which they teach, and many of 
them hold the doctor's degree. 
Bryan faculty are committed to un- 
dergraduate education. Although 
some have writing and research in- 
terests, their first priority is teach- 
ing. They employ a variety of in- 
structional methods. The traditional 
lecture is common, and you will 
soon learn to take class notes. Lec- 
tures are often illustrated with 
overhead transparencies, and note- 
taking will frequently he aided by 
printed handouts. Do not be sur- 
prised if you find yourself or a 
classmate at the front of the class 
making a speech, giving a report on 
a research topic, or presenting a 
case study. In many courses con- 
ventional classroom learning will be 
supplemented by "hands-on" ex- 
perience in a lab or in field work. 

Bryan faculty are interested in 
more than their special area of 
knowledge. They want to help you 
to develop as a person and as a 
Christian. They will talk with you 
after class, meet you in their offices 
or in the student center, or even in- 
vite you to their homes. Perhaps 
you will discuss an academic prob- 
lem or a career decision. It is just as 
likely to be a personal matter related 
to your social life or your relation- 
ship to the Lord. 

Bryan faculty are committed to 
Jesus Christ and to His church. 
Each one is a born-again Christian 
who supports the evangelical doc- 
trinal position of the college. Most 

are actively involved in their local 
churches. It is this Christian com- 
mitment of the Bryan faculty that 
makes education different at Bryan 


You want to attend a college 
where the physical surroundings 
create a good learning environment. 
You will like the Bryan campus. 
The view of the surrounding valley 
and mountains from the hilltop 
shaded by giant oaks invites medita- 
tion. The up-to-date, well-lighted 
classrooms and labs, equipped with 
modern furnishings, are pleasant 
places in which to learn. All class- 
rooms are equipped with projection 
screens and overhead projectors as 
well as with the usual chalkboards. 
Slide, filmstrip. and motion picture 
projectors and tape recorders are 
brought into classrooms as needed. 
Video equipment is available in a 
special audio-visual classroom. 

The 62,000 volumes in the Iron- 
side Memorial Library will give you 
plenty of material for your freshman 
English term paper and other re- 
search papers that will follow. 
Modern visual and listening equip- 
ment on the main floor of the library 
will afford you access to nearly 
10.000 microform materials and 
tape and disc recordings. Daily 
newspapers, including the.W»' York 
Times and the Wall Street Journal: 
new s magazines, like Time and U.S. 
News and World Report; and general 
interest magazines will enable you 
to keep in touch with world events. 
You will also find the principal spe- 
cialty journals in your field of 
academic interest. The reading 
room on the third floor is a good 
place to broaden your horizons 
through these library resources. 

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Youi program of studies at Bryan 
College will consist of foui seg- 
ments: Bible, general education, a 
major, and electives. 

As a Christian you will appreciate 

that 16 semester hours (if Bible are 
required of all students. Jrcshmcn 
take four semester hours of Old I es- 
tament Survey. Professor Winkler 
has developed an extensive set of 
colorful transparencies to illustrate 
his lectures in this course. Sopho- 
mores take Analytical Method 
under Dr. Jensen, who has written 
many Bible stud\ book foi Mood) 
Press. The remainder of the Bible 
requirement is met through selec- 
tion from a broad range of offerings 
in Bible and theology. 

Initially you may not appreciate 
the general education requirements 
in the arts and sciences because 
these courses are not ea^> . 
Nevertheless, they will help you to 
develop good communication skills 
important in all areas of life. The> 
will also give you a broad founda- 
tion of knowledge in the fine arts, 
literature, the natural sciences, and 
the social sciences. This knowledge 
will equip you to deal more effec- 
tively with the complex world in 
which you live. 

The major program which you 
choose will constitute the third 
segment of your academic program 
at Bryan. Perhaps you alread> 
know what your major will be. If 
you are like many students, you are 
still uncertain about a major. There 
will be sufficient time to make this 
decision after you enroll. Your fac- 
ulty adviser and the college counsel- 
ing staff will assist you. (See 
"Growing in Decision Making.'") 

Electives will make up the re- 
maining portion of your academic 
program. Students who major in 
fields like biology. English, history, 
or mathematics and who wish to be 
certified as teachers elect the 24 
semester-hour block of professional 
education courses. Other students 
may choose freely from the college 
offerings a sufficient number of 
courses to meet the 124-semester- 
hour requirement for graduation. A 
i Continued on page 6) 

FALL 1980 


(Continued from page 5) 
few specialized programs, including 
elementary education and music 
education, allow no room for elec- 


The programs of study offered at 
Bryan College are organized in six 
academic divisions. They are listed 
with the majors and other courses in 
the chart on page 7. 

The Division of Biblical Studies and 
Philosophy offers instruction in 
Bible to all students. Bible courses 
will help you to gain a knowledge of 
the Scriptures and to apply this 
knowledge to your personal life and 
service. Instruction in the division 
is based on the full authority and 
complete trustworthiness of the 
Bible and on the basic Biblical doc- 
trines of the deity of Christ and His 
atoning sacrifice as the only ground 
of man's salvation. The majors of- 
fered by the division equip 
graduates for a wide range of Chris- 
tian service activities or for 
graduate studies in Bible, Christian 
education. Biblical languages, and 

Are you planning on a career in 
education, counseling, or human 
services? The Division of Education 
and Psychology offers a variety of 
programs leading to careers in these 

The courses of study in education 
will give you an understanding of 
learning and the learner, an over- 
view of effective teaching methods, 
and a knowledge of secular and 
Christian philosophies of educa- 
tion. Graduates completing educa- 
tion programs serve in public and 
private schools in the United States 
and overseas. Many broaden their 
career options by completing 
graduate studies in specialized 
fields such as guidance, reading, 
learning disabilities, and school 

The psychology department 
places strong emphasis on the inte- 
gration of Christian faith and 
psychology. Graduates who major 
in psychology find employment in 
various counseling situations, in- 
cluding school guidance centers and 
human services agencies. If you 
hope to earn an advanced degree in 
psychology, you will be interested 
to know that many psychology 
graduates from Bryan have been 
accepted for continued studies in 
leading university graduate schools , 

where they have earned advanced 

Courses of study offered by the 
Division of Fine Arts will sharpen 
your awareness of God, who estab- 
lished order and design in all of His 
creative works. Faculty of the divi- 
sion believe that true art not only 
lifts man's spirit but glorifies God. 
In addition to Introduction to Fine 
Arts required of all students, the art 
department offers courses in vari- 
ous art media — drawing, painting, 
ceramics, sculpture, design — to en- 
able students to develop artistic tal- 
ents according to individual in- 
terests. A range of courses makes 
teacher certification available in art 
education. The work of student ar- 
tists is displayed annually at the 
spring art show. 

Whether you major in music or 
take private lessons for your per- 
sonal enrichment, music faculty 
who are themselves accomplished 
performers will inspire you to attain 
your greatest potential. Oppor- 
tunities exist for instruction in 
piano; organ; voice; brass, percus- 
sion, and woodwind instruments; 
conducting; hymn playing; and 
evangelistic song leading. The con- 
cert choir, madrigals, symphonic 
band, brass ensemble, and Gospel 
Messengers provide opportunities 
for performance both on and off 
campus. The recently completed 
Rudd Memorial Chapel contains 
excellent facilities for music in- 
struction and performance. 

The Division of History, Business, 
and Social Sciences encourages the 
development of Christian values in 
the search for truth. Faculty will as- 
sist you in developing a sense of 
responsibility as a Christian in the 
contemporary world through the 
study of political, economic, social, 
and cultural events. 

If you major in history, you will 
learn in small group settings how to 
analyze the events which have 
shaped the course of human life. 
History majors graduating from 
Bryan have been accepted in major 
graduate schools for continued 
studies in history, law, and theolo- 
gy. Others have entered directly 
into careers in education and busi- 

Accounting majors have found 
many opportunities in public, man- 
agerial, and governmental account- 
ing. The outlook is for continued 
high demand for accountants. The 
quality program offered at Bryan 

has made this one of the fastest 
growing majors. Business adminis- 
tration majors are also able to move 
quickly into positions in banking, 
insurance, real estate, marketing, 
and management. Both accounting 
and business majors have been ad- 
mitted to graduate schools. 

The Division of Literature and Mod- 
ern Languages offers a major in Eng- 
lish and courses in drama, speech, 
French, German, and Spanish. 

Recognizing that a wide variety of 
career opportunities are open to 
qualified graduates, the Bryan Eng- 
lish department offers students 
three options: writing, speech/ 
drama, or literature with teacher 
certification. Graduates find 
employment in business, law. 
Christian ministries, education, 
journalism, publishing, or writing, 
either immediately upon graduation 
or after completion of graduate 

The speech department offers 
courses aimed at developing oral 
communication at the individual 
level and for public expression. 
Teacher certification is available in 
speech. The courses in drama and 
the experience in actual produc- 
tions provide valuable experience in 
developing talent in dramatic ex- 

Perhaps you are interested in sci- 
ence or math. The Division of Natural 
Science provides all the courses 
necessary for a broad major in biol- 
ogy, chemistry, mathematics, or the 
broad area of natural science. Sec- 
ondary certification available with 
each of these majors will broaden 
your career options. Students in the 
division have "hands-on" experi- 
ence with microscopes, spec- 
trophotometers, gas chromato- 
graph, radiochemistry instruments, 
and computers. Limited enroll- 
ments in upper level courses make it 
possible for students to receive in- 
dividualized attention from mature 
faculty members holding the doc- 
tor's degree. Graduates of the divi- 
sion have been admitted to graduate 
and professional schools and have 
entered directly into a variety of 




IVI A If I W *s! 

Biblical Studies 
and Philosophy 


Pastoi Missionai ■ I ranslaioi 
l cacher/Professoi i rangi list D 

( hristian Education 

Dirccloi ol < hristian i d ( ounscloi Pi 

( ( hiM i vangclitl Public Rclatioi 

( hurch si. ill < hrii iiar, Organize) 


I anguagc I cachet Pastoi 
Linguist lYanslatoi 

Education and 

Elementary Education* 

Elementarj reachei Earl) Childhood Education 
Special Education 1 laj ' arc 
Physical Education 


Social Worker Psychiatrist cclional Officer 
Psychologist Rehabilitation Workci Menial Health '■'. . 

Fine Arts 


Applied Music- 
Church Music 
Music Theory 

Music Education* 

Teacher/Professor Music Director Instrumentalist Vocalist 
Composer Band InstmctOI MinistCI of Music 

History, Business, and 
Social Sciences 


Business Administration 

Business Education* 


, , , . Teacher Profe? 
Auditoi Accountant 

Treasurei Financial Analysi 

Administrator Manager Tax Attome> 

Secretary Superintendent 

Public Relations Word Processoi 

Data Prot«- 


Teacher/ Professor Writer Editor 
Journalist Biographer Librarian 

Museum W rl 

Literature and Modern 


Teacher/ Professor Reporter Broadcaster Editor 
Lawyer Publisher Writer 

Word Pro^-. 

Natural Sciences 


Teacher Professor Environmentalist Research 
Biologist Lab Technician Veterinarian 
Anesthesiologist Dentist Pathologist 


Teacher; Professor Biochemist Medical Technician 
Dentist Industrial Chemist Technical Writer 


Teacher/Professor Scientist Physicist 
Statistician Engineer Systems v 

Programmer Computer Operator 

Natural Science* 

Pharmacologist Biochemist Physician 
Radiologist Medical Technologisl Dentist 
Bacteriologist Veterinarian Zoologist 

* Teacher Certification available in Tennessee and in most other states by 
careful planning of the program. Teacher certification is also available in Early 
Childhood Education. Physical Education, and Special Education. 

Courses are also offered in art. fine arts. French. German. philosophy . 
physics, sociology, and Spanish. 

This list of possible careers is suggestive rather than exhaustive. A number of the 
career options involve graduate studies beyond the bachelor's level. 

FALL 1980 






i Discipline 

in Decision-making 

FALL 1980 


GR@W . . Socially 

Bryan College is much more than 
buildings constructed of brick and 
concrete. Bryan College is peo- 
ple — students, teachers, adminis- 
trators, and staff — learning to relate 
to one another through a broad 
spectrum of activities. 

The friendly atmosphere at Bryan 
enables new students to fit in readily 
and easily. You will meet interest- 
ing people from many different 
places. On this campus you can 
learn to understand and appreciate 
others while building lasting friend- 
ships. The closeness of dormitory 
life enhances this process by en- 
couraging you to share with your 
brothers or sisters in Christ. You 
can help your roommate and others 
in your dorm to grow in many ways 
just as they help you. The Lion's 
Den — our student center with snack 
bar. pool tables, ping-pong tables, 
and other recreational facilities — 
gives further opportunity to meet 
and get to know your classmates. 

Many informal get-togethers as 
well as some formal events add to 
the social life at Bryan. The Student 
Union, classes, and other groups 
plan many events for students' en- 
joyment. Ice- and roller-skating par- 
ties, films, Christian concerts, and 
picnics are just a few of these ac- 
tivities. Banquets are scheduled 
throughout the year, and steak night 
occurs monthly in the cafeteria. 


While at Bryan you will have the 
opportunity to attend concerts and 
plays on and off campus. You may 
find yourself on stage developing 
your own performing talents or in 
the art studio learning to paint, 
draw, or sculpt. 

Several singing groups — such as 


the Bryan College Concert Choir, 
the Madrigal Choir, and the Gospel 
Messengers — provide musical 
training and fellowship. The Sym- 
phonic Band and other instrumental 
groups contribute to many pro- 
grams on campus. Hilltop Players, 
the drama club, perform in both fall 
and spring semesters. 

Students regularly attend the 
concert series of the Chattanooga 
symphony and other cultural and 
entertainment programs presented 
in Chattanooga, one hour's drive 
from campus. Less frequently 
groups of students, often accom- 
panied by faculty, attend dramatic 
productions or other special ac- 
tivities on the University of Tennes- 
see campus in Knoxville, 80 miles to 
the northeast. 

. . . Physically 

Bryan recognizes the importance 
of good health for successful living. 
Physical education, varsity sports, 
and intramural sports — all contrib- 



.i : ':fe 



ute to the student's well-being by 
providing exercise and recreation. 
P.E. courses will acquaint you with 
various exercise programs and will 
teach you athletic skills for a 
lifetime of physical fitness. Some 
P.E. courses offered at Bryan are 
tennis, basketball, golf, archery, 
and skiing. The intramural program 
is designed to give you an opportu- 
nity to participate in the sport of 
your choice. Most of the competi- 
tion is carried on between class 
teams. A trophy is awarded to the 
winning team at the end of each 
year. Volleyball, basketball, foot- 
ball, soccer, and softball are the 
main sports in the intramural pro- 
gram. Varsity sports provide for 
competition with some of the area's 
outstanding colleges. The men's 
varsity sports are baseball, basket- 
ball, cross-country, soccer, and 
tennis. Varsity sports for women 
include softball, basketball, tennis, 
and volleyball. 


. in Discipline 

The freedom and privileges thai 

are yours as a student at Bryan are 
accompanied by responsibilities 
both to yourself and to others of the 
college community. 

Individual responsibility man 
ifests itself in disciplined attitudes 
and conduct consistent with the 
values of the college community. 
Reasonable rules and regulations 
considered necessary to effective 
community life are given in the Stu- 
dent Handbook, which is distributed 
annually toall students, faculty . and 
administrative personnel. The stan- 
dards set at Bryan are designed to 
be both Scriptural in basis and rel- 
evant to socio-cultural norms. Each 
student is expected to comply with 
these principles of conduct. 

Some of the most important 
guidelines support good health and 
morality. Students are encouraged 
to care properly for their bodies as 
temples of the Holy Spirit, and for 
this reason are restricted from using 
drugs, alcoholic beverages, and to- 
bacco. Standards of conduct for dat- 
ing relationships are based on Bibli- 
cal moral absolutes. Respect both 
for law and authority and for private 
property and the rights of others is 
an underlying principle governing 
the conduct of all those associated 
with Bryan. 


in Decision-making 

During your college years, you 
will probably make several of the 
most important decisions of your 
life, decisions about marriage and a 
career. Furthermore you will be 
making these decisions more on 
your own than you have ever done 
before. During these years you will 
be moving from dependence on 
your parents to increasing indepen- 
dence. The approaches to prob- 
lem-solving and decision-making 
which you develop during your col- 
lege years will serve you throughout 
your life. 

The Bryan College experience 
will help you to become a good deci- 
sion-maker. First, the strong em- 
phasis on Biblical Christianity will 
remind you continually that all deci- 
sions of life are to be approached 
from the fundamental question 
"What is God's will for my life?" 
Second, the broad general educa- 
tion program will expose you to the 
wide range of options that are open 
to you in the contemporary world. 
Third, the college counseling sys- 
tem offers you assistance in making 
major decisions and. more impor- 
tantly, can help you learn how to 
make decisions on your own. 

Counseling services at Bryan 
have been expanded in recent 
years. The usual practice of assign- 
ing a faculty adviser to each student 
has been made more effective 
through the training of faculty in ad- 
vising skills. An advising manual 
has been developed and given to 
each faculty member. 

A full-time counselor was first 
employed in 1979 to assist students 
with academic needs, career deci- 
sions, and personal problems. He 
holds conferences with everv 

freshman and (ransfci student t< 

sisl in the selection ol college and 
carcei goals. Foi those who are un- 
certain, a career workshop is con- 

ducted each fall to help students 
identify those vocations that relate 
to their interests and abilities. 
Throughout the year, special career 
inventories are administered and 
counseling sessions are held to as- 
sist students seeking further direc- 
tion. Career decision helps that are 
currently being developed include 
the completion of a Bryan College 
Majors manual, which maps out a 
four-year program for each major 
and provides information on typical 
career opportunities and job 

Upperclassmen are benefited by 
a placement service that not only 
assists seniors in locating and secur- 
ingjobs. but also gives instruction in 
resume writing as well as applica- 
tion and interview procedures. Con- 
tinuing placement services are 
available to alumni of the colleee. 

FALL 1980 


$ Financial Aid $ 

Students and their families have always been faced 
with the problem of finding adequate resources to meet 
the increasing costs of continuing education after high 
school. Many students do not apply to the college of 
their choice because they do not have the financial 
resources needed to attend. Today there are various 
types of federal, state, and institutional student-aid 
programs to help students overcome the financial bar- 

Student Aid 
$1 Million 

Approximately 70% of the students enrolled at Bryan 
during the 1979-80 academic year received some type of 
student financial aid. The total amount awarded to stu- 
dents at Bryan through various federal and institutional 
aid programs slightly exceeded $1 million, as indicated 
by the above chart. Grants and scholarships made up 
49% of the total aid awarded, loans represented 27%, 
and employment, 24%. 

The College believes that the family has the primary 
responsibility in meeting the student's education costs 
but wants to help all students who choose Bryan to 
secure and make the best use of all financial resources 
available. In order to help prospective students better 
understand the financial aid process, answers to some 
of the most frequently asked questions are listed below: 

What is financial aid? 

It is money that comes from sources other than the 
student or parents — a supplement to what the family 
can reasonably be expected to contribute toward the 
student's education. Student aid comes in two different 

1 ) GIFT AID: Scholarships and grants which do not 
have to be paid back. 

2) SELF-HELP: Loans and employment. 
What determines eligibility for aid? 

Eligibility for most financial aid is based on need, not 
on family income alone. Need is defined as "the differ- 
ence between what the student and his/her family can 
reasonably be expected to contribute and what it will 
cost to attend." The amount that the parents are ex- 
pected to contribute will vary according to such factors 

as their income, assets, number of children in the family 
(living at home), and number of family members attend- 
ing college at the same time. The student is also ex- 
pected to contribute toward school costs. 

Total Cost of Education (tuition, fees, room. 
food, transportation, and personal expenses) 

- Parental Contribution 

- Student Contribution 

= Assistance Needed 

Students who can document financial need have no 
major difficulty in receiving financial aid of the kind 
and amount for which they qualify, provided they are 
willing to complete the required papers and file them 
with the college at the appropriate time. 

How is need documented? 

All students seeking financial aid are required to file a 
need analysis to determine what the family can contrib- 
ute toward educational expenses. The fact that the need 
analysis report uses direct item line references from the 
U.S. Tax Return forms allows all families to furnish 
comparable data and the student-aid office to treat stu- 
dents in a consistent manner. 

When should the need analysis report be completed? 

The need analysis report can be filed at the first of 
January when the 1980 parental income is known and 
forms are available. Forms may be acquired from your 
high-school counselors and college student-aid officer. 

How is "need" met? 

Once the financial aid officer receives the results 
from the need analysis and the application for aid is 
complete, the student is awarded funds according to the 
programs he applies for, the amount requested, and 
eligibility for the specific programs. The need for assis- 
tance is usually met with a "financial aid package," 
combining different kinds of financial aid (grants, loans, 
and employment). Some students will qualify for all 
three forms of aid, whereas others may qualify for only 

What are the sources of financial aid? 

Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) is the 
largest federal student-aid program. The amount 
awarded depends on the student's financial need, the 
cost of education, and the actual amount of time the 
student is enrolled during the school year. Grants for 
the 1980-81 year range from $176 to $1,750. 

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 
(SEOG) is a federal campus-based program with limited 
funds to be awarded to students who have exceptional 
need. SEOG must be equally matched with other types 
of aid under institutional control. Grants range from 
$200 to $1,000. 

Student State Incentive Grant Program (SSIG) pro- 
vides grants for students from states which participate 
in the program and are awarded on the basis of need. 
Amounts vary from state to state. 

Bryan College Scholarships and Grants are non- 
governmental grants available for students who meet 
various requirements and include academic, music, ath- 
letic, and goodwill grants. 


National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) is a program 



under which students can borrow money from the led 
eral government, through the school. Loan limitations 
are $2,500 lor the lust two years and $5,000 lor a 
bachelor's degree. The loans are interest lice while the 
student is enrolled on at least a hall-time basis. 

Guaranteed Student loan Program (GSL) allows 
Students to borrow money from a hometown bank or a 
savings and loan which participates in the program. 
Loan limitations are $2,500 a yeai . up to a maximum of 
$7,500 for undergraduate study. 

Bryan College Loans are available to students who 
cannot secure a NDSI. or (iSL and are awarded on a 
first-come, first-served basis. 


College Work-Study Program (CWSP) is a federally 
funded work program which provides part-time jobs for 
students while enrolled in school. Eligibility is based on 
need. Students normally work up to 10 hours a week. 

Bryan College Work Program (BWP) allows an aver- 
age of 5 hours of work a week for a limited number of 
students who cannot document need. Jobs are assigned 
on a first-come, first-served basis. 

How do students apply for financial aid? 

1. Apply for admission to Bryan. 

2. Indicate your desire to apply for financial assis- 
tance on the Application for Admission. All 
necessary forms and instructions will be mailed to 
you upon receipt of your request. 

3. Submit the need analysis report to the appropriate 
processor after January 1. 

4. Submit a Bryan College Student-Aid Application 
form to the financial aid officer. 

The following sample cases illustrate various family 
circumstances and the different types of financial aid 
packages that could be expected: 

David comes from a family of four with one enrolled 
in college. He is a junior accounting major. Both his 
parents work and have a combined income of $18,558. 
The family assets are under $25,000. 
$ 480 Parental Contribution 
700 Summer Savings 
500 Academic Scholarship 
326 Basic Grant (BEOG) 
700 Supplemental Grant (SEOG) 
1,000 National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) 
1,020 College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 

Alice is a junior, and she comes from a family of five 
with two enrolled in college. The family's taxable and 
non-taxable income last year was $14,500 and assets are 
under $25,000. 

$ 80 Parental Contribution 

710 Summer Savings and Student Assets 
400 Academic Scholarship 
1.276 Basic Grant (BEOG) 

300 Supplemental Grant (SEOG) 
1,000 National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) 
918 College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 

Sue comes from a family of seven with two enrolled in 

college. She is a sophomore this year. The family's 

adjusted gross income last year was $33,150. Their 

home equity is $28,000. and they have $ 1 .000 in savings. 

$1,690 Parental Contribution 

640 Student Savings and Summer Savings 
226 Basic Grant (BEOG) 
200 Supplemental Grant (SEOG) 
1,250 National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) 
714 College Work-Study Program (CWSP) 


is Bryan ai < redid d ' 

Yes. Bryan College i •■ credited by ihc Southern Ask 
lion of ( ollcgcs and Schools .mil is approved foi the training 
"i veterans. 
Is Bryan affiliated with a church or denomination? 

Nti. Mi is nonsectarian b> chartei and Iransdenomina- 
tional in fellowship, reaching out to all membci -dyof 

Christ irrespective ol thcii denomination 
Who can he admitted to Bryan? 

