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Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Dayton, Tennessee 37321 
(615) 775-2041 


Tlaeodore C. Mercer 

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Stephen Harmon 
Rebecca Peck 
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BRYAN LIFE is published four 
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nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee. Second class post- 
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Copyright 1981 


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Photo Credits: 

The cover photo was taken by 
Mark Garrett '80. Shown left to 
right are Nadine Lightner, 
Lyman Welton, Tina and 
Monique Pierce, and Jeff Nyberg 
in the wooded campus setting in 
front of the administration build- 
ing. In the background are John 
Ang, Mike Work, Sandy Ross, 
and Miriam Daniel. 

Volume 7 


Number 1 

FACING THE DECADE OF THE 80s — An overview of the 1981 fall 
enrollment statistics is supplemented with pictorial glimpses into the 
opening-of-school activities. 

OVERCOMING BARRENNESS: A study of John 1 5 provides a series 
of secrets for becoming a successful fruit-bearing Christian. By Rev. 
Ollie Goad. 

FRUIT-BEARING FROM BRYAN ROOTS: A personal testimony by 
a Bryan alumnus climaxes in his enlarged scope of interest in mis- 
sions. By Dr. Kenneth Hanna '57. 

LIVING IN LOVE: The dean of students reviews Bryan's philosophy 
in the purpose for its rules and regulations. By Kermit Zopfi x'50. 

QUALIFYING THE PROSPECTS: This is a personal introduction to 
Ginny Seguine, who corresponded with 3,000 college prospects to 
identify the 240 new freshmen and transfer students who enrolled this 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE: Here is the story of how a 
magazine advertisement was the initial link in the chain of events that 
led a South Sea island girl to attend Bryan. By Ruth Subris. 

CAMPUS REVIEW:A review of recent faculty and staff activities and 
changes in position will give an insight into some of the operations 
that keep the "wheels turning" at Bryan. 

PLANNING OUR $10,000,000 CAMPAIGN: An interview with Mrs. 
Clifford Norman, the national campaign chairman, presents the col- 
lege plan of expansion and the chairman's optimistic view of Bryan's 
financial goals. 





The articles in this issue of BRYAN LIFE 
combine to reflect the happy excitement of a 
new school year — in the reunion and sharing 
of summer experiences by faculty and con- 
tinuing students; in the anticipation by enter- 
ing freshmen at the prospect of college life 
and the interesting stories relevant to the 
choice of Bryan; in the suspense, felt espe- 
cially by the Admissions Office personnel, as each "qualified prospect" 
arrives to become a new Bryan student: in the challenge to Bryan faculty, 
staff, and administrators not only to provide a quality education but also to 
promote "fruit-bearing"; in the hope for success in the future as judged by 
results of the past. 

We are grateful to the Lord that we begin this fifty-second year of the 
college with a balanced budget and a steady enrollment. We thank our 
friends for their support and ask for their continued prayers and good wishes. 

Theodore C. Mercer 



The returning students featured on the cover photo were on hand 
to greet the 240 new students in August. 

Dean Liebig and Registrar Howard assist freshmen 
Troy Brown and Nancy Liddawi. 

Jeff Pinder and Lori Trebing attend the formal 
President's Reception. 

Sara and Kara Benedict and John Dale Garlow 
welcome the daily mail call. 

r\s Bryan College launches into a new academic year early in the decade of 
the 80s with renewed dedication and purpose, we recognize on one hand the 
conflicts and pressures but on the other hand the power of God to lead and 
provide for us. 

We agree that the economic pressures today make Bryan's balanced budget 
for 1980-81 a real miracle. We praise God for the Christian standards of conduct 
which Bryan students support while strengthening their own good habits, 
reinforcing moral values in areas where they might be weak, and resisting the 
pressures to conform to the standards of this world. 

We salute the Bible colleges and Christian liberal arts colleges across the 
land that serve the young people who desire to be trained for the Lord's 
service. Bryan takes its place in the southeastern region as an accredited 
interdenominational evangelical Christian college of arts and sciences seeking 
to live out in daily experience its motto. "Christ Above All." 

The fall enrollment report at press time revealed a total registration of 628. Of 
these, 567 are full-time students and 61 are part-time. A significant factor in this 
year's student body is the record number of boarding students — 518 living in 
college housing and eating in the cafeteria. The slight increase in residential 
students is nearly offset by a small decline in married students, holding the 
overall increase in enrollment to 1 percent. 

Tennessee continues its tenuous hold on the number one place in enrollment 
with a total of 130, counting 55 part-time students. Florida, however, continues 
as number one in full-time enrollment with 111. Georgia is in third place. Other 
states among the top ten are, in order, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Virginia, 
Michigan, Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

The student body continues to have a strong international flavor with its 48 
representatives from 19 countries. Of these, 13 are foreign nationals and the 
remaining are Americans who have spent much of their lives in the country 
where their parents have served in missionary or other professional service. 

The 22 children of alumni who returned to the campus this year were joined 
by 12 freshmen and transfer students whose parents attended Bryan to make a 
total of 34 second-generation students. It is significant that two of these alumni 
children, Naomi and Cindy Williamson, daughters of Richard '60 and Faith'70 
(Allem) Williamson, are also third-generation students since their grandfather. 
Dr. Warren Allem, is a Bryan graduate of the class of 1957. 

There was an unusual surge of interest in the college choir this fall with well 
over a hundred students trying out for its 60 positions. Other extracurricular 
activities, such as Christian service opportunities, intramural and intercol- 
legiate sports, and the drama club are finding a hearty response as the Bryan 
family spirit is communicated to a new class and the Bryan Lion is paraded in a 
new sports season. 

To provide for this steady growth and to improve existing facilities, the 
Advancement Department of the college is continuing its promotion to raise 
$2,000,000 to build a new men's dormitory. The immediate goal is to raise 
$200,000 by December 31, 1981, to qualify for a challenge grant of like amount 
from a Chattanooga foundation. By September, $90,000 had been raised 
toward the challenge, and $700,000 overall toward the $2,000,000. The ex- 
tended plans for the 80s include a new library-learning center, the expansion of 
the gymnasium, and a new student center for a total of $10,000,000. 

Indeed, we are facing the 80s with sincere enthusiasm, with great hope, but 
with humble trust in God, who leads His children to share their means to 
promote His work. 

FALL 1981 



Final Message at the 1981 Summer Bible Conference 

bv Ollie Goad. D.D. 

"Lord, let there arise a man in me, that the man I 

am may cease to be." God has made us new creatures 
in Christ; old things have passed away and all things 
have become new. But sometimes they aren't really 
new, are they? Sometimes the things that we see and the 
things that we hear in ourselves, we can hardly believe, 
and we say, "Did that come out of me? Do you mean I 
said that? I don't want to talk like that." Have you ever 
found yourself saying that? 

Sometimes we say. "Oh. that's the old nature" or 
"Well, the devil made me do it." By such expressions 
we are trying to avoid the responsibility of living like 
Christ. He is our example. "Christ has also left us this 
example that we should follow in His steps." 

"He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also 
so to walk, even as He walked." "For to me to live is 
Christ, and to die is gain." We are supposed to live like 
the Lord Jesus in this life. To do that, we must be an 
overcomer. We must overcome our enemies — Satan, 
the flesh, temptation, the world — all those enemies that 
lurk to sidetrack us and cause us to fall from the stead- 
fastness that we have in Christ. We have to learn to deal 
with situations, obstacles, and challenges right where 
they are and in the nature that we find them. 

Now I am concerned with overcoming barrenness — 
overcoming the danger of living an entire life and not 
fulfilling the purpose of Christ for our lives. What is the 
goal of Christ for us? It is found in EphesiansZ: 10: "For 
we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto 
good works, which God hath before ordained that we 
should walk in them." 

The problem is that so many people never get around 
to finding God's purpose. They are misplaced pedes- 
trians, wandering from pillar to post, wondering what 
they are supposed to be doing. We don't have to live 
like that. 

"Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: 
and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even 
our faith." "Without faith it is impossible to please 
Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is . 
and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek 
Him." "Forgetting those things that are behind, and 
reaching forth unto those things that are before. I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God 
in Christ Jesus." 

If we want to know the will of God. we shall know the 
will of God. That's what it takes — whole-hearted seek- 
ing of the will of God. "Ye shall seek me and ye shall 
find me, when ye shall seek me with all your heart." 

John 15 is our passage. We will address ourselves to 
the matter of fruit-bearing in the Christian life. "These 
things have I spoken unto you" (verse 11). Why. Lord? 
Why did you speak these specific things to your disci- 
ples and ultimately to many others who would hear of 
them and read of them? "That my joy might remain in 
you. and that your joy might be full." Full! Not partial. 

Dr. Ollie V. Goad is pastor of Colonial Hills Baptist Church. East 
Point, Georgia. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has 
served churches such as Madison Avenue Baptist Church, Pat- 
erson, New Jersey, and Wealthy Street Baptist Church, Grand 
Rapids, Michigan. His honorary doctor of divinity degree was 
conferred in recognition of his twenty-five years of pastoral minis- 
try. He and his wife are the parents of four sons. 

not well-tasted, but full. The full joy of the Lord is to be 
known only in the full accomplishment of the will of the 
Lord for us. 

This chapter addresses itself to fruit-bearing, which is 
the antithesis of barrenness. Many Christians have 
never won a soul to Christ not because they are limited 
physically, psychologically, or by opportunity but be- 
cause they have never prepared themselves and antici- 
pated the opportunity so that when the door opened 
they could walk through it. But verse 16 says: "Ye have 
not chosen me. but I have chosen you. and ordained 
you. that you should bring forth fruit . and that your fruit 
should remain." 

Secret of Life in Christ 

Jesus is in the business of bringing forth fruit through 
His people. That is the only way He does it. What is the 
secret of life in Christ? Jesus said in John 10:10. "I am 
come that they might have life, and that they might have 
it more abundantly." We know Christians like that, 
don't we? Christians that always seem to have an abun- 
dant life. Their life is full to overflowing. It is fruitful: it 
is joyful: it is effective: it is influential: it is an inspira- 
tion: and they are a benediction to our own lives. What 
makes them that way? 

The secret of life in Christ is fruit-bearing. If the 
secret of life in Christ is fruit-bearing, what is the secret 
of fruit-bearing? The secret of fruit-bearing is abiding: 
and if the secret of life in Christ is fruit-bearing and the 
secret of fruit-bearing is abiding, what is the secret of 
abiding? The secret of abiding is obeying. And what is 
the secret of obeying? The secret of obeying is loving. 
That is my outline for this message. 

Now let's work our way through this secret of life in 
Christ. We are not talking about mere existence. We are 
not talking about being "saved as though by fire." We 
are not talking about walking the thin line of com- 
promise and disaster. We are talking about abundant 
life in Christ. What is the secret of that life? It is fruit- 
bearing. When we are bearing fruit, we are enjoying the 
fullness of the life in Christ. Look at verse 2: "Every 
branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away, and 
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it [or 
washeth it], that it may bring forth more fruit." And 
again in verse 6: "If a man abide not in me. he is cast 
forth as a branch and is withered: and men gather them 
and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." 

In Matthew 13. there is a parable of the sower sowing 
the seed. The sower aoes forth to sow. The seed falls on 





Mr. and Mrs. Goad 

four kinds of earth. It falls on the hard ground, on stony 
ground, on thorny ground, and on good ground. Now 
which of those four represents the receptive and fruitful 
heart? The good ground. How do we know? All the 
others are erroneous. Only one of the four represents a 
genuine heart, a receptive heart, a new heart, a fruitful 
heart. How do we know? Because the seed sprang up 
and brought forth fruit, some hundredfold, some sixty- 
fold, some thirtyfold; but it all brought forth fruit. The 
other three brought forth no fruit: so they were spuri- 
ous, they were erroneous, fakes, phonies. Only the one 
kind of heart was genuine and receptive. So the secret 
of life in Christ is fruit-bearing! 

What kind of fruit is the Christian life supposed to 
bear? I have listed seven of the kinds of fruit that every 
Christian life can bear. There are other fruits dependent 
upon your particular spiritual gift. The talent, the en- 
dowment that God has given you may enable you to 
bring forth to the glory of Christ other forms of fruit that 
not all Christians can bring forth, but these you can. 

Fruit of the Spirit 

My list of seven begins with the fruit of the Spirit. 
Someone says. "Isn't it more important to bear the fruit 
of soul-winning?" Absolutely not. It is more important 
to know that there is fruit within your own heart before 
you try to bring fruit into somebody else's life. And the 
fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22, 23 — "love, joy, 
peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, faith, 
meekness, temperance" — is the fruit of the inner heart. 
God wants you to blossom, to bring forth fruit that spills 
out of your heart through your personality into the lives 
of others to become a benediction to them. If you are 
filled with the Spirit, yielded to the Spirit, not grieving 
the Spirit nor quenching the Spirit, then there ought to 
be fruit in your life. And others will know it. 

God has given us a wonderful apparatus within our 
psyche that is ever so mysterious, called the subcon- 
scious mind. After meeting the Lord and realizing the 
potential of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we are subcon- 
sciously made aware by God that these fruits can be 

Let me illustrate that very briefly. Just as a person 
doesn't have to remind himself all day that he has on a 
suit that feels and looks good or that it is a rainy, dreary 
day or even that he is married, just so can he know the 
possibility of fruit-bearing. He does so through the wit- 
ness of the Spirit — "The Spirit Himself witnesses with 
our spirit." That is a great truth — the fruit of the Spirit. 


The second fruit is the fruit of righteousness. Philip- 
pians 1:11 says: "Being filled with the fruits of right- 
eousness which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and 
praise of God." Now if he had just said. "Being filled 
with righteousness." we might have thought that meant 
positional righteousness, for we are positionally right- 
eous in Him. "Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus who of God 
is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification. 
and redemption." I think there is probably no greater 
theological verse in all the Bible than that verse, I 
Corinthians 1:30. But we are talking about the fruits of 
positional righteousness, and that makes it an external 
thing. If the fruit of the Spirit is internal fruit, then the 
fruits of righteousness are external fruit; and it is so 
important that we bear external fruits of righteousness 
for Jesus Christ. 

God doesn't expect us to be instantly sanctified ex- 
ternally, but He does expect us to grow into that posi- 
tion or appearance of sanctification. We have a one- 
acre lot that our home sits on, and we have many beauti- 
ful trees — far too many when the fall of the year comes 
and I have to rake the leaves! But when the leaves all 
turn brown, representing last year's life, and they fall 
off and get in my yard, there is one tree that retains its 
leaves. That is my pin oak tree. The leaves hang on. 
They turn brown, they're dead: but they will hang on to 
the tree. But if I just wait until next spring, new life will 
come up in the trunk of that tree and make its way out 
into the branches. That new life will push the old leaves 
off, and new blooms will come out. That is the way it 
ought to be in the Christian life. As the new life in Jesus 
Christ comes up through our hearts, it ought to work out 
to the extremities and push off all those old habits and 
mannerisms and thoughts and words and deeds that 
represent the old life. And suddenly we are bearing 
fruit, the fruits of righteousness. 


Another fruit is the fruit of generous giving. In Philip- 
pians 4:17, Paul says, "Not that I desire a gift, but I 
desire that fruit may abound to your account." Isn't it 
wonderful to know that every time you give to Bryan 
College you are bearing fruit for the Lord? You give 
large gifts, you bear big fruit: you give small gifts, you 
still bear fruit. But Dr. Mercer would prefer that it be a 
large gift! If you don't believe it. ask him! But it is 
bearing fruit when you give to the Lord. 

A lady called me the other day and said, "Pastor, I 
would like to come down to the church and let you help 
me make out my will." I said, "I will be glad to come 
immediately and get you." She said, "No, I will take 
the bus. and I'll be down there early in the afternoon." 
So she took the bus to conserve money. She said, "You 
can't drive down to get me as cheap as I can ride the 
bus." And I had to concede that point. And she came 
out, and we talked about her possessions and her will 
and what it might do. If I know anything about values, 
the amount is approaching a million dollars. We tele- 
phoned a lawyer, and she talked to him over the phone; 
and I talked to him. So then we closed our session and I 
said, "I will take you back." She said, "No, I will go up 
to the bus stop. You can't drive downtown as cheap as I 

FALL 1981 


can ride the bus. I don't want to spend money that can 

go to the Lord's work." You know, this lady's great 

concern that Jesus Christ get the glory for whatever 

fruit she might have in the form of possessions was a 

rebuke to me. 


Then we have the fruit of holiness. Romans 6:22 says: 
"But now being made free from sin. and become ser- 
vants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the 
end everlasting life." Holiness is bearing fruit, holy 
living, pious living — the antithesis of the world, the 
flesh, and devilish living. Holy living is bearing fruit for 
Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 7: 1 reads: "Therefore, see- 
ing we have these promises, dearly beloved, let us 
cleanse ourselves [or purge ourselves] from all filthi- 
ness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the 
fear of God." Why? Because that holiness is fruit- 
bearing for the glory of Christ. 

A friend of mine in Grand Rapids has a small farm. 
Right adjacent to his farm is a vineyard filled with vines, 
beautiful grapevines . Every year it bears a plentiful crop 
of grapes, but you can't eat them. You know why? 
Because they are all wormy. You don't see them until 
you squeeze the grape out of the skin, and there are the 
little white worms. And they can't get rid of them. They 
tried treating the ground and treating the vines: but 
they can't get rid of them in any way. So the grapes are 
no good. That is the way some of us are. We are wormy 
with unholiness — little things, little sins, little unholy 
things about our character and our manners that ruin us 
on the inside: and although we may look normal, we are 
no good to God for holiness because we are wormy. 


The fruit of thanksgiving — this is the fruit of our lips. 
Hebrews 13:15 reads: "Let us offer the sacrifice of 
praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips 
giving thanks to His name." Every time we praise God, 
every time we give thanks, we are bearing fruit for our 
Lord Jesus. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything 
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your 
requests be made known unto God." Be thankful for 
everything. That is bearing fruit. 

A family was gathered together at Thanksgiving time : 
and the Dad , sitting at the table , said , ' 'Now we will just 
go around the table and each one will thank the Lord for 
something." A little boy was sitting at the end and by 
the time they got to him, somebody had already thanked 
God for the family, the church, salvation, their home, 
and the food, and the little boy couldn't think of any- 
thing to thank the Lord for; so he said, "Heavenly 
Father, I thank you that I am not this turkey." 
Thanksgiving is fruit-bearing. 


Then there is the fruit of our labors, the fruit of our 
hands. Colossians 1:10 states: "That ye might walk 
worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in 
every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of 
God." In 1956 my wife and I went to southern Mary- 
land, and there the Lord let us organize the First Baptist 
Church of Calvary County, Maryland. It was a wonder- 
ful experience. We bought a little piece of land from the 

local Methodist conference, and with members of the 
congregation we went out and actually built that church 
with our own hands. That was a precious building — the 
fruit of our hands. 


Then there is the fruit of soul-winning. In John 15:16 
we read: "Ye have not chosen me. but I have chosen 
you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring 
forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain." I had the 
privilege of going up to Appalachian Bible College to 
preach at the graduation last month. I got up at 4:30 a.m. 
at home and got down to the airport to catch a 6:00 
a.m. flight up there, and I was thinking what I was 
going to preach about. I had been teaching the 
Evangelism Explosion program in our church, and it's a 
wonderful program. It's designed to take people from 
where they are and enable them to intelligently and 
Scripturally lead a person to saving faith in Christ. I 
said, "Lord, wouldn't it be wonderful if I could sit by 
someone that needed the Lord?" You know, he put me 
by a young man about twenty-seven years old who had 
been a manager of a health spa there on the north side of 
town and was on the way to Fayetteville. I had just time 
enough to go through this program, and it was a 
textbook experience — his secular life, his church life, 
my testimony, my church's testimony, the key ques- 
tion, the plan of salvation, and then the qualifying ques- 
tion. I said. "Does this make sense to you?" And he 
said, "It certainly does. I have been religious all my life, 
but it has never made sense to me: but this does." And I 
went on to lead him to Christ. I said, "Lord, you have 
given me this experience at the beginning of the day just 
so that I could feel great and maybe have a testimony to 
the students up there." 

And then I changed planes in Roanoke, and I said, 
"Lord, wouldn't it be wonderful if I could do that 
another time before we get to the mountain top at 
Beckley?" And so I got on the next plane for the flight 
of eighteen minutes from Roanoke to Beckley, and 
there he was, right by my seat. I said, "Oh, this is it," 
and I am thinking to myself, "Brother, he doesn't know 
it, but he has had it!" I threw him a big smile and, 
reaching over with a handshake, introduced myself to 
him and told him who I was, and he said, "Oh, wonder- 
ful, I am a Christian too!" And I was so disappointed, 
for all we could have was good Christian fellowship 
from there to Beckley! But it was so great, and God 
wants everyone to have that kind of fruit in his life. 

Secret of Fruit-bearing 

The whole secret of life in Christ is fruit-bearing. If 
the secret of life is fruit-bearing, what is the secret of 
fruit-bearing? That is abiding. Verse 4 in our text reads: 
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear 
fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, 
except ye abide in me." Now God has three means of 
keeping us abiding in Christ. They are affliction, com- 
munion, and learning. 

God keeps us abiding in His own providential ways. 
Sometimes those ways take a turn and twist of afflic- 
tion. David said in Psalm 119:67, "Before I was 
afflicted, I went astray." Did he ever! "But now have I 



kept thy word. "'Where would Fannie Crosby ever have 
been had it not been for her blindness? She might never 
have been close enough to the Lord to write one hymn, 
but many of the hymns that bless our souls where writ- 
ten by Fannie Crosby. Where would little Joni 
Eareckson be had she never had that accident and been 
paralyzed from the waist down? Nobody would ever 
have heard of Joni; but now, in every home and circle. 
the name of Joni is known. What about Merrill Womack 
and Don Jennings, as well as so many other people that 
you and I know to whom God has given great affliction? 
Why? To make them great Christians and fruit-bearing 

God uses affliction to keep us abiding; He also uses 
communion. Verse 7 of our chapter says: "If ye abide in 
me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, 
and it shall be done unto you."' You abiding in me and 
my words abiding in you is communion. Did you know 
that God always answers our prayers — always? Some- 
times the answers are direct, sometimes they are differ- 
ent, sometimes they are delayed, and sometimes they 
are denied; but we always get an answer. 

Sometimes God answers immediately. Why? Be- 
cause He has to. Remember that when Peter, after 
jumping over the side of the boat and starting toward the 
Lord, suddenly said, "What am I doing here?" he 
started to sink. He prayed the shortest prayer in the 
Bible, "Lord, save me!" and the Lord answered his 
prayer directly. 

But sometimes answers to prayers are delayed. The 
answers don't come because we are not ready for them 
yet. Why, for two thousand years we have been pray- 
ing, "Thy kingdom come," haven't we? "Even so. 
come. Lord Jesus." The answer to that prayer is going 
to come, but it is delayed. It hasn't come yet. 

Sometimes prayers are answered differently. God 
delights in answering our prayers and sometimes differ- 
ently. Paul said, "Lord, heal me." The Lord said, "I 
will answer that prayer differently — more grace." 

And sometimes our prayers are denied. What mother 
is there that hasn't seen her daughter come in with a big 
old pair of scissors that look like hedge shears in com- 
parison to her size and says. "Mommy, can I play with 
these?" That is a request, but what does Mommy say? 
"No." "Please, Mommy?" "No." "No" is just as 
much an answer as "yes" is. Now doesn't God have the 
right to say "no" to us? What do you call a child that 
gets everything he asks for? A brat! And God doesn't 
want His children to be brats , and so He answers " no . " 
Secret of Abiding 

And then God keeps us abiding by learning. As the 
secret of fruit-bearing is abiding, the secret of abiding is 
obeying. Look at verses 8 and 10: "Herein is my Father 
glorified that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be my 
disciples. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide 
in my love, even as I have kept my Father's command- 
ments and abide in his love." 

There is in Matthew 7 a parable about two builders. 
The wise man built his house upon the rock; the foolish 
man built his house upon the sand — that's the lost man. 
I taught that and I believed that for years, until one day I 
read it again. And that isn't what it says at all. It says, 
' ' He that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them . 

. . ." It is not talking about salvation; it is talking about 
building your life on obedience to Christ. And for the 
foolish man it says, "He that heareth these sayings of 
mine and doeth them not. . . ." It is talking about the 
contrast between the man who hears the Lord and 
knows the Lord's truth and obeys and the man, though 
knowing what God is saying to him, disobeys Him and 
doesn't do what He says. "Be ye doers of the Word and 
not hearers only." "He that knoweth to do good and 
doeth it not, to him it is sin." Our lives are constructed 
by either doing or not doing the words of God. And 
when we build lives that are solid and obedient to the 
Word of God, they stand the rain, the flood, the wind, 
and the tests. They fall not. But when we build lives of 
lethargy and disobedience and violation to the teach- 
ings of God, then the rains come, the winds blow, the 
floods hit the house, and it folds up. That's the story of 
the Christian who does not obey the Lord. 

Secret of Obeying 

The secret of life is fruit-bearing, the secret of fruit- 
bearing is abiding, and the secret of abiding is obeying. 
What then is the secret of obeying? The secret of obey- 
ing is loving. That is the whole secret. Verses 9, 12, 13, 
and the whole chapter are full of it. "As my Father hath 
loved me, so have I loved you. Continue ye in my 
love." It is easy to obey the Lord when we love Him. 

Did you know that after twenty-eight years and one 
month of married life my wife still obeys me? Do you 
know why? Because she loves me. When you love 
someone, it's easy to obey him. And when we love the 
Lord Jesus, we abide in Him and we bear fruit. 

You know, the strongest force in all the world is not 
the atomic or nuclear forces, it is the love of God. His 
main attribute is love. All the other attributes — mercy, 
compassion, omnipotence — are subordinate to that 
one. God is love. "We love Him because He first loved 
us." God initiated love that brought redemption. 

In II Corinthians 5:14, Paul says, "The love of God 
constraineth us." God is constraining us to fulfill the 
purpose of Christ for our lives. He has given us the 
secret of life in Christ. It is fruit-bearing — the fruit of the 
Spirit, the fruit of righteousness, of giving, of holiness, 
of thanksgiving, of labor, and of soul-winning. The se- 
cret of fruit-bearing is abiding, the secret of abiding is 
obeying, and the secret of obeying is loving. I pray that 
God's constraining love will overcome any barrenness 
in our lives and make us the fruit-bearing Christians He 
planned for us to be. 

At the conclusion of the 

Summer Bible Conference, 

Dr. and Mrs. Ted Mercer 

were presented with a large 

anniversary card and 

honored at a reception in 

recognition of the 

twenty-five years of service 

which they completed in 

July at Bryan College. 

FALL 1981 





A Testimonial in a Message at the 

by Kenneth Hanna, Th.D. 

X want to take this opportunity of sharing some of the 
things that God has done in my own life and some of the 
values that I attach to the ministry of Bryan College. 

As my wife and I drove from Chattanooga, we could 
not help remembering our first arrival in Dayton in 
1954, twenty-seven years ago. We came in less than two 
weeks after we were married, driving an old 1947 busi- 
ness coupe. We had everything that we possessed in 
this world stored inside that business coupe. 

The next morning after we arrived on campus, we 
went downtown to buy groceries. We had nine dollars 
and twenty cents. We bought nine dollars and sixteen 
cents' worth of groceries, pocketed the four cents, and 
thought we were starting three years of college educa- 

Because I had attended a Canadian high school, I was 
given credit for a year of college work; so I had only 
three years to take for graduation. But if I had realized 
that this was to be the beginning often years of full-time 
studies, I would have been sorely tempted to take that 
nine dollars and twenty cents and buy another tank full 
of gas and keep driving! But this is a cause for gratitude 
to God that we don't always know what is ahead of us. 

I want to share some of the blessings and benefits that 
I have received here at Bryan College. First, I want to 
express appreciation for the benefits that God has given 
to me through Dr. Jensen's ministry. You know him 
from the books he has written; and since going to 
Moody Bible Institute, I have discovered that they are 
seriously considering renaming Moody Press, Jensen 
Press. Because he has a corner on the publishing market 
with his fifty-five titles, it really seems a little strange to 
call it Moody Press. 

I remember Dr. Jensen best for his classroom re- 
quirement to come to class every day without fail with 
an analytical chart prepared on a Bible passage. That 
was a start for me of a deep love for the Word of God 
and a practice of always looking for the central thought 
and then the development of the thought and idea of that 

In addition to gaining a love for the Word of God, 
another benefit I received at Bryan was a love for na- 
ture. I learned to be attracted to God's creation and to 
be appreciative of it. Now we are living in the city of 
Chicago, and it is great to come back to Bryan College, 
where there is a beautiful setting for observing God's 

I also learned to appreciate culture at Bryan. Stu- 
dents used to go to some of the concerts in Chattanoo- 
ga; but as I told you, my wife and I didn't have much 
money. So there was a benefit to being married be- 
cause, when the single students went to a concert in 
Chattanooga, they needed a chaperon; and that meant 

Dr. Kenneth Hanna '57 is dean of education at Moody Bible 
Institute, Chicago. After graduating from Bryan with a major in 
English, he earned the Th.M. and the Th.D. from Dallas Theologi- 
cal Seminary. He served as registrar and instructor at Winnipeg 
Bible College and Theological Seminary from 1 963 to 1 966 and as 
president from 1966 to 1979. He and his wife, Mary, have two 

1981 Summer Bible Conference 

Dr. and Mrs. Hanna 

that my wife and I would get to go along. I learned to 
appreciate music and art, things that a country boy from 
Canada wouldn't ordinarily be exposed to. I think that 
such an accomplishment is a tribute to Bryan College as 
a liberal arts college. 

But I learned something during my years at Bryan 
that has been even more foundational and important to 
me. I learned to have a love and a vision for missions. 
Along with other Bryan students, my wife and I at- 
tended a foreign missions retreat at Toccoa Falls, Geor- 
gia, just after the five young men had been martyred by 
the Auca Indians. I recall very vividly how we together 
so committed our lives to Jesus Christ that, if it meant 
God's will for us was to serve as missionaries, we were 
prepared to do so. Through all these past years, God has 
seen fit to place us in a ministry of preparing young 
people as missionaries. On a couple of occasions, the 
Lord has been gracious to let us have more than just a 
secondhand experience. He let us get a little taste of 
missionary work. 

I took a sabbatical leave from being a college presi- 
dent back in 1973-74; and Mary and I and our son went 
to Manila, where I taught for about six or seven months 
at the Asian Theological Seminary. Next to Bryan Col- 
lege and to that farm in Canada, the Philippines has to 
be the best place. We had a great time there ministering 
the Word of God. Because my classes were arranged to 
meet on Tuesdays through Thursdays, we were able to 
spend the long weekends visiting churches pastored by 
students of the Seminary and visiting missionary work. 
We were able to get into the undeveloped areas where 
Wycliffe Bible translators work and to have a variety of 
opportunities to see firsthand what God was doing. 
That was a thrill. 

This summer the Lord provided the opportunity for 
Mary and me to accompany twenty-five students from 
Moody to the country of Irian Jaya in Indonesia. We 
were able to stay with them only about the first three 
weeks to provide some field orientation, including three 
meetings a day during the first week in Jakarta. We look 
forward to getting their reports. 

I am indeed grateful for what God has done in my life 
through the ministry of Bryan College. It is the starting 
place for many of these interests and commitments 
which have been bearing fruit all of these years in my 
ministry. I do want to take this opportunity to acknowl- 
edge my indebtedness to God and to Bryan College. 



A. lawyer asked Jesus. "Which 
is the great commandment in the 
law?" To this question Jesus re- 
plied, "You shall love the Lord 
your God with all your heart, and 
with all your soul, and with all your 
mind. This is the great and foremost 
commandment. And a second is like 
it. You shall love your neighbor as 
yourself" (Matthew 22:36-39). 

It should be noted that we are to 
have three objects for our love: the 
Lord our God. our neighbor, and 

Because Bryan offers a Christ- 
centered education based on the 
Word of God. one of its top 
priorities is the development of 
Christian love and character in the 
lives of its students. To help ac- 
complish this in our present age 
with its conflicting philosophies and 
pressures, the college has de- 
veloped some basic standards and 
codes of conduct. These guidelines 
and regulations are reminders and 
aids to wholesome living in the col- 
lege community. When approxi- 
mately six hundred students live 
and study together on one hilltop 
campus, it is obvious that some 
stipulations are needed to insure a 
degree of uniformity and harmony. 

The rules and regulations in the 
student handbook deal with three 
areas: 1) Practices that are contrary 
to Biblical absolutes and college 
standards — drunkenness, theft, ly- 
ing, dishonesty, cheating (including 
plagiarism), profanity, insubordina- 
tion, and sexual sins. 2) Practices 
that offend or endanger fellow- 
students, such as theft, slander, 
immodest dress, dating ir- 
regularities, destructive acts, and 
campus speeding. 3) Practices per- 
taining to the individual student, in- 
cluding possession or use of to- 
bacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal 
narcotic or hallucinogenic drugs 
(including marijuana), gambling, 
possession of pornographic mate- 
rial, social dancing, and failure to 
attend chapel and other required 

Violations are dealt with in vari- 
ous ways. In the case of a minor 
offense , the resident assistant or the 
resident director will counsel the 
student and perhaps give a warn- 
ing. In some cases, points are is- 
sued, which in turn may lead to a 
restriction of privileges. More seri- 
ous infractions come to the atten- 
tion of the student personnel deans. 

Living in Love 

A Look at Bryan's Rules by the Dean of Students 

by Kermit Zopfi 

who. through consultation with the 
student (or students), determine the 
exact nature of the offense and pre- 
scribe corrective measures through 
counseling or discipline. 

The student handbook lists of- 
fenses which may lead to the dis- 
missal of a student. Such cases usu- 
ally come before the Citizenship 
Committee of the college, a commit- 
tee comprised of eight voting mem- 
bers: four students, two adminis- 
trators, and two faculty members. 
Possible penalties meted out by this 
committee are restrictive discipli- 
nary probation, suspension, or dis- 

In all disciplinary cases, the stu- 
dent may appeal to a higher body if 
he believes he did not receive a fair 
hearing or if he deems the penalty to 
be unjust or too harsh in relation to 
the offense. 

Very few students appear before 
the Citizenship Committee, be- 
cause before citizenship ir- 
regularities become serious they are 
dealt with through prayer and coun- 
seling on the part of fellow students, 
resident assistants, resident direc- 
tors, student personnel deans, or 
members of the faculty. 

Anyone in the college community 
may suggest revisions for the stu- 
dent handbook. In April of each 
school year, the proposed changes 
are considered and voted on by the 
twelve members of the Student Life 
Council, six student leaders and six 
members of the administration and 
faculty. All actions of this council 
are channeled to the Administrative 
Council for final consideration and 
decision. A copy of the revised stu- 
dent handbook is mailed in June to 
all new and continuing students so 
that they may become familiar with 
it during the summer months. 

Approximately fifty student lead- 
ers returned to school early this fall 
to attend a three-day workshop enti- 
tled "Am I My Brother's Keeper?" 
They learned how to confront in 
love and in meekness students who 
are having some spiritual or social 

problem and to lead them back to a 
life that is victorious over sin and is 
well-pleasing to the Lord. 

Chapel messages also provide 
Biblical solutions to many of the 
problem areas that beset our stu- 

In the final analysis, rules and 
regulations at Bryan are not to be 
considered as an end in themselves. 
They are but reminders and aids to- 
ward harmonious and wholesome 
living on the part of the individual 
student and the college community 
as a whole. They also teach us dis- 
cipline which we need now and in 
later life. They call attention to what 
is worthwhile and what is to be 
avoided in order to walk worthy of 
the Lord, to edify our neighbor, and 
to benefit self through being spiritu- 
ally "transformed" instead of being 
"conformed to this world" (Ro- 
mans 12:2). 

Students who have a close walk 
with the Lord have little or no diffi- 
culty with Bryan's rules, for they 
testify that the demands of Christ 
upon their lives are far more exact- 
ing than any college regulations. 

Kermit Zopfi x'50, dean of students 
was a student at Bryan for two years. At 
Wheaton College he received the B.A. and 
M.A. degrees in Christian Education; at 
Azusa Pacific College, the M.A. degree in 
psychology and counseling. He has com- 
pleted thirteen years on the teaching and 
personnel staff at Bryan. 

FALL 1981 




A Visit with Ginny Seguine 

by Charles Robinson 

A he first contact that most prospective students 
have with Bryan is in the person of our genial director of 
admissions. Miss Virginia (Ginny) Seguine. Each in- 
quiry about enrollment and each request for an applica- 
tion comes to her. Her response — mostly by letter, 
sometimes by phone — is the first introduction to Bryan 
for some college hopeful. It is she who translates that 
unknown name into a familiar personality. It can be 
truthfully said that at Bryan one is more than a name. 

Ginny's warm, friendly approach to inquirers is a 
little bit of Bryan itself, for she is a product of Bryan. In 
fact, Ginny says, "Bryan has been my whole life." 

Born in Chicago while her father. Rev. Melvin 
Seguine, was a radio announcer at WMBI. Ginny had a 
varied and interesting childhood as her father became a 
pastor, serving in turn five churches in as many states. 
Ginny had attended six schools by the time she was 
graduated from Park High School in Racine, Wiscon- 
sin, in 1950. 

When Ginny was seven years old. her father, who 
was pastor of Winnetka (111.) Bible Church, was given a 
year"s leave of absence to do graduate study at Dallas 
Theological Seminary. It was there, in a child 
evangelism home Bible club taught by her mother, that 
Ginny received Christ as her Saviour. At age fourteen 
she dedicated her life for Christian service under the 
ministry of Peter Deyneka. 

In the summer of 1950 a concerned Bryan alumna. 
Mrs. Ann Wildern Morgan, led Ginny to consider 
Bryan as her choice of a college. She enrolled that fall 
and was graduated in 1954 with a B.A. in English. After 
serving as a teacher in two Christian schools, two 
schools for the deaf, and a Bible institute, Ginny came 
on the Bryan staff in 1964 as librarian, having earned the 
M.A. in library science from Western Michigan Uni- 
versity. She became in turn director of library services, 
admissions counselor, and director of admissions. 

Ginny's superb musical expression in voice and 
piano gave her opportunity to serve the Lord in various 
other ways . She traveled with the Gospel Messengers , a 
Bryan summer tour group, as a student and later as a 
staff member. This ministry helped her acquire early a 

wide acquaintance with many of Bryan's friends around 
the country. 

For two years Ginny traveled with an evangelistic 
team made up of two of her Bryan classmates, Ken 
Campbell and Jim Reese, using her musical talent in 
evangelistic campaigns. She also served one summer as 
a counselor at Gull Lake Bible Conference. All of these 
varied ministries served ideally to prepare her for her 
service as director of admissions. 

In her present position, Ginny works with some 3,000 
names which have come to her through responses to 
magazine advertisements, alumni, touring musical 
groups, and college recruiters. She writes personal let- 
ters, sends appropriate literature, and in the process 
attempts to maintain a monthly contact with each pros- 
pect . She endeavors to cultivate each individual until he 
or she makes application and is accepted as a student or 
indicates no continuing interest in Bryan. When pros- 
pects visit the campus. Ginny is the one they are most 
likely to meet, and she seeks to answer all questions. 

The processing of the more than five hundred appli- 
cations this year involved writing letters of acknowl- 
edgment, starting personal files, completing check 
sheets, evaluating the high school transcripts, recom- 
mending appropriate actions to the admissions commit- 
tee, and writing letters of acceptance as well as follow- 
ing up with financial-aid forms. 

"I enjoy contact with the students." Ginny says. "I 
want to be available to them and to pray for their 

By the time a student arrives at Bryan, he or she 
already has at least one friend on campus . and her name 
is Ginny Seguine. 

Ginny Seguine checks off three freshman students as they com- 
plete the registration process. 



fitting in the comfort of my mid-Pacific home on 
Palau Island, where the ocean breezes give us year- 
round temperatures between 65° and 90°F, I was ea- 
gerly searching the pages of a Campus Life magazine to 
select a Christian college in the United States. 

How could I tell by the pictures and advertisements 
which one I should choose? Several factors were up- 
permost in my mind — a Bible-based Christian college, 
an eastern U.S. location, a moderate climate, a rural 
atmosphere, a small student body, and several other 
minor considerations which gave me a basis for choos- 
ing seven possibilities. Checking those names on the 
card provided. I returned my request to the magazine 
and then began to watch the mail for the replies. 

As I accumulated literature from the various schools. 
I began sorting out the information that would guide me 
in my choice: Do they have any dark-skinned students? 
What is the emphasis on Bible teaching? What stan- 
dards of conduct are expected of students? Is there an 
accounting major? How big is the student body? Do 
they have afamily atmosphere? Can I get financial aid? 

I observed one magazine from Bryan College that had 
on its cover a picture including a student with skin even 
darker than mine. Also I read that students were re- 
quired to take at least one Bible course each semester at 
Bryan. Then as one by one the answers were supplied to 
my questions, I sent my application to Bryan College 
and two other schools. 

Little did I know that my name was added to a pool of 
nearly 3,000 names on the mailing list of prospects when 
my inquiry arrived at Bryan. But when I sent in my 
application, I became one of 350 students who applied 
that year. I continued to receive information, including 
my health form, a publicity sheet, acknowledgment of 
my references and transcript, and then finally my ac- 
ceptance as a member of the student body for that fall . 

With my decision made as to where I would go, there 
came the reality of taking that big step of leaving my 
comfortable and quiet island world with its entire popu- 
lation of only about 15,000. Here I had lived all my life 
and had received my education in a small public 
elementary school and a private Christian high school. 
After my graduation, I had assisted in a local kindergar- 
ten for two years . Although I had traveled the forty-mile 
length and the seven-mile width of our island many 
times, I had been away only once to stay for a few 
weeks with a sister on another island. 

Would I be homesick in a far-off land away from my 
own family and friends? How would I cope in a family of 
over 600 college students and faculty members? With 
my knowledge of English as a second language, would I 



Right College 

by Ruth Subris, Class of 1982 
(as told to Rebecca Peck) 

be able to compete with American students? Would 
they laugh at my accent? 

With the encouragement and help of my parents and 
other Christian friends, I bought my plane ticket and 
prepared for that eventful trip to the other side of the 
world. The farewells were a bit tearful, but I was ex- 
cited about the new life ahead of me. 

A stopover in Honolulu, Hawaii, to visit my sister for 
a week gave an introduction to city life and paved the 
way for further culture shock in the United States. I had 
been warned not to talk to people at the airports; so 
when I was confronted by two "Moonies" in Los 
Angeles, I quickly gave them a dollar bill so they would 
go on their way and I could go mine. My last plane ride 
brought me to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to complete a 
distance of about 10,000 miles and nearly 25 hours of 
flying time from Palau in the Marshall Islands. 

When I finally got off the plane in Chattanooga, how I 
welcomed the greeting, "Are you going to Bryan Col- 
lege?" Some friendly students helped me collect my 
baggage and find a seat in the Bryan station wagon for 
the final lap of my long journey. 

When I arrived on the campus I was tired and ap- 
prehensive about my new situation, with a sense of 
loneliness from not knowing anyone. And the English 
they spoke sounded quite different from mine! Some- 
how I couldn't get the courage to go to meet a whole sea 
of faces in the dining room ; I had rather go hungry . But a 
loving housemother called me in to her apartment to 
have a bowl of soup and just to talk about my home and 
my trip. It took a couple of visits with her to give me 
courage to get into the stream of college life. 

Finally I found myself adjusting as a member of the 
new class of freshmen at Bryan, where I was now an 
individual with a roommate who was very helpful and 
friendly to me. And I even had my own post office box! I 
stood in wonder as the returning students greeted one 
another with shouts of excitement, and I realized that I 
had become part of a loving Christian family. 

Now with three years behind me and my senior year 
ahead, I am beginning to realize how much I will miss 
my friends at Bryan when I leave — either to return to 
my tiny island home to assist my younger brothers and 
sisters to go on to college or to serve the Lord in some 
other place as He leads. 

I continue to be thankful that He led me to Bryan 
College to pursue a major in accounting. Three of my 
sisters have been educated in other colleges in the 
States — two in Christian colleges and one in a state 
school. I am sure that the Lord knew just what I needed 
when He guided me to Tennessee, and I will be forever 
grateful to those who have helped to shape my thinking 
and to challenge me to do my best for the Lord. 

FALL 1981 


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Dr. Merlin Grieser, since 1974 as- 
sociate professor of chemistry, has 
been granted a one-year leave of ab- 
sence to participate in research 
projects with the A. E. Staley Man- 
ufacturing Co., Decatur. Illinois. 

Mrs. Betty W. Giesemann, in- 
structor in chemistry and physics, 
who has taught either full time or 
part time since 1968, will teach full 
time this year as Dr. Grieser's re- 

Dr. Robert D. Andrews, dean of 
men and assistant professor of Bible 
and Greek, will be heard over 
WMBW, a Christian radio station in 
Chattanooga, beginning in early Oc- 
tober, in a weekly broadcast enti- 
tled "Class in Session."" 

The programs are taped record- 
ings of Dr. Andrews' actual class- 
room teaching of his Christian 
Theology courses. Recording began 
with the first class session at the 
opening of school. 

Dr. Robert W. Spoede, chairman 
of the division of history, business, 
and social science, has been pro- 
moted from the rank of associate 
professor to full professor of history 
and social sciences. He was ap- 
pointed to the faculty in 1973. 

Dr. Brian Richardson, professor 
of Christian education, was 
awarded a silver medal for placing 
second in a long-distance swim in 
Lake Huron on August 1. His time 
was thirty-seven minutes for com- 
pleting the 1 Vi-mile event which was 
part of the Canadian Regatta held at 
Oliphant, Ontario. 

Dr. Carlos Pereira, associate pro- 
fessor of mathematics since 1978, 
and Dr. Phillip Lestmann, assistant 
professor of mathematics since 
1977, attended a conference for 
Christian mathematicians at 
Wheaton College, June 3-6, where 
each was a discussion leader. 

Dr. Pereira's topic was "The 
Role of the Computer in the Cur- 
riculum and Society." in which the 
use of microcomputers in the teach- 
ing of mathematics and science was 

Giesemann Andrews 


Dr. Lestmann's topic was "'Ap- 
proaches to Remedial Instruction 
and Competency in Mathematics."" 
This was a brief survey of the reme- 
dial math courses and compe- 
tency-based graduation require- 
ments at Bryan College. 

Dr. Charles Thomas, associate 
professor of education since 1980. 
taught a graduate reading course for 
Tennessee Technical University 
and attended the second annual 
Small College Institute for Data 
Processing at the University of 
Evansville, Evansville. Indiana. 


Delura Kindsfather 79. head res- 
ident at Huston Hall, received the 
Master of Arts, cum laude. from 
Tennessee Technological Univer- 
sity in Cookeville at the August 22 
graduation. Her degree emphasis 
was in educational psychology with 
specialization in student personnel 
services and counseling. 


Replacement of several staff 
members includes the following ap- 

Miss Becky Ross and Mrs. Pamela 
Williams are new clerical assistants 
in the library, replacing Mrs. Carol 
Miller and Mrs. Harriet Anderson. 

Mrs. Betty Sapp replaces Mrs. Jo 
Boyd as secretary in the Records 

Miss Joyce Aurand has replaced 
Mrs. Susan Broersma at the cash- 
ier's position in the Business Office, 
and Mrs. Louise Emmott succeeds 
Mrs. Wilma Harrow as accounts 
payable clerk. 

Mrs. Carolyn Ward serves part 
time as secretary and processor in 
the Admissions Office. 

Several recent alumni are con- 
tinuing their association at Bryan as 
they serve in various capacities: 

Allen W. Kadlec '81 serves as di- 
rector of Practical Christian In- 
volvement, replacing Bill Bauer '78. 
Kadlec and his wife. Melody, will 
also continue as resident directors 
of Cedar Hill dormitory. 

Richardson Pereira Lestmann 

Mark Garrett '80 is continuing for 
the second year as an admissions 

Joel Steele '81 coordinates the in- 
ternal processes of the Admissions 
Office as the admissions systems 

Joe Runyon '78 is director of 
maintenance, having served for 
over two years on the maintenance 

Sandy Swed "80 is loan clerk in the 
Business Office for the second year 
and is also resident director of 
Maranatha, an auxiliary dormitory 
for women. 

Mrs. Shirley Holmes, wife of 
alumnus Raymond Holmes, has be- 
come director of advancement ser- 
vices while continuing to supervise 
the college support services area. 


Rev. Fred Nader, associate minis- 
ter of Calvary Church, Charlotte. 
North Carolina, was the featured 
speaker for the Christian Life Con- 
ference, which provided spiritual 
emphasis for the opening of the first 
semester. Mr. Nader, who spoke 
four times, holds the B.A. degree 
from Wheaton College and the 
M.R.E. in Christian education from 
Biblical Seminary. Manhattan. 
New York. He was formerly senior 
minister of the Bethel Baptist 
Church in Jackson. Michigan. 



January 6-8, 1982 
Speaker: Dr. Richard Seume 



May 11-13, 1982 

Speakers: Dr. Warren Wiersbe 

Dr. Irving Jensen 

July 19-23, 1982 



(Write to Bryan for housing rates.) 




The summer 1981 issue of the 
Tennessee Historical Quarterly fea- 
tured as its lead article an essay on 
the Scopes Evolution Trial by 
Bryan English professor Dr. 
Richard M. Cornelius, entitled 
"Their Stage Drew All the World: A 
New Look at the Scopes Evolution 
Trial."' A color photograph of Rhea 
County's famous courthouse where 
the Trial took place in 1925. taken 
by Dr. Cornelius, was used on the 

Using the theme of the Scopes 
Trial as a drama in real life. Dr. Cor- 
nelius's article attempts to correct 
misrepresentations of the trial by 
the media, connect some breaks in 
the historical record, and consider 
the consequences of the famous 
event. This study is based on a 
number of diverse sources, includ- 
ing Bryan alumnus Dr. Warren Al- 
lem's ("57) pioneer study on the 
economic background of the Scopes 
Trial, personal interviews with trial 
eyewitnesses. John T. Scopes's 
writings, and publications of such 
William Jennings Bryan scholars as 
Paolo E. Coletta, Louis W. Koenig, 
and Willard H. Smith (all of whom 
have been guest lecturers at Bryan 
College). The article discloses the 
promotion of the trial as a public 
relations scheme by the mass media 
and some Dayton developers, and it 
cites such little-known facts about 
the trial as Bryan's belief that it was 
permissible to teach evolution as a 
theory and Scopes's admission that 


he probably had never taught evolu- 
tion. In discussing the aftermath of 
what has been called "The world's 
most famous court trial." Dr. Cor- 
nelius refers to the influence of the 
controversy on science textbooks, 
the Nashville Fugitive poets, and 
the founding of Bryan College. 

Since the Tennessee Historical 
Quarterly is neither a religious nor a 
pedagogical publication, a section 
was omitted which examined the 
philosophical issues and current 
practices of the teaching of evolu- 
tion and creationism in the public 
schools today. Part of this material 
formed the basis of a short article 
entitled "Science at Scopes' School 
Today." published in the June 1981 
issue of Eternity (p. 17). 

Anyone desiring a copy of Dr. Cor- 
nelius' s article in the Tennessee His- 
torical Quarterly may secure one by 
sending $1 .00 for postage and handling 
to Bryan Life, Bryan College, Dayton, 
TN 37321. 



This summer I traveled with six- 
teen other workers to Japan under 
TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance 
Mission). Our group gathered from 
all parts of America on June 8 in Los 
Angeles to spend a few days at Biola 
College for orientation and spiritual 

Then we traveled to Tokyo to be 
introduced to a bit of Japanese 
culture — squeezing into unbelieva- 
bly crowded trains, eating raw fish 
with chopsticks and a "smile," 
struggling to speak the bare essen- 
tials of the language, learning about 

the spiritual atmosphere where less 
than 1 percent of the people are 
Christians, and even eating a 
McDonald's cheeseburger. 

From Tokyo we split up into vari- 
ous groups. I was assigned to work 
with Ralph and Stella Cox in 
Takamatsu, a "country" city of 
about 350,000. located on the island 
of Shikoku. The fact that this was 
also the city in which my Aunt 
Libby Johnson had been located 
was an extra little blessing for me as 
I met individuals with whom she 
had worked. 

My ministry throughout the 
summer was teaching English con- 

versation to all age groups under the 
concept of friendship evangelism. 
In our classes we taught a fifty- 
minute English lesson and a 
fifteen-minute Bible lesson; the 
classes helped us to make contacts 
and build friendships through which 
we could share Christ on a more 
personal basis. Although many of 
our adult students understood Eng- 
lish well, one of our main objectives 
was to interest them in attending a 
Bible study, church service, or 
camp where they could hear the 
Gospel in their own language. 

On Sundays I attended a small 
church on the east side of town. The 
services met in the pastor's home 
and averaged about fifteen children, 
two teenagers, and one couple. Al- 
though small, our fellowship was 
rich as we worshiped together, ate 
lunch together, and later passed out 

My summer in Japan was one of 
the most fulfilling and rewarding 
summers I have experienced. God 
continually proved His faithfulness 
to me in providing for my needs in 
every area. One example of God's 
preparatory work this summer was 
in one of my specific teaching as- 
signments. On Wednesdays and 
Saturdays I was sent to teach clas- 
ses at an agriculture college where 
all my students either taught or 
studied in a lab. Being a lab assistant 
myself, I was delighted. Because of 
our common interests, I found it 
was easier to build rapport and I had 
greater freedom in sharing Christ 
with the students in these classes 
than in any other. 

I thank God for the opportunity 
He gave me to go to Japan to share 
with others; I am thankful for the 
lessons He taught me and for His 
Word which encouraged me. 

— Dorothv Johnson 

Decade of the 80s — $10,000,000 for Bryan 

An Interview with Mrs. Clifford Norman 

Mrs. Clifford Norman, a member of Bryan's board of trustees, 
makes her home in Clemmons, North Carolina. Among her many 
interests are golfing, gardening, and interior decorating. She 
recently accepted the chairmanship of Bryan's $10,000,000 capi- 
tal funds campaign. 

Question: What will the Decade of the 80s campaign 
mean to Bryan? 

Answer: The program of the Decade of the 80s is 
planned especially to provide funds to build some 
much-needed buildings. It is in three phases. The first 
phase is for a men's dormitory. The second phase calls 
for expansion of the gymnasium and a new library- 
learning center. The third phase includes a new dining 
room and student center. These buildings are needed to 
accommodate more adequately our present student 
body and also to provide for modest expansion. 

About two years ago we enjoyed the highest enroll- 
ment that we have ever had at the college, and I think if 
we had had this new men's dormitory, we might have 
enjoyed the return of some of these students who chose 
not to come back because of overcrowded living condi- 
tions. In the area of our athletic facilities, we need the 
expansion of our gymnasium to accommodate more 
students interested in both intramural and intercol- 
legiate athletics and to offer a major in the field of 
physical education. At Bryan we have excellent food 
and food service, but our kitchen and dining hall 
facilities are very crowded, a fact which limits our en- 
rollment growth plans. We also need a new library 
because our shelves in the present library are full, and 
we need to expand the number of books for the various 
academic departments. In order to remain a quality 
institution , we have to build a good library and maintain 
our accreditation status. 

Why is faculty development included in the advance- 
ment plans? 

We are concerned with faculty development because 
we are a quality institution and want to maintain that 
quality and even make it better. We certainly want our 
faculty to continue earning doctorates and advancing in 
whatever ways they can. We can never stand still. We 
either go forward or we regress. We also need addi- 
tional faculty members because there are majors that 
we would like to add to our curriculum as soon as funds 
are available. 

The $10,000,000 campaign appears to be an ambitious 
undertaking. How does Bryan's leadership expect to 
achieve this goal? 

We feel that since we are a Christian institution ev- 
erything belongs to God and that there are people to 
whom God has entrusted success and who really want 
to be stewards of what God has given to them. It is only 
a matter of our seeking them out and showing them the 
need and giving them the opportunity to give back to 
God some of the blessings that He has given to them. 
They are not really giving to us alone; they are giving 
back to God. I feel this very strongly. 

What are your personal feelings about Christian edu- 

I feel that education except in a Christian context is 
really incomplete. Only as we see truth in the light of 
God's truth are we truly educated or do we really obtain 
knowledge. I feel that a college education in a Christian 

institution is very important also because so many of 
my own lasting friendships were made when I attended 
a Christian college. I met my husband there and my life 
has been greatly enriched by the enjoyable social rela- 
tionships with other people that I had in a Christian 

How did you become interested in Bryan? 

I personally became interested in Bryan through a 
series of events that seemed to me strikingly providen- 
tial. My husband died in 1973; and in making a new will, 
I went to see my lawyer to identify some specific be- 
quests I wanted to make for several religious organiza- 
tions. He said that he would like the names and addres- 
ses of those organizations, and I told him I would get 
them for him. On my way home I went to the village 
mail box to get my mail, and in that box was mail from 
each one of the organizations that I had named in my 
will, and in addition there was only one other piece of 
mail and that was from Bryan College. It was such a 
blessing to me to know God was putting His stamp of 
approval on what I had just done that I looked from that 
time to see how He was going to fit this college, about 
which I knew very little, into the scheme of my life. 

Shortly after that I was in my church on Sunday 
morning and heard Dr. and Mrs. John Bartlett from 
Bryan sing in our worship service. We were old friends 
but had lost contact: and so I talked with them a few 
minutes but I didn't divulge what had happened in my 
mail box. Soon after that I received a letter from Bryan 
College inviting me to become a member of their new 
advisory council. I wrote back immediately and said I 
would love to accept that invitation, because I knew in 
my own mind that God had some plans for my life in this 

After I served on the advisory council for four years, 
I was elected to the board of trustees in 1978, and I 
sincerely say that I have never enjoyed any relationship 
in my life any more than I have this one. 

Why were you willing to accept the chairmanship of the 

I was willing to accept the chairmanship of this Dec- 
ade of the 80s Campaign because I feel that this is a 
worthy endeavor, which very much needs to be done. 
God's work is done by people who are willing to spend 
the time and effort. 



you%'WiLL - 

A bridge of love reaching 

into the future! 

Planning your will is one of the most important things you 
will ever do. Your last will and testament represents your plan 
for all that you care most about — your family, friends, and 

By carefully planning your will with the help of legal coun- 
sel, you can save unnecessary settlement costs and taxes and 
save your loved ones many headaches. A friend wrote me to 
say she needed to get her estate in order so that she could 
avoid the problems her sister left behind. "My sister died 
three years ago and her estate is still being probated because 
she didn't have a will. This has been very costly." 

If you don't have a will, the state will distribute your estate 
according to the laws of descent and distribution. This will 
result in unnecessary costs and will probably not be done as 
you would have chosen to do. The choices you would have 
made regarding your executor, a guardian for minor children, 
beneficiaries, and bequests for charities will not be consid- 
ered by the probate judge if you don't have a legal will; and, if 
you plan to leave a bequest to Bryan College, you must 
include us specifically in your will. You may name Bryan to 
receive a certain sum, a percentage, or the residue after other 
bequests and legacies are fulfilled. 

For more information on how to prepare your will, write to: 

Fred L. Stansberry 
Director of Planned Giving 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

Jfflemortal <§tft£ 

June 1, 1981 to September 7, 1981 
Donor In Memory of 

Mrs. Seawillow Sells 

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Cooley 

Mrs. George Trout 

Mr. and Mrs. Vemon W. Cox 
The Graphic Design Co., Inc. 
K. H. Basmadjian & Co. 
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Marler 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bryan Couch 

Capt. and Mrs. Peter Dugan 

Miss Zelpha Russell 

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Spoede : 

Miss Celia Dixon 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Bartiett 

Miss Mary M. Ellis 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Purser 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mrs. Wilma Harrow 

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Pitts 

Mrs. Elizabeth Wynsema 

Rev. and Mrs. Earl Hampton 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Steele 

Mrs. Rebecca Van Meeveren 

Mrs. James F. Conner 

Mrs. Clifford T. Norman 

Mrs. David Kenyon 

Mrs. Veronica P. Baldwin 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Roberts 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Edwards 

Mrs. Mary G. Bryson 
Mr. and Mrs. Ira W. Rudd 

Mrs. E. B. Arnold 

Mrs. Lillian D. Lee 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lee 

Mrs. Brenda Amonette 

Mr. and Mrs. S. K. Johnston 


Mr. Paul P. Hodge 
Miss Ursula H. Luetgens 

Mr. Robert Green 
Mr. Clyde Fitzgerald 
Mrs. Clara Fox 
Mr. Joe Hackett 

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hutcherson 

Rev. George M. Trout 

Mr. Richard Worley 

Mrs. Frank Sniffen 

Mrs. Edith L. Loflin 

Mr. E. B. Arnold 
Mr. Frank Cowden 

Mrs. Lewis Lasaster 

Mrs. Agnes T. Guilkey 

Mr. Marvin Pierce 

In Honor of 

Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Toliver 
Mrs. Elizabeth Wynsema 


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 helps in 
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- 
edgment. In addition, the memorial acknowl- 
edgment 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: 
Living Memorials 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

Enclosed is my gift of $ in loving 

memory of: 


Given by 




Send acknowledgment to: 
(Family of deceased) 






FALL 1981 



Time Is Running Out. . . . 

Bryan College must rah 
$200,000 in new gifts 
pledges by December 31, 
to qualify for this promise 






Men's Dormitory 
Total Cost 

"The things which are impossible 
with men 

are possible with God." 
Luke 18:27 

Matching Gift Report 

$90,394.92 had been received 
by September 21. Invest now and 
help us raise the baiance of 

Time is running out. 

To participate, write to: 

Stephen Harmon 
Advancement Office 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 



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 Credits: 

Front cover photo by sopho- 
more Bob Harris of St. Louis, 
Missouri, presents two senior 
business majors, Linda Ross 
from New Port Richey, Florida, 
and Mark Lloret, from Guate- 
mala City, Guatemala. 

Group photos on page 11 are 
by Dayton Herald photographer, 
and the choir photo on page 13 
is by Mauldin Studios. 

Volume 7 


Number 2 


This survey of Bryan's business department sets forth the principles 
and practices which guide Bryan's training of students whose goal on 
graduation is to enter the business world. By Tom Davis 

businessman relates how his Christian ethical standards guide his 
business procedures. (Reprinted from CBMC Contact by permission) 

CALLED OUT OF BUSINESS: After forty years in the business 
world, a Bryan trustee retires to begin a new career dedicated to 
reaching businessmen in America's major cities with the Christian 
witness. By Al Page 

CALLED INTO BUSINESS: A Bryan alumnus recognized his call to a 
succession of business enterprises after attending seminary and serv- 
ing seven years in a full-time Christian ministry. By Tex Williams 

CAMPUS NEWS: Special news features include a 95th birthday an- 
niversary, a gift and a show by a Tennessee artist, a performance of 
the Brahms Requiem, and a variety of news items about faculty and 
student activities, including the latest sports review. 


nation of the new federal tax laws governing income taxes shows how 
reduced taxes could encourage greater charitable giving and how 
certain deductions can be made for tax advantage. By Fred 

CONFERENCE CALENDAR: A list of the forthcoming conferences 
at Bryan includes a special offer to guests who may wish to attend the 
1982 World's Fair at Knoxville. 




This issue of our magazine intends to pro- 
vide an understanding of the foundations 
underlying a business department in a Chris- 
tian college and to give an insight into the 
teaching-learning process which aims to in- 
tegrate Biblical principles with the modern 
discipline of business. The testimonies of 
the three businessmen outside the college 
and the interview report of business faculty 
and students on campus provide a view of 
experience both in the workaday world and in the classroom. This process of 
integration is very much alive in this department, one of three top academic 
departments at Bryan as measured by the number of graduates. Undergirding 
the total educational program is the teaching that God first calls each of his 
children to be a full-time Christian and then that, as His sons and daughters 
trust Him, He guides each one into an area of work and service according to 
His plan. 

Theodore C. Mercer 



Preparing Students for the 


Photographer Bob Harris appears with his cover subjects, 
Linda Ross and Mark Lloret. 

If Calvin Coolidge was right when he said, "The 
business of America is business." one of the "busi- 
nesses" of Bryan's business administration department 
is preparing Christian men and women to take their 
places in the "business of America." 

And it is the emphasis on a Christian foundation for 
the business world which seems to attract students to 
the college. "I was impressed with the way the faculty 
integrated Christianity with the particular field of study , 
such as business administration." said Charlie Edger- 
ton, a senior from Burlington, North Carolina, whose 
major is business administration. 

"When we are working within the framework of a 
liberal arts education, we want to turn out an individual 
who has a broad-based education through the general 
education courses he has taken, who is established 
biblically, and who is prepared for work in a technical 
area," said Bob Wykstra, chairman of the department. 
"Such an education is the goal of the college and meets 
the needs of the student who wants a Christ-centered 
education which will prepare him for work in the busi- 
ness world." 

Wykstra' s reference to the purpose of the department 
is detailed in the college catalogue's introduction to the 
business curriculum: 

The program of the Department of Business 

by Tom Davis 
Editor, The Dayton Herald (Tennessee) 

Administration is designed to produce 
graduates who are well-rounded citizens and 
intelligent Christian business leaders; are 
well-grounded in their chosen business areas 
and possess the necessary broad management 
philosophy so that they will be able to make a 
positive contribution in their business efforts; 
will be both able and motivated to make 
worthwhile contributions toward the preserva- 
tion of our dynamic economic system; will be 
adequately equipped to pursue higher degrees 
at the graduate level; and will be able to inte- 
grate creatively their business careers into their 
personal goals for effective Christian service. 
Wysktra added: "Many people wonder if business 
and Christianity can mix. I think that we need more 
Christians in business as we do in politics and every 
other area." He believes that students are attracted to 
business administration courses because there is a de- 
mand for B.A. graduates and because the business 
training prepares them for a broad range of Christian 
service opportunities. These opportunities would in- 
clude business management of local churches and op- 
portunities for service in any number of community 
activities such as United Way. 

Julie Holmes, a senior accounting majorfrom Mason, 
Michigan, sees a need for business-trained individuals 
in Christian work as well as in the secular world. "One 
of the areas I'm considering in the long term is mission 
work," she said. "There is a real need for those with 
business experience because most people in a mission 
are Bible-trained. Many times there is a need for some- 
one familiar with business procedures to help operate a 
mission in a more efficient manner. And there's a need 
in churches for more businesslike practices. Often per- 
sons with business knowledge can go into a church, see 
what's happening, and recommend ways to make things 
work better," she said. 

Several recent business graduates have gone to work 
in business offices of mission organizations. Others 
who did not choose what is considered full-time Chris- 
tian service have been able to maintain a Christian 
testimony in banking, insurance, public accounting, 
and industry management training. 

Preparation for on-the-job training is one aspect of 
the curriculum which attracted Edgerton to Bryan. "I 
think with the general education I have received here 
that I could learn the specifics I need for a business job. 

WINTER 1981 




Right now, I'm looking at a job in Greensboro, North 
Carolina, where trainees are wanted. Because I've been 
exposed to many different areas, I believe I could be- 
come proficient on the job." 

Miss Holmes said she recognizes the need for addi- 
tional training in a job situation. "Any time a college 
graduate goes to a firm, he must receive some training 
on the job. There's no way you can learn everything in 
books. But I believe that I am prepared to walk into an 
entry-level job and learn to do what's expected of me." 

The business faculty attempts to meet this goal of 
trainability in its students by exposing them to many 
different topics without going into great depth on any 
one topic. In addition, these students have a basic gen- 
eral education and required Bible courses each year. 

But that approach, judged by nationally normed 
tests, appears to be working at Bryan. For the past 
several years business majors taking the Graduate Rec- 
ord Exam in business have been scoring in the 50th 
percentile; that is, their scores rank in the middle of all 
business students taking the test. Wykstra, an account- 
ing professor, pointed out that accounting majors over 
the past three years have averaged above the 70th per- 
centile on the test. "We're not an elitist college, but 
we're definitely above average in what we're putting 
out," he said. 

Richard Hill, assistant professor of business, said 
that the courses offered for business administration 
majors are comparable to those offered at state schools. 
"We just don't offer as many different majors," he said. 
"I think we do equip students to function adequately in 
the business world. I think we give them precisely what 
they need except for the computer courses, and we're 
working on that." 

The majors offered by the business department are 
accounting, business administration, and business edu- 
cation, with the greatest number of students choosing 
business administration. Accounting is the next most 
popular area, with a few students in business education. 

All students must meet the general education re- 



quirements of the liberal arts core and take a seven- 
course "business core," which includes topics ranging 
from introduction to business to business law and mar- 
keting management. 

Accounting majors take 24 additional hours of course 
work including business statistics, auditing, corporate 
finance, and quantitative analysis. Business adminis- 
tration majors take 15 additional hours in subjects rang- 
ing from business statistics to digital computer process- 
ing and data processing. Business education majors 
take two business courses in addition to the core cur- 
riculum plus 24 hours of professional education sub- 
jects required of education majors. 

Courses are taught by two full-time and three part- 
time professors. Bob Wykstra, who holds an M.B.A. 
degree from Western Michigan University, teaches ac- 
counting. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed 
in Michigan, where he spent two and a half years with 
an accounting firm. He has been at Bryan since 1977. 

"I took a pay cut when I came here, but God shapes 
our desires and interests. I did have a desire to teach in 
the context of a Christian college," Wykstra said. "I 
believe it was the Lord's leading for me because I 
applied so late. I was hired in the summer to begin 
teaching that fall. Normally the staff is hired in the 
spring. From my perspective, teaching yields a greater 
potential for service than what I was doing before. The 
fact that I enjoy what I do makes this job even more 
rewarding. The benefit is not in the salary, but you 
can't beat the "fringe benefits' of working in a Christian 
college environment and being in the Lord's will." 

Richard Hill joined the faculty in 1981 and teaches 
business administration and management courses. Hill, 
who holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, 
recently completed his M.A. in theology at Western 
Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Oregon. 

Hill worked two years with Shell Oil Company in 
Louisiana after obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemi- 
cal engineering. In 1969 he returned to Chicago, work- 
ing for Union Carbide in management. While there, he 



obtained his M.B. A. In all, he spent eight years with the 
company, including one year in Arkansas, where he 
taught a management-training program. "I left Union 
Carbide because I knew I wasn't supposed to be there," 
he explained. 

The Lord led him to Oregon, where he taught for two 
years at Marylhurst College before attending seminary 
to gain the biblical training he felt he needed; and then 
he was accepted for a position at Bryan. 

"His background fits nicely into the program for 
integrating Christian principles into the business envi- 
ronment," Wykstra said. One of his courses is the 
senior seminar, which is geared toward developing a 
philosophy of business on a Christian foundation. 

Part-time faculty members include attorney Joel 
Pearman.a 1971 Bryan graduate of Harriman, Tennes- 
see, and holder of a J.D. degree from the University of 
Tennessee, who teaches business law; Mike Stephens, 
a C.P.A. with a Chattanooga public accounting firm, 
who teaches auditing; and Bill Ketchersid, a Dayton 
insurance and investment broker, who teaches a 
specialized marketing analysis course. Ketchersid, 
who also teaches history part time, holds a Ph.D. from 
the University of Georgia. In addition, the mathematics 
faculty teaches business statistics, quantitative 
analysis, and computer courses. 

Computers are becoming increasingly important in 
the business education field. As of this fall, beginning 
courses are offered in computer science with the possi- 
bility of offering advanced courses in this area in the 
near future. Already the college has six microcomput- 
ers, including three Apple computers and three PET 
Commodore computers with 48K memories. Wykstra 
said they are ideally suited for the program offered at 
Bryan as they have the memory capacity to handle 
almost every problem presented. "I've never had a 
student yet who after loading a program has come back 
to me and said that the computer can't handle what he 
needs," he said. 

The computers are also being seen as a tool to in- 



crease the outreach of the college to the business com- 
munity in Rhea County. Members of Bryan's business 
club are preparing programs for short-range tasks 
which could help local businessmen who do not have 
computer access. Because of the nature of college 
life — with students here nine months and gone three — 
the club will steer away from long-term involvements 
but will offer services such as preparing loan amortiza- 
tion schedules at a fee designed to cover just the ex- 
penses of running the computer. Programs are available 
for statistical analysis, word processing, budget fore- 
casting, and information management. 

This outreach into the community is one more train- 
ing ground for business majors in what Hill sees as the 
primary mission of the department: "To encourage 
business students to be the best Christians they can be 
and to train them to function as well as they can in the 
business world." His senior seminar course is designed 
to confront students with some of the real problems 
faced by businessmen and tojiave the students develop 
a biblically based foundation for business ethics. 

' 'The whole thrust of the seminar is to bring Christian 
principles and ethics into the business world and to 
bring good business practices to the church and Chris- 
tian schools," he said. "We spend agood bit of time on 
church management. The idea is that these men and 
women are potential lay leaders in local churches where 
they can use their management skills. I think the Lord 
gave gifts for use in the church; therefore the church, as 
well as business, should benefit from them." 