Bryan ( ollege accepts students 

1 . Who have earned ■< high-school diploma with a total ol r 
units (at least in m academic subjects) with ■> ( 

2. Who have satisfactory references and arc in agreement 
with Bryan's standards of conduct and life-style. 

When should I apply? 

Prospective- students are encouraged to apply in the fall of 
the senior year of high school. Applications will be accepted 
as long as sp^ce is available. 
Is a college entrance exam required? 

Freshman applicants should take the ACT late in the junior 
year or during the senior year in high school. These test 
results are not required for acceptance unless high-school 
grades are below standard, but they are used for counseling. 
SAT is accepted in lieu of AC 1 . but ACT is preferred. 
Is it possible to enroll with ad»anced standing? 

Yes. Advanced standing can be achieved in two v..: 

1. College credits may be earned b\ a variety of examina- 
tion programs, including CLEP and Advanced Placement 

2. Students who have already completed college work ob- 
tain advanced standing by transfer of previous college work. 
When will I know if I am accepted? 

Applications are processed as soon as the application, the 
high-school transcript, and the references have been re- 
ceived. You should hear from the Director of Admissions 
within a week after all documents are in the admissions office. 
Is there an application fee? 

Is Bryan expensive? 

No. but like everything else, the cost of education is rising. 
The board of trustees and administration of Bryan College 
make a continuing effort to keep the cost down and to provide 
financial aid to students. Two facts are significant: 

1. Over the past 10 years the rise in cost at Bryan has not 
exceeded the rise in the national consumer price index 

2. Bryan continues to be one of the least expensive of the 
Christian liberal arts colleges. 

Cost for 1980-81 

Tuition S2.250.0O 

Room 840.00 

Board 1.1 10.00 

Activitj fee 50.00 

Estimated cost of 

books and supplies 200.00 

The current inflation rate suggests that 198 1-82 charges will 
increase by about 10%. 

How can I get more information about Bryan? 
Write to: Director of Admissions 
Brvan College 
Dayton. TN 37321 
Call: (615) ""5-2041 

FALL 1980 



Architects' plans have been 
completed for the construction of 
a new men's dormitory, which is 
needed to provide housing for 
Bryan's growing student body. 
This new dormitory, which is es- 
timated to cost $2,000,000, is the 
first phase of a ten-year develop- 
ment plan designed to meet the 
challenges of the 80s in providing 
the best possible Christian educa- 
tion for students. 






A national committee is being; 
formed nowtoenlistvolunteersto 
assist in Bryan's 50th Anniversary 
Capital Campaign, which has as 
its goal the funding of the dormi- 
tory. The campaign is designed to 
reach Bryan alumni, friends, cor- 
porations, and foundations by 
personal visits, telephone, din- 
ners, and mail. Kick-off dinners 
are scheduled for Atlanta, 
Chicago, Washington, D.C., 
Asheville, and Winston-Salem in 
the fall, with other cities to follow 
as planning is completed. Please 
plan to attend a dinner program in 
your area. 


We thank the Lord for $517,000 in gifts and grants for the 
$510,000 budget in the school year which ended June 30, 
enabling Bryan to end the year in the black. Gifts and grants in 
all categories, including endowment and building fund, to- 
taled $654,741— up 58% over 1978-79. "Thanks be to God who 
giveth us the victory" (I Cor. 15:57). 

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" 
(Psalm 103:2). 


Look for a 50th Anniversary Campaign progress report in the 
Winter issue of Bryan Life. We will also feature articles on the 
50th Anniversary Club and new faces at the college. 


Several sections of the new dormitory are available for those 
who wish to designate their gift as a memorial to a loved one. 
Contact the advancement office for complete details. 





Phase 1 1980-1981 (2 years) 

Development Objectives Cost Estimate 
• New Men's Dormitory 

(174 beds) $2,000,000 

Phase II 1982-1984 (3 years) 

• Gymnasium Expansion 

• Library/Learning 

Resource Center 

• Endowment 

$1 ,000,000 


Phase III 1985-1989 (5 years) 

• Student Center 

• Curriculum Expansion 

• Library Acquisitions 

• Faculty Development 




Assistant to the President 
For College Advancement 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 
(615) 775-2041 




Don't Take Our Word for It! 

Visit Bryan College! 

See for Yourself! 


Fall Classes Begin September 1 
Campus-Visit Caravan October 16-18 
"Thanksgiving Break November 22-30 
Fall Classes End December 12 


Spring Classes Begin January 6 

"Spring Break March 7-17 

Campus-Visit Caravan April 9-11 

Spring Classes End May 1 

Baccalaureate May 9 

Commencement May 10 
* Visits not recommended. 



y\ac e 


Bryan College 

Dayton. TN 37321 

Phone (615) 775-2041 

Application Forms 

Campus Visit Information 

Information About 





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nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee 37321, (615) 775- 

Editor-in-Chief: Theodore C. 

Consulting Editors: Stephen 
Harmon, Rebecca Peck, Charles 

Copy Editors: Alice Mercer and 
Rebecca Peck 

Circulation Manager: Shirley 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 
(USPS 388-780) 

Copyright 1980 


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Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Dayton, TN 37321. 


The 51-foot birthday cake do- 
nated by PFM, Bryan's food- 
service caterer, is shown with 
several of the thirteen ceremo- 
nial cake cutters. Requiring 
three days of work by Chef Steve 
Muellenberg, of LaCrosse, Wis- 
consin, and several assistants, 
the cake weighed 480 pounds 
and was decorated with an addi- 
tional 568 pounds of icing, in- 
cluding 1,000 pink and yellow 
sugar roses made by t h e chef in 
his hotel room the nigr before 
the celebration. Photo b, Jim 
Cunnyngham Studios. 

Volume 6 


Number 2 

50TH ANNIVERSARY REVIEW: Highlighting the anniversary year 
were two events which focused on participation by local area resi- 
dents and members of the college family. By Dr. Theodore C. Mercer 

LEST WE FORGET: Recognizing the significant spiritual principles 
applied in the founding and developing of Bryan College, the alumni 
homecoming banquet speaker challenged his audience to a future 
commitment so "that the next fifty years at Bryan College will be 
even greater than those of the past." By Dr. Ian Hay 

ments of the last half of Bryan's 50 years are reviewed by the vice 
president as being also the fruit of the leadership of Bryan's fourth 
president, who is in his twenty-fifth year at this post. By Dr. Karl E. 

50TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY PARTY: A significant milestone 
in the history of Bryan College is reviewed here through pictures. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: New appointments to the administration and 
faculty, faculty activities, special speakers and events, along with 
sports news and announcements for the future, give an overview of 
the flow of life at Bryan. 



Pictured above are ten of the thirteen people chosen to cut the 51-foot birthday 
cake, who represent the spectrum of college constituents. They are as follows 
(right to left): 

Anna Barth, secretary of the student body 

Dr. Mayme Bedford, native Rhea countian and member of the faculty 

Miss Rebecca Peck, alumni executive secretary 

Mrs. C. P. Swafford, wife of a trustee 

Mrs. Arbutus West Nixon, daughter of the late Mrs. George West, who 
furnished flowers for special Bryan occasions until her death in 1963 

Mrs. Judson A. Rudd, widow of President Emeritus 

Mrs. H. D. Long, widow of former board chairman 

Miss Sybil Lusk, of Chattanooga, member of the first graduating class 

Mrs. Theodore Mercer, president's wife, who coordinated the cake cutting 

Mrs. J. S. Frazier, now at 94, the oldest of the four living founders 
Other cake cutters not shown in this picture are Mrs. J. Y. O'Daniel, of 
Gaffney, S. C., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Matthews, who sold fifty acres 
of the present campus to the Bryan Memorial Association; Mrs. E. B. Arnold, 
founder; and Mrs. Emily Guille Henegar, daughter of the first president. 






Bv President Theodore ( . Mercer 

Charter Day — July 24, 1980 


Wallace Robinson and Fran- 
ces Gabbert, son and daugh- 
ter of F. E. Robinson, receive 
a Charter Day citation from 
President Mercer. 

2. Portrait of Mr. Robinson is 
unveiled by great-grandsons 
Boggan and Andy Bates. 

3. Mrs. Wallace C. Haggard, of 
Americus, Georgia, stands in 
front of the plaque bearing the 
names of her husband and of 
the other Incorporators. 

4. Mrs. Rebecca Rogers, widow 
of Dr. F. R. Rogers, receives a 
citation honoring her hus- 
band's memory. 

5. Edna Lockhart Astley (left) 
and Elizabeth Lockhart 
Davis, daughters of the sec- 
ond president, Malcolm 
Lockhart. stand beneath the 
portrait of their father. 

50th Birthday Party September 18, 1980 
Photos on pages 1, 2, 8, and 9 

1 he year ofjubilee has added a special dimension to 
nearly all college events this year Although the cele- 
bration will continue through next commencement, the 
three events of major historical importance have now 
occurred — honoring the founders at last commence- 
ment as reported in the summer HUi ■••. •• III I observing 
Charter Day on July 24; and celebrating the .^Oth an- 
niversary with a convocation and birthday party on 
September IK. Although other celebration items will be 
noted briefly in the next two issues, the major reporting 
of this celebration year will conclude with the reports in 
this current issue. I do not especially relish having one 
of these articles focus on me: but since I have been here 
during the past twenty-five years. I was unable to per- 
suade my colleagues that there was a better w, : 
cover these developments. 

Charter Day on July 24 was marked by a ceremony 
during the summer Bible conference in which attention 
centered on those associated with the college from the 
organizing of the Bryan Memorial Association in 192* 
to the chartering of the college in 1930. The roll call of 
incorporators featured four representative individuals 
— F. E. Robinson. Wallace C. Haggard. F. R. Rogers, 
and Malcolm Lockhart — each of whom was rep- 
resented by family as shown in the accompanying pic- 
tures. An excellent collection of the earliest documents 
of the college, assembled and displayed by Mary Fran- 
ces Rudd. attracted special attention: and there was a 
good turnout of community representatives. 

The fiftieth anniversary celebration at the Rhea 
County courthouse on September 18 was truly a festive 
occasion. On the exact anniversary of the opening in 
1930. the 1980 convocation with an overflow audience 
was held in the same courtroom where Bryan's first 
president. Dr. George E. Guille. set forth the founding 
philosophy of the new school. The event provided for 
us. the current Bryan generation, the opportunity to 
thank God publicly for His providence to the college 
through fifty years and to reaffirm our o« n commitment 
to these same founding principles. The happy and fer- 
vent singing of "Faith of Our Fathers.'' which con- 
cluded the assembly, testified to the deep sense of 
commitment expressed that day. 

The birthday party on the courthouse lawn, with its 
happy milling crowd and the fifty-one-foot birthday 
cake, the largest cake many had ever seen. « as a happy 
fellowship of the whole spectrum of Bryan's constit- 
uency from past and present and from far and near. 

My prayer is that God will use these occasions of 
remembering the past to strengthen us for what He has 
for Bryan in the future, as we continue to hold fast the 
Head. Jesus Christ, so that our increase may be that 
increase that comes from God (Colossians 2:19). 


WINTER 1980 



By Ian M. Hay 

Dr. Ian Hay '50. general director of the Sudan Interior 
Mission, was introduced to Bryan College forty years ago 
through his missionary parents and then became as- 
sociated personally in his own student days, beginning 
in 1946. He has continued since 1969 to share in Bryan's 
development by his service on the board of trustees, of 
which he is now chairman. Dr. Hay and his wife, the 
former June Bell '51, served as missionaries in Nigeria for 
thirteen years until he was assigned to administrative 
responsibilities at the SIM headquarters office in Cedar 
Grove, New Jersey. 

I^even sevens of years are gone. Now it's a jubilee. 
What a delight it is for us to gather here on this occasion 
and think back over fifty long and fruitful years in the 
history of Bryan College. 

Of course, it is impossible to meet at this college 
without paying respect to Mr. Bryan himself. But, as I 
look back thirty plus years to my student days, I must 
confess to a certain amount of youthful disrespect. 
After thirty years I guess it's time I confessed to the 
administration of the college of that day that I am guilty 
of having had a great deal to do on numerous occasions 
with Mr. Bryan's marble bust being decorated in bright 
ties and old hats. I am sure the students today would not 
think of doing such a thing. It only goes to show the 
depraved minds of students of that past generation. 

Mr. Bryan, a Politician 

Recently, however, I have become acutely aware of 
what a powerful figure Mr. Bryan really was. This is a 
presidential election year. You'll notice that I am wear- 
ing on my lapel a campaign button. This one says, "'W. 
J . Bryan for President." I was intrigued by the article by 
Louis Koenig, professor of government at New York 
University, which was published in the 50th anniver- 
sary issue of Bryan Life this spring. Dr. Koenig gave 
this speech on Bryan campus last February. In it he 
mentioned the fact that for at least thirty-five years 
William Jennings Bryan was at the forefront of Ameri- 
can politics. He was the dominant figure in the Demo- 
cratic party through that entire period. Koenig said that 
there have been very few politicians in our entire na- 
tional life about whom this statement could be made. 
He went on to say that in a country of the complexity of 
ours for anyone to hold stage center for that time re- 
quires very uncommon gifts, and Mr. Bryan had those 
gifts. He was a politician par excellence. Three times 

Bryan College 50th Anniversary Alumni Banquet Address 

nominated by his party for the presidency, admittedly 
three times he lost. However, he was a man ahead of his 
time, and many of the issues that he espoused are now 
routine and common to our life and culture. 

Mr. Bryan, a Christian Gentleman 

But that political history is only part of the story. It 
isn't that which makes Bryan such an outstanding 
character to me. Above and beyond all of that, Mr. 
Bryan was a Christian gentleman. He was a man who 
loved God's Word and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of 
his life. He was a Christian in the finest sense of the 

Tragically, today he is remembered most in carica- 
ture for the Scopes trial here in Dayton. Of course, it 
was also here that he died on July 26, 1925. For 55 years 
now Mr. Bryan and that trial have been vilified by the 
liberal church and press. The trial, of course, was only a 
front for what was going on behind the scenes. It was an 
all-out frontal attack of liberal, humanistic philosophy, 
personified in Clarence Darrow. against a shrinking 
Protestant minority who adhered to the fundamentals of 
the faith, personified in Bryan. But now a half century 
later, we find it is the attackers who are in disarray. 
Thinking people are beginning to see the issues em- 
phasized there in clearer perspective. It is true, Mr. 
Bryan was a fundamentalist in the finest and truest 
sense of that word in its historic meaning. He adhered to 
all the fundamentals of the faith. Above all else, he 
accepted the Scriptures as the revealed Word of God; 
but he was not a fundamentalist, as the caricatures 
pictured him, in the pejorative sense of that word. In- 
deed, a study of his life shows him to be a man who, 
while adhering closely and carefully to the fundamen- 
tals of the faith, was progressive in every area of his life. 
He was one of those giants that brought to the twentieth 
century the greatness of the nineteenth-century 
evangelical thought. 

In 1975 Baker Book House published a book by two 
Trinity Seminary professors, David Wells and John 
Woodbridge. The book is entitled The Evangelicals, What 
They Believe, Who They Are, Where They Are Changing. In 
that book no fewer than 15 references are made to 
William Jennings Bryan. This aspect of Bryan's life 
needs further study. We who stand in his tradition have 
much to learn from the struggles of his day, for we are 
heading toward another round in the same battle. "If we 
do not learn from the past," it has been said, "we are 
condemned to relive it." 

College Beginnings 

That brings us to Bryan College and its purposes. 
What amazing years these last fifty have been! Some of 
us came to Bryan when there was little here to attract 
physically. Because of the Great Depression, the early 
years at Bryan College were hard, struggling years. 



When I arrived on campus thirty-four years ago, there 
were only four buildings and a few trailers. I hese were 
an unfinished administration and classroom building 

(hat leaked when il rained, an octagon-shaped wood 
dormitory, a barn, and a laundry room, phis eighty 
acres of the mosl beautiful woods you ever saw . I h.ii 
was Bryan College. I am glad that this college had those 
years. They have taught us something. 

Lei ii be noted ihai we received an education of 
superb quality, Thai proves thai a college is not neces- 
sarily made up of the material and physical. Rathei . it is 
the dynamic lives of dedicated faculty and students 
committed to valid educational goals and a vigorous 
learning process. We must remember that in today's 
world. Here we meet in this beautiful room in Rudd 
Memorial Chapel. 1 give thanks to Cod for this. I was 
privileged to be on the board as we struggled for the 
faith required to decide to commence this building. I hat 
was an enormous step, yet Cod blessed in it . Now in our 
fiftieth anniversary we are launched on a program that 
demands even greater faith. We do need that new dor- 
mitory and beyond that a library, an expanded gym- 
nasium, and a student center. All these things are realis- 
tic needs. We have trusted God in the past. We surely 
ought to be able to do so in the future. At the same time, 
the college community is called upon to remember that 
these physical accouterments are only that — just physi- 
cal. The key thing is a strict adherence to the goals and 
philosophies of the college. 

The educational goal of the college is as follows: 
Bryan College is founded upon the belief 
that God is the author of truth; that He has 
revealed Himself to mankind through na- 
ture, conscience. Jesus Christ, and the Bi- 
ble; that it is His will for man to come to a 
knowledge of truth; and that an integrated 
study of the arts and sciences and the Bible, 
with a proper emphasis on the spiritual, 
mental, social, and physical aspects of life, 
will lead to the development of the whole 
Bryan is a small nonsectarian Christian liberal arts 
college. Its goal is to be Christian in its curriculum, to 
produce educated, cultured Christians who will know 
what is good about our culture and who can diagnose 
readily what is unchristian and wrong in the pagan 
world in which we live — Christians who will have dis- 
cernment . Christians who will be able to understand the 
truth of God. 

Jubilee of Thanksgiving 
I would like to remind you of certain Scriptural truths 
that are important on any jubilee occasion. 

One of the most grievous of all sins is thanklessness. 
and Scripture condemns those who do not give thanks. 
Indeed, the epitome of the depraved nature is evident 
when St. Paul says, ""Neither were they thankful."' 

In the Old Testament. Israel was always murmuring. 
Moses told them they needed to remember. ""Beware 
lest you forget the Lord" (Deut. 6: 12). The root of their 
problem was ingratitude and a failure to remember. 
What was it that they were to remember? 

I. Remember from whence you came. 

'"Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the 

Lord your God brought you out with a strong hand 

and .hi outstrcti hed ai m 1 1 >• ul 
2. Remember how you came. 

'You must rcmcmbci -ill thai road by which the 

l ord ."in God has i<-d you these fort) yean in the 

wilderness' (Deut. 8:2), 
J, Remember in prosperity and success. 

"When you gel youi fill, he careful not to forge) the 

Lord who b ght you out of Egypt (D< it 6:11. 


•1 Remember through liuill-in reminders. 

Into this lassie you shall work -i violet thread ;md 
whensoevei you see this in the lassie, you will rc- 
mcmbci all the Lord's commands and ohcy them" 
(Deut. I J; ! 9) 

These are the lessons thai this jubilee should drive 
home to us as ihe Bryan ( ollege family — students, fac- 
ulty, alumni, administration, and board. Our hi I 
shows us from w hence we came and how tne Lord led in 
that. Now in a true sense we have fallen on da 
prosperity. Ihe administration and m> fellow board 
members understandably may question that statement 
because year by year we are kept in absolute depen- 
dence on God just to make ends meet. Br\an is not a 
rich school, it needs support: but in comparison to the 
past, what bountiful blessings we have here. 'I here is a 
measure of success. Now we. too. must beware lest we 
forget the Lord. Built-in reminders like this jubilee year 
need to focus our attention on what Bryan really ought 
to be and what its goals are. 

Commitment for the Future 
At the last board meeting in April, the board unani- 
mously reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining and 
strengthening the college roots in the infallible, inerrant 
Scripture, so that Christ may indeed be 'above all." I 
believe that the administration and faculn are equally 
committed to that same principle. In recent years the 
board has emphasized the need for an integration of the 
Christian faith with every discipline within the college 
community. The faculty has worked hard to try to make 
that a reality . 

All of this is imperative if Bryan is to survive. Wes]e> 
said. "It is the rare institution that remains true to its 
founding goals into the third generation." Across our 
country the landscape is strewn with erstwhile Chris- 
tian colleges. Let us beware lest we forget the Lord' 
We have looked at the past. That is good. That's what 
the jubilee year is all about. An inscription above the 
door of the national archives building in Washington. 
D.C.. reads: "The past is prologue." One day someone 
asked the late Carl Sandburg, eminent American poet 
and biographer of Abraham Lincoln, what those words 
meant. He looked at them thoughtfully and said. "They 
mean, you ain"t seen nothing yet." 

May that be true of Bryan College. We have come a 
long way. We are grateful to God for that. But now what 
of the future? In Nigeria, the Africans have a proverb 
which is very similar to an old English proverb: "We tip 
our hats to the past but roll up our sleeves to the fu- 
ture."' Should our Lord tarry, may God grant that the 
next fifty years at Bryan College will be greater than 
those of the past, so that a steady flow of committed, 
well-educated Christians will leave these halls to labor 
for Christ in every aspect of His work. 

WINTER 1980 


Ted Mercer: 
A Personal Appreciation 

By Karl Keefer 

Dr. Keefer and Dr. Mercer 

1 he school year 1980-81 at Bryan College is the 
occasion for two celebrations. One is the beginning of 
the second half-century of the college, dating from its 
opening in 1930. The other is Dr. Ted Mercer's comple- 
tion of twenty-five years of service as president of the 
college. The first of these is being observed in many 
ways. The second has had no publicity and little recog- 
nition, but should, I think, be noticed. 

Ted Mercer has been a friend of mine for forty years. 
For much of that time we have been colleagues in higher 
education. As a friend and colleague , I would like to use 
this occasion to express appreciation for the person he 
is and the job he has done. 

I have been on the staff of Bryan College for eleven 
years. The first nine were in the late 50s and early 60s. 
Then, for more than a decade, I served in a public 
university, although retaining an interest in Bryan Col- 
lege and, for some years, serving as a member of its 
board of trustees. In 1979, after a thirteen-year absence, 
I returned to the college in my present role of Vice 
President for Academic Affairs. 

I mention these facts because I think that I may be in 
an unusually good position to view with some perspec- 
tive the twenty-five years of Ted Mercer's tenure. I 
came to Bryan for the first time one year after he be- 
came president; I came to Bryan for the second time 
twenty-two years later. I could see quite clearly the 
changes which had occurred. I would like to talk about 
some of these. 

The most obvious are in the physical plant. When I 
came to Bryan in 1957, we had the Administration 
Building — all in use, but with segments of the interior 
unfinished, in virtually primitive condition; the White 

Dr. Karl E. Keefer, vice president for academic affairs, 
served as academic dean with President Mercer from 1957 to 
1966 and was a member of the board of trustees from 1971 
until he returned to his present post in 1979. He holds the 
M.Ed, from the University of Chattanooga and the Ed.D. from 
the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

Chapel; the Octagon (rooms for men); Trailerville 
(housing for married students) ; a few houses for faculty; 
and a small service building. That was it. The Adminis- 
tration Building contained office space for faculty and 
administration, classrooms, laboratories, bookstore, 
housing for women students (third floor) and some men 
students (one segment of the second floor), library (at 
one end of the second floor), and dining room. There 
was no air conditioning, no student lounge or recreation 
area, few creature comforts of any kind. With no gym 
and playing field, we had to use the high-school gym 
downtown for our PE and athletic programs. 

Today, all parts of the Administration Building have 
been completed. It is air conditioned throughout and 
provides adequate classroom, laboratory, and office 
space, as well as a three-story library , food service, and 
student recreation area. The majority of the more than 
500 residential students are now housed in modern 
dormitories; a small classroom annex has been built; 
there are a gymnasium and athletic playing fields on 
campus; and Rudd Chapel contains a beautiful and 
functional auditorium, classrooms, studios, and as- 
sembly room for the campus and the community. 
Trailerville has been replaced by Bryan Village, which, 
together with an art studio and two maintenance build- 
ings, occupy the back side of Bryan Hill. 

Although additional facilities to accommodate a 
growing student body are needed and planned for — 
another dormitory, expansion of the gym, and a 
library/learning center — the change from 1957 bears 
eloquent testimony to Ted Mercer's leadership for the 
past quarter century. 

Less obvious, but of even greater significance, is the 
progress which has been made in the academic pro- 
gram. This is evident in several ways — the achieve- 
ments of the faculty, the academic recognition of the 
college, and the success of its graduates. 