The senior class also has spent time on ethics , review- 
ing different problems Hill encountered during his years 
in management and discussing issues raised in a visit 
with Dayton's City Manager, Jim Smith. "I've tried to 
get them to think from a biblical perspective what they 
would do with these problems," explained Mr. Hill. 

This biblical perspective, coupled with the demand- 
ing academic standards, is making Bryan's business 
department a training ground not only for tomorrow's 
business leaders but also for individuals who are 
equipped to carry the college motto of "Christ Above 
All" into "the business of America." 

WINTER 1981 



This article, based on an interview with Marble J. Hensley by 
Robert Tamasy, editor of CBMC Contact, is reprinted with per- 
mission from the 1981 summer issue of that magazine. 


li'thics in business is like the weather; although 
nearly everyone talks about it, few try to do anything 
about it. Many books attempt to deal with the subject, 
but there is no accepted "final word" on business 
ethics, because there is no consensus. What one 
businessman sees as "right," another views as 
"taboo." Complicating matters even further is the con- 
cept of "situation ethics," meaning that actions and 
decisions are not always right or always wrong but are 
dependent on the situation. 

Having spent the last eighteen years heading up his 
own engineering consulting firm based in Chattanooga 
and the fourteen years before that in local government 
positions in Atlanta, Marble J. Hensley, Sr., has been 
involved in many ethical situations but has tried to 
avoid situation ethics. 

Although he concedes that there is no pat answer for 
every ethical dilemma, Hensley has found that taking a 
solid stance at times when propriety is clearly black and 
white is a step in the right direction. For instance, 
requests for "kickbacks" in exchange for lucrative con- 
tracts sometimes occur in his business. Although he 
says he has never confronted such a situation in Chat- 
tanooga or Atlanta, Hensley says it has occurred in 
other areas, and the standard answer is a simple "no." 
In each case, his ethical stance has cost him a potential 

There are other times when obtaining a contract 
might be enhanced by submitting a lower proposal 
based on the use of cheaper, inferior materials. Again, 
Hensley says such a practice is against his firm's 
policies. "We try to do the best we can to determine the 
expected life of a project through use of the right kind of 
materials and the selection of a proper location. There 
are times when our project costs are higher than those 
of our competitors because of their use of lesser-grade 
materials and times when we might suggest an unpopu- 
lar site for a project, if it is the best site." 

Many times, however, ethical considerations turn 
from black and white to varying shades of gray. For 
example , it would be easy to estimate a completion date 
that is unrealistic but attractive for bidding purposes. 
Or, if a project already under way will clearly exceed 
the targeted date, engineering "double-talk" could be 
implemented to favorably misrepresent the truth. 

Even in such cases, Hensley feels a clear obligation 
to be straightforward and factual. He says, "I'm not 
saying that we always fully accomplish our goal; but if 
we find we can't stay within the specified budget or if a 
project can't be completed in time, we don't try to put 
off the inevitable or sweep it under the rug. We try to 
keep our clients informed and share with them all im- 
portant facts, painful though they sometimes may be. 
It's the only way to do things." 

Who says so? We live in a world in which truth is 

becoming a scarce commodity, a world in which the 
Golden Rule has been recast in fool's gold to read: "Do 
unto others, before they do unto you." Why, in a pro- 
fession as technical as civil engineering, should such a 
high premium be placed on ethics and honesty? 

Hensley replies: "It's the way the Lord tells us we 
should conduct our business. We are told, 'All things 
work together for good to those who love God," and I 
believe if I conduct my business in the manner God 
wants me to, He'll take care of the rest. 

"God's way of doing business is the best way not 
only for today but also for tomorrow, next year, and ten 
years from now. Sometimes we can't always see it that 
way, but that's where faith and trust enter in," Hensley 
admits. "There's a pressure in the business, a feeling of 
expedience, that you have to make a profit today, 
perhaps by taking shortcuts, reducing the quality of 
materials, or not doing what you're obligated to do. But 
these practices are not only wrong but also detrimental 
to developing a business for long-range success." 

This philosophy is the product of many years of ex- 
perience and practical application. Guided by a very 
devout mother. Hensley made the decision at the tender 
age of twelve to ask Jesus Christ into his life in the 
privacy of the barn loft. 

Although he admits stumbling many times, Hensley 
has managed to remain true to that early commitment 
by growing gradually (even sometimes painfully) — by 
learning and applying biblical principles for living. 

He was born the oldest of five children in 1922, in Ball 
Ground, Georgia. The colorful town name is derived 
from the fact that at one time it was a recreational area 
for the Cherokee Indian nation. Hensley's first name. 
Marble, is just as colorful, but its source is not as 
certain. He said it is a long-time family name and was 
his grandfather's first name. No longer a novelty, the 
name Marble is now taken for ' 'granite . ' ' 

Another Marble has since been added to the collec- 
tion. Hensley's son had been known by his middle 
name, John, all his life until the first day of college. 
"Then his friends found out his first name was Marble, 
and it was too much to resist," the father relates. 

In his early childhood, Hensley's family moved to 
Smyrna, Georgia, now an Atlanta suburb but then an 
independent town of 1,500 people. His father was a 
capable engineer, but he was an alcoholic who did not 
master his problem until the last five years of his life. 

Hensley says he had great respect for his father and 
enjoyed a good relationship with him, but the experi- 
ences in having a drinking parent left indelible 

Today, Hensley extends his nondrinking philosophy 
into his business. He does not require that his 
employees abstain in their homes, but drinking is for- 
bidden while on the job; and the two- or three-martini 



Marble J. Hensley is chairman of the board and president of the 
engineering planning and management firm of Hensley-Schmidt, 
Inc., of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is one of the largest en- 
gineering firms in the Southeast, with offices also in Atlanta. 
Coincidentally, Miss Christine Page 71, whose father's article 
also appears in this issue, is an employee of Hensley-Schmidt as 
is Mrs. Julie Marler Dragoo, daughter of another Bryan trustee, 
Earl Marler, of Chattanooga. 

lunch does not exist at Hensley-Schmidt, Inc. He says: 
"I try not to judge people by what they do, but I do 
know that drinking has terrible effects upon some 
people. No one really knows in advance whether he 
might become an alcoholic or not. Alcohol is a drug, 
after all, and it surely has torn up families and wrecked 
individual lives. In my business, I tell everyone who 
works for me that drinking is not necessary as part of 
our business life." 

After high school, Hensley's education at Georgia 
Institute of Technology was interrupted by a tour with 
the Navy and two years with Bell Aircraft, where he 
was involved in the design of the B-29 bomber. He 
returned to Georgia Tech in 1947 and graduated with a 
degree in civil engineering in 1949. 

During that period, he renewed a relationship with a 
childhood friend, Ruth Collins. Friendship blossomed 
into romance, and they were married in 1948. In 1949 
twin daughters Carol and Sandra were born, followed 
by daughter Kathlyn in 1952 and Marble, Jr., in 1962. 

After working for the Georgia Highway Department 
and the Atlanta Traffic Engineering Department and 
after becoming Chattanooga's first traffic engineer (in 
1954) and then city coordinator, Hensley and his 
brother, Sam, consolidated their Georgia engineering 
firm of Hensley & Associates with the Chattanooga 
firm of Schmidt Engineering, headed by Louis Schmidt, 
now deceased. 

From the beginning, Hensley said he has been con- 
cerned with the example he presented as a Christian and 
as an employer. "I have never conducted a board meet- 
ing without first having a devotional and prayer, asking 
for the Lord's guidance and His will in our decisions. I 
haven't asked Him to be my partner; I want Him to be in 
charge and have us do what He wants us to do." 

Hensley said that concentrating on Christ "puts a 
totally different perspective in business, how you deal 
with people and the pressure to accomplish things. You 
have to ask: How does He want you to approach a 
situation? What is His reaction? You have to get into 
that type of framework if you want Him to rule in your 
business, as well as in your life." 

In spite of his almost lifelong orientation to basic 
Christian precepts, Hensley has only in recent years 
implemented two significant changes into his life and 
business. One has been a shifting in priorities. The Bible 
teaches that a man's priorities should be God first, wife 
and family second, and job third. God has been on top, 
but often Hensley' s family has taken third place after 
the business. 

Hensley sheepishly admits that his family sometimes 
became the brunt of events that had occurred at work. 
"But the Lord has been teaching me a lot about that. I 
think I understand my priorities better than I once did. 
The Lord has tried to teach me that, if He is in charge of 
the company, I had better let other people know about 
it. Poor communications can cause all kinds of misun- 

A second notable change in Hensley's business and 
life has been a more aggressive attitude toward meeting 
his employees' spiritual needs. He has established 
weekly devotionals for his employees, with attendance 
optional, and also, in conjunction with Christian Busi- 
ness Men's Committee, has instituted formal Bible 
studies during office hours. 

Just as applying Christian ethics helps to build a good 
business reputation, just so employing Christian work- 
ers helps to build a good business. 

"I wouldn't say that one's being a Christian is a 
determining factor in whether we hire or promote 
someone , but without a doubt that could have a bearing 
in such decisions. It just makes sense, for I've found 
that most Christians are efficient workers, are effective 
in relating with others, and desire to be responsible 
members of the organization," Hensley contends. 

Hensley now is chairman of the board and chief 
executive officer of Hensley-Schmidt: and his brother, 
who is also strongly committed to Christ, is president of 
the company. 

"From where I sit today, I realize it is much, much 
more important to really look for spiritual maturity in 
the top management of our firm than I did ten or fifteen 
years ago," Marble Hensley states. 

For Hensley, there is no escaping the scriptural man- 
date he has been given as a Christian in the market- 
place. He concludes: "In the end, you're really respon- 
sible. Your actions, not just the words you are saying, 
show whether you're growing in your relationship with 
God. The Bible tells us our bodies are the temple of God 
and that His Spirit dwells within us. We have an obliga- 
tion to reflect that fact in our daily lives." 

WINTER 1981 



"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord 
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with 
thy God?" — Micah 6:8 

am privileged to have completed just recently forty 
years with the IBM Corporation, having served in per- 
sonnel and administrative positions in various locations 
throughout the country. The last twenty-five years of 
my IBM career were spent in senior management posi- 

Through the IBM Corporation, it was also my 
privilege to be involved with the United States space 
program since 1964. With this involvement, I witnessed 
the greatest surge and development of man's power that 
has ever been made in this history of our world — the 
launching and control of the space vehicles. 

It was necessary that I be present at Cape Kennedy 
for each launch of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicles 
starting in 1967. The first shuttle vehicle launch in April 
of this year was my final responsibility. 

It was also very exciting to be part of a corporation 
that has been producing the greatest technological 
power development this world has ever known — the 
computer. The first computer was a scientific marvel, 
weighing 30 tons, sprawling over 15,000 square feet of 
space. It was a physical monster, using some 19,000 
vacuum tubes, performing 5,000 additions in one sec- 
ond. Although we felt that we had really arrived with 
this kind of technological breakthrough, we soon found 
that this computing speed was considered slow com- 
pared to that of the newer technological process. 

Being a part of this outer and lunar space develop- 
ment and the computer progression, I could only mar- 
vel at the power that man had developed. Such an 
awareness brought to me the realization of how much 
greater our God is. God's program in the universe is 
almost unbelievable with the millions of stars in our 
universe, the millions of other known universes, and 
the fact that we can know with mathematical exactness 
the position of any given star at any moment of time — 
past, present, or future. Can you conceive of the power 
God exercised when He called this universe into exis- 

I believe that an even greater power is demonstrated 
by our God in His ability to change men's lives. 
Matthew 9: 6 states: ' ' But that ye may know that the Son 
of man hath power on earth to forgive sins . ' ' When one 
asks Jesus Christ to come into his life, a supernatural 
power transforms him from darkness into light. Many 
examples of this can be told down through the history of 
our world. 

In his early years, Paul the Apostle persecuted Chris- 
tians because of their faith in Christ. But then he en- 
countered Jesus Christ, who changed his life and gave 
him a new direction. Jesus Christ changed the hated and 
despised man to a man of great love and compassion, 
whose ministry is recorded in our Bible to a greater 
extent than that of any other individual. Captain Mitsuo 
Fuchida, the Japanese squadron leader who trained the 
pilots and led the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to 
inflict death and destruction, later had an encounter 
with Jesus Christ, who changed his life. The "hatchet 

by Albert J. Page 

Albert J. Page has been involved with Christian Business Men's 
Committee (CBMC) since 1956 and has served at all levels of 
leadership in that organization, from local committee chairman 
to chairman of the international board. He has been a trustee of 
Bryan since 1970. Mr. and Mrs. Page are regular visitors to Bryan 
and their daughter, Christine, was graduated in 1971. 

man" for the White House, Charles Colson, met Jesus 
Christ, who brought about a change in him, making him 
a man of great love and compassion in prison ministries 
throughout our nation. 

I, too, have experienced this transforming power in 
my life. When I was ten years old, a woman who had 
witnessed to my mother in the marketplace later led me 
to a decision to accept Jesus Christ as my personal 
Saviour. She used John 3:16: "For God so loved the 
world that he gave his only begotten Son, that AI Page, 
who believes on him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life." There came a change in my life, which 
brought new joy and peace and gave hope to a life that 
could have had just the opposite. 

With the management decisions that I had to make in 
my business career, I do not know how I could have 
succeeded without asking God for direction and wis- 
dom to make these decisions. And then what a delight it 
was to see Him miraculously work out the details. 
Thank God that He is with us every step of our way. 

Now that I have finished my IBM career and have 
retired, I thank God for the opportunity He has given 
me to work full time as a National Director of Metro 
Development for Christian Business Men's Committee 
of USA. My life was changed because of a witness in the 
marketplace. CBMC's ministry is to the men in the 
marketplace; thus it seems only right that my efforts for 
the Lord should be in that direction. It is my desire to be 
a part of this ministry to develop our outreach to the 
concentrated population in the business centers of the 
United States. 

There are over 1 19 million people in the top eighty 
metro areas, including an estimated 8 million business 
and professional men — our CBMC target! 

What a challenge and potential we have to reach men 
for Jesus Christ , who has the power to change their lives 
and give them direction in their professional endeavors , 
for in Him "are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and 
knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). 




by Robert E. 

A. young man came to my office about two years ago 
soliciting business for a new courier service he had 
started. At the time I was the legal administrator for a 
law firm in Dallas. Part of his sales pitch was that all his 
employees were college graduates (intelligence), would 
wear coat and tie (neat appearance), and were in fact 
attending seminary (honesty). Upon questioning from 
me, the young man revealed he had dropped out of 
seminary to start this business. At that point I told him I 
was a graduate of Dallas Seminary myself. He im- 
mediately asked, "What are you doing here?" I told 
him that I was there because I believed that is where 
God wanted me. Then I asked him why he had dropped 
out of seminary. He said he had done so because he 
believed that God wanted him to start that business. 

It is refreshing to hear of a businessman being "called 
into the ministry." However, there is something in our 
evangelical, spiritual make-up that largely rejects the 
concept of a person in the ministry being "called into 

There were about six Texans at Bryan College in the 
fall of 1947. Lavana Fuller and I met at that time but 
really had no special interest in each other until the fall 
of 1949. Our friendship began to grow, however, and we 
were married after she graduated in 1950. Dean Alma 
Rader would say, "That marriage was made in 
heaven." We returned to Bryan, where we lived until I 
graduated in 1952. We then spent four years at Dallas 

Upon graduation from Dallas Seminary, we were on 
the associate staff of Young Life for three years. This 
simply meant we continued to support ourselves while 
devoting every minute we could to the Young Life 
ministry with kids. In 1959, when we became full-time 
staff members, we moved to Indianapolis. Thus began 
seven fantastic years of presenting the gospel to needy 
kids, nurturing new Christians, and attempting to de- 
velop leadership among college students and to gain 
support from adults. Though our faith was put to the 
test time after time, Christ proved himself to be suffi- 
cient in our lives. 

After I served seven years as the area director in 
Indianapolis, we returned to the Dallas area, where I 
became the southwest regional business manager for 
Young Life. Although I continued my ministry with 
kids, this position had a new twist to it; and I liked it. 
During the fall of 1969, I began to experience a 
restlessness that I could not explain. I was forty years 
old, and the ministry with kids just wasn't as rewarding 
as it had been. There were other things also taking 
place, and it has taken us years to sort these out. After 
much agonizing, we decided to leave Young Life. We 
simply followed the Lord's leading as best as we knew 

In God's economy things are always happening! 
While we were struggling with our life-changing deci- 
sion, two local Young Life committeemen were plan- 
ning for a large resort development in East Texas. I 
became the first Dallas employee in 1970. It was my 
privilege to help set up the Dallas office, hire and train 

WINTER 1981 

(Tex) Williams '52 

employees, initiate systems for maintaining property 
owner records, and play a role in the financial and fiscal 
areas. It was exciting because we knew God was in it. 
Eventually I served in six different entities connected 
with the development. 

Informal worship services were held at the develop- 
ment from the very beginning. The owners were Chris- 
tian men who had a vision of doing something more than 
just develop a resort property and sell lots. Because 
property owners responded to the services, an outdoor 
chapel was built in 1972. It wasn't unusual to have 150 in 
a service. It was my responsibility to head up this part of 
the venture, and it was gratifying to experience God's 
blessing on the effort. The chapel was chartered in 1974, 
and a full-time chaplain was called. The chapel ministry 
continues to prosper, being now on its own property 
and in a building which has needed two expansions. 

Lavana and I built our dream house at the develop- 
ment in 1974 and kept it until 1977. In the meantime, 
however, I resigned my position and tried selling real 
estate during the recession of 1974-75. There was no 
income for eight months. It was a disaster. But there 
were lessons to be learned, and it was a time to reassess 
priorities. Lots of good things came out of that experi- 

In early 1975 Lavana took a job as secretary for a 
cardiovascular surgeon with whom she still enjoys a 
good working relationship. I took a position as a legal 
administrator in a large law firm. There were several 
Christian lawyers and administrative staff in the firm, 
and they had a strong witness for Christ. It was another 
growing experience for me as I learned to apply my gifts 
in a more formal professional atmosphere. 

My present position is as an administrative manager 
for a petrochemical consulting engineering company. 
Lavana and I enjoy our work and feel comfortable with 
what we are doing. We both worked while attending 
Bryan and paid the major portion of our school ex- 
penses. We believe in a strong work ethic and have tried 
to pass this on to our two daughters, who helped work 
their way through college. The older daughter is now an 
accountant and married to an architect. The younger is 
a kindergarten teacher and is married to a high-school 
basketball coach. Our family is very close, and we truly 
enjoy one another's company. 

We sincerely believe that God has a plan for us. That 
plan is basically doing what we understand to be God's 
will for our lives. Abraham sent his servant on a mis- 
sion. Specifically, the mission was to find a wife for his 
son Isaac . At the end of the journey , the servant was able 
to say, "I, being in the way, the Lord led me." We too 
believe that God is leading us in the way. 



Mrs. Charles C. Fox, of Jeffer- 
sonville. Indiana, was elected to the 
Board of Trustees at the fall meeting 
of the board in October. Previously 
Mrs. Fox had served four years on 
the National Advisory Council. 

A widow and the mother of four 
sons, Mrs. Fox has been active in 
affairs of her local community. For 
twelve years she served on the 
board of the Jeffersonville Public 
Library and is now secretary of the 
Friends of the Library. She is a 
graduate of Indiana University. 


Mrs. Elizabeth Wynsema, secre- 
tary to Dr. Mercer since 1968 and a 
member of the secretarial staff since 
1964, has reduced her workload to 
part-time for reasons of health. 

Miss Elsa Raab '81, of Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, has joined the staff as 
associate secretary to the president. 




Wynsema Raab 


Rev. Tom Bennett, pastor of the 
First Baptist Church, of New Port 
Richey, Florida, was the featured 
speaker for the first-semester Day 
of Prayer, October 19-20. His son. 
Kip. is a freshman. Linda and 
Sandy Ross and Cathy Myers are 
members of his church. 


Using "No Greater Heritage" ' as 
his theme. Dr. Charles C. Ryrie was 

the guest lecturer October 12-14 for 
the twelfth annual Staley Distin- 
guished Christian Scholar Lectures. 
The series dealt with the history of 
the Bible in English. Professor of 
systematic theology at Dallas 
Theological Seminary and editor/ 
compiler of the Ryrie Study Bible. 
Dr. Ryrie is the author of more than 
twenty books. He received his 
Ph.D. from the University of Edin- 

This lecture series was endowed 
in 1976 with a gift of stock from the 
Staley Foundation established by 
the late Thomas F. Staley, a native 
of Bristol. Tennessee, who was a 
founding partner of Reynolds Se- 
curities. Bryan was one of eight col- 
leges initially selected on the basis 
of lecture-series performance to re- 
ceive a permanent endowment 
rather than an annual grant to sup- 
port this program. 

The series is designed under the 
Staley Foundation charter "'to 
further the evangelical witness of 
the Christian church, and with a 
particular concern for college stu- 
dents. Deeming the cause worthy 
and the need great, the trustees of 
this Foundation will support men 
and women who truly believe, cor- 
dially love, and effectively propa- 
gate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its 
historical and scriptural fullness." 

The lecture program operates an- 
nually in more than two hundred in- 


Dr. Charles Taber '51, professor 
of missions at Emmanuel School of 
Religion, Johnson City, Tennessee, 
was guest lecturer for a series of 
three chapel messages. October 
26-28, on the theme of World Mis- 
sion. His daily topics were "The 
World's Predicament." "God's 
Good News," and "The Mission of 
the Church." 

Dr. Taber holds the M. A. and the 

Ph.D. degrees, specializing in lin- 
guistics and anthropology from 
Hartford Seminary Foundation. 

The son of medical missionary 
parents. Dr. Taber was born in 
France and later lived in Africa both 
before and after his college days. On 
completing his advanced degrees, 
he returned to Africa to work with 
the United Bible Societies in West 
Africa before going in 1973 to Milli- 
gan College, where he taught six 
years before assuming his present 

Dr. Taber' s two sisters. Margue- 
rite '54 (Mrs. Conrad Spearman of 
Anderson. Indiana) and Lois '63 
(Mrs. Dwight Baker. Lafayette. In- 
diana) are also graduates of Bryan 
as is his wife, the former Betty 
Hanna '51. 

The Hilltop Players, under the di- 
rection of Mrs. Rachel Morgan, as- 
sistant professor of speech, pre- 
sented John Patrick's hit comedy. 
The Curious Savage, as its fall pro- 
duction. The play portrays the 
"Curious" Ethel Savage, a kindly- 
woman with $10 million and a sud- 
den decision to gratify all the whims 
she has suppressed throughout her 
life. She triumphantly outwits the 
foxy relatives and would-be heirs 
with the help of generous fellow- 
guests at the sanitarium to which 
she has been confined. 

Natalie Huesmann, a junior from 
Powell . Ohio . was starred in the role 
of Mrs. Savage. Others in the cast 
were the following: Bill Haney of 
Seminole. Florida: Alicia Hutche- 
son of Dinwiddie. Virginia: Kevin 
Floyd of Altamonte. Florida: Carin 
Chapman of Fort Lauderdale. 
Florida: Dottie Frensley of 
Franklin. Tennessee; Teresa Wes- 
cott of Largo, Florida: Bill Barrows 
of Greenville. South Carolina: Scott 
Buffenbarger of Hollywood. 
Florida: Bobby DuVall of Jackson- 
ville . Florida: and Carylee Gilmer of 
Roanoke. Virginia. Student director 
was Walter Thomas of Jacksonville. 




The 1981-82 Mercer Clementson 
Business Scholarship was awarded 
on November 6 to Martin B. Mez- 
nar of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, a 
senior and the son of missionary 
parents. Rev. and Mrs. Leonard 
Meznar. who are alumni of Bryan 
College. Young Meznar. who main- 
tains a 4.0 academic average, is 
earning double majors in business 
and history. The award is a $500 
grant above other grants and awards 
he may have received. After gradu- 
ation next May. he plans to work a 
year and then enter law school. 

The Mercer Clementson Scholar- 
ship was established in 1978 by John 
Bass of Colorado Springs. Col- 
orado, executive director of the 
Christian Booksellers Association, 
in honor of his former professor, 
Mr. Clementson. of Chattanooga. 
After retirement, the Clementsons 
built a home in 1972 on the Bryan 
campus in Dayton. Mr. Clementson 
died in December 1980 at the age of 
85. His widow. Mrs. Bernyce 
Clementson, was present at the 
award ceremony. 

The endowment for this scholar- 
ship, including the memorial gifts 
received at the time of Mr. 
Clementson's death, is invested 
through the endowment fund of the 
college. The award is administered 
through the college office of finan- 
cial aid to students. 

Previous winners of this scholar- 
ship were Dean Atkinson of Arva- 
da. Colorado, who held it for three 
semesters in 1978 and 1979, and 
James Hairston. of Fort Lauder- 
dale. Florida, who held it for three 
semesters in 1980 and 1981. 

Mrs. Woodlee is pictured with Artist 


An exhibition of twenty-five 
paintings by Paul J. Long, artist 
from Lenoir City. Tennessee, 
opened October 25 in Hayden 
Lounge and continued through 
November 7. 

The exhibit reflected the de- 
velopment of the artist from his ear- 
liest work, a homemade comic book 
at twelve and a painting done on 
oilcloth at seventeen, to his later 
works in oil and water color depict- 
ing the landscape and flora of East 

In 1977-78 at the time of the resto- 
ration of Rhea County's historic 
courthouse, Mr. Long did a water- 
color painting of this building, fa- 
mous as the scene of the Scopes 
Evolution Trial. In 1980 this original 
painting was purchased by Mrs. 
Sarah Ewing Woodlee of Dayton, a 
Bryan founder, who donated it to 
the college as a memorial to her late 

Pictured on the occasion of the awarding of the 1981-82 Mercer Clementson Business 
Scholarship are Mrs. Bernyce Clementson; President Mercer; Mrs. Joyce Hollin, 
Student Financial Aid Officer; and Martin Meznar. 

Long and his painting of the Rhea County 

husband. Judge Glenn W. Woodlee. 
a trustee of the college from 1950 
and chairman of the board at the 
time of his death in 1969. Mrs. 
Woodlee's father, the late E. B. Ew- 
ing, also served in this courthouse 
three terms as circuit court clerk, 
holding this position in 1925 at the 
time of the Scopes Trial. 

Mr. Long gave fifty signed and 
numbered prints of the limited edi- 
tion of the courthouse and a group 
of two other paintings to the college 
to be sold and the proceeds used for 
establishing the Paul J. Long Schol- 
arship in Art. 

Although he won an art course in 
national competition while in col- 
lege and has also taken a course 
with the Famous Artists School in 
Westport, Connecticut, Mr. Long is 
largely self-taught. His interest in 
drawing and art was apparent by the 
time he was seven; and he has been 
painting in tempera, oil, and water 
colors since about twelve. Entering 
the air force at eighteen in World 
War II with only two years of high 
school, he returned home to enter 
college on a GED diploma and com- 
pleted the B.S. degree in physics 
with a minor in mathematics in only 
thirty months. He subsequently 
earned a master's degree. 

Mr. Long has carried on his ex- 
tensive artistic work while follow- 
ing a professional career as an en- 
gineer at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 
where he is a department head at the 
Union Carbide Nuclear Division of 
Y12 Plant. An active Christian, Mr. 
Long is a member of the First Bap- 
tist Church of Lenoir City. 

WINTER 1981 


Frazier and Holdorf 



Mrs. J. S. Frazier of Dayton, old- 
est of the four founders of the col- 
lege still living, marked her 95th 
birthday anniversary on November 
25. For this celebration, Mrs. 
Frazier was guest of the college on 
November 14 for the Thanksgiving 
Banquet and on November 20 for 
chapel, when she was presented a 
large and colorful birthday greeting 
created by sophomore art student 
Charlene Holdorf of Seattle, 
Washington. The artistic card de- 
signed with three sections was in- 
scribed with the signatures of sev- 
eral hundred members of the college 
community. The student body 
greeted Mrs. Frazier with sustained 

$200,000 Challenge Grant 

{Jot* M ft! 

On December 2, (29 days before 
deadline), the $200,000 Challenge 
Grant was reached! 

Gifts came from friends, alumni, par- 
ents, faculty, staff, corporations, 
foundations and bequests. Praise 
God for His faithfulness. 

The new dormitory total (gifts and 
pledges) stands at $1 ,000,000. Still 
needed is $1,000,000 during 1982. 

Please see the next issue of Bryan 
Life for details. 

applause and sang "Happy Birth- 
day" to her. 

Mrs. Frazier's husband was 
prominent in the organization of the 
Bryan Memorial University As- 
sociation in 1925 and continued ac- 
tive in the interests of the college 
until his death in 1937. Mrs. Frazier 
herself served as a trustee from 1947 
to 1962. 

After her retirement as a teacher 
of a women's Sunday school class in 
Dayton's First United Methodist 
Church for more than forty years, 
the name of the class was changed 
to the Ellen Frazier Class in her 
honor. She also taught a community 
Bible class for several years. Al- 
though a Christian from her early 
years, Mrs. Frazier attributes her 
deepened interest in spiritual things 
and her full commitment to Christ to 
the teaching she received through 
association with the college in its 
early years. 

"A woman that feareth the Lord, 
she shall be praised" (Proverbs 


Dr. Brian Richardson, professor 
of Christian Education, accom- 
panied by his wife and two fellow 
staff members, Craig Williford, as- 
sistant professor of Christian Edu- 
cation, and Allen Kadlec, director 
of Practical Christian Involvement, 
led an entourage of thirty-five 
Bryan students who participated in 
the International Sunday School 
Convention in Detroit, October 

Dr. Richardson spoke three 
times, and the Bryan students in- 
troduced all of the more than two 
hundred workshops, taped the vari- 
ous sessions, and worked in other 
capacities during the three-day 
convention. Clate Raymond, presi- 
dent of ISSC, said, "We have 
worked with other college groups 
before, but the Bryan College stu- 
dents are the best disciplined and 
most cooperative group we have 
ever worked with. Your school is to 
be congratulated for producing such 
a fine group of students. We want 
Bryan College to return." 

On November 10 Dr. Richardson 
addressed the annual convention of 


the Evangelical Teacher Training 
Association in Chicago. 

As president of the National As- 
sociation of Professors of Christian 
Education, Dr. Richardson pre- 
sided over the annual meeting of 
that body at Nordic Hills, near 
Chicago, on November 11-13. 
Fifty-six professors of Christian 
Education were among the 130 par- 
ticipants in this convention, includ- 
ing Craig Williford, of the Bryan 

The 1982 convention of NAPCE 
is scheduled for Los Angeles. In the 
meantime plans are under way to 
publish a Journal of Christian Educa- 
tion with cash awards of from $100 
to $1,000 for both professors and 
students in Christian Education for 
the best articles on selected themes 
chosen for publication. 

Dr. Richardson also attended the 
International Conference of Reli- 
gious Education at Michigan State 
University on November 22-24 to 
present a paper. More than five 
hundred Catholic, Protestant, 
Jewish, and other educators at- 
tended the three-day event. Other 
speakers included Dr. Bruce Metz- 
ger, of Princeton Theological Semi- 
nary; Dr. Harry Orlinsky, of He- 
brew Union College; and Dr. 
Thomas Groome, of Boston Col- 

Fine Arts Tour 

Departing May 17, visiting major 
cities in the heart of Europe (3 hours 
credit for students) 

Bible Lands Tour 
Departing June 14, visiting Israel, 
Egypt, and Greece 
For complete information write to: 

John Bartlett 

Bryan College 

Dayton, TN 37321 




The Concert Choir and Chamber 
Singers combined with singers from 
the University of Tennessee at 
Chattanooga to form a 155- voice 
choir in two performances of/] Ger- 
man Requiem by Johannes Brahms at 
the First Cumberland Presbyterian 
Church of Chattanooga on October 
25 and in Rudd Chapel auditorium 
on October 27. 

Dr. Karl Keefer, vice president 
for academic affairs, and Mrs. Sig- 
rid Luther, assistant professor of 
music, accompanied at the pianos 
with David Friberg, assistant pro- 

fessor of music, at the organ. David 
Luther, assistant professor of 
music, was a featured soloist. The 
group was directed by Glen Draper, 
choral director at UTC. Both per- 
formances were attended by large 
and enthusiastic audiences. 

This musical work,, composed in 
1868, is often described as a Protes- 
tant requiem because its treatment 
of the transitory nature of life and 
the theme of death are presented in 
the words of Scripture which also 
celebrate the sure and certain hope 
of the future triumph of the believer. 


The 1981 Bryan volleyball team 
concluded its season as the AIAW 
Division III Tennessee state 
champs. Finishing second to 
Maryville College in the state last 
year, the squad advanced to the re- 
gion tournament this year but was 
eliminated in the early rounds. 

This year's squad included the 
following: three seniors — Kathy 

Kindberg, of Bogota, Colombia; 
Linda Menees, of Pompano Beach, 
Florida; and Barbara Pratt, of Holly- 
wood, Florida; two juniors — 
Martha Ardelean, of Brasilia, 
Brazil, and Judith Ashley, of Ma- 
nila, Philippines; two sopho- 
mores — Colley Wood, of Cleve- 
land, Tennessee, and Kari Zetter- 
berg, of Dixon, Illinois; and two 
freshmen — Jeanne Howard, of Les- 
lie, Michigan, and Florence Israel, 
of East Point, Georgia. 


The 1981 Bryan Lions soccer 
squad compiled a 7-9 record this 
fall. Of the nine losses suffered this 
year, six were by a one-goal margin. 

Sophomore Jon Hurlbert, of St. 
Louis, Missouri, led the Lions in 
scoring for a second consecutive 
year. Hurlbert tallied nine goals and 
three assists. He has scored nine- 
teen goals and nine assists in his first 
two years at Bryan. That total 
places Hurlbert eighth on the all- 
time career scoring list. 

Eleven players contributed to the 
Lions' total of thirty goals to dem- 
onstrate balanced scoring attack. 
Coach John Reeser will be losing 
four players through graduation: 
goalie Rick Werner and fullbacks 
Randall Southard, Walt Jackson, 
and Bill Cave. 

Front row — Israel, Ardelean, Ashley, Howard; Back row — Manager Courtright, 
Zetterberg, Pratt, Kindberg, Menees, Wood, and Coach Tayloe. 

Senior Bill Cave, of Augusta, 
Georgia, has been selected to the 
1981 NAIA Academic Ail- 
American soccer team. Bill played 
fullback for Bryan and has a 3.1 
grade point average in business ad- 
ministration. He has been president 
of the class of 1982 all four years. 


The 1981 Bryan College cross- 
country team finished its dual meet 
season with a 4-0 record. This is the 
first winning season for the harriers 
since 1976. This year's squad won 
the NCCAA District 5 champion- 
ships and placed 10th at the 
NCCAA national meet in Cedar- 
ville, Ohio. Bryan's lOth-place 
finish is the best finish for the Lions 
since 1977. 

In only two years as the head 
coach of the Lions cross-country 
team. Coach Bill Collman has seen 
the squad double in size (from five 
to ten runners) and win two con- 
secutive NCCAA district cham- 

WINTER 1981 


New Tax Laws 
Influence Charitable Giving 

1 he tax changes passed by the Congress this sum- 
mer are welcome news for most Americans and will 
make possible more giving to charitable causes . Most of 
the changes will take effect beginning January 1, 1982, 
and some will be phased in over the next few years. The 
tax law changes discussed here affect only Federal 
taxes and do not apply to state tax laws. Each state has a 
different set of laws for estates. Generally speaking, the 
Federal tax laws apply to the right to give possessions 
away, whereas the state laws apply to the right to inherit 

A. Income Tax Provisions 

1 . There will be a 23 per cent reduction in individual 
income tax rates over the next three years, a fact 
which means that you will have more income to 
spend, save, or give to your favorite Christian 

2. For married couples who file a joint return, there is 
a new deduction if both spouses are employed. In 
1982 the deduction amounts to 5 per cent of the 
earned income of the lower earning spouse or 
$1,500, whichever is less. In 1983 this deduction 
will increase to 10 per cent or $3,000, whichever is 

3. For those in the higher income brackets, there are 
some special advantages: 1) The maximum tax 
will be reduced from 70 per cent to 50 per cent, 
beginning in 1982. 2) The maximum tax on long- 
term capital gains will be reduced from 28 per 
cent to 20 per cent. 3) Charitable gifts in 1981, 
while the tax rates are higher, are more valuable 
as a deduction than in following years . 4) Income 
that can be deferred to future years will receive a 
more favorable tax treatment. 

B. Estate and Gift Tax Provisions Beginning in 1982 
1. A tax credit is allowed to each individual who 

gives possessions away either during life or at 
death. This credit has the effect of exempting 
from tax the first $175,625 under present tax law 
and will be increased gradually to $600,000 over 
the next six years beginning in 1982. 



of Credit 

$ 62,800 






For example, if you died in 1982 without a surviv- 
ing spouse and had a taxable estate of $225,000, 
the new estate tax credit would completely wipe 
out your tax. 



2. An unlimited marital deduction will be available 
to married couples when the first spouse dies. 
Thus no federal estate tax will be applied to an 
estate that is passed to a surviving spouse. This is 
a very important change and makes it important 

for married couples to review their wills if a 
maximum marital deduction formula clause is in- 
cluded in a will written before September 12, 

3. The amount that an individual can give tax free to 
another individual, other than a spouse, in a given 
year will be increased from $3,000 to $10,000 in 
1982. This amount may be given to any number of 
individuals. A married couple may give up to 
$20,000 to another person by combining their gift 
without paying a gift tax. 

4. The new law provides more incentives for chari- 
table gifts by allowing a charitable deduction for 
those who use the short income tax report form 
( 1040A) and do not itemize deductions. The new 
provision will be phased in over a five-year 
period beginning in 1982 with a very small allow- 
ance and increasing gradually to include all de- 
ductible charitable gifts by 1986. Of course, those 
who are now using the long form to itemize their 
deductions are generally able to deduct all their 
charitable gifts up to 50 per cent of their adjusted 
gross income. 

5. Corporations will be allowed to give more of their 
corporate profit for charitable causes. The 
amount will be increased from 5 per cent to 10 per 
cent of net income beginning in 1982. 

Note: This report is intended as a general summary of 
some of the new tax laws passed by the Congress in 
1981. For the application of these laws to your personal 
tax situation, you should secure professional legal 

For more detailed information on these and other tax 
changes which may affect your estate plan or for in- 
vestment opportunities at Bryan, please return the 
coupon below. 

To: Fred L. Stansberry 

Director of Planned Giving 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

Please send information on 
tax changes 







January 6-8, 1 982 


Dr. Richard Seume 

Mrs. Mary Seume 

Dallas, Texas 

Mission Films: 

Wycliffe Bible Translators — 

Videotape of Cameron Townsend's 
Golden Jubilee, May 9, 1981 

World Vision — 

"Crisis in the Horn of Africa" 

JWemortal <©tft* 

September 8, 1981 to December 7, 1981 



May 11-13, 1982 


Dr. Warren Wiersbe 

Radio Broadcaster 

Lincoln. Nebraska 

Dr. Irving L. Jensen 

Bryan Bible Professor 
and Author 


Mrs. Leila and 

Miss Robbie Broyles 
Mr. and Mrs. David Luther 
Mrs. A. P. Coe 

Mrs. Susan W. Chaffin 

Mr. and Mrs. Sizer Chambliss 

Mrs. James Conner 

Mrs. J. B. Goodrich 
Mrs. Cratie Johnson 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Luck 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Main 

Mr. David Martin 

Rev. and Mrs. Charles H. McCarthy 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Timblin 

Mr. Paul Wittenbach 

Dr. and Mrs. Theodore C. Mercer 
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 
Misses Emma Kate and 
Eleanor Jones 

Spring City Women's Club 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dawson 

Mrs. Pat Orton and Michelle 

Mrs. David Wisthoff 

In Memory of 

Mrs. Frank Sniffen 

Mrs. W. F. Weir 

Robert E. Scofield 

Elizabeth Kelly 
Chapman Torbett 

J. B. Goodrich 

J. C. Torbett 

William L. Schoolcraft 

Paul McCarthy '78 

Mrs. H. J. Shelton 

Mrs. Ruth Brock 
Jane Dawson Custer '69 
T. G. "Buddy" Orton 
David Wisthoff '53 

If you plan to attend 

in Knoxville, Tennessee, 

Bryan dorms will be available between 

May 15 and July 25. 

Free rooms are offered to conference guests who wish 
to remain after Pastors' Conference or come early be- 
fore Summer Bible Conference. 

Write for details on dormitory reservations and rates 
between conferences. 

Bryan CoUege, Dayton, TN 37321 


July 19-23, 1982 


Rev. Elwood McQuaid 

Conference speaker/writer 
Moody Bible Institute 
Formerly with Friends 
of Israel 

Colonel Jim Irwin 


High Flight Foundation 

Colorado Springs, Colorado 


Steve and Barbara Snyder 

Sioux City, Iowa 

WINTER 1981 


Invitation to 

High School Juniors, 
Seniors, or 

College Transfers 


April 8-1 0, 1982 

• 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 8-10, 1982. 

Send extra reservation forms for friends. 

D Also, please send details explaining the Music Festival. 

Name . 


City State Zip 

Telephone ( ) High School 






Christian World View 
Alumni Testimonials 



Editorial Office: 

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BRYAN LIFE is published four 
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and additional mailing offices. 
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Shown examining the results 
of an experiment in Bryan's 
chemistry laboratory are junior 
Mark Hamilton, of Marietta, 
Georgia; freshman Rebecca 
Holdorf, of Seattle, Washington; 
and sophomore Beth Butler, of 
Spring City, Tennessee. Photo 
was taken by sophomore Bob 
Harris, of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Volume 7 


Number 3 

the science professors who point out the academic emphases, the 
Biblical correlation, and the practical outreach of the math and sci- 
ence courses at Bryan. 

ences of Natural Science Division graduates, showing the potential 
for professional development and service. 

natural science museum collected and organized by the man for 
whom it is named. By Dr. Willard L. Henning 

THE PARAMETERS OF CREATIONISM: A restatement of Bryan's 
commitment to an unalterable Biblical stance on creationism, en- 
compassing also the issues on which evangelicals hold varying views. 
By Dr. Karl E. Keefer, Jr. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News notes on faculty activities, spiritual life 
and missions conferences, and student programs and activities. 



In presenting the Division of Natural Science 
as it functions today in the eighties, I find it in- 
teresting to recall the fact that Bryan's science 
department got its start in 1930 by using the same 
facilities in the old Rhea County High School 
building where a young mathematics teacher and 
athletic coach. John T. Scopes, did his brief stint 
as a substitute biology teacher, a fact which led to 
his being by agreement the defendant in the fa- 
mous trial of 1925. Bryan University opened in 
1930 in this old Rhea High building and continued to hold classes there until 1935, when 
it moved to the present hilltop campus. I remember learning from Dr. Judson Rudd that 
the desks in the old chemistry lab, which used to occupy the ground-floor area now- 
used for library stacks, came from the old Rhea High building. 

As we rejoice in the development of the natural science program as presented here, 
we cannot overlook those hardy teachers who pioneered the work in science during the 
first three decades. A. P. Bjerregaard. who was the first science teacher in the early 
thirties, was followed by Russell H. Austin and Roy McMurry. Dr. McMurry remained 
into the forties and was followed by Glenn G. Cole and Leslie J. Dixon. The fifties saw 
the coming of Lou Rouch Woughter. who continued until the early sixties, with shorter 
periods of service in the fifties by Roger W. Walkwitz and Frank J. and Carol Halloin 
Zeller. Dr. Willard Henning joined the faculty in 1956 and has just now retired from 

Fascinating stories can be told about each of these persons and of their solid 
contribution in teaching under less than adequate conditions but with demonstrably 
good results. To these and toothers who followed them in the sixties, we acknowledge 
a debt of gratitude for their laying such a sturdy foundation for today's program in 
natural science. 

Theodore C. Mercer 



Dr. Lestmann 

With one out of every twelve students at Bryan 
majoring in some aspect of natural science and nearly 
all of the six hundred students taking two or more 
science or mathematics courses during their career, the 
one part-time and five full-time professors are rising to 
the challenge of a growing division. 

Dr. Phillip Lestmann, head of the Natural Science 
Division, observes that "'all of the science professors 
are concerned not just with teaching science majors but 
with giving all Bryan students a good foundation in 
mathematics and basic science because we are living in 
a technological age. Students need to be able to handle 
the problems of day-to-day living." 

In the five years of Dr. Lestmann's association with 
Bryan, he has helped to make extensive changes in the 
mathematics curriculum. The service aspect of the 
mathematics department is being strengthened by offer- 
ing such courses as Real World Arithmetic. Finite 
Mathematics, Elementary Statistics, and Precalculus 
and by teaching more about the use of computers. This 
year two introductory courses in computer science 
serve the mathematics and science majors as well as 
students in the business department. 

Dr. Carlos Pereira, associate professor of mathemat- 
ics, points out that one of the strong points in the 
mathematics department is the diversity between Dr. 
Lestmann, who is an algebraist and an abstract 
mathematician, and himself, whose specialty is the 
practical application of mathematics with an emphasis 
on statistics, quantitative analysis, and methods. 

High Academic Standards 

Evidence of success in maintaining the high academic 
standards for which all of the professors continually 
strive is the acceptance of Bryan science majors into 
graduate schools. One of last year's graduates, Blaine 
Bishop, was accepted by two medical schools and 
chose to enter Vanderbilt School of Medicine: and this 
year a pre-med major, Terry Puckett, has been ac- 
cepted for medical training at the University of Tennes- 
see Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis. At least 
three graduates of recent years have gone into medical 
technology by taking one year of technological training 
after their bachelor's degree at Bryan. These medical 
technologists are Becky Jensen '80, Chattanooga, Ten- 
nessee; Christa Henry '79, Barnesville, Georgia; and 
Sheila Barber Stanbrough '80, Huntsville, Alabama. 

Concerning the determination to achieve a high qual- 
ity of academic excellence both in major programs and 


in general education. Dr. Lestmann says, "All the pro- 
fessors in our division are interested in teaching stu- 
dents not only how to excel in science but also how to 
relate science and mathematics to a Christian world 
view. In science one is liable to get into areas of con- 
troversy about origins and evolution. In view of our 
incomplete knowledge, there may not be just one 
evangelical view on a problem. We are concerned that 
we expose students to the various opinions, both the 
secular ones and those held by the evangelical commu- 
nity, and not just that we lay down a certain orthodox 
line to which all students should conform. We are en- 
couraging students to explore and come to their own 
conclusions based upon Biblical revelation and scien- 
tific evidence." 

Integration of Bible and Science 

To strengthen this Biblical understanding. Dr. Martin 
Hartzell, assistant professor of biology , explains that he 
invites Gary Phillips, assistant professor of Bible, to 
team teach with him the subject of origins in order to 
integrate Biblical interpretation with scientific thought. 

Dr. Ralph Paisley, professor of biology, comments 
on the privilege he finds in teaching in a Christian col- 
lege: "My discipline, being in the field of science, is an 
area of apparent conflict between what the Scriptures 
say and what some scientists are saying; so I am able to 
bring to the students my own Christian perspective on 
creation and my model of scientific explanation without 
fear of repercussions, as I would expect in a state in- 

In relating Christian faith to mathematics, Dr. 
Lestmann states his philosophy: "We seek to critique 
secular philosophy and determine why its proponents 
have unanswered questions; and then we make an ini- 
tial attempt to formulate a Christian philosophy of 
mathematics. There is a Christian basis for mathemat- 
ics, and one can take Biblical teachings and ideas and 
work them out in detail to see what the implications 

In teaching statistics , Dr. Pereira finds that in a Chris- 
tian school he is able to integrate Christian convictions 
with subject matter to train students who can exemplify 
Christian values in a society that so badly needs to have 
its values elevated. He says, "In statistics there are 
applied problems that always involve elements of 
chance and manipulation. It is possible to distort statis- 
tics, but it is important to teach students how to main- 
tain the principle of honesty in handling statistics. In 

SPRING 1982 


Dr. Pereira 

business procedures, students can learn how to avoid 
manipulation and take the path of honesty by declaring 
the truth." 

In a further observation. Dr. Pereira states: 
"Mathematics itself was created by God. and man has 
been discovering its principles through the ages. We 
find in mathematics an order which is so complex and 
unique that only a divine revelation from God could 
really give man such comprehensive power in abstract 
thinking and then enable him to transfer abstract princi- 
ples into practical application." 

Teaching Assistants 

Another strong point of the science and mathematics 
program at Bryan is the use of student helpers to assist 
in teaching the lower level science and mathematics 
courses and in holding special problem sessions for 
students in courses taught by the regular professors. It 
gives additional training to majors in the division and is 
received most favorably by the students who need help 
in mathematics, chemistry, and other difficult subjects. 
Encouragement for Research 

As for the department of chemistry, Mrs. Betty 
Geisemann, instructor in chemistry, has guided a 
number of students in extracurricular research (proj- 
ects, encouraging them to do original research and pre- 
sent papers annually at meetings of the Collegiate Divi- 
sion of the Tennessee Academy of Science. 
Strength in Diversity 

The diversity of backgrounds of the staff is a special 
strength since different geographical areas, different 
educational backgrounds, and different Christian 
communions are represented. Several of the professors 
had their undergraduate work at Christian colleges. All 
of them have pursued graduate studies at secular uni- 
versities, and all of the regular full-time professors have 
doctorates. This breadth of academic preparation is 
enhanced by the close personal and social relationship 
among members of the division who often eat lunch 
together and discuss their professional concerns in in- 
formal sessions as well as in the scheduled division 
meetings. As Dr. Paisley puts it, "We are friends as well 
as colleagues." 

Popularity of Computer Training 

Considerable interest has been aroused among stu- 
dents by the developing computer science curriculum. 

which serves both mathematics and business students. 
This year two courses have been offered, with two 
faculty members sharing the instruction. Dr. Pereira 
explains. "We have two study options available now. 
The foundation option is for majors in mathematics who 
want to pursue graduate studies or a career in 
mathematics. The second option is for those who intend 
to teach math in secondary schools. Additional courses 
will be offered for those intending to go into computer 

Trainees have the use of four Commodore PET. three 
APPLE II microcomputers, and, the latest addition, the 
superPET microcomputer, which handles five compu- 
ter languages — BASIC (Beginners All-purpose Sym- 
bolic Instruction Code), which is designed for 
mathematics, science, and business; APL, which is an 
algebra-oriented language: PASCAL, which combines 
business and science: FORTRAN, which aids math and 
science: and COBOL, which is designed for business 
only. As students learn these computer languages, they 
will be equipped to secure positions as programmers in 
government, industry, business, health careers, and 

In addition, the college has two Northstar microcom- 
puters and an IBM Office Systems 6 in operation in the 
administrative offices. 

Future Possibilities 

In looking toward the future. Dr. Hartzell. along with 
the other science teachers, expresses the desire to begin 
a nursing program in view of student interest in this 
area. He says. "Last fall we had several students who 
said they were interested in a nursing program, and we 
know that some students have transferred and others 
will be transferring to get nursing elsewhere." 

Dr. Paisley also comments about the value of a nurs- 
ing program as a way of attracting additional students to 
Bryan. He adds, "Many come now for pre-nursing and 
would like to complete their baccalaureate degree, 
along with nursing qualifications, at Bryan. We feel that 
this program would also be a community service to 
strengthen the level of health care in Rhea County." 

Thinking of the missionary emphasis at Bryan, Dr. 
Hartzell comments that the "nursing program would be 
a means of providing training for increased service op- 
portunities for graduates who can get into other coun- 
tries through nursing, medical technology, or computer 

Dr. Hartzell 



Dr. Paisley 

science and have a Christian witness where mis- 
sionaries are not allowed to enter." 

Dr. Paisley comments. "We don't feel that a nursing 
program would detract from the tradition of the college 
as being a liberal arts college, for we must adapt to the 
needs of today's students. Those who come now have 
different needs from those who came ten or twenty 
years ago. Bryan must continue to change and expand 
in order to continue to grow as an educational institu- 

The faculty, administration, and board of trustees 
have approved in principle the establishment of a nurs- 
ing program, subject to additional funds being found so 
as not to take support away from existing programs. 
Investigation has been made of a number of other Chris- 
tian colleges which have well-established programs as 
well as of several which have decided not to institute 
such a program because of the added cost and special 
facilities needed. In order to be successful, this new 
program would likely require substantial outside fund- 
ing on a continuing basis. An additional important fac- 
tor is the availability of satisfactory clinical facilities 
within reasonable distance to supplement those which 
are available in Dayton. 

The administration and the board of trustees, while 
heartily agreeing on the value of the nursing program as 
a potential means of increased enrollment and ex- 
panded Christian outreach for its participants, are also 
facing the economic realities as they relate to the total 
curriculum. While planting the "mustard seed" of faith 
for a nursing program, the curriculum builders are 
"counting the cost of the tower" with cautious op- 

"Another area we need to strengthen," Dr. Paisley 
explains, "is our physical science offerings. We are 
searching for a physical scientist, who can teach earth 
science, geology, and physics, so that we can meet the 
needs of elementary education and general education. 
We need to provide additional courses in the physical 
sciences that can increase the awareness among all our 
students of the problems of conservation of energy and 
natural resources. I believe that the Christian commu- 
nity should take the initiative in the area of conserva- 

tion. God created the earth and taught us to supervise 
and tend it. To subdue the earth does not mean to 
destroy or abuse natural resources. A physical science 
professor could do much to make the whole Christian 
college community aware of the value of natural re- 
sources and of how to conserve them." 

Testimonials from graduates of the science and 
mathematics departments are given in the following 
pages to illustrate the practical accomplishments of the 
Natural Science Division. 

Reinforcing Mr. Bryan's Final Stand 

If William Jennings Bryan were able today to visit the 
college bearing his name, he would see and hear the 
espousal of the same philosophy which he expressed 
during his visit in Dayton more than fifty-five years ago. 
In an undelivered speech that was published after his 
death, Mr. Bryan made the following observations 
about the relation of science and Christianity: 

Science needs religion to direct its energies 
and to inspire with lofty purpose those who 
employ the forces that are unloosened by 
science. Evolution is at war with religion be- 
cause religion is supernatural: it is therefore 
the relentless foe of Christianity, which is a 
revealed religion. 

Let us, then, hear the conclusion of the 
whole matter. Science is a magnificent mate- 
rial force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It 
can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral 
restraints to protect society from the misuse 
of the machine. It can also build gigantic intel- 
lectual ships, but it constructs no moral rud- 
ders for the control of storm-tossed human 
vessels. It not only fails to supply the spiritual 
element needed but some of its unproven 
hypotheses rob the ship of its compass and 
endanger its cargo. . . . 

If civilization is to be saved from the 
wreckage threatened by intelligence not 
consecrated by love, it must be saved by the 
moral code of the meek and lowly Nazarene. 
His teachings, and His teachings alone, can 
solve the problems that vex the heart and 
perplex the world. 

The world needs a Savior more than it ever 
did before, and there is only "one Name 
under heaven given among men whereby we 
must be saved." It is this Name that evolu- 
tion degrades, for. carried to its logical con- 
clusion it robs Christ of the glory of a virgin 
birth, of the majesty of His deity and mission, 
and of the triumph of His resurrection. It also 
disputes the doctrine of the atonement. 

In concluding his statement, Mr. Bryan quoted the 
first stanza of the hymn which still expresses the com- 
mitment of Bryan College: 

Faith of our fathers, living still. 
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword; 
O how our hearts beat high with joy 
Whene'er we hear that glorious word — 
Faith of our fathers — holy faith; 
We will be true to thee till death. 

SPRING 1982 


Testimonials off Scie 

1 o provide an overview of the types of service which 
Bryan graduates of the Division of Natural Science 
have entered, a number of these graduates over the 
span of the past fourteen years have been surveyed. 
The following summaries illustrate the capabilities for 
graduate study and professional development as well as 
include testimonials from some of these individuals. 

Karl E. Keefer III, "68. chemistry major — continued 
secondary science education at Memphis State Univer- 
sity; was science teacher at Memphis City schools for 
two years and at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in 
North Carolina since 1970. He says. "Bryan's help for 
my present position was very good overall. The specific 
preparation in chemistry was good as far as it was able 
to go. I had very little difficulty in making adjustment at 
Memphis State." 

David Gerard '69, biology major — completed the 
Ph.D. in cell biology at the University of Tennessee at 
Knoxville in August 1980 and immediately began work 
at the Department of Medical Biology in the Memorial 
Research Center of the University of Tennessee. He is 
the senior research electron microscopist in charge of 
electron microscopy for the Center as well as for clini- 
cal diagnostic work in association with UT Hospital. 
His research is mainly in the area of metastatic cancer 
and is being recognized by scientists internationally 
eminent in this field. 



David Smith '72. biology major — earned an M.A. de- 
gree in health care administration at Central Michigan 
University. For the past six years he has been Labora- 
tory Supervisor at the Rhea County Medical Center in 
Dayton. Tennessee. About his training at Bryan, he 
says. "My professors at Bryan first interested me in the 
medical field, and they prepared me well." 

F. Jeanine Hutchins '71. math major — received the 
M.A. in computer science in 1976 from Ball State Uni- 
versity in Indiana and has been employed for five years 
as staff programmer in the Federal Systems Division of 
International Business Machines Corporation. She 
works on government contracts for the Department of 
Defense, involving system design, integration, and test. 
System test is usually a field test situation, which pro- 
vides opportunity for considerable travel. She says of 
her training at Bryan. "I received a well-rounded edu- 
cational background, especially in mathematics, which 
helped to prepare me for graduate school and also for 
my current job. Although I didn't have any computer 
science at Bryan, the math background is useful in my 
work. Many things I learned or was exposed to at Bryan 
have become a very real part of my life." 

Cpt. Stephen Johansen '73. biology major — attended 
the Medical College of Virginia to earn the D.D.S. 
degree in 1977. He has been employed as a dental of- 
ficer with the U.S. Army, spent three years in Germany 
and traveled throughout Europe, and is now stationed 
at West Point, where he treats cadets and other military 
personnel in the area. Of his experience at Bryan he 
says, "I appreciated the relatively small classes at 
Bryan, which encouraged instructor-student inter- 
change. I found this to be particularly true of the science 
courses at Bryan, which, of course, laid the foundation 
for further study in dental school." 

Peter Trinh '74. math major — received Data Process- 
ing Certificate from Lively Technical School. Florida. 
in 1976. He worked for Celanese Chemical Corporation 
as a computer programmer for two years and is now a 
partner in Dynamic Sources. Inc.. a computer consult- 
ing firm in Dallas. Texas, that does contract work in 
computer software and also provides employment ser- 
vice for some companies. 

Betty Hodges "74. math major — earned the A.S. in 
accounting in 1977 at Chattanooga State Technical 
Community College and for the past four years has been 
employed with Holland. Knowles. and Peterson. 
CPAs. in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She became a CPA 
soon after completing her accounting training. 

George B. McLawhon '76. math major — received 
M.S. in computer science from University of Tennes- 
see in 1978 and was employed with the University of 
Tennessee Space Institute as a graduate research as- 
sistant for two years. During the past three years he has 
been with Halliburton Services in Duncan. Oklahoma, 
where he is now a senior programmer. He states. *'My 
math degree provided a solid, essential base upon 
which the computer science studies rely heavily. I find 
that the liberal arts curriculum has given me com- 
municative abilities which many of my coworkers from 
strictly engineering disciplines lack. I will be traveling 
to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lima, Peru, to install 
computer systems and conduct training sessions. All 
the software has been developed by my group." 



b Division Graduate 

Glenn Porcella '77, chemistry major — earned the 
M.E. degree in engineering from the University of 
Florida in 1980 and during the past yearjoined the Ethyl 
Corporation of Baton Rouge. Louisiana, as a process 
engineer in the process development section of the Re- 
search and Development Department. 

Rina Quijada '81. chemistry major — entered the 
American Graduate School of International Manage- 
ment in Glendale, Arizona, as an international student 
from Venezuela. About her experience at Bryan she 
says, "During my years at Bryan I developed an or- 
ganized and analytical thinking pattern. Because of my 
chemistry major. I was involved in a lot of independent 
work, so I had to develop self-discipline. These study 
habits at Bryan have enabled me to work toward a 
master's degree in an area totally new to me. 

"I am in my second semester at the American 
Graduate School and hope to graduate in December. 
Since my home is in Venezuela. I plan to work in the 
marketing research department of an international 
company which has headquarters in the U.S.A. and 
stations in South America." 

Blaine Bishop '8 1 . natural science major — entered the 
Vanderbilt School of Medicine as a member of the Class 
of 1985. He evaluates his recent experience at Bryan as 

"An accredited Christian liberal arts curriculum 
which offered premedical studies was the original at- 
traction for me as I entered Bryan College in August of 
1977. I was looking forward to learning in an environ- 
ment where the educational institution took a firm stand 
on the inerrancy of Scripture and at the same time 
provided the courses required for acceptance into med- 
ical school. 

"Because medicine was my career goal. I originally 
planned to attend Bryan for two years and then transfer 
to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, from 
which school I thought I would have the greatest likeli- 
hood of acceptance into my home state's University of 
Tennessee College of Medicine. Thankfully. God used 
my professors and friends at Bryan to change that origi- 
nal intent to a four-year tenure at Bryan. 

"While my friends in Knoxville were taking 
freshman chemistry or biology from videotaped lec- 
tures or from teachers lecturing to twelve hundred or so 
people, I was receiving instruction in the Natural Sci- 
ence Division from highly qualified Christian profes- 
sors, nearly all of whom had earned doctorates, who 
taught, administered labs, and said, 'Come by my office 
and see me if you have any questions." In addition, 
these faculty members showed genuine personal con- 
cern for me as an individual (and still do). Therefore I 
reasoned at the time that so much instruction with such 
well-qualified teachers ought to pay off in the long run. 

"In my senior year, God honored the efforts of my 
teachers and the prayers of many people by giving me 
scores on the Medical College Admissions Test which 

were well above my hopes and expectations. As a re- 
sult. I was interviewed at three medical schools, ac- 
cepted by two, and am currently a member of the Van- 
derbilt School of Medicine Class of 1985. 

"I am very grateful to the Lord and to such science 
professors as Dr. Merlin Grieser. Dr. Martin Hartzell. 
Dr. Ralph Paisley, and Mrs. Betty Geisemann for the 
preparation which enabled me to successfully enter and 
continue medical school. My thanks also go to faculty 
members in every department who made my education 
at Bryan Christ-centered and well-rounded. Having 
such godly faculty members was one of the greatest 
highlights of my four years at Bryan." 

Terry Puckett, a pre-med senior from Gray Station, 
Tennessee, shares his four-year view of the science 
program at Bryan as follows: 

"Securing an admission into medical school is an 
enormous task which entails seemingly endless prep- 
aration. Much is involved in transforming a college 
freshman into the mature individual competent to 
handle the rigorous schedule of a medical student. My 
studies at Bryan have been most helpful in making these 

"First, the pre-med curriculum at Bryan is extremely 
competitive with those of the more celebrated institu- 
tions. Justifiably so, great emphasis is placed upon un- 
derstanding the fundamental principles of the biologi- 
cal, chemical, and physical sciences. A noteworthy fact 
is the superb availability of the laboratories for student 

Second, and possibly most important , the professors 
of the Natural Science Division offer the pre-med stu- 
dent individualized concern for his professional goals, 
and they make themselves easily accessible to aid the 
student in attaining those goals. 

"Although many factors interplay to assist an indi- 
vidual in gaining admission into a school of medicine, I 
personally feel that Bryan offers the pre-med candidate 
a first-rate curriculum in preparing for any medical 


cDDivr iosi 


1 he Willard L. Henning Science Museum at Bryan, 
named for its organizer and main collector, has become 
an important adjunct of the science department. 

When Dr. Henning arrived at Bryan in 1956 to teach 
biology and other natural science courses, he brought 
with him a substantial collection of insects, corals, 
marine invertebrates, and stuffed animals. The college 
already had a large mineral collection, including some 
fossils and also some pickled specimens. 

Through his experience in stuffing, drying, and pre- 
serving specimens before he came to Bryan, Dr. Hen- 
ning was prepared to accept the contributions of ani- 
mals, birds, bugs, and rocks that people from the area, 
missionaries, and other friends provided. The students 
also added their contributions, including animals found 
inside the administration building before it was com- 
pletely enclosed, such as flying squirrels, hum- 
mingbirds, other birds, bats, young rat snakes, lizards, 
toads, salamanders, rats, mice, a young opossum, mud 
daubers, wasps, and black widow spiders. 

The collection, which was originally assembled in a 
storage room, is now housed on the third floor of the 
administration building. Twenty-six glass cases are 
now on display in the 440-foot long hall; and four others 
are in the museum workshop, so that students have an 
opportunity to view the intriguing collections of miner- 
als and plant and animal artifacts in various stages of 

Some of the outstanding collections donated by 
friends in recent years include the following: ar- 
chaeological materials and fossils by Lee H. Conley, of 
Lafayette, Georgia; worldwide sea and land shells by 
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Hood, of Chattanooga, Tennes- 
see; fossils from Florida by Lewis '58 and Charlotte 
x'59 Schoettle of Miami; pickled vertebrates by Dr. and 
Mrs. Walter Bauder, Jr., a former professor and his 
wife, of Clinton, South Carolina; polished gem stones 
and minerals by Bobbie and Peggy '62 Castle, of Chat- 
tanooga, Tennessee; unusual shells from the Philip- 
pines by Ron '64 and Diane x'64 Morren, alumni mis- 
sionaries who were formerly in the Philippines and are 
now in Guatemala; trophies of African animals by John 


de Rosset x'37, missionary in Central African Republic; 
shell collection from Ecuador by Beatrice Turner '76, 
Wycliffe missionary daughter now residing in Dayton, 
Tennessee; and large tropical insects collected by pres- 
ent students Tom Gardner and Kathy Kindberg at their 
missionary home areas in Colombia. 

Most recently an outstanding donation of big game 
trophies and mounted fish was made by the family of the 
late Robert Wolfe, an extensive traveler, whose sons, 
David '73 and Dale '74, are alumni, and daughter Dee 
Ann Symington is a present student. 

The following list identifies some of the most out- 
standing specimens in the collection: 

Birds — bald eagle, sandhill crane, herons, and game 

Animals — mountain lion, elephant foot and tail, mon- 
key, antlers of moose, elk, and deer, black bear rug 
(with head and claws), head trophies of big horn sheep, 
mountain goats, antelope, deer, bear, and coyote, and 
mounted bobcat and beaver. 

Mounted fish — crappie, dolphin, lake trout, amber- 
jack, snappers, grayling, pirhana. sturgeon, gars, and 

Miscellaneous specimens — Alaska king crab, taran- 
tulas, scorpions, armadillos, and pangolion. 

Some specimens are still being identified, labeled, 
repaired, and mounted while awaiting the arrival of 
additional display cases. As the collection continues to 
grow, it is obvious that a larger area will soon be needed 
to house adequately this natural science museum. 

College visitors are often intrigued as they survey this 
extensive collection, and local school children are 
brought by their teachers to explore the world of nature 
as Dr. Henning has captured it and exhibited it through 
the many specimens he has assembled during his more 
than twenty-five years of service at Bryan. 





by Karl E. Keefer, Jr., 

Vice President for Academic Affairs 

If I were going to preach a sermon this morning, I 
would use as my text the most basic verse in the entire 
Bible, "In the beginning God created the heaven and 
the earth" (Genesis 1:1). But rather than preach from 
this text, I want to talk with you about creationism. I am 
doing so because this is one of the Biblical and theologi- 
cal issues which keep cropping up as a point of con- 
troversy, both within and outside of evangelical Chris- 
tian circles. I am doing so because, through the cir- 
cumstances of history, creationism is indelibly written 
not only into the charter of Bryan College but into the 
public's perception of Bryan College. I am doing so 
because creationism is not a simple, one-dimensional 
issue, but a complicated subject which demands and 
deserves attention not just in your science or Bible 
courses but as part of your general intellectual and 
spiritual development. 

The Bible: Authoritative 
Let me begin by quoting two paragraphs from the 
Bryan College Statement of Belief, which is subscribed 
to annually by each member of the Board of Trustees 
and each member of the faculty and administration: 
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. 

We believe 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. 

The first of these statements is foundational to the sec- 
ond. The second is derived from the first. The Bible is 
authoritative and accurate in all that it affirms, whether 
it speaks of religion, history, or science. It is not a 
textbook in history, psychology, science, or any other 
modern academic discipline and should not be used as if 
it were. But to the extent that it addresses these disci- 
plines, it speaks authoritatively and accurately, within 
the framework of the language and thought patterns of 
the writers , as they were led along in their writing by the 
Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). 

So when the Bible speaks about the origin of the 
universe and the origin of mankind, this is not to be 
written off as a primitive fairy tale, as mythology, or 
even as poetry, but is to be accepted as a straight- 
forward factual account of what happened, although 
couched in nonscientific, layman's language. It is on the 
basis of this understanding of the Bible that the second 
statement which I quoted a moment ago refers to the 

origin of man(kind) by thefiat, that is, the command, of 
God in the act of creation, and says that the human race 
was specifically created in the image of God, that is, to 
mirror the nature of God on earth. 

Evolution: Unacceptable Theory 

This clearly and unequivocally rules out any form of 
development, evolutionary or otherwise, through 
which the human race was derived from lower animals 
or other forms of life. An open-minded reading of the 
first two chapters of Genesis will show that this state- 
ment conveys very well what the Bible describes as it 
pictures the creation of both male and female human 
beings through a specific, direct, and definite action on 
the part of Almighty God. 

It is this view of origins for which Bryan College 
stands and to which every member of its Board of 
Trustees, faculty, and administration adheres. A board 
member, a faculty member, or an administrator who 
deviated from such a position, as reflected in his or her 
annual subscription to the Statement of Belief, would 
be asked to resign or, failing to do so, would be dis- 

But, having said this, have we disposed of the matter 
of creationism? Clearly, we have not. For when we 
explore the issue further, we discover that there are 
many details about human origins, and the origin of the 
universe, which have not been examined, and many 
questions which have not been answered. It is these 
things which sometimes cause us difficulties as we try 
to sort out our understanding of what the Bible says and 
of what we observe as we look at the natural world 
around us. 

In the rest of this talk, I am going to try to identify 
some of the details about creation on which Bryan 
College takes no official position and regarding which 
the members of the faculty, administration, and board 
are free to hold whatever views they choose, so long as 
these are consonant with their adherence to an inerrant, 
authoritative Bible. It is these issues which I am calling 
the "parameters," the variables which go to make up a 
fully fleshed out view of creation, as you or I may hold 
it. These are issues on which we may hold differing 
views, while still being thoroughly Biblical and 
thoroughly creationist. It is over these issues that we 
need to exercise Christian tolerance, understanding, 
and love toward one another, not breaking fellowship if 
we differ, not accusing one another of heresy or com- 
promise, and not subtly suggesting by our tone of voice 
or raised eyebrows that "so-and-so" is less orthodox in 
his belief and less committed to an inerrant Bible be- 
cause he or she does not agree with us on this or that 
specific detail. 

SPRING 1982 


God: A Communicator 

Before continuing. I need to state one presupposition 
which is implicit in all that I am saying. This presupposi- 
tion is that there is a real and a personal God and that it 
is in His very nature to communicate. The Bible tells us 
that "'in the beginning was the Word" (John 1:1). and a 
word is a means of communication. So God in His 
essential being is a Communicator. He has communi- 
cated with mankind in many ways, but two are primary: 
(1) through the created world and (2) through the re- 
vealed Word, both written and living. We also know 
from Scripture that God is truth, and truth cannot con- 
tradict itself. So it is impossible for God's world and 
God's Word to contradict each other. If they appear to, 
the problem lies in our understanding, not in the world 
or in the Word. 

Both the world and the Word have to be perceived in 
order to communicate. We receive no communication 
from something which we do not perceive. Perception 
inescapably involves interpretation. We perceive in 
terms of our developmental capacity and of our prior 
experience. So whether we are looking at the world 
around us or are reading and studying the Bible, we are 
interpreting the world and the Word. It is the profes- 
sional task of scientists to interpret the world, and it is 
the professional task of theologians to interpret the 
Word: but it is the unavoidable task of all of us to 
interpret them both and. when there appear to be con- 
tradictions between them, to try to reconcile the con- 

At the same time , if we accept the view of God as the 
truthful Communicator, we will recognize that the con- 
tradictions are apparent, not real: and if we cannot 
reconcile them, it is our own human limitations that are 
standing in the way. and we should humbly wait for 
more understanding. This will also help us appreciate 
the fact that someone else, equally committed to a view 
of God as the truthful Communicator, may resolve ap- 
parent contradictions differently than we do. without 
being a heretic, a compromiser, or an evolutionist. 

Now, what are some of the parameters of 
creationism — variables on which Bible-believing Chris- 
tians may differ while still being creationists? 
Age of the Earth 

First, how old is the earth, and the universe, ofwhichitis 
apart? The Bible simply says that ""in the beginning" 
God created the heavens and the earth. When was the 
"beginning"? The Bible does not give us a definitive 
answer to this question. So, we must utilize whatever 
data there are in the Bible, as well as whatever evidence 
we think we can find in the universe . and try to come up 
with a satisfactory answer. But in doing so. we find a 
wide variety of answers ranging from eight or ten 
thousand years to millions or even billions of years, 
depending on whether we are talking about only planet 
earth or about the entire universe ( the cosmos) and how 
we integrate the Biblical evidence with information 
from geology, astronomy, and other disciplines in the 
natural sciences. 

Every answer to this question solves some problems 
and raises others. Young earth advocates have to ac- 
count for fossils, radioactive dating processes, and 
other things which seem to point to an older earth. 
Those who believe the cosmos to be millions or billions 

of years old have difficulty agreeing on how old is old 
and how it all started in the first place. The "steady 
state" theory of the universe, which sees things as 
really having no beginning but as eternally moving in a 
cyclical ebb and flow . is currently giving way to the 
"big bang" theory, which sees everything as starting in 
one cosmic explosion. The question of the age of the 
earth, and the universe, is one which I believe Bible- 
believing Christians may answer in a variety of ways, 
within a creationist framework. 

Nature of Original Creation 

A second question is whether the original creation was 
from the beginning perfect and complete in every respect, or 
whether it occurred in stages, beginning from the formless 
void of Genesis 1:2 and gradually taking shape in 
the six creative days of the rest of that chapter. In other 
words, were the six creative days of Genesis 1 days of 
original creation, or of re-creation following some kind 
of catastrophe which caused an originally perfect crea- 
tion to become "without form and void"? The "gap 
theory." which hypothesizes a gap between Genesis 
1: 1 and 1:2. during which Satan and his angels fell from 
heaven to earth, leading to the devastation of a previ- 
ously perfect creation was widely held by evangelicals 
of a past generation and was said to allow for an ancient 
earth and for the appearance of fossil remains from a 
pre-Adamic time. 

Length of Creation Days 

Third, how long were the days of creation? Should the 
"evening" and "morning" of Genesis 1 be taken as 
precisely the same as the evenings and mornings which 
we experience, bracketing a twenty-four-hour day. or 
do these expressions use ordinary terminology to sig- 
nify the beginning and end of a period of time which may 
extend well beyond twenty-four hours to include a 
geological era? Many feel very strongly that the Bible 
should always be interpreted literally except when 
there is clear contextual indication otherwise. This 
seems to be lacking in Genesis 1 and 2. and therefore we 
should regard these as our familiar twenty-four-hour 
days. Others point out that the Hebrew word yom, 
which is translated "day." while most often referring to 
an ordinary twenty-four-hour day. is also used with 
some frequency to refer to an extended period of time, 
especially in such expressions as "the day of the Lord" 
or "in that day." 

The issue here cuts both ways: if we insist upon 
twenty-four-hour days, we have to explain the apparent 
evidence for long pre-historic ages which comes from 
geology and paleontology. If we allow the Genesis 
"day" to be an extended period of time, we have some 
difficulty finding contextual justification for the in- 
terpretation. What I particularly wish to emphasize is 
that, whichever position one takes on this issue, one 
can still be a thoroughgoing creationist. The Bible 
clearly states that God did what He did on the six days 
of creation. It does not tell us either how He did it or 
how long He took to do it. 

Development Within Species 

Another parameter of creationism is the question of 
development within "kinds." Genesis speaks of the plants 
and animals as reproducing after their "kinds." This 
seems to mean that ferns remain ferns, that oaks remain 
oaks, that dogs remain dogs, that cats remain cats, and 




Bryan's lion from the Wolfe Collection (see page 8). 

so on. It rules out the possibility, over whatever time 
eras one wishes to postulate, that ferns will become 
oaks, that dogs will become cats, or that apes will 
become men. But. it does not rule out the possibility of 
variation and development within "kinds." 

Indeed, we know from everyday observation, as well 
as from the work of horticulturists and animal breeders, 
that new varieties and breeds can be and are continually 
being developed, sometimes by human design and 
sometimes by natural process. Occasionally this 
phenomenon is called "microevolution" or simply 
"evolution," to distinguish it from "macroevolution," 
which refers to the alleged development of one species 
from another. Since macroevolution is contrary to clear 
Biblical teaching and has never been observed to occur 
except by inference from incomplete and sometimes 
contradictory fossil remains, creationists unequivoc- 
ally reject such a hypothesis. 

God's Invervention in Natural Order 

A fifth parameter is the complex of issues surround- 
ing the terms uniformitarianism and catasirophism. These 
multisyllable words identify two opposing views of the 
origin and development of the universe, and especially 
of planet earth. The uniformitarian view, which is 
widely held by scientists, is that everything continues 
essentially as it always has and always will. In its ex- 
treme form, it is currently being stated on the PBS 
television series Cosmos by Dr. Carl Sagan. an as- 
tronomer from Cornell University, something like this: 
"The cosmos is all that there is, all that ever has been, 
and all that ever will be." This statement, reminiscent 
of 2 Peter 3:4, clearly rules out a supernatural God of 
any kind, whether personal or an impersonal force, and 
enthrones the cosmos, or the man who interprets the 
cosmos, as God. It is obvious that no creationist could 
or would embrace this extreme form of unifor- 
mitarianism. It is possible, however, to hold that the 
universe was indeed originally created by God, but that 
He chose, once this happened, to allow things to go on 
pretty much according to "natural law," with only oc- 
casional intervention in an event such as the flood or in 

On the other hand, catastrophism refers to the view 
that there have been various earthshaking events 
throughout geologic, and indeed, cosmic, history, 
which have shaped the universe and especially planet 
earth as we know it today. Noah's flood is the prime 
Biblical example of such a catastrophe. Most 
creationists tend to be catastrophists, at least to some 

These questions have implications for how we under- 

stand the fossil remains which have been uncovered. 
Even granting that some fossils have been wrongly 
interpreted as older than they are, or incorrectly iden- 
tified with a particular species, or as evidence upon 
which vastly inflated hypotheses have been built, there 
is sufficient evidence of genuine fossil remains to re- 
quire some explanation. Theoretically. God could have 
created a "grown up" universe, to use Francis Schaef- 
fer's term, with fossil remains hidden in it, though why 
He would do so remains a mystery. But unless He did 
this, the fossils lived at some point and were destroyed 
in some way. It seems clear that at least some of the 
fossils were destroyed in some kind of catastrophe, or 
perhaps in a number of such events. 

God has clearly intervened in the so-called "natural" 
order of things from time to time, including Noah's 
flood, and will do so again when the earth is dissolved in 
fire at the return of our Lord (2 Peter 3:6, 7). But at the 
same time. He generally allows things to proceed in a 
relatively uniform way according to what we call 
"natural law," which is simply our way of formulating 
how things are working as a result of God's creative 
activity as well as His day-by-day support of the uni- 
verse which He has created. 

In conclusion. I want to stress two basic facts: (1) 
Bryan College and its faculty stand firmly for a 
creationist interpretation of Scripture. "By faith we 
understand that the universe was formed at God's 
command, so that what is seen was not made out of 
what was visible" (Hebrews 1 1:3). (2) At the same time, 
we allow one another freedom with regard to details of 
creation on which the Bible is silent or on which it is 

Let me close by paraphrasing a series of statements 
which Dr. Irving Jensen, Bryan's respected Professor 
of Bible, has developed, upon which I believe we can all 

1. In the beginning was God. 

2. God is the voluntary creator of the space/time 

3. Creation was ex nihilo (out of nothing) by divine 
fiat (command). 

4. The stages of creation reflect an orderly, rational 

5. There are divinely graded levels of life ("kinds"). 

6. All of God's creation was good. 

7. Man was created sinless and was distinguished 
from animals by a superior origin, dignity, and 

8. The whole creation is a providential and purpose- 
ful order. 

Bryan College stands unequivocally on the Bible as 
the inerrant, inspired Word of God and for a creationist 
view of the origin of the universe, the earth, and man- 
kind. We do not insist on a particular view of 
creationism, while at the same time respecting and ap- 
preciating those of our sister institutions which do. We 
encourage our faculty and students to recognize the 
possibility of differences of viewpoint in the specific 
areas to which I have referred, as well as others, and to 
preserve kind and charitable feelings toward those with 
whom we may differ in these areas. We try to put into 
practice the maxim: In essentials, unity: in non- 
essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. 

SPRING 1982 




Using for his theme "'Shoes for 
the Road," a term borrowed from 
John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, 
Dr. Richard Seume, chaplain of Dal- 
las Theological Seminary, spoke 
during the Christian Life Confer- 
ence which opened the second 
semester in January. He challenged 
both students and faculty to "put on 
the whole armor of God" and espe- 
cially to have "feet shod with the 
preparation of the gospel of peace." 

Other conference features in- 
cluded two messages by Mrs. Mary 
Seume and a report by the student 
delegation that attended the Urbana 
Missions Conference during the 
Christmas vacation. The showing of 
a Wycliffe Bible Translators vid- 
eotape of Cameron Townsend's 
Golden Jubilee. May 9, 1981, and 
the World Vision film "Crisis in the 
Horn of Africa" provided addi- 
tional insights into world missions. 

Conference music was directed 
by Dr. Ed Lyman, well-known 
tenor soloist from Charlotte, North 

Marilyn Laszlo, a 1959 graduate 
of Bryan who works with the Sepik 
Iwam people in Papua New Guinea, 
under Wycliffe Bible Translators, 
spoke in chapel recently to review 
her thirteen years' experience in re- 
ducing to writing the language of her 
tribe and beginning the translation 
of the New Testament. She also 
showed a film. "Come By Here," 
which continues the story of the 
Sepik Iwam people begun in the film 
"Mountain of Light," showing how 
these stone age people have pro- 
gressed from a state of being illiter- 
ate and isolated to having over 200 
readers in their village of 425. Some 
have become teachers and spiritual 
leaders among their own people and 
are now concerned for neighboring 

During Miss Laszlo's visit, she 
assisted Dennis Cochrane, of At- 
lanta, Georgia, southeastern assist- 
ant director for Wycliffe, in con- 
ducting Transcan, a seminar to 

demonstrate the process involved in 
reducing to writing an unwritten 
language and establishing a gram- 
mar in preparation for Bible transla- 


Fourteen Bryan students were 
among the more than 14.000 who 
attended Urbana '81 during Christ- 
mas vacation. They were accom- 
panied by Richard Hill, assistant 
professor of business, and Dr. Billy 
Ray Lewter, associate professor of 

Sponsored by Inter-Varsity 
Christian Fellowship, the well- 
known missionary conventions, be- 
ginning in 1951, have brought 
thousands of college students trien- 
nially to the campus of the Univer- 
sity of Illinois. The purpose of the 
gatherings is to clarify the students' 
understanding of a Christian's re- 
sponsibility to take the gospel of 
Jesus Christ to the whole world. 

Urbana '81 emphasized obedi- 
ence to the commands of the Lord 
as motivation for mission service 
and also stressed the importance of 
the local church both as a spiritual 
home for students and as the key in 
God's plan for world evangeliza- 

An estimated 1,000 students 
made professions of faith in Christ 
in response to an invitation by 
evangelist Billy Graham, and about 
8.000 others indicated their willing- 
ness to serve as missionaries. 

Bryan student delegates to Ur- 
bana were the following: Troy 
Brown, Bradenton, Florida; Paul 
Cochrane, Atlanta, Georgia; Dan 
Craig, Wheaton, Illinois; Jackie 
Griffin, Bellbrook. Ohio; Dick 
Hart, Lima. Peru; Ruth Iwan, 
Ventnor, New Jersey; Gaius Musa, 
Nigeria; David Reeves, Solon, 
Ohio; Lyn Sedlak, Blue River, Wis- 
consin; Wes Schlenker, Lima, 
Peru; Steve Stewart, Atlanta, 
Georgia: Jerry Walker, Westerville, 

Ohio; Karen Wetherholt, Knox- 
ville. Tennessee; and Naomi Wil- 
liamson, Ocilla. Georgia. 


Malcolm I. Fary, assistant profes- 
sor of education at Bryan since 
1977. has completed requirements 
for the Ed.D. degree at Rutgers 
University Graduate School of 
Education. His dissertation 
examined "The Bible's Contribu- 
tion to the Instructional Methodol- 
ogy of John Amos Comenius' Clas- 
sic Work, The Great Didactic." 

Professor Fary earned the B.A. 
degree in Bible and theology at Bar- 
rington College in Rhode Island and 
holds the M.S. in elementary educa- 
tion from East Stroud sburg State 
College in Pennsylvania. He and his 
wife, Lucia, are the parents of three 
children, including Karin, who is a 
sophomore at Bryan. 

Melvin Wilhoit, assistant profes- 
sor of music, successfully defended 
his doctoral dissertation January 20 
at the Southern Baptist University 
in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned 
the Doctor of Musical Arts degree 
emphasizing performance, which 
he has demonstrated in his trumpet 
playing and conducting. 

From his research on hymnology. 
Dr. Wilhoit established the basis for 
his dissertation. "A Guide to the 
Principal Authors and Composers 
of Gospel Song of the 19th Cen- 
tury," which he hopes to have pub- 
lished as a practical guide for gen- 
eral use. 

Dr. Wilhoit had his under- 
graduate studies at Bob Jones Uni- 

Sedlak, Schlenker, Walker, Reeves, Musa, Williamson, Stewart (back row), Iwam, 
Wetherholt, Cochrane, Griffin, Brown, Craig, Hart. 



versity and earned the master's de- 
gree in music at Mankato State Uni- 
versity in Minnesota. He and Mrs. 
Wilhoit. who came to Bryan in 1980, 
have three children. 

Dr. Robert Spoede, professor of 
history and social science, and Mrs. 
Spoede accompanied a group of his- 
tory students in late January to 
Washington, D.C., to attend the 
federal seminar sponsored annually 
by the National Association of 

Recently appointed Supreme 
Court Justice Sandra Day O'Con- 
nor and a variety of other govern- 
ment officials addressed the gather- 
ing of Christian college students 
from across the country. An impor- 
tant purpose of the seminar is to 
help students determine how Chris- 
tians can function in government 
and bring Christian ethics to bear 
upon politics. 

Attending from Bryan were Tom 
Capps, Lake Park, Florida; Sandy 
Bennett, Knoxville, Tennessee; Jim 
Durgin, Newport, Rhode Island; 
Don and Brian Geiger, Dallas, 
Texas; Danell Hendry, Solon 
Springs, Wisconsin; Marty Meznar, 
Niteroi, Brazil; Linda Ross, New 
Port Richey, Florida; and Wesley 
Schlenker, Lima, Peru. 


Rebecca Turner 

Rebecca Turner, a sophomore art 
student, was the recipient of a $200 
art scholarship endowed by Paul J. 
Long, well-known area artist. Re- 
becca is the daughter of Dr. and 
Mrs. Glen Turner, Wycliffe Bible 
Translators in Quito, Ecuador. Her 
selection for the award was made by 
Kent Juillard, assistant professor of 
art, on the basis of her dem- 
onstrated ability. 

Mr. Long is well known in the 
east Tennessee area for his painting 
of the Rhea County Courthouse and 
many other subjects depicting local 

Front row — Work, Day, Bennett, Benedict, Ross, Holmes, Williamson, Bell, Bur- 
goyne. Back row — Hooker, Cave, Conner, Meznar, Day. Not pictured — Harrison. 

landscapes and flora. A native of 
Tellico Plains, Mr. Long is a 
graduate of the Famous Artists 
School and Art Instruction, Inc., al- 
though he began painting when he 
was twelve years old and considers 
himself to be basically self-taught. 
He is also a graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee and is currently 
employed as an engineer at Union 
Carbide Corporation in Oak Ridge, 


Bryan College needs two new fac- 
ulty members to begin in the fall of 
1982. They, of course, must be 
committed to Christ and must share 
the Biblical stance of the college on 
life and learning. Preference will be 
given to persons holding the doctor- 

One person is needed in business, 
holding a D.B.A. (Doctor of Business 
Administration) or a Ph.D. in some 
area of business, economics, man- 
agement, marketing, orthelike. Bus- 
iness and teaching experience are 
also desirable. 

Another person is needed in earth 
science and physics. This person 
should have a Ph.D. (or an Ed.D. or 
D.A. with strong emphasis in the sub- 
ject matter area) in geology, as- 
tronomy, physics, or the like (not 
chemistry or biology). Prior teaching 
experience is desirable. 

Interested individuals should write 
to Dr. Karl E. Keefer, Vice President 
for Academic Affairs, Dayton, TN 


The 1982 edition of Who's Who 
Among Students in American Univer- 
sities and Colleges will carry the 
names of fifteen students from 
Bryan who have been selected as 
being among the country's most 
outstanding campus leaders. 

Nomination of the students for 
the honor by the faculty and confir- 
mation by the editors of the annual 
directory were based upon their 
academic achievement, service to 
the community, leadership in ex- 
tracurricular activities, and future 

They join an elite group of stu- 
dents selected from more than 1.300 
institutions of higher learning in all 
50 states and several foreign coun- 

Bryan seniors named this year are 
the following: 

Valeria Bell, Fort Sheridan, Illinois 
Kara Benedict, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
Sandra Bennett, Knoxville, Tennes- 
Howard Burgoyne. Cranston. Rhode 

William Cave, Augusta, Georgia 
David Conner. Charlotte, North 

Jerry Day, Columbus, Indiana 
Kathleen Day. Indianapolis, Indiana 
Bruce Harrison, Belem, Para, Brazil 
Julie Holmes, Mason, Michigan 
Scott Hooker, Clearwater, Florida 
Martin Meznar, Niteroi, Brazil 
Linda Ross, New Port Richey, 

Naomi Williamson, Ocilla, Georgia 
Michael Work, Seminole, Florida 

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Volume 7 


Number 4 

Bryan chapel address given during the Southeastern Regional Con- 
ference on Christianity and Literature. By Dr. Cleanth Brooks 

tion as to how a major in English prepares for a career with illustra- 
tions of the variety of ways Bryan alumni use this major as a 
preparation for their professions. By Dr. Robert L. McCarron 

lation of the activities and testimonials of some of the graduates of the 
English department. By Dr. Richard M. Cornelius 10 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News notes about new faculty members, faculty 
activities and honors, student involvement on and off campus, and 
conferences at Brvan. 11 


to point out the result of negligence in preparing a will. 14 


This issue of the magazine focuses princi- 
pally on the department of English — the 
achievement of its alumni, the program of 
study for the current generation of students, 
and the faculty who lead that program. The 
information presented, answers for the stu- 
dent this question: What can I do with a 
major in English? As Dr. McCarron con- 
cludes, a major in English prepares a student to do just about anything he 
wants to do. Having the Conference on Christianity and Literature on the 
campus definitely enriched the life of the college community. To have had 
personal exposure to a man like Professor Brooks is an experience to be 

Theodore C. Mercer 





bv Dr. Cleanth Brooks 

Dr. Cleanth Brooks, professor emeritus of rhetoric at Yale Uni- 
versity, was the keynote speaker at the Southeastern Regional 
Conference on Christianity and Literature held at Bryan in April. 

An internationally known literary critic and lecturer and former 
editor of Southern Review, Dr. Brooks is the author of such works 
as Modern Poetry and the Tradition, William Faulkner: The Yok- 
napatawpha Country, A Shaping Joy: Studies in the Writer's Craft, 
and Understanding Poetry (in collaboration with Robert Penn 

Dr. Brooks has earned degrees from Vanderbilt, Tulane, and 
Oxford and has received honorary degrees from St. Louis Univer- 
sity, Tulane University, and Centenary College. Other honors and 
awards include being designated a Fellow of the Library of Con- 
gress, membership in Phi Beta Kappa, a Rhodes Scholarship, two 
Guggenheim Fellowships, and appointments to the American 
Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Institute of Arts 
and Letters. 

His first address at the Bryan conference was entitled "Science, 
Religion, and Literature." His second address, "Literature as an 
Adjunct to Religion," was presented at chapel for the benefit of 
students as well as conference guests. The accompanying article 
is an excerpt from, rather than a condensation of, the latter 

In my lecture last evening. I quoted part of Allen 
Tate"s poem in which a man, anguished by his sojourn 
in the abstract, nightmare world described by modern 
physics, cries out in his despair to the God of Christian- 
ity to take him back under his judgment. Here is another 
poem on the godless modern world. Its tone might be 
described as one of a sophisticated satirist who is al- 
most good-humoredly mocking the worship of false 
gods. The passages that I want to quote are from the 
"Fugal Chorus,"' which occurs in W. H. Auden's 
Christmas Oratorio. ' The satire is at the expense of mod- 
ern man's worship of science — science at least as it is 
understood or misunderstood by the man in the street. 

The Chorus echoes, I take it, two passages from the 
New Testament. The first is the verse in which Jesus 
tells the Pharisees to render unto Caesar what is 
Caesar's and unto God what is God's. But modern man. 
dazzled by the accomplishments of applied science, 
credits science with godlike powers. Indeed, in the 
Chorus, the Caesar to whom his proper due is to be 
rendered is not an Augustus Caesar or a Tiberius 
Caesar, but Science itself. 

The other passage is from the Gospel according to St. 
John 3:2. Jesus is thus addressed: "Rabbi, we know 
that you are a teacher come from God , for no one can do 
these miracles that you do, unless God is with him." 

You will recognize an echo of this passage in the con- 
cluding line repeated in each stanza. For modern man, 
the miracles wrought by science testify that it does 
indeed possess godlike powers. 

The triumphs of science, according to Auden, are its 
conquest of Seven Kingdoms: those of the Abstract 
Idea, of Natural Causes, of Infinite Number, of Credit 
Exchange, of the Inorganic Giants, of the Organic 
Dwarfs, and of Popular Soul. Time permits me to read 
no more than two of the stanzas. The first of these has to 
do with the Inorganic Giants, which are our wonderful 
machines, everything from automobiles and airplanes 
to atomic bombs. 

Great is Caesar: He has conquered Seven Kingdoms. 

The Fifth was the Kingdom of Inorganic Giants: 

Last night it was Heave-Ho, tonight it is Whee-Spree: 
When we want anything. They make it: 

When we dislike anything. They change it; 

When we want to go anywhere. They carry us; 

When the Barbarian invades us. They raise immovable 

When we invade the Barbarian. They brandish irresis- 
tible swords; 

Fate is no longer afiat of Matter, but a freedom of Mind. 

Great is Caesar: God must be with Him. 

The second of these stanzas has to do with the Or- 
ganic Dwarfs, which are presumably the wonder drugs, 
everything from penicillin to pep pills and hormones. 

Great is Caesar: He has conquered Seven Kingdoms. 
The Sixth was the Kingdom of Organic Dwarfs; 
Last night it was Ouch-Ouch, tonight it is Yum- Yum: 
When diseases waylay us, They strike them dead; 
When worries intrude on us, They throw them out: 
When Pain accosts us. They save us from embarrass- 
When we feel like sheep. They make us lions; 
When we feel like geldings. They make us stallions; 
Spirit is no longer under Flesh, but on top. 
Great is Caesar: God must be with Him. 

I hope you will agree with me that this is high-hearted 
satire, sharp, pointed, and very much on the target. 
"These be your gods, O Israel," the poet is saying to 
our generation. But Auden does not limit his poetry to 
satire. For example, let me quote a passage spoken a 
page later by the Narrator of the Oratorio. After the 
mockery of our false gods, this section of the poem 
leads up to a prayer to the true God. 

SUMMER 1982 


If we were never alone or always too busy. 
Perhaps we might even believe what we know is not true: 
But no one is taken in. at least not all of the time; 
In our bath, or the subway, or the middle of the night, 
We know very well we are not unlucky but evil, 
That the dream of a Perfect State or No State at all. 
To which we fly for refuge, is a part of our punishment. 

Let us therefore be contrite but without anxiety. 
For Powers and Times are not gods but mortal gifts from God; 
Let us acknowledge our defeats but without despair. 
For all societies and epochs are transient details. 
Transmitting an everlasting opportunity 
That the Kingdom of Heaven may come, not in our present 
And not in our future, but in the Fullness of time- 
One finds both affirmative poetry and satire in many 
of the Christian poets of our day. Their faith has been in 
many cases a hard-won faith, not an easy one, certainly 
not a blind faith, but a faith attained through a clear 
recognition of the powers of the forces of doubt. 

Thus, T. S. Eliot's early poetry is not a poetry of 
faith. It is at most a poetry dealing with the difficulties of 
keeping one's faith in the modern world. His first mas- 
terpiece, which in 1922 registered with such enormous 
impact on England and America, The Waste Land, was a 
poem about modern civilization which had become a 
spiritual desert, stricken with the drought of unbelief. 
All around the protagonist, the Christian symbols are 
still in evidence, but for many people they have been 
emptied of Christian meaning, and with that emptying, 
meaning itself — meaning of any kind — has been drained 

The Waste Land contains powerful scenes evoked 
from the past alongside realistic presentations of the 
modern world, and there are poignantly haunting pas- 
sages of a journey through desert spaces and ruined 
cities as the traveler, parched for reviving water, sees 
phantasms through his hallucinating eyes. When the 
poem ends, the seeker is still waiting for the reviving 
rains to fall. 

A few years later the search ended, at least for the 
poet himself, for Eliot entered the Church in 1927. In 
due time there came from his pen devotional poems 
such as hxsAsh Wednesday. But even this poem faces the 
difficulties of belief for one living in an unbelieving age, 
and the further difficulties of attaining, in a world of 
disorder, a triumphant vision of the divine order. Even 
in his last long poem, Four Quartets, in which the posi- 
tive note is sounded more powerfully than in any of his 
earlier poetry . due recognition is paid to the struggles of 
the wayfaring Christian. 

I think there is good reason for such a state of affairs. 
The best poetry, the most authentic, has to be honest 
with its reader and honest with itself. For most of us, the 
Christian road is not wide and easy, but narrow and 
stony. The reader who is convinced of the author's 
good faith in acknowledging his trials and failures will 
be the reader most likely to accept as true the poet's 
assertions of his successes and his joys. 

Let me now be more specific still in discussing what a 
great contemporary religious poet can do for us. One 
important thing, as I have already said, is his account of 
the intellectual climate of the age in which we live. A 
clear picture of it may lighten our confusion and let us 
see what we confront. 

I have already given examples of this in the quota- 

Two students, Ken Stansberrv and Vanessa Butler, spend a few 
moments socializing with Dr. Brooks and Dr. Ruth Kantzer, 
professor of English. 

tions from Auden's Christmas Oratorio. Here is a pas- 
sage written in a more sober strain from Eliot's play The 
Rock. 2 

The Eagle soars in the summit of heaven. 

The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit. 

O perpetual revolution of configured stars, 

O perpetual recurrence of determined seasons, 

O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying. 

The endless cycle of idea and action. 

Endless invention, endless experiment. 

Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; 

Knowledge of speech, but not of silence; 

Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word. 

All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. 

All our ignorance brings us nearer to death. 

But nearness to death no nearer to God. 

Where is the Life we have lost in living? 

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? 

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? 

The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries 

Bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust. 

The passage states eloquently the plight of a culture 
that is obsessed with the whirl of time, its endless cy- 
cles, but which has itself unwittingly become locked in 
its own empty whirl, literally going around in circles, 
getting nowhere. This is where we are in spite of our 
belief in our dream of automatic progress toward 

But the Christian poet may — and perhaps this is the 
greatest help of all — articulate for us some sense of 
what eternity may be like. Most of us, believers and all, 
are indeed so locked into the world of time that it is 
difficult for us to imagine the quality of eternity . Most of 
us think of eternity, if we think of it at all, not as a realm 
with its own character, such as the saints and the mys- 
tics sometimes glimpse. Eliot, in Four Quartets, tried to 
suggest what it might actually feel like to live in the light 
of eternity. Since that realm lies outside the domain of 
finite human experience, the poet must necessarily use 
metaphors and other figures of speech, for one can only 
suggest to the reader the experience in question. For 
example, how would you go about describing the color 
red to a man who had been blind from birth? You could 
not do it literally, for color lies totally outside his ex- 
perience. The task of providing a meaningful account of 
eternity presents a somewhat similar problem. If we say 
the experience of eternity has no time factor in it, you 
have defined it only by saying what it is not. 



How, then, does Eliot go about telling us what the 
experience of eternity might be? By using, as one would 
expect, terms with a time reference, words such as 
spring, sundown, winter, afternoon, and using the con- 
tradictions among them to hint at the quality in ques- 
tion. He also uses a central, controlling image: that of 
one of those rare days in winter when the snow covers 
the earth, and yet the sky blazes with an unearthly light. 
Such a day partakes in a curious way of both summer 
and winter; yet it is neither. But let me read the passage 
and you can see just how the poet manages it. 

Midwinter spring is its own season 
Sempiternal though sodden toward sundown. 
Suspended in time, between pole and tropic. 
When the short day is brightest, with frost and fire. 
The brief sun flames the ice, on pond and ditches. 
In windless cold that is the heart's heat. 
Reflecting in a watery mirror 
A glare that is blindness in the early afternoon 
Andglow more intense than blaze of branch, orbrazier. 
Stirs the dumb spirit: no wind, but pentecostal fire 
In the dark time of the year. Between melting and 

The soul's sap quivers. There is no earth smell 
Or smell of living things. This is the spring time 
But not in time's covenant. Now the hedgerow 
Is blanched for an hour with transitory blossom 
Of snow, a bloom more sudden 
Than that of summer, neither budding nor fading. 
Not in the scheme of generation. 
Where is the summer, the unimaginable 
Zero summer? 

How important for us is the service that is performed 
here? Very important, I find. In a world which is 
thought of usually in positivistic terms, with mechanical 
models to the fore, and cause and effect considered the 
basic process, many of us find it hard to deal with the 
spiritual dimension at all. Some of the key concepts of 
the Christian faith, such as the doctrine of Original Sin, 
or of the Holy Trinity — God in Three Persons — or of the 
Incarnation, or of the concept of grace, come to seem 
remote and apparently with little or no connection to 
our ordinary experience. Yet if the central Christian 
beliefs have no real relation to our day-to-day experi- 
ence, we are likely to let them slip out of our lives. 

What authentic literature can do for us, then, is to 
make us more fully aware not only of the world around 
us and its lack of spiritual values, but also the experi- 
ence of the spiritual itself. If we hope to live our 
religion — let alone convince others of its truth and its 
beauty — such literature performs a very valuable func- 
tion indeed. In performing it, literature does not and 
certainly need not compete with religion, the role that 
Matthew Arnold assigned it. But it can prove a very 
important and even necessary aid to religion. For most 
of us require, in addition to preaching, exhortation, and 
catchetical instruction, realization as well. 

' Copyright 1944 by W. H. Auden. From W. H. Auden: THE COLLECTED 
POEMS, edited by Edward Mendelson. Reprinted by permission of Ran- 
dom House, Inc. 

2 Excerpts from "Choruses from The Rock' " in COLLECTED POEMS 
1909-1962 and "Little Gidding" in FOUR QUARTETS, both by T. S. Eliot, are 
reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.; Copyright. 
1936, by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., Copyright ©1943, 1963, 1964, by 
T. S. Eliot, Copyright 1971, by Esme Valerie Eliot. 


by Andrea Myers 

A rising junior whose article was 
printed in the I98l Dandilines. 

I know of two liberal arts colleges that are very much 
alike. Both are located in relatively small towns and 
have a warm atmosphere. Both have enrollments of 
about six hundred and offer many courses in natural 
and social sciences, humanities, and professional 
fields. Both have many extracurricular activities and 
have outstanding sports teams. They have one main 
difference — one is just a liberal arts college; the other is 
a Christian liberal arts college. 

Does the Christian part make much difference? I be- 
lieve that it does. Webster' s New Collegiate Dictionary 
defines liberal arts as ". . . the studies in a college or 
university intended to provide chiefly general knowl- 
edge and to develop the general intellectual capacities 
(as reason and judgment). . . ." Therefore, the liberal 
arts college is simply a college that teaches a broad base 
of facts and starts the mind in motion to begin forming 
its own concepts and opinions of the world around it. 
But without the Christian part, the base of a liberal arts 
education is incomplete. God is the Creator and Sus- 
tainer of the universe, and all truth comes from Him 
(James 1:17). If God is left out of discussions in areas 
such as philosophy, history, biology, or psychology, 
the most essential part is missing. 

The Christian liberal arts college — like Bryan — seeks 
to include the Christian perspective in its teaching, and 
more than that, uses the Bible as the basis for all knowl- 
edge. It is more than just adding a required Bible course 
each semester. Scriptural principles are integrated into 
every course, from concepts of physical education to 
philosophy of religion. The secular college has no 
broad basis for its teaching except humanism. Facts or 
theories are presented as the professor sees them, 
either without relating them to any recurring theme or 
doctrine, or by using the basis of humanism. 

In addition to providing a broad base of knowledge, a 
liberal arts education gives a good world view and helps 
to formulate ideas of self and direction in life. With 
Scripture as the foundation, it is easy to gain perspec- 
tive on the world as God sees it, and then gain insight 
into reasons for human existence and purpose in life. 
With no foundation at all, or with humanism as the 
foundation, it is easy to feel no reason for existing and to 
have no purpose in life. Without a life-changing mes- 
sage to tell the world — that Jesus loves them and died to 
save them — life has no purpose or meaning. 

Informed decision-making is also a product of a lib- 
eral arts education. After learning the facts and statis- 
tics in many areas of education, a person finds it easier 
to see the far-reaching effects of decisions. The mind 
has gained capabilities through other learning that now 
help it stretch to understand even more of life. For the 
Christian liberal arts college student, education opens 
up new awareness of the Lord and all the facets of the 
Christian life. In secular college education, the student 
gains new insight but does not understand how to put it 
together to give life a purpose. The facts are all there, 
but in themselves they are not life-changing. 

Bryan College, a Christian liberal arts college that 
provides a broad base of knowledge, a good world 
perspective, and informed decision-making with a Bib- 
lical foundation, is the place for me. 

SUMMER 1982 



bv Dr. Robert L. McCarron 

Out what can I do with a major in English?" is the 
question we often hear. We live in a society which today 
places great emphasis on education that directly pre- 
pares one for a specific profession, career, or vocation. 
The professors of the Division of Literature and Mod- 
ern Languages believe that the study of English helps 
prepare a person to be rather than to do. That is not to 
suggest that the English major sits idly by instead of 
being involved in the mainstream of life. Rather it 
means that the English, and in fact the humanities. 
major in general is equipped to understand better his 
world, his fellow man, and himself. He is prepared to 
become a better worker and leader because his horizons 
have been broadened beyond the specialized knowl- 
edge and skills he might learn from a more vocation- 
ally oriented course of study. In essence he is better 
equipped to become the whole person God intended: 
and this is especially true in a school like Bryan, which 
places a strong emphasis on relating language and litera- 
ture to the beliefs and principles for which the college 

Diverse areas of occupation are indicated by the posi- 
tions held by some of our more illustrious English major 
graduates. For example. Dr. Beatrice Batson "44 served 
for some years as a faculty member at Bryan and then in 
1957 joined the faculty at Wheaton College, where for 
several years she has been chairman of the English 
Department. Dr. Ian Hay "50 is an English major who 
now holds the position of general director for the Sudan 
Interior Mission and is chairman of Bryan"s board of 
trustees. Dr. John Reed '51 currently serves on the 
faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary, teaching 
preachers how to write and speak: and Dr. Kenneth 
Hanna '57, former president of Winnipeg Bible College, 
is now dean of Education at Moody Bible Institute. 
(Additional representatives from the English depart- 
ment, many of whom graduated in the 60's and 70's, are 
presented in the compilation of information about Eng- 
lish majors by Dr. R. M. Cornelius, senior member of 
the department.) 

Other English major graduates are involved in editing 
and writing for such publications as Scripture Press, 
Decision, Christianity Today, His, Arkenstone, and Motif, 
and for Moody radio programs, missionary periodicals, 
medical trade journals, and secular newspapers. Still 
others are serving as teachers, pastors, and mis- 
sionaries. Several recent alumni are currently enrolled 
in such seminaries as Trinity and Dallas. Then there are 
the English majors who are serving here at Bryan Col- 
lege. They include Dr. Richard Cornelius '55, professor 
of English; Barbara Howard '73, registrar, and Virginia 
Seguine '54, director of admissions. 

Dr. McCarron 

The varied vocations and careers represented by 
some of our alumni are typical of what is available for 
the present English major. Many corporations and in- 
dustries are hiring English majors for such positions as 
employee communications specialists, procedure writ- 
ers, instructional technologist/writers, production 
editors, technical writers, publications coordinators, 
public relations directors, advertising writers, and 
many others. 1 

English is also considered a good pre-professional 
major for the ministry, law, and medicine. Bryan Col- 
lege trustee L. Dean Hess, director of admissions for 
the University of Tennessee Health Services Center. 
has mentioned this fact: and. increasingly, medical 
schools are encouraging students to put more emphasis 
on the communications skills. James C. Quarles. dean 
of the Walter R. George School of Law, Mercer Uni- 
versity, is one of many who strongly recommend a 
major in English in preparation for law school. He 
writes, "The ability to use the English language effec- 
tively is the most important ability an applicant can 
bring to the study of law, and the lack of this ability is 
the most frequent cause of failure of law students." He 
adds, "For this reason we recommend a major in Eng- 
lish, and we put particular emphasis upon the grades an 
applicant has earned in his English courses." 2 

Bryan's curriculum for the major in English is de- 
signed to provide opportunities for both the broad em- 
phasis and the more specialized areas. The student may 
choose one of four options in which to specialize. Each 
of the options consists of a basic core of 24 hours in 
literature and language in addition to his general educa- 
tion and Bible requirements. The literature option con- 
sists of 12 hours in addition to the core requirements. 
The speech/drama option adds 28 hours to the core and 



includes courses in oral interpretation of literature, dis- 
cussion leadership, design, history of the theater, 
Shakespeare, and drama workshops. The writing op- 
tion consists of 23 hours beyond the core with various 
courses in creative, expository, and journalistic writ- 
ing. The fourth option is secondary education. By tak- 
ing six hours over the core requirements and the pre- 
scribed education courses, the student may earn his 
secondary teacher certification in English. 

One of the great strengths of the Division of Litera- 
ture and Modern Languages is its well-qualified and 
spiritually committed faculty. The faculty members 
represent a variety of backgrounds and experience and 
are all deeply committed to the integration of their 
discipline with their personal faith in Christ. (They are 
presented in a separate article which describes their 
education and experience.) 

In addition to a broad, yet sufficiently specialized, 
curriculum and a well-qualified and diversified faculty, 
there are still other strengths in the program offered by 
the Division of Literature and Modern Languages. 
Each year the Division holds a writing contest and gives 
cash awards to the winning entries. The winning entries 
are published in Dandilines, the annual anthology of 
student writing published by the Division. (Some of 
these entries are given in this issue.) The Tennessee 
Wits is an organization of English majors and other 
interested individuals and provides such activities as 
parties, poetry readings, and attendance at worthwhile 
plays. Each year the Division sponsors at least one 
major film. Those shown in recent years have been The 
Pilgrim's Progress, Don Quixote, Hamlet, and The Odys- 
sey. In alternate years the Division sponsors a lecture 
series featuring outstanding scholars and artists. Fea- 
tured have been Joe Bayley, well-known writer of 
Christian fiction; Jeannette Gift George of the film The 
Hiding Place and her After Dinner Players drama group; 
and most recently world-renowned literary critic. Pro- 
fessor Cleanth Brooks. (An excerpt from one of his 
addresses appears in this issue.) These are but a few of 
the extras offered by the Division of Literature and 
Modern Languages. 

Above all, the Division of Literature and Modern 
Languages has a faculty committed to Christ. Litera- 
ture and drama, after all. are simply statements of 
man's quest for truth; and although we recognize that 
all truth ultimately comes from God, we believe that 
God allows man to grasp portions of His truth even 
though he might not be rightly related to God. It is the 
desire of the faculty members in the Division to 
examine man's attempt to express facets of truth and to 
measure them against the full-orbed truth divinelv re- 
vealed by the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures. 

The answer to the question "What can I do with a 
major in English?" is this: "Nearly anything you want 
to do." More importantly, a major in English will help 
you to become the well-integrated individual God in- 
tends you to be. 

' Anne J. D'Arcy, English Majors Guide to Executive, Industrial Careers 
(Cincinnati: Pamphlet Publications, 1980), pp. 2-3. 

2 Linwood Orange. English: The Pre-Professional Major (New York: Mod- 
ern Language Association of America, 1972), p. 4. 

Dr. Kantzer and Miss Brynoff 

Faculty of the Division 
of Literature and 
Modern Languages 

Chairman of the Division, Robert McCarron, as- 
sociate professor of English, is a graduate of Moody 
Bible Institute and of Wheaton College. He holds the 
M.A. degree from both Western Michigan University 
and Indiana University and the Ph.D. degree from In- 
diana University. Dr. McCarron has served in a number 
of churches as minister of music and has taught in the 
public schools; from 1962-72 he served as education 
director at Radio Station ELWA in Liberia with Sudan 
Interior Mission. He was also involved in radio pro- 
gramming and served as civilian chaplain for the First 
Infantry Battalion of the Liberian National Guard. He 
joined the Bryan faculty in 1976 and was appointed 
chairman of the Division in 1979. Presently he is serving 
as chairman of the faculty and chairman of the Southern 
Association Self Study Standards committee on the 
faculty. Dr. McCarron teaches English Literature. 
Shakespeare, Introduction to the Novel, and Literary 
Criticism. He is a contributor to the forthcoming edition 
of American Writers Before 1800: A Biographical and Criti- 
cal Reference Guide to be published by Greenwood 

Each year the faculty awards a prize to a senior for 
faithfulness and loyalty. If such an award were to be 
given to a faculty member within the Division, without 
question, it would be given to Dr. Richard Cornelius 
'55, professor of English. A member of the faculty since 
1961, he has served as chairman of the Division for 
many of those years. He currently chairs the General 
Education Committee and the Self Study Standards 
Committee on Educational Program. He has also 
served as faculty chairman. Dr. Cornelius earned both 
the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of 
Tennessee. Before returning to Bryan, he taught in the 
public schools and spent two years in the army as a 

SUMMER 1982 


chaplain's assistant. He has published several articles 
in newspapers and magazines and most recently has 
done some research and publishing about William Jen- 
nings Bryan and the Scopes Trial. He has also served as 
chairman for the Southeastern Region of the Confer- 
ence on Christianity and Literature. Dr. Cornelius is 
involved in the activities of his church, where he has 
served as chairman of the board of elders. At Bryan he 
teaches Senior Seminar. World Literature, Expository 
Writing, Introduction to the English Language, and 
Literature of the Mass Media. 

Dr. Ruth Kantzer joined the Bryan faculty in 1973 
after teaching in public schools. Cedarville College, and 
Wheaton College. Dr. Kantzer. professor of English, 
specializes in teaching American literature and fine arts 
courses. Her M.A. degree is from the University of 
Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. 
Dr. Kantzer has also served as chairman of the Division 
and has been involved in the leadership of the Southeast 
Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. 
She serves as pianist at her local church. 

Betty Ann Brynoff. assistant professor of English. 
holds the B.A. degree from Wheaton College and the 
M.A. from Kent State University. She was appointed to 
the faculty in 1976. Prior to her time at Bryan, Miss 
Brynoff served as a missionary teacher at Good 
Shepherd School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and as a 
field representative for Pioneer Girls Clubs. Three 
summers ago Miss Brynoff received a grant from the 
National Endowment for the Humanities for a summer 
study seminar in the area of rhetoric. At Bryan she 
specializes in teaching creative writing and newspaper 
writing. Under her supervision a student staff publishes 
the weekly newspaper. The Triangle. She is also active 
in a local church. 

Another long-term member of the Division is Fred 
Bedford, assistant professor of modern languages. Mr. 
Bedford holds the B.A. degree from Houghton College 
and the M.A. from Middlebury College. He also serves 
as head of the language department, teaching both 
French and Spanish. He is chairman of the Self Study 
Standards Committee on Physical Resources. Having 
taught in the pub'ic school, Mr. Bedford first came to 
Bryan in 1956, where he remained for four years. He 
then taught at Houghton College and again in the public 
high school before returning to Bryan in 1973. Mr. 

Dr. Kantzer, assisted by Miss Brynoff, leads seven students on a 
culture tour to Virginia and New England for a three-hour 
credit course in fine arts. Left to right are Dottie Frensley, 
Franklin, Tennessee: Kathy Dallinga, Clarksville, Tennessee: 
Ray Kordus, Mosinee, Wisconsin; Keiko Mizuguchi, 
Toyohashi, Japan: Susan Farner, Roswell, Georgia; Miss 
Brynoff; Laura Payne, Kno.wille, Tennessee: Dr. Kantzer, and 
Karin Farv. Davton. Tennessee. 

Bedford is active in his church and in a summer ministry 
among the Spanish-speaking migrant workers. He re- 
cently spent several weeks visiting and working with 
missionaries in Latin and South America. 

Mrs. Rachel Morgan, assistant professor of speech, 
became a member of the Bryan faculty in 1972. Prior to 
that time she spent eleven years teaching at Miami 
University in Ohio. Mrs. Morgan has the B.S. degree 
from Bob Jones University and the M.A. degree from 
Northwestern University. Her specialties are speech 
and drama, and she directs the Hilltop Players in the 
production of several plays during each school year. 
The Hilltop Players, in addition to doing a major three- 
act play each year, also perform religious plays for 
various church and civic organizations. Mrs. Morgan 
has also had several years" teaching experience in the 
public schools. She and her husband are active with the 
Gideons, and Mrs. Morgan is an organist at one of the 
local churches. 

Several faculty and staff members contribute to the 
Division by teaching part-time loads. In addition to 
courses in the Fine Arts Division, Dr. John Bartlett, 
professor of fine arts, teaches speech and discussion 
leadership courses. He holds the B.A. and M.F.A. de- 
grees from Bob Jones University and the Ph.D. from 
Ohio State University. Mr. Glen Liebig. dean of admis- 
sions and records, with the B.A. from Barrington Col- 
lege and the M.A. from the University of Tennessee, 
teaches Spanish. Mr. Kermit Zopfi, dean of students, 
with the B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and the 
M.A. from Azusa Pacific College, teaches German. 
Both Mr. Zopfi and Mr. Liebig formerly served as mis- 
sionaries. Mr. David Wright, director of library ser- 
vices, with a B.A. from Bryan College and M.S. in L.S. 
from the University of Tennessee, teaches Children"s 



Excerpts from Dandilines 

by Keith Patman 

(A Bryan alumnus of 1975 who is now an English teacher a! Ben Lippen Schools. Asheville, North Carolina) 


From the factory Golgotha, 
From the farm's Gethsemane, 
From workers in bib overalls by labor worn. 
A voice of understanding 
Is speaking for the masses — 
"You shall not press upon their brows this crown 
of thorn!" 

To the corporate San Hedrin, 
To the gold mine Pharisees, 
To Herod, in his Cadillac, with eyes of scorn. 
A voice cries out in warning. 
Entreating for the common man — 
"You shall not press upon their brows this crown 
of thorn!" 

The voice is in the market. 

The voice is in the harvest fields. 

It shouts to fat executives who pat a fat billfold. 

The Commoner cries for fairness — 

O idle rich, beware — 

"You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!" 

Mr. Bedford 


Hot, honeysuckle day in mid-July, 

When redwing blackbirds lull the fields 

Around a quiet country town. 

Around a town in Tennessee where once . . . 

Tall trees and courthouse steeple cast their shade. 

I sit upon an old oak stump. 

My finger traces fifty rings — 

These trees were such and such a size once . . . 

I smell the whittlers' piles of cedar chips. 

These idlers — were they here that day 

To wave their red bandana flags 

In cheers for that bold patriarch who once . . . 

Ah. such a gathering that day when truth 

Was tested in a jury box. 

Amid bold speeches, sweat, and flies. 

The courtroom was a battleground as once . . . 

A slow train rolls, the steeple tolls at noon, 
The way the bells droned somberly 
When, cold in spite of summer heat. 
He left the town in slow procession once . . . 

Across the wood my fingers trace the rings — 
In fifty years so much has changed — 
The tree is now a stump, and yet. 
The Word beneath this oak defended once . . . 


Mrs. Morgan 


If God should deign to touch the lifeless hearts 

Of acorns buried in the prisoning earth. 

In spite of winter's freezing, rainless dearth 

Causing the germ to sprout by hidden arts — 

If God should give the rose, whose blossoms wilt, 

Assurance that another spring will bloom — 

Will He abandon man to Sheol's doom? 

On resurrection Bryan's hope was built. 

Man, royal guest in tenement of clay. 

The image of his Fashioner does hold. 

And so his spirit will not taste the dust. 

Believing, Bryan reached his final day 

Undaunted by the fast-approaching cold — 

His human fear was overwhelmed by trust. 

SUMMER 1982 



Compiled by Dr. Richard M. Cornelius 

1 he following vignettes provide an overview of the 
responses English alumni have toward their education 
at Bryan and the varied activities in which they have 

Michael L. Loftin '68. After working for The Chat- 
tanooga Times as a reporter and then as an associate 
editor, he is now the editorial page editor. Active in 
church, community, and professional organizations, he 
says, "Bryan prepared me for my present position 
through good grounding in literature and, most impor- 
tant, help in developing a Christian world-view, which 
is essential in my line of work." 

Rosalie de Rosset '69. She has attended Loyola Uni- 
versity, earned an M.A. in English at Northwestern 
Illinois University and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangel- 
ical Divinity School. In addition to writing for Christian 
radio and periodicals, she is currently assistant profes- 
sor of communications at Moody Bible Institute. Con- 
cerning her college years she says, "Through discipline 
experienced and the perceptive guidance of certain fac- 
ulty, I have found that Bryan was my kick in the right 
direction, for it caught me at a precarious time of life." 

Patric B. McElwain '78. Having served as a contribut- 
ing editor of Erie Magazine, he is presently book review 
editor for Studies in the Humanities and a candidate for 
the Ph.D. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He 
states, "Above all. Bryan taught me the value of self- 
discipline and that no one can be a true success without 
placing spiritual things first." 

Moya Tulloss Martin '76. For six years she has taught 
both in a public high school and in a summer program 
for migrant workers. She says that "Bryan provided 
excellent teachers of the subjects that I needed for my 
present position. Most of all, the love and understand- 
ing kept me motivated toward a bright future. I hope my 
child will attend and graduate from Bryan College." 

Lynne Peterson '72. Currently a mother and 
homemaker, she taught English in high school for six 
years and also part-time in college. About her education 
at Bryan she writes, "The English department helped 
me greatly in preparing to teach. I felt I received a wide 
range of materials and knowledge I could use in the 
classroom. As a full-time mom these last four years, I 
have also appreciated my liberal arts education and 
Bible training which Bryan provided." 

Rebecca Branham '78. She has earned an M.A. in 
English from the University of Richmond, taught Eng- 
lish, been a part-time editor for a community news 
magazine, and is now a phototypesetter. In her evalua- 

tion of her experience at Bryan, she says, "I believe it 
was a combination of Biblical background and literary 
background that I received at Bryan that helped prepare 
me for graduate study. All of my professors in graduate 
school knew that I had a strong background in the Bible. 
Overall, the English department at Bryan is very well 
organized. There are variety and specialization in all 
areas, and the English majors are able to direct their 
studies to one particular area or concentrate on a gen- 
eral course of study in all aspects of the discipline." 

Beth Reese Woof '80. As a Bible teacher in the Cana- 
dian public school system, she teaches over 400 chil- 
dren in grades K-6 at three different schools. She ap- 
preciates her education at Bryan for the following 
reasons: her "Biblical/theological knowledge was 
greatly increased"; her "organizational/logical and 
presentation skills were greatly developed": she was 
given opportunities for "drama/speech involvements 
invaluable in presenting creative and memorable les- 
sons": she found that all her courses "encouraged the 
development of alertness, awareness, and synthesis of 
faith and academics — an essential combination when 
working with professionals in a secular field while at the 
same time trying to communicate spiritual truths to 
youngsters"; and "the strengths (and, yes, even weak- 
nesses) of Christian professors were an inspiration to 
seek standards of excellence in every area." 

Other notable graduates from the English department 
include the following: 

Thomas V. Taylor '54. He holds the M.Div. and 
S.T.M. degrees from Faith Seminary, is a professor at 
Biblical School of Theology, and a writer of Sunday 
school lessons and other articles. 

James Reese '56. Although his full-time responsibility 
is as a pastor, he is a poet, musician, recording artist, 
•and director of Christian Horizons, an organization 
helping handicapped people. 

Maureen Hay Reed '58. She is a teacher, housewife, 
and author of articles and a book. Like a Watered Gar- 

David Egner '61. As an author he has been serving the 
Lord by writing Sunday school materials, books (The 
Gender Benders), and devotional articles for the Our 
Daily Bread, publication of the Radio Bible Class, Grand 
Rapids, Michigan. 

Bryan K. Shelley '71. After several years as a jour- 
nalist and college teacher, he is currently enrolled in a 
doctoral program at Oxford University in England. 
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Dr. William D. Black, a physician 
of Knoxville, Tennessee, was 
elected to the board of trustees dur- 
ing its spring meeting. 

Dr. Black, who attended Bryan 
for one year, received his B.S. from 
the University of Tennessee in 
Knoxville and his M.D. from the 
University of Tennessee Center for 
the Health Services in Memphis. He 
is a fellow of the American College 
of Physicians. He is married to the 
former Barbara Overton, and they 
are the parents of two sons. Jason 
and Ryan. He has been a member of 
the National Advisory Council of 
the college. 


(Continued from page 10) 

In addition to the above areas, 
Bryan English majors have put their 
training to use in a variety of other 

Ronald Meznar '52 
Armond Fritz '54 
Naomi Hildebrand Walkwitz '55 
Joyce Lukridge Okawa '70 
Dann Speichinger '73 

Harold Jenkins '70 

Linda Beals '79, reporter, writer, 
and photographer for a medical 

John Hills '66 
John Stone '67 


David Llewellyn '66, writer, 
attorney, law school professor. 


W. Gary Phillips, assistant pro- 
fessor of Greek and Bible, was cho- 
sen by the student body to receive 
the Teacher of the Year Award for 
the fourth time. The presentation 
was made during Honors Day 

Throughout July and August, he 
will teach a weekly Thursday night 
class at the Chattanooga Bible Insti- 
tute on the doctrine of Scripture; 
and on July 26-30 he will teach how 
to study the Bible for yourself for 
the family Bible school of Red Bank 
Presbyterian Church in Chat- 

He was co-winner of the Most 
Outstanding Teacher Award by 
Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, for 
which he has taught seminars the 
past two years. The two winners 
were selected from among thirty 
teachers in the United States and 
Australia. Phillips is a candidate in a 
doctoral program at Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary, Winona Lake, In- 
diana. He is listed in Personalities of 
the South and in four editions of Out- 
standing Young men in America. Gary 
and his wife, Betsy, both natives of 
Chattanooga, have three children. 


Dr. Robert D. Andrews '67, assis- 
tant professor of Bible and Greek, 
and R. Carlos Carter, business 
manager of the college , attended the 
Academic Institute of the School of 
Urban and Public Affairs of 
Carnegie-Mellon University in 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 30 
through June 25. The two were 
among 34 educators selected 
nationwide by the Institute to re- 
ceive grants-in-aid for a managerial 
program designed for higher educa- 
tion personnel. 

Dr. Brian Richardson, professor 
of Christian education, has been 
appointed an associate editor of The 
Journal of Christian Education. The 
biannual publication of Scripture 
Press, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, is is- 
sued in cooperation with the Na- 
tional Association of Professors of 
Christian Education, of which Dr. 
Richardson is currently the presi- 

The stated purpose of the journal 
is "to provide a link between seg- 
ments of the Christian community 
and to facilitate the thoughtful ex- 
change of significant ideas and in- 
formation regarding relevant Chris- 
tian education topics, issues and 

Craig Williford, assistant profes- 
sor of Christian education, has been 
appointed southeast clergy director 
of Baptist Expression of Marriage 
Encounter, a lay movement based 
in Denver, Colorado. He is joined 
by his wife, Carolyn, in this minis- 
try, which includes marriage semi- 
nars on six weekends this year in 
North Carolina, Colorado, and 
Tennessee. In addition he con- 
ducted in June leadership training 
seminars at Camp John Knox, near 
Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Mr. and Mrs. Williford 

SUMMER 1982 


Mr. Zietlow 

Dr. Simpson 


John T. Zietlow, of Taylor. 
Michigan, has accepted appoint- 
ment as assistant professor of busi- 
ness and will assume his duties at 
the start of the 1982-83 academic 
year in August. He and his wife, 
Kathy. will move to Dayton during 
the summer. 

Mr. Zietlow, who holds the mas- 
ter's degree in business administra- 
tion from Ohio State University, 
has done Biblical studies at Detroit 
Baptist Seminary. He has been a 
financial analyst with the Ford 
Motor Company and has taught 
part-time at the Ford Community 
College. He is currently enrolled in 
a doctoral program at the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Dr. Robert J. Simpson, of Bar- 
bourville. Kentucky, has been ap- 
pointed associate professor of 
mathematics, replacing Dr. Carlos 
Pereira, who has resigned to accept 
employment at The King's College, 
Briarcliff Manor, New York. 

For the past ten years, Dr. 
Simpson has taught mathematics at 
Union College, Barbourville, Ken- 
tucky, holding the rank of professor 
for the last two years. He earned the 
master's degree from the University 
of Georgia and the Ph.D. from the 
University of Tennessee. Dr. and 
Mrs. Simpson are the parents of 
twins, Susie and Beth, eleven; Nan, 
nine: and Ben, five. 


The fourth annual Southeastern 
Conference on Christianity and Lit- 
erature held at Bryan April 15-17 
was sponsored by the Division of 
Literature and Modern Languages 
and featured Professor Cleanth 
Brooks, America's foremost liter- 
ary critic, as the keynote speaker. 

The three-day conference also in- 
cluded papers on Blake, The Book 

of Job, Becket. Tennyson. 
Chaucer, Frost. Dickinson. Inherit 
the Wind, William Jennings Bryan, 
Hemingway. Percy, and Milton, 
presented by scholars from nine 
states and Canada. On the final 
night of the conference, the Bryan 
Chamber Singers and Flute Ensem- 
ble presented a concert, which was 
followed by the film Through Joy and 
Beyond: The Life of C. S. Lewis. Dr. 
Ruth Kantzer was in charge of the 
program, and Dr. Richard Cornelius 
was coordinator for arrangements. 


The annual pastors' conference in 
May attracted the largest number 
both of registered guests from a dis- 
tance and of local participants in the 
five-year history of the conference. 
Dormitories and dining room were 
filled to near capacity. Speakers and 
seminar leaders for this event were 
Dr. and Mrs. Warren Wiersbe, 
Bryan professor and author Dr. Irv- 
ing L. Jensen, and Bryan professors 
Steve Bradshaw and Craig Wil- 
liford. Participants represented 
twenty-three states and Canada. 

The 1983 conference is scheduled 
for May 10-12. 


"The Student of the Eighties" 
was the theme for the annual con- 
ference of the Association for Chris- 
tians in Student Development, 
which met on Bryan's campus June 

The conference was attended by 
more than 250 deans of students, 
deans of men, deans of women, and 
resident directors from Bible insti- 
tutes, Bible colleges. Christian lib- 
eral arts colleges, and theological 
seminaries in the U.S. and Canada. 
ACSD has more than 600 members, 
representing 275 institutions. 

Dr. Glenn Heck, education con- 
sultant to David C. Cook Publishing 
company, brought the keynote ad- 
dress. Other program participants 
included the following: Mrs. Jill 
Briscoe, of Waukesha. Wisconsin, 
director of Telling the Truth minis- 
try: Dr. Mark Coppenger, of Fort 
Worth, Texas, author and frequent 
speaker on college campuses; Dr. 
James Mallory, physician, psy- 
chiatrist, and director of the Atlanta 
Counseling Center; and Bryan Col- 

lege professors Irving Jensen, Craig 
Williford. Steve Bradshaw, Ken 
Froemke. and David and Sigrid 

Kermit Zopfi. Bryan's dean of 
students, is treasurer and member- 
ship chairman of the Association 
and was coordinator of the confer- 
ence. He was assisted in planning 
by Karin Traylor '64, dean of wom- 
en: Cynthia Chrisfield. secretary; 
and Kathy Hill, director of health 


On Honors Day, April 30, seven- 
teen faculty and staff members re- 
ceived citations of merit and cash 
gifts in recognition of their years of 
service to the college. Those recog- 
nized were the following: 

For 25 years: 

Zelpha Russell, formerly director of 
admissions and currently an assis- 
tant in the music department 

For 15 years: 

Vern Archer, treasurer 

Mrs. Betty Giesemann, instructor in 
chemistry and physics 

E. Walter Seera, recruitment coor- 

For 10 years: 

Mrs. Rachel Morgan, assistant pro- 
fessor of speech 

John Reeser. assistant professor of 
health and physical education and 
athletic coach 

Dr. Brian C. Richardson, professor of 
Christian education 

Charles H. Robinson, assistant direc- 
tor of public relations 

For 5 years: 

Stephen P. Bradshaw, assistant pro- 
fessor of psychology 

Dr. Malcolm Fary, assistant profes- 
sor of education 

Peter Harris, maintenance mechanic 

Barbara Howard, registrar 

Dr. Phillip E. Lestmann. assistant 
professor of mathematics 

Mrs. Diana Miller, assistant professor 
of Education 

Gary Phillips, assistant professor of 
Bible and Greek 

David A. Wright, director of library 

Robert D. Wykstra, assistant profes- 
sor of business 

The annual President's Award went 
to Mrs. Linda Grogan of the supporting 
staff for her outstanding service as 
housekeeper. Cited for "helping to keep 
Bryan clean and attractive," she re- 
ceived sustained applause from the as- 
sembly audience. 



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Summer missionary appointees ready to go "into all the World" are shown above: front 
row, I. to r., Lyn Sedlak, PCI vice president for SMP; Carylee Gilmer, Sara Murdock, 
Naomi Williamson, Andrea Myers; second row, Cathy Phelps, Jill Chandler, Kelly 
Foote, Dick Hart; third row, Troy Brown, Ron Bell, Mark Garrett. Not pictured: Jim 
Hill, Andy Patton, Katie Smith, Wesley Schlenker. 


Thirteen students and one staff member planned to be short-term mis- 
sionaries this summer. They will give support to full-term missionaries by 
relieving them of some of their more mundane duties, but also will have some 
opportunities for ministry. Most of the summer missionaries received partial 
support from Bryan students and faculty under the Summer Missions Pro- 
gram of the Practical Christian Involvement office. 

The volunteers are as follows: 

Ronald Bell 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 


Language Institute for Evan- 
gelism (L.I.F.E.) 

Troy Brown 

Bradenton, Fla. 


Teen Missions International 

Jill Chandler 

Duxbury. Mass. 


Greater Europe Mission 

Carylee Gilmer 

Roanoke. Va. 


Nehemiah Mission 

Dick Hart 

Lima, Peru 


Latin American Mission 

Jim Hill 

Roanoke, Va. 


Pacific Area Mission 

Sara Murdock 

Chapel Hill, N.C. 

Honduras & 

CAM International 

Andrea Myers 

York, Pa. 


L. I. F. E. 

Andy Patton 

Iquitos, Peru 


Sports Life 

Cathy Phelps 

Philadelphia. Pa. 


Pacific Area Mission 

Wes Schlenker 

Lima, Peru 


Wycliffe Bible Translators 

Katie Smith 

Dayton, Ohio 


Kentucky Mountain Mission 

Naomi Williamson 

Ocilla. Ga. 


L. I. F. E. 

Mark Garrett '80 

Winchester, Ky. 




Terry Puckett, of Gray Station, 
Tennessee, a cum laude graduate of 
1982 with a B.S. degree in natural 
science, was one of two Tennessee 
college students nominated this 
year by the Tennessee Academy of 
Science for honorary membership 
in the American Association for the 
Advancement of Science. 


In April of this year at the annual 
meeting of the Tennessee Academy 
of Science at Lincoln Memorial 
University at Harrogate, Tennes- 
see, Puckett, vice-president this 
year of the Academy, joined two 
other Bryan students in presenting 
papers on the various reactions of 
copper and trichloroacetic acid. 
The other students, both chemistry 
majors, were Linda Benson, also an 
'82 graduate, from Orlando, Flori- 
da, and Carol Crisler, a rising 
senior, from Middletown, Ken- 

Puckett, who was a student lab 
assistant at Bryan, will enroll in the 
fall of this year as a medical student 
in the University of Tennessee 
Center for the Health Sciences in 


The eighth annual student art 
show during the last week of school 
was open to the public in Hayden 
Lounge. Works were entered in five 
divisions. Kent Juillard, assistant 
professor of art, announced the fol- 
lowing awards: 

First and third prizes in the draw- 
ing division, as well as one honor- 
able mention, went to Keiko 
Mizuguchi, junior from Toyo- 
hashi-Shi, Japan. Second prize 
was awarded to Dawn Shriver, 
freshman from Naples, Florida: and 
honorable mention, to Trudy 
Longnecker, freshman from Mel- 
rose Park, Illinois. 

In the painting division, Becky 
Turner, a sophomore from Dayton, 
Tennessee, won both first and sec- 
ond places, with third place going to 
Talin Lyman, a sophomore from 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

First and third prizes in the 
ceramics division were captured by 
Linda Ross, senior from New Port 
Richey, Florida. Marty Meznar, 
senior of Niteroi, Brazil, won sec- 
ond place along with an honorable 
mention; and Kathy Dallinga, junior 
from Clarksville, Tennessee, re- 
ceived an honorable mention. 

Don Geiger, a senior from Dallas, 
Texas, took both first and second 
places in the photography division; 
and Marty Meznar took third place 
and an honorable mention. 

First place in the design division, 
as well as one honorable mention, 
went to Ken Stansberry, sopho- 
more from Dayton, Tennessee. 
Second place was awarded to Susan 
Bennett, a junior from Fort 
McPherson, Georgia; and third 
place to Dottie Frensley, junior 
from Franklin, Tennessee. Peter 
Gant, a junior from Tucuman, 
Argentina, took the other honorable 
mention in the division. 

"Flying Horses," first place oil painting 
by Becky Turner. 

SUMMER 1982 


The Man Who Secretly 
Hated His Wife 

1 here is an old story that attorneys like to tell about 
a man who secretly hated his wife. She didn't know it, 
and neither did relatives or friends: but he had schemed 
and plotted for years to do something to hurt her, to 
make all kinds of trouble and difficulty for her. 

There was only one problem. He didn't want her to 
know. He wanted to hurt her without betraying his 
guilty secret to her or anyone else. Finally, he thought 
of a perfect way to carry out his plan. It was so simple, 
so ordinary, that no one would ever suspect. It was 
something that thousands of men do every day, even 
men who truly love their wives and do it out of igno- 
rance and thoughtlessness. 

He would simply tell her nothing about his financial 
affairs, hide important papers, and then die without a 
will or any instruction. He could see her now — trying 
desperately to untangle his financial affairs, locate all of 
the important papers, figure out which bills he had paid 
and which he hadn't, argue with tax assessors, wrestle 
with the complicated Federal Estate Tax Form; having 
to appear in probate court; having to post bond; trying 
to figure out what insurance policies had lapsed and 
which hadn't; wondering if he hadn't made a will after 
all. He finally had his way, and his wife never knew that 
he purposely did not make a will. 

So, if you don't hate your wife or other family mem- 
bers, if by chance you actually love them, then perhaps 
this patently made-up story will inspire you to have a 
will drawn up. Remember that your will is a bridge of 
love reaching into the future. It is your plan for provid- 
ing for all the loved ones that you care most about. 

You should seek the advice and counsel of a compe- 
tent lawyer who is familiar with the laws in your state. It 

is true that handwritten wills and even verbal wills are 
accepted in court if properly done, but often they are 
inadequate to cover all of the circumstances that may 
arise. Few people without the advice of a lawyer have 
sufficient knowledge of what should be in a will. 

Before going to your lawyer for a drafting of your 
will, you should reflect long and carefully upon how you 
want your estate distributed. Your will should minimize 
death taxes and provide for the various contigencies 
which might occur before or after your death. 

In addition to a competent lawyer, you need to select 
an executor who can carry out your plans. He should be 
able to collect and preserve assets, investigate and pay 
claims against your estate, file and defend tax returns, 
institute court proceedings, provide for final account- 
ing, be concerned with cash needs and investments, 
deal with beneficiaries and help them cope with any 
special problems after your death. 

In addition to a properly written will, you should 
write down vital information about burial plans, loca- 
tion of important papers and insurance policies, and 
special instruction relating to your estate. 

If you would like additional information on preparing 
your will and recording important information, please 
write for the following/ree booklets: 

Giving Through Your Will 
Personal Information Record 

Address your request to: 
Mr. Fred Stansberry 
Director of Planned Giving 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

Please send the following material: 

( ) Giving Through Your Will 
( ) Personal Information Record 





Mr. Stansberry 



jWemorial <©tte 

June 5, 1982 

In Memory of 

Paul McCarthy 

February 11, 1982 to 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Timblin 

Mr. & Mrs. E. B. Brinkley 
Mrs. Bennie M. Fleming 

& Mrs. Bessie Mae McKenzie 
Mrs. Bessie O. Freeman 
Mr. & Mrs. F. R. Harris 
Mr. & Mrs. S. O. Izlar 
Mr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor 
Mrs. Richard Worley 

Mrs. Clifford Norman 

Mrs. Eleanor Burgher 

Mr. Martin Froemke 

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Sawyer 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Jones 

Mrs. Glenn Woodlee 
Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Young 

Mr. & Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mrs. James Comstock, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Crawford 

Mr. T. M. Reynolds, Sr. 

Mrs. Wilma Harrow 

Miss Elsa Raab 

Mr. & Mrs. James Cooley 
Mrs. M. A. Cooley 

Mr. & Mrs. William J. Bryant 
Mr. & Mrs. George Galloway 
Miss Baird McClure 
Mrs. Tom Sherman 
Mrs. Corryne H. Taylor 
Mrs. Holland A. Vestal 
Mr. & Mrs. C. B. Whitney 

Mr. Arlie D. Apple 

Mrs. Viola Knagenhelm 
Ms. Elaine Richardson 
Mrs. Ida Froemke 
Mr. Bill Clark 
Mr. Gordon Roberts 

Mrs. Eva Gannaway 

Mrs. Grace Cooley 
Mr. James Comstock, Jr. 
Mr. George Cone 
Mrs. Mildred Reynolds 
Mr. Richard Cole 
Mrs. Kathleen Spencer 

Larry Federico 

Mr. Harry C. Johnson, Sr. 


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 giftto Bryan College helps in 
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- 
edgment. In addition, the memorial acknowl- 
edgment will be listed in our quarterly periodi- 
cal, Bryan Life. 

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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Faculty Member Honored In Memorial Presentation 

Mrs. Diana Miller, assistant professor of Education, 
was honored in chapel on April 5 by being presented 
with the second annual Larry Federico Memorial Chris- 
tian Service Award. The presentation was made by 
Jimmy Cooley of Chattanooga on behalf of Mr. and 
Mrs. Kenneth Federico of Helping Hand Ministries of 
Signal Mountain, Tennessee, in memory of the 
Federico's mentally handicapped son, Larry, who died 
two years ago at the age of twenty-seven. 

The award was given to Mrs. Miller, herself the 
mother of a brain-damaged child, because of her out- 
standing work in the field of special education. She was 
cited ' 'for her labor of love and compassion in minister- 
ing the Gospel to persons with mental limitations and 
for her total involvement in teaching and speaking 
about the needs of God's special people." The award is 
made possible by Larry's family and friends of Helping 
Hand Ministries and is given annually "to a born-again 

Christian who is zealous to work toward the total Chris- 
tian betterment of persons with mental limitations." 

Helping Hand is a special education ministry for cer- 
tain children under the Federico's care and also reaches 
out to help others in the Signal Mountain community. 
The Federicos are legal guardians of three mentally 
retarded children. 

Mrs. Federico, Mrs. Miller, Jimmy Cooley, Mr. Federico. 

SUMMER 1982 



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//ear Moon Traveler 


and Bible Messages by Rev. Elwood McQuaid, 
Moody Bible Institute extension staff member, 

at the 


JULY 19-23, 1982 

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As you readily see on examination, the 
current issue of our magazine has been mod- 
ified to include for our readers the Student 
Prospectus for 1983-84. This annual publica- 
tion by our admissions office will provide 
you a fairly complete view of the college in 
the way it is presented to prospective stu- 
dents. Although you may not have such a 
student in your own home, you may have 
neighbors and friends who do. Unless you 
do have your own teenager. I ask you to pull 
out the Prospectus and put it into the hands of some young person who you 
think might be interested in taking a look at Bryan. 

Student enrollment is a key factor in Bryan"s future development: and 
getting the right kind of students is crucial, as a school can but reflect the kind 
of students who choose to attend it. As you read the insert for yourself, you 
will readily see what I mean by the "'right"" kind of student — the Christian 
young person who. whatever the career objective may be. wants to be a 
full-time Christian. 