In 1957 Bryan had a fine, dedicated group of faculty 
members, but only a few of them held the doctor's 
degree or were on their way toward the doctorate. Now 
twenty faculty and staff members have earned doctor- 



ates, and six more arc within sight of this goal. DoctOl 
ates may not guarantee a good faculty, but they gener- 
ally indicate basic academic quality. 

In 1957 the college was in the process of seeking 
recognition by the state of Tennessee lor preparing 
teachers for the public schools. It obtained this the next 
year and has maintained it ever since, with an expand- 
ing number of programs. But for a long time Bryan 
College was not accredited by its regional accrediting 
agency, the Southern Association of colleges ami 
Schools. The college community worked hard for many 
years, and the College was finally accredited in 1969, a 
recognition which has been extremely helpful in every 
area of college life. We also hold memberships in a 
number of national organizations which help insure that 
we maintain a high caliber academic program — such as 
the American Council on Education, the Council for the 
Advancement of Small Colleges, and the American As- 
sociation of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

Through the years Bryan's alumni have made an 
enviable record for themselves in many walks of life. As 
their numbers increase and as the academic reputation 
of the college grows, they are receiving a warm wel- 
come at graduate schools and theological seminaries, as 
well as in business, industry, and the professional 

As the college moves into the 80s, an expanded cur- 
riculum and additional well-trained faculty will be 
needed; but the growth which has taken place during 
Ted Mercer's tenure as president has been outstanding. 

Of greatest importance of all. in my opinion, is the 
spiritual emphasis of the college. Bryan was founded as 
a distinctly Christian institution upon a Statement of 
Belief incorporating the basic doctrines of Biblical 
Christianity and has maintained a balance between ex- 
tremes of Biblical interpretation. Bryan has also from 
the beginning cultivated among the members of its 
community a personal commitment and dedication to 
Christian standards of behavior and attitude. 

During the years, some have worried lest these com- 
mitments to orthodoxy of creed and integrity of conduct 
should falter or should be compromised in the effort to 
gain academic respectability. The most striking thing 
which has impressed me upon returning to the college 
after some years of life in a more secular atmosphere 
has been the steadfastness with which the college com- 
munity has adhered to its creedal commitment and the 
earnestness and diligence with which the members of 
that community cultivate a vital Christian life. 

One of the greatest blessings to my own life during the 
past year has been the chapel services. Far from being 
routine or dull, these have been spiritual highlights- 
stimulating, prodding, encouraging, inspiring, 
informing — helping me and my colleagues, as well as 
our students, to grow in grace on a day-by-day basis. In 
addition, there are times of spiritual emphasis at the 
beginning of each semester, regular days of prayer and 
other special services during the school year, as well as 
the Pastors' Conference and the Bible Conference dur- 
ing the summer, in all of which the strongly evangelical. 
Biblical, and missionary emphasis of the college are 
maintained and reinforced. 

Rhea House, the president's home, huilt in 1968-69 from 

plans developed f>\ Mrs. Mercer, was a proji | I '.f iht Rbei 

Count} Advisor} Committee, whkh raised Ihc funds from 
friends in the local community. 

Then. too. there are the moments of personal fellow- 
ship in prayer, in sharing Christian experiences, m 
Bible study, which occur — sometimes planned, some- 
times spontaneous — among all of us on the campus — 
students, faculty, staff, administrators — in which offi- 
cial roles and duties are laid aside, and we share with 
one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Bryan College is definitely more, not less, spiritual 
than it was when 1 first knew it. It is an oasis of whole- 
some Christian godliness in a secular, often profane 
world — not a paradise, to be sure, but a place of 
spiritual strength and blessing. 

Now, what has all this to do with Ted Mercer? Did he 
bring about these things — buildings, academic recogni- 
tion, spiritual growth — single-handedly? He would be 
the first to deny this and to point to the many. man> 
people — students, faculty, alumni, board members, 
parents, friends, patrons, all kinds of folks. — wno have 
contributed so very much to Bryan's progress through 
the years and w ho continue to mean so very much to the 
college today. And it is certainly true that today's Bryan 
is the product of many, many people working together 
with the Holy Spirit to help the college realize its poten- 
tial as a Christian institution. 

But I wish in this word of personal appreciation to 
point out that a college — like a church, a business 
any other human organization — never rises above the 
level of its leader. Bryan College w ould not be w here it 
is today if it had not had a leader who had a vision, who 
had Christian commitment, who had a persevering 
spirit, who had patience and understanding, and who 
had the ability to enlist the cooperation of many other 
people in advancing the college to where it is today. 
Building on the firm foundation laid by Judson Rudd 
and those who preceded him. Ted Mercer has spent 
twenty-five years in fruitful service to the Lord Jesus 
Christ at Bryan College. I personally love and ap- 
preciate him and his quiet but indispensable helpmeet. 
Alice, and offer this testimonial on this silver anniver- 
sarv occasion. 

WINTER 1980 


50th Anniversai 

September 18, 1980 

1. March from the campus to the 
courthouse begins in front of the 
Rudd Memorial Chapel. 

2. President Mercer reaffirms the 
founding principles enunciated 
by President George E. Guille in 

3. Scene on the courthouse lawn 
shows crowd at the refreshment 
hour following the convocation. 

4. Symphonic band, sporting hats of 
the 1930 era, provides music 
under the direction of Professor 
Mel Wilhoit. 

5. Two Bryan coeds dressed in the 
style of 1930 — seniors Darlene 
Ragland, of Hodgenville, Ken- 
tucky, and Pamela Henry, of 
Barnesville, Georgia — are shown 
with old-timer Mercer Clem- 
entson, who first visited Dayton in 
1925 to hear William Jennings 

Photo 1 by Jim Cunnyngham Studios; photos 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 9 by the Chattanooga News-Free Press; photo 6 by Dayton Herald. 

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6. The convocation was held in the 
Scopes Trial courtroom, where 
the first opening exercises of 
Bryan University also were held 
on September 18, 1930. 

7. Entertainment by the male quar- 
tet was one of the several activities 
featuring current students. 





Right to left are Mr*. Emil\ C,uille 
Henegar. of Kno\>ille. TeooesKC, 

daughter of Brian's firM president: 
Mrs. Reha Arnold Fitzgerald, 
memher of the first class in 1930; and 
Nineveh Keith, early Br>an 

8. With President Mercer are Mrs. E. 
B. Arnold, right, of Dayton, founder 
and long-time trustee: and Mrs. H. 
D. Long, of Chattanooga, whose late 
husband was a trustee from 1946 and 
board chairman at the time of his 
death in 1968. 
10. Right to left are Vern Archer, treas- 
urer, and Carlos Carter, business 
manager, beaming surprise over the 
birthday gift of 5.000 half dollars 
from Professional Food-Service 
Management of Northbrook. Il- 
linois, which caters the college food 
service and donated the birthday 





Stephen H. Harmon, Jr., formerly 
of Hermitage, Tennessee, was ap- 
pointed assistant to the president 
beginning July 1 . He assumed duties 
once carried by Dr. John B. 
Bartlett, formerly vice president for 
public relations and development, 
who at his own request returned to 
the classroom as professor of fine 
arts. Mr. Harmon directs the Office 
of College Advancement, which has 
as its major current project a $2 mil- 
lion capital campaign to build a 
dormitory to relieve current 
crowded conditions in student hous- 

For seven years prior to coming 
to Bryan, Mr. Harmon was presi- 
dent of the 21-member Tennessee 
Independent Colleges Fund with 
headquarters in Nashville. From 
1969 to 1973, he served as executive 
director of the Louisiana Founda- 
tion for Private Colleges in Baton 
Rouge. Before that he was for one 
year field secretary and assistant 
fund coordinator for the Office of 
Alumni Affairs, Louisiana State 

Born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, 
Mr. Harmon earned a B.S. in his- 
tory from Louisiana State Univer- 
sity, following which he studied at 
various management and financial 
development institutes. He holds 
the rank of major in the U.S. Army 
Reserve, in which he is an intelli- 
gence officer. He and his wife, 
Carole, are the parents of three 
children— Stephen III, 17; Jill, 14; 
and Pamela, 11. 

On assuming his duties, Mr. 
Harmon commented, "Bryan Col- 
lege has a rich heritage, a quality 
educational program, and the finest 
faculty and staff I've ever been as- 
sociated with. I quickly discovered 
that Christian love abounds here. 

"What I hope to accomplish at 
Bryan is simple — to challenge every 
student, faculty and staff member, 


C oilman 


administrator, parent, alumnus, and 
devoted friend of Bryan to advance 
the college toward its greatest po- 
tential. As a united team we can 
reach every goal Christ leads us to 
establish. I eagerly look forward to 
working with and meeting all 
Bryan's friends, wherever they 
are." As for the $10,000,000 goal for 
the 1980s, he confidently stated, 
"Let's go for the ten million in five 
years. With God's help, we can do 


Four new faculty appointments 
were announced at the opening of 
the academic year by Dr. Karl E. 
Keefer, vice president for academic 

William M. Collman, assistant to 
the athletic director and sports in- 
formation director, was a former 
teacher and coach in Whitfield 
County Schools in Georgia. He 
holds the M.A. in physical educa- 
tion from Ball State University, 
Muncie, Indiana. 

Dorothy Johnson, a 1978 graduate 
of Bryan with a B.A. in biology, 
returned to become a laboratory as- 
sistant. She previously taught at 
Bradley County High School in 
Tennessee and at Stone Mountain 
Christian School in Georgia. 

Billy Ray Lewter, associate pro- 
fessor of psychology, was assistant 
professor of psychology at South- 
eastern Christian College, Winches- 
ter, Kentucky. He received the 
Ph.D. in counseling psychology 
from the University of Kentucky. 

Melvin R. Wilhoit, assistant pro- 
fessor of music, was minister of 
music at Oak Park Baptist Church, 
Jefferson ville, Indiana. He earned 
the M.M. degree from Mankato 
State University in Minnesota and 
is currently working on his disserta- 
tion for the D.M.A. at Southern 
Baptist Theological Seminary, 
Louisville, Kentucky. 



Malcolm I. Fary, assistant profes- 
sor of education, and Dr. Carlos A. 
Pereira, associate professor of 
mathematics, attended a November 
conference in Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, on Competency Assessment 
in Teacher Education. The confer- 
ence, consisting of several work- 
shops over a two-day period, was 
sponsored by the American Associ- 
ation of Colleges for Teacher Edu- 
cation (AACTE). Mr. Fary and Dr. 
Pereira are members of the Teacher 
Education Committee at Bryan, and 
the theme of the workshop was di- 
rectly related to this committee's 
major project for this year. 

Rachel Ross Morgan, assistant 
professor of speech, attended the 
Christian Drama Workshop in 
Springfield, Missouri, and a one- 
day workshop at Austin Peay Col- 
lege, Clarksville, Tennessee, on 
teaching the basic speech course. 
On November 25 the former Miss 
Ross was married to Kenneth Mor- 
gan at the First United Methodist 
Church in Dayton, where both are 

Dr. Brian Richardson, professor 
of Christian education, was elected 
president of the National Associa- 
tion of Professors of Christian Edu- 
cation at its annual meeting in De- 
troit. He was also one of the princi- 
pal speakers on the program. The 
NAPCE met in cooperation with the 
International Sunday School Con- 
vention, celebrating the 200th year 
of the Sunday school. Dr. 
Richardson conducted a workshop 
for ISSC on the subject "Adults — 
How to Involve Them in Bible 

Dr. Irving L. Jensen, first ap- 
pointed to the Bryan faculty in 1954 
and well-known author of more than 
sixty books, was guest lecturer at 
the World Mission Center in Seoul, 
Korea, November 11-15. The 
World Mission Center is adjacent to 



Dr. Jensen is shown in front of the Pres- 
byterian Seminary in Seoul, Korea, with 
the Seminary president. Dr. Young Bai 
Cha, at his right, and his translator, 
Wonbark Lee, at his left. 

the famed Central Church, reput- 
edly the largest church in the world, 
having a membership of more than 
131,000. Six services are conducted 
there every Sunday. The au- 
ditorium seats 8,000, and is filled to 
capacity with people sitting on the 
floor. An overflow crowd is ac- 
commodated in a nearby gym- 

The gathering was an inter- 
denominational conference, at- 
tended by some two hundred and 
fifty pastors. Jensen also lectured at 
a lay-leader institute attended by a 
thousand laymen and spoke in the 
chapel service of the Presbyterian 
seminary. He spoke eight times in 

Dr. Jensen found a great warmth 
and sincerity in the services. 

In summarizing his visit. Dr. Jen- 
sen said, "The people of Korea for 
the most part are hungry for per- 
sonal relationship with God and for 
His Word. Most know that though 
they are not materially rich or even 
have prospects of being so. they 
count themselves rich in spiritual 
possessions. That is why they find it 
easy to spend time studying the 
Word, witnessing to others, and at- 
tending church. They have a vibrant 
faith; they are happy Christians. 
They love to sing. It is very uplifting 
to be in their presence. I felt it a very 
high privilege to be invited to minis- 
ter to these folks. I was humbled by 
how enthusiastically they received 
me. My prayer was that I could 
share a few things on how to study 
the Bible which would start them on 

an exciting journey of personal in 
dependent Bible study." 

Robert I). Andrews, dean of men 
and part-time assistant professoi ol 
Bible and Greek, received the 
Ed.D. degree in educational ad- 
ministration from the University ol 
Tennessee at Knoxville on De- 
cember 12. A 1967 graduate of 
Bryan with a B.A. in history. An- 
drews received the M. Div. from 
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 
in Deerfield, III., and the M.A. from 
Tennessee Technological Univer- 
sity, Cookeville. He has been on the 
faculty at Bryan since 1971 and is 
married to Bryan alumna Lillian 
Seera. Dr. Andrew's dissertation 
was on the subject of faculty de- 
velopment in the small college. In 
his research he studied fifty-one col- 
leges, visiting several of them per- 
sonally and traveling 6.000 miles on 
motorcycle in his research efforts. 
For the last three summers, he 
commuted to Knoxville to complete 
his classroom requirements. 

Dr. Jack W. Traylor, assistant 

professor of history, has been 
named a 1980 Outstanding Young 
Man of America by the National 
Junior Chamber of Commerce. The 
award is presented annually to men 
who have achieved distinction in 
their profession and in community 
service. Dr. Traylor has published 
articles in the field of American his- 
tory and serves as song leader and 
Sunday school teacher at the Sale 
Creek Independent Presbyterian 
Church. He will be married on De- 
cember 30 to Miss Karin deRosset. 
the college dean of women. 

Rev. Alan Winkler, assistant pro- 
fessor of Bible, is teaching a Life of 
Christ course by radio at 7:30 p.m. 
each Tuesday night this semester 
over WMBM. the Moody radio sta- 
tion in Chattanooga. 

Dr. Robert McCarron, associate 
professor of English, attended a 
writing and literature conference 
sponsored by the English depart- 
ment of Wheaton College. The con- 
ference began with a welcome by 
Dr. Beatrice Batson. chairman of 
Wheaton's English department and 
a 1944 graduate of Bryan who also 
taught at Brvan from 1944 until 

Dr. Ruth Kiinl/cr. profi 

English ami Betty tan Bi ■• ooff, 
sistant professoi of English, 
two "I then l nglish ma pro- 

fessional conference sponsored by 

the University of Alabama at I , 

caloosa. I he students were sen 
Nancy Addleton. of fochran. 
Georgia, and Judy Johns, of 
ElizabethtOWn, Pennsylvania 

Dr. Karl K. k< ■< fi r. ice president 
for academic affairs, served at 
chairman of the higher education 
section of the Last Tennessee Edu- 
cation Association for the annual 
meeting held at the Universil 
Tennessee Knoxville in October. 

Ihree professors from the 
education psychology department 
attended a conference on education 
of the handicapped, sponsored by 
the Tennessee State Department of 
Education, at Crossville. Tennes- 
see. The Bryan representatives 
were Dr. Charles Thomas, associate 
professor and chairman of the divi- 
sion of education and psychology: 
Dr. May me Bedford, professor and 
department chairman: and Mrs. 
Diana Miller, assistant professor. 

In November Dr. Keefer. Dr. 
Bedford, and Dr. Thomas attended 
the annual meeting of the Tennessee 
Association of Colleges for Teacher 
Education (TACTE) at Montgom- 
ery Bell State Park. White Bluff. 
Tennessee. Dr. Keefer is currently 
serving as treasurer of this organiza- 

Kermit Zopfi. dean of students, 
attended the mid-year executive 
committee meeting of the Associa- 
tion for Christians in Student De- 
velopment, of which he is treasurer 
and membership chairman. The 
purpose of this meeting held in 
November at Calvin College was to 
plan the annual North American 
conference which will meet the first 
week of June. 1981. at Calvin. The 
ACSD is made up of deans of stu- 
dents, deans of men. deans of wom- 
en, head residents, and counselors 
from more than two hundred Chris- 
tian liberal arts colleges. Bible col- 
leges, and Bible institutes. There 
are five hundred individual mem- 
bers. The 1982 ACSD conference is 
scheduled to be held on the Bryan 

WINTER 1980 




Dr. Theodore H. Epp, founder 
and director of the "Back to the 
Bible Broadcast," of Lincoln, Ne- 
braska, was the featured speaker for 
the Spiritual Life Conference which 
opened the first semester. The con- 
ference held at the beginning of each 
academic year focuses on the clear 
presentation of the gospel and its 
claims for a Christian college com- 
munity. Mr. Epp began his broad- 
cast ministry in 1939 in one small 
station in Lincoln. It has expanded 
to reach around the world through 
nine branch offices. More than two 
hundred guests from a distance who 
know Dr. Epp from his broadcasts 
attended one or more of his ser- 


Dr. Francis Shaeffer's second 
film series. Whatever Happened to the 
Human Race?, was presented as a 
five-day chapel series early in Sep- 
tember. The film presents in dramat- 
ic form a case against abortion, 
euthanasia, and infanticide and 
makes a positive appeal for the 
Christian standard of morality and 
ethics in these areas. With Dr. 
Schaeffer as the narrator filmed in 
various locations from Mt. Sinai 
and Israel to his own Swiss chalet in 
the Alps, the viewer is treated to a 
photographic display of scenic 
splendor in addition to the graphi- 
cally illustrated interpretation of 
Dr. Schaeffer' s concern for main- 
taining Christian standards in to- 
day's society. 


"A Positive View of Commit- 
ment and Culture," a study of the 
book of Ecclesiastes, was the sub- 
ject of this year's Staley Distin- 
guished Scholar Lectures, October 

Kaiser Stott 

13-15. Guest lecturer was Dr. Wal- 
ter C. Kaiser Jr., professor of 
Semitic languages and Old Testa- 
ment and also dean and vice presi- 
dent for education at Trinity 
Evangelical Divinity School, Deer- 
field, Illinois. 

Mrs. Teddi Cavanaugh, of Delray 
Beach, Florida, vice president- 
secretary of the Thomas F. Staley 
Foundation, which sponsors the 
Staley lectures, visited the campus 
in October. Bryan is one of the col- 
leges chosen by the late Mr. Staley 
to be permanently endowed for this 
annual program. 


The Bible Doctrine chapel series 
in early December brought to the 
campus as guest lecturer the presi- 
dent of CAM International, Dr. Al- 
bert Piatt, of Dallas, Texas. The 
general theme of Dr. Piatt's morn- 
ing messages was human suffering, 
which he presented in three mes- 
sages from the Book of Job: "God 
Sees," "God Knows," and "God 
Speaks." His two evening mes- 
sages, taken from the first chapter 
of Joshua, dealt with the theme 
"The Man God Uses." 



On November 6 Dr. John R. W. 
Stott, British author and preacher 
well known to Americans for his 
writings and by his preaching at the 
IVCF Urbana conferences, spoke 
in chapel as part of the 50th anniver- 
sary celebration of the college. On 
the pastoral staff of All Soul's 
Church, London, to which he gives 
six months each year, he also has 
been an honorary chaplain to Queen 
Elizabeth since 1959. Dr. Stott's 
ministry at Bryan was made possi- 
ble in part by flight service provided 
by JAARS from his appointment in 
Gastonia, North Carolina, to his fol- 
lowing appointment in Knoxville. 


Chaplain Bobby D. Bell shared his 
experiences as a military chaplain at 
two chapel sessions in October and 
encouraged young men looking 
forward to the pastoral ministry to 
consider the military chaplaincy. 
Chaplain Bell is a Colonel in the 
U.S. Army and is currently Chap- 
lain Coordinator at Fort Sheridan, 
Illinois. He is the father of two 
Bryan students, Larry and Valeria. 

Rev. Donald M. Geiger, pastor 
since 1970 of the Reinhardt Bible 
Church, Dallas, Texas, was the fea- 
tured speaker for the first-semester 
Day of Prayer, November 4 and 5. 
Mr. Geiger was graduated from 
Wheaton College with an English 
major in 1951 and from Dallas 
Theological Seminary with a mas- 
ter's degree in theology in 1955. He 
has two sons who are current Bryan 
students — Don, a junior, and Brian, 
a freshman. 

Bell Geiger 






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A traveling exhibit of Bibles 
from the National Bible Museum in 
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was dis- 
played in the Hayden Lounge Oc- 
tober 12-19, by Rev. Lewie H. Mil- 
ler, Jr., executive director of the 
museum, who is a retired Air Force 
chaplain. The bringing of the exhibit 
to the campus was an event in the 
50th anniversary celebration of the 

A graduate of Furman University 
and Southern Baptist Theological 
Seminary, Chaplain Miller began 
collecting Bibles as a hobby in 1952, 
when on active duty with the Air 
Force. Since retirement he has 
traveled more than 200,000 miles, 
tracking down rare or unusual Bi- 
bles and displaying Bibles from his 
vast collection in colleges, 
churches, military bases, and reli- 
gious conferences throughout the 
United States and abroad. The total 
collection is in excess of one 
thousand volumes, about one 
hundred of which are used for the 
traveling displays. 

The Bibles in the traveling exhibit 
are in fifty languages and dialects 
and in many unusual editions dating 
back to 1559. Included are a copy of 
the Bishop's Bible, the Geneva Bi- 
ble, and a first-edition King James 
Bible. The smallest Bible in the col- 
lection weighs about an ounce; the 
largest, a two-volume edition, 
weighs thirty-two pounds. Artifacts 
dating to 1500 B.C. were also in- 
cluded in the display. 

Pastors, conference and camp direc- 
tors, and others interested in the possi- 
bility of booking the traveling exhibit 
should write to: 

Mr. Lewie H. Miller, Jr. 
National Bible Museum 
Box 287 
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 


'I his year was a rebuilding 
for the Bryan cross-country team. 

There were no returning letlermcn 
from last year's squad, and an early 
season injury left the Lions with 
only five runners competing 
Against these circumstances, the 
lions recorded a 6-7 season with 
junior Mike Smith leading the team 
with a season total of 159 points. 
Freshman Steve Hicks ran as 
Bryan's number-two runner with a 
total of 132 points, and junior Lrik 
Boehm and freshman Bob Harris 
were number three and four this 

Bryan's team took second place 
in this year's Bryan Invitational; 
and they were co-champs in the 
NCCAA District 5 meet. 

Five women ran cross country 
this year. They were Yvonne Heff- 
ner, Annette McManus, Becky 
Turner. Julie Snyder, and Dawn 
Disher. The women competed 
against other women's teams, and 
they finished the season with a 3-2 
record. The women's team took 
second place in the Berry College 
Invitational, and they won the 
Bryan Invitational. The women also 
placed second, third, fourth, and 
sixth in a 6.2-mile road race held in 


This year's 9-7 record marks the 
seventh consecutive year in which 
the Lions have not had a losing sea- 
son. After finishing with a .500 rec- 
ord last year (7-7-1), the Lions now 
appear to be on their way back to 
the championship form of 1975-77. 

The Lions were led in scoring by 
freshman Jon Hurlbert. of York. 
Pennsylvania, who posted 10 goals 
and 6 assists, and senior Mike 
Sayer. of Jackson. Mississippi, who 
followed close behind with 9 goals 
and 1 assist. 


The Lady Lions volleyball team 
finished its season with number-two 
ranking in the Tennessee state 
championship and then learned that 
its season record of 37-6 was re- 
versed after a roster review by the 
AIAW Region II eligibility commit- 
tee in preparation for the regional 
tournament. According to the 
athletic regulations, one Bryan 

pla y ei did not com | 

lil houn in hei lai i iw 
ters tn be eligible f"i parti 
thus all games had tola cd in 

which the ineligible pla 
used. I he final seat on record 
reversed to 6-37 and the at 
berth denied for the regional I 

' oach Jane I a) loe 
'I that the team v., 
this situation, which was simpi 
oversight that had not been noticed 
all season either at home or by state 
and national officials. I he l.ionettes 
have faced their disappointment 
realistically by making plans for 
next year's competition when three 
members who were named to the 
1980 All-State learn will continue 
playing along with other experi- 
enced players. 'I he All-State hon- 
orees are sophomore Martha Arde- 
lean. of Brasilia. Brazil, who earned 
the same honor last >ear; sopho- 
more Judy Ashlev. of Nasuli. 
Philippines: and junior Kathy 
Kindberg. of Bogota. Colombia. 