Bryan offers a Christian education in the arts and sciences which aims to 
prepare students to live as well as to make a living. Besides emphasizing a 
broad general education which acquaints the students with our cultural heri- 
tage, the curriculum offers a good range of academic majors for specialization. 
Our excellent faculty, who are competent in their academic disciplines and 
personally committed to a Christian view of life and the world, are dedicated 
to integrating the knowledge of their academic disciplines with the truth of the 
Scripture. The college provides a balanced environment in which young 
Christians can nurture their God-given abilities with a goal of excellence in 
personal development and of useful service for God's glory. 

Help us to get the message of Bryan to a wide audience of young people, 
won't you? You will perform a real service not only to Bryan but also to the 
young people. 

Theodore C. Mercer 


Photo Caption: 

Pictured at left are freshman Deborah Ann Lilley, center, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson 
Lilley, and her brother Jeff, from Ormond Beach, Florida. Deborah represents approximately 175 
freshmen and transfer students who joined some 350 returning students for the fall semester. 

Cover Photo: 

Freshmen, who are identified by the scarlet and gold beanies, and new transfer students mingle 
with families and friends as they exit from the Rudd Chapel after a get-acquainted session with the 
faculty and staff. 

Photo Credits: 

The cover picture, the picture on this page, and the picture of the 
Photography of Dayton, Tennessee. 

ibrarians are by Mauldin 

Excerpts from Astronaut Jim Irwin's testimony 

1 am going to be talking tonight about a trip to the 
heavens, the discoveries that we made in space. There 
were personal discoveries and scientific discoveries. 

On the morning of July 26, 1971, eleven years ago. we 
were launched into space. We accelerated to 17,000 
miles an hour in twelve minutes. We went around the 
earth twice, and then we came across the Pacific and 
were given the O.K. for our translunar insertion burn. 
That meant we could fire the third stage and it would 
accelerate us to our maximum speed of 25,000 miles an 
hour. We ignited the engine, and it started pushing us 
very fast. 

I looked out my window and there I could see very 
clearly the Hawaiian Islands. I could see all the islands, 
particularly the big island of Hawaii, where we had 
made geology studies so many times. I wish I had 
thought to take a photograph. 

Later that afternoon we maneuvered the spacecraft 
so that we might see the ball of the earth for the first 
time. Usually the spacecraft is rotating in the barbecue 
mode to distribute the heat load around it, but on this 
occasion we stopped the rotation and pointed the 
spacecraft so that the earth was clearly displayed in my 

I looked out and couldn't believe my eyes, for it was 
such a remarkable sight. I quickly called my colleagues 
and said. "Dave and Al. come over and look at this." 
Very quickly the two of them floated over to the win- 
dow, looking out and seeing the earth as we had never 
seen it before and probably never would see it again — 
the earth in all of its beauty ,. framed in the blackness of 
space. It seemed small enough that we could hold it in 
our hands. It had such fragile beauty that it reminded 
me of a Christmas tree ornament hanging there in space. 
It seemed as if there should be a cord attached or 
something beneath to hold it, but there was nothing! 

We took some pictures, and then we resumed the 
rotation of the spacecraft and continued our journey. 
There were a few other opportunities to view the earth, 
and each time it became smaller. The next time it was 
just the size of a baseball, then the size of a golf ball, and 
finally, when we were in the vicinity of the moon it was 
very tiny, just like this marble. I found it difficult to 
comprehend that that was my home and that I lived out 

I realized that God had made a very special home for 
you and for me. He loves the earth and the people of the 
earth. He loves them so much He sent His Son Jesus 
Christ that those who would believe on Him would "not 
perish but have everlasting life." 

Then we had the chance to land on the surface of the 
moon, on a very beautiful spot at Hadley base at the 
foot of the majestic Apennine mountains that towered 
some 15,000 feet above our campsite. We were there for 
three days. We had the opportunity to drive the little 
automobile . which was absolutely essential for us to get 
five miles out to the base of the mountains — a long walk 
in a space suit! 

Scientists were very eager for us to bring back some 

Colonel Jim Irwin and his wife, 
Mary, of High Flight Foundation, Col- 
orado Springs, Colorado, partici- 
pated in the Bryan Summer Bible 
Conference in July. Excerpts from 
their personal testimonies are shared 

Jim and Mary Irwin 

special rocks, because we were the first and only mis- 
sion to explore the mountains of the moon. They said, 
"If you can bring back one rock, we will consider your 
mission a complete success." You can imagine our 
great desire to find that special rock. 

When we got to Hadley base, we found that most of 
the rocks were submerged in dust. But there at the base 
about a thousand feet up on the slope of the mountain 
we saw the white rock. It would have been difficult for 
us to miss because it was sitting on another rock and 
was almost free from dust. It was gleaming in the sun- 
light, seeming to say, "Here am I: take me!" 

So we drove over to the rock, and we announced to 
the world that we had found the white rock that the 
scientists wanted us to find. Almost immediately some- 
one in the press room down in Houston labeled it 
"Genesis" because he realized how important this rock 
was in understanding the early history of the moon and 
perhaps the early history of the earth. But there it was, 
displayed to us so uniquely — a modern-day revelation. 
It seemed that God in His special way had lifted this 
rock up and blown the dust off of it, so that we could 
clearly see it. It is the only pure white rock returned 
from the moon and probably the oldest rock that you 
could find on its surface. There it was for us to find. 

My life will never be the same. I came back with a 
new appreciation for the earth, for the moon, and for 
God. I felt very, very small in a physical way: but in the 
spiritual sense I felt so big, so privileged, so special in 
God's eyes. 

Three things stood out very clearly. One was the 
majestic scenery of the mountains of the moon — God's 
handiwork. Another was feeling the Lord's presence, 
feeling Him as part of our mission all the way. And then 
as we traveled out into space. I sensed His control. I 
saw God's creation from far away, and I felt His pres- 
ence: so the outstanding message that I have to convey 
from my personal reflections is that God was there in a 
very personal way. 

I just thank the Lord that, in allowing me to go to the 
moon. He showed me His love in a marvelous way. He 
gave me a mission. When I got back, I simply rededi- 
cated my life to Him. I said, "Lord, here am I. Take me 
and use me. Send me wherever you wish and let me be 
an instrument of your love." That has been my mission 
since I returned to the earth eleven years ago. 

Mary sensed that there was a change in my life, and 
our children sensed the change. Mary referred to me as 
a butterfly who had burst his cocoon — one who had 
been very shy. very introverted, but one who now 
wanted to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Before 
the flight I had nothing to share — I didn't know the joy 
(Continued on next page) 

Excerpts from the 
testimony of Mary Irwin 

vJne day I was in the supermarket, and I happened 
to be captivated by this cute little African violet with 
purple flowers. I chose a nice spot in my home for this 
violet; and after the blossoms dropped, I kept feeding 
and watering, but nothing happened. After several 
months, I thought, "I will try another spot." So I tried a 
new place and I watered and fed it. Nothing happened. 
Strange! Why? I had grown all the other plants, and 
they had done well. They had bloomed. I didn't under- 
stand. A couple of months ago, I decided to move this 
little African violet again. I set it in a corner with most of 
the other plants. I fed and watered it. One day I hap- 
pened to be vacuuming the floor and looked up at my 
little violet, and if that little "stinker" hadn't bloomed! I 
was amazed. What was the difference? 

As I thought about it, I decided that this was God's 
way of getting my attention. He said, "Mary Irwin, that 
little African violet is you. I put you in the Mojave 
Desert, but you didn't bloom. I had you in Houston, 
Texas, but you wouldn't bloom. You didn't bloom until 
I moved you to Colorado." 

I was ashamed to think about all the years I could 
have been blooming. I wasn't able to say with the Apos- 
tle Paul in Philippians, "For I have learned in what- 
soever state I am, therewith to be content." I hadn't 
learned that lesson very well, and He just wanted me to 
understand that I could have done so much better for 
Him. After all, why are we here? We are here to glorify 
Jesus Christ by our lives, and that fact ought to be 
flashing in our minds like a neon sign: We are here to 
glorify the Lord. 

Jim and I had gotten married. I was a professed 
Christian and he was a professed Christian; but you 
couldn't have known this fact by our lives. Our home 
was nothing but turmoil. I was selfish. I was hostile 
most of the time. I was frustrated, lonely, confused. No 
wonder, when God showed me this little African violet, 
all these things came flooding back into my mind. "You 
could have bloomed. You could have helped the other 
astronaut wives. You could have been a blessing, but 
you just sat there and dwelled on the problems instead 
of the solution." 

I remember one weekend very clearly. Jim and I had 
been fussing again at one another. In those days, he was 

JIM IRWIN (Continued from previous page) 

of that relationship with Jesus Christ; I didn't realize its 
value and had taken it for granted. Now I realized that 
the most important thing in life is that relationship that 
one can have with the Lord. And I entered into the very 
happiest, most satisfying part of my life. 

I thank the Lord for the opportunity to be at Bryan 
College, to be with you, my dear friends. It's been a 
wonderful experience for us, sharing the good news of 
Jesus Christ, encouraging you to remember that Jesus 
Christ wants to walk in your life! 

gone all week long and would come home on weekends, 
month after month. He would cut the lawn and do the 
things he could; he took the children to church. But we 
didn't talk much because we didn't know how to com- 
municate except for flares of bad temper. Our attitudes 
at that time were that we were not getting anything out 
of marriage; so we might as well bail out. 

The selfishness of the old Devil had gripped us; so Jim 
and I had one of our weekend "uglies." When some 
people get ugly, they yell and holler, or throw things and 
slam doors; and others give the silent treatment. When 
one gives the silent treatment, you just can't argue with 
silence. That is more frustrating than ever; so I left the 
house in anger. I got in my car and just drove. I didn't 
even know where I was driving. I ended up beside the 
waterfront, and it was quiet that weekend. It probably 
was a Sunday afternoon. The shrimp boats were all in 
the dock. There was no activity on the waterfront ex- 
cept that of the birds. A gentle breeze was blowing, and 
I sat down on an old smelly log. 

There I saw before me just some trash, paper, a 
broken paper cup blowing in the wind so aimlessly. I 
thought, "God, that's my life. Really, it is, just trash 
blowing in the wind — aimlessly. Where am I going? 
Why am I here? Who am I?" I really didn't have an 
answer for any of those questions. And then I told God I 
was through trying. And there must have been rejoicing 
in heaven. 

When I made that decision, I had an unusual experi- 
ence sitting there. It was as if I were looking inside of 
my own soul, and there I saw a wrestling ring. In the 
ring Christ was in one corner and the Devil was in 
another. How strange! And it was not more than thirty 
seconds before I saw Christ standing in the center with 
His arm held up. I knew that whatever the fight had 
been, He had won. He had won the battle for my soul; 
that is what it was. I was dumbfounded, but I had 
enough sense to tell the Lord, "If I mean that much to 
you that you would fight the very Devil for my soul, I'll 
follow you to the ends of the earth." That's where He 
has taken me, sometimes, to the ends of the earth; but I 
have not been sorry — not once. 

"I'd be lying to you if I said everything straightened 
out immediately. But things began to change in my life. 
I didn't feel like that desperate, drowning individual any 
more. It took a while for things to smooth out — months 
and months. But it was a step-by-step situation, and 
God is faithful. I began reading the Word more and 
more. It seemed to jump out to me as though the letters 
from the Apostles were written especially to me. It had 
new meaning. It was exciting. 

I still wasn't blooming where I had been planted. I 
was too busy growing new roots, new leaves. I had been 
caught up in some cult-type experiences from which I 
needed to be delivered. But God is faithful. As I con- 
fessed my sin to Him and claimed back the territory for 
Jesus Christ that I had given to the Devil, God healed 
me. The Holy Spirit worked and worked. He was work- 
ing overtime, day and night, to get me purged of the 
garbage of so many years. 

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BRYAN COLLEGE is located in Dayton. Ten- 
nessee, on US Route 27. between Knoxville 
and Chattanooga. 

The beautiful 100-acre wooded campus, with 
its modem facilities, is situated in the growing 
southeast not far from the Great Smokies. 
Nearby lakes and mountains, and accessible 
metropolitan areas provide opportunities for 
recreation, relaxation, and cultural enrich- 


Chattanooga & Lookout Mt 40 miles 

Oak Ridge & U.S. Atomic Museum 60 miles 

Knoxville. site of the World's Fair 80 miles 

Gatlinburg Recreation Center 110 miles 

Atlanta & Six Flags 150 miles 

Nashville & Opryland 150 miles 

Huntsville & U.S. Space Center 130 miles 




t\ re you looking for a college where you can develop as a whole person? Do you 
want to prepare for full-time Christian living while you prepare to earn a living? If so, 
Bryan College is the place for you. The college is committed to providing oppor- 
tunities for young people to develop as Christians and to acquire the knowledge and 
skills needed for success in a career. 

Bryan College offers courses in Bible and 24 other disciplines. Sharp lines are not 
drawn between secular and religious studies. A committed Christian faculty trains 
students to examine all knowledge in the light of Biblical truth. 

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 education. Christian ministries, 
business, government, and industry. Of equal importance they have found that their 
Bryan experience has helped them to achieve greater fulfillment as citizens, church 
members, husbands and wives, and parents. 


1. To provide opportunity for students to gain a knowledge of the Bible 
and the arts and sciences and to understand their relationships. 

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 con- 
sistent with their abilities. 

5. To develop in students wholesome attitudes, healthful habits, respon- 
sible citizenship, and the recognition that education is a continuing 



I ou are the kind of person who 
knows the value of an education. You 
recognize that 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 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 subjects 
which they teach. Nearly 50 percent 
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 teaching. 
They employ a variety of instructional 
methods. The traditional lecture is 
common, and you will soon learn to 
take class notes. Lectures are often 
illustrated with overhead transparen- 
cies, and note-taking will frequently 

be aided by printed handouts. In 
many courses conventional class- 
room learning will be supplemented 
by "hands-on" experience in a lab or 
in field work. 

Bryan faculty also want to help you 

to develop as a person and as a Chris- 
tian. They will talk with you after class, 
meet you in their offices or in the stu- 
dent center, or even invite you to their 
homes. Perhaps you will discuss an 
academic problem or a career deci- 
sion. It is just as likely to be a personal 
matter related to your social life or 
your relationship 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 doctrinal 
position of the college. Most are ac- 
tively involved in their local churches. 
It is this Christian commitment of the 
Bryan faculty that makes education 
different at Bryan College. 


All Bryan classrooms are equipped 
with projection screens and overhead 
projectors. Slide, filmstrip, and mo- 
tion picture projectors and tape re- 
corders are brought into classrooms 
as needed. Video equipment is avail- 
able in a special audio-visual class- 

The 70,000 volumes in the Ironside 
Memorial Library will give you plenty 

of material for your freshman English 
term paper and other research papers 
that will follow. Modern visual and 
listening equipment on the main floor 
of the library will afford you access to 
microform materials and tape and 
disc recordings. Daily newspapers, in- 
cluding the New York Times and the 
Wall Street Journal; news 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 specialty journals in 
your field of academic interest. 


Your program of studies at Bryan 
College will consist of four segments: 
Bible, general education, a major, 
and electives. 

As a Christian you will appreciate 
that 16 semester hours of Bible are 
required of all students. Freshmen 
take four semester hours of Old Tes- 
tament Survey. Professor Winkler has 
developed an extensive set of colorful 
transparencies to illustrate his lectures 
in this course. Sophomores take 
Analytical Method under Dr. Jensen, 
who has written many Bible study 
books for Moody Press. The remain- 
der of the Bible requirement is met 
through selection from a broad range 
of offerings in Bible and theology. 

The general education require- 
ments will help you to develop good 
communication skills important in all 
areas of life. They will also give you a 
broad foundation of knowledge in 
arts and sciences. This knowledge will 
equip you to deal more effectively 
with the complex world in which you 

The major program which you 
choose will constitute the third seg- 
ment of your academic program at 
Bryan. Perhaps you already 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 faculty adviser and the 
college counseling staff will assist you. 
(See "Growing in Decision Making.") 

Electives will make up the remain- 
ing portion of your academic pro- 
gram. Students who major in fields 
like biology, English, history, or 
mathematics and who wish to be cer- 

tified 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 
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 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 Scrip- 
tures and to apply this knowledge to 
your personal life. Instruction in the 
division is based on the full authority 
and complete trustworthiness of the 
Bible. The majors offered by the divi- 
sion equip graduates for a wide range 
of Christian service activities or for 
graduate studies in Bible, Christian 
education. Biblical languages, and 

The Division of Education and 
Psychology offers a variety of pro- 
grams leading to careers in these 

Graduates completing education 
programs serve in public and private 

schools in the United States and over- 
seas. Many broaden their career op- 
tions by completing graduate studies 
in specialized fields such as guidance, 
reading, learning disabilities, and 
school administration. 

The psychology department places 
strong emphasis on the integration of 
Christian faith and psychology. 
Graduates find employment in vari- 
ous counseling situations, including 
school guidance centers and human 
services agencies. Psychology majors 
have been accepted for continued 
studies in leading university graduate 

Courses of study offered by the Di- 
vision of Fine Arts will sharpen your 
awareness of God, who established 
order and design in all of His creation. 
In addition to Introduction to Fine Arts 
required of all students, the art de- 
partment offers courses in various art 
media — drawing, painting, ceramics, 
sculpture, design — to enable students 
to develop artistic talents. Teacher 
certification is available in art educa- 
tion. The work of student artists is dis- 
played annually at the spring art 

You can major in music or take pri- 
vate lessons for your personal en- 
richment. Opportunities exist for in- 
struction in piano; organ; voice; brass, 
percussion, and woodwind instru- 
ments; conducting; hymn playing; 
and evangelistic song leading. The 


concert choir, chamber singers, sym- 
phonic band, brass ensemble, and 
Bryan Messengers provide oppor- 
tunities for performance both on and 
off campus. 

The Division of History, Business, 
and Social Sciences encourages the 
application of Christian values in civic 
and business affairs. 

History majors from Bryan have 
been accepted in major graduate 
schools for continued studies in his- 
tory, law, and theology. Others have 
entered directly into careers in educa- 
tion and business. 

Accounting majors have found 
many opportunities in public, man- 
agerial, and governmental account- 
ing. Business administration majors 
are also able to move quickly into 
positions in banking, insurance, real 
estate, marketing, and management. 
Both accounting and business majors 
have been admitted to graduate 

The Division of Literature and 
Modern Languages offers a major in 
English and courses in drama, 
speech, French, German, and 

The Bryan English major gives stu- 
dents three options: literature with 
teacher certification, writing, or 
speech/drama. Graduates find 

employment in business, law. Chris- 
tian ministries, education, journalism, 
publishing, or writing, either im- 
mediately upon graduation or after 
completion of graduate studies. 

The speech department offers 
courses aimed at developing oral 
communication. Teacher certification 
is available in speech. The courses in 
drama and participation in actual 
productions provide valuable experi- 
ence in developing talent in dramatic 

The Division of Natural Science 
provides all the courses necessary for 
a major in biology, chemistry, 
mathematics, or the broad area of 
natural science. Secondary certifica- 
tion available with each of these 
majors will broaden your career op- 
tions. Students in the division have 
"hands-on" experience with micro- 
scopes, spectrophotometers, gas 
chromatograph, radiochemistry in- 
struments, and computers. Limited 
enrollments in upper level courses 
make it possible for students to re- 
ceive individualized attention from 
mature faculty members holding the 
doctor's degree. Graduates of the di- 
vision have been admitted to 
graduate and professional schools 
and have entered directly into a vari- 
ety of careers. 


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Biblical Studies 
and Philosophy 


Pastor Missionary 
Teacher/ Professor Evangelist 

Youth Director 

Christian Education 
Christian Education — 
Church Music 

Director of Christian Ed. Counselor 
Camp Administrator Child Evangelist 
Associate Pastor- Church Staff 


Public Relations for 

Christian Organization 


Language Teacher Pastor 
Linguist Translator 

Education and 

Elementary Education* 

Elementary Teacher Early Childhood Education 
Special Education Day Care 
Physical Education 


Social Worker Psychiatrist 
Psychologist Rehabilitation Worker 

Correctional Officer 
Mental Health Worker 

Fine Arts 


Applied Music 
Church Music 
Music Theory 

Music Education* 

Teacher/ Professor Music Director 
Composer Band Instructor 

Instrumentalist/ Vocalist 
Minister of Music 

History, Business, and 
Social Sciences 


Business Administration 

Business Education* 

Auditor Accountant 
Treasurer Financial Analyst 
Administrator Manager 
Secretary Superintendent 
Public Relations Word Processor 

Teacher/ Professor 
Office Manager 
Tax Attorney 
Data Processor 


Teacher/Professor Writer 
Journalist Biographer 

Museum Work 

Literature and Modern 


Teacher/Professor Reporter/Broadcaster 
Lawyer Publisher 

Word Processor 

Natural Sciences 


Teacher/ Professor Environmentalist 
Biologist Lab Technician 
Anesthesiologist Dentist 




Teacher/Professor Biochemist 
Dentist Industrial Chemist 

Medical Technician 
Technical Writer 


Teacher/Professor Scientist 
Statistician Engineer 


Systems Analyst 
Computer Operator 

Natural Science* 

Pharmacologist Biochemist 
Radiologist Medical Technologist 
Bacteriologist Veterinarian 




* Teacher Certification availa 
planning of the program. 
Education, Early Childhooc 
tion, and Speech. 

Courses are also offered i 
philosophy, physics, socio 

This list of possible careers is 
the career options involve gn 

ble in Tennessee and in most other states by prior 
Teacher certification is also available in Art 
1 Education, Physical Education, Special Educa- 

n art, fine arts, economics, French, German, 
ogy, and Spanish. 

suggestive rather than exhaustive. A number of 
iduate studies beyond the bachelor's level. 



. . Socially 

Bryan College is people — students, 
teachers, administrators, and staff — 
learning to relate to one another 
through a broad spectrum of ac- 
tivities. The friendly atmosphere ena- 
bles new students to fit in readily. 

The Lion's Den — our student 
center with snack bar, pool tables, 
ping-pong tables, and other recrea- 
tional facilities — gives opportunity to 
meet and get to know your 

Many informal get-togethers as well 
as some formal events add to the 
social life at Bryan. The Student Un- 
ion, classes, and other groups plan 
many events for students' enjoyment. 
Ice- and roller-skating parties, films, 
Christian concerts, and picnics are just 
a few of these activities. Banquets are 
scheduled throughout the year, and 
steak night occurs monthly in the 

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 

Several singing groups — such as 
the Bryan College Concert Choir, the 
Chamber Singers, and the Gospel 
Messengers — provide musical train- 
ing and fellowship. The Symphonic 
Band and other instrumental groups 
contribute to many programs on and 



us. Hilltop Players, the 
b, perform both Christian 
r plays. 

s regularly attend the con- 
of the Chattanooga sym- 
i other cultural and enter- 
programs presented in 
ga, one hour's drive from 
.ess frequently groups of 
)ften accompanied by fac- 
d dramatic productions or 
ial activities on the Univer- 
"inessee campus in Knox- 
iles to the northeast. 


. . . Physically 

Bryan recognizes the importance of 
good health for successful living. 
Physical education, varsity sports, 
and intramural sports — all contribute 
to the student's well-being by provid- 
ing 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 
opportunity 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. Vol- 
leyball, basketball, football, soccer, 
and softball are the main sports in the 
intramural program. Varsity sports 
provide for competition with some of 
the area's outstanding colleges. The 
men's varsity sports are baseball, bas- 
ketball, cross-country, soccer, and 
tennis. Varsity sports for women in- 
clude softball, basketball, tennis, and 


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/\t Bryan there is room to grow 
spiritually. Bryan seeks to foster indi- 
vidual growth and maturity along 
Scriptural guidelines. The spiritual 
climate is enriched by the gifts and 
aspirations that each student brings to 
the campus. You will find ample op- 
portunity to develop your relationship 
with Jesus Christ alongside other 
young people with similar goals. 

The academic year is highlighted 
by regularly scheduled conferences. 
The fall semester opens as the stu- 
dents and faculty participate together 
in a two-day Spiritual Life Confer- 
ence. The messages of a distinguished 
guest pastor are the core of the con- 
ference and are enhanced by music 
from students and guest musicians. 
Later in the fall term the Staley Lec- 
ture Series features a well-known 
Bible teacher (Charles Ryrie in 1981 
and Walt Kaiser in 1980) in a week- 
long series of morning and evening 
lectures. These messages are de- 
signed to give scholarly examination 
of a topic of general interest to stu- 
dents. There are other conferences 

throughout the year, including a Bible 
Doctrine Series, a seminar on Chris- 
tian dating and marriage, and a 
Missions/Christian Life Conference at 
the beginning of the spring term. 
Speakers for these conferences have 

included such well-known persons as 
Malcolm Cronk. Don Lonie. Dan 
DeHaan. Jay Kesler. and Bruce 

Another distinctive feature of life at 
Bryan is the chapel program. The stu- 
dent life committee, composed of 
students, administrators, and faculty 
members, plans the programs to offer 
a balance of worship. Bible teaching, 
and challenge to service. A wide vari- 
ety of speakers and musicians in- 
cludes visitors from many parts of the 
world as well as members of the col- 
lege 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. Informal prayer and Bible 
study groups sprout up to supplement 
the school-organized events as friends 
and classmates share mutual con- 
cerns and needs. 

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 at- 
tend Sunday evening and Wednes- 
day evening services but to become 
actively involved in local church life. 
Practical Christian Involvement 
(PCI) sponsors a number of outreach 
ministries, organized and run by you 
and your fellow students. These in- 

Gospel Teams — Students with 
an interest in music have the oppor- 
tunity to develop and share their gifts 
as they travel to local churches pre- 
senting programs of music and per- 
sonal testimony. 

Big Brother / Big Sister — How 

about "adopting" a local child, offer- 
ing friendship and counsel, taking him 
or her to ball games, and just being a 

Life — An outreach to high school 
students in the Dayton area through 
Bible studies, visitation, and special 

Summer Missions Program — 

Bryan College reaches around the 
world each summer when several 
students serve overseas as short-term 
missionaries. The student missionary 
may minister through music, literature 
distribution, youth programs, or work 
crews. Summer missionaries gain 
first-hand experience in missionary 
life and work. 

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 vital to spiritual growth. 

Other areas of PCI in which you 
may want to become involved include 
puppet ministry, jail ministry, nursing 
home visitation, and Bible classes for 
elementary, school-age children. 
Whatever your area of Christian serv- 
ice, you will find a constructive outlet 
for your talents and gifts at Bryan. 

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 bom 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 reconciliation 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 forever; 

in the bodily resurrection of all persons, judgment to come, the everlasting blessed- 
ness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. 

No statement of belief is imposed on students. Everyone serving as a trustee, 
officer, or member of the faculty subscribes to this statement of belief. 


in Responsibility 

he privileges that are yours as a 
student at Bryan are accompanied by 

Reasonable rules and regulations 
necessary to effective community life 
are given in the Student Handbook, 
which is distributed annually to all 
students. The standards set at Bryan 
are designed to be both Scriptural in 
basis and relevant to socio-cultural 
norms. Each student is expected to 
comply with these principles of con- 

Some of the most important 
guidelines support good health and 
morality. Students are encouraged to 
care for their bodies as temples of the 
Holy Spirit, and for this reason are 
restricted from using drugs, alcoholic 
beverages, and tobacco. Standards of 
conduct for dating relationships are 
based on Biblical 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 as- 
sociated with Bryan. 



in Decision-making 

; he Bryan College experience 
will help you to become a good 
decision-maker. First, the strong em- 
phasis on Biblical Christianity will re- 
mind you continually that all decisions 
of life are to be approached from the 
question "What is God's will for my 
life?" Second, the broad general edu- 
cation program will expose you to the 
wide range of options that are open to 
you in the contemporary world. 
Third, the college counseling system 
offers you assistance in making major 
decisions and helps you learn how to 
make decisions on your own. 

A full-time counselor assists stu- 
dents with academic needs, career 
decisions, and personal problems. He 
holds conferences with every 
freshman and transfer student to as- 
sist in the selection of college and 

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career goals. For those who are uncer- 
tain, a career workshop is conducted 
each fall to help students identify 
those vocations that relate to their in- 
terests and abilities. Special career in- 
ventories are administered and coun- 
seling sessions are held to assist stu- 
dents seeking further direction. 

Upperclassmen are benefited by a 
placement service that assists seniors 
in securing jobs and gives instruction 
in resume writing as well as applica- 
tion and interview procedures. 


The students, faculty, administration, and trustees of Bryan College believe that the 
scriptures of the Old and New Testaments provide clear guidelines for human 
behavior. However, since the Bible is not specific on all matters of behavior, 
Christian communities have followed different practices in a number of areas such 
as dress, entertainment, and separation. Each Christian community will have its 
own standards which reflect its interpretation of Scripture. While it is understood 
that some members of the Bryan community may not have personal convictions 
supporting all of its standards, it is expected that those who join the community 
have evaluated its standards and have made a decision to live by them. 

Out of a desire to establish a climate conducive to its educational and spiritual 
purposes, the members of the Bryan College community have established the 
following standards. 

1 . Practices which are specifically forbidden in the Scriptures are not permitted. 
These include dishonesty, theft, vandalism, fornication, adultery, homosex- 
ual behavior, immodest dress, profanity, gossip, and drunkenness. 

2. Scripture explicitly teaches respect for governmental authority. Students are 
thus expected to uphold the laws of the local community, the state, and the 

3. In a Christian academic community, academic dishonesty, including cheat- 
ing, plagiarism, and misappropriation of library materials, or other college 
property, is regarded as a serious violation of Biblical standards. 

4. Abuse of one's body is inappropriate for a Christian. Accordingly, students 
will refrain from the possession or use of harmful substances such as tobacco, 
unprescribed stimulants and depressants, and hallucinogenic drugs. 

5. Practices are questionable that inhibit a responsible use of talents and re- 
sources, or that encourage exposure to demeaning social surroundings. 
Since gambling, social dancing, the possession or use of intoxicants or 
pornographic materials, and attendance at questionable performances have 
been so regarded by the College constituencies, these are not allowed. 

6. In order to facilitate orderly community life, students are expected to abide by 
other procedural rules and regulations which are disseminated through offi- 
cial campus publications including the Catalog, Student Handbook, and the 

Students who are consistently unable or unwilling to adhere to these standards of 
behavior will not be permitted to remain at the college. The right of any student to 
fair hearing, equitable treatment, and due process will, in all cases, be protected. 



What is financial aid? 

Financial aid 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 difference 
between what the student and his 'her family can reasona- 
bly be expected to contribute and what it will cost to 
attend.'' The amount that the parents are expected to 
contribute will vary according to such factors as their in- 
come, assets, number of children who live at home, and 
number of family members attending college. The student 
is also expected to contribute toward school costs. 
Mathematically need is calculated as follows: 

Total Cost of Education 

(tuition, fees. room. food, transportation, 
and personal expenses) 

— Parental Contribution 

— Student Contribution 

= Assistance Needed 

How is need determined? 

The Family Financial Statement (FFS) processed by 
ACT or the Financial Aid Form (FAF) processed by CSS 
provides the student aid officer with data required to com- 
pute financial need and eligibility for specific programs. 

When should the need analysis report be com- 

The need analysis report can be filed anytime after 
January 1 when the 1982 parental income is known and 
forms are available. Forms may be acquired from high 
school counselors or the college. 

How is need met? 

The need for assistance is usually met with a "financial 
aid package." combining different kinds of financial aid 
(grants, loans, and employment). Some students will qual- 
ify for all three forms of aid. whereas others may qualify for 
only one. 

What are the sources of financial aid? 

Grants: p ell Grant 

Supplemental Educational Opportunity 

Grants (SEOG) 
State Student Incentive Grant Program 

Bryan College Scholarships and Grants 

Loans: National Direct Student Loans (NDSL) 

Bryan College Loans 

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

Other Sources: Guaranteed Student Loan Program 
PLUS Loans 
Veteran Benefits 
Vocational Rehabilitation Grants 

What "package" of financial aid can a student ex- 

The financial circumstances which determine financial 
need for any two students are seldom alike in the amounts 
of annual income, equity in home, and other assets. 

How do students apply for financial aid? 

1. Apply for admission to Bryan. 

2. Complete and submit the Family Financial State- 
ment (FFS) or the Financial Aid Form (FAF) to the 
appropriate processor after January 1. 

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

New Academic Scholarship Program 

Bryan College has upgraded its educational pro- 
grams through: 

• New courses and Program Revisions 

• Faculty additions and earned Doctoral Degrees 

• Raised Admissions Standards 

In order to encourage students with high ability and 
motivation to take advantage of BRYAN'S quality 
academic programs, a new academic scholarship 
program is being developed which 




apart from any demonstration of need. 


<-^ Some ANSWERS To Your c^ 

Is Bryan Accredited? 

Yes. Bryan College is accredited by the Southern As- 
sociation of Colleges and Schools and is approved for the 
training of veterans. 

Is Bryan affiliated with a church or denomination? 

No. Bryan is an independent college serving all mem- 
bers of the body of Christ irrespective of their denomina- 

Who can be admitted to Bryan? 

Bryan College accepts students who 

1 . Have earned a high school diploma with a total of 15 
units (at least 10 in academic subjects) with a C + 
average (2.500 on a 4.000 scale). 

2. Have satisfactory references and are in agreement 
with Bryan's Christian life standards. 

When should I apply? 

Prospective students are encouraged to apply any time 
after completion of the junior year of high school. Applica- 
tions will be accepted as long as space is available. 

How do I apply? 

Return a completed application form to the Director of 
Admissions. Request your high school to send a transcript 
and request three persons who know you well to send 
reference forms to the Director of Admissions. All forms 
are available from the admissions office of Bryan College. 

Is a college entrance exam required? 

Freshman applicants should take the ACT in the junior 
or senior year in high school. SAT is accepted in lieu of 
ACT, but ACT is preferred. Test scores are used primarily 
for counseling. 

Is it possible to enroll with advanced standing? 

Yes, College credits may be earned through a variety of 
examination programs, including CLEP and Advanced 
Placement Tests. 

Does Bryan grant early acceptance? 

Yes. Bryan will give early acceptance to an applicant 
who presents satisfactory references and one of the follow- 

1. A three-year high school transcript with a C+ aver- 
age (2.500 on a 4.000 scale). 

2. An ACT composite score of 20 or above. 

3. An SAT combined verbal and math score of 900 or 

Does Bryan accept transfer students? 

Yes. Bryan accepts transfer students at the freshman 
through the junior levels. Transfer credit which is applica- 
ble toward the degree program pursued at Bryan is ac- 
cepted. Transfer students must complete at least 30 semes- 
ter hours in residence at Bryan. 

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 

Is there an application fee? 

No. There is no application fee. 

Is Bryan expensive? 

No. Bryan is one of the less expensive of the Christian 
liberal arts colleges. Payments can be made on an install- 
ment plan. 

Costs for 1982-83 

Tuition $2,750.00 

Room 1,050.00 

Board 1,400.00 

Activity fee 50.00 

Total for a year $5,250.00 

Total per semester $2,625.00 

Can I visit Bryan? 

Yes. You are strongly urged to visit. 

If possible you should visit on regular class days Monday 
through Friday. Classes will be held in the 1982-83 school 
year as follows: 

Aug. 30 — Nov. 19 Jan. 10 — March 4 

Nov. 29 — Dec. 13 March 16 — April 29 

Prospective students are especially encouraged to visit 
for the Biyan College Caravans when special programs 
are designed to acquaint prospective students and their 
parents with the college. 

CARAVANS for the 1982-83 year are scheduled on 
October 21-23 and March 30 - April 2. 

Visits can be arranged at other times. Call the Director of 
Admissions to make arrangements. 

How can I get more information about Bryan? 

Write to: Director of Admissions 

Bryan College 

Dayton, TN 37321 
Call: (615) 775-2041 



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1. Athletic Fields 

2. Gymnasium 

3. Long Dorm (Men) 

4. Arnold Hall (Women) 

5. Houston Hall (Women) 

6. Main Building (Classrooms, Library, 
Cafeteria, Administrative Offices, Stu- 
dent Center) 

7. Maintenance Shop 

8. Art Building 

9. Education Annex 

10. Rhea House (President's Home) 

11. White Chapel & Rader Hall (Women) 

12. Rudd Chapel (Fine Arts Instruction) 

Facilities not in view: 
Bryan Village (Men) 
Cedar Hill (Women) 
Hillcrest (Women) 
Kermitage (Men) 
Maranatha (Women) 



Dr. Martin LaBar, who is taking a 
sabbatical leave from Central Wes- 
leyan College in South Carolina, 
where he is chairman of science, has 
accepted a one-year appointment as 
visiting professor of natural sci- 
ence. Dr. LaBar did all of his under- 
graduate and graduate study at the 
University of Wisconsin in Madi- 
son, earning the Ph.D. in genetics in 

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Roor- 
bach of Marion, Indiana, have ac- 
cepted appointments as dean of men 
and dean of women respectively. 
Having received their M.A., de- 
grees from Ball State University, 
they come to Bryan from posts at 
Marion College, Indiana. 

Stephen Snyder x'64 has returned 
to Bryan as director of alumni af- 
fairs, replacing Miss Rebecca Peck, 
who is assuming other respon- 
sibilities in the college advancement 
office. Steve and his wife, Barbara 
(Tanis) x'65, are well known for 
their music ministry, including sev- 
eral appearances as the summer 
Bible conference musicians at 
Bryan. Formerly history teacher 
and athletic coach at East High 
School, Sioux City, Iowa, Steve re- 

ceived the M. A. from the Univer- 
sity of South Dakota in addition to 
the B.S. from Morningside College 
in Sioux City. 

Other new personnel are the fol- 

Valeria Bell '82, of Ft. Sheridan, 
Illinois, admissions counsellor. 

Diana Bradshaw, of Attica, 
Michigan, secretary to the dean of 
students. She replaces Cynthia 
Chrisfield, who is leaving to be mar- 

Frances J. Carey, of Spring City, 
Tennessee, secretary in the Rec- 
ords Office. 

Kenneth Hadley, of Muncie, In- 
diana, assistant to the student per- 
sonnel deans and head resident of 
Long Dormitory. 

Patricia Kinney, of Grandview, 
Tennessee, student loan clerk. 

David Lynch '82, of Whitesboro, 
New York, resident director of 
Bryan Village. 

Mary Anne Parrott, of Dayton, 
Tennessee, cashier. 

Martha Poole, of Dayton Tennes- 
see, director of health services. 

Teresa Richey '82, of Maitland, 
Florida, resident director of Huston 
Hall and counselor. 

Deborah Witter 82, of Lanham- 
Seabrook, Maryland, mail clerk and 
resident director of Maranatha 


Four faculty members recently 
received promotions in rank as fol- 

Dr. Malcolm Fary, since 1977 as- 
sistant professor of education, to 
associate professor; 

Dr. Martin Hartzell, since 1975 
assistant professor of biology , to as- 
sociate professor; 

Dr. Phillip Lestmann, since 1977 
assistant professor of mathematics, 
to associate professor; and 

Dr. Charles Thomas, since 1980 
associate professor of education, to 
full professor. 


Steve Snyder, Martin LaBar, Karen and Mike Roorbach 

Dr. Benson 

Speaking on the general theme of 
"A Look at the Inter-face of His- 
tory, Philosophy, and Church Edu- 
cation," Dr. Warren S. Benson will 
be the guest lecturer October 11-13 
for the thirteenth annual Staley Dis- 
tinguished Scholar Lectures. 

His topics are "A Biblical Basis 
for Educational Ministry," "What 
Horace Bushnell Would Say to 
Child Evangelism Fellowship," 
"Rome versus Jesus: New Testa- 
ment Principles for Today's Minis- 
try," "John Dewey and his 
Ubiquitous Specter over Educa- 
tion," and "Some Reflections on 
History, Philosophy, Theology, and 
Christian Education." 

Dr. Benson returned to Trinity 
Evangelical Divinity School, Deer- 
field, Illinois, in 1978 as vice presi- 
dent of Academic Administration 
and professor of Christian Educa- 
tion, following four years of teach- 
ing at Dallas Theological Seminary. 

He holds the Th.M. in Christian 
Education from Dallas Seminary, 
the M.R.E. from Southwestern 
Baptist Theological Seminary, and 
the Ph.D. in education from Loyola 
University of Chicago. 

Librarians Produce Union List of Periodicals 

Xhe librarians from Covenant 
College, Tennessee Temple Uni- 
versity, and Bryan College met re- 
cently at Bryan to celebrate the 
completion of a union listing of over 
2,000 titles of periodicals on a com- 
puter file. A printed listing shows 
each library's holdings and is being 
made available also to other area 
libraries, including Lee College in 
Cleveland, Tennessee, the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee in Chattanooga, 
and the Area Resource Center of the 
Chattanooga-Hamilton County 
Bicentennial Library in Chat- 
tanooga. These libraries share in the 
inter-library loan system to provide 
ready access for all available period- 
icals and reference works for stu- 
dents who are doing various 
academic research projects requir- 
ing library resources. 

The three-college venture was 
planned two years ago and actually 
started one year ago when Rebekah 
Ross, clerical assistant in the Bryan 
library, began entering the listings 
from each institution on an Apple II 
microcomputer. Bryan professor 
Dr. Charles Thomas provided tech- 
nical assistance throughout the 
project. The computer files will be 
updated quarterly. 

David Wright, director of library 

services for Bryan, has served as 
coordinator for this first union proj- 
ect, and he anticipates many other 
applications for the microcomputer 
when the library is able to secure its 
own terminal. 


In the spring of 1975, when South 
Vietnam was rapidly being overrun 
by the North Vietnamese, two 
Bryan students, Huy LeQuan '75 
and Joseph Quang Chu '77, from 
Vietnam, influenced members of 
the Bryan staff and of the Dayton 
community to sponsor three Viet- 
namese refugee families, totaling 
twenty-two persons. These new- 
comers to Dayton soon made suc- 
cessful adjustments in the commu- 
nity, the adults becoming estab- 
lished in jobs and the younger mem- 
bers finding their places in public 

Of these original twenty-two 
South Vietnamese immigrants, 
fourteen still live .in Dayton: nine 
have been involved in college 
programs — one has completed a 
doctorate; another, a master's de- 
gree; three have received 

The LeQuan family 

bachelor's degrees; one is a 
graduate nurse; and three are cur- 
rently enrolled in college. Six have 
married (within their own ethnic 
background), and six children have 
been added to these marriages. 

In 1979, when there was an addi- 
tional exodus from Vietnam, the 
Dayton community attracted 
forty other refugees, who spent 
from a few months to as much as 
two years in the area before joining 
relatives or friends in other parts of 
the U.S. The present Vietnamese 
population in Dayton is twenty-one; 
of these, two are now freshmen at 

All of these continuing residents 
have secured their permanent resi- 
dence visas, and two young couples 
were processed to become 
naturalized citizens of the United 
States last November. One of these 
couples is our Bryan graduate Huy 
LeQuan '75 and his wife, Anh, and 
the other is Anh's sister, Nga, and 
her husband, Tuan Mai. The Le- 
Quan family is pictured above with 
their three children — Christina, 
Celestina, and Jonathan. 

Currently, a new phase of refugee 
population is anticipated as two 
Polish families are being sponsored 
through a local church at the urging 
of one of the original Vietnamese 

Pictured above are Rebekah Ross, clerical library assistant at Bryan; Sarah Patterson, 
director oflibrary services at Tennessee Temple University; Gary Huisman, librarian at 
Covenant College; and David Wright, director of library services at Bryan. 

Editor's note: Pray for other members of 
the LeQuan family still detained in Vietnam 
in spite of continued efforts to bring them 

Jflemorial (gtfte 

June 7, 1982, to September 9, 1982 


White Oak Elementary School 

Mrs. Babette K. Johnson 

Mrs. Babette K. Johnson 

Capt. and Mrs. Peter J. Dugan 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bryan Couch 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Nixon 

Mrs. James F. Conner 

Mrs. Charles Gaston 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Tussing 

Mr. and Mrs. Harmon H. Martin 

Mrs. J. B. Goodrich 

Mrs. Clifford T. Norman 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bryan Couch 

Capt. and Mrs. Peter J. Dugan 

Mr. David Martin 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCarthy 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. DeWees 

Mrs. Gardner S. Horton 

Mrs. W. H. Browder 

Capt. and Mrs. Peter J. Dugan 

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel S. MacNeill 

In Memory of 

Mr. Arlie D. Apple 

Mrs. Cora Dawn 

Mrs. Kathleen Spencer 

Mr. Walter Cheers 

Mr. Charles M. Gaston 
Mr. Leon Harrow 
Mr. Mercer Clementson 
Mr. J. B. Goodrich 
Dr. Charles H. Stevens 

Ms. Donna Robson 

Mr. Paul McCarthy 

Mr. P. E. Hilleary, Jr. 
Mr. Robert Stephens 
Mrs. Charles W. Snyder 

Mr. Harry C. Johnson, Sr. 

Mrs. Sarah Pearl 
Mr. George Haeger 

Margaret Ann McKinnon Memorial 
Education Fund 

Ms. Theresa Arledge 

Mrs. Eleanor Barker 

Mr. and Mrs. William M. Barker 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester H. Baumann 

Dr. and Mrs. John F. Boxell 

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon W. Cox 

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Follett 

Mrs. S. R. Harrison 

Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hellmann 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hicks 

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Lassiter 

and Bud Lassiter 
Mr. and Mrs. Ben L. Mason 
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. McBryar 
Ms. Clara McFall 

Mr. and Mrs. John G. McKinnon, Jr. 
Miss Noreen M. McKinnon 
Ms. V. Ruth McKinnon 

Ms. Matilda S. Miese 

Mrs. Rose T. Mindock 

Mrs. Vesta Parker 

Miss Rebecca Peck 

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Peek 

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold A. Peterson 

Ms. June S. Pepin 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. Perry 

Mrs. Lois L. Ragon and 

Miss Margaret L. Ragon 
Mrs. Judson A. Rudd 
Miss Zelpha Russell 
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Ruth 
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Sisson 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe H. Smith, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph West, Jr. 
Ms. Virginia R. Wood 


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 helps in 
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- 
edgment. In addition, the memorial acknowl- 
edgment will be our quarterly periodi- 
cal, bryan Life. 

Your memorial gift is tax-deductible. You will 
receive an official tax-deductible receipt for 
your records. 

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Missionary Honored by Memorial Gifts 

Margaret Ann McKinnon x'43, after twenty-four years of missionary 
service, was unexpectedly called "Home" on July 23 in an auto accident in 
Iligan City, Philippines. Her life investment in the Philippines was climaxed 
by the establishing of the Berean Bible Study and Counselling Center in 
1978 and a more formal organization of the Berean Bible Fellowship one 
year later. In 1981 a Bible institute was begun with a part-time program 
which was expanded this year into a full-time session. 

Miss McKinnon had designated part of her own funds to establish a 
scholarship loan fund, and memorial gifts in her honor are being added to 
the Margaret Ann McKinnon Memorial Education Fund to aid students at 

Margaret Ann McKinnon 






October 11-13 

Dr. Warren Benson 
Trinity Divinity School 

November 9-10 

Dr. Alden Gannett 

Southeastern Bible College 

November 29-30 

Dr. Stanley Toussaint 

Dallas Theological Seminary 

October 21-23 

College Caravan 

October 28-30 

Hilltop Players 

November 5 
Messiah Concert 

November 13 

Thanksgiving Banquet 

November 20-28 

Thanksgiving Vacation 



December 10 

Christmas Banquet 

December 17- January 3 

Christmas Vacation 



January 5-7 


Dr. Ian Hay, General Director 

Sudan Interior Mission 
Miss Marilyn Laszlo 

Wycliffe Bible Translators 

January 24-25 
Board of Trustees 


February 15-16, 18 

Dr. Francis Dixon 

Bible teacher and author 
Eastbourne, England 

February 11 

Valentine Banquet 

February 24-26 

Hilltop Players 


March 28-30 

Rev. Earle Stevens. Mission Pastor 
First Evangelical Church 
Memphis, Tennessee 

March 29 

Chuck Olson Concert 

March 31-April 1 

College Caravan 

March 4-14 

Spring Vacation 




April 4-6 


Dr. Robert Clouse 

Indiana State University 
Terre Haute, Indiana 

May 10-12 



April 8 

Junior-Senior Banquet 

April 23 

Board of Trustees 

May 6 

Senior Vespers 

May 7 


WINTER 1982 




Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Dayton, Tennessee 37321 
(615) 775-2041 


Theodore C. Mercer 

Consulting Editors: 

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 1982 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
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The Summers Gymnasium, 
built in 1968 and named for 
Chattanooga businessman J. E. 
Summers, whose bequest made 
it possible, has been expanded 
with an addition to the front en- 
trance. These new facilities pro- 
vided by this addition are de- 
scribed elsewhere. 


The front cover photo and 
photos on pages 9, 12, and 13 
are by Mauldin Photography. 


Volume 8 

Fourth Quarter 1982 

Number 2 

Spiritual Outreach 

JOY OF MINISTRY: A practical message of encouragement for 
both laymen and pastors. By Warren Wiersbe 

Academic Growth 

CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE: ^n assessment of Bryan's 
academic competence. By Dr. Karl E. Keefer 

Financial Review 

1981-82 INCOME AND EXPENSES and analysis of gift income 
presented by graphs. 

Student Aid Additions 

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED: An explanation of two 
new scholarships being offered to honor students and alumni chil- 

Student Development 

A DESCRIPTION OF NEW PROGRAMS designed to aid students 
in building individual skills through group activities and counseling 

Physical Plant Improvements 

SUMMERS GYM EXPANSION: A pictorial and verbal introduc- 
tion of physical plant improvements, including the gym expansion 
and dorm renovation. 

Capital Campaign Status 

PROGRESS REPORT: A review of the financial progress on the 
men's dormitory as part of the 1980s capital campaign. 






This issue of our magazine is intended to 
provide our constituency with a capsule de- 
scription of Bryan, a kind of "state of the 
college" report. The financial information, 
reflecting fiscal '82, is taken from the records on which the annual audit was 
based. The annual audit has been done by the firm of Hazlett, Lewis, and 
Bieter of Chattanooga since 1948. Recent developments having to do with the 
educational program are covered, the current academic year is presented, and 
the directions for the decade of the eighties are reviewed. Your comments and 
reactions are welcome. -~ — -> <- 


Theodore C. Mercer 



by Warren Wiersbe 


want to chat with you about a much-needed sub- 
ject, the joy of ministry. There are burdens in the minis- 
try. I pastored three churches. Each of them was differ- 
ent, yet each of them was the same. They were in three 
different locations. The names of the people changed, 
the faces changed; but the people didn't change. People 
are people no matter where you go. And there is joy in 

I copied something down that Robert Murray 
McCheyne said back in 1840: "If ministers only saw the 
preciousness of Christ, they would not be able to refrain 
from clapping their hands with joy and exclaiming, 'I 
am a minister of Christ.' I can truly say that I desire no 
other honor upon earth than to be allowed to preach the 
everlasting Gospel — the joy of ministry." 

Charles Spurgeon, a few years later, had this to say: 
"Preaching ought to be a joy, and yet it may become a 
task. Constant preaching should be constant enjoy- 

And then between these two is Phillips Brooks, one 
of my favorite preachers, who is known primarily as the 
composer of "O Little Town of Bethlehem." His Yale 
lectures given on preaching in 1877 are, I think, the 
greatest series on preaching ever given anywhere. Eve- 
rything written on homiletics since 1877 in America is a 
footnote to Phillips Brooks. Here is what he said in 
speaking to ministerial students at Yale: "I cannot help 
bearing witness to the joy of the life which you antici- 
pate. Its delight never grows old, its interest never 
wanes, its stimulus is never exhausted. Let us rejoice 
with one another that in a world where there are a great 
many good and happy things for men to do, God has 
given us the best and the happiest and made us 
preachers of His truth." Do you feel that way? Maybe 
not. Be honest! I trust that before these days end, 
however, you will all be saying, "Thank God for the joy 
of ministry." 

We are focusing today on Luke 10: 17-24. You notice 
in this passage the emphasis on joy and rejoicing. "And 
the seventy returned with joy. . . . Notwithstanding in 
this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you: but 
rather rejoice, because your names are written in 
heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit. . . ." 

Joy of Service 

We have noticed here three different kinds of joy. 
There is, in verses 17 through 19, the joy of service. But 
then in verse 20, our Lord says, "Don't stop there; 

Dr. Warren Wiersbe 

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe is associate Bible teacher with "Back to 
the Bible" radio program in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously he 
served pastorates at Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois, 
and at Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky. This arti- 
cle is an abbreviated version of his first message delivered at 
Bryan's fifth annual Pastors' Conference in May. 

there is also the joy of salvation." So in verses 17 
through 19, 1 rejoice because I am a servant of God; and 
in verse 20, I rejoice because I am a son of God. 

But in verses 21 through 22, we have a yet higher 
joy — not just the joy of service and the joy of salvation, 
but the joy of submission. It is the joy of Jesus the 
Savior when He exulted in the will of the Father. This 
may sound very mystical and very impractical, but it 
really isn't. In fact, it ties in with the entire chapter, 
where our Lord sent out the seventy, two by two to 
minister. Let's take each of these joys individually and 
apply them to our own hearts. Let's discover how we 
can have joy in our ministry. 

Joy as Laborers 

There ought to be in our ministry, of course, the joy of 
service. This takes us back to the beginning of the 
chapter of Luke 10. "After these things, the Lord ap- 
pointed other seventy also, and sent them two by two 
... to every city and place where He Himself would 
come." Now he illustrates what they are going to do. 
Our Lord is a master of illustration. He says that we 
have joy in service because we are laborers in the har- 
vest field. "Therefore, He said unto them. The harvest 
truly is great, but the laborers are few." Now if you 
want to know why the laborers are few, just read the 
end of the previous chapter, verses 57 to 62. A man 
says, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus said, 
"You may not have a place to live." He lost him. He 
said to another, "Follow me." He said, "Let me go first 
and bury my father." He lost him. Another said, "I'll 
follow you, but let me first. . . ." He lost him. 

That's why the laborers are few, because people want 
to lay down their own terms for ministry. When they do 
that, they lose the joy of it. They will get exactly what 
they ask for; and they will be miserable. George 
McDonald, the man whose books influenced C. S. 
Lewis and started the ball rolling toward his salvation, 
made this statement in one of his books: "In whatever 



man does without God, he must either fail miserably or 
succeed more miserably." 

So the reason that the laborers are few is that there is 
no joy in sacrifice if they are doing their own thing. 
When one is following the Lord and doing what He 
wants him to do, he doesn't care if there is a place for 
him to lay his head. He is not concerned about what is 
going to happen to his family. There is that joy that 
comes from doing His will. 

Now laboring is demanding work. Our Lord didn't 
say "spectators in the harvest." Our Lord didn't say 
"counsellors in the harvest" or "advisors." I find mul- 
titudes of saints who are called as "consultants in the 
harvest" rather than as laborers in the harvest. I heard 
about a couple of teenagers who were talking after 
church, and one of them said, "How are you getting 
along at home?" The other one said, "Well, the other 
day I heard my dad use a four-letter word, and I didn't 
like that." "Your dad used a four-letter word; what was 
it?" "He said. 'Work!' " 

The greatest thing in the ministry is the privilege of 
working, not/or Him, but with Him. Notice what it says 
in verse 1: "He sent them . . . before His face in every 
city and place where He Himself would come." You 
see, you and I are not out trying to be Jesus; we are out 
preparing the way for Jesus, and God uses us. John the 
Baptist hit the nail on the head when he said, "He must 
increase, but I must decrease." We are laborers in the 
field. It's difficult work. 

Our Lord talks about those who have to plow. "No 
man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is 
fit for the kingdom of God" (verse 62). I have never 
done any plowing. But if I were a farmer, I wouldn't 
want to do much plowing. Plowing is difficult work. 
And sowing is difficult work. Cultivating is difficult 
work, even with machinery. 

It is rather interesting that the Lord sent them out two 
by two. Laboring in the field is cooperative work. By 
the way, that is one of the joys of ministry — joining 
hands with others of God's laborers. 

Did you know that there is no competition in God's 
work? I am so tired of those people who think that 
churches are competing. I am competing with the Devil 
and with the Devil's church. 

One of the problems today is that we are so busy 
using the sickles on one another that we haven't any 
time for the harvest. In First Corinthians. Paul is trying 
to straighten out that four-way split at Corinth — "I am 
of Paul, I'm of Apollos, I'm of Cephas," and "I of 
Christ" (1:12). Concerning the ultra-spiritual group 
("I'm of Christ"), Harry Ironside said, "That's the 
bunch you want to watch out for." Paul said to them in 
the first part of the third chapter, "Look, you are a 
bunch of children who ought to mature. You are a 
family that ought to grow up." He also said, "You are a 
field that needs to be cultivated." Now he said, "Who is 
Paul? Who is Apollos? We are only laborers in the 
harvest field." Paul said, "I planted, Apollos watered, 
but God gave the increase." You see, there is coopera- 
tion in the harvest field. 

When I was a teenager, my pastor used to weep over 
me. I was raised in the Swedish Covenant Church and 
went to confirmation, and I had everybody fooled. I 
was the best phony in that church. I passed all the 
examinations and memorized all the verses. One June 

morning I stood in front of that congregation with my 
suit on, wearing a big boutonniere and carrying a Bible: 
and they gave me a confirmation certificate. But if I had 
gone out the front door and walked across Grand 
Boulevard and been hit by a car, I would have gone 
straight to hell, an unsaved teenager! My pastor knew 
this and he prayed for me. I am glad he did. Now he did 
not lead me to Christ, and my Sunday school teachers 
did not lead me to Christ. I went to a Youth for Christ 
rally and heard Billy Graham preach back when nobody 
even knew who he was. That night I got saved. But 
when I think of people who prayed for me, including a 
great-grandfather I never knew, I realize it's coopera- 
tive work. That's one of the joys of ministry. 

Joy as Lambs Among Wolves 

So we have the joy of service as laborers in the field, 
and then Jesus switches the picture in verse three to the 
joy of service as lambs among wolves. Not only is our 
ministry a demanding thing as laborers, but also it is a 
dangerous thing. You say, "What kind of joy is there in 
that?" Oh, my friend, where would you be if Jesus 
Christ had not come as a lamb among wolves? 

You see, ministry is dangerous. You know that the 
Devil would kill you if he could. Don't ever joke about 
the Devil. I saw a frightening bumper sticker the other 
day — three words on the back of a truck that was being 
held together by a paint job: "Satan is alive." You bet 
your life he is alive. If there is not some kind of opposi- 
tion to your ministry , there is something wrong. Beware 
when all men speak well of you. We are lambs among 
wolves. It is a dangerous ministry, but you are never 
more like the Lord Jesus than when you are in that 

Joy as Ambassadors 

Then Jesus changes the picture again, saying in Luke 
10, verse 4, "Carry neither purse nor bag. nor shoes, 
and greet no man by the way." And there is a good 
reason for that because the Oriental people love to greet 
each other. They bow and they talk and they bow. They 
would get nowhere if they greeted everybody along the 
way. He said, "Don't waste your time on trifles: but 
into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to 
this house.' " What is He talking about? He's saying, 
"You are my ambassadors." Not only are you 
laborers — that is a difficult calling; not only are you 
lambs — that is a dangerous calling: but you are 
ambassadors — that is a dignified calling. 

In the book of Deuteronomy, in chapter 20, we find 
that God had a law about warfare. He said, "Now, look, 
Jewish army, when you come up to a city, don't pro- 
claim war; proclaim peace. If they accept your peace, 
make slaves out of them; if they don't accept your 
peace, wipe them out." 

Now He says to us, "Proclaim peace, not to make 
slaves out of men but to deliver them from slavery." We 
have the greatest message in all the world. 

As I read recently Anatomy of Peace, by Emery Reves 
I thought to myself, "The Christian is the one who has 
experienced peace, who has the message of peace; and 
yet we keep it quiet." We are ambassadors for the 
King — the joy of ministry. You say, "But it doesn't 
work." But it does. You notice in verse 18, when the 
apostles announced that even the demons were subject 
to them, what did Jesus say? He said this: "I was 



beholding Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Now 
this is not the ultimate departure of Satan from heaven. 
What Jesus is saying is this: "'Every time you deliver a 
soul from death, every time you lead someone to Christ, 
you have defeated the Devil and you have robbed him of 
his prey." And I can't think of anything that would be 
better for us to do. In other words, the Lord is saying to 
me, "Look, don't forget that you are not just running a 
church, you're not just managing a program, you're not 
just working through a budget, you're not just counting 
noses; you are on the Devil's territory proclaiming 
peace, and you have the great joy of rescuing people 
from His power." 

What a joy we have — the joy as laborers in the har- 
vest, the joy as lambs among wolves (as was our Lord), 
the joy as ambassadors carrying His message of peace 
and defeating the Devil. 

Joy of Salvation 

We have this joy of service, but then Jesus says in 
verse 20, "Notwithstanding do not go on rejoicing that 
the spirits are subject to you." It is not wrong to do it, 
but don't go on doing it. You are living in the past, and 
you might get proud. "Rather," he says, "rejoice be- 
cause your names are written in heaven." He says that 
the joy of service is one level, but the joy of salvation is 
a higher level; for were it not for your salvation, there 
would be no service. 

Now it is good for us to keep reminding ourselves that 
we are saved by grace. It will keep us from being proud. 
When we keep in mind the joy of salvation, it reminds us 
that we have a debt to Him. We aren't doing what we 
are doing for Him; we are doing what we are doing 
because He is working through us. 

I was reading the other day in the Gospel of Luke, and 
it struck me with great force. Jesus says, "Now look, 
after you have done what I have told you to do, don't get 
up and brag; just admit that you are unprofitable ser- 
vants." We've done only that which was our duty to do. 
This is where salvation comes in. The joy of service is 
balanced by the joy of salvation. 

Our Lord says, "Don't rejoice because you have 
accomplished something here; rejoice because you are 
married to the Lamb. Rejoice because a peace treaty 
has been signed between you and heaven and you have 
the God of peace and the peace of God in your heart." 
He says, "Rejoice because you are a citizen of 
heaven." Our citizenship is in heaven — the joy of salva- 
tion. I think that is why, among other reasons, our Lord 
established the Lord's supper. It is a constant reminder 
to us that we are not our own, we are bought with a 

Joy of Submission 

But there is a third joy in verse 21. Jesus rejoiced in 
the Spirit. You have the whole trinity here. You have 
the Son rejoicing in the Spirit and talking to the Father 
"I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth." 
What is He thankful for? That God has hidden some 
things from people and revealed them to babes, to those 
who are submissive. The joy of service is built on the 
joy of salvation, and the thing that binds them both 
together is the joy of submission. Our Lord is saying, 
"You are the Lord of heaven and earth." He is talking 
here about submission. Have you ever had to say 
through a broken heart, through tear-filled eyes, "Even 

so, Father; for so it seems 1 good in Thy sight." That is 
submission. The joy of submission means that we are 
letting God have His way. 

Now, if my Father is the Lord of heaven and earth 
and I am submitted to Him, what have I to worry about? 
It's no wonder our Lord rejoiced. Jesus was not walking 
around with any misunderstanding or any false illusion. 
He knew He was going to suffer and die, and yet He was 
able to exult in the Spirit. Now the Holy Spirit of God 
gives us that joy when we submit. 

In Ephesians, chapter 5, Paul talks about being filled 
with the Spirit. How do you know when you are filled 
with the Spirit? Why, he tells us. "Speaking to your- 
selves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing 
and making melody in your heart to the Lord," you are 
joyful; "giving thanks," you are thankful; "submit- 
ting," you are submissive. These are the three marks of 
the Spirit-filled Christian — being joyful, thankful, sub- 
missive. The Lord Jesus was filled with the Spirit. He 
was joyful: He "rejoiced in spirit." He was thankful: "I 
thank Thee, O Father." He was submissive: "Even so. 
Father; for so it seemed good in Thy sight." 

The joy of submission means the joy of knowing that 
my Father is in charge of everything. When we submit, 
what do we get? Wisdom! "Father, you have hidden 
these things from the wise and prudent; you have re- 
vealed them unto babes. . . ." Oh, it is a beautiful thing 
when we are submissive unto God and He reveals truth 
to us. 

Then there is the joy not only of revelation but of 
riches and wealth. Verse 22 says: "All things are deliv- 
ered to me of My Father." How many things did Jesus 
say? Did you know that whatever you need has already 
been given to Jesus and potentially it is yours? What- 
ever you need, not whatever you want. But to whom 
does He give it? To the submissive. That's why in 
verses 23 and 24, the Lord turns to the disciples and 
says: "I want you to know something. You are a 
privileged people. You are seeing things that Abraham 
wanted to see, but he didn't. You are hearing things that 
David wanted to hear." We are a privileged people. 

We have the joy of service. We are called to be God's 
servants. That's why we are here. We've experienced 
the joy of salvation, and that's what makes our service a 
happy thing. We are not slaves obeying a master so 
much as sons representing our Father. But I wonder if 
perhaps some of us here may need in a fresh and new 
way the joy of submission. You may be saying, "I cannot 
honestly say, 'Even so, Father; for so it seemed good in 
Thy sight.' If something happens that I don't approve, I 
don't know why God did it; I don't know what God is 
doing, and I just can't accept it. I am just not willing to 
accept it." That's what takes the joy out of the ministry. 

I am not going to give you some easy formula. I am 
going to tell you what F. B. Meyer said. God wrestled 
with F. B. Meyer one night and F. B. Meyer kept 
saying, "I am not willing, I am not willing." And God 
said, "F. B. Meyer, are you willing to be made will- 
ing?" And he said, "Yes, I am." And that was the 
turning point. 

Are you willing to be made willing? Then tell God that 
you are, and these hours which we have together will 
enrich you and encourage you and enable you. I think it 
is our sincere desire to be able to say from our hearts, 
"Even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Thy sight." 

WINTER 1982 




by Karl E. Reefer, Ed.D. 

I would like to quote and comment on the opening paragraph of an article 
which I recently read: 


"The coming decades will present 
formidable challenges to America's 
colleges and universities, especially 
to schools of arts and sciences." 

"We are in a period of ever- 
increasing economic constraints, 
are faced with a projected decrease 
in the size of the pool of college 
applicants, and are encountering 
the job-focused orientation of in- 
coming students and their parents." 

"To meet those challenges and 
flourish — or even to survive, in 
some cases — our colleges and uni- 
versities will have to make some dif- 
ficult choices, and, I believe, will 
have to develop and maintain two 
related traits: uniqueness and 


This certainly holds true for Bryan, 
which is one of these "schools of 
arts and sciences." 

Bryan College is very much aware 
of these factors, as they are re- 
flected in our student body as it 
changes from year to year. 

Bryan, I believe, is both unique and 
adaptable. Please see further com- 
ments below: 

Bryan is a unique college: 

— We recognize the reality of the technological revolution which is going 
on right now. In all of our programs, and especially in mathematics, 
science, business, and computer science, we are adapting to changing 
conditions and needs. 

— But we are holding fast to its basic foundation of a solid Biblical base and 
a strong liberal arts core in all our programs. Though technology is 
changing many things, human nature remains unchanged, and the 
human need to find meaning and value in life will not be met through 
technology. A Biblical liberal arts education will help meet these needs. 

But above all else, Bryan seeks to be a Spirit-led college: 
— Uniqueness and adaptability, important though they are, will not be 
enough for this college to survive and flourish. We — students, faculty, 
administration, board of trustees — must be open and responsive to the 
leadership of the Holy Spirit. 
— Bryan College was born and bred in the economic crisis of the 1930's; it 
survived those difficult days because its leaders sought and followed 
God's direction. We will survive and flourish in the difficult decade of 
the 1980's if we again seek and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

Please pray that we will maintain our uniqueness, our adaptability, and, most 
important of all, our sensitivity to the will and purpose of God. 


Recent developments undergird- 
ing the quality of academic and 
cocurricular programs offered at the 
college include the following: 

• Five faculty members have com- 
pleted doctoral programs within 
the last three years. 

• During this time, three new faculty 
holding the earned doctor's degree 
have been added, making a total of 
47 percent of regular full-time 
members of the faculty with doc- 

• The counseling and student per- 
sonnel departments have been 
strengthened through the addition 
of trained and experienced profes- 

• Faculty in-service seminars and 
workshops on course planning, in- 
struction, and advising have helped 
teachers become more effective in 
their teaching and counseling of 

• Instruction has been upgraded 
through the addition of new science 
lab equipment, a piano lab. eight 
microcomputers, and new audio- 
visual equipment. 

• The Henning science museum has 
developed into one of the largest 
museums of natural history to be 
found in any small college in the 
southeast, and it continues to grow. 

• A five-year faculty study has cul- 
minated in a revised general educa- 
tion program which became effec- 
tive with the class entering in the 
fall of 1982. 

• An improved orientation program 
being developed was tested with a 
pilot aroup of enterine students this 


In January of 1982, the music de- 
partment acquired a Musitron elec- 
tronic piano laboratory consisting 
of six student pianos and a teacher's 
piano. The pianos can be played as 
conventional pianos, complete with 
volume control and pedal: or the 
sound can be channeled through a 
communications system. Each 
piano has its own set of earphones: 
and the teacher can work with indi- 
viduals, small groups, or the entire 

In addition to a "piano" setting, 
which all the electronic pianos 
have, the teacher piano also has set- 
tings for "harpsichord" and 




The Rhea County graduates in the accompanying picture, seated left to right, are Lori 
F.mmott, Karen Bradshaw, Beth Butler, Kem Harris, Debbie Richardson, Jane 
Shaver, and Susie Varga. Standing, left to right, are Dwayne Schanley, Lori Durbin, 
Steve Butler, Steve Thomas, Dinh Tran, Fred Duong, Susan Liebig McUmber, and 
Annette Hollin. Not pictured are Dale Durbin, Karin Fary, and Chuck Whittemore. 


Highlighting the improvement of 
the audio-visual department of the 
Bryan Library this year is a new 
color camera for videotaping, 
purchased with funds donated by 
the Class of 1981 and the Bryan 
Women's Auxiliary. An additional 
gift by a faculty member provided a 
floor-to-ceiling blue drapery 
backdrop for the camera. Other 
audio-visual equipment additions 
include two 16-mm film projectors 
and two stereo cassette decks for 
the library listening center. 

A section of the library on the 
third floor adjoining the study area 
has been designated as the Instruc- 
tional Media Center. It includes a 
large classroom and a storage room 
for audio-visual materials and 

The audio-visual classroom 
serves as a videotaping area for the 

Mrs. Lucia Fary, local realtor, makes a 
point to senior accounting major Virginia 
Gayer from Short Hills, N.J. 

new camera and its backdrop, as a 
laboratory for classes learning to 
operate the audio-visual equipment, 
and as a viewing room for educa- 
tional films and videotapes. 

In an effort to encourage wide use 
of recorded music and to protect 
phonograph records from damage, 
the library is changing the music lis- 
tening collection of records to cas- 
sette tapes and will purchase tapes 
instead of records whenever possi- 
ble. The tapes have been catalogued 
for the library files in the same man- 
ner as book acquisitions. 


Richard Hill, assistant professor 
of business, has invited several 
local business people to speak to his 
freshman and senior business clas- 
ses this semester about practical as- 
pects of business and the applica- 
tion of classroom principles to on- 
the-job situations. 

Those who have addressed the 
business students are Mrs. Maxine 
Vincent, small business proprietor; 
Mrs. Lucia Fary. realtor; William 
Ketchersid, investment counselor; 
Mrs. Barbara Heath, hospital ad- 
ministrator; Tom Tuck, banker; Dr. 
Pat Ellis, pastor: and Jim Smith, 
city manager — all of Dayton. Other 
speakers were David Johns, Sears 
district manager, and Tucker 
Johnston, of Johnston Coca-Cola 
Bottling Company, both of Cleve- 
land. Tennessee; David Kring and 
John Parham. from the Chattanooga 
office of First Federal Savings and 
Loan of Tennessee; and Scott Mat- 
tice, Chattanooga stockbroker. 

Students have expressed ap- 
preciation for the business insights 
provided by these professionals 
who shared their experiences from 
the real world of business. 


Among the 553 students enrolled 
for the fall semester are 18 who have 
graduated from Rhea County High 
School and are now attending Bryan 
full time. Thirty-four states are rep- 
resented in this year's student body, 
with 42 students coming from 20 
foreign countries. 


The enlarged computer science 
facilities at Bryan have attracted a 
fall enrollment of 44 students as well 
as two staff members for the intro- 
ductory course. Many of the stu- 
dents are interested in the new 
computer science option for 
mathematics majors. Some are 
business majors seeking basic com- 
puter competence, and others are 
interested in the training for per- 
sonal reasons. 

Bryan's computer equipment, 
which is housed in a newly remod- 
eled area in the mathematics de- 
partment, consists of three Apple II 
microcomputers, four Commodore 
Pet microcomputers, a Commodore 
SuperPet microcomputer, four 
printers, and several floppy disk 
drives. These provide the capability 
of programming in BASIC. Pascal, 
FORTRAN, and APL at present; 
and as the program grows, more 
computer languages will be added. 