1981 Concert Choir Tour 

Friday, March 6 

Main Street Baptist Church 
Hendersonville. North Carolina 

Saturday, March 7 

Church of the Brethren 
Cloverdale. Virginia 
Sunday, March 8, p.m. 
Cherrydale Baptist Church 

Arlington. Virginia 

Monday, March 9 

First Federated Church 
Norfolk. Virginia 

Tuesday, March 10 

Mayflower Congregational 
Kingston. Massachusetts 

Wednesday. March 11 

Court Street Baptist Church 

Auburn. Maine 

Thursday. March 12 

Maple Avenue Baptist Church 
Middletown, Rhode Island 

Friday. March 13 

Groton Heights Baptist Church 
Groton. Connecticut 

Saturday. March 14 

Community Baptist Church 
Montoursville, Pennsylvania 

Sunday. March 15. p.m. 

Valley Reformed Presbyterian 
Roanoke. Virginia 




During this 50th anniversary year Bryan is 
launching its capital campaign to meet develop- 
ment needs in the decade of the 80s. The first 
phase of the campaign focuses on the much- 
needed new men"s dormitory, which will house 
174 students. The goal of this first phase is to raise 
$2,000,000 by December 31, 1981. 

With over $250,000 in pledges and gifts toward 
the goal. Bryan's capital campaign went in to high 
gear in November. 

The Chattanooga business phase was launched 
at a breakfast for volunteers and campaign com- 
mittee leaders on November 5. The plans called 
for 25 volunteers to solicit gifts from 150 Chat- 
tanooga area corporations. This effort is being 
followed by a solicitation of foundations, alumni, 
and friends in the Chattanooga area. 

The Chattanooga campaign is being conducted 
by a blue-ribbon committee that includes alumni, 
trustees, and prominent Christian business and 
civic leaders. The national honorary chairman is 
attorney John C. Stophel of Stophel, Caldwell and 
Heggie. The chairmanship of the Chattanooga 
committee is shared by trustee John E. Steffner, 
Sr.. president of Chattanooga Armature Works, 
and trustee Earl A. Marler, Jr., assistant to the 
president of Chattanooga Federal Savings and 
Loan Association. 

A broader national phase was begun with a 
series of 50th anniversary banquets in October 
and November in Winston-Salem, Asheville, At- 
lanta, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., where 
nearly one thousand friends and alumni were chal- 
lenged with a campaign presentation. 







How To Give To The Capital Campaign 


You can budget your gifts by making a pledge to the 
Capital Campaign. For many it is much easier to give an 
amount each month than it is to give a lump sum. You 
may pledge any amount that fits your budget and spread 
it over one to three years. The pledges may be can- 
celled, increased, or decreased at any time at your 

To make a pledge, simply notify Bryan College of the 
amount and starting date, or write for the 50th Anniver- 
sary Capital Campaign brochure, which contains a 
pledge form. 

Gifts of Cash and Kind 

Gifts of cash, securities, property, life insurance, 
coins, stamps, paintings, jewelry, and other valuables 
are welcomed. Items which may have cost you very 
little but which have present or future potential for 
appreciated value make excellent gifts. These kinds of 
gifts can result in substantial tax savings. 

Matching Gifts 

If you are an employee of a matching corporation, 
you can have your gift matched by your employer. Ask 
your employer if he has a matching-gift policy; and if so, 
request the appropriate form to send with your gift. 
Bryan will return the signed form to the designated 
office in order to apply for the matching gift. 

Future Gifts 

You may arrange a gift now that will take effect at 
your death. These plans are irrevocable and have many 
tax advantages. These kinds of gifts provide for a 
lifetime income to you or a loved one and allow an 
immediate tax deduction. 


A bequest in your will for Bryan College will provide 
endowment and operating funds for the new facilities 
and will help provide a quality Christian education for 
students in future generations. 

Complete information on how to give and on estate- 
planning counsel are available by writing to: 

Fred Stansberry 

Director of Development 

Bryan College 

Dayton, TN 37321 

Tel. (615) 775-2041 

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By Reason Of Generous Support 

Of Christian Higher Education 
Through Investing In 

Is A Member Of The 

50 t$ Anniversary Clo® 


ML 1930 1980 





50th Anniversary Club 

To recognize those who give to the first phase of the capital cam- 
paign, the college is presenting a certificate of membership in the 50th 
Anniversary Club. This newly organized club will commemorate our 
50th year and will recognize those who give $500 or more to the 50th 
Anniversary Capital Campaign. 




January 7-9, 1981 


Dr. W. Cameron Townsend 

Wycliffc Bible I ranslators 

Dr. Townsend 



Dr. Hillis 

Dr. Don W. Hillis 

Honorary representative 
The Evangelieal Alliance 
Mission (TEAM) 

Mr. Albert Classen 

Professor of Missions 
Moody Bible Institute 

Mr. Classen Musician: 

Rev. James Reese 

Assistant Pastor 
Benton St. Baptist Church 
Kitchener, Ontario 


May 12-14, 1981 


StiKirt and |il 
Brifl* ft 

Mr. Reese 


January 27-February 17 

Let's go for it! 
$2,000,000 Goal 

for the 50th Anniversary 
Capital Campaign 

• 6.000 calls to be attempted. 

• 20 volunteers needed per evening 
for 16 nights of calling. 

• $100,000 to be raised in gifts from 
new donors. 

Pray for this project. 

Plan your response. 

Theme: Healthy Attitudes 

• Lectures and seminar sessions 

• Pastors and wives invited as 
guests of the college 

• Fellowship with administrators 
and faculty members 

• Special music and social ac- 

Bob and Nancy Spoede 

Bryan College 


July 20-25, 1981 


Rev. OIlie Goad 


Colonial Hills Baptist Church 

East Point. Georgia 

Dr. Kenneth Hanna "57 
Academic Dean 
Moodv Bible Institute 

• Missionary Films 
• Children's Programs 
• Afternoon Recreation 
• Excellent Food 

• Family Fellowship 


Steve and Barbara Snyder 
Song leader and vocalists 
Sioux Citv. Iowa 

WINTER 1980 


Invitation to 

High School Juniors, 
Seniors, or 

College Transfers 


April 9-11, 1981 

Live with college students in a dormitory — NO CHARGE. 
• Enjoy FREE meals in college dining room. 
• Attend classes with college students. 
• Hear special speaker and college musicians in chapel. 
• Find out about scholarships and financial aid. 
• Be a guest of Student Union at a "Fun Night." 

Special to musicians (11th and 12th grade): 

• Perform in solo competition in piano, organ, voice, brass, strings, or classical guitar. 

• Sing with Bryan Concert Choir or play with the Symphonic Band at the Gala Concert 
on Friday night. 

• Hear the Bryan music faculty in mini-concert. 

For details about the Caravan and Music Festival, complete the attached coupon and send to: 

Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

□ Please send brochure regarding Bryan College Caravan, April 9-11, 1981. 
Send extra reservation forms for friends. 

□ Also, please send details explaining the Music Festival. 






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Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Dayton, Tennessee 37321 
(615) 775-2041 


Theodore C. Mercer 

Consulting Editors: 

Stephen Harmon 
Rebecca Peck 
Charles Robinson 

Copy Editors: 

Alice Mercer 
Rebecca Peck 

Circulation Manager: 

Shirley Holmes 

BRYAN LIFE is published four 
times annually by William Jen- 
nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee. Second class post- 
age paid at Dayton, Tennessee, 
and additional mailing offices. 
(USPS 388-780). 

Copyright 1981 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Dayton, TN 37321. 

Photo Credit: 

Cover photo was provided by 
the family of Alan Baughman 
x'72, who created the bronze 
bust of Dr. Cameron Townsend. 

Volume 6 


Number 3 

tions on the place of world missions in the Christian college. 3 

WYCLD7FE FOUNDER HONORED: A recap of the recent visit of Dr. 
Cameron Townsend to the campus, during which he received the 
Bryan Distinguished Service Award. 4 

COMMITMENT— KEY TO MISSIONS: A former missionary's ideas 
on the importance of commitment in the Christian life. By Professor 
Albert J. Classen. 6 

THE TRANSFORMED LIFE: A clinical psychologist's comparison 
of the various schools of psychology with the biblical dynamic for 
personal transformation. By Dr. Lawrence J. Crabb, Jr. 8 

two products of missionary enterprise. By Gaius Musa and Marc 
Meznar. 11 

CAMPUS REVIEW: A potpourri, including a new community music 
festival and a shell collection. 12 

MEMORIAL GIFTS: Names of recent memorial honorees and 
donors listed with an explanation of Bryan's memorial giving plan. 15 


It evidently comes as a surprise to 
some that a liberal arts college, even 
a Christian liberal arts college such 
as Bryan, should give a high priority 
to world missions in the total educa- 
tional program of the institution. 
More than one participant in the January missions conference, which opened 
the second semester, verbalized this reaction. To respond to it, we have 
decided to focus in this issue on the place of world missions in the Christian 
college, along with a fairly detailed report of our own conference (page 3). 
It was a special joy that the missionary statesman "Uncle Cam" 
Townsend (soon to be eighty-five) should be a part of this program. Because 
of his long service and effective leadership in tremendous achievements 
under God in our generation, we have chosen to dedicate this issue of our 
magazine to him. 

Theodore C. Mercer 





^ne mission representative who wrote us after the 
missions conference expressed his reaction this way: 
"Not too many Christian liberal arts colleges have a 
World Missions conference. It strengthens my faith." 
That Bryan places a high priority on commitment to the 
fulfillment of our Lord's Great Commission to His 
church should not strike anyone intimately associated 
with the college as unusual. There are those still living 
who have recalled in this celebration year the very first 
Bible conference in the summer of 1930, when this 
concern was very much present, even though the con- 
ference was not specifically missions oriented. This 
missionary concern led in time to two conferences each 
year, one devoted to Bible-teaching and the other to 
missions. One of my vivid recollections of my first year 
at Bryan, 1956-57, was the excellent missions confer- 
ence, directed almost entirely by students. In recent 
years we have alternated the conferences, with one 
focusing on personal growth and witness and the other 
on world outreach. 

The priority of missions in the earliest years of the 
college is evident from the fact that when Bryan alumni 
numbered only a handful, two graduates from the class- 
es of 1937 and 1938, Ralph Toliver and Rebecca Haeger. 
went out to China in 1938. Marrying there in 1940. they 
served in China until the Communist takeover in 1950 
and afterwards in the Philippines. Although they have 
recently returned to live in Dayton after more than forty 
years in foreign missionary service, they still represent 
their mission. Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Mr. 
and Mrs. Toliver participated in the recent conference 
to inspire a new generation of Bryan students to re- 
spond as their generation did to the call of God. 

Besides the 85 mission representatives from 51 
societies, three leaders in the world missionary enter- 

prise were speakers for the meetings. Thc-u speakers 
were Dr. Don Hillis. who served in India and now is 
honorary representative of The Evangelical Alliance 
Mission (TEAM): Professor Albert Classen, former 
missionary to Nigeria under the Sudan Interior Mission 
and now professor of missions at Moody Bible Insti- 
tute; and W. Cameron Townsend. founder of the Sum- 
mer Institute of Linguistics. Wycliffe Bible Translators, 
and Jungle Aviation and Radio Fellow ship. The superb 
music of the conference was directed by James Reese 
'56. associate pastor of Benton Street Baptist Church. 
Kitchener. Ontario. Canada. 

The quality of the recent conference is evaluated by 
one representative as follows: "I'm at a lot of confer- 
ences in the course of a school year. Some are just an 
attempt to reach out and touch the pulse of world need. 
But somehow in the conference at Bryan this year you 
not only touched the pulse, but did a good medical job of 
examining the patient. All the speakers were com- 
municative and the interaction with students on the 
individual level showed a high level of sensitivity on 
campus regarding world needs." 

Whatever its specific educational mission, the Chris- 
tian college must, as an arm of the church, include the 
propagation of the gospel as one of its ultimate goals and 
concerns. To this end. Bryan reaffirms its commitment 
to this principle in this watershed year of its history. 
The nourishing of the missionary enterprise is an essen- 
tial element in any Christian organization. Paul's sum- 
mary of this matter in Colossians can be our guide: 
"... God would make known what is the riches of the 
glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is 
Christ in you. the hope of glory. . . . Whereunto I also 
labour, striving according to his working, which work- 
eth in me mishtilv" (Col. 1:27, 29). 

SPRING 1981 



Wycliffe Founder 
Honored At 
Bryan Conference 

W illiam Cameron (Uncle Cam) Townsend, born on 
a farm in southern California in 1896, has spent most of 
his adult life serving people of linguistic minorities in 
Latin America. As a colporteur, selling Spanish Bibles 
in Guatemala, he realized that the large Indian popula- 
tion could not understand the trade-language Scrip- 
tures. So convinced was he of the need for giving God"s 
Word to these people in their own language that he 
spent thirteen years among the Cakchiquel Indians in 
mastering their tongue with its difficult sounds and 
complicated grammar and in translating the whole New 
Testament for them. While in Guatemala he founded 
five schools, a small hospital, a small printing plant, and 
a Bible Institute for training Cakchiquels to evangelize 
and to shepherd the many groups of believers that 
began to dot the mountainsides in every direction. 

Author of the psycho-phonemic method of teaching 
to read, Townsend organized a number of literacy cam- 
paigns among the tribal people. Out of this effort grew 
the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and the Wyc- 
liffe Bible Translators. God has honored the faith and 
vision of its founder so that SIL has grown to include 
nine linguistic-training institutes in five countries: 
U.S.A., England, Australia, Germany, and Japan. 
More than 10.000 graduates are working in at least 30 
countries of the world. Over 4,000 translators and sup- 
port personnel are serving in 750 tribes , with translators 
assigned to 450 languages. 

This year of 1981 marks the 50th anniversary of the 
completion of the translation of the New Testament into 
Cakchiquel by Dr. Townsend. This project, which re- 
quired thirteen years of pioneer linguistic work, was the 
beginning of the worldwide translation and literacy 
work which later became the Summer Institute of Lin- 
guistics and Wycliffe Bible Translators. 

Uncle Cam remarked in his conference message to 
the students: "I am sorry to say that the doors are 
closed today to many areas where there are people who 
have not yet received the Bible in their own language. 

Shown above is Alan Baughman x'72, a free-lance artist, with 
the metal sculpture which he created by cutting, hammering, 
welding, shaping, and polishing steel strips, wire, and scraps 
into the remarkable likeness of "Uncle Cam" Townsend. Orig- 
inally unveiled before international dignitaries in 1979 in 
Washington, D.C., the bust was on display at the JAARS 
Center in Waxhaw, N.C., for several months and is now on 
exhibit at the Wycliffe headquarters in Huntington Beach, 



Back in 1933 and 1934, when the I ,ord first burdened my 
heart with the needs of many Indian tribes in Mexico. 
the door was closed to missionary work there. I asked 
God to lead and guide and show me how lie would get 
us into that country. Wycliffe Bible I ranslators and the 
Summer Institute of Linguistics were horn to solve that 
problem of getting behind closed doors." 

"What is it all about?" he continued. "We must get 
the message of God's love to every language group in 
the world. Revelation 7:9 tells us that in heaven there 
will be a great multitude, which no man can number, of 
all nations, and kindreds, ami people, and tongues. ' 
How can there be redeemed people there unless they 
have heard, in a language they can understand, that 
Christ died to save sinners?" 

He concluded: "Our goal is every tribe. The Bible 
says that it must be done, and we have demonstrated 
that it can be done. So let's do it!" 

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees 

And looks to God alone; 

Laughs at impossibilities. 

And shouts, "It shall be done!" 

Shown abo>e with President Mercer are the lwcnt\-fi\e 
sons and daughters of \V\ cliff e missionaries attend ing Br\ an 
the first semester. A photograph of this group «a^ presented 
to Dr. and Mrs. Cameron Townsend at a luncheon in Iheir 
honor on Januarv S with most of these students and the 
several Wycliffe missionaries who were at the mission*, con- 

Shown above are Dr. and Mrs. Cameron Townsend as Presi- 
dent Mercer presented the Bryan Distinguished Service Award 
to Dr. Townsend in recognition of his more than sixty years of 
service in bringing the gospel to remote primitive tribes in their 
own language. The award, equivalent to an honorary degree, 
was made on January 8 after "I'ncle Cam" had addressed the 
missions conference. This award is only the ninth such recogni- 
tion given by Bryan in its 51 -year history. 

Presented To 
(EHilliam Cameron sTuirmscnu 


a long and fruitful life in the work nf the Gospel: 

Pioneer in modem linguistic research 

Bible translator 

Author of the psycho-phonemic method of teaching reading 

Organizer and co-founder with L. L. Leg* 

Summer Institute of Linguistics. 1934 
Wycliffe Bible Translators. 1942 

Founder of Jungle Aviation and Radio Ser r 
General director of SEL. WBT. and JAARS Jffl-fl 1969 

Goodwill ambassador to Latin Amenca 
Effective personal witness of contac:: _s zeal 
Esteemed Christian brother and fr:- 

l lie J^prd gate the wold: gxeal uat the company 
,./ tkoie that published It. flalm 68:11 

Given by Bryan College. Daylon. Tennessee, 
on January 8. 1981. 
at the missions conference opening the 
second semester of the year of jubilee, in cele- 
bration of its 50th anniversary. 



SPRING 1981 


to / 
Mr. and Mrs. Classen 

Commitment — 
Key to Missions 

This article is composed of excerpts from one of the January conference 
messages by Mr. Classen, professor of missions of Moody Bible Institute. 

by Albert J. Classen 

JYlany people think that it is absolutely crazy to be 
committed to God. They think that being committed to 
the Lord Jesus Christ and to His service is to be losing 
out — losing freedom , being curtailed , and just having all 
those grim things in your life. They do not understand. 

There are many paradoxes in the spiritual realm. 
Paradoxes, however, are not contradictions; they are 
just things that look on the outside like contradictions. 
To be committed to the Lord Jesus Christ is not to be 
curtailed. It is the beginning of joy, blessedness, free- 
dom, and delight! This is the reality that so many Chris- 
tians have not seen and have not understood. It is 
mind-boggling to them that to give is to gain and to lose 
is to find. But that is the way it is. 

I spoke to you the first night on the called servant of 
God. Ezekiel uses in his book the phrase "The hand of 
God was upon me." The sense that God has His hand 
upon you is one of the most tremendous experiences for 
the servant of God. I wish it for all of you. 

Then I spoke about the equipment for the servant of 
God. How necessary this is, because the Christian life is 
absolutely impossible — that is, unless you have Christ 
living in you and working through you. The secret of the 
power of the Spirit of God is the equipment that I long 
for, and I desire it for every one of you. I say without 
hesitation that it is the crux of the problem of the ser- 
vant of God. 

Now I want to speak about the committed servant of 
God. First, I should like to give you some examples of 
commitment from both Biblical and secular history; 
then the challenge of commitment which comes right 
from the Bible; and last, the act of commitment which 
comes from your will. 

Examples of Commitment 

Commitment is not easy to understand. The motives 
are very diverse. History has many examples of fantas- 
tic commitment. Alexander the Great was committed to 
a goal, and there seemed to be nothing to stop him. His 
main goal was to conquer the world. When he had 

conquered it, he wept because there were no more 
worlds to conquer. 

Another name I almost hesitate to mention in connec- 
tion with commitment is that of Adolf Hitler, but he was 
committed to a horrible task. He was so dedicated to it 
that he almost accomplished it — he almost won the war. 

One of the things that I have never been able to 
answer is the commitment I have seen on the part of 
liberal missionaries. These are men who do not believe 
the Word of God to be the inerrant and only Word of 
God, and yet they are willing to go to the mission field 
and endure tremendous hardships. I could tell you of a 
number of them, missionaries with philosophies en- 
tirely different, and I do not know where they find their 

Albert Schweitzer was on the mission field and dug 
out of the dank green forest jungles of Africa a place to 
build a hospital. Because of his idealism and for 
humanistic reasons, he struggled against the darkness, 
the suffering, and the difficulties of Africa. 

Then I have seen idealism and commitment that have 
often challenged my heart in groups like the Com- 
munists, who set before them a goal, and they go for it. 
They care not for life; they care not for cost; they care 
not for danger. They have a commitment, but their 
idealism is a philosophy of darkness. 

During the 60s we had various antigroups. We read 
about them, and we heard about them over TV. I was 
often amazed to see their tremendous commitment to 
the antimovement of which they were a part. Many 
times they did not have an answer at all, and in no way 
could they explain their reasons; they just were against 
it. They were committed so thoroughly that, even 
though their philosophy was terrible, I couldn't help 
admiring them. 

Every once in a while I see other examples of com- 
mitment in athletics. I am always amazed when I see 
those acrobats and athletes performing with their abso- 
lutely fantastic prowess. It has taken them hours and 
hours of pain and suffering to get to the level of 
achievement that they have reached. 



History in missions also gives us some rare examples. 
I can't help remembering John Paton, who went over to 
the Hebrides and tried to win those darkened minds to 
the Lord Jesus Christ. Those people resisted him. They 
didn't want the (iospel, but he kept on working and 
witnessing. His wile died, and he had to bury hei linn 
self. He also had to sit on her grave foi days and nights 
He couldn't leave because if he did they would dig up 
her grave and cat her body. 

There was David Livingstone, a man who hail a pas- 
sion to take away the open sore of Africa and to open up 
the country to the (iospel. Many people have not un- 
derstood David Livingstone. He was a man of God and 
a man of concern. He marched ami pressed into the 
jungles alone without his family. He went on until one 
day in a dank tent, kneeling beside his cot, he died. 

Where did these men get that commitment'.' Where 
did it come from? How did they dare to continue? 

The Word of God also gives us tremendous examples 
of commitment. The greatest example, without an\ ex 
ceptions, is the Lord Jesus Christ. He. who was equal to 
the Father, thought that equality was not something to 
be grasped, to be held onto, but came down here and 
took upon Himself the form of a servant, even becom- 
ing obedient to death. That is commitment. Isaiah de- 
scribes it as he says, "He set his face like a flint." That 
means that he bit his teeth, determined to go through 
with the task that the Father had assigned to Him— to 
die and take upon Himself the sin of mankind. That is 

There was also Paul. What a man he was! It was after 
he found Christ that he became committed to the task of 
spreading the Gospel. Those who have gone where he 
traveled marvel how he did it. How could he have gone 
to all those places? I have traveled a great deal by 
air-conditioned buses over the paths that Paul took, but 
he walked. He was committed to Christ. 

Challenge of Commitment 

Now the Word of God asks for commitment on our 
part as well. There are three passages in the Scripture 
that I want to call to your attention. First of all. there is 
Romans 12:1: "I beseech you. therefore, brethren, by 
the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God." I want you 
to notice the reason for commitment — the mercies of 
God. What are the mercies of God? They are the things 
that He has done for us in the past, the things that He is 
doing for us now, and the things that He will do for us as 
God's children in the days to come. 

The second passage is II Corinthians 5:14-15: "The 
love of Christ constraineth us: because we thus judge, 
that if one died for all. then were all dead: and that He 
died for all. that they which live should not henceforth 
live unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them, 
and rose again." Each of these verses is the same in 
concept. Do you know why we should live for Him? It is 
because of His love and because of His dying for us. 

There is one other passage that I want to call to your 
attention, a passage very dear to me. Philippians 3:9-10: 
"And be found in Him. not having mine own righteous- 
ness, which is of the law. but that which is through the 
faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by 
faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resur- 
rection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being 
made conformable unto His death." 

Paul has .ill al oni e under tood a ••'•! . 
thing; that is, there i .' righteou! net which it by faith, 

whii li is given to the child ol ' »><\ I .'.ant in tel 

something I hat is the most Ircmcndou: thougl I : 
ble to man. I hat is absolutely fabulou !Thal 
tic! That is inexpressibly wonderful! I can ha 
eousness which is ol God and it just li) e the righti 

ness ol < .(id in perfection. And il r given tn me |ust by 
faith, just by belie ■ 

\( t (if < llllllllitllM III 

Let me tell you a little incident from a ions 

story, ot course, you have read it. It is th< I 
Robinson Crusoe, v. ho was shipwrecked on an island 
I he lone survivor, he equipped himself with some of the 

flotsam of the ship, some guns and other things that he 
could use. One day as he was v. al king a mum I the island, 
he saw something that filled him v. ith fear II 
canoe of savages that had landed on the island. Hoping 
Ini someone to come to rescue him. he watched from 
behind the trees and behind the rocks. He saw them 
take a poor wretched captive and put him up on the 
beach. He watched them light a fire, and then it began to 
dawn on him what they were going to do. The) were 
preparing to eat this man. He was horrified' 

As some of you know. Robinson Crusoe was a Chris- 
tian and believed in God. Certainly, he could not ap- 
prove of what he saw. He felt sorr> for the wretch. So 
he got one of his muskets and shot it over the heads of 
the people that were holding the captive. The) were 
terrified at the sound of a gun that they probably had 
never heard before. They jumped into their canoes and 
headed out to sea. In their hurry they forgot to pick up 
the wretch that they had brought. Because the incident 
occurred on Friday. Robinson Crusoe called the man 
Friday. He approached Friday and walked a little 
closer. They couldn't speak each other's language, but 
they understood that something tremendous had hap- 
pened. Friday started to come to Robinson Crusoe. He 
did not know what to say. Although he was trembling 
and afraid, his heart was full of gratitude, for he knew 
that he had been saved from a terrible death. 

He walked close to Robinson Crusoe and knelt down 
before him. He took Robinson Crusoe's foot and put his 
own neck down on the sand and put Crusoe 's foot on his 
neck. You know what he said b\ his action. "I can't 
speak your language, but I know what you have done 
for me. I am yours. You can use me for whatever you 
like. I am yours because you saved my life." 

Are you w illing to give your life to Jesus Christ? Are 
you willing to commit your life to God and say, "I will 
go wherever You want me to go?" Are you willing to 
yield your heart and life to Him? Are you w illing to deal 
with sin in your life? Are you willing to say "no" to 
some pleasures and gain new pleasures and walk with 
God in commitment? Jesus Christ died for you. He 
provided the righteousness of God by faith. He g 
you everlasting life. You w ere going to have everlasting 
death and now you are His. 

Will you tell God now w hat you are going to do with 
your life? Will you tell Him that you w ill give Him your 
all'? Will you tell Him you want to become His slave and 
sa\ whatever and go w herever He wants — to Podunk. 
Iowa: South America: Africa: even Dayton. 
Tennessee — anywhere? That is commitment with a 
reason, commitment with a motive. Will you tell Him? 

SPRING 1981 


The Transformed Life 

by Dr. Lawrence J. Crabb, Jr. 

When I was ajunior in undergraduate school, I was 
told that if I wished to become an effective counselor 
and psychologist, one who could really help people, 
enable them to become transformed into the kind of 
people who would reach maturity and know how to find 
real satisfaction and meaning and joy in life, I would 
have to scrap my ridiculous view about religion. He said 
that, if I wished to be effective, I would have to stop 
talking about the Bible as a final source of authority, 
about Jesus as God, about man as sinful, about Jesus' 
death as punishment for sin. 

Then I went through five years of secular graduate 
psychology study trying to understand what the 
psychologists had to say. Let me summarize for you 
what I learned in order to show you the impoverishment 
of psychology apart from Christianity. I am not saying 
that psychology has no value. I am suggesting that, 
apart from the regenerating and sanctifying power of 
the Holy Spirit through the blood of Christ, there is 
nothing that psychology really ultimately has to offer. 

I want to talk very briefly about five basic positions of 
secular psychology, and then we will take a look at what 
the Scriptures have to say in contrast to the poverty of 
secular psychology. 

Freudian Psychology 

First, let's consider the position of Sigmund Freud. 
Draw a circle in your heads and let that circle stand for 
you, for me, or for somebody else; and inside that 
circle, put something which symbolizes the problems of 
people — why they get in trouble, why they get neurotic, 
why they can't sleep at night, why they lose their tem- 
pers, and why they have all these miserable problems. 
In that circle put a minus sign. Let that minus sign 
symbolize the fact that Freud teaches that people are 
basically self-centered (that is what the Bible teaches, 
so I agree with him there) with certain drives within 

Dr. Lawrence J. Crabb, Jr., a clini- 
cal psychologist from Boca Raton, 
Florida, was guest lecturer on cam- 
pus February 5-6 in a series spon- 
sored by the division of education 
and psychology, of which Dr. 
Charles Thomas is chairman. Dr. 
Crabb's general theme was "Bibli- 
cal Counseling." 

Now engaged in private practice 
specializing in family, marital, and 
individual therapy, Dr. Crabb for- 
merly was director of the 
Psychological Center at Florida At- 
lantic University. He also has been 
staff psychologist and an assistant 
professor at the University of Il- 

them and that the whole purpose of life is to satisfy 
those drives. But, because of a defective society which 
teaches us that it is wrong to get our needs met, teaches 
us that it is wrong to express our drives, we have de- 
veloped a conscience, which is the real culprit, a con- 
science which inhibits us from satisfying our wrong 
desires. So we begin to pretend that we do not really 
have these desires, and we drive them underground. 
Pretending, we say, "We do not need that. We are 
Christians. We are O.K." And we take these drives and 
repress them. 

Freud said, "I know the cure. It is to help people 
acknowledge what their motivation really is, acknowl- 
edge their selfishness, acknowledge their drive and then 
teach them how to get those drives satisfied in ways that 
will not offend society. Scrap the dictates of consci- 
ence; scrap the dictates of morality. If we can teach 
people to get in touch with the power that they are really 
driven by and get them to express those drives and 
gratify their needs without offending society and with- 
out any concern for morality, then we will have people 
who are healthy." Freud believes in socialized selfish- 

Ego Psychology 

The second position that I want to caricature is that of 
the ego psychologist. He draws a circle and says it is 
incorrect to put just a minus sign in it. People are not 
just selfish, just living by their own drives; they have 
adaptive capacities for choices within them. So let's 
take that circle and put in a big minus sign , but let's stick 
a little plus sign in the corner. The ego psychologists are 
the ones who are saying that there is something very 
good inside of selfish people. There are adaptive 
capacities for functioning; and what the psychologists, 
the therapists, and the churches need to do is to encour- 
age that little bit of goodness and develop it into a strong 
controlling force, so that people are adequately coping 
with their world. We have to strengthen the pride within 
people, so say the ego psychologists. The result is 
pride. The result of Freud's therapy is guilt-free selfish- 
ness; the result of the ego psychologist's therapy is 
proud self-reliance. 

Rogerian Psychology 

Roger comes along next, and he has drawn a circle. In 
the first circle, Freud is saying that man is negative; the 
second position holds that man is negative and positive. 
What does Roger put in his circle? He says man is not 
selfish, man is not a bad apple; man is good. What we 
need to put in that third circle is a big plus sign. Man is 
basically adaptive, constructive. He has a drive toward 
goodness and constructive cooperation with people; 
and the reason we are not feeling much effect in our 
world is not because of a fault with man, but because we 
have repressed all inherent goodness in people. We 
need to liberate people to express all their goodness. 
Can you imagine what would happen if parents followed 



that philosophy, as many do, to their own demise? If I 
release my children to express all thai is within them. 
Roger says, I will see their tine nature. I agree with that! 
But I have an idea what the nature of my kids really is. 
Their nature is not constructive; it is like mine — sell 
seeking and proud. Roger says, "-Liberate! Liberate 
goodness; express all that is there." Much of the group 
movement of (he past decade or fifteen years is really 
centered on Rogerian thinking, which assumes that a 
full expression of all people will result in a cured socie- 
ty. In reality, it will result in anarchy, chaos, and sin. 
Skinnerian Psychology 
The fourth position is that of B. F. Skinner, who says 
thai the first three positions are wrong. It isn't unusual 
to have psychologists disagree. They often see things 
differently. Skinner says that man is not negative, man 
is not negative and positive, man is not positive, hut 
man is nothing. Skinner puts a big zero in the circle. In 
his book Beyond Freedom and Dignity, Skinner says that 
we must bid good riddance to man as man. Man is not 
more than a complicated dog, totally and thoroughly 
controlled by his environment. He makes no choices 
whatsoever. The problem with people — the reason that 
they snap at their friends, the reason they worry, the 
reason they do this or that — is not due to the fact that 
they are sinful, wrong, or out of touch with God; it is 
due to the fact that the reinforcement contingencies in 
our world reward them — but fordoing the wrong thing. 
All we have to do is change the reward system. Then if I 
can always reward my children for being nice to their 
mother, they will always be nice to their mother; and 
the problem is solved. In fact, I have just made them 
more effective manipulators. Skinner says that people 
are not responsible. Control their environments. 
Change their environment, and you will change the 
person. The basis of so much government action today 
is due to the belief that if you change the environment 
you will change the person. The flaw is not in the 
person; it is in the environment. We are controlled. 
Change the controlling contingencies and you change 
the person; so says Skinner. 

Existentialist Psychology 

The last position I will briefly caricature is that of the 
existentialist, a word which covers a multitude of sins. 
What does the existentialist teach? Draw a circle and 
inside that circle put a big question mark. The existen- 
tialist says, "I am not selfish. All I know in this life is 
absurd. Life has no meaning. There is no point to what I 
do. There is no reason for doing it. Whether I help the 
lady cross the street or beat her on the head and take her 
purse really doesn't make any fundamental difference, 
because there is no objective morality outside of myself 
by which I govern my behavior. What I need to do to be 
whole is to authenticate myself by making assertive acts 

.mil '.<■•■ thai •'■ hal I am doing reprc enl mc It 

thought. And because I made the choice that MMW ' 

makes n right and whole— I am logethci Wc net 

encourage people to >•<> into assertion traininj 

into all sorts of techniques to help them make authentic 

choices, and linn they will be cured." 
Key to l raiuformed Life 
I'm I said. "Lord, there has got to he more I am not 

satisfied. It doesn't touch me where I livi ll ■:• '.-sn'i 

touch where I hurt. I don't want lobe socialized in my- 
self ishness. 1 don't have something good inside of me in 
be strengthened. I don i have lots of goodness to be 
released. I don't think I am a controlled person; I am 
responsible. I he world is not absurd. And so I found 
myself rejecting the basic premise i >f all these five major 
representative systems of secular psychology. 'I hen I 
started asking this question: What is the ki rans- 

formed life? 

Look with me at Romans 12:1-2: "I ask you there- 
fore, brethren, by the mercies of God. that you present 
your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to 
God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Don't 
be conformed to this world, but be transformed b\ the 
renewing of your mind." Paul is talking about transfor- 
mation. There is a way to change and to begin being a 
whole person who understands who Jesus is and what 
He has done for you. But how do you do it? 

Just about two weeks ago. a woman in my office w ho 
loves the Lord and who has been saved for about 
twenty years, said to me. "Does Christianity really 
work? I have been saved and I try to read the Scriptures 
and be a good wife and mother, but I don't have any 
reality inside of me. I don't know what the v.ordjoy 
really means. I believe doctrinally that I have peace 
with God. that I am not going to hell because my sins are 
forgiven by the blood of Christ. But where is the reality 
of it? There is still just a guts-it-out kind of existence. I 
haven't gotten over my problems. Does it work?' 

What do you say? Do you come back with the 
cliche's? "Don't you know that it works' 1 Praise God." 
The woman will go away and say. "Thanks a lot. See 
you later." 

Not by Circumstances 

What is the way? We have to ask ourselves that 
question. I wonder how many of you. when you read 
Romans 12:2 misread what Paul says. You know what 
words are there, but I wonder if you have a wrong 
translation. I wonder if. while we are talking about that 
verse or thinking about the concepts in that verse, we 
are saying this: Be transformed by the renewing of 
your — and then we put in a wrong word — cir- 

Then the abundant life is defined as some set of 
circumstances that we decide are the bare necessities or 
the appropriate luxuries, and we expect God to give us 
those circumstances. We seek to manipulate God to get 
our lives arranged in ways that are transformed and say. 
"I can be happy if— if this is different and that is differ- 

If that is the abundant life, then Paul made no sense in 
I Corinthians 15. when he said. "If in this life only we 
have hope, we are of all men most miserable.** 

SPRING 1981 


We were having devotions some time ago in our 
family, going through a children's picture version of 
Pilgrim's Progress. Many of you have read it, I am sure. I 
was reading to my boys one night, and we got to the 
point in the story where Pilgrim and the man named 
Faithful were on the way to Celestial City. They had to 
go through a town that was called Vanity, where a fair 
was going on. Rather unsurprisingly they called it Van- 
ity Fair. As they were going through Vanity Fair, there 
were lots of allurements to persuade the unwitting 
Christian on his way to the Celestial City to get off the 
track and succumb to the wiles of the devil. Faithful 
became very adamant in his refusal to succumb to the 
allurements. The mayor and the people of the town 
were so incensed at Faithful that they burned him at the 



There was a picture on one side of the book of Faith- 
ful at the stake with the flames coming up and burning 
his body to death. The picture on the next page was of 
the heavenly chariot; and Faithful, dressed in a robe of 
white and in radiant joy and splendor, was sitting in the 
chariot going straight to the Celestial City. As I was 
reading, I began noticing that one of my sons was hav- 
ing emotional reactions to it. I began watching as we 
were talking about these two pages . My son was looking 
at the Celestial City picture, and he smiled and was 
feeling good about it: and then he looked back at the 
other picture, and he began to cry. I said, "What's 
wrong?" And he said. "Daddy, suppose this picture 
isn't true (the picture of Faithful going to heaven), then 
this picture is awful. But if this picture is true, it is 
O.K." I thought about that. I have not heard a better 
system of exegesis of Paul in I Corinthians 15: "If in this 
life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most 

Because we have a very limited understanding, I 
have a hard time grasping the hope of the Christian, 
which is not pleasant circumstances now but eternal 
bliss then. I have a hard time grasping that and living for 
that because I don't want to be tied to the stake, I don't 
want to suffer now. I want God to make my life pleasant 
and abundant now. And we are not changed as Chris- 
tians because we are depending on being transformed 
by renewed circumstances. 

Not by Feelings 

Sometimes we say we can be transformed by a renew- 
ing of our feelings. We live in a day when we are using 
words in ways that sometimes communicate error. I 
believe that life in Jesus brings fulfillment. I believe 

when you appeal to the unbeliever to trust Christ, that 
as long as you make sure that the sin question is 
adequately dealt with, there is nothing wrong in saying 
that a life lived for Jesus is a fulfilling life. It is true, but 
we twist that around. We say that the Christian life is 
measured by whether we feel a certain set of satisfying 
emotions at any given time. 

I wonder if what has happened to so much of our 
thinking is that we have replaced the morality of obedi- 
ence to God's Word with the morality of fulfillment, 
which says that we measure the Tightness of what we do 
by the quality of emotion which is generated. That is 
just an elegant way of saying, "If it feels good, do it." If 
our Lord had followed that philosophy, would He have 
gone to the cross? Or was He saying. "Father, my will 
is to do your will. I have emotions inside of me of terror, 
pain, and agony. As I move toward the cross, I am 
experiencing agony, but my goal is to be obedient to 
your will. Father, I know who you are, I know what my 
job is, I know what happens at the other side of the 
cross: The world is redeemed. My people will be 
brought to myself." 

By Renewing Our Minds 

We are not transformed by renewing our feelings. 
What then is the key to transformation? We are trans- 
formed by the renewing of our minds. What does that 
mean? Do you understand how central the mind is in 
human functioning? Do you understand how important 
it is to believe that which is true? Do you understand 
that what we think controls most of what we do and most 
of what wefeel? If I want to be doing righteous acts and 
experiencing the fruit of the Spirit, I have got to be 
thinking right because how I think controls that which I 
do and that which I feel. 

The key to a transformed life is thinking biblically. 
Christ has become our wisdom, as we are told in Colos- 
sians 2. To be able to think about events in a biblical 
way is going to be the key to my responding and feeling 
in a biblical way. 

When I see what is happening in different parts of my 
life and in my different problems, I realize that a 
sovereign God cares and is in control of my life and He 
is moving me marvelously along the best path to glory, 
knowing that everything that happens in my life is de- 
signed for a purpose. Then I begin to perceive things 
differently. I begin to relax and to have joy. Why? 
Because my circumstances change? No. Because my 
feelings change? Not first. What changes? How I think. 
This is the key to a transformed life. Romans 12:2 says 
we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. 
The Greek word for mind there is "nous. ' ' It has the idea 
of that capacity of the human being to evaluate his 
world to see what is true, to see the spiritual reality of 
God at work behind all of our circumstances. There- 
fore, we are not to complain, not to despair, but to 
understand that God is there accomplishing His pur- 

When I fill my "nous" with biblical truths (I always 
like that), what happens? A transformation takes place. 
It is the key to a transformed life to believe what God 
says and to act upon it. 



Involvement by International Students 

Bridge Of /Hood 

Bryan's international community of some 50 students representing 20 foreign < ountrle\ m< ludes both 
USA citizens horn nr brought up in foreign lands anil also students of foreign t itlzcnshtp I lie h\ i, Him lei 
on Ms page represent these two segments of the student body Musa, oneoffoui Algerians cnrollt 

Meznar from Brazil , whose parents and two sisters are Bryan alumni 

li\ Man Mi ziuu , ' Emi i of 1982 

Ministry in Nigeria 

by Gaius M. Mush 

1 was born into a Christian home 
in Nigeria and became a Christian in 
1954 at the age of five years. I loved 
Sunday school and Roys' Brigade. 
It was through these church agen- 
cies that my life was molded for the 
service of the Lord. My life was ded- 
icated to Christ and His service in 
1968, when I was in the Bible col- 
lege in Nigeria. Since 1 surrendered 
my life to Christ, He has been using 
me in different capacities. 

From 1971 to 1973, I taught the 
Bible in one of the government 
schools to young people between 
the ages of 15 and 20. During that 
period I was also a director of a 
Youth Center, where we had 100 to 
150 youths weekly, and a part-time 
pastor in the English-speaking 
church. The nurses in the Govern- 
ment Hospital in this city invited me 
to be their adviser in the Fellowship 
of Christian Nurses, a service which 
I enjoyed very much. 

In 1973 God provided me with a 
lovely wife, Sarah, who was an ac- 
tive choir member in the church 
where I was a part-time pastor. At 
that time she was a secretary in one 
of the government departments. We 
got married on August 4, 1973, and 
in September we went to the semi- 

In the seminary I was elected 
chairman of the school gospel team, 
a position which I held for two 
years. During one of the summer 
vacations, I was employed to work 
as a chaplain in one of the hospitals 
owned by my church denomination, 
the Evangelical Churches of West 
Africa (ECWA). the indigenous 
church that was established by the 
Sudan Interior Mission (SIM). The 
Lord used me during that vacation 
to bring many patients to His saving 

When I graduated from the Semi- 
nary in 1976. 1 was emploved by the 
ECWA/SIM Headquarters in 
Nigeria to work as the Administra- 
tive Assistant to the General Sec- 
retary of my church, the position 
which I held until coming to Bryan 
College. When I was an adminis- 

trator. I served as a chaplain in one 
of the government schools in Jos. 
Nigeria. When a new English- 
speaking church was established in 

that city. I was asked to pastor it on 
a part-time basis and left the school. 

Rev. I. any Fehl. a graduate of 
Bryan College who is now the 
Sudan Interior Mission Interna- 
tional Liaison Officer in Nigeria. 
recommended Bryan College to me 
for the major in business adminis- 
tration. It has been wonderful since 
I have been here. There is a true 
Christian spirit in the lives of the 
faculty of Bryan College. The stu- 
dents are generally friendly. There 
has been a true fellowship among 
the students that I have had contact 
with. I shall ever recommend Bryan 
to any Nigerian who is looking for a 
Christian liberal arts college for his 

Sarah and I have two children. 
Hannah, who is 2V2 years, and Gid- 
eon, who is 6 months old. It is my 
plan and that of my church for me to 
go back and continue with my work 
as an administrator in our church; 
mission headquarters in Jos. 
Nigeria. God willing, after my 
graduate studies. I shall also help in 
developing other church leaders in 
Nigeria in administration. 

<3 f •$ 3 

Editor's note: One missionary representa- 
tive participating in the January conference 
wrote afterwards of the personal edification he 
had received through the conference: "But the 
thing that ministered the most mightily to me 
was the Hilltop Players and their presentation 
of The Bridge of Blood. It may have been be- 
cause I've been with missionaries when they 
have been dramatically transported home 
through martyrdom: but I think more than that, 
they caught the spirit of their communication 
and for me did a bang-up job of expressing the 
intensity of the Auca martyrs desire to reach 
lost people.'' 


1 he martyrdom of five mis- 
sionaries twenty-five years ag 
the theme of David Robey's Bridge 
of Blond Taking Christ to the A,< 
the play produced by the Traveling 
Troupe "I Hilltop Players as their 
19X0-81 special feature. The play 
contains a thought-provoking plot 
as well as a powerful Gospel mes- 
sage. The audience is given glimp- 
ses into the innermost though; 
the five young missionaries as they 
considered going to the mission 
field and eventually as they know- 
ingly risked their lives in attempting 
to reach the savage Auca tribe. 

My personal involvement in the 
production was maximal in interest 
as well as in active participation. 
Because I am an MK (Missionary 
kid) from Brazil, it is understanda- 
ble that a play with a missionary 
thrust would appeal to me. I had 
been enthralled by Elizabeth El- 
liot's book Through Gales of Splendor 
and had even acted in Bridge of Blood 
while in high school in Brazil. Sub- 
sequently it gave me great pleasure 
to be a student director as well as a 
member of the cast in Bryan's per- 

Because of the appropriate theme 
of our play, the Traveling Troupe 
\\ as invited to perform at this year's 
Missionary Conference in January, 
coincidental]) just one day after the 
twenty-fifth anniversary of the mas- 
sacre. The account, including the 
martyrdom of the missionaries and 
the strength and willpower of the 
widows, stimulated the thinking of 
many students and missionary vis- 
itors alike. Certainly the cast could 
have asked for no more gratifying 
applause than the clearly evident 
reception of the message we so ea- 
gerly desired to convey. When an 
invitation was given after the play, 
more than eighty students re- 
sponded to the challenge of a com- 
mitment to Christ for service 
wherever He mieht lead. 

SPRING 1981 




At the winter meeting of the 
board of trustees at the end of 
January, eight trustees were recog- 
nized in chapel for 120 years of 
cumulative service to the college. 
Presented with a citation of merit 
and a gift certificate from the college 
bookstore were the following: 

For thirty years. Dr. J. Wesley 
McKinney, Memphis ophthal- 
mologist, chairman of the board 
from 1969-1977, on the Board's col- 
lege advancement committee 

For twenty years, C. Barry Whit- 
ney, of Augusta, Georgia, cotton 
factor, on the student affairs com- 

For fifteen years each: 

James R. Barth, of Poland, Ohio, 
agri-businessman, on the student af- 
fairs committee 

Rev. W. Earle Stevens, Jr., of 
Memphis, Tennessee, pastor, on 
the trustee and administration 

For ten years each: 

Dr. C. Markham Berry, of At- 
lanta, Georgia, psychiatrist, on the 
academic affairs committee 

Morris V. Brodsky, in absentia, of 
Fincastle, Virginia, businessman, 
on the finance committee 



Earl A. Marler, Jr., assistant to 
the president of Chattanooga Fed- 
eral Savings and Loan Association, 
has been elected to the board of 
trustees and assigned to the finance 
committee. He previously served 
two years on the National Advisory 
Council. Mr. Marler also serves on 
the board of Bethel Bible School, 
the Heart Association, Metropoli- 
tan Community Services, and the 
Convention and Visitors Bureau of 
Chattanooga. He holds membership 
in the Christian Radio Fellowship 
and the Chattanooga Chamber of 
Commerce. Mr. Marler and John 
Steffner, Sr., also a Bryan trustee 
and president of the Chattanooga 
armature Works, are co-chairmen 
of Bryan's 50th Anniversary Capital 
Campaign in Chattanooga. 

Robert B. Norris, of Dayton, 
Tennessee, banker, on the buildings 
and grounds committee 

Albert J. Page, of Gaithersburg, 
Maryland, administration manager, 
on the finance committee 

Top picture: Shown with their citations 
are C. Barry Whitney, with Mrs. Whit- 
ney, and Dr. J. Wesley McKinney. 

Bottom picture: Shown with their cita- 
tions are James R. Barth and Mrs. Barth; 
Dr. C. Markham Berry and Mrs. Berry; 
Rev. W. Earle Stevens, Jr.; and Albert J. 