Although the equipment is 
adequate at present, additional mi- 
crocomputers will be needed as 
courses are added to the cur- 

Growth in the use of computers 
for instruction is being paralleled by 
growth in the administrative area. 
Two Northstar Horizon microcom- 
puters with 18-megabyte hard disk 
drives, each capable of storing 18- 
million characters, are being 
readied in the advancement office to 
take over the job of maintaining the 
master name and address file, 
alumni records, and the gift-receipt- 
ing process. In addition, the system 
has been providing valuable word- 
processing capabilities for the sup- 
port systems staff. 

Once the advancement office sys- 
tem is fully operational, it is ex- 
pected that computer programs will 
be developed for the admissions, 
business, and records offices. 

WINTER 1982 



The total income for the 1981-82 fiscal year, including room and board and other income in 
auxiliary enterprises, totaled $3,514,082. The 1981-82 headcount enrollment of 676 produced a 
full-time equivalent of 572 computed on tuition income. The Educational and General budget 
shown below reflects only the net income from auxiliaries. 


INCOME $2,783,903 

EXPENSE $2,764,671 




IN THE BLACK $19,232 



GIFT INCOME 1981-82 


Total Gift Income 








♦The allocation of 31% of 
total gifts for student aid 
actually becomes 64.5% of 
the current operating budget 
gifts, out of which student 
aid is supported. 



Student Aid 


In addition to increases in current student aid, the 
admissions and financial aid departments have de- 
veloped two new scholarship programs to become ef- 
fective for the 1983-84 academic year. 

A new academic scholarship program provides tui- 
tion grants of $500 to $1,000 per year to new entering 
freshmen, depending on their test scores and high- 
school grades. A new second-generation scholarship 
program provides, over a four-year period, $1,000 in 
tuition grants to children of alumni. 

It is not necessary to file a financial aid application to 
be eligible for either of these grant programs. However, 
recipients of these grants who wish to apply for any 
additional aid (grants, loans, or work) must go through 
the regular student-aid process by filing a needs 
analysis form and the Bryan College application for 
financial aid. 

Academic Scholarships 

The new academic scholarship grants are designed to 
encourage students with ability and motivation to con- 
sider the quality Christian education offered at Bryan 

To be eligible for one of these academic scholarships, 
an entering freshman must meet Bryan Christian life 
standards and have test scores and high-school grades 
as shown in the table below: 

Test Scores 

High School 





GPA on a 4.000 scale* 





Valedictorian or 

or above 

or above 

Salutatorian or 
3.800 or above 





3.600 or above 





3.400 or above 


* The director of admissions of Bryan College will convert high-school grades to the -1.000 
scale when the application for admission and the high-school transcript have been re- 

Although transfer students are not eligible for this particu- 
lar scholarship , they may apply for aid through the regular 
financial aid program, which provides a variety of assist- 
ance, including some academic grants. 

Recipients of first-year grants will continue to receive 
grants during successive years of enrollment at Bryan 
College if they maintain satisfactory grades. Con- 
tinuance of the grants is based on the maintenance of 
the following minimum grade point averages at Bryan: 

Bryan Grade Point Average 

Annual Grant 







Dean of Admissions and Records Glen Liebig explains to 
second-generation student Cynthia Hekman the new scholar- 
ship plan which will be available to her next year. 

Second-Generation Grants 

The new second-generation scholarships are 
awarded to students who had one parent to attend 
Bryan for at least one year. A grant of $1,000 ($250 per 
year over four years) will be awarded to any student 
who meets academic and Christian life standards for 
clear admission. These grants will be awarded in addi- 
tion to any academic scholarship for which the student 
qualifies. The purpose of these second-generation 
awards is to express appreciation to graduates and 
former students for their faithfulness in supporting the 
college and for encouraging their young people to 
choose Bryan. 

Student prospects who would like to determine their 
eligibility for either or both of these new scholarship 
programs should take the following steps: 

1. Apply for admission to Bryan College. The appli- 
cation must be completed and acceptance must be 
granted by May 1 , 1983, in order to be eligible for 
either one of these grants for the fall of 1983. 
Students who apply and are accepted after this 
date may be considered for other forms of aid but 
will not be eligible for these awards. Application 
forms are available from the admissions office of 
the college. There is no application fee. 

2. Request the high school attended to send a tran- 
script to the director of admissions at Bryan. 

3. Have an ACT or SAT score report sent to the 
director of admissions before May 1. Information 
about these tests can be secured from high-school 
guidance counselors or from the admissions staff 
at Bryan. 

At the present time, the Bryan admissions office has 
more names on its prospect list than in any previous 
year in the history of the college. Therefore young 
people who wish to enroll in Bryan in the fall of 1983 are 
encouraged to apply as soon as possible. All forms of 
financial aid will be more easily obtained by those who 
apply early. 




1 he primary goal of the student personnel office this 
year has been to create a campus environment that 
allows each student to "increase in wisdom and stature, 
and in favor with God and man" (Luke 2:52) as Jesus 
did. The desire is that each student reach his or her 
maximum growth potential. 

Psychologists, who study how people learn and 
grow, tell us that college students need to develop and 
learn certain skills. Some of these skills are the follow- 

1. To develop physical, intellectual, and social skills 

2. To manage emotions 

3. To develop self-reliance 

4. To establish identity 

5. To build friendships with others 

6. To develop a purpose in life 

7. To establish integrity and values 

The student personnel staff have been busily working 
this year as a team to help students learn these skills in 
their time outside of class as well as within their cur- 
riculum. This "team concept" was initiated during a 
three-day orientation session before school began. The 
dean of men and the dean of women met with the 
resident directors (RD's) and the resident assistants 
(RA's) and made plans and shared ideas. 

The programs that have been developed and are 
being carried out are based on the needs of college 
students to develop the above-mentioned skills. Some 
of these programs are the following: 

A. Residence Hall Activities 

The director of each residence hall is responsible for originat- 
ing and implementing activities in which the students in his or 
her hall will be invited to participate. These activities have 
included competitions between halls, pizza parties, attending 
concerts, baking parties, and volleyball games. 

B. Residence Unit Activities 

Each college residence unit under the supervision of a resident 
assistant has a program of planned activities. These groups 
vary in size from five to forty, and the activities vary as well. 
These smaller groups have provided opportunity for activities 
between dorms and have added fun times for students. Secret 
pals, group dates, parties, shopping, cookie nights, and frisbee 
golf are some of the activities. 

C. Student Growth Seminars 

The student personnel office has sponsored a series of semi- 
nars to meet student needs. Speakers are college professors, 
and the setting is informal. Topics this semester include Time 
Management, Controlling Emotions, Handling Stress and 
Anxiety, A Biblical View of Sexuality, and Marriage — A 
Man's View. 

These kinds of activities and meetings help create an 
atmosphere in which students feel accepted as part of a 
group and are encouraged by their peers. The student 
personnel office activities are designed to correlate with 
the academic program and extracurricular activities to 
form a unified approach to learning. 

Head dorm residents new on the staff this year are pictured 
above, left to right — Diana Bradshaw, Arnold Hall; Ken Had- 
ley. Long Dorm; and Teresa Richey '82, Huston Hall. 


Mrs. Karin Traylor '64, former dean of women, has 
assumed her new duties as secretary to Dr. Karl 
Keefer, vice president for academic affairs. Mrs. 
Traylor, wife of Dr. Jack W. Traylor, assistant profes- 
sor of history, replaces Mrs. Carole Ragan, who re- 
signed to join her husband, Jim Ragan, in Nashville, 
Tennessee. Mr. Ragan is administrative assistant to the 
superintendent of the Tennessee Preparatory School. 


The Hilltop Players' fall production was the Pulitzer 
prize-winning three-act comedy by Kaufman and Hart, 
You CaritTakelt With You, which was presented October. 
29 and 30, by nineteen student performers. 

Mrs. Rachel Morgan, assistant professor of speech, 
directed the play with Karyn Dillinger, a freshman from 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, serving as student as- 


Don Hilgeman, Santa Cruz, Bolivia 

There have been various ac- 

ftivities directed towards help- 
ing the freshmen adjust to col- 
lege life. I feel that two of the 
most important are the 
freshman chapels and the shar- 
ing groups. 
-\ «c^> We have had different chapel 

speakers who have helped me in 
my own personal life. I have 
especially enjoyed the 
freshman sharing groups, when we have spent time 
sharing, learning, and praying. One time in our group 
we discussed relationships with others — for example, 
our roommates and how to improve our relationships 
with them. 

We also spent time talking about the quiet times we 
are having, or should be having, with the Lord. We 
shared different methods of having devotions in order 
to find out what God wants to teach us, stressing the 
importance of setting a certain time and using self- 
discipline to follow through on our plans. 

lam thankful for the chapels , the sharing groups , and 
those who organized them. The Lord has taught me 
through the times I have spent in these meetings, and I 
am sure it has been helpful for the other freshmen, too. 


WINTER 1982 


Physical Plant 


Among several renovation and construction projects 
at Bryan this year, the major focus for students and the 
athletic staff is the addition built onto the front of the 
Summers Gymnasium. This extension provides a more 
spacious lobby entrance to the gymnasium, four offices 
for the coaching staff, a weight-training room, an 
athletic-training room, two storage rooms, and two new 

This new space brings the four athletic coaches — Bill 
Collman, Wayne Dixon, John Reeser, and Jane 
Tayloe — together in one place for the first time. This 
improvement makes possible better coordination of the 
athletic and physical education programs and supervi- 
sion of the gym, which is in constant use. A 17-position 
Universal Weight Machine is being installed in the new 
weight room, an area of special interest to the students. 

Spectators at Bryan volleyball and basketball games 
will appreciate the larger lobby area, the better access 
to the concession stand, and the expanded restroom 

The Bryan Lady Lions retained their National Chris- 
tian College Athletic Association District V volleyball 
crown by winning the championship again in 1982. 
These two NCCAA championships coincide with the two 
years the district has been in existence. 

Grant Scott, a senior from Orlando, Florida, exercises in the 
weight-lifting room, which is part of the gym expansion. 


by Colleen Wood, junior from Cleveland, Tennessee 

Bryan College has meant a great deal to me in these 
past three years, for here I have grown in many areas of 
my life. As a member of the student senate for three 
years and as secretary this year, I have had many won- 
derful experiences in learning to be a follower, a leader, 
a servant, and a friend. By allowing God to use me 
through all kinds of situations, I have learned many 
valuable lessons. 

As an athlete, enjoying participation in varsity vol- 
leyball and softball, I have learned from experience in 
many, many games the importance of hard work and 
practice. I have a desire for God to use me as a tes- 
timony to others by my attitudes and by the skills and 
talents He has given me. 

As a student, too, I have learned through God's help, 
to be disciplined. 

In these years at Bryan, while I have been growing 
emotionally, academically, and spiritually, I have also 
grown socially, for God has given me friendships that 
will last a lifetime and has enabled me to share my life 
with others. 








Dec. 2 

Rollins College 

Dec. 3 

"Southwestern University 

Dec. 4 

Eckerd College 

Dec 6 

'Lee College 

Dec. 6 

King College 

Dec. 13 

Johnson Bible 

Dec. 9-11 

Fall Classic (Tenn Wesleyan, 

Dec. 18 


Bryan, Temple, Lee) 

Jan. 7 

'Toccoa Falls 

Dec. 13 

Johnson Bible 

Jan. 8 

"Palm Beach Atlantic 

Jan. 8 

" Maryville College 

Jan. 10 

'Palm Beach Atlantic 

Jan. 10 

"Palm Beach Atlantic 

Jan. 14 

Southwestern University 

Jan. 14 

'University of the South 

Jan. 15 


Jan. 15 

'Lee College 

Jan. 18 

'Covenant College 

Jan. 17 

'Baptist University of America 

Jan. 22 

Lee College 

Jan. 18 

'Covenant College 

Jan. 24 

'Johnson Bible 

Jan. 20 

Tennessee Wesleyan 

Jan. 31 


Jan. 22 

Lee College 

Feb. 5 

Tennessee Temple 

Jan. 24 

'Johnson Bible 

Feb. 8 

'University of the South 

Jan. 27 


Feb. 12 

Maryville College 

Feb. 1 

'King College 

Feb. 17 

Covenant College 

Feb. 5 

Tennessee Temple 

Feb. 19 

'Tennessee Temple 

Feb. 8 

Maryville College 

Feb. 22 

University of the South 

Feb. 19 

'Tennessee Temple 

Feb. 25-26 

NCCAA District Tournament 

Feb. 22 

University of the South 

Mar. 10-13 

NCCAA National Tournament 

Feb. 24 

Milligan College 

"Home Games 

Feb. 26 

Covenant College 

'Home Games 



Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m 

Lebanon Baptist Church, Roswell, Ga. 
Sunday, March 6, 11:00 a.m. 

Hickory Grove Baptist, Green Cove Springs, Fla. 
Sunday. March 6, 6:00 p.m. 

Faith Baptist Church, Orlando, Fla. 
Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. 

Covenant Presbyterian, Winter Haven, Fla. 
Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. 

First Evangelical Free, Lakeland, Fla. 
Thursday, March 10, 10:15 a.m. 

Lakeland Christian School, Lakeland, Fla. 
Thursday. March 10, 7:30 p.m. 

Calvary Baptist Church, Bradenton, Fla. 
Friday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. 

Southwest Community Church, Miami, Fla. 
Sunday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

First Baptist Church, Titusville, Fla. 


Knight House, a renovated frame house near the campus, 
serves as home for ten male students. 


Three students were inducted this fall as Bryan's first 
participants in the advanced Reserved Officers Train- 
ing Corps. They are Gary McNamee, a sophomore from 
Clifford, Indiana, and two juniors, Hal Abner of St. 
Petersburg, Florida, and Kevin Davie of Montgomery, 
New York. 

Abner was the winner of a two-year ROTC scholar- 
ship and Davie was the alternate. The three cadets will 
continue their education at Bryan and after graduation 
will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. 

The program at Bryan is affiliated with the ROTC 
program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 
and is offered in the social sciences through the history 
department division, with Dr. Robert Spoede as liaison. 


The annual homecoming festivities of October 1 and 2 
began with alumni chapel on Friday, when Mrs. Lora 
Lee Spurlock '57, missionary to Zaire, was the featured 

Class reunions and special dinners were held both 
Friday and Saturday nights. For her faithful service 
both in alumni activities and in her various ministries in 
the college. Miss Ginny Seguine '54, director of admis- 
sions, was presented with the Alumnus of the Year 
award for 1982. 

A former dean, Dwight W. Ryther, who helped re- 
cruit the first student body in 1930 and served in varied 
positions from 1930-1956, was an honored guest on 
Friday evening, when an enlarged portrait from his 
Bryan days was unveiled for permanent display at the 

During halftime at Bryan's winning soccer game with 
North Georgia College on Saturday, Betty Ann Beck, a 
senior English major, was crowned Homecoming 
Queen by last year's queen, Kara Benedict, of Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. Miss Beck was escorted by Bryan 
Latchaw '82, last year's student senate president. She 
is the daughter of missionary parents, Rev. and Mrs. 
Morris Beck, who serve in Taiwan under TEAM. 

The two-story four-apartment unit in Bryan Village was re- 
modeled for a dormitory which houses fourteen men. 

tfWKI 1 j 1 j ^ 

Dwight Ryther is pictured at the fall homecoming as he views his 
own portrait recalling his days as dean at Bryan. 


Two performances of the Messiah, by Handel, were 
presented by the Bryan College Oratorio Society under 
the direction of Dr. Karl E. Keefer, vice president for 
academic affairs. The first performance was on 
November 5 in Rudd Memorial auditorium at the col- 
lege, and the second was on November 7 at the Central 
Baptist Church in Chattanooga. 

The oratorio society is composed of the Bryan Con- 
cert Choir, the Chamber Singers, and several members 
of the faculty. Soloists for the oratorio were Stefanie 
May Humes, soprano, assistant instructor in voice, 
University of Kansas; Ruth Bartlett, contralto, assist- 
ant professor of music, Bryan College; Philip Chesney, 
tenor, soloist at Central Baptist Church, Chattanooga; 
and David Luther, associate professor of music at 

Dr. James Stroud, professor of music at the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee at Chattanooga, was guest cellist. 
Instrumentalists from Bryan included David Friberg, 
organ; Melvin Wilhoit and Randy Rasch, trumpet; Brad 
Gee, electric harpsichord; and Kem Harris, timpani. 

WINTER 1982 


Capital Campaign 

Progress Report 

Campaign goal 

Gifts and pledges received to date 

Amount needed to reach goal 



Men's Dormitory 

The capital campaign to build a new men's dormitory has reached the halfway mark 
with gifts and pledges just over $1,000,000. To reach the goal, the advancement 
department will be seeking gifts from Bryan's friends, alumni, and foundations during 
this school year. 

You can help in five ways: 

1) Pray that God will meet the need. 

2) Make a gift or pledge toward the dormitory. 

3) Renew or increase your current gift or pledge toward the dormitory. 

4) Help us contact other potential donors. 

5) Ask your employer to match your gift. 



Jfflemorial <©tft* 

September 10, 1982, to November 7, 1982 
Donor In Memory of 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 
Sam, Eleanor. Emma Kate Jones 
Mrs. Glenn Woodlee 
Mrs. Lillian D. Lee 

Mrs. Harriet W. Bond 
Mr. Leo M. Brown 
Erieside Church on the Blvd. 
Mr. and Mrs. Terry A. Jones 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Quidort 
Mr. Dwight W. Ryther 
Dr. Stella Yaksich 

Swafford and Swafford 

Mrs. Lois M. Metzger 
Mrs. E. Skeem Metzger 

Mr. Tony Lusk 

Miss Margaret Ann McKinnon 

Mr. T. O. Wasson 

Mr. Oren Metzger 

Dr. and Mrs. William L. Ketchersid Mr. Ralph J. Blevins 

Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Cudney 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Barrett 
Mrs. Jennie Whitworth 

Rev. and Mrs. John D. Main 

Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Dakin 
Mrs. Burgin Clark 

Mr. and Mrs. William Bartlett. Sr. 

Mrs. Pearl Hutcheson 

Mrs. Bernice Almand 

Mr. Paul McCarthy 

Mr. Mercer Clementson 


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 helps in 
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- 
edgment. In addition, the memorial acknowl- 
edgment will be listed in our quarterly periodi- 
cal, bryan Life. 

Your memorial gift is tax-deductible. You will 
receive an official tax-deductible receipt for 
your records. 

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Traditionally the end of the year is a time for planning 
charitable gifts. December is also a time for taking stock 
of one's tax situation to maximize the use of charitable 
deductions. Although most people give because they 
believe in the cause to which they are giving, the tax 
advantages resulting from careful planning can 
minimize the cost of the gift. For example, a person in 
the 30 percent income tax bracket can give $1,000 to a 
qualified charity and save the $333 in taxes, making the 
real cost of his gift just $666. 

Gifts of appreciated property and securities can also 
result in favorable tax treatment by saving the income 
tax as well as the capital gains tax. 

Other year-end gifts that could be considered in one's 
financial planning are memorial gifts or gifts in ex- 
change for a lifetime income through gift annuities and 

Mr. Stansberry 

If you would like additional information or counsel on 
the best way to give at this year's end, please complete 
the coupon on the back page or write to Fred L. 
Stansberry, Director of Planned Giving, Bryan College, 
Dayton, TN 37321, or call (615) 775-2041. 




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The Gospel Gimpers, spon- 
sored by PCI, are shown with 
their manipulators Tom Bailey, 
Chrissy Ponzani, and Karen 
Mains and their reader, Monique 


The front cover photo and 
photos on pages 3, 6, 7, 13, and 
14 are by Mauldin Photography. 

Volume 8 

SPRING 1983 

Number 3 


this academic division and the faculty who carry out its program. 3 

DR. IRVING JENSEN: An interview with Bryan's most widely 
known faculty member concerning his career as a writer. 

STUDENT CHRISTIAN SERVICE: A presentation of the various 
ministries open to students for Christian service and witness to bal- 
ance the classroom teaching. 

UNREACHED PEOPLES: An explanation in dual messages by a 
mission executive of the church's responsibility and of how it can be 
carried out. By Ian Hay 

CAMPUS NEWS: A review of a variety of activities, including the 
recent ground breaking for the new dormitory. 

MEMORIALS: A listing of memorial gifts and a tribute to a recent 





This issue of our magazine continues the series 
featuring the six academic divisions of the 
college — this time the Division of Biblical Studies 
and Philosophy. Besides the important need the 
Division fills for those choosing one of the majors 
offered in Biblical Studies, it also provides in- 
struction in the sixteen hours of Bible required of 
all students as a part of the general education 

The Division also offers students the opportu- 
nity to fulfill the general education language requirement in Greek; and it gives courses 
in philosophy, an area of study fundamental to general education and an important 
adjunct to the majors offered by the Division. 

The aim of general education is to assist students in their intellectual and spiritual 
growth as they come to grips with the challenge of integrating their personal faith and 
Bible knowledge with the academic disciplines and with daily life and behavior in a 
life-long pattern. 

This process of integration is nurtured by the opportunities for witness and Christian 
service while the student is in school. These opportunities are described elsewhere in 
this issue. This outreach of the Practical Christian Involvement organization is an 
integral part of the total educational program at Bryan. 


Theodore C. Mercer 





Jensen, Williford, Richardson, Anderson, Winkler, Andrews, Phillips 

1 he basic educational goal of Bryan College, as set 
forth in the statement of institutional purpose, is to 
assist in the personal growth and development of qual- 
ified students by providing an education based on an 
integrated understanding of the Bible and the arts and 
sciences. This process of integration rests upon a firm 
Biblical emphasis both in curriculum and standards of 
daily life. Based upon unequivocal acceptance of the 
inerrancy and authority of Scripture, this educational 
goal has been identified as a Bryan distinctive. 

The Biblical division provides a focus for all students 
in their personal development as they pursue required 
Bible courses for an orientation in Bible survey and 
elect additional courses in analytical English Bible 
study. Other courses in the division provide for an 
acquaintance with related Biblical subjects and for 
study in the original Biblical languages. 

In addition to offering a major in Bible, the Biblical 
studies division offers majors in Christian Education 
and Greek and combination majors in Bible-Greek and 
Christian Education-Church Music. Among the one 
hundred graduates in the class of 1982, thirty-five were 
in the Biblical studies division — seven in Bible, seven in 
Greek, and seventeen in Christian Education, one in 
Bible-Greek, and three in Christian Education-Church 

Over the past six years a number of Bryan Christian 
Education majors have enrolled at Southwestern Bap- 
tist Seminary to take advantage of the sixteen hours' 
exemption privilege granted by this Fort Worth, Texas, 
seminary in recognition of the high academic quality of 
the Bryan program. 

The majority of the Biblical division majors go on to 
graduate training, although a number, particularly in 
Christian Education, have found positions immediately 
upon graduation. Graduates from the division are serv- 
ing as pastors, missionaries, editors, directors of Chris- 
tian Education and youth, directors of mission boards, 
executives in various Christian organizations, and as 
leaders in the Christian community. 

The Biblical division has a faculty of seven members, 
three of whom have the earned doctorate in a Biblical 
studies discipline and another who is in the dissertation, 
stage for the doctorate. One other faculty member, who 
has been part-time until this year, holds a doctorate in 

Serving as chairmen of the three main departments in 
the division are Dr. Irving L. Jensen, head of the Bible 
department; Dr. John C. Anderson, head of the Greek 
department; and Dr. Brian Richardson, head of the 
Christian Education department. Dr. Richardson is also 
the chairman of the division. 

Dr. Jensen, professor of Bible, is now in his twenty- 
eighth year of teaching Bible study methods and analyt- 
ical courses at Bryan. His teaching materials have 
formed the basis for the extensive writing career in 
which he is simultaneously engaged as described 
elsewhere in this magazine. Dr. Jensen received the 
B.A. from Wagner Memorial Lutheran College, the 
S.T.B. from The Biblical Seminary, and the Th.D. from 
Northwestern Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Anderson, professor of ancient languages, will 
also complete twenty-eight years at Bryan this year in 
his specialty of Greek and Hebrew instruction. With an 
undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, he 
gained his master's and doctor's degrees at Dallas 
Theological Seminary. Although anticipating retire- 
ment next year, he plans to continue teaching on a 
part-time basis. 

Dr. Richardson, professor of Christian Education, is 
now in his eleventh year of teaching at Bryan. After 
completing his bachelor's degree at Campbell College, 
he received both the M.R.E. and the Ed.D. at South- 
western Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taken 
student delegates to several of the annual meetings of 
the National Sunday School Convention in Detroit and 
has himself been a speaker at both national and regional 
Sunday school conventions. He is currently chairman 
of the Curriculum Review Committee of the Evangeli- 
cal Teacher Training Association and consulting editor 



for the Journal of Christian Education. He has also served 
as president of the National Association of Professors 
of Christian Education. For the past eight years, he has 
been pastor of the nearby Sale Creek Independent 
Presbyterian Church. 

Dr. Robert D. Andrews, assistant professor of Bible 
and Greek, is a Bryan alumnus who also holds the 
M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the 
M.A. from Tennessee Technological University, and 
the Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee. He has 
been on the Bryan staff since 1971, serving as dean of 
men until this year and teaching part-time in the divi- 
sion. This year he has taught full time. 

Alan N. Winkler, assistant professor of Bible, will 
soon complete his eighteenth year at Bryan. As a Greek 
major at Bryan graduating with the class of 1960, he 
holds the master of theology from Dallas Theological 
Seminary and has served for over seventeen years as 
pastor of the Ogden Baptist Church near Dayton. In 
1977 he spent the fall semester on sabbatical at the 
American Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. 

W. Gary Phillips, assistant professor of Bible and 
Greek, is now in his sixth year at Bryan. He is a candi- 
date for the doctor of theology at Grace Theological 
Seminary and is in the process of writing his disserta- 
tion. His teaching methods and ability to communicate 
with college young people have made him a four-time 
recipient of the Teacher-of-the-Year award. He is also 
an instructor on the teaching faculty for Walk Thru the 
Bible seminars and was co-recipient in 1982 of their 
Outstanding Teacher award. 

G. Craig Williford, Jr., assistant professor of Chris- 
tian Education, the newest member of the division, is a 
1981 graduate with a master of arts degree from the 
Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary. In addi- 
tion to his teaching responsibilities, he and his wife have 
been active in conducting leadership training and mar- 
riage seminars in affiliation with the Baptist Expression 
of Marriage Encounter, a lay movement based in Den- 
ver, Colorado. The Willifords are now the southeastern 
regional clergy couple directing the program for thir- 
teen states. 

Dr. Irving L. Jensen 

More than twenty-five years ago, Dr. Irving L. Jensen 
began a writing career that has led to his completion of an 
array of books and Bible study guides covering the entire 
sixty-six books of the Bible. 

During these years of prolific writing, Dr. Jensen has also 
been a full-time professor of Bible at Bryan . The purpose of 
this issue of Bryan LlFE-to present the Bible department- 
cannot be accomplished without giving due consideration to 
the outstanding work of this diligent scholar of God's Word. 
One of our editors conducted the following interview with 
Dr. Jensen: 

How did you get started writing? 

I really started when the editor of Moody Monthly 
called me and asked if I would write an article on the 
inductive method of study for the February 1958 issue, 
which was to be devoted to Bible study. I did this and 
enjoyed it very much. In the process of preparing this 

article, I realized that there was a great deal more to 
write on this subject; so I decided on my own to write 
more material that could become chapters in a book. At 
that time I didn't really think that I would approach a 

However, I prepared an outline of what I wanted to 
do; and when I got well along the way in my project, I 
wrote to a few publishers. Moody Press was one of the 
publishers to whom I wrote and was one of the few that 
asked to be informed when I had finished. 

I sent the material to Moody, whose reviewers had 
the manuscript for nearly a year before I heard that it 
was accepted for publication. Since publishers always 
select the title that they feel will best attract the atten- 
tion of prospective readers, they chose the name Inde- 
pendent Bible Study. 

So it was really Moody Monthly that launched my 
writing career with the single article; and then after 
writing the first book for Moody Press, I was contacted 
and asked to write specific books. In fact, the next 
book, Acts, An Inductive Study, was written in response 
to the request that I apply the method of inductive study 
to a particular book. 

Have you written for other organizations too? 

Yes. Harvest House published the Laytnan's Bible 
Study Notebook in 1978, and I wrote one book onMethods 
of Bible Study, which is used by the day-school move- 
ment. Educational Research Associates. Then for 
Scripture Press I wrote an adult Sunday school com- 
mentary that will be coming out in a year or two in its 
series. Now I am writing for Campus Crusade under 
Here's Life Publishers. 

Then, too, a number of the Moody books are being 
translated into other languages. Because Moody Press 
handles all the arrangements for these translations, I 
don't even know about them until their completion. 
Some of the study guides have been printed in fifteen 
different languages, and right now the Old Testament 
Survey is being translated into Chinese. 




JAMES 3:13—4:12 









Irving L. Jensen 

Tell us more about your current project for Campus 

About a year and a half ago, two men from Here's 
Life Publishers approached me and asked if I would be 
interested in writing a series of study books especially 
designed to get young people to study the Bible on their 
own. At first I thought it would be almost impossible to 
write another group of study guides that would be 
different from the ones already printed by Moody 
Press; but after we talked about it here in my office, I 
realized from our conversation that there was some- 
thing I could do that would be entirely different from the 
Moody series. I agreed to work up a format for the 
publishers to examine my ideas. I prepared a sample of 
the material with recreated Bible texts in which the 
important key words have been highlighted to provide a 
quick outline. Questions have been printed opposite to 
the text to guide the student in making his own observa- 
tions about the text. The publishers were enthusiastic 
about my plan; so I started with the book of Mark, and 
then I wrote Romans and John. Now I am working on 
the non-Pauline epistles. There will be twelve books 
covering the whole New Testament with about one 
hundred pages in each book. The first book, Mark, will 
be published this spring. Later we plan to do the Old 
Testament in the same manner, which the publisher 
calls a "Do-it- Yourself" Bible study guide. Preparing 
this material has really been a very exciting experience . 

This leads to my next question: Which project have you 
found the most exciting to prepare? 

That is very difficult to answer because all my writing 
is the creative type, and that is always exciting. But 
when I was writing the first book, that was the excite- 
ment of pioneering — leading I knew not where because 
there were no plans laid out ahead. I didn't even know 
that I would have a published book; so that first project 
had its own special kind of excitement. The most 
gratifying projects were the Old Testament and New 
Testament surveys, because I put together the vast 







This wisdom not from above . . . earthly 










But wisdom from above. pure \\ 


peaceable 1 | 
gentle ... II 


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4:1 \ 


Whence come wars? 









— ye desire to hov« 
—ye have not 

amount of material that I had been gathering for a 
number of years in my teaching experience here at 
Bryan. The series I am doing at present is most exciting 
because of the expectation of the way it will be used and 
the result it will produce. The plan is to use it on college 
campuses served by the ministries of Campus Crusade. 
The most difficult project I did was the Moody study 
guides, because I tried to make every one different, 
even to the introduction in which I attempted to bring 
out a different angle of Bible study. But knowing that 
everything I wrote was going to be published, I had 
momentum and strong motivation for that writing. 

How many books has Moody Press printed with your 

Moody has published 52 books, and there have been 
three other publishers for a total of 55 books. Of course, 
these do not include the series on which I am now 

Do you have any other comments about your writing 

One of the very important helps to me has been the 
secretarial work that my wife, Charlotte, has done for 
me. She has done the typing over the years for all these 
books and also has done proofreading. Our children 
having helped at certain times, it was often a family 
project; but I especially appreciate the great deal of 
work which Charlotte has done. For instance, one of the 
latest manuscripts was 600 pages of typed materials. 
She is now working full time in this way with real 
enjoyment , for Bible truths are opened up to her even as 
she types. 

One of the things that have helped so much has been 
the freedom that I have had at Bryan with a minimum of 
extra obligations, making it possible for me to concen- 
trate first on my teaching and then on writing. The 
materials that I prepare for my classes contribute also to 
my writing, so that the two ministries support each 
other. It is mainly during the summer and other vaca- 
tion times that I can spend the longer periods of time 
necessary to get the volume of writing done. 

SPRING 1983 



.Practical Christian Involvement 
is the student organization which 
serves as a channel for volunteer 
participation in a number of minis- 
tries, ranging from working with 
children to showing consideration 
to the elderly. Its purpose is to train 
young men and women to become 
Christian leaders through practical 
experience and to reach out to the 
immediate community and even to 
foreign fields with the message of 
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The organization is administered 
by staff member Allen Kadlec '81. 
who is also resident director of 
Cedar Hill dormitory. Mr. Kadlec is 
a Christian Education graduate who 
works with the student leaders in at 
least a dozen different aspects of 
ministry. His own evaluation of his 
relationship with students and fac- 
ulty in the following paragraphs 
highlights the significance of this 
service organization: 

"Working as director of Practical 
Christian Involvement has been a 
very profitable experience for me. 
My classroom training took on a 
whole new perspective when I 
graduated and began to apply that 
training to my job. This is the pri- 
mary objective of PCI — to help stu- 
dents apply what they are learning 
in the classroom to real life situa- 
tions and thus make them hungry 
for more knowledge and eager for 

"Directing PCI has helped me to 
recognize some of my own 
strengths and weaknesses as well as 
to identify desires and potential of 
which I was previously unaware. I 
enjoy working with the students and 
learning from them. The greatest en- 
joyment comes in watching a stu- 
dent develop leadership abilities 
which he can use far beyond Bryan 


"One of the greatest challenges to 
me comes from the fact that PCI is 
entirely voluntary; so it is important 
to motivate the students to partici- 
pate. I am encouraged by the sup- 
port PCI receives from our stu- 
dents, for approximately 70 percent 
of all Bryan students have been in- 
volved in some area of PCI during 
this school year. Faculty and staff 
interest is very high also as revealed 
in a recent survey. Most of the fac- 
ulty and staff view PCI as an essen- 
tial part of the total education pro- 
gram at Bryan as well as a valuable 
channel to provide ministry oppor- 
tunities for students. Following is a 
list of ministries in which approxi- 
mately 375 students are participants 
this year": 

Big Brother/Big Sister program 
provides personal contact for about 
fifty college students with as many 
children in the community on a 
weekly friendship level through so- 
cial and athletic activities planned 
especially for them. 

Bible Fellowships among college 
students have been organized for 
weekly sessions in about thirty 
small groups in the dormitories. 

Gospel Gimpers are organized 
into two puppet teams that accept 
appointments in churches and with 
other PCI ministries in the area. 

LIFE is the organization that 
reaches out to high-school students 
through Bible study sessions and 
personal discipleship as conducted 
by some half dozen collegians. 

Gospel Teams, composed of thirty 
to forty students in each of two 
teams and a smaller ten-member 
team, take frequent Sunday ap- 
pointments in local churches and 
also visit nursing homes. 

Nursing home visitation is shared 
by some twenty students who visit 
in two local nursing facilities each 
week to spend time with elderly 

Bible classes for children con- 
ducted weekly attract a large 
number of student participants who 
give illustrated Bible stories and 
teach Gospel songs and choruses. 

Jail ministry is shared by four 
students who go to the jail weekly to 
share Christ with prisoners. 

"Big brother" Byron Alexander, a 
senior from Charlotte, N.C., shares with 
an adopted "little brother." 



Student Missions Fellowship em- 
phasizes missions by inviting col- 
lege students to hear missionary 
speakers and reports and to pray for 
various mission fields of the world 
each week. 

Summer Missions Program has 
about fifteen candidates for short- 
term summer missionary service in 
various areas of the world. Training 
sessions and financial assistance are 
provided through student-fostered 

Bible clubs and ministry to men- 
tally handicapped children are two 
new ministries being organized this 
spring for further community out- 


To give the student perspective of 
this privilege for Christian service 
through the channels afforded at 
Bryan, the following comments 
about their involvements are re- 
corded from interviews: 

Dick Hart, senior and son of mis- 
sionary parents in Lima, Peru: "I 
find this ministry very beneficial 
because it has given me the oppor- 
tunity to put into practice the 
spiritual lessons I have learned here 
at school. Teaching children and 
being a big brother have enabled me 
to reach out to children in the com- 
munity. Seeking to answer their 
questions has helped me to examine 
what I actually believe. Then seeing 
God work in the lives of other 
people has been encouraging and 
strengthening in my own Christian 
life. Through our Bible Fellowship, 
I have become better acquainted 
with a small group of guys, learning 

James Freuler and Colleen Hirneisen in center cheer nursing home patients with their 
smiles and words of comfort. 

Paul Lindstrom and Joe Talone make 
weekly visits to the jail. 

from them the importance of not 
having a superficial attitude in deal- 
ing with others. Being involved in 
PCI has helped me to develop or- 
ganizational and leadership skills 
which will be needed when I leave 
Bryan after this year." 

Marianne Burdick, freshman 
from Hudsonville, Michigan: "It 
has really been very rewarding to 
teach Bible stories to children and 
also it has been a practical tool to 
help prepare me for a future career 
in teaching. I appreciate the oppor- 
tunity to be in one of the Gospel 
teams to visit churches in the area 
and meet new people. As a Big Sis- 
ter I have been glad to help a small 
girl through hard times and to share 
fun times with her too." 

Kent Johnson, senior from Dixon, 
Illinois: "Bible Fellowship has been 
a good influence in my life because I 
feel that I'm a part of a closely knit 
group. It has helped me to grow 
spiritually and to make me feel use- 
ful for the Lord. At first when I was 
teaching children's Bible classes, I 
felt the pressure for time to keep up 
with school work. But now I feel 
rewarded because it has helped me 
learn how to teach a lesson to chil- 
dren and to be creative to keep their 

Tom Anglea, junior from College 
Park, Georgia: "Singing Scriptural 
songs with the Gospel team first of 
all lifts my own soul, and then it 
gives me an outreach to others. I 
appreciate the experience of singing 

with this choral group and also shar- 
ing my testimony in various 

Stephen Shields, senior from 
Ringgold, Virginia: "Since I have 
come to Bryan, I have had the op- 
portunity to teach the Bible to local 
children and have headed up the 
campus Bible Fellowship groups 
and the local nursing home minis- 
tries. Visiting in the nursing home 
with the elderly has been a special 
joy. I truly appreciate being given 
the opportunity to obey my Lord 
and serve Him through the PCI 
ministries. I have also found the 
leadership experience that I have 
received to be valuable." 

Miriam Lahdeaho, sophomore 
from Helsinki, Finland: "I have 
found it exciting to go to the Bible, 
pull out the truths, and then teach 
these truths and show their applica- 
tion as I tell Bible stories to the chil- 
dren . I am glad to give of myself and 
my time in this way, and I am learn- 
ing right along with the children I 

Valerie Smith, sophomore from 
Largo, Florida: "Going to the nurs- 
ing home gives me the opportunity 
to have an effect on an individual's 
life and in turn to have that one in- 
fluence me. It has opened my eyes 
to realize that there are many lonely 
people in the world. It's great to let 
some of these lonely people know 
that you love them and want to help 
them and to feel the love they re- 

SPRING 1983 



(Names in italics are those of Bryan alumni) 

January 5-7, 1983 


Dr. Ian Hay, General Director, SIM 

Miss Marilyn Laszlo, Translator, 

Wycliffe Bible Translators 
Mr. Dennis Cochrane, Assistant to 

the Director, WBT 


Africa Evangelical Fellowship 
American Messianic Fellowship 
American Missionary Fellowship 
AMG International 
Association of Baptists for World 

Berean Mission 

Bible Christian Union 

Bible Club Movement 

Bible Literature International 

Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission 

CAM International 
Cedine Bible Mission 

Child Evangelism Fellowship 
Cleveland Hebrew Mission 
Foreign Mission Board of the 
Southern Baptist Convention 

Gospel Missionary Union 

Greater Europe Mission 

Hope Aglow Ministries 

Inner City Impact 

International Christian Fellowship 

International Missions 
International Students 
Messianic Ministry to Israel 
Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ 
Missionary Internship 

North Africa Mission 
Open Air Campaigners 
Overseas Missionary Fellowship 
RBMU International 
SEND International 
SIM International 

Slavic Gospel Association 
Source of Light Mission 
South America Mission 
Teen Missions International 

The Evangelical Alliance Mission 

Friends of Israel 

The Kentucky Mountain Mission 
The Navigators 
The Pocket Testament League 

The World Radio Missionary Fellowship 
UFM International 
United World Mission 
Village Missions 
World Reach 


World Vision 

Worldwide Discipleship Association 

Worldwide Evangelistic Crusade 

Wycliffe Bible Translators 

Rev. James Reese, song leader and 

Marilyn Laszlo and Beverly Entz 
Ezequiel Martinez 
Members of student body and faculty 


Robert Schultz 
Wesley and Lori Taber 
Don Adams, Wilbur Rigby 
Larry Smith, Louise Ebner 
Frederic Patton 

Hugh Coombs 
David Bennett 
Thomas Sacher 
Stephen Griffith 
David Johnson 

Albert and Doris Barber 

P. Dwight Zimmerman, Howard 

Tannahill, Francis and Hazel Neddo, 

Jim Sutherland 
Al Kent, Rick Rosenbaum 
Florence Hagen 
Ronald Coker 

Rex Sandiford, Carl and Ethel 

Duane Bixel , Darwin and June Neddo 
Chaplain Martin Lowell 
John Thompson 
Ed Welch 

Dick and Cindy Bailey 

Robert Culver 

Stanley Rosenthal 

Willie Foote 

Dwight and Barbara Gradin 

Lew Brammer 

Dennis and Sue King 

Michael Guy 

Cooper Battle 

Ronald Hageman, Frank Allen 

Ian and June Hay, Charles and 

Lucille Anderson 
A. Reid Jepson 
Bud and Snooky Taylor 
Douglas Stromberg 
Harold and Ruth Young 

June Salstrom, John Rathbun 

Fred Hartman, Zelpha Russell 

Lan Stapleton 

Randy Beaudin 

John Jessberg 

Herb and Faye Kinard 

Sharon Hinchman 

Will Chandler 

Charles and Marilyn Seamans 

Ezequiel Martinez 

Clayton Irmeger 

Wayne Gardner 

Julian Reese 

Thomas Marks, Jr. 

Dennis Cochrane, Marilyn Laszlo, 

Beverly Entz , Rick and Marilyn 

Speece, Audrey Mayer 


Dr. Ian Hay, genera! director of SIM 
International and chairman of the Bryan 
board of trustees, sets forth from the book of 
Romans the Biblical responsibility to share 
Jesus Christ and, in a companion message, 
he shows how this responsibility is being 
translated into action in one specific area in 
Africa. The following articles are con- 
densed versions of those two messages. 

In the introduction to Romans 
we see what is in Paul's mind as he 
writes this tremendous epistle. In I 
Corinthians 4:2, Paul said that "it is 
required in stewards that a man be 
found faithful." He was very con- 
scious of what it meant to be a stew- 
ard. He accepted that responsibil- 
ity to be faithful as he picked up his 
quill to write to the people in Rome, 
most of whom he had never seen. 
He expresses his deep desire to go 
to Rome, but up to this point he had 
been hindered. He says, "The 
reason that I want to come to you is 
to have some fruit among you even 
as among the rest of the Gentiles." 

Note that word Gentiles. We will 
see it again. The word that Paul used 
here is the word from which we get 
our word ethnic. It is translated in 
the Old Testament by the word na- 
tions. He is not talking about Gen- 
tiles in contrast to Jews, but rather 
he is talking about the nations of the 
world. In chapter 15 he could say, 
"All the way from Palestine up to 
Illyricum I have preached the Gos- 
pel; I have shared the Good News 
among these nations." Now he 
wants to come to Rome to do it. 

Paul's reason is stated in Romans 
1:14-17: "I am debtor both to the 
Greeks and to the barbarians, both 
to the wise and to the foolish; thus 
for my part I am eager to preach the 
Gospel to you also who are in 




by Ian M. Hay '50 

Rome. For I am not ashamed of the 
Gospel for it is the power of God for 
salvation to everyone who believes, 
to the Jew first and» also to the 
Greek. For in it the righteousness of 
God is revealed from faith to faith, 
as it is written, but the righteous 
man shall live by faith." In these 
verses Paul shows us what it means 
to be a steward and the responsibil- 
ity that a steward has. 

Remember the parable of the 
pounds, in which a rich man called 
his servants and gave to each one 
the same sum of money. The ser- 
vants were to live off the money and 
to return it to the master with in- 

But what is the pound? In I 
Timothy 1:11, Paul speaks of the 
glorious Gospel, which has been 
committed to his trust — that's what 
the pound is. Every Christian, re- 
gardless of his talents or abilities, 
regardless of whether he is rich or 
poor, learned or unlearned, edu- 
cated or uneducated — it makes no 
difference — has committed to him 
the same thing. When he comes to 
Christ, he receives the gift of 
salvation — the Gospel; and he is 
supposed to do something with that 
internally. He is to be changed from 
glory to glory in the face of Jesus 
Christ. In that way he takes the 
pound that is given to him: and 
when Christ comes back, he is to 
give back to Him more than he re- 
ceived because he has been obe- 
dient through the power of the Holy 
Spirit and has been growing in 

So the pound that is given to us 
blesses us, but it also gives us re- 
sponsibility. With Paul we have to 
say, "I am in debt." As we look at 
the life of Paul, we see that recur- 
rent theme. For instance, in I 
Corinthians 9, Paul says, "Woe is 
me if I preach not the Gospel of 
Christ." He is saying: "I've got to 
communicate the Gospel to the 
Greeks or barbarians, to the wise or 
fools among these ethnic groups. I 
am in debt to them." 

Now what is this Gospel that he is 
talking about? Part of the Gospel is 
the fact that people apart from the 

knowledge of Jesus Christ are lost in 
their sins. In II Corinthians 4, Paul 
says that if the Gospel is veiled or 
hidden, it is hidden to those who are 
lost, or those who are perishing. 
That is an awesome word. Any time 
we speak it we have to do so with 
tears in our hearts and in our minds. 
However, it is a Biblical fact 
whether everybody wants to accept 
it or not! 

Only God can speak authorita- 
tively about man's condition. We 
can't base our understanding of 
man's condition on anthropology or 
sociology — only on what God has 
said. We see in Romans 1:18 
through 3:19 that Paul is emphasiz- 
ing the wrath of God that is revealed 
against all ungodliness and unright- 
eousness of men. 

In verse 20, he says, "Since the 
creation of the world His invisible 
attributes. His eternal power and 
His divine nature have been clearly 
seen, being understood through 

/ got to the village just in 
time to watch my friend 
offer a sacrifice. 

what was made, so that they are 
without excuse." A revelation of 
God has been made to all men — His 
eternal power and His godhead. 
Everybody knows that. "The 
heavens declare the glory of God 
and the firmament shows His hand- 
iwork," the Psalmist tells us. 

Thirty-one years ago we were in 
Nigeria and had the privilege of 
working among the Gbari tribe. We 
were trying to learn their language. 
We didn't have a language school, 
but in the mornings we sat with a 
teacher or informant. Then in the 
afternoon, we went out to try to use 
what we had learned. 

I remember one afternoon I came 
across a farmer tilling his soil. The 
rains had begun and he was busy 
working. I stopped to greet him. 
Hoping for a conversation, I said, 
"I see that you are farming." He 
said, "Yes," and that ended that 
conversation. But I persevered, 
"Well, you are planting your seeds; 
do you think you are going to have a 
good harvest this year?" I could al- 
most see the wheels spinning in his 
mind as he looked at me and 
thought, "This crazy white man is 
asking me if I am going to have a 

good harvest when I am just putting 
seeds in the ground. How do I know 
whether I am going to have a good 
harvest or not?" But what he actu- 
ally said to me was a very interest- 
ing thing. He said, "If Shekwohi 

Now the Gbari people are 
animists. They don't worship sticks 
and stones, but they do worship the 
spirits whom they call the Ekwohi. 
But this farmer didn't say, "If the 
Ekwohi (the spirits) will." He said, 
"If the Shekwohi wills." So I 
asked, "Who is he?" And I got a 
lesson in theology from that Gbari 
farmer. He said: "Don't you know 
who Shekwohi is? He is the One 
who made everything. He's the 
Great One of the heavens. He sends 
the sunshine. He sends the rain." 
And he told me about God. I made it 
a point to keep going back to see my 
new friend. Each time as his corn 
got higher, I asked the same ques- 
tion. "Are you going to have a good 
harvest this year?" Always he said 
the same thing, "If Shekwohi wills 
(if God wills), I am going to have a 
good harvest." 

Harvest time came, and there was 
no famine in Africa that year. My 
friend went out and cut down his 
crops. The women carried them 
back into the village to be stored 
away in the granary. I got to the 
village just in time to watch my 
friend offer a sacrifice at the com- 
pletion of his harvest. The blood 
and feathers of a chicken were 
smeared on the outside of the gran- 
ary. I waited until he was finished 
and congratulated him on the great 
harvest. Then I asked, "Tell me, 
what were you doing just now?" 
"Oh," he said, "I was giving thanks 
for my harvest." I replied, "That's 
a good thing to do. To whom were 
you giving thanks?" "I was thank- 
ing the Ekwohi (the spirits) for my 
harvest," he answered. 

I said: "Don't you remember me? 
Do you remember what I asked 
you all year as I came to visit you? 
What did you answer?" He thought 
for a minute and then he said, 
"Well, I always said, 'If Shekwohi 
wills.' " I said: "Shekwohi willed 
(God willed) and you had a good 
harvest. Why are you thanking the 
Ekwohi (the spirits)?" He thought 
for a moment and said: "Well, 
Shekwohi is good. You don't need 

SPRING 1983 


to worry about Him. It is the evil 
ones we have to worry about, and so 
I give thanks to them." 

And in Romans 1, I read: "That 
though they know God, they wor- 
ship Him not as God, neither are 
they thankful," and therefore "they 
are without excuse." I have yet to 
find a tribe in Africa that has no 
concept of God. They know His 
eternal power and His godhead, but 
what they know of God is faulty. 
They don't know anything about the 
Savior and His love. 

In Romans 2: 14 and 15, Paul tells 
us that these people are condemned 
by their conduct, their conscience, 
and their memory. So Paul says, "I 
am a debtor because I have had 
committed to my trust the Gospel, 
the truth that people are lost." The 
lostness of men is part of what Paul 
called "my Gospel." Paul believed 
that men can be lost, and they are. 

However, Paul also believed that 
lost men can be saved. Starting with 
Romans 3:21, really the heart and 
core of the Bible, we find Paul say- 
ing: "But now apart from the law, 
the righteousness of God has been 
manifested .... even the right- 
eousness of God through faith in 
Jesus Christ for all those who be- 
lieve, for there is no distinction: for 
all have sinned and fall short of the 
glory of God. . . ." That's true, but 
all can be "justified as a gift by His 
grace through the redemption which 
is in Christ Jesus." And the rest of 
Paul's writing through the book of 
Romans is what it means to be jus- 
tified, what it means to be 
sanctified, what it means to be 
glorified, what it means to live a 

Strangely enough, God 
allowed that new Christian 
to be bitten by a snake 
and die. 

godly life here on earth. It is all a 
part of the Gospel. Paul says: "That 
is committed to my trust. I am a 
debtor, and I must preach that Gos- 
pel. It is my responsibility." 

Paul was delighted at the privilege 
of taking that which was committed 
to his trust, recognizing his stew- 
ardship responsibility, and doing 
something with it. He could hardly 

wait to get to Rome, even though 
going to Rome meant going to jail. 
On his way to Jerusalem prior to 
this, he said: "Bondage and afflic- 
tion await me. I don't care. Neither 
count I my life dear unto myself, so 
that I might finish my course with 
joy." Because he understood what 
it meant to be a steward of the grace 
of God, because the pound given to 
him was the Gospel, he could say, 
"I am not ashamed of the Gospel, 
because it is the dynamite, the 
power of God." 

In the very first bush village that 
my wife and I visited after we had 
grasped the language, one young 
man came to Christ. When he did, 
his older brother persecuted him 
unmercifully. Strangely enough. 
God allowed that new Christian to 
be bitten by a snake and die. As I 
went to the village, I questioned 
why God had allowed the only 
Christian among the Gbari people 
on the west bank of the Kaduna 
River to die. When I got out there, I 
found the answer. The first one to 
come to see me was Jugaba, that 
older brother, who had persecuted 
his younger brother. He had never 
seen anybody die as his brother did. 
He wanted to know what his brother 
knew. And Jugaba became a Chris- 
tian. Like Paul, he was transformed 
from a persecutor of the church to a 
flaming evangelist. There are 
churches in several villages today 
that exist because of Jugaba. What 
brought about that transformation? 
The power of God in his life. 

What does it mean to be a stew- 
ard? It means to take the good thing 
that has been committed to our trust 
and invest it so that when the Mas- 
ter comes back we can give Him His 
own back with interest. 

We Christians have all the bless- 
ings of God showered upon us. The 
Scriptures say that we are debtors, 
we are stewards of the good things 
God has given to us. What do we do 
with them? What do we do with the 
commands that God gives to us? 

"It's required in stewards that a 
man be found faithful." Are we re- 
ceiving all the blessings but just 
keeping them for ourselves? I pray 
that God will so stir our hearts today 
that we will be eager to be faithful 
stewards of the Gospel of the grace 
of God through sharing the knowl- 
edge of Jesus Christ. 


by Ian M. Hay '50 

In 1517, when Martin Luther 
nailed his theses to the church door 
in Wittenberg, there were fewer 
than one billion people in the world. 
In 1793. when the modern mission- 
ary movement began with William 
Carey, there were just barely over 
one billion. Even in our own 20th 
century when the great missionary 
convention was held in Edinburgh 
in 1910 with the cry "to reach 
everybody in our generation," 
there were still just over two billion 
on the globe. But look at the expo- 
nential growth from that time till 
now. The world's population has 
increased to almost five billion 

Let this figure of five billion burn 
into your mind! 

Consider that today there are al- 
most twice as many Chinese as 
there were people in the whole 
world when Jesus looked into the 
eyes of His disciples and said, "You 
are to go and make disciples of all 
the nations. You are to reach every 
creature." Five billion people! 

Of those five billion people, the 
statisticians tell us that approxi- 
mately 2.7 billion could be called 
unreached people. By that term we 
mean people who have no near 
neighbor who can tell them who 
Jesus is. 

And that's a tragedy. Scripture 
declares that for a person to be 
saved, the Word has to be brought 
near to his heart. These 2.7 billion 
people have nobody to bring that 
Word near to them. How then will 
those people be saved? Only when 
somebody brings the Word near to 
them! It is people reaching people 
that Paul talks about in Romans 

In Romans 15:15, Paul sees him- 
self as a priest who brings a sacrifice 
to God when he goes out and 
reaches the Gentiles — the ethnic 
groups. So, when we read that we 
are a royal priesthood, our sacrifice 
should contain the offering up of the 
nations to Him. That's how these 
people are going to hear and be 

Consider how the nations in the 
Mediterranean basin were reached 
with the gospel during the first cen- 
tury. They were reached by people 




who went to them and brought the 
Word of God near to their hearts. 
When that happened, they believed, 
they confessed, "and they were 
saved. And thus salvation spread. 
How are the unreached peoples of 
our generation going to be reached? 
Only when people like us tell them. 

To do this formidable task, we 
must have a workable strategy. 
First we need to identify the 2.7 bil- 
lion unreached people. But there 
are too many; it's all too mind- 
boggling. How can we comprehend 
that number of people? Let's try to 
reduce the number. We'll take just 
one segment — the Muslim world 
with its 700 million. 

To start with 700 million is much 
better than trying to start with 2.7 
billion; but, honestly, I still don l 
know what to do with 700 million. 
That's three times the population of 
the United States. How can we 
reach 700 million Muslims? 

Again, let's limit ourselves — this 
time to the continent of Africa, 
where 250 million of these Muslims 
live. Now in our consideration of 
numbers, we have gone from 5 bil- 
lion to 2.7 billion, to 700 million, to 
250 million. How then do we reach 
250 million Muslims on the conti- 
nent of Africa? 

In 1975 SIM's International 
Council decided we were going to 
try to identify the unreached people 
contiguous to the places where we 
were already working. An assign- 
ment was given to each of the Mis- 
sion's directors in Africa: Find the 
unreached pockets of people right 
where you are. 

Eighteen months later, in 
November 1976, we had a meeting 
of all those directors to bring back 
their reports. The director from 
Liberia identified a group of people 
in Liberia called the Mandingos. He 
didn't know very much about them 
at that time, but he did know that no 
one was doing anything to reach 
them. As we listened, talked, and 
prayed around the table, we con- 
cluded as they did in the first cen- 
tury ("It seemed good to the Holy 
Spirit and to us. . . .") that we 
ought to do something about reach- 
ing the Mandingos. 

I came back from that conference 
and asked one of my colleagues to 
research the Mandingos: how many 
there were, where they came from 

Reaching the billions by 
starting with millions 

originally, and where they were 
presently located. Through the 
month of December, he did his re- 
search and found some fascinating 
facts about them. 

What really surprised us was that 
in January of that year there was 
published Roots, in which Alex 
Haley reported his discovery that 
his ancestor was Kunta Kinte, a 
Malinke from Gambia. 

The Malinke had an empire in 
West Africa long before there were 
empires in Europe. Today there are 
still 7 million of these people in West 
Africa, scattered in Ivory Coast, 
Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea. The 
Mandingo of Liberia belong to this 
larger ethnic group. 

I don't know quite how to reach 
2.7 billion people, but I think it is an 
achievable goal to reach the 7 mil- 
lion Malinke. In our mission we de- 
cided we could begin with the Man- 
dingo in Liberia. We started broad- 
casting to them in 1976. At that time 
there were already some believers 
who had been won earlier through 
the work of the Christian and Mis- 
sionary Alliance ministries in 
Guinea; but most of that 7 million 
Malinke are unreached peoples, 
part of the 2.7 billion identified ear- 
lier. The only possible way that they 
can come to a knowledge of Christ is 
for somebody to go and tell. 

Now, who will go? And who will 
send? The ultimate answer is that 
God sends missionaries. But how 
does He do it? We understand that 
question better when we read the 
Scriptures. Jesus said, "Pray ye the 
Lord of the harvest that He will 
thrust forth laborers into the har- 
vest" (Matthew 9:38). 

There is another portion of Scrip- 
ture that emphasizes this. It is 
Psalm 2, a psalm written in four 

stanzas. In the first stanza, the na- 
tions speak; in the second, God the 
Father speaks; in the third, God the 
Son speaks; and in the fourth, God 
the Holy Spirit speaks. 

The Son says, "I will surely tell 
you the decree of the Lord. He said 
to Me, Thou art my Son, Today I 
have begotten Thee. Ask of Me and 
I will surely give the nations as 
Thine inheritance, and the ends of 
the earth as Thy possession" (ver- 
ses 7, 8). Just as in John 17, we have 
here a picture of the Eternal Son in 
His ministry of intercession. 

The New Testament teaches us 
that our hearts ought to be so united 
with His that we want to join Him in 
His prayer. We are taught to ask, 
and the promise is that He will give 
the nations. I think we need to ask 
God to teach us to pray big prayers 
for the nations. "O God, give us the 
nations! Give us the Mandingo!" In 
this way we need to pray around the 

As we identify all of the nations 
and pray such prayers in faith, our 
prayers will be brought before the 
Throne of God; and we will see 
dynamic results right here on earth 
(Revelation 8:3-5). I know that can 
happen. Missionary history illus- 
trates over and over that the 
dynamic of prayer brings results as 
the message of God is brought near 
to unreached people by humble, 
simple people like you and me. 

I covet for those unreached 
peoples, those nations that still re- 
main, that the same thing will hap- 
pen to them because we are willing 
to go and bring the Word near to 
these 2.7 billion in their various 
ethnic groups. 

We are asking for at least ten 
people to go out and work among 
the Mandingo people. There is al- 
ready one Bryan graduate that has 
something to do with the 
Mandingos — Ken Baker, who 
graduated in 1976. We need to pray 
that God will raise up others and 
thrust them forth. In this way God 
will give us the nations! 

May God help us to understand 
the implications of His Word and 
think about the nations. May I chal- 
lenge you to ask God to give you a 
nation and pray for that nation! Pray 
for your chosen ethnic group that 
the Lord will thrust forth the right 

SPRING 1983 




Faced with the continuing need 
for additional dormitory space over 
the past decade and having before 
them an array of more than twenty 
construction bids for the proposed 
new dormitory, the Board of Trus- 
tees at the January meeting reached 
a unanimous decision to select a 
contractor and to build the long- 
planned-for dormitory. 

Ground breaking on March 3, at 
the construction site adjacent to 
Long Dormitory, featured a service 
of music. Scripture reading, and 
prayer before the ceremonial turn- 
ing of shovels full of dirt by rep- 
resentatives of the student body, 
the faculty, the Board of Trustees, 
the alumni association, and the local 
advisory committee. 

Representatives of Barber and 
McMurry, of Knoxville, the college 
architect, and Jones-Robertson, of 
Winchester, Tennessee, the con- 
tractor, were among those joining in 
this assembly to celebrate the be- 
ginning of construction of another 
major building on Bryan campus. 


An evaluation committee from 
the Association of Christian 
Schools International (ACSI) vis- 
ited Bryan in early February to 
evaluate the Education Department 
to determine its eligibility for ACSI 
approval. A growing number of 
education majors are interested in 
teaching in Christian day schools, 
and the ACSI certification is an 
asset to those seeking teaching posi- 

The evaluation committee was 
led by Dr. Bruce Alcorn, chairman 
of the Education Department at 
Grace College, Winona Lake, In- 
diana. Other members of the com- 
mittee included: Dr. Marshall Gil- 
lam, from DeKalb Christian 
Academy in Atlanta; Miss Patricia 
Landis, from Nyack College in 
Nyack, N.Y.; and Dr. John Schim- 
mer, Director of Teacher Certifica- 
tion for ACSI, from Dallas, Texas. 
Dr. Mayme Bedford, head of the 

Bryan Education Department, 
coordinated the evaluation visit. 

Before leaving campus, the 
evaluation committee reported its 
decision to recommend Bryan's 
teacher education program for ap- 
proval by the ACSI Commission. In 
commending the Bryan program as 
it now operates, the committee also 
made a number of recommenda- 
tions for future development. 
Notice of official approval has now 
been received. 

ACSI is a professional service or- 
ganization with a membership of 
approximately 1,900 elementary 
and secondary Christian schools 
and Christian colleges, representing 
a membership of 337,550 students in 
the United States. In addition, a 
number of missionary schools and 
national schools in other countries 
have membership with ACSI. Dr. 
Roy Lowrie, Jr., of Newtown 
Square, Pennsylvania, is president 
of ACSI. 

The overall purpose of ACSI is to 
upgrade the quality of Christian day 
schools by assisting them in 1) help- 
ing new schools to become estab- 
lished, 2) providing in-service train- 
ing for teachers and administrators, 
and 3) publishing a journal for its 
membership. ACSI is also heavily 
involved in legal and legislative mat- 
ters that concern the existence of 
Christian schools. 


During the last week in January, 
six Bryan juniors and seniors, ac- 
companied by Dr. Robert Spoede, 
professor of history, and Mrs. 
Spoede, participated in the annual 
Federal Seminar in Washington, 
D.C., sponsored by the National 
Association of Evangelicals. The 
seniors were Jim Durgin, of New- 
port, Rhode Island; Bobby DuVall, 
of Jacksonville, Florida; Leslie 
Ferris, of Knoxville, Tennessee; 
David Ragland, of Hodgenville, 
Kentucky; and the juniors were 
John Carpenter, of Buffalo, New 
York; and Dottie Frensley, of 
Franklin, Tennessee. 

The Bryan delegates, along with 

those from sixteen other Christian 
colleges, heard some twenty speak- 
ers representing various aspects of 
political life in Washington. 

After a film presentation, "The 
Second American Revolution," 
which advocated a return to 
Judeo-Christian heritage, Franky 
Schaeffer presented his views con- 
cerning the apathy of many evangel- 
icals toward public policy and is- 
sued a warning that the trend must 
be reversed in order to preserve the 
privileges of Christian colleges and 

Other highlights of the seminar 
were a speech by James Watt, 
Secretary of the Interior, and a de- 
bate on the topic "Should the 
United States adopt a freeze on nu- 
clear weapons?" 


Jack W. Clapper, of Orlando, 
Florida, has been appointed to the 
advancement staff as director of 
capital giving. 

Mr. Clapper was on the develop- 
ment staff of Malone College, Can- 
ton, Ohio, for eleven years and 
served two years as director of fund 
development and public relations 
for a Florida hospital. 

Mr. Clapper's career at Bryan 
began with his attendance at the 
March 11 and 12 banquets in Ft. 
Lauderdale and Jacksonville, 
Florida. He will give leadership to 
the capital campaign to raise $1 mil- 
lion needed to complete the costs of 
the new four-story dormitory which 
is now under construction. 

Although the base for extensive 
campaign field activity will be Mr. 
Clapper's office on campus, he and 
his wife, Dorothy, will retain their 
residence in Orlando. 


By winning their district title as this issue goes to press, the Bryan Lions 
basketball men qualified for the annual tournament of the National Christian 
College Athletic Association. Leading scorer for the Lions is Jason Peters, of 
Lansing, Michigan, who has averaged 15 points per game. The season's record 
was 19-14. 



for the 
New Dorm 

Bryan trustees throw the 
first dirt at the dormitory 
ground breaking. 

Bids received 
Contracts signed 
Ground breaking 
Completion date 

January 13, 1983 

February 21, 1983 

March 3, 1983 

Summer 1984 

March 3, 1983 

Amount Needed to Build New Dormitory 




Access road and parking lot 

Campaign expenses 


Architect's fees 

Total Needed 



Gifts and Pledges Received 

Alumni $ 





Other individuals 

Total Received 





SPRING 1983 


A Tribute To Miss Ruth Huston 



They that be wise shall shine as 
the brightness of the firmament; 
and they that turn tnany to right- 
eousness as the stars for ever and 
ever" (Daniel 12:3). 

Miss Ruth Huston, who spent her life sharing her 
knowledge of Jesus Christ with others, especially with 
the mountain people of eastern Kentucky, is an inspir- 
ing example of how God can use a person who puts 
Jesus Christ first and follows on to know Him. 

Born to wealth and privilege in the family of the 
Lukens Steel Company of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, 
she invested her own life first and later used her inher- 
ited wealth to spread the gospel through her support of 
many Christian enterprises. Always praying about how 
to use her income , she gave money as she was led by the 
Holy Spirit, not as she was pressured to do so. Her 
generosity notably influenced the growth and develop- 
ment of the Scripture Memory Mountain Mission, of 
Emmalena, Kentucky, of which she became a charter 
member at its founding in 1932. 

But even before this stewardship of her share of the 
family fortune began, she herself had become a career 
missionary in the Appalachian region of southeastern 
Kentucky, whose mountains and people she dearly 
loved. By her own testimony. Miss Huston was influ- 
enced to use her life to count for something worthwhile 
by the example of her parents both in their own personal 
lives and by their Christian concern for the welfare of 
the industrial community created by the five-generation 
iron and steel business in the Brandywine Valley of 

This family heritage, however, stretched back nearly 
two hundred years to her great-great -grandmother Re- 
becca Lukens (1790-1854), who, left a widow at the age 
of thirty-one with small daughters, ran the iron business 
with notable success for twenty years until one of the 
daughters grew up and married Charles Huston, who 
then became head of the business. For her success in 
that early day in industry, remarkable Rebecca Lukens 
was chosen as one of the fifty outstanding women lead- 
ers in the history of the United States to be honored in 
the Bicentennial. To know the history of this family is to 
see that the sturdy character and astute business sense 
of Ruth Huston were rooted deeply in her English 
Quaker and Scottish Presbyterian heritage. 

After graduating from a finishing school and traveling 
for a time (a typical educational pattern of that day for 
girls from well-to-do families), she and a friend, by 
invitation of one of her former school teachers, went 
out to eastern Kentucky to visit the mission work that 
the teacher and her sister were engaged in as heads of a 
dormitory in a boarding mission school. That was 1923, 
when Leslie County, Kentucky, could be reached in the 
final stage of travel only on foot or horseback, and this 
young woman from Pennsylvania loved horseback rid- 

Following this introductory visit. Miss Huston re- 

turned in 1924 to Hyden to assist in the work for one 
year, especially to teach music. That one year of what 
we call today "short-term" service turned into a 
lifetime in her beloved Kentucky mountains, where she 
now lies buried on the grounds of beautiful Camp 
Nathanael. the home of Scripture Memory Mountain 

In her more than fifty years of helping to meet the 
spiritual, physical, and educational needs of youths and 
adults in southeastern Kentucky, Miss Huston taught 
Bible in Sunday schools, in homes, and in summer 
camps; she helped to sponsor a bookmobile library 
service; she used her music wherever the opportunity 
presented itself; and she performed that wide variety of 
services incident to missionary life. In the earlier years 
in Hyden, she kept a women's dormitory in her large 
home, named Cherry Corner; and she promoted civic 
improvements in the little town of Hyden, located not 
far from famed Hell-for-Sartin Creek. 

Miss Huston was the author of two books, Observa- 
tion of God's Timing in the Kentucky Mountains (1962), 
principally a personal account of her experiences over 
nearly forty years, and Acting Like Christians (1972), a 
handbook on the application of Christian teaching to 
daily living. Both of these books reflect her own 
spiritual struggles from the somewhat worldly, spiritual 
indifference of her youth to the spiritual maturity of her 
later years. 

Besides her full-time involvement in her own 
missionary service, she also found time to be interested 
in Christian ministries at a distance. Among these was 
her interest in Bryan College, a somewhat natural de- 
velopment from the fact that four of the children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Garland Franklin, founders and leaders of the 
Scripture Memory Mountain Mission, attended Bryan. 
Miss Huston's generous support of scholarships for 
Camp Nathanael young people was proverbial. She 
became a trustee of Bryan College in 1959, serving 
actively for nearly twenty years. 

In contrast to the futile, if not personally destructive, 
lives of so many people of inherited wealth. Miss Hus- 
ton stands as a superb example of the positive use of 
inherited wealth. No greater personal tribute could be 
paid to her than was voiced by Miss Mavie Adams, her 
assistant and companion for thirty-six years: "I've 
never regretted anything I ever did for Miss Huston; she 
is the finest Christian I have ever known." And a 
number of Christian organizations rise up to praise God 
for her financial generosity to them. 

Truly, "a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be 

Huston Hall, a dormitory for women. 



Jfflemorial (gifts; 

November 7, 1982, to March 14, 1983 

Donor In Memory of 

Mrs. Dorothy J. Mowrey 
Mrs. Ruby F. Coe 
Esson Presbyterian Church 
Miss Hulda E. White 
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Harries 
Mrs. Seawillow T. Sells 
Dr. and Mrs. Karl Keefer 

Mrs. Seawillow T. Sells 

Mr. and Mrs. Delbert E. York 
Miss Viola Lightfoot 
Mrs. Hugh L. Torbett 
Mrs. James F. Conner 
Mrs. Frances G. Cline 
Ms. Gwen Kyle 

Mr. and Mrs. Colville C. Weir 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Johnson 
Mrs. J. B. Goodrich 
Mr. and Mrs. Ola L. Denton 
Mrs. Lillian C. Payne 

Mrs. Glenn Woodlee 

Mrs. Mary Lee Kenyon 

Rev. and Mrs. John L. Edwards 

Mrs. Lucy W. Schubert 

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Walton 

Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Easterly 

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Fung 

Miss Margaret Ann McKinnon 

Mrs. Elmira Green 

Mrs. Elizabeth Skillern 
Mrs. Willie Eldridge 
Mrs. Laura Duncan 
Mr. T. J. Bond 
Mr. Fred Cain 

Mr. Lee Conley 

Mr. W. F. Weir 
Mr. Paul Klebaum 
Mr. Robert Stephens 
Miss Ruth Huston 
Mr. J. B. Goodrich 
Mrs. Pearl Hutcheson 
Mr. Lawrence Payne 
Mr. Ed Pierce 
Mr. Alvin Sneed 
Mr. Roy Perkins 
Julia and Gordon Nichols 

Mr. W. Chester Prows 

Mr. John J. Walton 

Mr. Floyd Price 

Mrs. Beatrice Iu Yuk Fung 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Barrett 

Mrs. Opal Sullivan 

Mrs. Seawillow Sells 
Mr. George C. Sells 
Mr. J. Roger Sells 

Mr. Roy Lavender 

Dr. and Mrs. William L. Ketchersid 

Mr. Clinton L. Cook 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Purser 

Mr. R. M. Efird 

Mr. and Mrs. Jess Clarke 

Mr. R. C. Garrison 
Mrs. William Harwood 

Dr. and Mrs. John W. Burton 

Mrs. Jessie Hambright 

Mrs. Frank B. Cook 

Mrs. Harry C. Johnson, Sr. 

Mr. Noah O. Pitts. Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Simms, Jr. 
Mr. Harry C. Johnson, Sr. 

In honor of Mrs. C. Harper Giles 

In honor of Mrs. Hamilton S. Burnett 


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 helps in 
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- 
edgment. In addition, the memorial acknowl- 
edgment will be listed in our quarterly periodi- 
cal, bryan Life. 