Dr. Charles Thomas, associate 
professor of education, has earned 
the M.S. in linguistics from 
Georgetown University. Dr. 
Thomas holds the B.S. in business 
administration, the M.Ed, in educa- 
tional psychology from Wayne 
State University, Michigan, and the 
Ed.D. degree in reading education 
from the University of Maine. 

Dr. Jack W. Traylor, assistant 
professor of history, is the author of 
an article entitled "Chief Surgeon 
John P. Raster and the Santa Fe 
Hospital Association," published in 
the 1980 Annual Bulletin of the 
Shawnee County (Kansas) Histori- 
cal Society. His article describes 
the early history of the Santa Fe 
Railway's health-care program. 


Two books , Survey of the New Tes- 
tament and Bible Study Charts, writ- 
ten by Dr. Irving L. Jensen, chair- 
man of Bryan's Bible department, 
are being published by Moody Press 
in 1981. 

According to Dr. Jensen, the pur- 
pose of the Survey, released in Feb- 
ruary, is "to involve the reader per- 
sonally in a firsthand survey of the 
Bible text and to lead the reader into 
a time of personal reflection as he 
considers practical spiritual appli- 
cations of the Bible book he has just 

Bible Study Charts, containing 150 
charts in seven categories, is in- 
tended "to make the facts of the 
Bible clear and easy to understand, 
putting events in their order of oc- 
currence, mapping out the lives of 
individuals, portraying the geog- 
raphy of biblical sites, and explain- 
ing the coming world events as 
prophesied in Revelation." This 
volume is scheduled for June re- 

These books will be available at 
your nearest Christian bookstore. 




The Hilltop Players presented 
Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize- 
winning play. Our Town, February 
20 and 21 in Rudd Chapel. Consid- 
ered one of the most cherished plays 
in the history of the American stage. 
Our Town achieved acclaim when it 
first appeared in 1938. The cast of 
thirty, led by Stage Manager Greg 
Torrey, freshman, from Reading. 
Michigan, who served as narrator at 
the Bryan presentation, conveyed 
the sights and sounds of the small 
New Hampshire community at the 
turn of the century. The female lead 
role was portrayed by Grace 
Schoettle, junior, from Miami 
Springs. Florida, and the male lead 
by Steve Drake, freshman, from 
Hamilton, Ohio. Director of the 
production was Mrs. Rachel Mor- 
gan, assistant professor of speech 
and drama. Student director was 
Joanne Huff, sophomore, from 
Carry, Pennsylvania. 


A first-of-its-kind sacred choir 
festival was presented in Rudd 
Chapel on February 7. A choir of 
160 voices, made up of the choirs of 
six area churches and the Bryan 
choir, presented a program of sa- 
cred music under the direction of 
David Friberg, assistant professor 
of music. 

The area churches sharing in the 
choir included First United 
Methodist and First Baptist of Day- 
ton, First United Methodist and 
First Baptist of Spring City. Sale 
Creek Independent Presbyterian 
Church, and the Prince of Peace 
Lutheran Church of Evensville. 

Supporting the program with spe- 
cial performances were the college 
brass ensemble, directed by Melvin 
Wilhoit. and the madrigals, directed 
by David Luther. Dr. Karl Reefer 
accompanied on the organ and Mrs. 
Sigrid Luther on the piano. 


The Gifts-for-the-King offering 
went over the top for the third 
straight year with a record-breaking 
response of $94,000. 

This Christmas offering, which 
represents the largest response in 
the 33-year history of the annual ap- 
peal, goes toward the student aid 
underwritten directly by college 
funds, about $220,000 altogether 
this academic year. 

o -o| "* ;S "• *> 

Standing — Kadlec, Ashley, Bishop, Kopp, Larson, Witter, and Farris; scaled — 
Smith, hust of W. J. Bryan, Addleton, Henry, Schoffstall, and Kat'land. 'K....I. n<,i 


Thirteen Bryan seniors were 
selected for listing in Who's Who 
Among Students in American Univer- 
sities and Colleges. Their nomination 
by the faculty and administration, 
followed by confirmation of the 
editors of the annual directory . was 
based upon their academic 
achievement, service to the com- 
munity, leadership in extracurricu- 
lar activities, and future potential. 
Listed below, they are the follow- 

Nancy Addleton, Cochran. Georgia; Eng- 
lish major; associate editor of The Triangle. 
the student newspaper. 

James Ashley. Phoenix. Arizona; Bible and 
mathematics major; Western Civilization 
Award; math club president; member of Stu- 
dent Missions Fellowship. 

Blaine Bishop, Concord. Tennessee, 
natural science major; senior class vice pres- 

John Farris, Knoxville. Tennessee; his- 
tory major; 1979-80 sports editor of The 
Triangle; member of the athletic committee 
and the intramural council. 

Pamela Henry, Barnes ville, Georgia; Eng- 
lish major; senate member; resident assis- 

Allen Kadlec. Mora. Minnesota: Christian 
Education major; head resident at Cedar Hill 

Donald Larson, Chicago. Illinois; Christian 
education major; Student Union president; 
Christian Education Fellowship vice presi- 

Elsa Raab. Johnstown. Pennsylvania: 
psychology and elementary education major; 
accompanist for choir and madrigals. 

Darlene Ragland. Hodgenville. Kentucky: 
elementary education major: homecoming 
queen: resident assistant. 

Dean Ropp. Watkinsville, Georgia: history 
and Greek major: captain 1980-81 basketball 
team: 1978-79 most valuable player in bas- 

Beth Schoffstall. Macon. Georgia: 
psychology major; class secretary and treas- 
urer, resident assistant. 

Scott Smith, Waxhaw, North Carolina: 
Greek major: member of band and choir: 
Senate president in 1979-80 and 19S0-S1. 

Stephen Witter. Seabrook. Maryland: Eng- 
lish major: class vice president: 1980 year- 
book editor. 

FINK APIS JOl k\ \l. 

Arkt which describes itself 

as "a journal created to provide an 
arena for artistic expression and 
discussion within a historical bibli- 
cal perspective." is published under 
the auspices of the Rivendell Arts 
Fellowship. Mansfield. Ohio, or- 
ganized and directed by Bryan 
alumni. The main founders and 
leaders are Stephen Griffith. 
who is president: and Keith Pal- 
man. '75, who is currently poetry 
editor. Steves wife. Elaine Davies 
Griffith, '75, is general assistant and 
aids in such mailers as graphics: and 
Keith's wife, Frankie Dil linger 
Pal man. \' __ . does some of the 
artwork. Beth Da\ie^. ' . Elaine's 
sister, recently joined the stafl 
graphics editor. 

Arkenslone was first published in 
December 19~6 and since then has 
been published regularly on a 
bimonthly basis. A typical issue 
runs to about thim-five pages and 
includes a varietj of creative and 
critical pieces as well as attractive 
artwork and graphics. Some of its 
notable contributors have been Dr. 
Clyde S. Kilby. Malcom Mug- 
geridge, and Dr. John H. Timmer- 

Arkenslone has received a number 
of accolades including first place for 
best art by Akron Advertising 
Council and second place for best 
poetry ("For the Snail Darter" by 
Keith Patman) and fourth place for 
best critical review (of the film 
Apocalypse Now) by Evangelical 
Press Association, of which it is a 

Those wishing to subscribe loAr- 
kenstone (S8 per > ear) should contact 
the main office at P.O. Box 1606. 
Mansfield. Ohio 44901. A sample 
copy will be sent on request. 

SPRING 1981 


Dr. Henning 

Mr. and Mrs. Hood 

The Gift of a Shell Collection 

Shells, minerals, and gems from around the world 
are part of a collection recently donated to Bryan Col- 
lege by James and Martha Hood of Chattanooga, Ten- 
nessee. The collection has been added to the Henning 
Natural Science Museum, of which Dr. Willard Hen- 
ning is the curator. There are approximately 3,500 
different kinds of snails and clams represented by the 
25,000 shells in the collection. 

From his early childhood, Mr. Hood gathered speci- 
mens along lakes, streams, rivers, and ocean shores. As 
a World War II Navy Seabee, he was able to increase 
his collection by buying and exchanging shells from 
many countries of the world. In more recent years, Mr. 
and Mrs. Hood spent many Saturdays locating addi- 
tional shells and then worked week nights to build 
cabinets and to sort, identify, clean, and label the 

Among the largest shells are the spider shell, HVi 
inches; a sea pen from the South Pacific, 10 inches; and 
a giant clam, 8V2 inches, which it is claimed may grow to 
over four feet and the weight of 550 pounds. In contrast, 
the smallest shell is a tiny snail from Orange County, 
California, which is called Teinstoma supravallata and 
measures one millimeter or 1/25 of an inch. This tiny 
shell is protected in a gelatin capsule enclosed in a 
snap-capped phial. 

Some of the unusual snail shell designs include such 
names as zebra, zigzag, eyed, ringed, hairy, and reticu- 
lated. The greatest variety is in the shapes of the shells 
(mostly snails) which have names to identify these 
shapes as suggested by the following examples: augur, 
bonnet, bubble, bleeding tooth, cat-eye, cockle, comb, 
cone, corkscrew, cup and saucer, ear, elephant's tusk, 
fig, hammer, helmet, jackknife, miter, nutmeg, olive, 
pagoda periwinkle, pelican's foot, pillbug, ribbed, 
scorpion conch, slipper, snake-head, snipe's bill, 
spider, sundial, thorny, top, triumphant star, tulip, tur- 
ban, and turret. 

The Hood Shell Collection is being made ready for 
display along with other mineral, plant, and animal 
specimens now housed in attractive cabinets in the 
third-floor hall of the administration building. 

Advancement Report 

50th Anniversary Capital Campaign Update 

The capital campaign has now reached $500,000 in 
gifts and pledges toward the goal of $2,000,000 needed 
to build the new men's dormitory. The prayers and 
support of every alumnus and friend are needed as the 
campaign continues. 

Success of the National Phonathon 

During the period of January 27-February 17 more 
than 300 volunteers — students, faculty, staff, and 
alumni— attempted over 6,000 calls during the early 
evening hours and on Saturdays. Nearly 1,000 pledges, 
totaling almost $100,000, were secured. The College 
Advancement office is sincerely grateful for the en- 
thusiastic participation of every volunteer. 

In addition to seeking pledges, each volunteer asked 
for special prayer requests, which were included in the 
prayer session at the end of each calling session. About 
1,500 prayer requests were prayed for during the 
Phonathon period . Each request also was prayed for on 
the semester day of prayer, February 24, and these 
requests were made available to the members of the 
college community for continuing use in private prayer. 

Spring Banquet Schedule 

A series of spring banquets was planned to celebrate 
Bryan's 50th year in Christian higher education and to 
raise the level of awareness of the Christian public to 
Bryan' s plans for the 80s . Three Florida banquets were 
held in Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Lauderdale in March. 
Other banquets are scheduled for Philadelphia, April 6; 
Knoxville, April 27; Memphis, May 18; Charlotte, May 
22; and Dallas, June 1. 

These celebrations provide an opportunity for 
Bryan's alumni and friends to renew their own fellow- 
ship and to introduce new friends and prospective stu- 
dents to the college. 


can make the 
OH difference for 
Bryan tomorrow 

You can help provide for the education of Christian young 
men and women at Bryan College in the future. Here's 
how . . . 

Include Bryan in your will. 

Invest in a Bryan gift annuity. 

Set up a charitable trust. 

Name Bryan as your insurance beneficiary. 

You may have without obligation helpful booklets on any 
of the above programs by writing to our planned giving 
counselor who will be glad to talk with you confidentially 
about your estate plans. Write or call: 

Fred L. Stansberry (615) 775-2041 
Director of Planned Giving 
Bryan College, Dayton, TN 37321 



jffflemorial #tfta 

September 9 to December 13, 1980 


Mrs. J. B. Goodrich 

Rockland Community Church 

Miss Janis E. Dillard 

Dr. John Schwarz 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Nickey 

Mr. and Mrs. Colville C. Weir 

Mrs. Leila J. Broyles 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tussing 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Dawson 

Rev. and Mrs. Morris G. Morgan 

Mrs. Seawillow T. Sells 

Mrs. Seawillow T. Sells 

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Carson 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Bryan 

Mrs. David P. Kenyon 

In Memory of 

Mr. J. B. Goodrich 

Dr. and Mrs. H. E. Wright 

Mrs. Ida Mac Dillard 

Mrs. Ida Mac Dillard 

Prof. Weir Scholarship Fund 

Prof. Weir Scholarship Fund 

Mrs. William Bartlctt 

Mr. Leon Harrow 

Mr. Dean T. Boyd 

Jane Dawson Custer 

Mrs. Mary Lois Fish 

A. Collier. F. Clayton. T. Hutchins 

F. Pendergrass, L. Clements. R. Ingle 

Mrs. Ella Rogers Carson. F. R. Rogers 

Edward C. Minniehan 

Miss Julia Nichols 

Clementson Scholarship Fund 

Mr. and Mrs. John T. Bass 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Gamble 
Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Gaither 
Mrs. A. J. Hitchcock 
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Milburn 
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Running 
Mrs. Elizabeth Ware 
Mrs. Margaret Ware 
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas R. Thompson 
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Harmon. Jr. 
Miss Zelpha Russell 
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Palmer 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Smith 
Mr. and Mrs. Maynard A. Dakin 
Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Lockery 
Mrs. Elizabeth Wynsema 
Dayton-Rhea County Retired Teachers 
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Carter 
Mr. and Mrs. Vern A. Archer 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Atkinson 
Miss Elizabeth Bivins 
Mr. and Mrs. James Carlton Caldwell 
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Mclnnish 
Mr. and Mrs. Stan Graven 
Mrs. Burgin Clark 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Disney- 
Miss Frances M. Stewart 
Rev. C. Henry Preston 
Mr. and Mrs. Alton S. Hamm 

Mercer Clementson, retired college professor who lived on Bryan 
campus, died December 23 at the age of 85. A scholarship fund for the 
business department, established three years ago by a former student of 
Mr. Clementson. has been further endowed by more than SI .000 through 
memorial gifts made by the persons listed above. 


When You Need to Remember 

When you need to remember a departed friend 
or loved one, why not do it in a meaningful and 
lasting way — with a memorial gift to Bryan Col- 
lege? A memorial gift to Bryan College he'r 
two ways. (1) It helps you to care properly for a 
personal obligation. (2) It helps provide a qual- 
ity Christian education for young men and 
women at Bryan who are preparing to serve the 

Families of the departed friend or loved one 
will be notified promptly by a special acknowl- 
edgement. In addition, the memorial acknowl- 
edgement will be listed in our quarterly period- 
ical, Bryan Life. 

Your memorial gift is private and non- 
competitive since the amount of your gift is 
kept confidential. 

Your memorial gift is tax-deductible. You will 
receive an official tax-deductible receipt for 
your records. 

Send your memorial gift to: 
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SPRING 1981 




Free room and meals 
Morning and evening sessions 
Seminars and free time in 


Buffet-style meals 
Air-conditioned rooms 
Economy rates 

Children 's programs and crafts 
Afternoon free for recreation and 

MAY 12-14 



Topics include: 

Stuart Briscoe 

"The Gratitude Attitude" 
"The Faithful Attitude" 
"The Responsible Attitude" 
"The Loving Attitude" 

Jill Briscoe 

"The Wine Press" 
"Jonah and the Worm' 


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BRYAN LIFE is published four 
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Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Dayton. TN 37321. 

Photo Credits: 

Cover photo of sophomore 
Bonnie Walton, of Ashland, Vir- 
ginia, was taken by Mark Garrett 
'80, admissions counsellor. 

Volume 6 


Number 4 

THE GRATITUDE ATTITUDE: The first of a four-part series of 
inspirational messages delivered at the fourth annual pastors' confer- 
ence in May. By Stuart Briscoe. 3 

LEARNING LIFE'S BALANCE: An award-winning essay in which a 
student evaluates her growth process during college days. By Pamela 
Henry. 6 

FACING LIFE'S REALITIES: A commencement address by a 
graduating senior who contemplates his future responsibilities. By 
David Broersma. 8 

CHRISTIAN TEENS IN CONFLICT: A counselor's observations of 
the pressures which society places on today's teens. By Kenneth 
Froemke. 10 

TEENS AND TWENTIES IN SERVICE: Bryan's teens and twenties 
finding outlet for expression through community service and summer 
missions programs. 11 

CAMPUS REVIEW: Announcement of new faculty appointments, 
recent activities and community service of faculty members, length of 
service recognitions for faculty and staff members, and special hon- 
ors to student athletes. 12 


For the past year we have been plying 
you, our readers, with much information 
about Bryan's past. Now, after this year of 
celebration — and a very pleasant one it has 
been — we turn to the concerns of the present 
and look at the future. These concerns are 
reflected in the information appearing in this 
issue. As Alice and I begin our 26th year at Bryan, I wish to use the same 
Scripture which I believe the Lord especially directed to our attention when 
we came to Bryan in 1956 and which has been in our minds in this transition 
year: "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught" 
(Luke 5:4b). William Carey, who stands at the head of the modern mission- 
ary movement, echoes the sentiment: "Attempt great things for God; 
expect great things from God." For the days ahead, may we all join together 
in accepting this challenge. 

Theodore C. Mercer 



The Gratitude Attitude 

ii\ siuiiri Briscoe 

Stuart and Jill Briscoe are a husband-wife team who ministered 
at Bryan's Fourth Annual Pastors Conference Mr Briscoe is 
pastor of the Elmbrook Church in Milwaukee. Wisconsin, director 
of "Telling the Truth" (a multi-media ministry), and a widely 
known radio and conference speaker Mrs. Briscoe travels in 
conference ministry, teaches women's Bible classes, and is au- 
thor of a number of books especially for women. 

1 want to talk to you about one specific aspect of the 
ministry; that is, our attitude toward it, our motivation 
for it. At many of the conferences I have attended, I 
have noticed that there is tremendous emphasis on 
methodology and exposure to all kinds of materials. My 
conviction is that there is something more important 
than all these things, and that is motivation for the 

I am constantly amazed at what can happen when 
people get motivated. I was in Kimberley, South Afri- 
ca, a few years ago. We got off the plane, and the lady 
who met us asked if we would like to see their "hole." 
She seemed terribly excited about it, so we agreed to 
see the hole. When we got there, we realized that it was 
a rather unusual hole, being one mile in circumference 
and hundreds of feet deep. Then our friend explained 
that this hole used to be a hill. So I asked. "How does a 
hill become a hole?" She told us a very simple story. 

Some little children were playing on the hill one day. 
They picked up some pretty stones; and as they were 
throwing them to one another, an old gentleman walk- 
ing past happened to see the glint of the sunlight on one 
of the stones. He caught it. looked at it. and discovered 
it to be a diamond. That is all you need to do to turn a hill 
into a hole — find a diamond on top. People began to 
arrive from all over the world. They had very primitive 
instruments, but they managed to dig the biggest hole 
dug with hands anywhere in the world, which is. of 
course, the Kimberley diamond mine. It isn't a hole, it 
is a diamond mine. 

The moral of the story is simply this: it is amazing 
what can be done if you get people motivated. They w ill 
turn hills into holes, even one mile in circumference and 
hundreds of feet deep. They will endure murder, rob- 
bery, plague, famine, which is exactly what they did 
endure; but they kept on digging. They were motivated. 

As a basis of our study. I want us to turn to Paul' s first 
letter to the Corinthians, to passages w here Paul speaks 
mainly autobiographically concerning his own motiva- 
tion. First, we will turn to the 15th chapter of First 
Corinthians, which I have found very helpful indeed. 
You remember in the early part of the chapter that Paul 
is speaking about the gospel which he has preached. He 

says there are three aspects to it — one. Christ died 
Christ was buried; three. Christ v. as raised from the 
dead. Then he points out how the resurrection was 
attested by the post-resurrection appearances. He lists 
them, and in verse X he says. "And then last of all He- 
appeared to me also, as tooneabnormallv born, for I am 
the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be 
called an apostle, because I have persecuted the church 
of God; but. by the grace of God. I am what I am. and 
His grace to me was not without effect '■ rked 

harder than all of them: yet not I. but the grace of God 
that was with me." 

Grace (if (tik! 
Now I want you to notice in verse 10 that grace or the 
grace of God occurs on three occasions. In the first 
instance, the grace of God is seen as a divine attitude. 
"By the grace of God (the divine attitude of God i. I am 
what I am." The second time, however, you will notice 
that the grace of God is a dynamic stimulus. "His grace 
to me was not without effect, and I can prov e it because 
I worked harder than all of them. It w as a great stimulus 
in my life." But then, thirdly, the grace of God is a daily 
enabling. "It was not I. it was the grace of God that 
worked alongside me." 

Grace — A Divine Attitude 

The grace of God. first of all. is a divine attitude. 
Notice two things that Paul say s about himself. On the 
one hand, he say s that he is one abnormally born, and 
immediately after that he say s that he is an apostle. The 
expression abnormally born, or one born out of due I 
that the Apostle Paul uses, is the expression which 
denotes either a miscarriage or the product of an abor- 
tion. Either way it is v ery unpleasant — it is crude. Paul 
uses this expression to describe himself. 

When I first came to the United States. I heard about 
self-image. As I became increasingly intrigued with 
this. I discovered that evidently I had one. because 
people were always coming and telling me what i: 
It was very confusing for me because they told me 
different things. Now I took great encouragement from 
the fact that the Apostle Paul appeared to have a prob- 
lem of self-imase too. because he is savins. "I am an 

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itude • The Gratitude Attitu 

abortion." He is going on breast-beating. He is saying, 
"Woe is me, woe is me. I am an abortion. I am bad, I am 
terrible, I am awful. Last of all. He appeared to me, the 
product of a miscarriage." With that kind of a self- 
image, he had problems; and, of course, we would rush 
him off for counseling immediately. 

But on the way to counseling, he would suddenly 
look at us and say. "Where do you think you are taking 
me?" And we would say, "We are taking you for coun- 
seling. Paul, you need help. Anybody that has such a 
low self-image needs help." And he would say, "What 
do you mean such a low self-image? I am an apostle. 
Don't you understand what an apostle is? An apostle is 
a special emissary of Jesus Christ — one who has had a 
peculiar, personal, intimate revelation of the person of 
Jesus Christ, one in whom tremendous authority re- 
sides!" And you would say, "He has greater problems 
than we thought he had." 

What was the Apostle Paul? Was he an abortion, or 
was he an apostle? The genius of what he is saying is 
that he was both. Now then, he goes a step further and 
says, "The only reason that I, an abortion, can regard 
myself an apostle is due to the grace of God. By the 
grace of God, I am what I am." So whatever the grace of 
God is, it is something that will take an abortion and 
make him an apostle. 

The grace of God is a miraculous divine intervention. 
It gets the most unworthy and makes them worthy. It 
gets the most unlikely and makes them the most power- 
ful. It gets hold of the weakest and makes them strong. 
Now why does it do this? Why does the grace of God 
take hold of somebody who regards himself as the 
product of an abortion and make him an apostle? The 
answer is this: For no other reason than that God 
chooses to. 

So the grace of God is a divine attitude. It is the 
attitude that God freely chooses to have toward people, 
exhibited in the most dramatic form in Saul of Tarsus. 

Sin — A Moral Failure 

The Bible says to us that we are all moral failures. It talks 
about sin. Sin, of course, is our failure to do what we are 
required to do. A graphic picture of it in the Greek word used 
in the New Testament is that of somebody pulling a bow, 
putting an arrow into it, firing at the target, and missing the 
target. The target that God has given us is a very simple one 
that has two circles on it. The center one says, "Love God," 
and the outer one says, "And thy neighbor as thyself." And 
so we pick ourselves up in the morning, we get hold of the 
bow of our new day, and we fit into it the arrows of our 
opportunities. With all our considerable ingenuity and 
strength and capability, we pull back on our new day as we fit 
in our opportunities; and at the end of the day we walk 
towards the target, and what do we find? Littered along the 
way are arrows stuck in the ground. They didn't make it. We 
have to hang our heads in shame and say , ' 'When it comes to 
loving God with all my heart and all my mind, I didn't make 
it. And when it comes to loving my neighbor as myself, 
frankly, I wish God would give me a new set of neighbors, 
because I do not have the ability to do what I am required to 
do." That is the essence of sin. Sin is the failure to do what 
we are required to do. 

Trespass — Doing the Forbidden 

Trespass is the insistence on doing what we are for- 
bidden to do. Trespass means "to climb over the wall"; 
it means literally "to step over the line." God has 
ordained that we should live full lives, not only as 
individuals but in community. He knows that if we are 
to live full lives in community, we are to have certain 
restrictions on the exercise of our freedom. And He 
says that the fullness of our lives and the great exercise 
of our liberty and freedom will be found within the 
restrictions that He has ordained. 