Your memorial gift is tax-deductible. You will 
receive an official tax-deductible receipt for 
your records. 

Send your memorial gift to: 
Living Memorials 
Bryan College 
Dayton, TN 37321 

Enclosed is my gift of $ in loving 

memory of: 


Given by 


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These bookplates symbolize two 
bequests which these friends left to the 
college for the purchase of books for 
the library. A bookplate of the style 
shown here will appear on the inside 
front cover of each volume placed in 
the collection as a memorial to these 
thoughtful friends. 

SPRING 1983 


Dr. Stanley 

Sixth Annual 


MAY 10-12, 1983 

Speakers: DR. CHARLES F. STANLEY, pastor 
First Baptist Church 
Atlanta, Georgia 

DR. DONALD E. HOKE, pastor 
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church 
Knoxville, Tennessee 

Open to pastors and their wives 

Dr. Hoke 

First Annual 


JULY 22-24, 1983 

Reunion Classes: 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973 
Welcome to ALL alumni 

Twentieth Annual 


JULY 25-30, 1983 

Speakers: DR. MALCOLM CRONK, pastor 
Camelback Bible Church 
Paradise Valley, Arizona 

REV. AND MRS. DONALD CRANE, missionaries 
Greater Europe Mission 

Youth Directors: BRENT FERGUSON, minister of youth and music 
First Baptist Church 
Dayton Tennessee 

Rosemont Grace Brethren Church 
Martinsburg, West Virginia 


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Dr. Cronk 

For details, write to: Bryan College 

Dayton, TN 37321 







SUMMER 1983 

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Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Dayton, Tennessee 37321 
(615) 775-2041 


Theodore C. Mercer 

Managing Editor: 

Rebecca Peck 

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. 
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Copyright 1983 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
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David C. Friberg, chairman of 
the Division of Fine Arts, is 
shown at the organ console in 
Rudd Chapel auditorium. 


The front and back cover 
photos plus photos on pages 8, 9, 
and 13 are by Mauldin Photog- 


Volume 8 

Summer 1983 

Number 4 

THE DIVISION OF FINE ARTS: The Biblical philosophy underly- 
ing the work of the Division, the program, and the faculty are 
presented. 3-6 

WINNING McKINNEY ESSAY: A graduating senior evaluates her 
Bryan experience and recommends a synthesis of three points of 
view in tension as a means to improving the quality of campus life. 7 

PICTORIAL REVIEW: Graduation and pastors' conference, two 

May events climaxing the academic year, are highlighted. 8-9 

PASTORS' CONFERENCE ECHOES: The importance of building 
godly self-esteem and of setting goals are the focus in these ex- 
tracts from two sermons. 10-11 

CAMPUS REVIEW: The naming of a gift collection and the recog- 
nition of staff for longevity of service are featured. 12-13 

"WITH A MOO-MOO HERE": Planned giving director Fred 
Stansberry writes with a bovine touch about the new gift annuity 
rates. 14 

MEMORIALS AND HONOR GIFTS: Memorial and honor gifts are 

listed, and three new scholarships are named. 15 


This issue focuses on the Division of Fine 
Arts, the fifth such issue to feature one of the 
six academic divisions of the college. Be- 
sides the program of instruction for the stu- 
dents who choose their major in this divi- 
sion, the curriculum also serves a wide spec- 
trum of students who elect to take courses in 
music and in art and to participate in the 
activities for personal enrichment. This at- 
tracting of the nonspecialist student in- 
creases the general education impact of the division far beyond the required 
introductory general education course. In its broad scope of extraclassroom 
service, the division coordinates the music for chapels, schedules an annual 
artist series, and sponsors art exhibits, including exhibits on loan. Off-campus 
community service adds a further dimension, which provides opportunities 
for students to develop in performing situations. 

The hallmark of this varied overall program of teaching, performance, and 
community service is an excellence deriving from the personal and profes- 
sional characteristics of the people who make up the division. Hard work and 
a spirit of cooperation are clearly evident in the carrying out of their respon- 
sibilities. The contribution of this division enriches the entire educational 

Theodore C. Mercer 

The Division 


Fine Arts 

In Genesis 1:27 we find that God created man in His 
own image. This makes man unique in his nature in that 
he possesses certain characteristics which are like God, 
his Creator. Man can think, reason, feel emotion, com- 
municate in a rational way, and make voluntary deci- 
sions. He can also create and appreciate beauty. 

One of the first things the Bible tells us about God is 
that He is the Creator(Gen. 1: 1). He created a beautiful 
world and then approved or enjoyed it ("it was good 
. . . . it was very good"). It is of utmost importance for 
the Christian to realize that the desire to create and 
enjoy beauty — whether in art , drama, literature, music, 
or nature — was designed into all human beings by our 
Creator. The "arts" are therefore a reflection of being 
created in God's image and should not be considered a 
"harmless diversion" or a "frivolous pastime." Al- 
though all men and women possess the gift of creativity 
to some extent, it is the Christian who recognizes God 
as the source of the gift and seeks to employ it for His 

It is from such a perspective that the Division of Fine 
Arts at Bryan College seeks to teach young men and 
women. Although the fall of Adam greatly diminished 
the ability of mankind to function as originally created 
in God's image, each person still possesses these 
characteristics to one degree or another. We therefore 
seek to train each individual who desires to develop his 
or her ability — whether it be great or small. 

At Bryan College we also believe that there are 
standards by which we can judge the arts. In an age 
when Satan has effectively usurped many of the arts for 
his own evil ends , it is imperative that Christians be able 
to recognize this predicament and to provide Biblical 
leadership in an often confusing area of life. The Scrip- 
tures themselves demonstrate that there are standards 
by which we can make certain value judgments. God, 
who was obviously judging by some divine standard, 
saw that His creation was good; it met His standard, 
and He approved it. The New Testament also suggests 
that there are standards. In Paul's exhortations to be- 
lievers, we are told to concentrate on those things 
which are pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and 

praiseworthy. Thus, a part of the training at Bryan 
involves seeking to understand and apply Biblical prin- 
ciples to a study of the arts. 

Although we can judge the arts in light of Biblical 
principles, the arts are by no means limited to religious 
subject matter alone. And although many of the arts — 
such as painting, music, writing, and drama — can and 
must be employed in carrying out the Great Commis- 
sion, which includes both winning and teaching, the arts 
have also been given to mankind as a gift simply for the 
sake of enjoyment. This principle has been graphically 
illustrated by Francis Schaeffer in his excellent booklet 
Art and the Bible, published by Intervarsity Press. 

The purpose of the Division of Fine Arts is then, in 
the broadest sense, twofold in nature: ( 1) to develop the 
creative ability God has designed into each person and 
(2) to equip individuals to employ such gifts in service to 
God and man. To these ends, the division offers many 
opportunities. For the person seeking professional 
preparation in music, Bryan College offers a major in 
music. Students majoring in music may select a number 
of concentrations, including performance, music edu- 
cation, church music, church music/Christian Educa- 
tion combination, or theory. Private instruction in 
voice, piano, organ, and the standard band/orchestral 
instruments is also offered free of charge to all students, 
regardless of major. The Music Department includes a 
number of performing groups, open to all Bryan stu- 
dents on the basis of auditions. These groups include 
Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Wind 
Ensemble, and various brass, woodwind, and string 

Although the college does not offer a major in art, 
courses are offered in the areas of drawing, painting, 
sculpture, design, and ceramics. These courses, which 
are open to all students, help to develop a fuller under- 
standing and ability in artistic expression. 

In recognition of the fact that the arts were created for 
the enjoyment of man and the glory of God, the Division 
of Fine Arts seeks to train young men and women to 
develop and refine their gifts as a testimony to being 
created in the "image of God." 



Fine Arts Faculty 

r\ major resource of any school 
is its faculty, and the Division of 
Fine Arts at Bryan is staffed by 
competent, versatile, and commit- 
ted faculty members. 

Dr. John Bartlett, professor of 
fine arts, has completed his seven- 
teenth year at Bryan, having re- 
cently returned to full-time faculty 
status after serving as vice president 
for several years, when he was 
academic dean and director of de- 
velopment. In addition to his in- 
struction in the course Introduction 
to Fine Arts, Dr. Bartlett also 
teaches courses in voice and 
speech. Each summer he conducts a 
fine arts tour to the major capitals of 
Europe. Besides the master of fine 
arts degree, he holds the Ph.D., 
which he earned from Ohio State 

Ruth Bartlett, assistant professor 
of music, teaches voice, piano, and 
music education. Beyond her mas- 
ter's degree, she has completed 
further graduate work at Ohio State, 
Kent State, and Cadek Conserva- 

Mrs. Bartlett giving voice instruction 

Community Choir Festival 

David Friberg, assistant profes- 
sor of music, teaches music theory 
and organ. He is the director of the 
Concert Choir and also chairs the 
Division of Fine Arts. He is working 
on his second master's degree, in 
music theory, at the University of 
Kansas. Under his direction the 
Concert Choir has made annual 
spring tours and has participated 
several times in the Singing Christ- 
mas Tree, sponsored by the Chat- 
tanooga Boys' Choir. He often 
gives organ concerts and currently 
serves as organist of the Central 
Baptist Church in Chattanooga. 

tory. As a mezzosoprano, she in- 
cludes in her repertoire solos from 
several of the great operas and 

Dr. and Mrs. Bartlett frequently 
sing solos and duets for college 
programs and church services and 
give concerts for churches, Bible 
conferences, and other public func- 
tions. Dr. Bartlett served eleven 
years as minister of music at the 
First United Methodist Church of 

Kent Juillard, assistant professor 
of art, gives instruction with a view 
to developing individual creativity. 
An alumnus of Bryan, Juillard re- 
ceived the master's degree in art 
from Bowling Green State Univer- 
sity in Ohio. He makes his own ar- 
tistic expressions available for dis- 
play and arranges for the display of 
other art collections, as well as an 
annual exhibit of student art. 

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Dr. Mel R. Wilhoit, assistant pro- 
fessor of music, holds the master of 
music from Mankato State Univer- 
sity in Minnesota and the doctor of 
musical arts from the Southern Bap- 
tist Theological Seminary in Louis- 
ville, Kentucky. In addition to di- 
recting Bryan's Symphonic Wind 
Ensemble and other instrumental 
groups that perform at various col- 
lege functions and in area churches. 
Dr. Wilhoit teaches courses in 
music history, church music, and 
music education. His ten articles on 
American gospel song composers 
are soon to be published in the New 
Grove Dictionary of Music in the 
United States. Currently Dr. Wilhoit 
is minister of music at the Oak 
Street Baptist Church in Soddy, 
Tennessee, and frequently per- 
forms as a trumpet soloist in area 

Kent Juillard observing two art students 


SUMMER 1983 

David Luther, assistant professor 
of music, is currently completing his 
doctor of musical arts degree in 
vocal performance at Louisiana 
State University. At Bryan he 
teaches courses in voice, conduct- 
ing, and church music and directs 
the Chamber Singers, a 12- to 16- 
voice ensemble, which had two 
short tours last year, one of which 
was a spring trip to the Bahamas and 
Florida. Mr. Luther has sung lead- 
ing opera and oratorio roles with the 
New Orleans Philharmonic, the 
New Orleans Civic Opera, the Uni- 
versity of Chattanooga Symphony, 
the LSU Opera Theater, the Gol- 
dovsky Opera Workshop, and the 
Baton Rouge Summer Festival of 
Arts. He presently is soloist once a 
month for the nationally televised 
"'Changed Lives" program, taped 
at the First Presbyterian Church in 

Sigrid Luther, assistant professor 
of music, together with her hus- 
band, has completed five years of 
service at Bryan. She holds the mas- 
ter of music degree from LSU and 
plans to complete the doctor of mu- 
sical arts in piano performance 
while she and her husband are on 
sabbatical leave during the 1983-84 
school year. Her training was with 
Adelaide Banaszynski at the Wis- 
consin Conservatory, Peggy Ram- 
sey and Laurence Morton at Bob 
Jones University, and Daniel Sher 
at LSU. She won the Milwaukee 
Piano Talenteen Competition, the 
Boeppler Scholarship, is listed in 
three Who's Who publications, and 
has been elected to the honorary 

Mrs. Luther instructing a piano pupil 

David Luther in concert performance 

societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi 
Kappa Lambda. She judges for the 
Tennessee Music Teachers Associ- 
ation, The National Guild of Piano 
Teachers, the Chattanooga Music 
Club, and the National Federation 
of Music Clubs. 

Mrs. Luther is past president and 
1983 Teacher of the Year of the 
Chattanooga Music Teachers As- 
sociation and has accompanied ex- 
tensively for such artists as tenor 
Clint Nichols and her own husband, 
baritone David Luther. In 1981 she 
was named one of the Outstanding 
Young Women of America. 

The Luthers have remained very 
active professionally off campus in 
an effort to inform talented prospec- 
tive students of the music program 
at Bryan and of the high standards 
the department seeks to maintain. 
David has directed adult and youth 
choirs, and Sigrid has organized 
children's choirs in several 
churches. Their most recent posi- 
tion was at First Cumberland Pres- 
byterian Church in Chattanooga. 
They have frequently given sacred 
concerts and conducted church 
music clinics in churches in Florida, 
Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Il- 
linois, and Michigan. At the clinics 
David works with the choir on rep- 
ertoire and vocal technique, and 
Sigrid conducts a session for 

Teaching on a part-time basis is 
Miss Nancy Burkhalter, Dayton res- 
ident and public school teacher, 
who holds the master of music edu- 
cation and master of music degrees 

from the University of South 
Carolina. She gives private lessons 
in woodwinds and is the director of 
the woodwind ensemble. 

Also assisting in the division on a 
part-time basis is Miss Zelpha Rus- 
sell, former director of admissions, 
now retired. Miss Russell coordi- 
nates the booking arrangements for 
musical groups. 

Dr. Kantzer 

Dr. Ruth Kantzer, professor of 
English, has taught at Bryan for ten 
years, including courses in Ameri- 
can Art History and Introduction to 
Fine Arts. She holds the B.S. from 
Ashland College, the M.A. from the 
University of Wisconsin, and the 
Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. 
Last summer she led a group of 
Bryan students on a study tour of 
"The East Coast in American Cul- 
ture," which featured visits to sev- 
eral major art museums. 

Cynthia Butler practicing her flute 



Fine Arts 

Study Tour 


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Chartres Cathedral 

Notre Dame in Paris 

-Kegional accrediting associations give few specifics 
concerning the content of curriculum. Most, however, 
stress that each degree program should contain a basic 
core of general education that expresses the educa- 
tional philosophy of the institution. It is interesting that 
the general education core of most academic divisions 
draws largely from civilizations of the past and from 
bodies of material representing other cultures than their 
own. This is true in the general education requirement 
in the area of history, where a broad overview of west- 
ern civilization is studied. It is true in the general edu- 
cation requirement in literature, which places emphasis 
upon the large body of literature representing the west- 
ern world. It is no less true in the area of fine arts, where 
a general introduction to the fine arts familiarizes the 
student with the great works of art of the western world. 

Contemporary students, having been exposed to 
multimedia and having had considerable opportunity 
for travel, sometimes find the limitations imposed by 
the classroom with its traditional methods of instruction 
to be of little challenge. To heighten a student's aware- 
ness of the fine arts and to increase his appreciation of 
them, the Division of Fine Arts each year offers Bryan 
College students the opportunity to earn the 3-hour 
divisional general education requirement by participat- 
ing in a European Study Tour. 

Introductory lectures are conducted on campus late 
in the spring before the tour begins. Slides and other 
visual aids are used to lay the foundation for learning 
experiences that the student will enjoy on tour. The 
major works of art which will be studied in Europe are 
also introduced to the student. The chief purpose of the 
introductory sessions is to teach the student how to 
recognize the basic elements of art in a great painting, 
how to recognize the characteristics of different ar- 
chitectural styles, and how to evaluate these according 
to sound principles of art criticism. 

In the study tour, which is between 17 and 20 days in 
length, visits are made to several of the major European 
art capitals. The tour generally begins in London, with 
its wealth of great museums and its variety of architec- 
tural styles, as well as its theatre and concert programs, 
reputed to be the finest in the world. The second city of 
emphasis is Amsterdam, where the works of the 
seventeenth-century masters are seen. An intermediate 
stop is made in Cologne to study the famous 
thirteenth-century Gothic cathedral. A major concen- 
tration on the fine arts is made possible in Italy, where 
visits to Venice. Rome, and Florence are included. In 
addition to a professional tour guide who is a specialist 
in the fine arts, local guides are employed in each of 
these cities to lecture on the great art treasures. After 
side trips to Monaco and to Lucerne, Switzerland, the 
final city of the tour is Paris, where the collection at the 
Louvre becomes the focus of study. 

Dr. John B. Bartlett, professor of Fine Arts, who has 
been directing the program for a number of years, states 
that although the European Study Tour and the intro- 
ductory course on campus cover much of the same 
material, no comparison can be drawn between the 
learning experience received from looking at a slide of 
Michelangelo's Davi d in the classroom and seeing the 
statue itself in the Academy in Florence, Italy. Nor can 
the characteristics of Gothic architecture be fully ap- 
preciated from looking at a slide as opposed to visiting 
Chartres Cathedral or Notre Dame in Paris. 

Consistently through the years, students have 
evaluated the European Fine Arts Study Tour as one of 
their finest learning experiences. In addition to the 
study of the fine arts, students are introduced to cul- 
tures, ideas, political systems, and standards of living 
other than their own. Each aspect of the study tour 
influences the student to develop his Christian world 




How The Years At Bryan 
Have Changed Me 

For a small town Virginia girl, college life is frightening 
enough without the added terror of city dwelling; so when I 
arrived at college, the town of Dayton was a welcome sight. I 
came to Bryan excited about the possibilities of college life, 
but petrified about actually beginning it. 

I was mortified when I discovered that in every class and at 
every meeting for the first two weeks, Bryan students had to 
stand and tell their names and where they were from. I nearly 
had a cardiac arrest every time. My heart pounded, and my 
hands got clammy and shook as I stood and announced my 
name and home town. 

Bryan has changed me step by step from the girl who almost 
refused to come when she heard that speech was a required 
course to a girl ready to use her God-given abilities for 
Christ's service. 

The first step came when I entered the freshman talent 
show. In light of the fear and trembling described earlier, the 
fact that I even entered may seem miraculous . I was able to do 
it, however, by participating in a group skit in which I ap- 
peared, wearing a trench coat, hat, and sunglasses. 

The second step involved my election to Student Senate as 
the woman freshman representative. How that happened, I 
will never know: but it did, and every Wednesday night I sat at 
a table surrounded by upperclassmen. The freshman class 
was faithfully represented by a wide-eyed, closed-mouthed, 
petrified person. But I learned. In our sophomore year, my 
class again elected me to represent them; and that year I 
actually made some comments and observations and could 
vote "no" if I thought "no." 

The third step was taken when I chose a major. During both 
my freshman and sophomore years, teachers helped channel 
my interests into an English major, which allowed me to do for 
credit what I love to do most — read. Professors , whose love of 
God came through in their teaching, opened up new in- 
tricacies of meaning and relevance in literature . They brought 
me a wonder for literature and a new reverence for God's 

Through Bryan's liberal arts program, I have been able to 
identify and begin using the abilities God has given me. From 
the Bible classes I have received a good foundation for a 
lifetime walk with God, and my involvement in student lead- 
ership has proved a life changer. 

Maybe these changes could have happened anywhere, but 
Bryan's size and atmosphere had a great influence on my 

How I Would Change Bryan 

During my four years at Bryan, I have run into three general 
schools of thought in the college community on how to live the 
Christian life. I would like to take the negative aspects of all 
three and mesh them into a positive, well-rounded whole. 

One group has a list of rules which, when kept to the letter, 
insure spirituality. These rules include: (1) regular church 
attendance (including prayer meeting), (2) early rising and 
early bedtime, and (3) additional Bible couSrses. Of course, all 

Amy Shelor, of Stuart, Virginia, won the senior competition 
established in 1973 by Dr. J. Wesley McKinney of Memphis, 
Tennessee, when he was chairman of the Board of Trustees. 
The subject of the written contest is "How My Years at Bryan 
Have Changed Me and How I Would Change Bryan." Miss 
Shelor was an honor graduate with a major in English. She 
plans to work before entering graduate school. 

of these are good. The "rules," however, often extend 
beyond these to clothing, hairstyles. Christian jargon usage, 
music tastes, mission involvement, and more. The more re- 
ligious activities the student is involved in and the more of the 
criteria he meets, the farther along the spiritual highway he is 
considered to be. 

None of these "rules" in and of themselves is bad or wrong. 
The element of wrongness enters when students and faculty 
begin holding one another up to a man-made standard and 
gauging one another by external qualities and indications of 
spirituality. It is true that faith without works is dead, but so 
are works without faith. Too often, spiritually barren people 
maintain masks of righteousness simply by following the 
standards set by the Christian community they live in. 

Another group at Bryan emphasizes the freedom of Chris- 
tians to enjoy life, to take pleasure in living. Enjoying life, 
again, is not wrong in and of itself; but when studies are 
dropped for anything fun, when Sunday night ball games 
consistently take higher priority than evening church, when 
work is done haphazardly, enjoying life can become a detri- 
ment to true spiritual growth. 

I am not advocating the rigidity mentioned earlier, but I am 
stressing a need for students to balance pleasure with respon- 
sibility. I do not think that God intends for us to do all work 
and to have no time for play or for simple enjoyment of our 
world; but life is a serious business, and as Christians we have 
the difficult task of spreading the mystery of Christ to a world 
containing billions of people. The task cannot be ac- 
complished when all non-working moments are filled with 
pure pleasure. God needs to have a place in our leisure hours 
as well. 

The third group at Bryan majors in breaking every rule 
possible (without getting caught) and pushing the other rules 
to the limit. For this group, freedom in Christ and the rights of 
adulthood are main topics of discussion. "All things are law- 
ful! We are adults!" they say. 

Freedom in Christ, however, involves freedom from sin — 
rebellion, anger, pride. When we begin incessantly criticizing 
and straining against the rules of an institution we have chosen 
to be a part of, something is wrong. Expressing a need for 
change or discussing problems within Bryan's structure are 
not sinful, but a negative preoccupation with rules and ad- 
ministrators is detrimental to a spirit of unity. 

If as a body of Christians we will keep regulations in proper 
perspective as a man-made standard, if we can keep pleasure 
in its place among Biblical priorities, and if we can keep the 
spirit of rebellion against Bryan rules in check, we will have a 
better school. 





Among the families involved in graduation was that of Clifford 
and Ruth Hanham of Miami, Florida, who are shown flanking 
graduating daughter Sherrill. Titus, center back, is a rising 
junior. The Hanhams were missionaries in Cuba until forced 
out by the Castro regime. Mr. Hanham is the field director for 
Berean Mission Hispanic work in Florida, pastor of the Spanish 
church division of South Community Church of Miami, and a 
professor and department head at Miami Christian School. He 
is a graduate of Bryan in the Class of 1952. 

Shown at right is 1983 graduate Don Turner with his parents, 
Dr. and Mrs. Glen Turner, and two of his sisters. Dr. and Mrs. 
Turner were cited for their thirty years of service with Wycliffe 
Bible Translators and for sending all five of their children to 
Bryan in the decade 1973-83. 

Shown above are the flagbearers s 
sion. They are, left to right, Ranc 
president of the 1983-84 Student ! 
Jersey, president of next year's Se 
da, president of the rising senior 

Shown at left are four pastors, fathers of graduating seniors, 
who were members of the platform party and assist- 
ed in the graduation exercises. They are, left to right, Dallas 
Beck, United Methodist pastor of South Pittsburg, Tennes- 
see, three of whose children have attended Bryan; Lud Golz, 
pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 
who has a second daughter at Bryan; Robert Murphey, 
pastor of Riverview Church, Novelty, Ohio, four of whose 
children have attended Bryan; and Clifford Hanham '52, of 
Miami, Florida, who is identified in another picture above. 




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MAY 10-12. 1983 

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Pastor Don Hoke, of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, is 
shown at one of his seminars at pastors' conference. Dr. Hoke's seminars were entitled 
"How to Study and Prepare Messages in the Busy Pastorate" and "Simple Tips on 
Public Speaking." Mrs. Martha Hoke, effective teacher and presenter of the gospel, 
conducted two seminars entitled "The Role of the Pastor's Wife" and "Balancing 
Family and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife." 


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Shown above is summa cum laude graduate Richard Hart, of Peru, 
flanked by his mother and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. H. D. 
Long of Chattanooga. Hart was one of two student commencement 
speakers chosen anonymously through written competition; his sub- 
ject was "Bryan: Producing Depth in Individuals." He won the fac- 
ulty prize for the highest scholastic record in the graduating class, a 
straight 4.0 average, with a major in natural science. He also won the 
award given by vote of the faculty and administration to the senior 
judged as having contributed most in faithfulness and loyalty to the 
welfare of the college. He served as vice president of his graduating 
class and is listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Univer- 
sities and Colleges. 

His grandfather, the late Dr. H. D. Long, of Chattanooga, was a 
trustee of Bryan from 1946 and had been chairman of the Board for 
thirteen years at the time of his death in 1968. Long Dormitory for men 
is named to honor him. Dick's parents, George and Helen Long Hart, 
have been missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators in South 
America for twenty-seven years, twenty-three of which were spent 
producing the Chayahuita New Testament. 

Don Lonie, called the Dean of American High School Speakers 
and special representative for Bryan in student recruitment, is 
shown conducting his pastors' conference seminar on "How to 
Work with Today's Teenagers." 

Dr. Charles Stanley is shown in a characteristic gesture as he 
conducts one of his seminars. His seminars were entitled "The 
Nitty-Gritty of the Pastorate" and "Relationships Within the 
Pastor's Family, with the Deacons, and with Others." Mrs. 
Anna Stanley conducted a seminar, "The Pastor's Wife — 
Helper in the Ministry." 

SUMMER 1983 



Building Godly Self-Esteem 

Dr. Hoke 


low do we build godly self-esteem? 

First of all, we do it by recognizing our identity in Christ: 
secondly, by relying on our resources in Christ. 

What is a good Biblical definition of godly self-esteem? In I 
Corinthians 15:10 Paul wrote: "By the grace of God. I am 
what I am." We are what we think God thinks we are. What 
opinion does God have of us? 

Created in His Image 

We are created in God's blessed image — His mental. His 
moral, and His spiritual image. My definition of God is that 
God is infinite in His being, unchangeable in His wisdom, 
power, justice, goodness, and truth. 

God has predestinated us to be conformed to the image of 
His Son. He predestinated us to be eternal. He re-created us to 
be made into His glorious, beautiful, wonderful, holy, and 
perfect image that He created us to be originally. 
Commissioned to Rule 

The second thing we need to recognize in our identity in 
Christ is that God commissioned us to rule. God has put us 
here to rule — to do our best to put things right — where we are. 
We bear His name, and we have His commission. We have 
His seal; we can exercise His authority, and His power is 
available to us. 

Chosen to be Filled 

Third, we need to recognize in our identity in Christ that we 
have been chosen and cherished and redeemed as God's 
children by the precious blood of Christ. Upon us, not only in 
this life but in all the ages to come, there has been poured out 
the incomparable riches of Christ's grace. God wants to fill us 
with all the fullness of Christ to accomplish His purpose in us . 
Each of us is unique, precious, a specially beloved object of 
God's affection, because He said so. When we recognize this 
identity in Christ, there is no room for self-pity or self- 
recrimination. There is no room for a low sense of self-worth 
for any of us when we come to understand who God thinks we 

Called into the Fellowship of Service 

In the fourth place, we are called into the fellowship of the 
service of God's Son. The great commission is for everyone. 
Serving Christ is putting on the yoke with Him: and where we 
go, He goes with us. We have a high and holy calling as 
ambassadors for Jesus Christ. 

Controlled by the Spirit of God 

Fifth, we need to recognize that in our identity with Jesus 
Christ we are controlled by the Spirit of God Himself. When 
we go out to witness, to teach, or to preach, if our lives have 
been cleansed by the blood of Christ, we can confidently say 
that the Spirit of God will speak through us. The Spirit of God 
is going to do His work, and we expect success because He is 
in us and working through us. Every servant of the Lord Jesus 
Christ is a man of destiny . We are God's men of destiny , doing 
His work in His will in His world. That ought to drive those 
feelings of poor self-worth, low self-esteem, and lack of self- 
love out of our hearts and help us realize that God so loved the 
world that He gave His only begotten Son for us. 

by Don Hoke 

Finally, we build godly self-esteem by relying on our re- 
sources in Jesus Christ. 

Presence of God 

First of all, we need to recognize our resource of the pres- 
ence of God in our lives. No matter how difficult the situation, 
by relying on the resources of the presence of God. we can 
stick it out and come through. 

Power of God 

Then we have a second resource: the power of God in our 
lives. Jesus predicted to His disciples that the power of God 
would come, and they were filled with the power of the spirit 
of God when Pentecost came. Today we are living in the 
greatest days of opportunity with more open doors and more 
people coming to Christ than at any other time in the history of 
the world. 

How does God mediate His power to us? By renewing our 
spiritual gifts. God created each of us different from anybody 
else. When we know what our gift is, then we should step out 
and serve God. 

Promises of God 

The third great resource we have is the promises of God. He 
is going to use those promises to make us fruitful and effective 
in the work of God. Those promises are going to enable us to 
participate in His divine nature and to conquer the lust of sin 
in our lives so that we can become effective, useful, God- 
blessed servants of Jesus Christ. 

In this third great resource of the promises is provision. We 
can be open and free when we accept ourselves and our 
resources as we find them in Jesus Christ. Then we can have a 
servant attitude. 

Because we are the sons of God, because we are called of 
God, because we are commissioned, because we are empow- 
ered by the Son of God, we can take the lowest task with no 
threat to our self-esteem. We can be servants when we get 
God's perspective on ourselves. 

If we are going to have a godly self-esteem, we are going to 
recognize our identity in Christ and rely on our resources in 
Christ. Then we have to resolve to believe God for it. 

Anglican Bishop Handley Moule (1841-1920), a leading 
British evangelical of his generation, prayed this daily prayer 
in what he called "The Morning Act of Faith": 

I believe on the Son of God. 


I am in Him, 

having redemption through His 

blood and life by His Spirit. 

He is in me, 

and all fullness is in Him. 

To Him I belong by creation, purchase, 

conquest and self-surrender. To me He 

belongs for all my hourly need. 

There is no cloud between 

my Lord and me. 

There is no difficulty, inward or outward, 

which He is not ready to meet in me today. 

I believe I have received. 

not the Spirit of fearfulness. but of 

power and of love and of a sound mind. 

The Lord is my Keeper. Amen. 



Setting Goals 

by Charles Stanley 

Af you knew that there was noway to fail, what three goals 
would you set for your life? Do you think that setting goals is a 
contradiction to what the Bible says about living by faith? 

One of the first things that I discovered is that God is a goal 
setter. Now I want to share with you some very practical 
things about setting goals. Nobody has ever accomplished 
much without setting a goal. What is a goal? A goal to me is a 
planned, organized, stretching experience. When you set a 
goal in your life, you begin to move in that direction. 

What is life like for the person without goals? He is going to 
lack excitement in life. He is going to drift. Eventually he is 
going to become critical, for people without goals are prone to 
become critical of those who have them. Why don't people set 

1. They don't know how. 

2. They are just lazy. 

3. They lack faith. 

4. They get discouraged because they set long-range goals 
that are hard to achieve. 

5. They misinterpret the Scriptures. 

Do you know what God's goal is for us? It is that we be 
conformed to the likeness of His Son. Therefore, God isn't in 
heaven just content for us to be where we are. Although we 
are going to make mistakes, God corrects the mistakes and He 
keeps us going. 

There are several questions that will enable us to test our 

1. Will I be a better person if I accomplish this goal? 

2. Will I help to make someone else successful? 

3. Will it get me where I want to go in life? 

4. Will I have to violate the rights of others? 

5. Will I violate my conscience if I achieve this goal? 

6. Will my family be able to enjoy the rewards if we reach 
this particular goal? 

7. Am I willing to pay the price required to achieve this 

8. Can I sincerely seek God to achieve this goal? 

If you can answer those eight questions correctly, that will 
help you to accomplish any goal you might have for yourself 
or your family. God didn't call us to build big churches; He 
called us to be conformed to His likeness. 

Once you begin to set goals for your life, I guarantee that 
you will accomplish more with your life with less stress, with 
less frustration, and with a whole lot more joy and excitement 
than you otherwise would have done. 

I want to give you now the steps to reach your goals: 

1. Get a clear picture of your goal. If it is in your mind to 
build a church or accomplish something in your family, 
get a clear picture of the details. You don't know your 
potential until you allow God to stretch you in the power 
of the Holy Spirit. 

2. Have a consuming commitment. You won't accomplish 
much unless you are committed to your goal. That 
means you are willing to pay the price to accomplish this 

Dr. Stanley 

3. Plan a calendar of events. It is one thing to set a goal; but 
if you don't put a time limit on it, it will fade into obliv- 
ion. There is something about a deadline that motivates 

4. Have confidence. You need to have confidence that you 
have God's goal and God's power and God's resources 
and that God through you will get the job done. God says 
that He takes great delight in prospering His servants. 
God is willing to do so much more than we are willing to 
believe Him for. Our confidence is based on one thing — 
faith. Great is His faithfulness. We also need to have 
confidence in our own God-given strength. Paul says, "I 
can do all things through Christ, whose strength I have." 

5. Plan a course of action. You have to have a plan. If it is 
one of your goals to see more people saved, you have to 
get folks motivated to start visiting, you have to become 
more sensitive to the people around you who need to be 
saved, you have to gear your worship services toward 
evangelism, you have to get your choir to sing evangelis- 
tic music, you have to preach more evangelistic ser- 
mons. Whatever your goal is, there has to be a plan of 

6. Demonstrate a cooperative spirit. This is essential to 
accomplish any goal and make it worthwhile. You need 
to have a spirit of cooperation and oneness as you trust 
God together for what you want to do where you are. 

7. Show courage to act. Don't tell anybody your private 
goals except your family. Satan will work you over and 
will raise up unbelievers to point their fingers at you. 

8. Maintain a controlled attitude. By this I mean not just a 
positive mental attitude, about which you hear so much 
and which is not Scriptural, but a positive/aM attitude, 
which is Scriptural and which accomplishes what God 
has challenged for you to trust Him for. 

9. Develop consistency. Keep your eye on the goal. When 
you take your eye off the goal, you begin to drift. 

10. Keep a conscious dependence upon God at all times, 
saying, "Not I but Christ, who lives within me." A 
continuing conscious dependence upon God is needed to 
achieve the goals that God helped you to set from the 
beginning. The question to ask is this: What does God 
want to do for us? When He blesses you, He blesses 
every member of your fellowship. God will give you the 
power: it is Christ within you! 

Let me share with you a key verse from Colossians 3:3: 
"When Christ who is your life. . . ." He is our life. Christ 
guides us to set the goals. He is our strength, our wisdom, our 
understanding, our knowledge, our compass. As long as we 
put our dependence on Him, we don't have to worry about 
how to accomplish the goal. God provides as long as we know 
why we have the goal. The "why" should always be that God 
led me to set it. 




The 1983 pastors' conference of 
May 11-13. the sixth such annual 
meeting, attracted some 400 partic- 
ipants, representing nineteen 
states. Besides some 250 registered 
visitors from outside the area, who 
were housed on the campus, the at- 
tendance included fifty registered 
commuters from the area, residents 
of the college community, and a 
sizable number of visitors from the 
general public. The seven general 
sessions were addressed by Dr. 
Charles Stanley, of Atlanta, and Dr. 
Donald Hoke, of Knoxville, and 
twenty seminars on fifteen different 
topics were offered. Besides the 
speakers, those leading the semi- 
nars were the speakers' wives, Mrs. 
Anna Stanley and Mrs. Martha 
Hoke; Bryan faculty wife Mrs. 
Nancy Spoede: Bryan professor 
Craig Williford; Dr. Don Lonie of 
Farmington, Michigan; and Rev. 
Hyrum Dallinga, of Duncanville, 



The third annual Rhea County 
Sacred Choral Festival on April 23 
attracted 160 singers from eight area 

churches plus the college commu- 
nity. Karl Stahl, of Cedarville, 
Ohio, was the guest conductor. Fine 
Arts chairman David Friberg coor- 
dinated the event, which drew an 
excellent attendance from the 


Lee H. Conley 

A varied collection of literary, ar- 
tistic, historical, geological, and ar- 
chaeological items given to the col- 
lege in 1976 has been named to 
honor the donor, Mr. Lee H. Con- 
ley, of LaFayette. Georgia, who 
died last November. The items of 
the collection, numbering in the 
hundreds, include books, num- 
bered prints by well-known artists. 
Confederate currency and Civil 

War letters, English parchment 
manuscripts, stamps, fossils, min- 
eral specimens, sea shells, and a 
major collection of Pre-Columbian 
pottery and Aztec artifacts. This 
collection, brought together over a 
lifetime, reflected Mr. Conley's 
wide antiquarian interests. 

He held the B.A. and M.A. de- 
grees from the University of Chat- 
tanooga; and he also studied at Co- 
lumbia University, the University 
of Alabama, and the University of 
Georgia. His eagerness to learn and 
his powers of keen observation 
marked him as a truly educated per- 
son. A school teacher by profes- 
sion, he served variously as a class- 
room teacher, librarian, and princi- 
pal, mainly in north Georgia. He 
also taught for a time in a mission 
school in Alabama. During World 
War II he was an instructor at the 
Miami Air Force Base and served as 
a meteorologist in the South Pacific 

Known for his benevolent in- 
terest in people, he was an active 
Christian, serving as superinten- 
dent of one Sunday school for six- 
teen years . An insight into his Chris- 
tian interests was demonstrated by 
the fact that after World War II he 
rode around on horseback in a rural 
area to notify the people that their 
Sunday school, disbanded during 
the war, was being re-established. 

Mr. Conley was introduced to 
Bryan by his sister and brother-in- 
law, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Torbett of 
Spring City, Tennessee. 


The Class of 1983, the fiftieth graduating class, num- 
bered 1 13 persons; by contrast the first graduating 
class, that of 1934, numbered 7 persons. The 114 bac- 
calaureate degrees — 72 bachelor of arts and 42 
bachelor of science — represented the completion of 1 2 1 
majors. One person earned two degrees (the B.A. in 
English and the B.S. in Business Administration), and 
others completed double majors. Twenty graduates 
completed teacher certification programs, the number 
evenly divided between elementary and secondary 
education. Five students completed Individual Goal 
Oriented (InGO) majors, which are outside the tradi- 
tional pattern for academic concentrations. The largest 
single major was Christian Education with 22, followed 
closely by Business Administration with 18. 

The majors according to academic divisions were as 
follows: Biblical Studies, 38 in three different majors; 
Education and Psychology, 23 in three different majors: 
Fine Arts (Music), 7; History, Business, and Social 
Science, 33 in three different majors; Literature and 
Modern Languages (English), 13; and Natural Science 
and Mathematics, 7 in four different majors. All 
academic majors at Bryan are grounded in a liberal arts 
general education core averaging approximately one- 
half of the student's program. By geographical distribu- 
tion, 102 of the graduates represented 25 states (Florida 
and Tennessee in the lead); and 11 represented 9 foreign 
countries. The class included one married couple and 13 
other married students. 




Recognition for Length of Service 

At the annual Honors Day in late 
April, eighteen members of the fac- 
ulty and staff were cited for the com- 
pletion of service to the college in 
the categories of five, ten, and fif- 
teen years. Those receiving a cita- 
tion of merit award and a cash token 
gift for each year of service rep- 
resented 155 years of service to the 
college. They are pictured below 
and at the right. 

Fifteen years of service — left to right, 
Kermit A. Zopfi, dean of students; Wanda 
J. Davey, administrative support services; 
Wayne Dixon, assistant professor of 
health and physical education and bas- 
ketball coach. 

Ten years of service — left to right, Dr. Ruth 
Kantzer, professor of English; Kent Juil- 
lard, assistant professor of art; R. Carlos 
Carter, business manager and assistant 
professor of business; and Mrs. Virginia 
Schmickl, secretary. Not pictured, Dr. 
Robert Spoede, professor of history and 
social sciences. 

Five years of service — left to right, David 
C. Friberg, chairman of the Division of Fine 
Arts; Kenneth Froemke, counselor and as- 
sistant professor; Mrs. Patricia Kinney, 
loan clerk; Mrs. Jane Tayloe, assistant pro- 
fessor of health and physical education 

Doyle and Joyce Argo, resident managers 
for the college food service operated by 
the Professional Food-Service Manage- 
ment, were cited for ten years of service. 
They received a standing ovation at the 
Honors' Day convocation. 

and coach of volleyball and softball; David 
and Sigrid Luther, assistant professors of 
music. Not pictured, Fred L. Stansberry, 
director of planned giving, and David M. 
Mercer, assistant financial aid officer and 
work coordinator. 

A pastors' conference participant with a 
historical connection to the college was 
Pastor Ernest Laycock of Seminole, 
Florida. Pastor and Mrs. Laycock are 
shown standing before the portrait of the 
late Dr. Malcolm Lockhart of Decatur, 
Georgia, the first employee of the Bryan 
Memorial Association, which opened 
Bryan College in 1930. Mr. Laycock's 
father was in the group of public relations 
men gathered by Mr. Lockhart to carry the 
message of a new Christian college being 
established in Tennessee. Pastor 
Laycock's mother, Mrs. Leone Laycock, 
now past eighty-five, lives in St. Louis and 
continues her support of the college 
which her husband labored to begin. 




With a Moo-Moo Here" 


I grew up on a dairy farm in West Virginia, and I recall 
that one cow we owned gave more milk than the others. 
She was a prized cow and was sought after by other 
farmers. There were other cows, however, which gave 
very little milk and were eventually sold. 

Investing in stock is a lot like owning cows. Some 
produce and some don't. Those that produce are worth 
holding on to; but those that don't, should be sold and 
the money reinvested. 

We are pleased to announce new higher annuity rates 
for those who are interested in trading the "old cow" 
for a gift annuity that could produce more income. 

Uniform Gift Annuity Rates 
Single Life 

Adopted by the Conference on Gift Annuities, May 1983 





























































































Please write for rates for two persons. 

If you would like to make a gift to Bryan College and 
at the same time provide a guaranteed lifetime income 
for yourself or a loved one, you might consider giving 
your low yielding stocks or other property in exchange 
for a Bryan College Gift Annuity. 

Here's how it works. You make a gift of cash, stock, 
or other property to Bryan; and we will establish an 
annuity agreement in your name to pay you a guaran- 
teed income for life, based on your age and the value of 
your gift. 

The latest rates, updated in May 1983 by the Confer- 
ence Committee on Gift Annuities, to which Bryan 
subscribes, are the highest ever, providing attractive 
rates. Since the annuity income is mostly tax free, the 
new rates are equivalent to a much higher rate when 
compared to ordinary income rates from trusts, stocks, 
and bank deposits. For example, a person age 70 would 
be entitled to an annuity rate of 7.8 percent under the 
new rates; and the income received would be about 70 
percent tax free, resulting in more spendable income 
than would be realized from fully taxable income from 
an ordinary investment. 

$10,000 Annuity at age 70 

Income received (7.8%) 
Non-taxable income (71.9%) 
Taxable income 
Tax paid (50% bracket) 
Net spendable income 

$10,000 Ordinary Investment 

Income received (7.8%) 
Non-taxable income 
Taxable income 
Tax paid (50% bracket) 
Net spendable income 






In addition to the mostly tax-free income from your 
annuity, you would be entitled to a gift deduction in the 
year you establish the agreement. And, if you are un- 
able to use all of the gift deduction the first year, you 
may deduct the excess over the next five tax years. 

For more information and rates for your age, please 
complete the coupon below or write to: 


Director of Planned Giving 

Bryan College 

Dayton, TN 37321 Phone (615) 775-2041 


Date of Birth 







Jfflemorial <©tfts 

March 15, 1983 to May 31, 1983 


Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Torbett 
Rev. and Mrs. John F. Carty 
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ragland 
Dr. and Mrs. Willard Henning 
Mr. Martin Froemke 
Mrs. Evelyn B. Nissen 
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie R. Cox 

Mrs. Dot S. Burkhalter 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Torbett 

In Memory of 

Mr. Lee Conley 

Rev. Warren Lee Oliff 

Mrs. Jessie Hambright 

Mr. Lee Conley 

Mrs. Ida Froemke 

Mr. Charles W. Reynolds 

Mr. Harry C. Johnson, Sr. 

In Honor of 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Purser 
Dr. Willard Henning 

Memorial Scholarships 



The college is pleased to announce the naming of 
memorial scholarships in honor of 



Dayton, Tennessee 

Business Manager of the college from 1960 to 1974 




Bartlesville, Oklahoma 

a graduate in the class of 1978 


When You Need to Remember 

When you need to remember a departed friend 
or loved one, why not do it in a meaningful and 
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The Richard "Archie" Cole Memorial Fund has 
been established because of Richard's participa- 
tion on the soccer team at Bryan for four years. 
Born in Ethiopia of missionary parents, he was 
graduated in the class of 1979 with a major in 
biology. He was killed in an accident in California 
in 1982. The fund was initiated with a gift from 
Soccer Coach John Reeser. Bryan alumni are 
being given an opportunity to contribute to this 
fund which in time will be used to support a soccer 
athletic grant. 

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Volume 9 

Fall 1983 

Number 1 



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Darlene Ragland, an education 
major who was graduated in 
1981, is shown in her fourth 
grade classroom at Frazier 
Elementary School near Dayton 
where she is teaching for the 
third year. 


The front cover photo and pic- 
tures on pages 4, 5, 12, and 14, 
and numbers 2 and 3 on page 8 
are by Mauldin Photography. 
The remaining pictures on 
pages 8 and 9 are by student 
photographer Jerry Miniard. 


cal perspective, the program, and the faculty of the Division are 
discussed. By Dr. Mayme S. Bedford 

psychology professor examines the threat to Biblical authority posed 
by some of the prevailing views in his academic discipline but points 
out that the greatest threat to Biblical authority is the failure of the 
believer to demonstrate the authority of the Bible by his own life. By 
Dr. Billy Ray Lewter 

PICTORIAL REVIEW: Recent campus events are shared by both 
faculty and students as the 54th year of the college begins. 

POWER DEFINED: The concept of the power of God toward us and 
within us. as expressed by Paul in the book of Ephesians, is ably 
presented by one of our Summer Bible Conference speakers. By Dr. 
Malcolm Cronk 

that plans for the future need to include declared intentions for one's 
estate. By Fred Stansberry 

CAMPUS REVIEW: The changes in faculty and staff appointments 
for the new year are given as well as faculty participation in out-of- 
school summer activities related to their academic fields. 






(back cover) 

This issue, focusing on the Division of 
Education and Psychology, is the sixth and 
final issue devoted specifically to the six 
academic divisions under which the educa- 
tional program of the college is organized. 
The education department has been a thriv- 
ing part of the academic program since 1959, 
when it was approved initially by the Ten- 
nessee State Board of Education. 

Psychology, though a relative newcomer 
as a discipline offering an academic major, has done well, attracting a good 

The college has considered more than once offering a major in physical 
education but thus far has not been able to solve the problem of the financial 
resources which additional facilities and faculty would require. It is an option 
being considered for the future. Nevertheless, the health and physical educa- 
tion department is important for its role in general education and for the social 
and recreational values provided by the varied athletic program. 

Theodore C. Mercer 

Division of 
Education and 

by Mayme S. Bedford, Ed.D. 

Xhe three departments of Education. Psychology, and 
Health and Physical Education make up the division known as 
the Education-Psychology Division, one of the six academic 
divisions in Bryan College. The Education-Psychology Divi- 
sion offers two basic majors, the B.S. in elementary education 
and the B.A. in psychology. Also offered is a teaching certifi- 
cation program in health and physical education based on an 
individualized goal-oriented program. Nine teaching faculty 
are employed in the division. Closely related to the division 
are two other persons — the dean of men in his capacity as 
athletic director and a coach, who also serves as the sports 
information director. 

The philosophy of the faculty within the division is based on 
the following: 

The Bible is God's all-sufficient, infallible revelation of Himself 
which provides the essential framework for evaluating au- 
thorities that speak to all matters of the human condition, includ- 
ing knowledge, reality, and values. 

The division, operating from this Biblical perspective, ful- 
fills a three-fold purpose in the educational program of Bryan 
College. First, it provides general education courses in physi- 
cal education and psychology for all students. Second, it 
provides areas of specialization for those interested in physi- 
cal education, professional education, and psychology. Pro- 
grams are offered leading to certification for teaching in 
elementary and secondary schools. Finally, the division pre- 
pares graduates to continue their education on the graduate 


The overall goal of the education department is to prepare 
well-qualified college students to become competent teachers 
who are characterized by: 

1. an ability to critically analyze educational issues in the light of 
Biblical truth; 

2. an understanding of the development and needs of children of 
various ages; 

3. an extensive knowledge of the subject fields they will be 

4. a knowledge of the historical, philosophical, and sociological 
foundations that underlie the field of education and ability to 
understand contemporary educational issues in light of these 

5. an ability to apply effective instructional methodologies in meet- 
ing individual needs of students: and 

6. an understanding of themselves and their responsibilities as 
Christians in a public or private school setting. 

The faculty members of the education department truly 
desire to prepare teachers who can and will be ambassadors of 
the Lord Jesus Christ in whatever classroom, school, or envi- 
ronment they are placed. Graduates of the department meet 
both the requirements of the public sector and the Association 
of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in that thev may 

Dr. Bedford 

earn teaching certificates that qualify them to teach in public 
schools and in Christian schools. 

Because of the heavy general education component of the 
education major, every division of the college is a vital part of 
the program leading to teacher certification. Preparing 
teachers is truly a college-wide endeavor. 

The strengths of the education department are perceived to 
be as follows (taken from a recent self-study): 

1. diversity of faculty in background, experience, and viewpoint; 

2. creative and versatile faculty; 

3. the faculty's commitment to excellence in the total program (not 
only the education faculty but also the entire faculty of the 

4. the breadth and specific content of education curriculum; 

5. the liberal arts and Pible requirements; 

6. integration of Christian faith and learning in classes: 

7. early field experiences in the local classrooms, thus enabling 
students to make a decision as to their suitability and interest in 
the classroom and in students: 

8. good relations with the local school personnel: and 

9. respect for the education program and education faculty by 
other faculty in the college. 

During the five-year period 1977-78 through 1981-82, there 
were 159 individuals who earned certification to teach in 
elementary and secondary schools. 

Approximately 20 to 30 new students enroll for the educa- 
tion program each year, which together with continuing stu- 
dents provides an average total of 100 students in the depart- 
ment who declare an interest in seeking teacher certification. 
About 20 to 25 graduate with teacher certification each year, 
thus keeping the program fairly stable. 

The education program was strengthened four years ago 
when field experience in local classrooms, beginning at the 
sophomore level, was required, and new criteria for accept- 
ance into the teacher education program were instituted. For 
example, all students must pass basic skills tests before being 
admitted to the program. They must also have a higher grade 
point average than for any other major in the college. The 
program today is one of the more rigorous degree programs, 
particularly in terms of the breadth of courses in both the 
general and professional elements and in terms of time, sus- 
tained effort, and dedication. 

Students may add the early childhood or special education 
endorsement to the elementary education major by taking 
additional courses and doing part of their student teaching in 
one of these areas. If both endorsement areas are desired, 
additional time or extensive summer school work is required 
beyond the usual four years. 

Students who desire to teach at the secondary level (grades 
7-12) major in their chosen subject field and add the certifica- 
tion requirements. Programs are available in business, Eng- 
lish, history, mathematics, psychology, and science. Pro- 
grams are also available for those seeking certification at the 
K-12 level in art, physical education, and music. 



The results of a questionnaire mailed in September, 1982, to 
all of the 75 graduates who had been certified to teach at the 
end of the academic years of 1979-80, 1980-81, and 1981-82 
showed the following for those who were teaching or who had 
taught: 57 percent in Christian schools, 33 percent in public 
schools, and 10 percent on the mission field. 

Representative of those graduates teaching on the mission 
field are Elsa Raab, who is teaching missionary children in 
Surinam, and Bea Pendleton Crane, who has taught her own 
children periodically when the family has lived in certain parts 
of Europe where English language instruction was not availa- 




The Education Department faculty, all having earned doc- 
torates, is comprised of individuals with an extensive range of 
preparation and experience. This background includes ad- 
ministration, elementary and secondary education, faculty 
development, and special education. A further benefit for the 
students is the fact that the faculty comes from various sec- 
tions of the country, thus providing an exposure to a broad 
educational spectrum. The four faculty members are Dr. 
Mayme Sheddan Bedford from Tennessee, Dr. Malcolm Fary 
from New Jersey, Dr. Harold Matthews from Illinois, and Dr. 
Nannette Bagstad from North Dakota. 

Dr. Bedford, professor of education and psychology, is 
chairman of the Division of Education-Psychology. She is in 
her sixth year as a member of the full-time faculty at Bryan; 
while she was in the administrative area of the college as dean 
of counseling services, which included financial aid, testing, 
and counseling, she also taught part time in the departments of 
education and psychology. She has been at Bryan College in 
some capacity since 1959, when she enrolled as a student. She 
earned her bachelor's degree in business administration at 
Bryan, her master's degree in educational psychology and 
guidance at the University of Chattanooga in 1968, and her 
doctorate in educational psychology and guidance from the 
University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1976. Two of her 
three children are graduates of Bryan College, and her hus- 
band teaches French and Spanish at Bryan. Dr. Bedford took 
the leadership in seeking approval of the education program 
by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), 
and she has been chairman of various self-study reports which 
were preliminary to program approvals by ACSI, State De- 
partment of Education, and the Southern Association of Col- 
leges and Schools. 

Dr. Malcolm Fary, associate professor of education, is in 
his seventh year at Bryan. He is a graduate of the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles (Biola), Barrington College, and 
Rutgers University, where he earned the Ed.D. degree. Dr. 
Fary teaches courses that deal with the fundamental assump- 
tions of education as well as classroom practices helpful to 
aspiring teachers. In addition to his experience as teacher and 
administrator he has served as president of various regional 

educational associations and has been a participant in numer- 
ous national seminars dealing with administrative principles, 
curriculum, supervision, and faculty development. Dr. Fary 
has recently accepted the chairmanship of the Education De- 
partment. His daughter, Karin, is a senior at Bryan this year. 

Dr. Harold Matthews, associate professor of education, is 
in his first year at Bryan after 31 years in public school 
teaching, coaching, and administration. He and his wife, Car- 
lene, are graduates of Taylor University. They have two sons, 
both married and working in education. Dr. Matthews has 
worked as a mathematics teacher, as a coach in football, 
basketball, track, and golf, as a principal, and as an assistant 
superintendent. He is fulfilling his long-desired goal of teach- 
ing in a Christian college. He states that he and his wife are 
very impressed with the beauty of the area, the helpfulness of 
the residents, and particularly the spirit of the faculty and staff 
at Bryan. Dr. Matthews is teaching curriculum and secondary 
methods as well as behavioral statistics and tests and meas- 
urements. He will also be supervising some of the student 
teachers at both the secondary and elementary levels. Dr. 
Matthews earned his Ph.D. in 1977 at St. Louis University. 
His undergraduate degree was in mathematics, with all sub- 
sequent degrees being in the field of education. 

Dr. Nannette Bagstad, assistant professor of education, 
earned the Ed.D. degree in special education and secondary 
education at the University of North Dakota this past sum- 
mer. This degree is backed up with an M.Ed, degree in learn- 
ing disabilities and a B.S. in business education. She has had 
considerable experience at the secondary teaching level and 
at the K-12 level in special education. She will be teaching the 
courses in special education as well as the reading courses 
required for both elementary and secondary certification 
programs. Dr. Bagstad and her widowed mother moved to 
Dayton in July. Among Dr. Bagstad's impressions of Bryan 
College are these: 

1. the warmth and friendliness of the faculty, students, adminis- 
trators, and other personnel 

. . . each served as Christ's ambassador 
. . . each made me feel welcome and made my initial visit to 
Bryan pleasant and memorable. 

2. the high quality of the education program 

. . . the course requirements, including proficiency exams for 
math and English, represent the foresight necessary to 
make Bryan's students knowledgeable and competent pro- 
fessionals as well as stewards of God's Word. 


The psychology department has a dual responsibility to its 
students. First is the responsibility to present the discipline of 
psychology in a Biblical context. The Biblical bias is inten- 
tional and necessary to prevent a subtle drifting toward 
humanism. Absolutes are found in God's Word and act as 

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stabilizing anchors for Christian principles. The second re- 
sponsibility is to instruct students in the basic and applied 
principles of psychology. 

The major strength of the department is in the area of 
integrating personal faith with psychology. The guiding 
philosophy is to use Scripture for refining the concepts of 
human behavior and mental processes. The source of truth is 
God, and the pattern to evaluate truth is that same source. 
Two texts are usually selected for each course — one that is 
highly regarded in the field of psychology and the other that 
has been written by a Christian professional on the same or a 
related subject. This dual emphasis aids the goals of learning 
the factual body of knowledge in a Christian context. 

Another strength of the psychology department lies in the 
emphasis on counseling. Approximately 90 percent of the 
majors are interested in using psychology in a counseling type 
of ministry. Recently a number of counseling courses have 
been added to the psychology core to enrich its counseling 
emphasis. Helping people learn to help others is essentially 
what the psychology department is all about. 


Dr. Billy Ray Lewter, associate professor of psychology, 
with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Counseling from 
the University of Kentucky, is in his fourth year at Bryan. He 
is an accomplished speaker and appears often before civic 
groups in the community. He is also in demand to lead work- 
shops, seminars, and weekend retreats for various organiza- 
tions. Dr. Lewter, along with fourteen other professors from 
Tennessee, recently returned from an educational tour of 
India as part of the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Development 
Program. His oldest son entered Bryan this year as a 

Mr. Steve Bradshaw, assistant professor of education and 
one of the youngest faculty members at Bryan, earned his 
M.A. degree at Georgia State College in counseling after 
having earned his B.A. at Bryan. He has recently begun a 
program leading to a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. His 
young daughter, Jenny, has been a frequent visitor to his 
classes in Human Growth and Development since shortly 
after her birth in 1979. Mr. Bradshaw is also coaching the 
cross-country team this year. 


Bryan offers a physical education teacher certification 
program for those who desire to teach in public, private, or 
Christian schools, K-12. Apart from the program which sup- 
ports the certification program, the physical education de- 
partment offers courses designed to promote and maintain 
healthful living habits. The course offerings are an integral 
part of the total educational program of the college, as con- 
cepts and three other activity courses are required in the 
general education of all students, unless students are exempt 
for medical reasons. It is the desire of the health and physical 
education faculty that students develop an intelligent attitude 
toward physical activity and competitive sports and that they 
develop a lifelong program of physical fitness. 

The 17-station Universal weight lifting and exercise equip- 
ment added to the athletic facilities last year has become 
popular for individual physical fitness development as well as 
for its part in the academic training program. 

Sports are offered in basketball, baseball, Softball, soccer, 
cross-country, and volleyball through its athletic program, 
now directed by Mike Roorbach, the dean of men. In addition 
to the athletic director and the three faculty who teach and 
coach, a staff member, Rick Hughes, has been hired to coach 
various sports and serve as sports information director. 

Collman, Dixon, Hughes, Roorbach, Tayloe 


William Collman, assistant professor of health and physical 
education and head of the physical education department this 
year, earned his B.S. at Greenville College in Illinois in 1976 
and his M.A. at Ball State University in 1979. He is now 
starting his fourth year at Bryan after having had experience 
teaching physical education at the elementary, junior high, 
and high school levels. He has coached football, soccer, 
cross-country, basketball, baseball, track, Softball, and 
wrestling. He considers Aurora, Illinois, to be his hometown. 
In addition to his classroom teaching. Mr. Collman is coach- 
ing the soccer team this year. 

The soccer program has been very successful over the last 
ten years. In that span, the team won three consecutive 
NCCAA national championships under Coach Reeser. Since 
1973, the Bryan soccer program has produced a record of 
95-61 for a winning percentage of .609. The 1982 soccer squad 
posted a 9-9-1 record and came within one goal of qualifying 
for the national tournament. The goal is to improve on last 
year's record. 

Wayne Dixon, assistant professor of health and physical 
education, and head basketball coach, is an alumnus of Bryan 
and holds a master's degree from Middle Tennessee State 
University. Before returning to his Alma Mater, he taught and 
coached at a local high school. He is now in his sixteenth year 
at Bryan. He serves as a member of the executive committee 
of the district National Association of Intercollegiate Athlet- 
ics (NAIA). The Lions' basketball team competes with ap- 
proximately eighteen teams in NAIA. District 24, for an op- 
portunity to participate in the national tournament. The team 
also belongs to the National Christian Collegiate Athletics 
Association (NCCAA) and has participated in the national 
tournament for the past two years. 

Mrs. Jane Tayloe, assistant professor of health and physical 
education, earned her B.S. at Georgia Southern in 1966 and 
her master's degree from Applachian State in 1968. Before 
coming to Bryan she had taught and coached at the secondary 
level in Virginia for ten years. In addition to classroom teach- 
ing in health and in physical education courses, she coaches 
volleyball and softball at Bryan. 

The volleyball team has achieved a 68-24 win-loss record 
over the past two years. The team placed first both years in 
the NCCAA District V Tournament and participated in the 
NCCAA National Championship Tournament in 1982. The 
team also won first place in the State AIAW Tournament in 

Although the softball team has an even record of wins and 
losses, 70-70, over the past five years, the team has had 
exceptional success in tournaments, including first place in 
the District V NCCAA the past two years, first place in the 
State AIAW in 1981, and three second-place wins in the State 
AIAW in 1979, 1980, and 1982. □ 




by Billy Ray Lewter, Ph.D. 

Ihe problem of the authority of 
Scripture is the most fundamental 
problem the church faces. Apart 
from the authority of the Bible, any 
belief on any issue would have 
about as much validity as any other. 
Without an objective standard of 
judgment, no belief system could be 
removed from subjective, relative 
reasoning and declared as truth. 

The Bible claims to be truth as it 
describes a series of divine inter- 
ventions in history. In all of its parts 
it is infallible and final as to author- 
ity. Paul summarized this principle 
in II Timothy 3:16 when he wrote, 
"Every scripture is inspired by 

This does not mean God has re- 
vealed everything. Deuteronomy 
29:29 says, "The secret things be- 
long to Jehovah, but the things that 
are revealed belong unto us and to 
our children forever." Neither can 
we understand all that has been re- 
vealed. Because of our sinful na- 
ture, our understanding is limited. 
We see in a mirror darkly. Not a 
single doctrine can be grasped in its 
brilliant totality. But still. Scripture 
claims authority over our lives and 
destinies. It must be approached 
with all the care, ability, and humil- 
ity we can bring to it. 

Of all Satan's efforts to under- 
mine this fundamental truth, from 
within and without the church, the 
more subtle challenges are the most 

Influence of Psychology 

Contemporary church life pro- 
vides a current example of the im- 
pact of psychological principles. 
There has been a very positive shift 
in the church in recent years toward 
body life and small group move- 
ments, interpersonal relationships, 
personal development, marriage 
enrichment, and pastoral counsel- 

This shift has brought personal 
involvement and openness, insight 

Dr. Billy Ray Lewter. associate professor of psychol- 
ogy, is active in family counseling and other community 
services. This past summer he spent seven weeks in 
India on a study tour. 

and sensitivity to others, and less 
rigidity and authoritarianism. It is 
such practice of truth that helps to 
heal the incredibly fractured rela- 
tionships within so many churches. 
It enables us to be more spiritual 
and less "religious." 

Exciting, yet alarming! There are 
real dangers in the uncritical appli- 
cation of psychological understand- 
ing. Robertson McQuilkin. presi- 
dent of Columbia Bible College, 
perceptively states that in the next 
two decades the greatest threat to 
Biblical authority will be the Christ- 
ian behavioral scientist who would 
guard the front door against any at- 
tack on the inspiration and authority 
of Scripture, while at the same time 
letting the content of Scripture slip 
out the back door through 
psychological interpretations. 1 
Human Potential 

A real danger is the one-sided 
emphasis on self-fulfillment and 
happiness. Never in history have 
people been so occupied with the 
study of self. There are currently 
over 2,000 books dealing with self- 
improvement. Popular Christian 
writers, through glowing anecdotes 
and testimonies, present formulas 
on how to get God to meet our 
needs, to make us happy, and to 
give us positive mental health. 

Books of a generation ago, such 
as Calvary Road and Sacrifice, and 
the Keswick movement's "deeper 
Christian life," emphasized bro- 
kenness and self-denial and often 
produced feelings of worthlessness 
and guilt. Most of the new books 
react to such teaching, emphasizing 
the need to feel good about our- 
selves. A common theme is the ef- 
fort to pump up our self-image. 

Abraham Maslow's "self-actual- 
ized" person has been equated with 
the fruit of the Spirit in Galations 5. 
While many of the characteristics 

are similar, the fruit of the Spirit is 
precisely that: it does not come 
from resources within man, but 
from the Spirit of God working 
within man. Maslow's self-ful- 
fillment is exactly the opposite. 
Between these two concepts, there 
is a great gulf which is glossed over 
and minimized. The authority of 
Scripture concerning the nature of 
man is undermined by the humanis- 
tic assumptions of man's goodness 
and innate potential. 

Many of the newer Christian 
books concentrate almost exclu- 
sively on justification, in which the 
believer is declared righteous in 
Christ. Because of this truth we can 
and should see ourselves as worth 
the life of Jesus to God, accepted in 
Christ, and competent in the Holy 

The problem is that few of these 
books ever deal with sanctification, 
or growing in righteous behavior. 
They say little of sinfulness, or the 
need for holy living, or being con- 
formed to the image of Christ. 

Luke 9:23-27 tells us to deny 
self — not to affirm self: to follow 
Christ's way — not to become all 
that we're capable of being. Ro- 
mans 6: 1 1 says to be dead to sinful- 
ness and alive to God. Galations 
6:3, 4, as well as II Corinthians 
10:12. says to judge ourselves by 
God's standard, not that of other 
people. Romans 12:2-8 teaches the 
need to think soberly and balanced, 
being prepared for God's personal 
plan by having our thinking trans- 

We need a balanced, accurate 
self-appraisal that includes both jus- 
tification and sanctification. We 
don't need to establish our self- 
worth, just accept it. 

The positive self-fulfillment em- 
phasis overlooks Hebrews 1 1 and 
the heroes of the faith. Tribulation 



seems to be necessary for the de- 
velopment of patience, faith, and 
love. Job's "though He slay me yet 
will I trust Him" may be more pre- 
cious in God's sight than a faith that 
removes mountains of tribulation. 
In the final analysis, emotional wel- 
fare, as well as physical health, is of 
less value than our relationship to 

Sources of Truth 

Another subtle threat arises from 
a widely held interpretation of spe- 
cial and general revelation. The 
Bible is God's special revelation 
and concerns truth that could never 
be discovered empirically or ra- 
tionally. Scriptures provide the 
framework within which all true 
knowledge fits, and the Scriptures 
also set the moral and spiritual abso- 
lutes for the vast expansion of mod- 
ern knowledge. 

General revelation refers to the 
truths God has revealed in nature. 
All truth, whether from a sacred or 
secular source of revelation, is 
God's truth. To regard any part of 
creation as secular and independent 
of God is to rob Him of His glory. 

Yet sin has darkened the intellect 
and dulled sensibilities so that it is 
difficult to comprehend the evi- 
dences (Romans 1:21). Science has 
exalted general truth to be the ulti- 
mate principle of explanation. 

The threat to Biblical authority 
comes when Christian psy- 
chologists move beyond the rec- 
ognition of two sources of God's 
truth to the specific belief that a con- 
flict between psychology (as a part 
of general revelation) and the Bible 
is in appearance only. Because truth 
would not contradict itself (it is 
taught), either we have an error in 
psychological interpretation, or we 
have misinterpreted the Bible, or 
both. 2 Evangelicals are seen as 
being too isolationist, as viewing 
psychology as an inferior truth 
when compared to the Bible, and as 
failing to grab hold of a large portion 
of God's truth, leaving a truncated 
gospel. 3 These two sources are seen 
as equally meaningful, equally 
clear, and equally authoritative. 

One problem with the "two 
sources of truth" issue concerns the 
definition of what is truth in 
psychology. I agree with Cervantes 
in Don Quixote, "where truth is, in- 

The "truth" of much 
contemporary psychology may 
not be God's truth at all. 

sofar as it is truth, there God is." 
But where is the truth in psycholo- 
gy? Every so-called "fact" has a 
theoretical context in which it 
arises, and which is disputed by 
other philosophical "schools" of 
psychology. Which "fact" is truth 
and can be separated from its 
theory-laden base as neutral? 

The answer to the question of 
what is truth in psychology is that 
there are no hard, firm, value-free 
facts in psychology. The more we 
look into any conclusion, the 
weakeritis. Psychological "truths" 
change often, they are fragmented, 
they have limited applications, and 
they have about as many interpreta- 
tions as there are psychologists. "In 
the last analysis," according to Carl 
Rogers, "all psychological know- 
ledge rests on the personal subjec- 
tive experience of the researcher." 
It is relative to the faith-context of 
the thinker. 

It is said then that the conflicts 
between psychology and Scripture 
have been reduced to the gap be- 
tween "facts" and "theories," that 
conflicts exist in appearance only. 
In their efforts to achieve unity 
many Christian psychologists are 
minimizing the relativity of "facts," 
as well as the radical opposition of 
psychology to any absolute truth. 
The "truth" of much contemporary 
psychology may not be God's truth 
at all, but simply an illusion of 
human ignorance. There must be an 
acceptance of this conflict as seri- 
ous, genuine, and real. 

There is another flaw in unity 
thinking. If in a conflict our in- 
terpretation is at fault, the supreme 
value involved is human reasoning, 
which is humanism! 

The purpose of general revelation 
is to make God known. Nature re- 
veals His "power and name" (Ex. 
9:16), "glory" (Ps. 19:1), "great- 
ness and might" (Isaiah 40:26), and 
"eternal power and divine nature" 
(Romans 1:19-20). General revela- 
tion is a partial but beautiful rep- 
resentation of the personality of 

The purpose of general revela- 
tion, however, is not to tell us how 
to live, which is what psychology 
invariably does. Sweeping generali- 
zations are made about profound 
levels of behavior, which reach into 
the very bedrock of society, and are 
derived from research based on the 
most superficial, isolated "bits" of 
behavior, often that of animals. 

The Question of Authority 

Some seminary psychologists 
have stated even stronger positions. 
Evangelicals are said to be dishon- 
est when they talk of integration and 
dialogue between psychology and 
theology for they always opt for the 
Bible in a conflict and assume 
psychology should be modified. 4 
This is considered a step backward, 
since "theology" should have no 
authority as such over Christian 
psychologists. 5 Assumptions about 
the truth revealed in the Bible need 
not be regarded as authoritative 
over the assumptions of psycholo- 
gy. Neither side should have author- 
ity over the other since we don't 
have full understanding of either. 6 It 
is said then that acknowledging the 
authority of Scripture in matters of 
spiritual faith does not force us to 
acknowledge Biblical authority 
over physical and social sciences. 7 
Statements such as these seem to 
put psychology on an equal basis 
with Scripture. 

Another position states that 
Scripture must be taken as con- 
ditioned by its historical and cul- 
tural context. According to J. 
Harold Ellens, "It is imperative that 
the Bible's human limitations and 
historical irregularities be differen- 
tiated from its redemptive mate- 
rial." 8 Psychologists must bind 
themselves to scientific investiga- 
tion rather than the assumptions 
that were current in Bible times. 9 
Such cultural interpretation strikes 
a heavy blow at the authority of 

One other example of putting 
psychological understanding over 
Scripture comes from a current 
view of homosexuality. A Christian 
Association for Psychological 
Studies panel discussion on 
homosexuality rejected the tradi- 
tional view and concluded that God 
condemns promiscuity, whether 

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FALL 1983 



Bryan's fall enrollment shows a slij 
year ago. The registration includes [ 
equivalent of 536. This FTE compares 
and 18 foreign countries. 






rease, with a headcount of 585 compared to 544 a 
1-time students and 71 part-time, for a full-time 
22 last year. The student body represents 36 states 

1. Trustees, alumni, returning students, new stu- 
dents, and prospective students are all rep- 
resented by the Barth family of Poland, Ohio, 
who are pictured at the opening-of-school regis- 
tration day for new freshman Lisa, at left. Her 
parents, Jim and Judy ( King) are both alumni with 
the class of 1957, and Jim has been a trustee since 
1965. Irving (back row) is a senior and business 
manager for the Student Senate; in front are two 
future student prospects — Amy for the class of 
1990 and Alan for 1993. 

2. Alumni parents Lina (Black) x '61 and Jackie '70 
Morris of Lexington, North Carolina, examine 
the schedule for their freshman son, Samuel. 