These restrictions are prefaced by the little phrase 
"Thou shalt not." If you live within the "Thou shalt 
nots," you will have a great time. You will be fulfilled, 
you will be free. Now then, our problem is this: as soon 
as we see a "Thou shalt not," our response is "Why 
shall I not?" And then, of course, eventually we will 
slip over the line. That is trespassing, insisting on doing 
what we are forbidden to do. 

Iniquity — Perverting Good 

Then the third key word is iniquity, the perverting of that 
which is good. The remarkable capability of humanity is 
that God-given ability to take the raw materials that 
God has made and turn them into something wonderful. 
Those of us who watched with baited breath the recent 
adventures of the space ship Columbia couldn't help 
marveling at the ingenuity of humanity to be able to 
make those rockets, those tiles, those computers — 
absolutely everything that made that vehicle possible. 
It is beyond the comprehension of most of us lay 
people. And to realize that it all started with primitive 
man living in an unspoiled world that we have de- 
veloped to this point means that we have tremendous 
enthusiasm — the human ingenuity. 

However, you have probably noticed that although 
we have remarkable ingenuity in using raw materials 
that God has given us, we also have a remarkable capac- 
ity for messing up. For instance, what are we going to 
do with this space truck? Well, it is obvious that it is 
being booked almost exclusively by the military. What 
do we do with so many of the things that our human 
ingenuity is able to develop? We do all kinds of things 
that become in one form or another destructive of hu- 
manity. In fact, whereas Midas had a golden touch, 
turning whatever he touched to gold, humanity seems to 
have an iniquitous touch, perverting whatever is 

Think about the raw material of sexuality. It is fun- 
damental to our humanity, to our society, to our exis- 
tence. Without sexuality you wouldn't be here — neither 
your kids nor your grandchildren. There would be no 
such thing as a human race. This is a raw gift of God. 
What are we doing with it? It has become a destructive 
thing in our society. Look at love. It is something with- 
out which we cannot function. It is a lovely expression 
to say that love is something that makes the world go 
round . Maybe that is why it is going around the way it is 
at the present time. We have got the whole thing fouled 
up. Then we go from sexuality to love to the concept of 
marriage. All these things God created, and every single 
one of them has been tarnished by our iniquitous touch. 
We pervert that which is good. 



Guile — Projecting the False 

The immensity of our moral failure is seen in our sin, 
our trespass, and our iniquity. Now, fourthly, in OUI 
guile. Guile is the projection of that which is false, 
Unfortunately our various cultures require this of us in 
varying degrees. Think about this sometime and just 
move around in society. I was reminded of this one time 
when I was plowing my way through the snow in our 
parking lot on Sunday morning (it always snows on 
Saturday night in Milwaukee). A little lady was on hei 
way to church, and as I rushed past her because I was 
late, I said, "Hello, how are you this morning?" And 
she said to me, "Come here; come here." So I skidded 
to a halt in the snow, and she said, "Don't you ever ask 
me again how lam! Do you understand?" I said, "I will 
never ever ask you again how you are." She said, "You 
don't care how I am, do you?" I said, "No." Then she 
started laughing and said. "How long have you got?" 1 
said, "That's the reason why I didn't stop, because if I 
really asked you how you were, you would take half an 
hour telling me." We both had a good laugh about the 
whole thing. You know what we realized? Our culture 
requires us to say, "Hello, how are you?" and then we 
are immediately off on the next thing. 

Now how do you handle this thing? Well, I don't 
know the answer to this; I am just raising it. What I do 
know is this: our culture trains us to exacerbate an 
inbuilt problem that we've got. We do have a tendency 
to be dishonest. Whatever you think of this, we are in 
deep trouble when we try it with God. And I think we 
have a tendency to do it all the time. 

Sin therefore is failing to do what we are required to 
do, tresspass is insisting on doing what we are forbidden 
to do, iniquity is perverting what is good, and guile is 
projecting what is false. Now that is the essence of our 
moral failure. 

Sin Versus God' Righteousness 

The second thing, of course, is very obvious. God is 
absolutely just, a fact which is very refreshing, because 
God can be relied upon not only to be right and to think 
rightly, but to do the right thing. There is a basic plumb 
line of righteousness. There is something against which 
all unrighteousness can be measured. Of course, the 
ultimate, according to our eschatology , is that after God 
has destroyed this earth. He will make a "new heaven 
and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." 

However, there is a slight fly in the ointment. Know- 
ing that God is absolutely just and right is magnificent 
unless you are a moral failure. Then it gives you the 
creeps because you have no alternative but to believe 
that God will do the absolute right thing by you. a moral 

The Dilemma 

This leads to the third thing. If we are moral failures 
and God is absolutely righteous and is going to do the 
right thing by us. then the third thing is this: we can't 
alter either of the first two things. We can't change our 
moral failure; we can't change His absolute Tightness. 

Moral failures tend to hope that God won't know. Of 
course, we know He knows, but we hope He won't 
mind. Well, maybe He does mind, so maybe we will be 

able to avoid arresl ( d ii we can't avoid arrest be 
ileat h will get us some da) then ■■•'■ are hoping tl 
some good lawyers in heaven who cat 'If Or. if 

we can't get off, we are hoping thai pethe 

penally You see. ihis is how moral failures think all the 
time, I hey have no other basis of survival unles 
think this way, Nov. the fact is this: we cannot alter our 
moral failure. We know that Bui we cannot alter ( I 
absolute justice and righteousness. We need to I 

I hr Solution 

Thai brings us to ihe fourth thing We are moral 
failures; He is absolutely right. I here is nothing U 
do about the first two things; so that means H. M 
absolutely free to deal m nh us as He chooses. If that is 
true, and I believe it with all my heart, the biggest 
question is this: Has God decided what to do? If that is 
the biggest question, the biggest answer is Yes." 

The proclamation of the Christian Gospel is simph 
the amplification of the "Yes." God has freely decided 
what to do. He had to deal with us on the basis of 
justice: but the free choice came in to mingle with 
justice, mercy, and grace. That is the essence of the 
Christian Gospel. God. absolutely free to deal with us 
as He chooses, freely chose to deal with moral failures 
on the basis of justice mingled with mercy and grace. 
Now it is very exciting, particularly if we understand 
the expression. 

Justice means I get what I deserve: mercy means I 
don't get all I deserve; grace means I get what I don't 
deserve. We confuse these things all the time. Now 
then, how can God deal with us on the basis of justice 
and mercy and grace? 

Justice With Mercy and Grace 

As far as God is concerned, he sees Saul of Tarsus as 
a moral failure. He chooses to deal with Saul with 
justice, as He must: but He chooses to mingle it with 
mercy and grace. Justice came upon the whole of 
Noah's generation, including Noah and his family. 
Mercy put Noah and his family in an ark. but justice 
came upon every single one. The only difference 
that interposed between Noah and his family and the 
judgment — the justice of God — was the ark. In Christ 
on the cross we have died with Him. we have been 
crucified with Him. we have been buried with Him. 
There is therefore now no condemnation because God 
will never try us for the same offenses twice. That's 

And then God's acting grace raises up Saul of Tarsus 
from the ground in newness of life, gives Him the Holy 
Spirit, commits to him the Gospel, and makes him the 
apostle to the Gentiles. That's grace. 

What is the grace of God as far as I am concerned? It 
is simph this: He has given me what I didn't deserve. 
He has made me a child of God: He has made me an heir 
of God and a joint heir of Christ. He has committed to 
me a ministry. 

Grace — A Dynamic Stimulus 
"By the grace of God. I am what I am. What am I? An 
abortion-apostle!" All right, now he goes on to the 
second aspect. "The grace of God is not wasted on me. 

SUMMER 1981 


and I can prove it for I work harder than all of them put 
together." Now the grace of God becomes a dynamic 
stimulus. Paul can prove the reality of the grace of God 
by the work in which he is engaged. I think evangelicals 
are frightened of the subject of works. We are so ada- 
mant about this whole business that "by grace are ye 
saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the 
gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast." 
Ephesians 2:8 and 9. How about 10? It comes straight 
after in most Bibles: "We are His workmanship created 
in Christ Jesus unto good works which God has or- 

The reality, quite frankly, of our faith is dem- 
onstrated by our works. This is Paul's argument. He 
said, "The grace of God became evident in my life and I 
can prove it. I worked harder than all of them put 
together." Now here we get to the motivation of his 
ministry, which was the grace of God. It was so real to 
him that it stimulated him to work harder than the rest of 
them put together. Now how on earth can that work? I 
am glad that you asked, because I think I know the 

Let's indulge in a little Latin. Sola gratia — "grace 
alone." Gratia is a nice word that is obviously related to 
gratitude. Gratia, the grace of God, produces grateful 
people. This is the most glorious motivational factor of 
the ministry or in the church of Jesus Christ — just sheer 
gratitude which flows from an understanding of the 
gratia, the grace of God. 

Therefore in my book the highest motivational factor 
is what I choose to call the gratitude attitude. 

Grace — A Daily Enabling 

Sometimes we understand the gratia, and sometimes 
we have the gratitude; but, unfortunately, what He has 
told us to do seems too hard and too difficult. We say, 
"I can't do it." Well, the Apostle Paul deals with this 
too. He says, "It is not I but the grace of God that works 
alongside me." The grace of God in this sense is a daily 

We have had the Latin. Now let's try a little Greek. 
Charis, the word for "grace," is related to charisma. 
What is it? Well, if you don't have it, you will never get 
to be president. What is charisma? Charisma is gift. 
Grace gives gifts. The grace of God is simply this: God 
enables you by gifting you by the Holy Spirit, and the 
Holy Spirit graces you with spiritual gifts. And the 
exciting thing about it is this: that to which He has called 
you which you do out of gratitude is possible to you 
because grace gifts you with the power of the Spirit and 
the tools of the gifts to do the job. Churchill cabled 
Roosevelt, "Give us the tools, and we will finish the 
job." He did. The church of Jesus Christ cables God, 
"Give us the tools, and we will finish the job." God 
cables the church, "I did. Get on with it." What did He 
do? He gave us the tools — the daily gracing of the power 
of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. 

What do you have to do? You have to decide whether 
you believe the message of gratia, whether there is an 
act of gratitude . We have to look for ways of expressing 
that gratitude. We have to recognize that the enabling 
for the exercise of that gratitude is always there, be- 
cause grace gifts us on a daily basis. 


CLASS OF 1981 

The platform party at baccalaureate service pictured left to 
right are the following: Dr. Samuel Ferrell, Dr. Matthew 
McGowan, Lt. Col. Bobby D. Bell, President Mercer, Rev. 
Hubert Addleton, and Rev. Eugene M. Garlow. 

Commencement Exercises 

1 he 38th annual commencement exercises of the 
class of 1981 , which numbered 97 members, completed 
the year of 50th anniversary celebrations. 

The baccalaureate sermon was delivered to the 
senior class on May 9 in the Rudd Chapel by Dr. 
Matthew McGowan, senior pastor of Central Presbyte- 
rian Church, Chattanooga. Dr. McGowan holds the 
M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary and the 
D.D. degree from King College, Bristol, Tennessee. He 
was also graduated from the Command and General 
Staff College of the U.S. Army and continues to hold 
the reserve rank of colonel in the military. 

Through Dr. McGowan's leadership, his church is 
sponsoring for the second year a program for Viet- 
namese and Cambodian refugees under the ministry of 
John Ang, a Bryan junior and karate trainer from In- 

On May 10 graduation exercises were held in Rudd 
Memorial Chapel. Because of threatening rain, this was 
only the second time in more than two decades that 
graduation exercises, customarily held out-of-doors on 
the Triangle, had to be moved indoors. 

Two members of the graduating class, both Greek 
majors, gave the commencement addresses. One ad- 
dress is printed on pages 8 and 9 of this issue, the other 
is printed in the summer issue of the alumni publication 


Learning Life's Balance 


■1 "a 

■ % v ^Hi 

by Pamela Hear) xi 

Each year graduating seniors are invited to compete in the McKinney 
Essay Contest on the topic How Bryan Changed Me and How I Would 
Change Bryan." The 1981 winning essay is printed here Miss Henry, an 
English major, is one of four members of her family to attend Bryan and 
the third to be graduated She is the daughter of Dr and Mrs George 
Henry of Barnesville. Georgia. Pam. who was graduated cum laude. was 
one of thirteen seniors to appear in Who's Who Among Students m 
American Colleges and Universities. She was active in Practical Christian 
Involvement and spent one summer as a short-term missionary in Africa 

If we submit everything to reason, our religion will 
have nothing in it mysterious or supernatural. If we 
violate the principles of reason, our religion will be 
absurd and ridiculous." 

Bryan College has done much to achieve the delicate 
balance between reason and religion with which Pascal 
was concerned by providing a liberal arts education 
from a Christian perspective. We, graduating from 
Bryan, have been trained to use logic and yet not to 
discredit the supernatural and to believe in the mysteri- 
ous power of God without discrediting reason. This is 
the value of a balanced Christian liberal arts education. 

In addition to learning to weigh between religion and 
reason, my four years at Bryan have taught me much 
more. Upon entering Bryan, I had values — my parents' 
and my religion's. They were good, moral values, and I 
accepted them with no questions. My mind was atabula 
rasa — the "blank tablet" — willing to accept whatever 
anyone told me. Little by little, however, I learned to 
examine my hand-me-down values by asking myself. 
"Why do I believe this way? Are these beliefs based 
upon ancestral, cultural, or Biblical standards?" For- 
tunately, I never reached a crisis point where, sudden- 
ly, all I had ever based my life upon became meaning- 
less. Instead, with the help of teachers and friends, the 
examination revealed a sound foundation. A few gaps 
needed to be filled here and there, but otherwise the 
building space for the rest of my life had a solid base. 

As I began to understand my values, I saw that my life 
lacked purpose. The only goals that had ever been set in 
my life had been set for me by others' expectations. 
This was good, but the time had come to decide a few 
things for myself. Questions that l had never seriously 
considered suddenly became of the utmost importance: 
"What do I want out of life? How does one know God's 
will and guidance? Is there life after college? If so, what 
am I going to do with mine?" Aimless, drifting days 
came to a close. My policy became "Start moving. If 

God doesn't want you heading in the direction you are 
going in. He'll turn you in the right direction. But He 
can not steer a stationary body, so move." God has 
been faithful to the promise of Proverbs 3:6. He has 
directed my path. 

Goals and values — in these two vital areas I ha\e 
grown. However, if it were not for people, caring and 
loving people, there would be much that I might never 
have learned. People are what Bryan College is all 

Just as attending Bryan College has changed m> life, 
so there are several areas I would like to see changed at 
Bryan. With the growth of the student body, there are 
several areas that need to be considered. 

Teachers have often been some of my best friends 
here. They care. At times when I needed an older per- 
son to give me perspective or just to listen, they were 
there. This teacher-student relationship is a unique one 
that is not found in many schools. With the increased 
enrollment of students, many of the faculty are having 
to carry increased loads. The school should be willing to 
hire more faculty to compensate for this rise, not only to 
keep good relations between the students and the 
teachers, but also to keep the standards of education 
high by relieving some pressure. 

Adequate facilities is another problem faced because 
of growth. An over-crowded library w ith lack of proper 
study ing space, a need for a dorm ( since one-sixth of the 
student body currently has to live off campus t. a 
cafeteria which during lunch hour resembles a can of 
sardines — all these we need to expand. This problem 
has been discussed by the trustees, and a plan of action 
has been charted. A new dorm is planned within the 
next year or two. which will be followed by other neces- 
sary buildings. 

As students, as alumni, our duty is to support and to 
encourage Bryan College to grow — even as Bryan Col- 
lege has helped us to grow. 

SUMMER 1981 


Facing Life's Realities 

by David Broersma '81 

David Broersma was a two-year student at Bryan, transferring from 
the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music. He majored in Greek and 
was graduated summa cum laude. He received the Greek department 
award and shared with another graduate the Melvin Seguine scholar- 
ship for seniors anticipating the pastoral ministry. While a student at 
Bryan, he pastored a rural church. His wife, Susan, is the daughter of 
Bryan alumnus Rev. Russell Kaufman and Mrs. Kaufman of Byron 
Center, Mich., and worked as cashier in the college business office. 
Broersma plans to attend Dallas Theological Seminary this fall. This 
article was one of two selected for commehcement addresses through a 
written competition open to all seniors. 



lave you ever considered that one's graduating 
from college is strangely comparable to a young bird's 
being pushed out of its nest by its mother? Now this 
analogy is in no way intended to dishonor the institution 
either of school or home represented here, but there are 
certain similarities to consider. Perhaps the foremost 
element of comparison involves the native, intense in- 
terest which one has in security. After all, what little 
bird would willingly take a twenty- to thirty-foot plunge 
into an unknown world when he has never tested his 
flight gear and presently has every need met? This is 
just the point. A young bird has no intention of leaving 
all of this security to start a new life for himself. It is for 
this reason that the mother pushes the poor, unsuspect- 
ing little creature out of the nest. The result for the bird 
is that he will either put to use every faculty within his 
grasp in an attempt to pull out of an inevitable nose-dive 
or get hurt, to say the least. 

The college student is faced with a similar plight 
since, when the day comes, he will also be pushed out of 
a secure position into one which, for the most part, is far 
from secure. There is one important difference, how- 
ever, in that the student has full knowledge that such a 
day will come. 

Having considered this analogy, we ask ourselves 
whether we have been prepared for this inevitable 
plunge. Two questions may be asked in this regard. 
First, have I obtained all that was available to me while 
here at school? This, of course, is a personal question 
and must be answered individually. 

Second, how has my education here prepared me for 
what lies ahead? To answer this, one must review the 
basis of a Christian liberal arts education. The purpose 
of education itself is to prepare one for life in general. 
The purpose of a liberal arts education is to shape the 
individual in such a way that he will be well-rounded 
and better able to adapt to various situations and envi- 
ronments. The Christian emphasis reflects a higher and 
more noble goal — to enable one to be an influence in a 
positive way for the cause of Christ. 

In what way then has the student been prepared? 

There are three aspects of a Christian liberal arts educa- 
tion which give its graduates a definite advantage over 
those who have not had such an opportunity. 

A Philosophy That Works 

The first aspect to consider involves an exposure to a 
philosophy of life that works. This must be viewed in 
light of the prevailing philosophies of the day. They all 
have their basis in humanistic thinking, which exalts 
man and excludes or ignores God. The result is an 
ethical system which is virtually every man for himself. 
With no God to establish absolutes, every individual 
becomes his own god or is subject to someone who 
dares establish himself as a god. There is also no con- 
sideration for a life hereafter, but only for the here and 
now. This means that a person has only one chance to 
"make it," so that he must go for all he can get. How- 
ever, if someone should be so unfortunate as not to 
"make it," the result is total despair. 

Therefore, a philosophy which includes God, abso- 
lutes, and hope hereafter and is incorporated into the 
general course of study will be far more advantageous 
because it works even when the situation does not. It 
should also be noted that a course of study in itself is 
very limited in application apart from the unifying prin- 
ciple that ties the individual subjects together. These 
unifying principles therefore, rather than practice situa- 
tions or memorized formulas of subject matter, are the 
part of one's education which are adaptable to varying 
situations. Because of this incorporation of a unifying 
Christian philosophy with an intensive, yet generalized, 
liberal arts education, the graduate from such an institu- 
tion has both the capacity and perspective to function in 
this world according to God's purpose for him. 

Unity Amid Diversity 

The second aspect is that the student is exposed to a 
unity amid diversity. This is not to be viewed in a 
strictly philosophical sense but rather from a more prac- 
tical perspective. The world, when viewed as a social 
entity, is a complex organism. It consists of a vast 
diversity with a multiplicity of interconnected unifying 



factors, [f one is to rise above his circumstances and 

succeed, he must be socially adaptable to fit in wher- 
ever he finds himself. This means that although he is an 
individual and is not willing to give up certain beliefs 
and convictions, he must find applicable unifying lea 
tures which will allow him to communicate on the same 
level as those around him. This principle is equally 
adaptable to missionary set vice and to business associ- 
ations. Such a principle can be learned in the college- 
setting because of the variety of backgrounds rep- 
resented. If one is to get along, he must find unifying 
factors which will tie himself with others in order to 
have proper social interaction. 

The same idea is related to the Christian emphasis of 
the college because of the diversity of Christian 
backgrounds represented. In such a case it is necessary 
to have a unifying aspect which will bind the diversity 
into a unity without sacrificing anyone's individual 
convictions. This is the case here at Bryan and shall 
continue to be so long as Christ is held central and 
above all. 

This very exercise of promoting unity amid diversity 
for a higher goal will prove to be an invaluable experi- 
ence. In I Corinthians 9:22b, Paul is expressing this 
same principle when he says, "I am made all things to 
all men, that I might by all means save some." He is not 
expressing, however, a pragmatic dogma implying that 
one must put doctrine and ethics aside to reach people. 
As a matter of fact, Paul would be the first to refute such 
an interpretation in the light of his rigid adherence to 
correct doctrine and practice. It is. instead, a unifying 
principle which must be espoused both here at Bryan 
and in the world. 

Reality Amid Idealism 

The final aspect to which a Christian liberal arts stu- 
dent is exposed is that of a reality amid idealism. The 
idealism spoken of here is at the heart of Christian 
teaching. No one will deny that Christianity is idealis- 
tic. Even a casual reading of the Sermon on the Mount 
in Matthew 5-7 will cause the reader to be keenly aware 
of the idealism presented in Scripture to which the 
Christian is expected to adhere. Needless to say, no 
mere man is able to attain to the ideals set forth in 
Scripture. Even the apostle Paul stated in Philippians 
3:12a, "Not as though I had already attained, either 
were already perfect. " This means that we are forced to 
face the reality of the fact that in this life we are still 
subject to the sin nature and at times we will fail. The 
apostle John makes this clear in I John 1:8: "If we say 
that we have no sin. we deceive ourselves, and the truth 
is not in us." But he does not stop there: he goes on in 
verse 9 to say, "If we confess our sins. He is faithful and 
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all 
unrighteousness." This means that although we cannot 
live up to the ideal entirely, we are not without a provi- 
sion to rectify the situation. 

In practical terms this means that even a Christian 
institution is not perfect nor can be expected to be. It 
also means that the students attending a Christian in- 
stitution, along with the faculty and staff, are not per- 
fect. This is not to be taken as an excuse . but it is reality. 
This same reality is also very evident in the world. One 

urns i ihriiiuir Irani i < in i mi mi adherence to the ideal 
while t.i' Mir up to the reality It musl also be rcn 

be red that each mdi\ idual is responsible foi him! • ' 
i ni 'i to be pointing his finger at those he feels are not 
living close 10 the ideals he expects of them When one 
has internalized this principle, he will he better able 
both to function in the world and to be an example to 

I he ( linstian liberal arts graduate then is in now; 
a disadvantage: and he is. b\ far. hetter off than the little 
bird who has just been pushed out of his nesl M 
been exposed to a philosophy of life that works, a unity 
amid diversity, and reality amid idealism, he not only is 
prepared for life in general but has received the insight 
and perspective needed to deal with a world that needs 
desperately what he has — that is. the good news of 
salvation. Are we at a disadvantage ' Nay . in all these 
things we are more than conquerors through Him that 
loved us" (Romans 8:37). 

Pictured above is Scott Smith, one of the graduation speakers 
who has been president of the Student Senate for the past two 
years. The son of Wycliffe missionaries. Mr. and Mrs. Donald 
Smith. Scott has spent two summers as a short-term missionary 
and is anticipating a missionary career. He has a brother. 
Mark, and a sister. Susan, who are also Bryan graduates from 
the classes of 1977 and 1980. respectively. 

SUMMER 1981 


Christian Teens in Conflict 

by Kenneth Froemke '69 

One reads and hears today a great deal about the crisis in American higher education, 
including the future of the Christian college. Ken Froemkes article indicates that the 
ultimate crisis in the Christian college may well be moral and spiritual rather than financial 
or academic. Froemke shows that it is entirely possible for young people to be religious and 
Christian in some ways without really developing intellectual processes by which choices 
and decisions are made on the basis of the principles and values of Scripture. The develop- 
ment of a Christian mind in its students is the greatest challenge to the Christian college. 

Mr. Froemke, counselor and assistant professor of education and psychology, is a Bryan 
graduate who also holds the master of education from Middle Tennessee State University. 

he Christian experience is frequently likened to 
warfare in Scripture. It is obvious from II Corinthians 
10:3, 4 and Ephesians 6: 12 that this warfare is a spiritual 
one and will have eternal consequences. The Enemy, 
apparently, chooses a variety of battlegrounds upon 
which to launch his assaults. I Peter 2: 1 1 and II Timothy 
2:22 indicate that one of those primary battlegrounds is 
the realm of the "flesh" or the physical aspect of our 
human nature. Spiritual warfare, though fought on a 
physical battleground, requires spiritual weaponry as 
explained in Ephesians 6:11-13. 

During the last twenty years, it seems that Satan has 
escalated his attack on young people in this arena of the 
flesh. In a recent Kiplinger magazine, studies were 
cited indicating that the number of teenagers that exper- 
iment with alcohol and drugs before high-school gradu- 
ation is now in the majority. About half of all high- 
school students even report the availability of drugs and 
alcohol at school. The report continued to explain that 
sexual relationships in unmarried girls rose from 27 
percent ten years ago to 41 percent in 1976 and that the 
out-of-wedlock pregnancy rate for girls 15 to 17 has 
increased 53 percent in the last decade. 

Christian teenagers have particularly become a prime 
target for Satan's assault on moral and ethical stan- 
dards. Nearly all of the applicants to Bryan College are 
from Christian homes and churches and almost one- 
third have been in Christian high schools; yet, each 
year, from 15 percent to 20 percent of all applicants 
indicate that they are or have been users of alcohol or 
tobacco. Furthermore, nearly 10 percent confess to 
various degrees of drug experimentation and use. 
Counseling interviews and surveys conducted on cam- 
pus also indicate greater struggles with the Biblical 
absolutes of moral behavior, particularly in the areas of 
sexual relationships. Such "statistics" come not from 
the secular community but from Christian teenagers 
presently involved in such a conflict. 

How has Satan, who is in opposition to the truth of 
the Word of God, gained these kinds of victories in the 
battleground of the flesh? Of course, there exists the 
element of the natural inquisitiveness of youth, that 
inborn curiosity and desire to experiment. But there are 
other lines of battle that have been penetrated. The 
media influence of movies, television, music, and 
printed matter permeates the life of the Christian young 
person. Peer pressure is more intensive than ever be- 
fore, even among Christian teens. Being "conformed to 
the world" is now more and more the desire of the 

Christian young person. The Enemy has made gains in 
weakening the once solid institution of family and 
church so that even some Christian homes experience 
breakdown in child-parent communication, and many 
churches fail to meet needs of its youth. The general 
world moral climate and ease in which immoral, unethi- 
cal, and unspiritual opportunities can be encountered 
by young people are reflected in the description of "last 
days" in II Timothy 3:1-7. 

Where does Bryan College stand in the midst of this 
melee? Philosophically and doctrinally, Bryan stands 
just as it did at its inception fifty years ago. The charter 
principle that Bryan be "distinctly Christian and 
spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the 
Lord Jesus Christ and the divine inspiration and infalli- 
bility of the Bible' ' is upheld as vigorously as ever. Such 
a doctrine does not imply passivity, however, and the 
administration, faculty, and staff of the college have not 
just endorsed a lofty ideal while ignoring the realities of 
these times. Realizing that Christian young people are 
in a greater conflict than ever before, Bryan College is 
seeking to address student needs in this area. This 
spring, this very topic was on the agenda of both a 
faculty workshop and the April board of trustees meet- 
ing. And, although some efforts will be made in the 
admissions process itself, the results of such discus- 
sions show a greater commitment to the spiritual 
growth of students on campus. On the administrative 
level, key committees such as the Academic Council 
and Citizenship Committee are developing plans of op- 
eration with specific goals and objectives to get at this 
matter. Faculty members, realizing the nature of the 
spiritual warfare, have held regular weekly prayer 
meetings to seek continued strength and guidance. On 
the staff level, Counseling Services has already initiated 
a program of peer counseling and is preparing to employ 
it this fall. Student groups, such as the newly elected 
Student Senate, are formulating goals to meet student 
needs. The rising sophomore class has completed and 
received approval for its own program of advising and 
counseling with incoming freshmen. 

Bryan College, by God's grace, has continued to 
have a significant impact on the lives of Christian young 
people. Each decade the institution has met new chal- 
lenges head on. Now that the challenge threatens the 
very spiritual lives of students, Bryan College will not 
ignore the conflict. "For if the trumpet give an uncer- 
tain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle" (I 
Corinthians 14:8)? 



Teens and Twenties in Service 

i \ <Vfa 

Parker Fiori 


Tutoring Juveniles 

I wo students from the educa- 
tion and psychology department- 
junior Kim Fiori, of Greensboro, 
North Carolina, and sophomore 
Rick Parker, of Ladysmith. 
Wisconsin — conducted tutoring 
sessions for ten local children who 
had been adjudicated by the Rhea 
County Juvenile Court to be unruly 
or delinquent. Asa result of the per- 
sonal attention and assistance 
which often went far beyond the 
teaching of reading and math, all of 
the children were able to return to 
the regular classroom; and two were 
advanced one grade during the year 
to make up for past failures. Mrs. 
Teresa Littell, Rhea County youth 
services officer, gave high personal 
commendation to the Bryan stu- 
dents in presenting them with an 
award for community service at the 
annual Honors Day in late April. 

Coaching Olympians 

Light Bryan College students 
who were enrolled in P.E. 327 dur- 
ing the spring semester obtained 
firsthand experience working with 
handicapped children. The course, 
titled Adaptive Physical Education, 
is designed to teach prospective 
teachers how to provide a program 
of physical education for handi- 
capped children. 

The instructors of the class. Mrs. 
Diana Miller and Mr. William Coil- 
man, arranged with the special edu- 
cation teacher of Rhea Elementary 
School. Mrs. Eva Sinclair *66. to 
have the Bryan students "coach" 
her students as they prepared for 
the Special Olympics. The eight 
Bryan students who worked with 

the children once a week foi eight 
weeks were the following: Helen 
Gangur, Cleveland. Ohio; Beverly 
Rail, Pasadena, Maryland; Marc 
Emery, Arlington, Virginia; Julie 
Snyder. Miami. Florida; Ron 
Nyberg. St. Petersburg, Florida; 
Alice Eddv. Ouito. Ecuador; Ken 

Millci \[>f>i' ( reel ' >hio and 
Robin Kaisei Emei Jer- 

sey. I "in ol the Bi ■■'!' tudents 
went id ii rial Special Olym- 

pics in f hattanooga w ith '•' 

Sine En r ■-. class on '•' Ill's t pc- 

cial evenl Id handicapped children. 
officially known as Area IV Annual 
Special Olympic Track anil Field 
Meet now in its thirteenth . 
was held at Mc< allie field in < hat 


Some twenty Bryan students made plans to engage in short-term summer 
missions projects as listed below: 
Name Home Field Mission 

James Ashley 

Phoenix. Arizona 

Summer Institute of 

Linguistics. Oklahoma 

.', , ". 

•Judith Ashley 

Phoenix. Arizona 



"Beth Butler 

Dayton. Tenn. 


'.' •.-.-- 

Allan Courtnght 

Miami, Fla. 


•Jerry Day 

Columbus. Ind. 

Solomon Islands 


Karen Dye 

Shuaiba. Kuwait 


Child Evangelism FeMowship 

'Kim Fiori 

Greensboro. N.C. 


Hawaiian island 'Assoo 

■Jackie Griffin 

Bellbrook. Ohio 


Sudan Interior Mission 

'Laurie Gross 

Bogota. Colombia 



"Bruce Harrison 

Belem. Brazil 

Summer Institute of 
Linguistics, North Dakota 

Cynthia Hekman 

Chattanooga, Tenn. 



•Julie Holmes 

Mason. Mich. 

Central America 

Practical Missionary Tramng 

"Dorothy Johnson 

Athens. Tenn. 



"Kathy Kindberg 



.■. .- Re 

Anne Lohse 

Asheville, N.C. 


Greater Europe Mission 

'David Lynch 

Whitesboro, N.Y. 


Guatemala Evang Mission 

Rick Parker 

Ladysmith, Wise. 


an Island Mission 

•Joy Ruth 

Waxhaw, N.C 

Summer Institute of 
Linguistics. Oklahoma 


Lyn Sedlak 

Blue River. Wise. 



Scott Smith 

Waxhaw. N.C. 


Send '-e „ -.-■ --. 

'Received partial support from Bryan students and faculty under the Summer '•' 

Practical Christian Involvement office. 

"Faculty Member 

Bill\ Lewter 

Professor Trains 
Community Parents 

During March and April. Dr. Bill] 
Lewter, associate professor of 
psychology, taught a parenting 
course for six weeks at the Rhea 
Central Elementary school under 
the direction of the Rhea County 

Juvenile Court. The course was de- 
signed for parents of children in dif- 
ficulty, but it was also attended by 
other parents of both Dayton and 
Spring City and by county teachers 
who received in-service training 
credit for it. The course brought to- 
gether about 40 parents from the 
community, whose response indi- 
cated the gaining of new insights in 
caring for and assisting their chil- 
dren. This program was coordi- 
nated by Teresa Littell under the 
office of County Executive Dan 

At the request of the Rhea County 
high-school teachers. Dr. Lewter 
conducted in April a one-afternoon 
in-service training program on self- 
abusing children with about 60 
teachers participating. 

SUMMER 1981 





Don Lonie, described as the 
"dean of North American high- 
school speakers," has been ap- 
pointed field representative and 
special assistant to the president. 

Mr. Lonie will minister in schools 
and churches with special attention 
to the needs of high-school students 
and their parents. He has addressed 
more than 4,000 high-school assem- 
bly audiences in the past 25 years 
and has reached more than two mil- 
lion students with his message. 

He is the father of Beth Brad- 
shaw, whose husband, Steve, a 
1975 alumnus, is now assistant pro- 
fessor of psychology at Bryan. 

Craig Williford, of Denver, Col- 
orado, has accepted an appointment 
as assistant professor of Christian 
Education. He will begin his duties 
with the opening of the fall semes- 
ter, replacing Galen Smith, who is 
leaving to take further study. 

A graduate of Cedarville College 
in 1975, Mr. Williford received the 
M.A. in Christian Education this 
year from the Conservative Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Denver. 
He has served on the staff of several 
churches in Ohio and at present is 
Christian Education Director for 
Judson Memorial Baptist Church in 
Denver. He is married and has two 

Richard Hill, of Portland, Ore- 
gon, will be added this fall as assis- 
tant professor of business to replace 
Robert George, who returns to pri- 

vate business as a C.P.A. Mr. Hill 
completed the master's degree in 
theology this spring at Western 
Conservative Baptist Theological 
Seminary in Portland in order to 
supplement his business back- 
ground with a theological training in 
preparation for teaching in a Chris- 
tian college. He holds the B.S. from 
the Illinois Institute of Technology 
and the M.B.A. from the University 
of Chicago. After several years' ex- 
perience in the business world, he 
served two years as assistant direc- 
tor of the management division at 
Marylhurst College in Marylhurst, 


Dr. Charles R. Thomas, associate 
professor of education, was one of 
the speakers on the program of the 
spring conference of the Tennessee 
Association of Colleges for Teacher 
Education, meeting at Burns, 
Tenn., in April. His subject was 
"Microcomputers in Education — 
Computer Literacy for Teachers." 

A picture of Dr. Thomas, his 
wife, Carole, and two of their four 
children recently appeared on the 
front cover of the May-June 1981 
issue of Evangelizing Today's Child, a 

journal of the Child Evangelism Fel- 

W. Gary Phillips, assistant pro- 
fessor of Greek and Bible since 
1975, was selected by the student 
body to receive its Teacher-of- 
the-Year award. The presentation 
was made by senate president Scott 
Smith during the Honors Day as- 
sembly on April 29. It was the third 
time the popular young professor 
has received the honor. 

Dr. Brian C. Richardson, profes- 
sor of Christian Education, ad- 
dressed a breakfast meeting for area 
pastors in Chattanooga in March. 
The program was sponsored by the 
David C. Cook Co., one of the na- 
tion's top three publishers of non- 
denominational Sunday school lit- 
erature. The purpose of the confer- 
ence was to help pastors train their 
lay leaders and work more effec- 
tively with them. 

Martin E. Hart/ell, assistant pro- 
fessor of biology since 1975, was 
awarded the Ph.D. in basic limnol- 
ogy, the scientific study of fresh 
waters, especially ponds and lakes. 
The degree was conferred by In- 
diana University at Bloomington, 
the same institution from which he 
had earned the M.S. in biology. 


Faculty and staff members who completed terms of service at Bryan at 
five-year intervals and were recognized on Honors Day with a Citation of 
Merit and a cash gift commensurate with the length of service are as follows: 
25 Years 

Dr. Theodore C. Mercer, president 
Dr. Willard Henning, emeritus professor of 

20 Years 

Dr. Richard Cornelius '55. professor of Eng- 

Dr. Mayme Bedford '65, professor of educa- 
tion and psychology 

15 Years 

Dr. John Bartlett. professor of fine arts 
Mrs. Ruth Bartlett, assistant professor of 

Mrs. Rebecca Van Meeveren, assistant di- 
rector of library services 
Mrs. Mary Liebig. bookstore manager 
William B. Cather. maintenance mechanic 
and carpenter 

Miss Virginia Seguine '54. director of admis- 

10 Years 

Dr. Robert D. Andrews '67, dean of men and 
assistant professor of Bible and Greek 

Mrs. Mildred Arnold, secretary in counseling 

Mrs. Gleneale Zopfi, secretary in support 
services and switchboard operator 

5 Years 
Miss Betty Ann Brynoff, assistant professor 

of English 
Miss Cynthia Chrisfield, secretary to the 

dean of students 
Dr. Robert L. McCarron, associate professor 

of English 
Larry Wooten, superintendent in janitorial 

service and buildings and grounds 

Mercer, Henning, Cornelius, Bedford J. &R. Bartlett, VanMeeveren, Liebig, Cather 



Dean Ropp is flanked by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ropp, with Coach 
Wayne Dixon at right. 


A 1981 graduate who majored in 
Greek and history and was the 
Lion's basketball center, Dean 
Ropp, of Watkinsville, Georgia, re- 
ceived the highest honor given by 
the National Christian College Ath- 
letic Association, the Murchison 
Award. The annual award is pre- 
sented to the outstanding Christian 
basketball player of the nation. 

Dean received the trophy and a 
$500 scholarship accompanying it at 
the tip-off banquet in Chattanooga 
for the 14th annual NCCAA Divi- 
sion I basketball tournament. The 
presentation was made by Bobby 
Richardson, former New York 
Yankee second baseman, a member 
of the selection committee and the 
official chaplain for this year's tour- 

For Bryan, Ropp's achievement 
meant a trophy and a gift of $2,000 
for the athletic program, as well as 
added prestige coming on the heels 
of the 50th anniversary honors and 
celebrations of the past academic 

Other national honors awarded to 
Dean at the conclusion of his college 
sports career were his selection for 
the CoSIDA (college division) 
Academic All-American first team 
(by vote of sports information direc- 
tors from all colleges and univer- 
sities in the nation), the NAIA 
Academic All-American team, and 
the NCCAA honorable mention 
All-American team. 

Under the direction of Coach 
Wayne Dixon. Dean scored more 
than 1,500 points in his basketball 
career. The 6' 6" center has aver- 

aged 15 points per game during his 
four seasons at Bryan. He was 
named All-Conference in the SCAC 
for three years. 

Dean's outstanding academic 
ability enabled him to carry adouble 
major in history and Greek and still 
earn highest honors at graduation. 
He is listed in the current issue of 
Who's Who in American Colleges and 
Universities and was twice given the 
P. A. Boyd award as a student 
"whose powers and attainments of 
body and mind and whose princi- 
ples and character have secured the 
highest degree of influence over his 
fellow students." 

Three years ago Dean served as a 
summer missionary with the Sports 
Ambassadors' basketball program, 
which took him to several major 
cities of the Orient. This year he 
made weekly visits to the SMR class 
at Rhea Central Elementary school 
to encourage the children in their 
learning efforts. 

Following his marriage in June to 
Cherie Watkins '80. Dean antici- 
pates further training for Christian 
service at Trinity Evangelical Divin- 
ity School, where he plans to enroll 
this fall. 


Two soccer players receiving na- 
tional recognition were Francisco 
Cleaves '81. who was selected to 
the NCCAA All-American first 
team, and John Hurlbert. who was 
named to the second team. Cleaves. 
a fullback from Honduras, was cap- 
tain of the Lions this season. 

Hurlbert. a freshman from "i 
I';, who played forward posil 
was leading I ion scorer during ihe 
19X0 season, tallying t< and 

sists in his first year of pi. 
Bi ■■m. 


Softball. I he l ad ■ Lioi com- 
piled a 17-13 record and gained the 
l 9K l stale championship. Tl 

hosted this year's state tournament 
and won ihe championship by de- 
feating Milligan ( ollege (the •- 
state champion), lour Lad) I. ions 
who were voted to the All-State 
team were freshman Karen Brad- 
shaw. of Grays ville, lenn.: sopho- 
more Kim Fiori. of Grecnsh 
N.C.: sophomore Martha Ardelean. 
of Brasilia. Brazil: and freshman 
Jane Shaver, of Dayton. Tenn. 
Karen Bradshaw was also selected 
the team's Most Valuable Pla\erfor 

Tennis. The women's tennis team 
compiled a 3-5 record this spring. 
Suzanne Michel of Little Rock. 
Ark., who was Br\an's number-one 
player with a 4-4 record, 
selected as this year's Most Valu- 
able Player. Nadine Lightner. of 
Dallas. Texas, compiled a 3-4 rec- 
ord while playing in the number-two 
position. The men's team had a low 
season w ith a 0-5 game total. Bobb> 
DuVall. of Jacksonville. Fla.. 
the team's Most Valuable Player. 

Baseball. The Lions completed 
the 1981 baseball slate with an 1 1-24 
record. Two freshmen led the team 
in almost every offensive category: 
Steve McNamara. of Grinnell. 
Iowa, led in hitting, at bats. runs. 
singles, and hits: and Chris Stal- 
ling*, of Trenton. Georgia. 
voted the team's Most Valuable 
Pla\er as he led in triples, home 
runs, stolen bases, and pitching, 
and was second leadinc hitter. 

Hurlbert. Cleaves. Coach Reeser 

SUMMER 1981 


Tips On Planned Giving 

Your Will . . . or the State's Will . . 
Whose Will will it be? 

One of the most important decisions you will make in 
life concerns who will get your possessions after your 

And if you don't write down your plans in a legally 
written will, the State will make the decision for you. 

The State will choose an administrator, appoint a 
guardian for minor children, and divide up your estate 
according to the laws of descent and distribution. The 
State will make the decisions you should have made. 
What the State decides may not be what you wanted 
and will not include your charitable interests. 

By making a will, you can save unnecessary settle- 
ment costs; but more important, you can save your 
loved ones much suffering and hardship. 

The Advancement Office of Bryan will be glad to 
send you helpful information on preparing a will, estab- 
lishing a charitable trust, or purchasing a gift annuity. 
There is no obligation. Fill out the coupon below and 
mail it today or call collect to Fred Stansberry, Director 
of Planned Giving, (615) 775-2041. 

Fred Stansberry 
Director of Planned Giving 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

Dear Mr. Stansberry: 

Please send me free of charge the following infor- 

Giving Through Your Will 
Giving Through Gift Annuities 
Giving Through Life Income Plans 









Mrs. Norman Heads Capital Campaign 

Dr. Ian Hay, chairman of the Bryan College Board of 
Trustees, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Clif- 
ford T. Norman of Clemmons, North Carolina, as the 
national chairman of Bryan" s Decade of the Eighties 
$10,000,000 capital campaign and of Mr. John Cam- 
menga, Chattanooga businessman, as vice chairman. 

Mrs. Norman, a trustee since 1978. is a homemaker 
and former special agent for Prudential Insurance 
Company of America. She served on Bryan's National 
Advisory Committee prior to her election as a board 
member. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, of 
Winston-Salem, and the Winston-Salem Symphony 
Guild and serves on the board of the Bermuda Run 
Country Club. 

John A. Cammenga has served on the board of trus- 
tees since 1974. A former vice president of La-Z-Boy 
Chair Company, he is now in the insurance business 
and travels widely in the United States. He and his wife, 
Esther, have five children, one of whom, John Jr., is a 
student at Bryan. 

The national committee will seek to involve all of 
Bryan's alumni and friends in identifying, cultivating, 
and soliciting major donor prospects. 

Bryan Alumni Organize for Campaign Effort 

The Bryan Alumni Association has accepted the chal- 
lenge to participate in the capital campaign efforts. 
Local committees have been formed under the leader- 
ship of Alumni President Wayne Cropp and Chat- 
tanooga Times editor Michael Loftin for Chattanooga 
and Larry Levenger for Dayton. These two committees 
plan to contact all alumni in the local counties for gifts 
and pledges to the dormitory fund. 

Banquets Gain New Friends for Bryan 

During the 50th anniversary year, Bryan held ban- 
quets in 14 cities and shared the Bryan story with more 
than 3,000 guests. The banquet program included a 
report from President Theodore Mercer, a musical pre- 
sentation by the Bryan Gospel Messengers, and an 
audio-visual presentation of Bryan's plans for the 80s. 



iWemortal (Site 

January I, 19X1 to May 31, 1 «>S I 


Mr. Roy Adams 

Dr, and Mis. Karl Kccfcr 

Mrs. Hugh L. Torbett 

Mr. and Mis. Noah (). Pitts. ,li . 

Mr. and Mis. I . Rudd Loder, Jr. 

Mrs. Charles Parsons 

Mrs. Mary (j. Bryson 

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Von Busch 

Mr. and Mrs. Ira W. Rudd 

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen I). Brewer 

Mrs. Wilma Harrow 

Mrs. Mary G. Bryson 

Mrs. Kenneth Viger 

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Tindal 

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Young. Jr. & Sr. 

Mrs. George M. Trout 

Mrs. Clifford T. Norman 

Mr. Alan Cordova 

Dr. and Mrs. Cleland Blake 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mrs. Ruth Houston Baker 

Miss Faith Rhoads 


Mr. and Mrs. T. Rudd Loder. Jr. 
Drs. Michael and Muriel Bah 

In Memory of 

Mrs. Versa Adams 

Mr. Clyde Fitzgerald. Sr. 

Mr. o. C. Torbett 

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Senler. Sr. 

Mr. and Mrs. I , Rudd Lodci . Si 

Rev. Charles Parsons 

Mr. Harvey Mann 

Mrs. Anna Hotipt 

Mr. Harvey Mann 

Mr. Harvey Mann 

Mr. Herman Zanger 

Mrs. Ralph H. Seott 

Mr. Kenneth E. Viger 

Mrs. Mary L. Brown 

Mrs. Ed. J. Arnold 

Rev. George M. Trout 

Mr. Cyrus Colon Dawson 

Mrs. Florence Cordova 

Mr. W. B. Mitchell 

Mr. Lee Taylor 

Mr. Philip Houston 

Mrs. Anna Houpt 

In Honor of 

Dr. Irving Jensen 

Dr. and Mrs. William B. Marshall. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Wynsema 


(continued from last issue) 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Avel 

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Crahtree 

Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Holland 

Mrs. F. L. Robinson 

Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Shanks 

Ms. Ruth A. Van Horn 

Mrs. Glenn W. Woodlee 

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Wylde 

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Cooley 

Miss Celia Marie Dixon 

Mrs. Ruth K. Rosnic 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Steele 

Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Litton 

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Cooley 

Mrs. Robert Clementson 

Mrs. E. L. Tucker 

Miss Marjorie Ogle 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Arnold Chambers 


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or loved one, why not do it in a meaningful and 
lasting way — with a memorial gift to Bryan Col- 
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personal obligation. (2) It helps provide a qual- 
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women at Bryan who are preparing to serve the 

Families of the departed friend or loved one 
will be notified promptly by a special acknowl- 
edgement. In addition, the memorial acknowl- 
edgement will be listed in our quarterly period- 
ical, Bryan Life. 

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SUMMER 1981 



To qualify for this grant, Bryan 
College must receive an addi- 
tional $200,000 in new gifts and 
pledges by December 31, 1981. 

Men's Dormitory 
Total Cost 

Dormitory Status Report 

Cash and pledges $565,000 

(prior to challenge) 
Challenge promised 
Gifts toward challenge 

(by June 10, 1981) 
Needed for challenge 
Balance needed 

for dorm 




Total cost for dorm $2,000,000 


— 180,000- 


1 160,000- 


'The things which are impossible 
with men 

are possible with God." 
Luke 18:27 

To participate, write to: 

Stephen Harmon 
Advancement Office 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

April 1, 1981 

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DAY: 37321 



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