3. Former faculty member Mary Alice (Greider) at 
right and alumnus Clifford Branson '59 of New- 
ton, Illinois, visit with their daughter, Beth, an 
incoming freshman, and their son, David, a high 
school senior. 

4. Randy Vernon (left), vice president of the Student 
Senate and president pro temps of the freshman 
class, shows freshmen Patty Porter, of Ormond 
Beach, Florida, and James Lee, of Greeneville, 
Tennessee, how to clean the sidewalks in front of 
the Rhea County Courthouse during freshman 
initiation week. 

5. Lisa Franz (left), of Villa Park, Illinois, and Kyle 
Howard, of Lake, Michigan, watch Missy Goss, 
of Sharpsburg, Georgia, as she concentrates dur- 
ing a game played at freshman get-acquainted 
night held in Rhea House. 

6. Meeting at the arch in Rudd Memorial Au- 
ditorium for their evening date for the President's 
Reception are Abkar Bannayan of Kuwait and 
Thelma Sugantharaj, of Knoxville, Tennessee. 

7. Billy Strachan, headmaster of Torchbearers' 
Capernwray Bible College in Carnforth, England, 
challenged students in a series of five chapel mes- 
sages from the book of Acts early in September. 

FALL 1983 



Dr. Malcolm Cronk is pastor of the Camelback Bible Church in 
Paradise Valley, Arizona. He was a former professor at Trinity Divinity 
School and is a nationally known Bible conference speaker. Printed 
here are excerpts from one of Dr. Cronk's messages given at the twen- 
tieth summer Bible conference. 

by Dr. Malcolm Cronk 

In the book of Ephesians, Paul uses five different 
words for power: and each has its own particular slant 
of meaning in this tremendous concept — power to make 
a Christian and power for the believer to live the Chris- 
tian life in this kind of world. 

The first reference is in the first chapter, verse 19, in 
the statement "the surpassing greatness of His power 
toward us who believe." Another version translates it 
"the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who 
believe." Notice, it is great: it is His power, but it is 
directed toward those who believe. 

The second reference is in the third chapter and verse 
20 — the last part of that verse "the power that works 
within us." "Now unto Him who is able to do exceed- 
ing abundantly above all that we ask or think according 
to the power that is working in us." You see this is an 
advance on the thought. The first was the power that is 
directed toward us: now it is the power working within 

Then beginning in chapter four this power is de- 
monstrated in three major thrusts. They are given to us 
in the verbal forms of the imperative that are very 
characteristic of the Greek language. You could call 
them blasts of power in the Christian life. 

The first one is in chapter four, verse 23, "be re- 
newed in the spirit of your mind," or a very literal 
translation would be "being continuously renewed in 
the spirit of your mind." This power works on the mind. 

The second thrust is in chapter five, verse 18, "be 
filled with the Spirit" or "be being continuously filled 
with the Spirit." Here is the Spirit of God enabling the 
believer to be fulfilled — filled to fulfill the word and will 
of God, to give free expression to the life of Christ. 

The third one is in chapter six, verse 10, "be strong in 
the Lord and in the power of His might" or "be being 
made continuously strong in the Lord." This is the 
power that produces the Christian's stand — his stand 
for God, his stand in the world, and his stand against all 
the strategems of the evil one. And then having done all, 
to still stand. 

Now this is a great deal of power. This is spiritual 
power. This is God's power related to the believer: 
experienced by the body of believers in fellowship with 
Christ and each other; and expressed in a renewed 
mind, in a fullness to fulfill, and in a solid, consistent 
stand while we are here in this world. That is the struc- 
ture of power in the book of Ephesians. 
Power of God Toward Us 

Now let's come back to chapter one. God wants us to 
know the surpassing or exceeding greatness of His 
power toward us who believe. This power is associated 

in this passage with three great concepts of our Lord 
and His work. The concepts are expressed in these 
three phrases: verse 18. His calling: His inheritance: 
and in verse 19, His power. All three references are to 
the person and work of the Lord Jesus. 

Out of His calling comes our calling, in which lies the 
mission of the church — the Christian community in the 
world. Here is the sense of direction, the sense of mis- 
sion that gives meaning to life. 

Out of His inheritance, comes our inheritance. The 
whole concept of inheritance is consummation, ulti- 
mate fulfillment, the glorious realization of all that God 
has ever purposed. The purposes of God are manifold: 
in creation, in providence, in the nation of Israel, in the 
nations as such, in the incarnation, in Pentecost, in the 
church during this age between Pentecost and the com- 
ing again of our Lord, in government, in the renovation 
of the whole planet and the restoration of all things to 
God. All of these grand purposes of God are concen- 
trated toward and in the person and work of the Lord 
Jesus Christ to give us hope and confidence that what- 
ever the present scene is like, the ultimate is absolutely 
assured. That is a grand concept of inheritance: His 
inheritance in the saints, our inheritance in Him, and 
the inheritance that God has promised to the redeemed 
to be enjoyed by them in the age to come and in the 
endless ages thereafter. 


His power is measured here by His resurrection, His 
ascension. His exaltation at the right hand of God, and 
His headship over all things in heaven and on earth with 
a view to building His church. Now God wants us to 
know this power. 

The very first thrust of power is stated to us in verse 
17, "That the father of glory may give you a spirit of 
wisdom and revelation in that knowledge of Him. The 
eyes of your heart being enlightened so that you may 
know what is the hope of His calling, so that you may 
know what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance 
in the saints, so that you may know the exceeding 
greatness of His power toward us who believe." 

This knowledge is a knowledge that is not just in the 
head. It involves the head but it gets into the heart. It 
gets into the very experience. It is not only communi- 
cated to the mind; it is confirmed in the life. It is the 
power by which God transforms sinners through faith in 
Christ into saints and perfects them so as to present 
them in the day of His glory without spot or wrinkle or 
any such thing. They are blameless before the face of 
God, so blameless that He can safely present them to 
the heavenly hosts and to the earthly members of na- 
tions as the trophy of grace, the product of Christ, the 
reality of glory. 



Spiritual Perception 

When it comes to knowing God, university education 
is not enough. Even scientific information is not 
enough. Even the philosophies which formed the 
ideologies of man's thinking are not enough. Man must 
be equipped with a spiritual perception to know God. 
That's why some very simple people who may not have 
much education but have been touched with the Spirit 
of the living God perceive God in a manner that the 
scientist does not — not because he could not, but be- 
cause he will not. But when we get this spiritual percep- 
tion, then we open the Bible and find God is talking to us 
through that book. We open our eyes and look out on 
His creation and realize God is saying something 
through the sunset and the sunrise, through the storm 

When you begin to perceive God, a whole new world of 
spiritual reality is opened. 

and through the peace that follows the storm. When we 
look through the microscope or the telescope and see 
the wonders of God, the things He has made and sus- 
tains, our heart starts to sing — "I know Him, I know 
Him." He's not just a thing out there or an idea pro- 
duced by the reason of man; but He is a person. He is 
creator, He is my father — my God. 

You too perceive Him long before you can write an 
essay on Him, long before you could articulate this in a 
formal manner that would satisfy the theologian. Your 
heart knows Him and your heart knows the sweetness 
of His touch in your life. When you begin to perceive 
God, a whole new world of spiritual reality is opened to 
you — faith, hope, love, joy unspeakable, peace that 
passes understanding. And the real world is the world of 
the spiritual. You interpret the physical and the material 
in the light of the spiritual. But if that light hasn't been 
turned on, then you turn the material and the physical 
into your god. That god can't put his arms around you, 
forgive your sins, or give you assurance of life after 
death. So this first thrust of the power of God is to give 
us the inner equipment for knowing the things of God. 
That is extremely important. 

Power of God Within Us 

The second thrust of this power is given to us in the 
third chapter, verse 14, "I bow my knees before the . 
Father. Every family in heaven and earth derives its 
name from Him. I ask Him that He would grant you 
according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened 
with power through His Spirit in the inner man." The 
first thrust was to equip the inner man with the gift of 
perception, this ability to know Him and to know His 
calling. His inheritance, and His power. Now this same 
Spirit within us, who equips us with the faculty of 
spiritual perception , wants to strengthen our inside man 
to be a proper house for Christ to settle down and be at 
home in. (That's exactly what that word dwell means). 
Then you can sink the whole roots of your personal 
consciousness — who you are, why you are here, where 
you are going, what life all means — right down into 
Him. He's your source, your sustenance, your life, 
your wisdom, your righteousness. He is your sanctifi- 
cation, your redemption. 

You begin to think and your mind just begins to 
explode. You come up against the idea of election and 

predestination, of justification and regeneration and 
adoption, of sanctification and guidance and confor- 
mity. You come up against the grand truth of resurrec- 
tion, rapture, reward, and reigning with Christ. The 
Holy Spirit says, "I want you to see all these grand 
ideas in relation to a person. The ideas are bigger than 
your mind can comprehend. They are bigger than your 
experience can now enjoy." There is more gold in 
"them thar hills" than has ever been mined out. 

There is more reality there than any theologian — 
Calvin, Wesley, or Luther — has yet plumbed. It is rich, 
beyond all riches. Its inherent quality is overflow, 
abundance, superoverflow, superabundance. Every 
facet of it glows like a diamond. It is many-faceted, 
manifold, rich beyond description. It all centers in a 
person, and that person walks right into your head , right 
into your heart, right into your home, right into your 

From down deep inside who you are, God begins to 
give meaning and purpose. This is the power of trans- 
formation. Don't reduce it to any little single answer to 
prayer or single intervention of God in your life. All of 
these are like dots over the "i's" and the crossing of the 
"t's." The sentence hasn't been finished yet. It must be 
said in a paragraph and that is said in a book. That is said 
in a world which is God's vast library. You begin to 
realize that you have been brought into something 
through Him that will never end. It began before you 
knew it. Once in it you are never out of it, and you are 
going to be swallowed up by it and transformed by it. 
You enter into fellowship with Him here and hereafter, 
now and forever. 

Now, what is it all about? If I have a real experience 
of God, I must put doctrine and experience together — 
the Bible does that. Doctrine is always ahead; truth is 
always bigger than we know, more than we know, and 
certainly beyond our experience. You don't build your 
doctrine on your experience; you build your doctrine on 
your "thus saith the Lord" — what is revealed. But 
believing what God says begins to affect your experi- 
ence of God. Your experience of God expands if you 
keep growing day after day. That's why Paul says in II 
Corinthians, the fifth chapter, that the present house in 
which we live is totally inadequate to experience all that 
God has planned for us or to express it in any valid way. 
We do a little now and then. It breaks out a little like 
Fanny Crosby called it in "glimpses of glory" — little 
bursts through now and then. 

What God is doing there will last forever. It's like a 
cocoon. We breakout of that shell and He's got a grand 
new thing that beats all the colors of a butterfly. He's 
got a grand new thing ready for us , and a grand new day, 
and a grand new age , and a grand new drama. That is the 
concept of power that Paul wants us to get. If I can boil 
it down to an essential, it is the experience of love. We 
are to comprehend, through the indwelling Christ in the 
fellowship of the saints, the length and breadth and 
depth and height of a love which defies description, a 
love which can't be put completely into words. God 
wants us to have now as deep, as full, as broad, as long 
an experience as we can hold of the love of God. And 
Paul says there is power enough to lead you into the 
depths of this love. And He'll love you into living, and 
living is loving God and others. □ 

FALL 1983 



Dormitory construction has progressed to the full four-floor height with brick work adding to the exterior 
appearance. Plumbing, electrical installations, and other interior finishing adds to the progress on the new 
174-bed residence hall. 

Psychology Challenges 

(Continued from page 7) 

heterosexual or homosexual, but not 
homosexual behavior between commit- 
ted Christians in a relationship of love 
and loyalty. They believe clinical prac- 
tice forces us to take another look. One 
psychiatrist, an evangelical, has writ- 

"It is my conviction that the legalistic 
interpretations of the various Scripture 
passages bearing on this condition 
(homosexuality) are in error, both 
theologically and psychologically. I 
further am convinced that the 
homosexual who is a Christian can find 
his condition, however he chooses to 
handle it. a gift, rather than a curse. The 
church has much to gain from accepting 
these brethren openheartedly and ex- 
pectantly, profiting from the peculiar 
perspective on life and relationships 
which is theirs." 10 

It seems that to these Christian 
psychologists the highest authority is 
the ministry and practice of the 

Personal Responsibility 

The purpose of this article is not to 
minimize general revelation or the in- 

tegration tasks of Christian psychol- 
ogists. As mentioned earlier, psychol- 
ogy has had a tremendous impact on the 
church, and much of it is beneficial. 

Psychology often discovers some of 
the dynamics of God's principles. There 
are kernels of truth in many otherwise 
conflicting positions. But we should be 
extremely careful, and exercise great 
caution in what we use and how we 
apply it to psychological insights. Much 
of psychology falls outside the overlap 
between "disclosed truth" and "dis- 
covered truth." and is unworthy of a 
Christian's time, attention, and integra- 
tive efforts. 

The greatest threat of all, however, to 
the authority of Scripture is our own 
personal failure to demonstrate our be- 
lief. Our Biblical knowledge is so super- 
ficial, and our behavior falls so far short 
of the standard we profess to believe, 
that, with friends like us, God does not 
need enemies to challenge His word. 

A high priority in the psychology de- 
partment at Bryan is the practical inte- 
gration of a Biblically based Christian 
faith with insights of psychology. 
Psychology is approached apprecia- 
tively for its practical insights, hard 
questions, and challenges. It provokes 

us to think more Biblically without 
being seduced into unexamined secular 
presuppositions. The purpose and chal- 
lenge of Bryan's psychology depart- 
ment is to encourage Christians to get a 
more powerful grasp, intellectually and 
behaviorally. on Biblical truth. □ 


1 VkQuilkin. J. Robertson. "The Behavioral 
Sciences Under the Authority of Scripture." 
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 
1977. Vol. 20. 31-43. 

: Collins. Gary: The Rebuilding of Psychology. 
Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1977. 

1 Narramore. Bruce. "Perspectives on the In- 
tegration of Psychology and Theology." 
Journal of Psychology and Theology. 1973, Vol. 
1. 3-18. 

4 Rambo. Lewis. "Reflections on the Task of 
Integration," Journal of Psychology and Theol- 
ogy. 1980. Vol. 8, 64-71. ' 

s DeVries. Michael. "Beyond Integration: 
New Directions." CAPS Bulletin. 1981. Vol. 
7. 1-5. 

6 Guy. James. "The Search for Truth in the 
Task of Integration." Journal of Psychology 
and Theology. 1980. Vol. 8. 27-32. 

1 Ellens. J. Harold. (Executive Director. 
Christian Association for Psychological 
Studies), "Biblical Authority and Christian 
Psychology II." Journal of Psychology and 
Theology. ^Winter. 1981. Vol. 9.' 318-325. 

8 Ibid. 

' Ibid. 

10 "The Christian Homosexual," Journal of 
Psychology and Christianity. 1982. Vol. 1, 






by Fred Stansberry 

"It is appointed unto man once to die . . ."and after that 
the probate judge! 

Like everyone else you have an appointment, unless 
the Lord returns before, with a probate judge. Unfortu- 
nately, you will not be able to keep it. You may, at your 
discretion, appoint someone to take your place and 
make decisions on your behalf. That person would be 
called your executor and would act according to your 
instructions to distribute your possessions as stated in 
your will. 

If you don't choose an executor and don't prepare a 
will, the state will do it for you by appointing an ad- 
ministrator to look after your affairs. This appointed 
administrator will distribute your possessions accord- 
ing to the laws of descent and distribution to the nearest 
relatives on a percentage basis and appoint guardians 
and trustees for minor children. They may decide to 
liquidate some property to pay taxes, debts, and funeral 
expenses. The extra expenses resulting from bonding 
fees, appraisals, legal fees, public sales, etc., would be 
charged to your estate. 

By making a will you can save unnecessary estate 
settlement expenses and, more important, you can save 
your loved ones much suffering and hardship. 

The state has three reasons for taking responsibility 
for your estate when you die. The first is to collect all 
state and federal taxes due. You are taxed on the right to 
earn money during your lifetime or to give away what 
you accumulate, and your heirs are taxed on the right to 
receive their shares. All taxes must be paid before any 
distribution can be made. 

The second reason is to protect the rights of creditors 
and others who have a legitimate claim. All debts and 
claims must be settled before distribution can be made. 

The third reason is to protect the rights of your 
closest of kin to receive their share. However, the state 
may not divide it up just as you would have preferred, 
and they certainly will not include your church or other 
Christian interests. 

The extra expenses associated with the events sur- 
rounding death may catch many families unprepared to 
meet the obligations left behind by the deceased. Many 
obligations such as taxes, administrative costs, probate 
fees, debts, funeral expenses become immediately due 
and payable. Careful planning can minimize these ex- 

Other reasons for carefully planning your estate may 
include provision for the care of a loved one, better 
management of assets during retirement years, or the 
ability to make gifts to the Lord's work. 

You may want to consider the use of a testamentary 
trust or charitable remainder trust in your planning. 

If you would like additional information, please use 
the attached reply card. 

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Miss Sharon Hinchman 

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Bryan 

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In Memory of 

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Mr. Harry Johnson 

In Honor of 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Weber 

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Zimmerman Mr. Charles Jones 


When You Need to Remember 

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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 helps in 
two ways: (1 ) It helps you to care properly for a 
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- 
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Stephen Barnett, assistant professor 
of science, will be teaching courses in 
origins, earth science, physics, and re- 
lated areas. A graduate of Covenant 
College with a major in biology, he holds 
two master's degrees from Loma Linda 
University, one in geology and one in 
paleobiology. He replaces Dr. Martin 
LeBar. who taught at Bryan last year on 
a sabbatical from Central Wesleyan Col- 
lege in South Carolina. 

Mr. Barnett has had several years of 
teaching experience in both public and 
private Christian schools and is particu- 
larly interested in the scientific study of 
origins and human development from 
the creationist viewpoint. He is married 
and has two children. 

Daniel Brummer, instructor in com- 
puter science, is Bryan's first full-time 
teacher in this area. He has a bachelor's 
degree in computer science from East 
Texas State University and completed 
the master's degree from ETSU this 
summer. He has worked for several 
years as a programmer, a systems 
analyst, and a computer center man- 
ager. He is married and has one child. 

Walter Jahncke, assistant professor 
of accounting, is an experienced en- 
gineer and accountant in industry, and. 
most recently, operated his own ac- 
counting firm in Covington. Louisiana. 
He holds the bachelor's degree in civil 
engineering from Tulane University and 
the master's in business administration 
from Stanford University. He is also a 
Certified Public Accountant. Mr. 
Jahncke is married and has three chil- 
dren, including his daughter. Catherine, 
who has entered Bryan this year as a 
freshman. He replaces Robert Wykstra. 
who is teaching part-time at Bethel 
(MM) College while also working in a 

Mike Rorex, instructor in music dur- 
ing 1983-84, has accepted a one-year 
appointment to replace David and Sigrid 
Luther, who are on leave of absence to 
complete their doctorates at Louisiana 
State University. Mr. Rorex is profi- 
cient in voice and piano and will be 
teaching in both areas. He has the 
Bachelor of Music degree in vocal per- 
formance from the University of Ten- 
nessee at Chattanooga and the Master of 
Music degree in the same area from In- 
diana University. 

Donald Wilkins, assistant professor of 
Greek and Bible, replaces Dr. John An- 
derson, who is taking partial retirement 


Jahncke and Brummer 


after teaching at Bryan for twenty-eight 
years. A graduate of California State 
University at Long Beach in radio and 
television broadcasting. Mr. Wilkins 
has had considerable experience in this 
field with the Lockman Foundation as 
well as with Focus on the Family. He 
has a second bachelor's degree from the 
University of California at Los Angeles 
in Greek and Latin Classics, as well as a 
master's degree from UCLA in the same 
area. He also holds a Master of Divinity 
and a Master of Theology degree in New 
Testament from Talbot Theological 
Seminary and expects to complete the 
Ph.D. in Greek at UCLA by the summer 
of 1984. Don's wife is also a teacher, 
serving at the local Rhea County High 

Ken Baker, part-time teacher in mis- 
sions and Bible for the first semester, is 
a Bryan graduate, with a master's de- 
gree from Dallas Theological Seminary. 
He is a missionary under Sudan Interior 
Mission currently on furlough from .Af- 
rica, but expects to return to his field 
next year. Ken was recently married to 
a missionary he met in Nigeria. .Africa. 

Rick Hughes, a Bryan graduate of 
1983. has been hired as a coach for 
1983-84. in part to replace John Reeser, 
who has been athletic director, coach, 
and physical education teacher for elev- 
en years. Rick is coaching women's 
basketball and men's baseball, and 
serves as sports information director. 
Mike Roorbach. who came to Bryan as 
dean of men in the fall of 1982 and has a 
background in physical education and 
athletics . is the new athletic director this 
year while continuing as dean of men. 

Information about rwo other new faculty 
members, Dr. Nannette Bagstad and Dr. 
Harold Matthews, is included in the cover 
article on the Division of Education and 




Stuart Meissner, an alumnus of Bryan 
with the class of 1956. began his service 
as director of college advancement in 
September, re- 
placing Stephen 
Harmon, who left 
the position last 

Since 1979 Mr. 
Meissner has been 
the director of de- 
velopment and Meissner 
business manager of Charlotte Christian 
School in North Carolina. Previously he 
worked with Ketchum. Inc.. during 
1978-79 as an associate director in sev- 
eral fund-raising campaigns, and for 
twenty years was co-owner and man- 
ager of the Wayne Music Center in 
Michigan. In coming to Dayton. Mr. 
Meissner is joined by his wife. Velma. 
who also attended Bryan, and their son. 
Jonathan. They have two daughters in 
North Carolina — one married and one 

John Weyant, recently appointed di- 
rector of publications and publicity, 
comes to Bryan from Miami, Florida, 
where he was serving as an associate 
pastor. Mr. Weyant has been engaged in 
ministries of education, youth, and 
music in a number of churches over a 
period of twenty-five years. He has also 
been involved in the publishing field as a 
former director of production for Chris- 
tian Life, and Christian Bookseller, and as 
managing editor of Christian Review. 
Several years were also spent with an 
advertising agency in Wheaton. Illinois, 
and early training was gained in direct 
mail advertising through employment 
during student days at Moody Bible In- 
stitute in Chicago. 

Elaine Weyant, John's wife, joins the 
staff at Bryan as secretary to President 
Mercer. Her secretarial experience 
covers positions with insurance com- 
panies, with several ophthalmologists. 
as well as with Haggai Institute and 
Reach Out Ministries in Atlanta. Elaine 
is also an accomplished harpist, who has 
played with several orchestras and as a 
soloistforChildren's Bible Hour. Youth 
for Christ, and Word of Life. The 
Weyants have three sons. 



Paul Forsythe has a three-fold respon- 
sibility as residence director of Long 
Residence Hall, assistant to the student 
personnel deans, and manager of the 
Lion's Den. He just completed a 
graduate program at Wheaton College in 
educational ministries. He has a B.S. in 
psychology/counseling from Miami 
Christian College. 

Ronda Becker is residence director of 
Huston Residence Hall and will be as- 
sisting in the counseling office. She re- 
ceived the B.A. at Mid-America 
Nazarene College, where she majored 
in sociology. She has just completed her 
graduate training, receiving an M.Ed, 
degree in educational and counseling 
psychology from the University of 

Hilda DeKIerk, a 1983 Bryan 
graduate, is the residence director at 
Cedar Hill. 

Mrs. Sharon Richardson, wife of Dr. 
Brian Richardson, has been named in- 
terim director for Practical Christian In- 
volvement for the fall semester, replac- 
ing Al Kadlec '81. director for the past 
two years. 

Mrs. Kathy Farney, a Bryan alumna 
of 1971. is a new secretary in the ad- 
vancement department. Her husband. 
Rick, is currently a Bryan student, 
working toward a second degree. 

James McUmber '82, is a systems 
analyst, who is in the process of setting 
up a computerized information system 
for the college. His responsibilities in- 
clude the recommending of hardware 
and writing of programs for various of- 
fice needs. His wife, Susan, graduated 
from Bryan last May. 


Dr. Robert McCarron, associate pro- 
fessor of English and chairman of the 
Division of Literature and Modern Lan- 
guages, studied "The Bible as Litera- 
ture" at a workshop in early June held at 
Wheaton College. Dr. Richard Cor- 
nelius, professor of English, was a par- 
ticipant in the workshop titled "Chris- 
tianity and Literary Theory" in late 
June held at Barrington College. Both of 
these intensive workshops were under 
the joint sponsorship of the Christian 
College Coalition and the National En- 
dowment for the Humanities. 

(The Christian College Coalition, an 
outgrowth of the Christian College Consor- 
tium in 1976, is a professional organization 
currently sening a national membership of 
seventy evangelical colleges. Bryan has 
been a member from the beginning.) 

David A. Wright, director of library 
services, attended a two-day workshop 
in May at the University of Tennessee 
Knoxville Graduate School of Library 

and Information Science which in- 
cluded training in the use of a DIALOG 
database, a computerized searching 
service. In June, along with Rebecca 
Van Meeveren, assistant director of li- 
brary services, Mr. Wright attended the 
27th annual meeting of the Association 
of Christian Librarians, of which he is a 
board member, at Wheaton College. 
The theme of the conference was "In- 
tegrating Faith and Learning through 
Library Services." 

All three student personnel deans — 
Dean of Women Karen Roorbach, Dean 
of Men Mike Roorbach, and Dean of 
Students Kermit Zopfi attended the an- 
nual national meeting of the Association 
for Christians in Student Development 
(ASCD) at Bethel College in Minnesota. 
Mr. Zopfi will be completing this year 
seven years as treasurer and member- 
ship chairman of the organization. 

Dr. Martin Hartzell, associate profes- 
sor of biology, received an appoint- 
ment with stipend from the U.S. De- 
partment of Energy to a workshop on 
the topic "Fossil Fuels-Carbon 
Dioxide-Acid Rain" held at Oak Ridge. 
Tennessee, in July under Oak Ridge As- 
sociated Universities. 

Dr. Billy Lewter, associate professor 
of psychology, spent seven weeks in 
India under the auspices of the Institute 
of Agriculture of the University of Ten- 
nessee, sponsored by the Fulbright- 
Hays Foundation. This was a study tour 
designed to focus on agriculture, ener- 
gy, and Indian society. 

Gordon Hambly, assistant professor 
of chemistry had an article published in 
the Journal of Chemical Education (July 
1983) titled "Organic Nomenclature: 
Making it a more exciting teaching and 
learning experience." 

Dr. Irving Jensen, professor of Bible, 
is continuing to write a new Inductive 
Bible Study Series for Campus Crusade 
for Christ. The first book (Mark) was 
published in May: Romans and John are 
scheduled for this fall; Acts is currently 
being written. 

Dr. Brian Richardson, professor of 
Christian Education, spoke at the Inter- 
national Sunday School Convention in 
Detroit and at five regional conventions 
during the past academic year. He is the 
immediate past president of the Na- 
tional Association of Professors of 
Christian Education. Dr. Richardson 
had an article published in Bibliotheca 
Sacra, April- June, 1983, on the subject 
"Do Bible Facts Change Attitudes?" 
He also participated in an Advanced 
Writers Conference at Southwestern 
Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Wayne Dixon, assistant professor of 
health and physical education, directed 
three weeks of summer basketball 

camp — two weeks in Dayton at Bryan 
and at the Dayton City School and a 
third week at Evangelical High School 
in Fort Myers, Florida. Mr. Dixon also 
worked for two weeks at the Stetson 
University Basketball School in De- 
Land, Florida. 

Gary Phillips, assistant professor of 
Bible, participated in Summit II of the 
International Council on Biblical Iner- 
rancy in Chicago. His summer church 
and conference ministry included 
Bayside Community Church, Tampa, 
Florida, and the Officers Christian Fel- 
lowship conference in July at White 
Sulphur Springs. Pennsylvania, where 
he spoke on "How to Study the Bible 
for Yourself." 

Kent Juillard, assistant professor of 
art. attended a four-day conference on 
Christians in Visual Arts (CIV A) at Cal- 
vin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


Five faculty members engaged in 
summer graduate study in preparation 
for or in continuation of doctoral pro- 
grams, four at the University of Tennes- 
see. Those at Knoxville were: Betty Ann 
Brynoff, assistant professor of English: 
Steve Bradshaw, assistant professor of 
psychology: Craig Williford, assistant 
professor of Christian Education; and in 
Chattanooga Wayne Dixon, assistant 
professor of health and physical educa- 
tion. David Friberg, assistant professor 
of music and chairman of the Division of 
Fine Arts, continued his study at the 
University of Kansas. In addition. 
Coach Rick Hughes enrolled at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee Chattanooga in a 
master's program, which he is continu- 
ing part-time during the year. 


Dr. Earl D. Radmacher, president of 
Western Conservative Baptist Semi- 
nary in Portland, Oregon, will be the 
guest lecturer October 10-12 for the 
fourteenth annual Staley Distinguished 
Scholar Lectures. His general theme for 
the series will be "Understanding the 

President of Western Seminary since 
1965, Dr. Radmacher confronts ques- 
tions that people are asking today — 
What is the place of the church in the 
world? How are we, as Christians, 
equipped to work through the church? 
Can we know what the Bible means by 
what it says? Who is God — can we re- 
ally know Him? Where do we get what 
we need to live the abundant life? When 
is absolute commitment necessary? 

Dr. Radmacher is a member of the 
governing board of the International 
Council on Biblical Inerrancy. 

FALL 1983 



Special Activities 

Visiting Speakers 

September 30 - October 1 

October 10-12 

Alumni Homecoming 

Staley Lecture I 
Dr. Earl Radmacher 

October 3 


Board of Trustees and 

October 26 


National Advisory Council Meeting 

Day of Prayer 
Dr. Richard Williams 

October 20-21 

Tampa, Florida 

College Caravan 

November 4-5 

November 4 


Hilltop Players 

Rev. Nicholas Leonovich 

Monte Carlo 


November 16 

Thanksgiving Banquet 

November 28-30 

Bible Doctrine Series 
Rev. John. W. P. Oliver 


Augusta, Georgia 


December 9 

Christmas Banquet 

January 4-6 


January 30-31 

Christian Life Conferi 


Board of Trustees Meeting 

Jim and Mary Irwin 


Colorado Springs, Colo 
January 31 - February 1 

February 10 


Helen Roseveare 


Valentine Banquet 

February 24-25 


ruary 21 


Hilltop Players 


{ of Prayer 


March 29-31 


ch 26-28 


College Caravan 


.e Doctrine Series 


Dr. Larry Walker 
Memphis, Tennessee 

April 6 

April 2-4 

Junior-Senior Banquet 

Staley Lecture II 


Chad Walsh 

April 21 

Board of Trustees Meeting 

April 13 

April 27 

Dr. Robert Ledford 

Honors Assembly 

Huntsville, Alabama 

Athletic Banquet 

May 4 

May 8-10 


Senior Vespers 

Pastors' Conference 


May 5 

Dr. Paul B. Smith 



Toronto Canada 

Dr. Francis W. Dixon 

May 7 

Eastbourne. Eneland 

First Minimester Begins 

Dr. Radmacher 

November 18-27 

Thanksgiving Vacation 

December 16 - January 2 

Christmas Vacation 

Jim and Mary Irwin 

March 2-12 

Spring Vacation 



directed by Dr. John B. Bartlett 
May 11-28 Fine Arts Tour to London, Amsterdam, Frankfort, 
Innsbruck, Monaco, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Paris. 
June 20-July 6 and August 15-September 2 Oberammergau 
Passion Play and towns in Germany, Austria, and Switzer- 
land, plus two days in Paris. 

Dr. Smith 

Dr. Dixon 

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Volume 9 

Winter 1983 

Number 2 

the total person intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. By 
Kermit A. Zopfi 3 

ENROLLMENT MANAGMENT FOR THE 80's: The recruitment of 
quality students and the increase of the number attending. By Glen 
Liebig 6 

MY TESTIMONY: A Christian businessman's witness of the working 

of Christ in his life. By Richard Hirneisen 8 

sketch of the association from its founding in 1934 to date. 10 

THE ALUMNI OFFICE: Ways in which the graduates and former 
students of Bryan are served. 11 

THE GRACE OF GIVING: "Faithful stewards"— the lifeline to the 
training of Bryan students to serve Jesus Christ in every avenue of 
life. By Stuart Meissner 12 

THE BRYAN PENNY: An interesting story about a very special 
penny. 14 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of Bryan activities and a tribute to Day- 
ton. 14 


1984 Conferences 

January 4-6 

JIM AND MARY IRWIN, Colorado Springs, Colorado 

* * % 

May 8-10 

DR. PAUL B. SMITH, Toronto, Canada 
DR. FRANCIS W. DIXON, Eastbourne, England 

* * * 

July 23-28 

DR. RALPH KEIPER, Denver, Colorado 
DR. CARY PERDUE, Oakland, California 
HYRUM DALLINGA, Duncanville, Texas 

The Student Personnel 

by Kermit A. Zopfi, Dean of Students 


"And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, 
andinfavorwithGodand men" Luke 2:52. What is said 
in this verse from the Word of God about the Lord Jesus 
Christ is also the desire of the staff in the Student 
Personnel Department for each student enrolled at 
Bryan College — that each one increases not only in 
wisdom but also in stature and in favor with God and 
with men. 

The impartation of facts and knowledge, which 
should lead to an increase in wisdom, is mainly the role 
of the teaching faculty at college. It is in the classroom 
that this formal learning takes place. For many years 
colleges and universities were content with just this 
delivery of facts and knowledge. There was little con- 
cern about what was happening to the student outside 
the classroom. The goal was to prepare the student for a 
successful career in some field of endeavor. Intellectual 
development was the major thrust in higher education. 

It took the years of student unrest and rebellion, the 
sit-ins and the riots, to open the eyes of the educators to 
the fact that certain necessary elements were missing in 
the educational process of those days. Educating the 
intellect alone was not enough. There must be a concern 
in education for the development of the total person — 
intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. 
Since the student was spending much more time outside 
the classroom than in it, there arose a concern of what 
was happening to him in the residence hall, in the stu- 
dent center, on the campus in general, and in the com- 
munity. Was intellectual development the only ingre- 
dient he needed in his educational process? Certainly 
not! Education must involve the total person, not just 
the training of the mind. 

It was this realization that gave rise to the student 
development thrust in education. Student personnel 
departments became much more than just offices for 
student services and discipline. Graduate schools 
began to offer new training programs that would equip 
student personnel workers for their new roles in student 
development. Residence halls became more than just 
dormitories where students lived and slept. Needs- 
based residence hall programs were initiated to provide 
for the physical, spiritual, and social development of 
the student. Student personnel offices became student 
development departments with an emphasis on the 
growth and maturity of the total person. 

What has happened at other educational institutions 
has also taken place at Bryan College, with the major 
difference that Bryan College, along with many of its 
sister institutions, has developmental goals that are 
based upon Christian principles. Even though it was not 
spelled out in detail, this is undoubtedly what the foun- 
ders of Bryan College had in mind when they stated in 
the college charter the purpose of the college as "the 
higher education of men and women under auspices 
distinctly Christian and spiritual." 

The current Student Handbook of Bryan College states 

the following goals for student development, goals that 
go far beyond intellectual development alone: 


1 — Aspiration to the attainment of the student's 

highest intellectual capability. 

2 — Recognition of academic excellence as the 

primary goal of the college student. 

3 — Definition and adoption of personal goals. 

4 — Development of disciplined study habits. 

5 — Development of personal responsibility. 

1 — Development of beneficial health habits and 

avoidance of undesirable and harmful habits. 

2 — Development of neatness and cleanliness of per- 

son and room. 

3 — Development of attractive grooming tastes and 


1 — Development of Christian life and character. 

2 — Development of an appreciation for and adher- 

ence to Christian standards of conduct. 

3 — Definition and internalization of personal moral 


4 — Development of positive attitudes. 

5 — Development of honesty in all dealings. 

1 — Development of effective citizenship. 

2 — Encouragement of Christian fellowship within 

the college community. 

3 — Development of respect for the well-being of 


4 — Maintenance of respect for law and order in both 

the college and civil government. 

5 — Development of good sportsmanship in all con- 

tests and courtesy toward opponents. 

6 — Encouragement of correct Christian attitude 

and conduct toward members of the opposite 

7 — Cultivation of respect for private and public 

property and for the rights of others. 

8 — Observance of refined social etiquette. 

The three student personnel deans, along with sev- 
eral of the residence directors, have advanced degrees 
in the areas of student development, educational minis- 
tries, and counseling. This advanced training, plus 
years of working with college-age youth, enables them 
not only to understand the students and their problems 
but also assists them in planning programs that meet 
their needs. The deans and the residence directors 
sponsor and conduct workshops that assist the students 
in adapting to college life and that help them succeed 
both in the academic and in the non-academic areas of 
college life. Workshops conducted were the following: 
1) Time Management, 2) Study Skills, 3) Coping with 
Test Anxiety, 4) Biblical View of Sexuality, and 5) 
Handling Finances. 

The Student Personnel Department has also spon- 
sored the showing of Christian films that have been of 
benefit to the students: 1) The Josh McDowell series 



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RESIDENT ASSISTANTS: Front row: Denise Hanna, Ginger 
Kirk, Ruth Iwan, Carylee Gilmer, Anne Gordon. Second row: 
Nadine Lightner, Jackie Goft, Dottie Long, Dawn Kinter, 
Sandy Jones, Denise Savage. Third row: Carol Davis, David 
Wild, John Pierce, Julie Lilley. Fourth row: Clayton Lopez, 
Larry Martindale, Troy Brown. Fifth row: Mark Jones, Scott 
Jones, Bob Hay. Not pictured: Lori Byars, Jeff Meeks. 

RA CLASS (Psychology of Residence Life): Instructor Karen 
Roorbach, Dean of Women and Director of Residence Life. 

STUDENT SENATE: Joe Talone, President; Randy Vernon, 
Vice President; Sara Benedict, Secretary; Irv Barth, Business 
Manager; Kermit Zopfi, Advisor. 

entitled "Live. Laugh. Love"' on dating, love, mar- 
riage, and sex. and 2) Mel White's two documentary 
films on Jonestown and the cults entitled "Deceived" 
and "Deceived II." 

Supplementing the quality education the Bryan Col- 
lege students receive in the classroom are the needs- 
based programs offered in the college residence halls. 
These programs are based upon Luke 2:52, the verse 
quoted at the beginning of this article: 

1 — That the student may increase in KSOWLEDGEand 

WISDOM, seminars have been offered on the fol- 
lowing: Singleness, nutrition, domestic skills, hair 
styling, clothing, finances, crafts, self-defense, 
and hints for watching television. 

2 — To assist the student to increase in STATURE or 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT, there have been resi- 
dence hall programs in aerobics, jogging, and 
Olympics which have provided competition within 
and between residence halls. 

3 — Assisting the student in SPIRITUAL DEVELOP- 

MENT or FAVOR WITH GOD are the residence hall 
Bible study groups, non-structured fellowships, 
bonfire times of singing and sharing, and the "fam- 
ilv" choir. 
WITH MEN are "Suite Nights" when the twelve 
students of three suites get together for fellowship . 
the brother-sister floor activities, the secret 
brother-sister program, the program in which fac- 
ulty or staff members adopt the students of a resi- 
dence hall floor as their children, and the "Trick- 
or-Treating" for community children. 
Also playing a vital role in residence hall life are the 
resident assistants, often referred to as "RA's." They 
are upperclassmen who have applied for the position 
and have gone through a thorough selection process 
before being engaged for the positions. In addition to 
RA orientation, the resident assistants also attend a 
class of instruction once each week for the first semes- 
ter of the school year. The resident assistants work 
closely with the residence directors in promoting learn- 
ing and sharing opportunities for the students in their 

Leadership training is one of the goals of the Student 
Personnel Department. The student leaders arrive on 
campus several days before other students come in 
order to attend a student leadership workshop. The 
program consists of general instruction sessions usually 
led by an invited specialist in the field of leadership 
training and of discussion groups and problem solving 

Student government at Bryan College resides in the 
Student Senate. The group consists of a president. 
vice-president, and secretary elected by the student 
body, a business manager chosen by the complete Sen- 
ate after elections, the four class presidents, a male and 
female representative from each class, a day student 
representative, the president of Student Union, and the 
president of PCI (Practical Christian Involvement). The 
Dean of Students serves as advisor. 

The members of the Senate meet weekly to consider 
matters that pertain to the welfare of the student body. 
The Senate expresses student needs and opinions to the 
administration and in turn informs the students of the 
ideas and actions of the administration. All charters of 
clubs and student organizations are submitted to the 


WINTER 1983 

Senate for approval. Projects sponsored by the Senate 
include freshmen initiation, the Red Cross blood drive, 
days of prayer, RA and PCI recognition weeks, and the 
promotion of goodwill and fellowship among student 
leaders in area Christian colleges. The Senate makes 
recommendations to the administration and the faculty 
and gives qualified assistance in Student Handbook revi- 
sion and many other college functions. 

The Student Union is the group that provides whole- 
some entertainment for the students such as Christian 
concerts, films, ice skating, roller skating, fun nights, 
and other forms of entertainment. The Student Union 
cabinet consists of the elected officers and two rep- 
resentatives from each of the four classes. The Dean of 
Men is its advisor. All music and films brought to cam- 
pus are submitted to the Music/Film Sub-Committee for 
approval, a committee consisting of faculty and stu- 

Practical Christian Involvement, known on campus 
as PCI, provides a witness outlet for the students in 
such ministries as big brother/big sister relationships 
with underprivileged children of the area, gospel teams, 
nursing home visitation, jail visitation, student missions 
fellowship, ministry to school-aged children, and many 
other types of Christian witness. Student officers are 
chosen by the Department of Christian Education. 

All student activities at Bryah College fall under the 
supervision and counsel of the Student Life Council, 
comprised of the three student personnel deans, the 
four officers of the Student Senate, the Student Union 
president, the president of PCI, and four members of 
the administration and faculty. The Dean of Students is 
the chairman of the council. The council meets weekly 
to consider proposed student activities and to provide 
counsel and guidelines for the various phases of student 
life. Suggestions are made by the council for chapel 
programs and speakers. Days of prayer are planned. 
Changes in the Student Handbook are considered by the 
members of the group before the recommendations are 
forwarded to the college administration. 

Responsibilities and functions within the Student 
Personnel Department are divided among the three 
deans. The Dean of Students. Kermit Zopfi, serves as 
the chairman of the department and functions as coor- 
dinator of the chapel programs and chairman of the 
college calendar. Karen Roorbach, in addition to her 
duties as Dean of Women, serves as Director of Resi- 
dence Life, meaning that all residence halls and resi- 
dence directors are under her supervision. All student 
permission requests are submitted to Mike Roorbach. 
the Dean of Men. He also heads up the programming 
aspects of the department and serves as Athletic Direc- 
tor of the college. 

Much time is spent by the three deans and the resi- 
dence directors in counseling the students in respect to 
their many concerns and interests. Each semester the 
deans and the residence directors counsel the students 
having academic difficulties to ascertain their prob- 
lems, to advise and encourage them, and to pray with 
them. Even though the student personnel workers are 
trained in counseling techniques, there is a total de- 
pendence upon the Lord to work through His Word. 
For only He can bring forth the "increase in wisdom, 
stature, and favor with God and men." □ 

STUDENT UNION: Darrell Cosden, President; Mike Roor- 
bach, Advisor. 

STUDENT LIFE COUNCIL in one of its weekly sessions. 

PCI (Practical Christian Involvement): President Troy Brown, 
Director Mrs. Sharon Richardson. 



Enrollment Management for the 80's 

by Glen Liebig, Dean of Admissions and Records 

The challenge for enrollment in the 80's and Bryan's response is explored and 
followed by an interview between Glen Liebig and John Weyant, director of public- 
ity and publications, on questions concerning student recruitment. 


It is no secret that Christian lib- 
eral arts colleges are facing difficult 
challenges in the nineteen eighties. 
The demise of small private colleges 
has been repeatedly predicted dur- 
ing the last decade or more. College 
enrollment patterns, monetary in- 
flation, and shifting societal values 
all threaten the continued existence 
of the small private Christian liberal 
arts college. Nowhere is the impact 
of this challenge felt more than by 
the admissions staff. The survival of 
Bryan and other similar private col- 
leges depends on the maintenance 
of reasonably stable enrollments. 

There are several factors which 
make it difficult to maintain current 
enrollment levels at private col- 
leges. First, the number of high 
school graduates from which col- 
lege students are drawn has been 
shrinking and will continue to do so 
for several years. At the same time, 
the percentage of high school 
graduates who elect a four-year col- 
lege program is declining. Also, 
many young people and parents are 
less sure than they once were of the 
positive value of a college educa- 
tion. The liberal arts degree in par- 
ticular, once highly prized as prep- 
aration for life and leadership, has 
lost prestige. Now it is looked upon 
primarily as a means to employ- 

In the area of cost, private col- 
leges have been forced to regularly 
increase the charges to students in 
an effort to keep pace with the rising 
costs of operation. Doubts about 
the value of a liberal arts education 
and the steadily increasing tuition 
and fees at private colleges have led 
increasing numbers of students and 
parents to turn to publically sub- 

sidized state universities and com- 
munity colleges. 


How should a private Christian 
liberal arts college like Bryan re- 
spond to these challenges? At first it 
might seem prudent to lower admis- 
sions standards in order to open the 
door to more students. The decline 
in college entrance exam test scores 
over the last decade seems to sup- 
port such an option. However, 
Bryan College has moved in exactly 
the opposite direction. The grade- 
point average for entrance has been 
raised, a new statement of Christian 
Life Standards has been adopted, 
and a review is being made to in- 
crease the number of academic sub- 
jects taken in high school as an en- 
trance requirement. 

The goal of the admissions de- 
partment at Bryan is to enroll 
"those students who by virtue of 
their academic background, educa- 
tional and career objectives, and 
personal commitments can profit 
from the Christian liberal arts edu- 
cation offered at the college." That 
is, it is the intent of the college to 
enroll those students who can suc- 
ceed. It also requires that there be a 
satisfactory match between the stu- 
dents enrolled and the programs of- 

Bryan has been working hard to 
improve the quality of its programs 
in response to the increasing de- 
mands placed upon the modern pro- 
fessional person. The list of im- 
provements made recently to im- 
prove academic quality at Bryan in- 
cludes the following: 

1) the percentage of faculty hold- 
ing the doctor's degree has 
risen from 35% ten years ago to 
near 50% now; 

2) faculty in-service training on 
course planning, instruction, 
and advising has made the fac- 
ulty more effective; 

3) curricular review and revision 
have resulted in strengthening 
both general education and 
major programs; and 

4) academic standards for admis- 
sion have been raised in order 
to enlist students who have a 
reasonable chance for success 
under more rigorous and de- 
manding curricular offerings. 

Success at Bryan does not de- 
pend on academic background 
alone. The high standards of moral 
and ethical behavior expected of 
Bryan students represent a signifi- 
cant culture shock for many young 
people coming from public high 
schools characterized by increasing 
permissiveness. A statement of 
Christian Life Standards is included 
with the application form to make 
sure that applicants know what to 
expect when they enroll. Applicants 
are required to certify that they 
have read and will uphold the prin- 
ciples included in this statement of 

A second major issue with which 
the college admissions manager and 
other college administrators must 
deal is costs. While increasing costs 
make it necessary to raise tuition 
rates that in turn deter students 
from entering private colleges, 
Bryan has held costs down with 
only moderate increases and has in- 
creased the scholarships and grants 
to students. 

A review of the overall tuition, 
room, and board charges for 1983- 
84 indicate that they were increased 
about 9% (below the national aver- 
age) but the institutional contribu- 



tions to student aid were increased 
45%. A new academic scholarship 
program was initiated to provide up 
to $1,000 per year or $4,000 over 
four years to qualifying students. 
Also, a new grant program provid- 
ing $1,000 over four years to chil- 
dren of former Bryan students was 
adopted. These programs supple- 
ment academic, athletic, music, and 
other merit scholarships which have 
been granted previously. 

Since most colleges and univer- 
sities offer scholarships and grants 
based on merit, prospective stu- 
dents and parents should learn to 
compare costs by looking not only 
at the charges for tuition, room, and 
board, but also at the discounted 
cost after scholarship and grants 
have been applied. The following 
table will illustrate: 

Total Scholarships Discounted 

charges and grants Cost * 

College A $8,000 $2,000 $6,000 

College B $6,000 $1,400 $4,600 

College C $5,000 $ 200 $4,800 
* Subtract need-based aid from discounted 
cost to arrive at actual cost. 

In this example. College C appears 
to have the lowest charges. College 
A appears to offer the best scholar- 
ships and grants, but in fact. College 
B costs the student and parents the 

Bryan College charges are among 
the lowest of private unaffiliated 
Christian liberal arts colleges. It is 
probable that charges for the 1984- 
85 academic year will be increased 
at most colleges to keep up with ris- 
ing costs. If the increase at Bryan is 
significant, it is expected that 
further increases will be made in aid 
to students. In this way, it is hoped 
to keep the discounted costs of edu- 
cation at Bryan within the reach of 
those students who can profit most 
from the educational programs of- 
fered at the college. 

The administration of Bryan Col- 
lege believes that quality academic 
and cocurricular programs, a strong 
Biblical emphasis, and an admission 
program designed to enroll the stu- 
dents who have a probability of per- 
sisting at the college will enable 
Bryan to maintain enrollment stabil- 
ity through the decade of the 
eighties. D 


How does Bryan College secure the 
names of prospective students? 

Like most other Christian col- 
leges, Bryan gets prospective stu- 
dent names in a variety of ways: 
through magazine ads and direct 
mail to certain student lists; from 
alumni, pastors, and other friends of 
the college; through admissions 
staff appearances at college-career 
days; and by phone or mail contact 
from prospective students them- 
selves or their parents. 

Are some of these sources better 
than others? 

Definitely! If we look only at 
numbers of prospect names, we get 
the largest numbers through 
magazine ads and direct mail to lists 
of high school seniors interested in 
Christian colleges. 

But the quality prospects, those 
who are most likely to enroll, come 
from current students, alumni, and 
other friends of the college or 
through direct contact by the pros- 
pects themselves or their parents. 

Glen, if I hear you correctly, it 
sounds like the quality prospects, as 
you call them, come in at very little 
expense to the college. 

That is exactly right, John. There 
is very little cost involved in secur- 
ing prospect names from current 
students, alumni, and other friends 
of the college. There is also very 
little cost to the college when a 
prospect or a parent contacts us by 
phone or letter. Of course, some of 
these prospective students may 
have seen Bryan ads or may have 


Prospect- and parent-initiated 
contacts account for nearly half of 
those who eventually enroll. 

Prospect names from current stu- 
dents, alumni, pastors and educa- 
tors, and other friends of the college 
account for almost a quarter of 
those who enroll. 

We depend on the results of ad- 
vertising, field recruitment, and di- 
rect mail to provide another 25% of 
the enrollees. 

In other words, the big student re- 
cruitment expense accounts for 
about one-fourth of the students who 

heard a Bryan musical group or seen 
an admissions counselor at some 

But do these lower cost prospect 
sources supply sufficient prospect 

Unfortunately, no! That is why 
we have to invest college resources 
in advertising, field recruitment, 
and direct mail, all of which are ex- 

Yes! At least as far as we can 
determine by our system for track- 
ing the results of our different ef- 

It sounds as if a little more effort on 
the part of alumni and other friends 
of the college could have a very posi- 
tive impact on enrollment and the 
college budget. 

John, you are absolutely right. In 
fact, we have conceived of a pro- 
gram designed to encourage alumni 
and others to help us to bring pros- 
pective students into contact with 
Bryan. We call it BRyan Admis- 
sions Volunteers or "BRAVO." 

We have not publicized this as 
widely as we should, so I am glad for 
this opportunity to talk with you 
about it. 

Good! Just what can volunteers do 
to help Bryan make contact with 
prospective students? 

First, they can place a Bryan 
brochure in the hands of a high 
school student. We will be happy to 
send as many brochures to our 
BRAVO friends as they can use. 

Second, they can send us the 
names and addresses of prospective 
students. We will then mail informa- 
tion about the college to the pros- 

Third, our friends can place 

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WINTER 1983 


Front row — left to right: Rick, Paul. David, Jeanne and 
Richard Hirneisen. Back row — left to right: Colleen, Cathy 
and Curt Vennard, Cynthia. 

In our life we make choices daily. Things that we 
choose to do we usually like. Some of us like sports. In 
the morning when we get up we're thinking sports, and 
all through the day we dream about sports. We're living 
sports. Others like automobiles. They center their 
thoughts on an automobile they either have or want. All 
automobiles of that make are noticed when traveling. 
They're living automobiles. And there are those whose 
central thoughts are about friends — a boy friend or girl 
friend — the most important person in life. Others think 
about food. When you get to my age you enjoy eating. 
Any of these, and a host of others, can become the most 
important thing to a person. 

Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek ye first the kingdom of 
God and His righteousness and all these things shall be 
added unto you." Earlier in that chapter it talks about 
the fact that treasures can be stored up in heaven or here 
on earth. The following portion (verses 25-33) speaks 
about a cure for worry which eventually leads to 
depression. Today, more than any other time in the 
history of man. people are depressed. And. sadly 
enough, it is true even of Christians. We should be 
looking to the Lord for His will in our daily lives. 

However, many times we get to the point where we 
hear things and yet they do not make any impression at 
all. But when we take time to look at the Word of God. it 
is always true and refreshing. Philippians 2:13 states. 
"For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do 
of His good pleasure." We speak of God's will, but 
what is it? How is it known? How does it work? 

God works in the individual life through His Holy 
Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us. We should 
look to Him for His leadership. 

I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior when I 
was in grade school. I learned that the Word of God was 
very exciting. When I was twelve years of age my 
mother became so ill that I was placed in the home of 
friends for a summer. I worked that summer on their 
farm. I enjoyed farm work and worked hard. I was very 
proud of my accomplishments, but I looked forward to 

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by Richard Hirneisen 
Vice President of Levitz Furniture Company 

Mr. Hirneisen shared his testimony with the Bryan family in 
chapel services October 18 and 19. His daughter, Colleen, is a 
junior at Bryan. 

the day when Mom and Dad would arrive and take me 

When that day came. I was very anxious to see them. 
They came in and said. "Let's sit down and talk. Son. 
we're going to put you up for adoption." Well. I just 
dropped to the floor. My spirits were so low that I felt I 
wasn't worth a thing. I became angry. I had all the 
qualities opposite of the fruit of the Spirit. I didn't say. 
"God. what are you teaching me. what do you have for 
me, what is your desire and will for my life?" In fact, I 
didn't even pray about it. I responded. "I will not be 
adopted! I'm not going to stand for it! I'm not going to 
be adopted!" My parents were shaken. The dear couple 
that had been providing for me that summer were hurt 
deeply. They were willing to adopt me and I refused. I 
went home with my parents because I insisted on it. and 
I have to confess: that was sin. God's Word tells us very 
definitely. "Children obey your parents in the Lord for 
this is right." Some of my German nature came out in 
me at that time. I was going to prove to them and to the 
whole world that I was worthwhile. 

That school year didn't go very well. Near the end of 
the school year we moved and I was placed into a new 
school. It didn't improve things: in fact, they just got 
worse. My accomplishments were less than nothing. 
On the final exams I failed every subject. They gave me 
an IQ test and then the principal called me into his 
office. He said. "Richard, we don't understand you. 
You have failed all of your tests. The records from your 
previous school years are great. You have been a 'B' 
average student and now suddenly you are failing. The 
thing I don't understand is that on your IQ test you got 
one of the highest scores that we have ever had in this 
school district. Now, what's the problem?" I didn't talk 
to him. I didn't say a word. He didn't know the hurt that 
I was holding within myself. He instructed me that I was 
to be promoted to the ninth grade and that he would 
look for a better situation next year. 

I left school and went home, thinking my summer 
would be next to nothing. It was. I became very ill. I got 
weaker and weaker until one morning in trying to get 
out of bed. I fell flat on the floor. I cried out for help. 
Finally the family heard me and put me back in bed. 
After several weeks I was admitted to the hospital. The 



Service to God comes through committing our lives to Him. 

doctors were confused: '"We've never seen anything 
like this." Even other doctors visiting our area stopped 
and looked at me. I was Exhibit A. I felt like a human 
guinea pig. 

With all the testing I only got more and more weak. 
Finally I couldn't move any parts of my body, lost my 
sight, couldn't speak; I was completely helpless, 
though I could hear. When I heard the doctors say that 
there was no hope, that got my attention. I realized that 
without God there was no hope. Without God I had no 
strength to do anything. I was waited on hand and foot. 
They were just waiting for me to die. I couldn't com- 
municate with anyone around me but remembered that 
I could communicate with my Heavenly Father. And I 
did. I promised Him that no matter what. I would serve 

Now being a farm boy. I really was looking to serve 
Him on a farm because I loved it. But I promised that 
even if it meant being a business executive, I would 
serve Him. I continually reminded the Lord that I was 
His and that I was willing to serve Him. I felt the 
strength coming back into my muscles and nervous 
system. Soon I was able to move my fingers, but it was a 
very slow process. However, by now the doctors were 
saying, "We have a vegetable." I had been called a lot 
of things, but a vegetable? God saw fit to bring the 
strength back into my body gradually. I learned in a 
very unusual way how to depend on God and how to 
apreciate others. 

Later I learned to talk again. I had to learn everything 
over again because my muscles and nervous system had 
deteriorated. The most difficult thing to relearn was to 
laugh. And finally, God saw fit to enable me to walk and 
then to run. 

I didn't return to school. The recommendation of the 
doctors was that I build up my physical body. So, that's 
what I did. It was very tempting many times to say that 
it was in my strength, because as a young man I became 
very proud when I was able to do something again: to 
ride a bicycle, to wrestle with the neighborhood boys, 
to play games. And I also had opportunity to work in the 
fields. As I was alone in the fields, I was able to speak 
with my Heavenly Father. 

I became interested in studying, so decided that since 
I wasn't going to be in a classroom I might as well select 
something that I would like. I bought a set of books on 
veterinary medicine. At thirteen I started reading and 
studying. My dad had cattle so I started experimenting. 
It was a lot of fun. I had nothing to lose, but he did. I 
even got to the point of performing minor surgery out of 
the book. I didn't lose a patient. I have to thank the 
Lord for that or my studies would have ended quickly. 
It was a very interesting experience, but you see it 
wasn't preparing me for what God intended. 

After getting married, I decided that I really needed 
more education. But, how would I get it? I only had an 
eighth grade education. God worked in my life and 
provided a way. I was very naive about how to enter 
college . I went to what was said to be the most outstand- 
ing college in our community and signed up for the 

course of study that I wanted. I started attending class- 
es. I really put my heart and soul into it. I finished the 
first semester and took the exams. 

When I went to sign up for the second semester, I 
indicated that I had heard some talk and didn't think 
that I had entered college with the proper credentials. 
The dean wanted to see me. He said, "Richard, we 
don't know how you got in as a regular student. Some 
error must have been made in the office. However, 
since you have completed the first semester and had an 
'A' average in your courses, we will allow you to con- 
tinue but without credit." That pleased me, because I 
wasn't going for credit: I was going to learn. So, God 
made it possible for me to get a college education. 

But we forget so quickly. As I started to work, I also 
started to serve the Lord in the church. At work I was 
promoted and moved into management. At church I 
was even nominated to be an officer. Things were going 
well. I thought all of this was great, but deep down it 
was the desire for selfish achievement. God had to 
remind me that it is His will that is important in life, not 
personal desires. 

I was confronted with another challenge. My wife 
became ill. The doctors said that she had cancer. I was 
devastated. It was not long after that — on her 
birthday — that she went to be with her Lord. I had to do 
some serious thinking. "What is it that I am doing for 
God? Am I seeking His purpose in my life? Or, am I 
looking for personal achievement?" 

I had four little ones and didn't appreciate a wife until 
I had to do the cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing, 
and sewing. I had a terrible time with the sewing 
machine until I found out that I was threading the needle 
from the wrong side. Colleen (a current Bryan student) 
was the youngest. She didn't care for my cooking. You 
talk about failures, I experienced them. But, God never 

The Lord then provided another wife and mother and 
has added two more boys to our family. We now have 
three boys and three girls and even a granddaughter. 

God has really blessed. I have seen people in business 
come to know the Lord. It doesn't matter what position 
we have, or what we think we can or cannot do. God can 
work through our lives by our testimony. Even though 
there is a title of "Vice President" on my door, I'm very 
happy that it is open to those who have problems and 
want to talk about them. 

God has given me opportunity to work with people all 
across the country. What better opportunity to be a 
traveling missionary than to work for a corporation that 
has coast-to-coast business sites. And God has also 
enabled me to serve Him in the state of Florida. I praise 
Him for that. 

Never underestimate the ability of God to use each 
one of us — even one with an eighth grade education and 
no degrees. Education and degrees are important in 
preparation for life, but they do not guarantee success 
in serving God. Service to God comes through commit- 
ting our lives to Him. His will can be known as we 
recognize His plan, and then follow His leadership. □ 

WINTER 1983 





The Bryan Alumni Association was organized in 1934 
by the members of the first graduating class. Member- 
ship dues were set at a dollar-a-year for the annual 
alumni banquet given in June to honor the graduates. 
Most of those early alumni banquets were held in the 
Hotel Aqua in Dayton. The first six graduating classes 
had six to eight members until the class of 1940 which 
had seventeen graduates and was the largest group until 
the class of 1948 with twenty-one graduates. 

When Rebecca Peck, a graduate of 1940, returned to 
the campus in 1944 as a faculty member to teach short- 
hand and typing and to fill in as registrar in the absence 
of D. W. Ryther who was on military duty, she saw the 
need of some unifying force for Bryan alumni. With the 
encouragement of President Rudd and the aid of fellow 
alumni on the faculty , she edited and mimeographed the 
first issue of Bryanette in May 1945, and then continued 
monthly or bi-monthly issues through July 1946. 

At the 1945 alumni business meeting following the 
banquet in June, Miss Peck was elected president of the 
association. In addition to editing Bryanette that year, 
she sought to improve the alumni concept from paying 
dues just to cover banquet expenses to making a defi- 
nite contribution to the college. Those efforts were 
rewarded with alumni contributions totaling one 
hundred dollars by June 1946, to identify the first 
alumni project as the provision of Bryan's first refriger- 
ated water fountain for the main hall. 

Being elected alumni president for a second year. 
Miss Peck encouraged another token contribution by 
alumni that year to purchase a lawn mower and mulch- 
ing machine for approximately $100. 

Succeeding alumni presidents, Samuel Hemberger 
'44 and Beatrice Morgan '45 promoted annual projects 
and continued the annual banquet fellowship. In 1947 
the alumni officers established a project of raising funds 
to help move an Army chapel from its location in Tul- 
lahoma to Bryan. As a result the present white chapel 
was erected on the campus for use in 1948. 

Under the alumni presidency of Miss Beatrice Batson 
'44, who was elected at the 1949 business meeting, the 
constitution was put into printed form and provision 
was made for the appointment of an executive secre- 
tary. For this position, Miss Grace Levengood '42 was 

In the fall of 1950, after an absence from the campus 
for four years, Miss Peck accepted an invitation to 
return to Bryan as secretary in the newly organized 
public relations office and to serve as executive secre- 
tary for alumni affairs to succeed Miss Levengood 
Under the leadership of alumni president John Harper 
'44 and with the impetus of the revived construction 
program for the main building at Bryan, alumni were 

Rebecca Peck Hoyt '40 

Now in her thirty-fifth year of service on the Bryan 
staff, the former Rebecca Peck, who on October 8 
became Mrs. Lowell Hoyt, continues to work in a 
secretarial capacity with alumni records, to assist in 
Bryanette preparation, and to maintain a link with 
alumni of the earlier years. 

invited to share in a "door project" to contribute $35.55 
for one steel door toward the purchase of all the doors 
for the north end of the second floor. That year over 
$1,700 was contributed for doors and the next year an 
additional $ 1 ,955 was contributed to aid in finishing the 
south end of the second and third floors of the main 

At the same period of the early 50' s, the Bryanette was 
advanced by Miss Peck from the mimeographed proc- 
ess to the offset printing process which introduced the 
use of photographs. During this period also, attention 
was given to starting alumni chapters in Ohio, Illinois. 
Texas, and in the Northeast, as well as in the local 
Tennessee area. 

Following the construction emphasis, the next 
alumni project was the raising of $2,400 for the leveling 
of the first athletic field, which was completed in 1954. 
Also during this time of growing alumni enthusiasm, a 
suggestion for a fall homecoming was considered favor- 
ably and the first fall event was held in October 1953. 

The next alumni project, $2,500 designated toward 
the salary of an education teacher, became a two-year 
project and encouraged the beginning of an education 
department at Bryan when a teacher was employed in 

In 1955 alumni chose to purchase books for the li- 
brary, a project which was carried over to the second 

During a transition period in 1953-56, three succes- 
sive executive secretaries were chosen to direct the 
alumni activities and under a revised constitution the 
annual alumni business meeting was shifted from the 
June commencement event to the fall homecoming. At 
the fall business meeting in 1956, Richard Mcintosh '52 
was elected alumni president and Miss Peck was again 
appointed executive secretary. 

When Dr. Theodore Mercer became president of the 
college in 1956, he encouraged alumni interests and 
participated in alumni chapter fellowships as well as 
campus events. Projects for the three succeeding years 
were $ 1 ,223 for library books , $ 1 ,360 for improvements 
in the chemistry laboratory, and $1,607 for an alumni 
scholarship loan fund. 

At the fall homecoming of 1959, Dr. Mercer appealed 
to alumni to join the trustees in a major thrust to secure 
endowment funds needed toward meeting standards for 
regional accreditation. An enthusiastic group of alumni 
voted at the business meeting to set a goal of $10,000 
toward the endowment fund. Efforts were strengthened 
and a peak year of alumni giving was reached in 
1959-60 with over $6,770 given through the alumni fund 
and an additional $1,600 in alumni gifts to other funds 
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Servant To All Bryan's Graduates 
and Former Students 

The purpose of the Alumni Of- 
fice, which is managed by the Direc- 
tor of Alumni Affairs, is to be of 
service to alumni for life. This is 
carried out by providing programs 
and publications that bring alumni 
in touch with each other and with 
the college. The methods of carry- 
ing out this service may be anything 
from a phone call from the Director 
of Alumni Affairs to the manage- 
ment of the biggest alumni campus 
event of the year — Homecoming. 

the year local alumni rallies are held 
in various parts of the country 
where there is a high concentration 
of Bryan alumni. Usually these ral- 
lies are held in or near a large met- 
ropolitan area where there are 75 or 
more alumni within a 50-mile 
radius. A dinner is held to which all 
alumni in the area are invited along 
with high school seniors interested 

History of the Bryan Alumni 

Association (Continued) 

of the college. Since that time alumni 
giving to the college has continued to 
grow steadily along with the increase in 
the number of alumni, until in 1982-83. 
over 500 alumni (or 10% of the total 
number of graduates and former stu- 
dents) contributed over $85,000 to help 
support Bryan in its scholarship pro- 
grams, its building program, and its cur- 
rent operations. 

Miss Peck continued serving in the 
capacity of executive secretary while 
carrying other promotional respon- 
sibilities until 1982, when Steve Snyder 
was employed to be the first full-time 
Director of Alumni Affairs to serve a 
larger constituency of alumni and im- 
prove chapter fellowships. 

The Alumni Association for the past 
several years has had strong leadership 
through the executive committee work- 
ing with the executive secretary and 
now with the director of alumni affairs. 
The small beginnings of the early alumni 
activities have blossomed into a strong 
alumni association that is truly making 
its value felt in the total promotion and 
support of the college. D 

Steve Snyder '64 

Coming to Bryan as Director of Alumni Affairs in 
July 1982, Steve Snyder with his wife, Barbara, 
brought also their musical ministry. Steve, who holds 
the M.A. from the University of South Dakota, was 
for sixteen years a high school teacher and coach in 
Sioux City, Iowa. 

in attending Bryan. The most im- 
portant part of the rally is the fel- 
lowship among re-united alumni 
and with representatives of the col- 
lege who report on the "state of the 
college." In the past year rallies 
were held in Orlando and St. 
Petersburg, Florida; Wilmington, 
Delaware: Cleveland, Ohio; and 
Williamsport and Pittsburgh, 


There is always a warm welcome for 
visitors to Bryan's campus at any 
time, and this is especially true for 
alumni. There are several regular 
campus activities in which alumni 
participate. These include the open- 
ing of academic year in August, 
Homecoming the first weekend of 
October; all "home" athletic 
events; Commencement in the 
Spring; Alumni Weekend and 
Summer Bible Conference in July. 

The two most prominent campus 
alumni events are Homecoming and 
Alumni Weekend. On both of these 
special occasions the college, work- 
ing with the Alumni Executive 
Committee, provides programs of 
fellowship, reunion, and recreation 
for all alumni. Homecoming '83 was 
attended by well over 200 Bryan 

Alumni Weekend, a new campus 
program for alumni, is held the 
weekend before Summer Bible con- 
ference. This event focuses on fel- 
lowship of alumni with faculty as 
well as alumni with alumni. Also 
ten-year class reunions are encour- 
aged and promoted. This past sum- 
mer 65 alumni returned to the cam- 
pus for the first annual Alumni 


alumni are informed of alumni ac- 
tivities and individual news notes 
through the Bryanette, the quarterly 
alumni newspaper. This paper, 
which features news of greatest 
concern to alumni, such as campus 

alumni events, births, weddings, 
obituaries, and "class notes," is 
sent to 4,000 addresses. The total 
cost of providing this service to 
alumni is $4,500 per year. There is 
no charge to alumni for Bryanette. 

It is estimated that 20 percent of 
the 4,000 addresses have a second 
Bryan alumnus in the household. 
Therefore, approximately 4,800 
alumni are reached through this 
periodical. Alumni for whom we 
have an address are termed 
"Alumni of Record." A constant 
search is maintained by the alumni 
office for over 700 alumni filed as 
"address unknown." 

A second publication produced 
by the Alumni Office is the Bryan 
College Alumni Directory. This 250- 
page book contains the complete 
alumni address file. In addition the 
Directory has a list of graduates by 
year for all 50 graduating classes 
and a geographic list of alumni by 
state and city. Also included are 
honorary alumni, each year's 
"Alumnus of the Year," and de- 
ceased alumni. The directory, 
which is published every two years, 
may be purchased from the Alumni 
Office at $5 per copy, which covers 
the costs of printing and mailing. 

OTHER SERVICES. Other serv- 
ices provided to alumni are Place- 
ment Services, maintenance of all 
alumni files, and correspondence 
with alumni. In all alumni activities 
the Alumni Office provides a clear 
channel of communication between 
the college administration and the 
Alumni Association's executive 

Bryan's best ambassadors, ad- 
visers, recruiters, and fund raisers 
are the alumni. They know the col- 
lege better than any other off- 
campus constituent body. They 
have the closest bond with its vision 
and purposes, and they are dedi- 
cated Christians who give their fi- 
nancial and prayerful support to the 
Lord's work here. □ 

WINTER 1983 


I 1 

The Grace of Giving 

by Stuart Meissner 
Director of Advancement 

The grace of giving — what does this mean at Bryan? 
Consider the faithful stewardship of two widow ladies 
among the host of contributors to the college. 

One lady, now past ninety years of age, has contrib- 
uted to Bryan every year for fifty years since 1933, 
when her husband began teaching Bible at Bryan and 
continued until his death in 1937. Another widow, the 
mother of a successful pastor of a church in Florida that 
has sent students to Bryan, has sent a dollar every 
month since 1940 until the past two years when she 
increased her gift to two dollars monthly. 

This grace of giving in Scripture is clearly presented in 
the eighth chapter of II Corinthians, verses 1-6: 
And now. brothers, we want you to know about the 
grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out 
of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their 
extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I 
testify that they gave as much as they were able, and 
even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own. they 
urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in 
this service to the saints. And they did not do as we 
expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and 
then to us in keeping with God's will. So we urged Titus. 
since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to 
completion this act of grace on your part. 


Paul personally testifies that the Macedonian Chris- 
tians contributed "as they were able," and even 
"beyond their ability," and that these believers did this 
"on their own." Despite deep poverty, they insisted on 
giving much more than anyone could even imagine they 
could give. Robbing themselves was a joy to them. 

First these Macedonian believers gave themselves to 
the Lord. That is the first option that faces us. Then 
they gave themselves to Paul and his associates. Our 
second alternative is to give ourselves to a ministry 
such as Bryan, to make Bryan's cause our personal 

As a natural response, they gave of their own re- 
sources. The application is unmistakable. ". . .He who 
sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully" (II Cor. 
9:6b). We can start a show of blessing if, like the 
Macedonian believers, we start "begging to give." 
Faithful stewardship is our responsibility. 

The rewards of faithful stewardship are the joys that 
come from sharing and the satisfaction that involve- 
ment in tangible, measured accomplishment can bring. 

Bryan College is a living and productive testimony to 
God's faithfulness through the vital intercession and 
involvement of thousands of its Christian friends. 
Buildings and programs are the visual evidence of this 
Spirit-led support. But the real, lasting results are indi- 
vidual lives that bring glory to God. 

The Bryan student of the 80s faces a world that is 
complex and uncertain. 

Volatile crises on the national and foreign scene ig- 
nite with frightening frequency. High technology has 
made career opportunities unpredictable and often 
brief. Moral values which were once generally accepted 
as a standard of behavior are now ignored. The influ- 
ence and unity of the family has disintegrated. 
Religion — even evangelical Christianity — has lost its 
relevance to many. 

This is the future that challenges the student of today. 
Young people who must lead our nation in a bewildering 
future are now in our colleges and universities. 

The vast majority of our country's college students 
are receiving an anti-Christian, humanistic education. 
The Christian college has a momentous responsibility. 
Bryan College offers an alternative choice for students 
who want an education which integrates the academic 
disciplines with the principles of God's Word. A Chris- 
tian education teaches the person not only how to make 
a living but how to live. 

As I view the present students at Bryan. I observe 
some of the same qualities that have made a Bryan 
student a cut above other young people. They are warm 
and caring, intellectual and spiritual, but still possess a 
light-hearted quality that springs from the exuberance 
of youth. Yet I see an intensity and seriousness of 
purpose as they anticipate the years ahead. Shaping our 
future rests in the hands of young men and women like 

The results of faithful stewardship are most apparent 
in the varied lives and careers of Bryan graduates. A 
host of Bryan alumni have distinguished themselves in 
the ministry, foreign missions, education, business, in- 
dustry, and the professions. Faithful stewardship by 
many, many friends of Bryan College has enabled 
Bryan men and women to be God's person right where 
He has placed them. Faithful stewardship has enabled 
Bryan College to continue in a position of usefulness 
and blessing. □ 

What? Giving again . . . 

Oh no! Said the angel 

I ask in dismay, 

Piercing me through. 

Must I keep on and on . . 

Just stop giving . . . 

Giving away? 

When God stops giving to you. 



INTERVIEW (Continued from page 7) 
Bryan posters in churches and 
schools. We have found that a high 
percentage of students who return 
the poster tear-off card enroll. 

Are there ways in which 
"BRAVO" friends can help admis- 
sions counselors when they are out on 
the road? 

There certainly are. They can 
help our admissions counselors 
make contact with pastors and 
Christian school officials. An intro- 
duction by a person known to the 
pastor or Christian educator always 
helps to open a door. Also, our 
friends can help to keep our travel 
costs down by providing hospitality 
to our admissions counselors. We 
are very grateful to the many people 
who have opened their homes in re- 
cent months to our admissions 
counselors — Mark Garrett, Joel 
Steele, and David Tromanhouser. 
Our friends have also hosted Don 
Lonie when he has represented the 

Glen, have we ever asked alumni 
to represent the college at a college 

We have not done this exten- 
sively. We have sent out packets of 
materials when one of our coun- 
selors could not go to some distant 
place. We are interested in develop- 
ing this kind of representation of the 
college. We have been working with 
Steven Snyder, our alumni director, 
in identifying alumni who have the 
time to work with us. 

As you know, John, we are de- 
veloping a new audio-visual presen- 
tation. When this is ready, we will 
be able to send copies in cassette- 
filmstrip format to our alumni and 
friends. This will make it relatively 
easy for a volunteer to represent the 
college at churches and Christian 

Are there opportunities for people 
who can't be involved in the ways you 
have mentioned? 

Certainly, John. We want all of 

our friends to pray for us and for 
young people who are seeking 
God's will regarding future educa- 
tion. Here at Bryan, we want the 
students that God sends to us. 

One of our trustees recently gave 
us an interesting idea. We cannot 
afford to place a Bryan sponsorship 
in the yearbook of all of the many 
Christian schools in the country. 
However, some of our friends may 
want to sponsor a Bryan ad in the 
yearbook of their local Christian 

One final question. What should 
alumni and other friends of the col- 
lege do if they want to be involved as 
BRyan Admissions Volunteers? 

They should write or call: 

Glen H. Liebig. Dean of 
Admissions and Records, or 

Joel Steele, Director of 

Bryan College. Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-9987 

Phone: (615) 775-2041 

Living Tributes 

September 11, 1983 to November 11, 1983 

In Honor of 

Mrs. Jess Cook 

In Memory of 

Mr. Ralph Tallent 

Mr. Richard "'Archie" Cole 

Mr. James Robert Hood 
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Boling 
Mr. George Cone 
Mrs. Ida Froemke 

Mr. Eugene Williams 

Mr. Edward W. Oehmig 
Mr. Edmund Chodd 
Mrs. Allan S. Driggers 
Mrs. Linda M. Golston 
Mr. Ray LeRiche 
Mrs. Mary C. Taylor 
Elspeth I. and Glenn Knox 

Mr. Mercer Clementson 

Dr. Alma Rader 

Rev. Joseph W. Black 

Mr. Fred Coates 
Mr. Paul McCarthy 


Rev. Frank Cook 


Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mrs. E. B. Arnold 

Mrs. Frances Cowden 

Mr. and Mrs. John Gridley 

Mr. James Hughson 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ely 

Mr. Mark Padgett 

Mr. and Mrs. James Soyster 

Mrs. Martha B. Hood 

Mrs. Martha B. Hood 

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Crawford 

Mr. Martin Froemke 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mr. and Mrs. C. Phillip Swafford 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Branton III 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Branton III 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Branton III 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Branton in 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. LeRiche 

Mr. A. B. Taylor 

Mr. and Mrs. David P. Bouchard 

Mrs. Elizabeth Ware 

Mrs. Margaret Ware 

Mr. John Bass 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gutknecht 

Mrs. Ruth Black and 

Mrs. Grace Melton 
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shakespeare 
Rev. and Mrs. Charles H. McCarthy 

When You Need to Remember 

A couple celebrates a special anniversary. There is a 
birthday, graduation, promotion, or significant ac- 
complishment. A friend or loved one has passed away. 
You want to remember and honor someone in a mean- 
ingful and lasting manner. 

A living tribute is a personal and private way of making 
a gift to Bryan College. It helps provide a quality Chris- 
tian education for young men and women at Bryan who 
are preparing to serve the Lord. The amount of the gift 
remains confidential. The person honored or the family 
of the person honored is notified. Special recognition is 
made in our quarterly periodical, Bryan Life. Your liv- 
ing tribute gift is tax-deductible. 

Send your living tribute to: 
Living Tributes 

Bryan College, Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-9987 

Enclosed is my gift of $_ 

in loving honor of: 

Given by 





Send acknowledgment to: 



City State 


WINTER 1983 





Rev. Frank Cook, Jess Cook, President Mercer and 
Board Chairman Albert J. Page examine the penny. 

Perhaps the smallest gift ever received by Bryan College came this past 
September — one penny. Though not of the same significance as the two 
mites which were cast into the treasury by the widow in the account of Jesus, 
yet this "thrice-given-gift'* is of great significance to each of its recipients — 
especially to the college. 

This "gift penny" was given the first time in 1899 to a little six-year-old 
girl, Clementine Curtis, by William Jennings Bryan. 

The famous orator, who would later be remembered for his role in the 
prosecution in the Scopes Trial, William Jennings Bryan, the Great Com- 
moner, visited Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and spoke to the first-grade 
class of the school where Clementine attended. 

Bryan had long hair that curled in the back which attracted the attention of 
the child. 

Her total fascination for Bryan's long curls soon had the best of her. With 
little attention to her classmates or to what the speaker was saying, little 
Clementine left her seat, walked to the front of the class and stood behind 
Bryan to get a better look at his curly hair. 

Reprimanded by her teacher for her bad manners in interrupting Bryan 
and distracting her classmates, Clementine began to cry. 

Touched by the situation, Mr. Bryan came to her rescue. He lifted the little 
girl to his lap and comforted her. Before putting her down, he reached into 
his pocket and produced a bright copper penny, which he gave to her. 

The shiny 1897 Indian Head penny was to become a prized possession for 
Clementine Curtis, who is now Mrs. George Larfield. This gift from William 
Jennings Bryan has been treasured for over eight decades and has been a 
subject of conversation to her friends and acquaintances across the years. 

At 91 Mrs. Larfield remains a surprisingly energetic and astute business 
woman. Living alone and still driving her own car, she continues to partici- 
pate in a variety of religious and cultural activities. She is described by her 
pastor, the Rev. Frank B. Cook of the Maple Springs United Methodist 
Church, as "delightfully active." 

Upon learning of the great devotion of her pastor' s wife , Mrs . Frank Cook , 
to Bryan College, Mrs. Larfield gave her treas- 
ured "Bryan Penny" to Mrs. Cook. A trustee 
of Bryan College, Mrs. Cook in turn presented 
it to the college for its museum for the collec- 
tion of Bryan memorabilia. 

It is a great honor for the college to receive 
this very special penny. It is special because its 
original donor was William Jennings Bryan. 
But it is more special for the attachment and 
significance given it by Mrs. Larfield these Mrs Jess Cook rece j ves 
many years. So to speak, eighty-four years Bryan Penny from Mrs< 
later this penny has come "back to Bryan." □ George Larfield. 


Mercer's Missionary Trip 

President and Mrs. Theodore Mercer took 
a six-weeks' tour in November and De- 
cember as the second segment of their visit to 
the mission fields, especially to contact 
Bryan alumni and friends. Theirfirst trip was 
to South America in 1982. 

The first stop of their 1983 journey was in 
Germany, where they contacted several mis- 
sionaries. They flew on to India to spend 
about a month touring that country and mak- 
ing visits to Nepal and Sri Lanka. On the 
return lap of this round-the-world venture, 
the Mercers planned visits in Thailand and 
Singapore with a few days to vacation in 

In India, their hostess was Miss Gene 
Long, co-founder and director of the Signal 
Children's Home, and daughter of the late 
Dr. H. D. Long, Bryan's board chairman for 
many years. Miss Long's twenty-one chil- 
dren are now grown , so she is transferring her 
property to Trans World Radio, in order to 
maintain a Christian witness at this New 
Delhi location after the disbanding of the 
children's home and her return to the states. 

The Mercers were scheduled to return to 
their home some time after December 17. □ 

Tribute to Dayton 

The administration, faculty, staff, and stu- 
dent body of Bryan is proud to be a part of the 
Dayton community — a "Tennessee Three- 
Star Community. 

Recertification for recognition as a 
"Three-Star Community" has once again 
been awarded to our city. Community offi- 
cials accepted the award at the Governor's 
Conference on Economic and Community 
Development held at Opryland in Nashville 
recently. Dayton received the most honors of 
any community at the conference, which had 
participation from across the state. The 
community officials received a plaque from 
Governor Alexander signifying the recertifi- 
cation. This designation recognizes the 
community's preparation for economic and 
specifically for industrial development. □ 

CAC Bryan Chapter Formed 

Rick Hill, assistant professor of business, 
is the faculty advisor for a newly formed 
Christian Action Council organized among 
Bryan students. This council will cooperate 
with the Rhea County chapter in the CAC 
ministries, which include fostering legisla- 
tion to eliminate federal funding of abortion 
and use of federal funds which subsidize 
health insurance benefits for federal 
employees where elective abortion is a ben- 
efit. Other services of the council provide 
counseling at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, 
providing maternity and infant clothing, and 
offering referrals to other helpful agencies. □ 



ACSI Conference at Bryan 

The Association of Christian Schools In- 
ternational held its regional leadership con- 
ference on the Bryan campus early in 
November. Some 100 student leaders from 
13 Christian high schools stayed in college 
dorms, ate with the students in the cafeteria, 
and used conference room facilities for their 
two-day sessions. The program for the con- 
ference was designed to train students to be 
more effective. Christ-like leaders. The as- 
sociation plans to return to Bryan for its 1984 
conference in November. □ 

Trustees Meet 

Pictured below are 19 of the 26 members of 
the Bryan Board of Trustees who share the 
responsibilities for establishing and maintain- 
ing the policies and for overseeing the proce- 
dures of operation for Bryan College. They 
are shown during a break from the fall meet- 
ing in October which is one of three trustee 
sessions scheduled annually. 

Left to right in the back row are Donald 
Efird, Kannapolis, N.C.; James R. Barth. 
Poland, Ohio: C. P. Swafford. Dayton, 
Tenn.; Dr. J. Wesley McKinney and L. Dean 
Hess. Memphis. Tenn.; Marble J. Hensley, 
Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dr. J. J. Rodgers, Day- 
ton, Tenn.; Earl A. Marler, Jr., Chattanooga. 
Tenn.: Dr. Ian Hay, Cedar Grove, N.J.; Al- 
bert J. Page, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Mrs. 
Frank Cook. Clemmons. N. C; Mark Sen- 
ter, Jonas Ridge. N. C: Rev. Howard Park, 
Birmingham. Ala.; and Rev. D. Lewis 
Llewellyn. Sebring, Florida. 

In front are Richard C. Davis, Lakeland. 
Fla.: Dr. William D. Black, Knoxville, 
Tenn.; Mrs. Charles Fox, Jeffersonville, 
Ind.: Morris V. Brodsky. Fincastle. Va.: and 
Glenn C. Stophel, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Inset at the right are members of the Na- 
tional Advisory Council who shared in the 
committee sessions of the Board to give 
counsel and to become informed of trustee 

Left to right are General William Mac- 
Donald, McLean, Va.; Thomas Beal, Spar- 
tanburg, S. C; Dr. H. Lewis Schoettle, 
Miami, Fla.: Mrs. Phillip Simmons, Louis- 
ville, Ky.; Bryan Couch, Dayton, Tenn.; and 
Logan Rector, Dyersburg. Tenn. □ 



The new student residence hall is about 65% completed. Exterior brick work is almost finished. 
Window and door frames are partially in place and interior finishing such as painting is in 
progress. We're trusting God to supply the funds necessary for completion by the time of planned 
occupancy in August, 1984. 

Future development plans call for construction of a new Library/Learning Resource Center and 
further Gymnasium expansion. Substantial increase in the College's endowment is also needed and 
will insure greater stability in operating the school. 

Attend Conference 

Four members of the English faculty at- 
tended the October regional conference of 
the South Atlantic Modern Language As- 
sociation. Dr. Ruth Kantzer, head of the Eng- 
lish department, had responsibilities at the 
conference as the chairperson of the South- 
eastern region. Others from Bryan attending 
the conference included Dr. Richard Cor- 
nelius, Miss Betty Brynoff, and Dr. Robert 
McCarron. □ 

Photo: Left to right: Mr. Daniel Brummer, 
Dr. Mercer, and Dr. Keefer. 

"Wykie" Installed 

A new computer, affectionately called 
"WYKIE" in honor of Mr. Robert Wykstra. 
assistant professor of business last year, has 
been installed in the offices of the history and 
business department. While at Bryan, Mr. 
Wykstra challenged and encouraged the de- 
partment to purchase its own computer. This 
new piece of equipment will be most benefi- 
cial to students and faculty of the depart- 
ment. Its purchase was made possible 
through gifts from the Bryan College Busi- 
ness Club, alumni of the history and business 
department, and interested friends of the col- 
lege. □ 


Advisory Council 

Bryan Caravan 

Seventeen adults and 100 students from all 
over the country came to visit the campus for 
three days and two nights recently. Special 
activities were scheduled for the Caravaners 
as well as the opportunity to sit in on actual 
classes and meet with members of the stu- 
dent body. 

The Caravan is perhaps the very best way 
for a prospective student to learn about 
Bryan College. The date of the next College 
Caravan is March 29-31. Early registration is 
important as only a limited number can be 
accommodated. □ 

Professor Defends Thesis 

Stephen F. Barnett, assistant professor of 
science, recently defended his thesis for a 
second master's degree at Loma Linda Uni- 
versity. Riverside, California. His disserta- 
tion in the field of geology was entitled 
Palynology and Age of the Ahord Creek Forma- 
tion, Southeastern Oregon. He expects to re- 
ceive this second degree at the end of the 
spring quarter. His first master's degree was 
in paleobiology from the same university. 

While in California. Mr. Barnett also at- 
tended the 16th annual meeting of the Ameri- 
can Association of Stratigraphic Paly- 
nologists at the San Francisco Airport Hil- 
ton. These palynologists study fossil plant 
pollen and spores in order to better under- 
stand the history of the earth. At the San 
Francisco meeting Mr. Barnett participated 
in a symposium on Western Tertiary Floras 
with the presentation of a paper which was a 
condensation of his master's dissertation. □ 

WINTER 1983 


Bryan College 


Tour Schedule 

February 29, 1984, p.m. 

Berean Bible Church 
Knoxville, TN 
March 1, p.m. 

Shenandoah Baptist Church 
Roanoke, VA 

March 2, a.m. 

Roanoke Valley Christian School 

Roanoke, VA 
March 2, p.m. 

Kingsland Baptist Church 

Richmond, VA 
March 4, a.m. 

McLean Bible Church 

McLean, VA 
March 4, p.m. 

Cherrydale Baptist Church 

Arlington, VA 
March 5, a.m. 

Oakton High School 

Vienna, VA 
March 6, p.m. 

York Gospel Center 

York, PA 
March 7, p.m. 

Montvale EFC 

Mont vale, NJ 
March 8, p.m. 

North Jersey — New York Area 
March 9, p.m. 

Brookdale Baptist Church 

Bloomfield, NJ 
March 11, a.m. 

First Baptist Church 

Edgewater, MD 
March 11, p.m. 

Winn's Baptist Church 

Glen Allen, VA 

Bryan College 


Tour Schedule 

February 29, p.m. 

Valley Memorial Baptist Church 

Chattanooga, TN 
March 1, p.m. 

Statham Baptist Church 

Statham, GA 
March 2, p.m. 

Bounty Land Baptist Church 

Seneca, SC 
March 4, a.m. 

Grace Baptist Church 

East Flat Rock, NC 
March 4, p.m. 

Calvary Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, NC 
March 5, a.m. 

Charlotte Christian School 

Charlotte, NC 
March 6, p.m. 

Community Bible Church 

Camden, SC 
March 7, p.m. 

Westover Presbyterian Church 

Greensboro, NC 

March 8, p.m. 

Sheets Memorial Baptist Church 
Lexington, NC 
March 9, p.m. 

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church 
Durham, NC 

March 11, a.m. 

Lexington Baptist Church 
Lexington, VA 
March 11, p.m. 
Ghent Grace Brethren Church 
Roanoke, VA 24015 


directed by Dr. John B. Bartlett 
May 11-28 Fine Arts Tour to London, Amsterdam, Frankfort, 
[nnsbruek, Monaco, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Paris. 
taae .20- July 6 and August 15-September 2 Oberammergau 
Passion Play and towns in Germany, Austria, and Switzer- 
land, plus two days in Paris. 




Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-9987 
(615) 775-2041 


Theodore C. Mercer 

Managing Editor: 
John Weyant 

Assistant Managing Editor: 

Rebecca Peck Hoyt 

Consulting Editor: 

Alice Mercer 

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 1984 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Box 7000, Dayton, TN 


Dr. Joseph Chu '77, an engineer, 
represents alumni in the field of 
science. His story is told on 
pages 8 and 9. Photo by David 


Pictures on pages 3 and 4 are by 
T. Mercer; student pictures on 
pages 10, 11, and 12, by Olan 
Mills; group pose and building 
on page 13, by Mauldin Photog- 
raphy of Dayton. 

Volume 9 

Spring 1984 

Number 3 

PASSAGE TO INDIA: A report of the missionary trip taken in 
November and December. By Theodore C. Mercer 

THE LIGHT THAT DID NOT FAIL: The story of Signal Home in 
New Delhi, India. By Theodore C. Mercer 

GREATER WORKS: A challenge to expect great things from God as 

we serve Him in our world today. By Dr. Helen Roseveare 6 

GINEER: An interview with alumnus Joseph Chu. By Rebecca Peck 
Hoyt 8 

STUDENT REFLECTIONS ON BRYAN: Comments by eight Bryan 
students on life at Bryan. 10 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of interest to alumni and friends. 



This issue of our magazine focuses on the 
product of Bryan College — its alumni and 
students. It has been said that if a thorough 
evaluation of the alumni of an institution 
could be made, the results of that process 
alone would be a sufficient basis for rating 
that institution. Certainly the students who 
go out from a school are its product, and this 
product can be evaluated. 

I hasten to say that Bryan" s part in shaping 
the lives of its students is only partial, for each student brings to the institution 
his own personal heritage of family background, home training, and some- 
thing of the quality of life of the environment in which he grew up. And for 
Christians there is the grace of God operating in and through all the varied 
factors of heredity, environment, and continuing experience. Nevertheless, 
the school a student chooses to attend does have a definite effect in shaping 
that individual's future beyond days on campus. Though only a few students 
and alumni are named in these articles, we salute all the "products" of this 
alma mater! 

Theodore C. Mercer 


SPRING 1984 


by Theodore C. Mercer 

During November and December 1983, Alice and I 
made the second of our projected missionary tours. 
This last trip included a brief but fruitful stopover in the 
Frankfort, Germany, area with Bryan alumni Tom '70 
and Ann '69 Keefer, missionaries with Bible Christian 
Union; almost a month in India; and a few days each in 
Nepal, Thailand, and Singapore. We concluded the 
overseas trip in Hawaii, where we worshiped on a Sun- 
day morning in the very first church established in the 
Islands in 1820. Each place visited afforded a memora- 
ble experience, increasing our knowledge and under- 
standing of both the history and the present witness of 
the gospel in every place. 

Although the accompanying article focuses on Signal 
Home, because of our long-time interest and personal 
knowledge of that work and the fact that Signal Home is 
being closed out, I do wish to convey something of the 
total scope of our trip, especially the Christian contacts 
we had. 

In Nepal we had fellowship with a doctor and nurse 
missionary couple returning to the field of labor in 
western Nepal. They are well acquainted with alumna 
Bonnie Pratt '58 in the home office of TEAM, under 
which they serve. A visit with the executive director of 
the United Mission to Nepal, a joint effort of twenty- 
seven Christian groups, opened the window on what 
God is doing in that fascinating land. 

A Discover India tourist air pass enabled us to visit 
every major region of the second most populous coun- 
try in the world and seventh in size — an itinerary that 
took us from Switzerland-like Darjeeling (of tea and 
summer resort fame) in the far northeast on the borders 
of Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan to Cape Comorin at the 
southern tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal and the 
Arabian Sea mingle their waters to become the Indian 
Ocean. Then we went northward to the fabled Vale of 
Kashmir at the foot of the Himalayas in the extreme 

Between these points on the triangular subcontinent, 
we visited Agra and the famous Taj Mahal, of which it is 
said no visitor should come to India without seeing; 
Varanasi (Benares) and the holy Ganges River, where 
you have to see burning ghats and the bathers in the 
river to really believe what takes place there; nearby 
Saranath, associated with Gautama Buddha; Calcutta 
and Serampore, the scene of William Carey's labors; 
Madras, associated in legend with St. Thomas the apos- 
tle; Hyderabad, whose Nizam in the days of the British 
raj was rated the richest man in the world; Trivandrum, 
in palm-fringed Kerala; Bombay, India's most cos- 
mopolitan city; Jaipur, the pink city; Srinagar, which is 
farther north than most of Tibet; Amritsar, with its Sikh 
Golden Temple, near the border of Pakistan in politi- 
cally troubled Punjab; and Delhi, both new and old, at 
both ends of our stay. 

Through the Delhi Fellowship we were able to see in 
action an important segment of the capital's evangelical 
community and to meet the leaders of a number of 
evangelical enterprises (Trans World Radio and Back to 
the Bible, to mention two). Without any buildings of its 
own, this Christian congregation meets in seven loca- 
tions on Sunday morning and in a crowded auditorium 
on Sunday night. The singing was memorable. 

In Calcutta we visited the Calcutta Bible College, 
meeting the principal and his wife. In that city we also 
saw the Carey Memorial Church and made a pilgrimage 
to Serampore to visit the grave of William Carey and to 
see the college and seminary which he founded, the 
house he lived in, and the Carey Memorial Library with 
many artifacts of his life. It was a thrill to be in the 
places where the modern missionary movement first 
bore fruit under this astounding man whose achieve- 
ments have rarely been equaled in Christian history. 
Our Carey experience was possible only because of the 
kindness of a CBC professor and his wife, whose re- 



ports on what CBC students are doing in Assam and 
Nagaland form a part of the remarkable spiritual 
movement which continues in those easternmost parts 
of India. 

In the former princely state of Hyderabad, we saw 
both city and village work firsthand, courtesy of the 
director of the India Mission (International Missions 
outside India). A ride with missionary Ray Schrag on 
his motorcycle enabled me to see Bharat Bible College 
and to touch base with several Christian ministries 
headquartered in that area. I met a Brahmin Christian 
whose work it is to translate Vernon McGee's messages 
into the Telugu language and to adapt these messages 
into the local idiom. A jolting but happy Jeep ride took 
us one hundred kilometers into the countryside to the 
village of Cherial, where a woman's Bible school is 
flourishing. This was the field of service of alumna 
Wanda Burcham '49 until she was transferred recently 
to the IM home office in New Jersey. We were enter- 
tained royally by her former co-worker, Beulah White, 
and by Ray and Mary Schrag. 

In South India, near the Cape, we visited Dohnavur 
Fellowship, the Christian center of Amy Carmichael 
fame, founded in the beginning of this century to rescue 
Temple children. This is a place every Christian visitor 
to India ought to experience. From a look at the guest 
book, we found many names we recognized. At the 
Union Biblical Seminary in its new location on a hill 
commanding a view of the city of Pune , I was invited to 
speak at chapel. This thriving work is the oldest and 
largest evangelical school of its kind in India. From 
there our UBS friends took us to Kedgaon to see the 
famed Ramabai Mukti Mission, founded in 1889 to res- 
cue the child widows. It was an eye-opening day, visit- 
ing with both missionaries and native workers who 
carry on the vision of Pandita Ramabai, acclaimed the 
greatest Indian woman of her generation. 

In Bombay we were almost overwhelmed by the 
magnitude of Christian works headquartered in that 
city. Our own contacts included a large printing and 
literature distribution ministry, evangelism ministries 
both by radio and by traveling evangelists, and preemi- 
nently the work of Operation Mobilisation, where 
alumna Lynn Stevens Harper '71 and her husband, 
Desmond, are now serving. We were able to be apart of 
a half-day of prayer attended by most of the OM work- 
ers who were in the city at that time. It was most 
instructive to see and hear how and for what the mis- 
sionaries themselves pray on the field. 

The constraints of space do not permit me to do more 
than mention the richness of the Singapore experience, 
which came from visiting the Bible House and all of the 
Christian enterprises headquartered there, such as 
Boys' Brigade, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Christian 
Literature Crusade, Campus Crusade, Every Home 
Crusade, Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Scrip- 
ture Union, and Youth for Christ. It was a special treat 
to go up to Mt. Sophia to take a look at Trinity College, 
where Harriette Barbour, now with the Lord, lived and 
taught during her years in that fabulous city. An evening 
at the Overseas Missionary Fellowship center when a 
service was held for new trainees completing their 
orientation was like the icing on the Asia cake before we 
left Singapore for home the following morning. □ 

Can you imagine — even you who are older parents 
and grandparents — what it would be like to have thir- 
teen babies all clamoring at the same time to be fed. 
loved, bathed, put to bed, gotten up, played with, read 
to, and nursed when ill? That is what life was like at 
Signal Home. L 15. Green Park, New Delhi, India, in 
the early sixties when two American nurses, Gene 
Long, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Jackie Liechty, 
of Jacksonville, Florida, who met at Johns Hopkins, 
were beginning to fulfill their mutual dream of rescuing 
unwanted Indian babies. Within six months of receiving 
their first child on December 29, 1959, they had nine of 
the eventual thirteen, all under two years of age. 

Alice and I had known about Signal Home from its 
beginning because Gene Long's father, the late Dr. 
H. D. Long, had been not only our own family pediatri- 
cian but also the chairman of Bryan's Board of Trustees 
during our first thirteen years here. The fascinating 
report letters, the accounts of Dr. and Mrs. Long's 
visits to India, and the visits of some of the Signal Home 
family to the U.S. had kept us informed as these chil- 
dren, all within a six-year- age range, progressed from 
babyhood to childhood to adolescence (at one time for 
over a year all thirteen were teenagers) and into young 
adulthood with all the varied experiences that belong to 
any large family. Recently just before Gene and Jackie 
closed out the home, the original mission essentially 
completed. Alice and I had the privilege of seeing and 
experiencing firsthand what we had heard about over 
the past twenty-five years. 

Originally planned for girls only, Signal Home 
quickly became "coed" when the first child, received 
in circumstantially necessary haste, turned out to be a 
boy! In this family of thirteen — nine girls and four 
boys — one of the girls, Tara, died in 1978 at seventeen; 
the other twelve now face the challenge of the world of 
adult responsibility. As a result of the trip, Alice and I 
have had personal contact with ten of the twelve and 
have also met the husbands of three of the four girls who 
have married. Two of the couples have children, so that 
"Mama Gene" and "Mama Jackie" are now grand- 
mothers. One of these girls married an American 


SPRING 1984 


by Theodore C. Mercer 

Marine who was connected with the American Em- 
bassy in Delhi, and they now live in California. Another 
married an Australian living in India, and they are now 
associated with a ministry reaching out to young people 
being rescued from the drug culture. The husband of the 
third daughter is from a well-known Indian Christian 
family and is himself a part of the Trans World Radio 
ministry in India. A fourth daughter is married to a 
young pastor under TEAM who was graduated this 
spring from Union Biblical Seminary, newly located at 
Pune, where she herself worked as a secretary. 

The four single girls will continue to live together in 
an apartment in the Signal Home property, which has 
been transferred to Trans World Radio for use as its 
New Delhi headquarters. The gift of this property to 
TWR assures that the financial investment made in the 
home will continue to support a Christian witness in 
India. By training and occupation, these single Indian 
women now are a secretary and businesswoman, a 
hairdresser, a worker in child care, and a free-lance 
journalist. Inasmuch as the structure of Indian society 
does not provide for the same degree of opportunity and 
security that unmarried women enjoy in the West, it is 
to be hoped that in due time these girls will be able to 
make good marriages as their sisters have done. Alice 
and I can say that each one of these charming Christian 
young women deserves a very fine husband. 

Under Indian custom, their brothers may not con- 
tinue to live with them; so the three men in India hope to 
secure housing nearby (housing in New Delhi as in most 
large cities is hard to come by and very expensive) in 
order to keep up the family fellowship . Three of the men 
are in, or plan to take up, a business occupation. One, a 
delightful and disciplined young man, who runs miles 
early every morning, is an IBM equipment repair en- 
gineer, making his calls around New Delhi on a motor 

The fourth young man has been in the USA in recent 
years for the sake of his health and the need for special 
education by reason of dyslexia. It is on his account, as 
well as her family's, that Jackie returned to the USA a 
little over a year ago. 

Miss Long is shown with daughter Sushila and 
son-in-law Rajiv Richard. 

Without being told, you will know that bringing thir- 
teen babies to adulthood would not be easy even under 
ideal circumstances. All the struggles and sorrows, as 
well as victories and joys, normal to such a large family 
of children are a part of the Signal Home story, in 
addition to a number of special difficulties inherent in 
the Indian environment. Childhood accidents included 
a broken back by one of the boys; it has already been 
mentioned that one girl died as a teenager. The path of 
personal growth and development has not been smooth 
in every case . There were times of teenage rebellion and 
stresses, which young people the world over experi- 
ence in growing up, that necessitated firm and loving 

The challenge of these mothers to direct each child, 
after his or her basic education, into the kind of training 
which would fit that particular one for a productive and 
self-supporting life must have been enormous, requir- 
ing physical energy, spiritual stamina, divine wisdom, 
and hard common sense. Two of the girls studied at 
Columbia Bible College in the U.S.; a third attended 
Calcutta Bible College; one of the young men attended 
Capernwray, studying in England and Sweden; another 
young man. as previously indicated, had such severe 
health problems and learning disabilities that he had to 
be brought to the U . S . if there was to be any hope for his 
future; and the others obtained training in New Delhi. 
Careful attention has been given to each one's indi- 
vidual needs. 

I am saddened to have to conclude this article with 
the information that about four months ago "Mama 
Gene" was diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis. Her 
family and friends were stunned! But it would gladden 
anyone's heart to see and know the loving response of 
her children to this unexpected turn of events. Anand, 
the first child and the oldest son, accompanied "Mama 
Gene" to Chattanooga at the end of February. We are 
praying that God will grant Gene years yet of health, 
even if limited, so that she and Jackie will see even 
greater fruit from the seed sown and already bearing 
fruit in the lives of their children. The story of Signal 
Home is a story of Christian love and ministry worth 
telling and repeating. And it is not yet completed! □ 




by Dr. Helen Roseveare 

Dr. Helen Roseveare of the United Kingdom, who received her medical training at 
Cambridge University, has served under Worldwide Evangelization Crusade since 
1953. She was a featured speaker at the IVF URBAN A '76 and '81 . The article below is 
an excerpt from a chapel message she gave at Bryan in January. 

Around the world, there are some three billion people 
who have never heard the name of Jesus. We hear so 
easily, so clearly without problems or difficulties; yet 
there are great sections of the world where the name of 
Jesus has never been heard. Missionary societies all 
around the world are desperate for workers and are not 
getting them. Why is there so little response? Why is 
there so little moving into God's service? Perhaps the 
answer is that for many today God has become too 
small. God is not big enough. 

Often when I am asked to speak and give testimony, 
particularly about what went on in the rebellion years 
and how I survived and how God brought me through 
them, someone will tell me, "I couldn't possibly go 
through what you went through." The whole point was 
missed. In myself I couldn't have gone through it either. 

Can God today, in the 20th century, do through ordi- 
nary folk the same things that He was doing through the 
Lord Jesus Christ himself 2000 years ago? Yes, God is 
so big that He can do for anyone who will trust Him the 
same as He did for me when He took me through my 

Jesus , when He was with His disciples the day before 
Calvary, tried to encourage and prepare His disciples for 
what lay ahead. As it is read, it doesn't sound very 
encouraging. What He said to His disciples, bluntly put. 
was, "I'm leaving tomorrow. I'm handing over to you, 
and you carry on where I leave off." They were prob- 
ably shattered. They probably thought back over what 
Jesus had been doing and concluded that there was no 
way they could do it. Then He almost added insult to 
injury by saying, "Even greater works than I have been 
doing will you do" (John 14: 12). Can that be? Can God 
do that through us today? 

In John 2:1-11 Jesus turned the water into wine. He 
provided exactly what was needed at the moment it was 
needed. Can He do that today? 

When I had been in Africa for four years , I was called 
one night to work in the maternity part of our hospital to 
help a mother have her baby. Sadly enough, despite 
everything I did, the mother died. I was left with a tiny, 
premature baby. I knew that the problem to keep the 
baby alive was to keep it warm. We had no incubators 
and no electricity. We were in the jungle. A nurse went 
to get a box to put the baby in, cotton blankets, and a 
hot- water bottle .She came back into the room and said , 
"I'm very sorry, Doctor. I was filling our last hot-water 
bottle and it burst." I told her to keep the baby as close 
to the fire as possible and to sleep between the baby and 
the door to protect it from drafts. 

The next day I went over to the orphanage to have 
mid-day prayers with the children. I told them some 
things to pray for and mentioned the baby and the fact 
that if it got cold it would die. I also told them about the 

burst hot-water bottle. And I told them about the little 
two-year-old sister who was crying because her mother 
had died. During the prayer time, a ten-year-old girl 
named Ruth prayed: "Please, God, send us a hot-water 
bottle. Now, God, it will be no good tomorrow. The 
baby will be dead by then. Please send it this afternoon. 
And while you are about it , God , would you send a dolly 
for the little girl, so she will know that Jesus really loves 
her." I did not believe God could do it. The only way 
that a hot-water bottle could come was in a parcel from 
home. I'd been in Africa four years and had never 
received anything from home. And anyway, if anyone 
from back home sent a parcel, who would put a hot- 
water bottle in it? I lived on the equator. 

That afternoon someone came for me. A large 22- 
pound parcel was sitting on the veranda. I glanced at the 
postmark — London, England. I felt that I couldn't open 
it alone, so I called for the orphanage children. We 
opened it together. We pulled out brightly knit jerseys, 
knitted bandages for leprosy patients, and a big bar of 
soap. The children looked a bit bored. A box of dried 
fruit made the children's eyes sparkle because they 
knew I would make cookies. Then, as I pushed my hand 
down into the parcel, I pulled out a rubber hot- water 
bottle. I cried. Ruth rushed forward from the front line 
of the children. "If God sent the hot-water bottle," she 
said, "He must have sent the dolly." She dived into the 
parcel and from the bottom pulled out the dolly. She had 
never doubted. She looked up with bright eyes and said, 
"Please, Mummie, can I go over with you and give the 
little girl the dolly so she will know that Jesus really 
loves her?" That parcel had been on its way for five 
whole months, and previous to that a girls' Bible class 
had been knitting for a solid year. When the Bible class 
leader put the parcel together, God told her to put in a 
hot-water bottle. She had probably said, "God, a hot- 
water bottle for the equator?" It came that afternoon 
because a ten-year-old prayed believing. God had 
started that parcel to be made before ever the baby was 
conceived. Such is the enormous love of our eternal 
God for one tiny baby in an unknown hospital in the 
jungles of Africa. Can God? Of course He can. 

In John 4 we read of the nobleman who went to Jesus 
to plead for the life of his son. Jesus said, "Go; thy son 
liveth." On the way home the nobleman met his ser- 
vants who told him that his son was living and gave him 
the time that his son had been made well. The nobleman 
knew that it was the moment that Jesus had told him his 
son lived. Can God do that today? Can God give physi- 
cal life for death just at the point of need? To me the 
tremendous part of God's miracles is the timing. 

I had been in Africa eleven years and had the joy of 
seeing the church growing and people coming to the 
Lord. The hospital grew and the schools grew. Without 


SPRING 1984 

warning one Saturday afternoon, guerrilla soldiers ar- 
rived and took over. We found ourselves captives. The 
very first group that drove into the village had a 
wounded civilian who had been shot in the chest. We 
were at war. I was scared. I was not a surgeon and knew 
that I wouldn't be able to cope with war wounds. 

I went over to the hospital to the man who was lying 
on a mat on the veranda. It was a minimal wound. The 
bullet had struck him over his collarbone and had come 
out over his shoulder. There were just two clean holes. 
There wasn't even any blood. All I had to do was wash 
it, put a bandage on both ends, and give him a cup of 
coffee. Three days later he left the hospital healed. He 
thought I was wonderful, and I knew God was. 

This was the beginning of five unbelievable months of 
savagery, cruelty, and brutality, during which twenty- 
seven of my missionary colleagues were murdered. 
Twice I stood before a firing squad, but for some reason 
was not shot. 

About fifteen weeks after the beginning of the rebel- 
lion, we were rounded up and taken into very closed 
captivity. Seven of us (five white women and two white 
men, all missionaries) were taken into the inner room of 
a small house and were placed on the cement floor with 
two guards standing over us with fixed bayonets. The 
rebel leader took me out of the room and said, "If you'll 
agree to become my wife, I promise you that the other 
four women will not be touched." When I did not an- 
swer, he took my silence for agreement. 

A truck drove in, there was shouting, guns went off, 
and there were people everywhere. The rebel leader 
went out of the room to see what was going on and 
returned with a Sergeant Major in the rebel army. When 
the Sergeant Major saw me, he asked whether I was the 
Protestant doctor from Nebabongo. He then called me 
"Mama Luka," my African name. The rebel leader told 
him that was who I was. The Sergeant Major then said, 
"Don't touch her; she's good. When I was wounded in 
this war, they took me to her hospital, and she healed 
me." He undid his shirt and there were the two bullet 
wounds. Isn't God fantastic! I wasn't even praying to be 
rescued. I was then led back across the courtyard and 
placed with the other missionaries. We had a praise 
meeting that night. Can God? Oh, yes. He can. We were 
rescued and taken home. 

Following a year at home, the way wonderfully 
opened up for me to go back. Africa was my home. All 
my adult life I had lived there. But when I went back, it 
was different. The whole region where I had worked 
was totally derelict. Every village was burned to the 
ground. There was nothing left. It was the most shatter- 
ing thing to start all over again from nothing. 

One day, while I was out in a village helping a pastor 
think of how to start over again, a truck drove up with 
two soldiers of the national army who asked whether I 
was "Mama Luka." When I said I was, they told me 
that the Colonel of the national army wanted to see me. 
I drove the seventy miles with them to the office of the 
Colonel, who informed me that in a few weeks the 
national army was going to liberate another area and he 
wanted me to come in behind the army to set up a 
refugee prog/am. I asked him how many refugees he 
expected, and he told me about ten thousand, adding 

that he had nothing for the program — that would be my 

I needed to go to the provincial capital. I caught a 
supply plane and then panicked. I didn't know anyone 
there, I had no money, and I didn't even have an over- 
night bag. I had nothing. When we reached the capital 
city, I was utterly scared stiff. As I was leaving the 
airport, I met an American. I asked if he could help me 
feed ten thousand refugees. He drove me into town, 
saying that I needed to talk to the President. The next 
day he got the President on the radio, and I talked to 
him. I actually talked to the President of Zaire and told 
him what I needed. I told him I wanted a C- 130 transport 
plane and fifteen tons of goods for the refugee program. 
A few days later, the American drove me to the airport, 
where I expected to find my C-130. But it was empty. 
The pilot told me that he was providing only transport; 
the goods were up to me. It was then 11:00 in the 
morning. The pilot told me I had until 2:30 in the after- 
noon to load the goods. 

Well, those next three hours were some of the most 
exciting and unbelievable I have ever lived. My Ameri- 
can friend drove me back to town. I went to a shop and 
got powdered milk and bales of blankets. As the shop- 
keeper started to make out a bill, I said, "No thank you. 
That's your contribution to the refugee program. Have 
it ready by 2:00." I walked out. I was trembling from 
head to toe because I was scared. I knew it wasn't I. I 
don't do things like that. I did that in every single shop. I 
went back at 2:00. All the shops were owned by Greeks 
and Indians. They had gotten together at lunch and had 
asked one another whether the mad white woman had 
been in the others' shops. God moved into the Greek 
and Indian communities, and they did the impossible. 
In the next half hour, I didn't get the fifteen tons I had 
wanted for the refugee program but thirty tons , all con- 
tributed. Transporting the goods to the airport, we took 
off that evening with the firs* load and came back just 
before dark. During the night we picked up the second 
load and took off just after dawn. 

When we arrived at our destination, I wasn't just 
brave, I was brazen. I walked around the streets and 
commandeered every moving vehicle plus its driver, 
took them out to the airstrip, loaded them up, and we 
went out in the weirdest convoy you have ever seen 
behind an army. God enabled us to do a refugee pro- 
gram for ten thousand refugees. Many gave their hearts 
to the Lord. Can God feed the five thousand today with 
nothing? He can and He does. 

God can do today what He has always been doing. 
God is the same. He hasn't changed. Jesus Christ is the 
"same yesterday, today, and forever." But this fact is 
true not only with the masses but with individuals, for 
our God cares for the individual. Can God in the face of 
three billion waiting to hear the Gospel still work on a 
one-to-one basis? Yes, but only through men and wom- 
en. That is how He has chosen to do it. The great 
sovereign God limited Himself to working through 
people. He is waiting for those who will give over all 
they have to Him so that He can do the "greater works" 
through them. What a privilege that we should cooper- 
ate with Almighty God to stretch a hand to those three 
billion people who are still waiting to hear of Christ. □ 



Registering at Bryan in the fall of 1974 as Chu Minh Quang, this 
Vietnamese son of a policeman soon came to be known at Bryan as an 
industrious student of math and science. He chose the name Joseph to 
identify more easily with his new American friends and pointed out that his 
family name was Chu . With diligent study in his field and frequent use of his 
dictionary to surmount the problems of studying in a second language, Chu 
completed his degree requirements at Bryan in three years and was readily 
accepted for graduate study by more than one university. Dr. Chu represents 
over 30 percent of Bryan graduates who advance to higher degrees in their 
chosen fields . 

Dr. Joseph Chu is one of two young men who were students at Bryan in 
1975. when many Vietnamese people fled their homeland. Cousins of both of 
these young men were sponsored by Bryan staff members and were among 
about fifty refugees who spent some time in Dayton. Four family units still 
reside in Dayton, and two young men from these families are current 
students at Bryan. 


Q. How did you learn about Bryan? 

Chu: I came in December 15, 1973, to the United 
States. Last Friday was my anniversary of ten years. 
Mr. Huu Le is the person who helped me to know about 
Bryan and to apply to Bryan. 

Q. Where did you meet Mr. Le? 

Chu: In Vietnam. 

Q. Tell us about your school in Vietnam. 

Chu: I went to a public high school in Saigon, now 
known as Ho Chi Minh City. 

Q. What was your major in high school? 

Chu: Mathematics. 

Q. How did you find that your courses at Bryan pre- 
pared you for graduate work? 

Chu: I majored in chemistry and math at Bryan, but 
the math helped me the most in my graduate work 
because I majored there in engineering. 

Q. Let's review a little of your activities at Bryan. 

Chu: The first year I was under the work-study pro- 
gram and worked in the kitchen as a dishwasher. During 
my first year at Bryan, I took chemistry, physics, and 
calculus. My professor. Dr. Grieser, who was head of 
the chemistry department at that time, saw my potential 
in doing the work and also observed my activities in the 
courses which he taught; so he invited me to be the lab 
assistant in chemistry during my second year. 

The position as the lab assistant in chemistry carried 
the responsibility to prepare chemical solutions for the 
lab, to be present in the lab when the students did 
experiments, to answer the students' questions, and to 
watch out for all the chemical solutions to keep them in 
supply. I had to mix some chemicals and to substitute 
for the professor in the lab in his absence. At the close of 
the lab period, the students would submit their lab 
reports and homework and any other assignments that 
they were required to hand in. Then I had the responsi- 
bility for grading those. 




by Rebecca Peck Hoyt 

In my last year, which was my third year. Dr. Grieser 
wanted me to be a lab assistant in physics rather than in 
chemistry, because he wanted me to have some experi- 
ence and challenge in an area of physics rather than 
repeat what I had done in my second year. Even though 
the physics course we had was only a one-year course, I 
responded to the request and the responsibility he 
wanted me to accept. I was able to meet his require- 
ments for being a lab assistant , even though it was a new 
experience and a challenge. It was an honor for me to 
serve Dr. Grieser for two years. 

Q. How did you manage to complete your courses in 
order to graduate in three years? 

Chu: First of all, I felt that the financial burden 
would be extended if I spent four years; so I decided to 
take more courses to complete my degree in three 

Q. Did you take summer school courses? 

Chu: Yes, I took some summer school courses and 
also one correspondence course. 

Q. Did you carry a heavy load of courses each year? 

Chu: I remember that my load in my freshman year 
was only 15 and 17 hours; but in my sophomore year it 
was 20 and 22 hours , and in my third year it was 18 hours 
each semester. 

Q. Did you have much difficulty studying in English? 

Chu: The first year was quite difficult, but after that 
it was easier for me; however, I had to study as hard as 
the year before because I had a heavy load. 

Q. Is there anything else about your experience here at 
Bryan that you would like to share? 

Chu: The friendship that I had with the students and 
with the faculty is quite an unbreakable bond, and it is 
amazing to me that the friendship I had with professors I 
carry on up to this day. For example , the friendship that 
I had with Dr. Grieser is continued; for his family has 
visited me in Indiana, and I have been in his home in 
Decatur, Illinois. 

Q. When did you become a Christian? 

Chu: Shortly before I went to Bryan, when I was 
taken to church by a Bryan graduate. 

Q. What would you like to say about the spiritual 
aspect of life at Bryan? 

Chu: The spiritual life was very important and taught 
me discipline and prepared me to be a good citizen in 
our society. 

Q. How did your spiritual life grow at Bryan? 

Chu: It grew gradually as I was drawn closer to 
Christ. He helped me to be stronger and guided me in 
my educational goals. 

Q. What kind of a contrast did you experience in the 
spiritual life at graduate school? 

Chu: Of course, in graduate school there was no 
comparison to the college life at Bryan, because there 
the ministry was for all kinds of students — foreign stu- 


SPRING 1984 

dents and American students. Actually, Bryan had pre- 
pared me to be strong to avoid any temptation to get into 
the undesirable activities that young people sometimes 
get involved in. 

Q. Where did you go to graduate school? 

Chu: I went to the University of Tennessee Space 
Institute in Tullahoma, Tennessee. It is approximately 
120 miles from Dayton. 

Q. What are some of the things that stand out in your 
mind about your graduate training? 

Chu: As I mentioned, my major at Bryan was math 
and chemistry. However, when I went to graduate 
school I studied engineering. The area of engineering 
that I was interested in was fluid mechanics , vibrations, 
aerodynamics, turbomachinery, and mathematics. 

Q. What aspect did you like most? 

Chu: I liked fluid mechanics most. 

Q. What was the highest degree you received? 

Chu: The highest one was the Ph.D. in engineering. 

Q. Did you go to work in Indiana immediately after 
you graduated? 

Chu: Yes. 

Q. Tell us about the kind of work you are doing now. 

Chu: We are participating in research and design in 
turbomachinery fields. My main position is designing 
compressors for aircraft engines, trains, or tanks. 

Q. What would be a typical day of work in your office? 

Chu : No two days of work are the same . Most of my 
work requires the use of computers, a drawing board, 
knowledge and experience in fluid mechanics and tur- 
bomachinery fields. 

Q. Where do you live in Indiana? 

Chu: In Indianapolis, in an apartment. 

Q. Do you like to cook? 

Chu: Yes, but my cooking is neither Vietnamese nor 
American style — it is Joe Chu style! 

Q. Do you have activities outside your work? 

Chu: Yes, mostly with the Vietnamese community. 
There are approximately two hundred Vietnamese in 
Indianapolis. I am involved mostly with the college-age 
group of Vietnamese. 

Q. I don't believe you have told us the name of the 
company that you work for. 

Chu: It is the Allison Gas Turbine Division of Gen- 
eral Motors Corporation. I am senior project engineer 
in the Compressor Research and Design Section of the 
Research Department. I have a supervisor but no one 
working under me. Each engineer has a different level 
of responsibility. The supervisor will give the assign- 
ment based on the level of responsibility. 

Q. Do you keep very busy? 

Chu : Always ! Sometimes we have to work six days a 
week. A certain project has specified criteria which we 
need to meet in order to get funding for the project or to 
renew the project or to secure the contract. So our work 
assignment depends on how detailed the project is and 
how much the funding is to determine how long we have 
to work on it. 

Q. What are your hobbies or special interests? 

Chu: When I am not at work I usually play some 
tennis or go to see area college football or soccer games. 
I also like to go camping. 

Q. Do you go camping alone? 

Chu: Camping is always with the whole group; that 
is, with Vietnamese college students. 

Q. Where in Indianapolis is the Vietnamese commu- 
nity that you work with? 

Chu: The Vietnamese people are actually scattered 
all over Indianapolis. Whenever people need some as- 
sistance or advice , they call the group , and people in the 
group go and try to help them. 

Q. How is the group organized? 

Chu: Those who have stayed the longest help keep 
the organization going, and anyone interested in doing 
volunteer work shares in it. 

Q. Are these all Vietnamese people? 

Chu: Yes. We seek to help newcomers get adjusted 
to the American way of life. I usually try to help stu- 
dents with their problems and homework and explain to 
them things with which they have difficulty. I still con- 
sider myself a newcomer, so I try to get acquainted with 
the people there. 

Q. Have you met anyone whom you knew in Vietnam? 

Chu: Yes, I met one lady who grew up in my home 
town, and her father and my father were colleagues in 
the police department in the pre- 1975 government. Her 
sister and her brothers went to the same school that I 
did. Her husband was my English instructor in Viet- 

Q. What do you hear from your family now? 

Chu: They are anxious to come to the United States 
to join me to establish a new life here. 

Q. What hope do you have of being able to help them 
to come? 

Chu: Right now everything depends on the govern- 
ment there. If the government will let them come, they 
will come; and if not, they cannot come. 

Q. Do you know of any who have been able to come 

Chu: Yes, some. 

Q. How many are there in your immediate family? 

Chu: Ten — parents plus four brothers and three sis- 

Q. Do you think they would all like to come to the 
United States? 

Chu: Yes, they are anxious to come. 

Q. What is your father doing now? 

Chu: I don't know because they don't feel free to 
release the information. 

Q. Is there anything else that you would like to share 
with us? 

Chu: Certainly. I would like to express my gratitude 
for the education that I obtained at Bryan. It has helped 
me a great deal in my graduate work and also in my 
industrial work. It taught me to acquire discipline in my 
social life. I also appreciate the kind attitude, the friend- 
ship, and the concern that my college classmates, the 
staff, and the faculty have shown me in my college 
career. If I had the opportunity to be a student at Bryan 
again, I would like to return! 

Q. What is your experience now in serving God? 

Chu: Right now I am going to church in Indianapolis 
and trying to witness to my co-workers by sharing with 
them my experience of trusting God. I seek to continue 
living the Christian life as I was taught at Bryan. □ 




Sandy Ross 

As I reflect upon the last four 
years at Bryan, I see how this in- 
stitution has allowed me to learn 
and to grow. At times I have pro- 
ceeded down this "path of matur- 
ing"' very gracefully and at others 
very awkwardly. Yet I have been 
learning and growing in preparation 
for my future. 

Four years ago I arrived at Bryan 
with a sense of fear of the unknown. 
In May I will leave the college with a 
similar sense of fear, only to a much 
lesser degree. Why? Because of the 
learning and growing process that 
has occurred in my life throughout 
the past four wonderful years. 

Bryan has prepared me for life in 
several ways. Perhaps the most im- 
portant is the Christian example 
shown to me by friends, professors, 
and administrators. Through them I 
have realized the importance of a 
life in submission to my gracious 
Savior. The Lord has used these 
quality friendships to mold, chip, 
and polish my character. And Bryan 
has provided me the opportunity to 
experience a quality education to 
prepare me for the teaching profes- 

As graduation day approaches, I 
am saddened to know that this 
phase of my lif e is coming to a close . 
However, I am ready and prepared 
"to put into practice" all the many 
things I have learned. And because 
of the learning and growing experi- 
enced here at Bryan, I am ready for 
the process to continue through life 
for the glory of my Lord. 

Scott Jones 

I have but one regret about com- 
ing to Bryan College — that I was not 
able to spend my entire four years 
here. Having transferred from 
another institution, I feel that I 
missed a full year of all that Bryan 
has to offer. As I reflect on the time 
that I spent at Bryan, there are three 
things that remain etched on my 
mind: the personal involvement 
with the faculty and administration, 
the preparation for life through a 
liberal arts education, and the prin- 
ciple behind the college motto, 
"Christ Above All." Each of these 
has played a significant role in build- 
ing character and godliness into my 

Any college offers one the oppor- 
tunity to build relationships with 
one's peers, but I have been im- 
pressed by the desire on the part of 
the faculty and administration to 
treat me as more than just a student: 
I have been treated as a friend. I 
have had the opportunity to know 
their struggles, joys, disappoint- 
ments and to see how they incorpo- 
rated their relationship with Jesus 
Christ in all of these areas. 

Looks can be deceiving. Before 
coming to Bryan, I had the miscon- 
ception that quantity equals quality: 
therefore I was skeptical of a col- 
lege with five hundred students. I 
soon discovered Bryan's cur- 
riculum to be equal or superior to 
that of many larger institutions. 
Bryan's program offers a wide vari- 
ety of courses from Greek (my 
major) to Computer Science. The 
professors, by challenging the stu- 
dent to think critically through the 
issues at hand, thus prepare him to 
enter life in our rapidly changing 

"Christ Above All" is the 
greatest thing that can be said about 
Bryan College. These words are not 
just a motto. They are a way of life 
on the campus, an attitude, a goal. 
Whether in athletics or academics, 
the fact that Jesus Christ is to be 
honored remains number one on 
Bryan's list of priorities. In the 
locker room, I remember hearing 
Coach Collman say, "Please the 
Lord with your performance on the 
field, not the fans." In the class- 

room I have been challenged to 
honor the Lord by using to its fullest 
potential the mind He has given me. 
"Christ Above All" gives the ac- 
tivities of the college not only their 
focus but their significance. 

I will soon be leaving Bryan to 
continue my education at Dallas 
Theological Seminary. I have mixed 
emotions about my departure, not 
wanting to leave but realizing that 
God has placed another task before 
me: to study His word and minister 
to His people. Bryan has helped in 
preparing me to fulfill that task. I am 
thankful to the Lord for making 
Bryan College a part of my life — a 
short three years I will never regret. 
Mark Jones 

On the first day when I walked 
onto the campus of Bryan College, I 
didn't know what to expect. I was 
away from my family, my friends, 
and the shelter of my home. I won- 
dered what college life would be like 
in such a different environment. 

Today, as a second-semester 
junior, I can praise God and thank 
Him for all the blessings that He has 
bestowed upon me here at Bryan. 
I've gained much valuable experi- 
ence in the following roles: as presi- 
dent of the freshman class, as presi- 
dent of the sophomore class, and 
this year as a resident advisor. 

I believe that even though much 
of my learning has come from the 
classroom, most of my growth has 
come from the relationships with 
people, examples set by those in au- 
thority and the stand of a school that 
sticks to its motto, "Christ Above 

On a more personal level, I can 


SPRING 1984 

say that God has really done some- 
thing special for me. Before I came 
to Bryan, many of my friends asked 
whether the school I was going to 
was a "black" school. I told them 
that it wasn"t a "black"" or a 
"white" school, but that it was a 
Christian liberal arts college that 
had both blacks and whites in it. 

Friends were concerned that I was 
going south to a predominantly 
white school. I can praise God that 
He has taught me a very valuable 
lesson. I have learned that no matter 
what color you are or whatever your 
background, if the love of Jesus 
Christ and the power of the Holy 
Spirit controls your life, you can 
make it wherever you go or are. Not 
only will you '"make it,'* but God 
can use you to help those who 
would normally be opposed to you 
to become totally different people 
with different outlooks. I have ex- 
perienced this fact to the glory of 

Sara Benedict 

As I finish my third year at Bryan, 
I can look back and see the growth 
that has taken place over these 
years. The environment at Bryan 
has matured me and has helped me 
to develop in all aspects of my life, 
not merely in the academic area. 

The emphasis placed on the im- 
portance of spiritual growth has 
drawn me closer to the Lord and to 
others as we have shared both our 
needs and our discoveries from the 

This has been of great value to 
me as I look ahead to the future. As 
a counseling psychology major, I 
am planning to go on to graduate 
school for my master's degree. In all 
of my psychology classes, my pro- 
fessors have taught that the Bible is 
the final authority. As I have 

learned the views of non-Christian 
psychologists, I have also been 
taught what the Bible says and 
whether or not their views are sup- 
ported by the Bible. This kind of 
teaching has given me a strong 
foundation as I prepare to enter the 
field of psychology and will con- 
tinue as a strong support in my work 
and my walk with the Lord. 
Bob Hay 
As far back as my memory will 
carry me. Bryan College has always 
been a part of my vocabulary. My 
parents both attended Bryan, my 
sister graduated in 1976, Dad is a 
trustee, and now I am a sophomore 

If you are like most people I run 
into, you are probably assuming 
that I felt obligated to keep up the 
family tradition in coming here, but 
that is not the case at all. After look- 
ing into six or eight different Chris- 
tian colleges, I knew Bryan was the 
school for me. I was so impressed 
by the genuine Christ-like love that I 
experienced while visiting that I 
was completely sold on the school, 
and no other school could even 
compare to it! 

I have been a student here for al- 
most two years , and I am even more 

convinced now that I made the right 
decision than I was when I applied ! I 
am involved in the Big-Brother 
Program of PCI (Practical Christian 
Involvement), I am the vice 
president/chaplain of the sopho- 
more class, and I am a resident as- 
sistant. In between those activities, 
I find time to get my work done in 
pursuing my Greek and history 
majors. Once I have graduated from 
Bryan. I plan to go to seminary and 
then on into missions or the 
pastorate — wherever the Lord 
leads. I know that He has brought 
me as far as this, so I am more than 
confident that He will guide me on- 

I cannot adequately put into 
words the many things that the Lord 
has taught me since my arrival in the 
fall of 1982, or even where to begin 
sharing. My experience here has 
been so vast — in the joys and in the 
sorrows — that words do not come 
easily, so I will have to use David's 
words: "Great is the Lord, and 
highly to be praised; and His great- 
ness is unsearchable" (Psalm 
145:3). Indeed, His ways are greater 
than anything we can comprehend, 
and the things He uses to train us are 
often staggering to our imagina- 
tions! Bryan is one of those 
"things" that the Lord uses, and I 
praise Him for it! 

Colleen Hirneisen 

I thank the Lord so much for lead- 
ing me to Bryan College. Before ap- 
plying, I had heard many excellent 
reports of Bryan's exceptional 
Christian training. The Christian 
emphasis in Christian counseling, 
my field of interest, is very import- 
ant in that this Biblical knowledge 
will be useful in effective counsel- 

During my years at Bryan, I have 



been very much impressed with the 
family-like atmosphere on campus. 
Students and staff alike enter into 
the joys and sorrows of one another. 

It was a special pleasure this past 
fall to share a part of my natural 
family with my Bryan family. Hav- 
ing my father give his testimony dur- 
ing a couple of chapel periods was a 
blessing to me as well as to my fel- 
low students as he told of the guid- 
ing hand of God in his life. (The 
testimony of Richard Hirneisen also 
appeared in the winter issue of 
Bryan Life.) 

My future is one of some uncer- 
tainty, but I know that God will 
guide me to the place in which I can 
serve Him most effectively. At the 
present time, I am planning to serve 
the Lord as a short-term missionary 
following graduation. Then I plan 
on working on a master's degree in 
counseling. When the time comes to 
help others through counseling, I 
am sure that the knowledge gained 
at Bryan will prove to be of utmost 

Patricia Weins 

I came to Bryan through the in- 
fluence of my older sister, Barbara, 
who was attending Bryan at the 
time. I am grateful that God worked 
through her to bring me here for my 
college education. I am now a 
sophomore majoring in elementary 

Through the Practical Christian 
Involvement ministries available at 
Bryan, I have already been able to 
put into practice many of the things 
I have learned in my education 
courses. The specific ministry in 
which I have been involved is that of 

teaching Bible to grade-school-age 
children. I have been teaching these 
children for the past two years and 
have been truly blessed by the op- 


portunity. The children are anxious 
to hear about God's love. It is an 
awesome but rewarding privilege to 
teach these children about the love 
of God. 

Bryan has now become my sec- 
ond home. The atmosphere present 
at Bryan is what makes it home to 
me. The relationships that have de- 
veloped are indescribably satisfy- 
ing. I have a great love and concern 
for the people here; we are a family. 
I am sure that even after graduation , 
which is only two short years away, 
the relationships begun here will 
continue all through life. 
Steve Snyder 

I first heard about Bryan from 
Mr. Ken Hurley, a graduate of the 
class of 1968. I grew up as an 
"M.K." (missionary kid) in Brazil, 
South America. My parents serve in 
Brazil in church planting. When I 
returned to the United States to 
finish high school, I was able to ac- 
quire more information about Bryan 
College. Later, through prayer and 
the leading of the Lord, I made my 
decision to attend here. 

The Lord has really taught me 
much since coming to Bryan. As an 
"M.K." it has taken time to get ad- 
justed to the difference in culture. 
My sister, Ruth, has been a great 
help in adjusting to the American 
way of doing things. Ruth is a 
sophomore here at Bryan. My cur- 
rent plans are to major in business. 

I am looking forward to my next 
three years at Bryan. I believe that 
the Lord has a definite purpose for 
my life. My years here are just a part 
of the working out of that purpose. I 
know that the Lord is going to teach 
me much through my experiences at 
Bryan, and I am anxious to follow 
His leading in my life while a stu- 
dent here. □ 



A memorial service for Melvin Manee 
Seguine, father of Admissions Director 
Virginia Seguine, was held at Grace 
Bible Church in Dayton on February 2. 
Eight years to the day following the 
homegoing of his wife, Francie, Mel was 
ushered into the presence of his Lord . A 


m : 

graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Mel 
had served the Lord as pastor of a 
number of churches, including Grace 
Bible Church of Dayton. He had also 
served in the Chicago headquarters of 
the IFCA. Mel was an able Bible 
teacher, known and loved by the staff 
and students alike at Bryan. 

An anonymous endowment gift was 
presented to the college in 1977 in honor 
of Mr. Seguine to provide an annual 
scholarship to a graduating male en- 
rolled for graduate work leading to a 
missionary or pastoral career. The sixth 
Melvin M. Seguine Award will be given 
at the 1984 graduation. 


Shown above are Mr. and Mrs. Doyle 
Argo, their family , and Randy Vernon at 
a celebration dinner in honor of the Ar- 
gos' silver wedding anniversary given 
by members of the administration, fac- 
ulty, and staff of Bryan, January 20, 
1984. They are, left to right, John, Ka- 
trina, Joyce, Doyle, and Paula Argo; 
and Randy Vernon. The anniversary 
celebration cake was prepared by 
Brenda Wooten, manager of the support 
services of the college. The special an- 
niversary banner in the background, 
which contains the signatures of the 
student body, was presented to the 
Argos by Randy Vernon, vice-president 
of the Student Senate for 1983-84, who 
was recently elected president for 

SPRING 1984 


Mrs. Evelyn McClusky, founder and 
for over fifty years president of the 
Miracle Book Club and editor of its 
magazine, The Conqueror, was recog- 
nized for her long-time Christian service 
by being made an honorary alumna of 
Bryan College. The presentation by 

President Mercer was made at the At- 
lanta Bryan Friendship Banquet held at 
the Atlanta Radisson Hotel on February 
6. Master of Ceremonies Dr. Jerry 
Nims , President of Nimslo Corporation . 
looks on. 

In accepting her award, ninety-five- 
year-old Mrs. McClusky remarked that 
President Mercer was well known for 
his "knitting." She then qualified that 

this was not with needles and yarn but 
was the "knitting together of God's 
people in His service." She spoke 
highly of Bryan, especially of the motto, 
"Christ Above All." Her remarks were 
concluded with a brief presentation of 
the message of the gospel and the abso- 
lute need for personal confrontation 
with Jesus Christ. 


Colonel John Fain, committee chair- 
man of the Atlanta Bryan Friendship 
banquet talks with some of the guests 
who attended at the Atlanta Radisson on 

February 6. Two additional banquets 
were recently held in Orlando and 
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. The in- 
tent of the friendship banquets is to ac- 
quaint new friends with what the Lord is 

doing at Bryan in the training of young 
people to serve Him in their chosen vo- 
cational fields. 


JULY 8-15, 1984 

The Bryan College basketball team 
under the direction of Coach Wayne 
Dixon and Athletic Director Mike 
Roorbach has been invited by the 
Cayman Islands Basketball Association 
to play five games against various 
Cayman teams . The Cayman Islands are 
a British colony 480 miles south of 
Miami, Florida. Members of the Bryan 
team must each raise $350 to cover the 
expenses of the tour. 

Alumni, parents, and friends who are 
interested in going on the tour may do so 
at the cost of $650 per person, double 
occupancy. This includes transporta- 
tion from Miami, hotel, and breakfasts. 
This tour is under the direction of 
Athletic Enterprises, Inc., Sarasota, 

Those interested in going on the 
Cayman Islands Basketball Tour should 
get in touch with Mr. Dixon or Mr. 
Roorbach at Bryan. 


Chancellor Woodlee 

Mrs. Woodlee 

At its January meeting, the Bryan College Board of Trustees 
iamed the new men's residence hall, now being completed on the 
dlltop campus, WOODLEE-EWING DORMITORY. This ac- 
ion was taken to honor the late Chancellor (Judge) Glenn W. 
Voodlee and Mrs. Sarah Ewing Woodlee, his widow, and her 
amily. A plaque in the main entrance of the Bryan Administra- 
ion building which lists the founders of the college in July, 
930, includes "E. B. Ewing and Daughters." Judge Woodlee 
vas a Bryan trustee from 1950. serving as vice-chairman for 
nany years, and was elected chairman of the Board shortly 
>efore the time of his death in 1969. 

Glenn Willis Woodlee grew up in Altamont, Tennessee. After 
jraduating from local schools, he enrolled at the University of 
rennessee at Knoxville and graduated with honors from the 
College of Law in June, 1931. Upon passing the Bar examination, 
le moved to Dayton, Tennessee, and entered the practice of law 
vith Brown Swafford under the firm name of Swafford and 

In 1939 Woodlee was appointed District Attorney General of 
he 18th Judicial Circuit Court. At the time of this appointment, 

he was thirty-three years of age. He was then elected to this 
office in the General Election of 1940 and served as District 
Attorney General until his appointment as Chancellor. 

Governor Jim McCord appointed Woodlee as Chancellor of 
the 12th Chancery Division on August 25, 1947. He was re- 
elected to this office in 1948, 1950, 1958, and 1966 and was 
actively serving until his passing on June 2, 1969. 

Judge Woodlee also served as chairman of the Board of Direc- 
tors of the Dayton Bank and Trust Company, as a member of the 
Board of Trustees at Carson-Newman College, and as trustee of 
Rhea County Hospital . He was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta 
Law Fraternity, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee 
Judicial Conference, the American Judicature Society, and the 
American Bar Association. 

It is with deep appreciation to the late Chancellor Glenn W. 
Woodlee and his widow, Mrs. Sarah Ewing Woodlee. that this 
men's residence hall is named in their honor. Woodlee-Ewing 
Dormitory is a lasting tribute to the great contribution they have 
made to Bryan College and the community. 



Annual Pastors' Conference 

May 8-10 

Dr. Francis W. Dixon 

Eastbourne, England 

Theme: A Good Minister 
of Jesus Christ 

Dr. Paul B. Smith 

Toronto, Canada 

Theme: Missions 
Around the World 

Inquiries Invited 

Living Tributes 

When You Need to Remember 

A couple celebrates a special anniversary. There is a 
birthday, graduation, promotion, or significant ac- 
complishment. A friend or loved one has passed away. 
You want to remember and honor someone in a mean- 
ingful and lasting manner. 

A living tribute is a personal and private way of making 
a gift to Bryan College. It helps provide a quality Chris- 
tian education for young men and women at Bryan who 
are preparing to serve the Lord. The amount of the gift 
remains confidential. The person honored or the family 
of the person honored is notified. Special recognition is 
made in our quarterly periodical, Bryan Life. Your liv- 
ing tribute gift is tax-deductible. 

Send your living tribute to: 

Living Tributes 

Bryan College, Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-9987 

Enclosed is my gift of $_ 

in loving honor of: 

Given by 





Send acknowledgment to: 



City State 


November 12, 1983 to February 29, 1984 


Mr. and Mrs. William R. Hughes 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester C. Hartschuh 

Mr. William R. Taylor 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Branton. Ill 

Mrs. Rose Goodrich 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Cook 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Parsons 

Mr. and Mrs. Freeman R. Harris 

Rev. and Mrs. John L. Edwards 

Mr. and Mrs. Artwell L. Pierce 
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Stifel 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 


Mrs. David Kenyon 

Mrs. Glenn W. Woodlee 

Mr. Joel C. Beecham 

Mrs. James F. Conner 

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Gerber 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Franks 

Mr. and Mrs. Winfred K. West 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Withers 

Mr. and Mrs. James Soyster 

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Reeve 

Mrs. Martin R. Collins and 

Marty Collins 
Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Olsen 
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ragland 
Mr. and Mrs. John G. McKinnon 
Mr. James Hugh son 
Mr. and Mrs. Jess R. Clarke 
Mr. and Mrs. John Main 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Steele 
Mrs. E. B. Arnold 
Mrs. Frank Cowden 
Miss Dorothy Hill 
Mr. Burton Hill 
Mr. Richard Hill 
Mrs. Esther Hill Leining 
Mrs. Josephine W. Jones 
Dr. and Mrs. William L. Ketchersid 


Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Jones 

In Memory of 

Dorothy Hughes Carpenter 

David Wayne Carpenter 

Dawn Elyse Sherwood 

Mrs. Hazel Hartschuh 

S. M. McAllister 

Miss Edna Fincher 

Mrs. Susan Jane Collins (Mother) 

Mark Sawyer 

Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Williams 

Mrs. Lucy W. Schubert 

Michael G. Ray 

Rev. Gerald Teeter 

Mr. Judson Rudd 

Mr. Howard Nixon 

Mr. Wilfred E. Nixon 

Mr. Wallace C. Haggard 

Miss Julia Nichols 

Mr. Wilfred Nixon 

Mrs. Jessie Hambright 

Mr. Claude Smith 

Mrs. Alice McLeod Campbell 

Mr. Howard Nixon 

Richard Cole 
Mr. M. A. Cooley 

Mr. Martin R. Collins 

Rev. Melvin Seguine 

Miss Margaret Ann McKinnon 

Archie Cole 

Mr. Ralph Tallent 

Mr. Paul J. McCarthy 

Mr. Tim Miller 

Mr. S. D. Hodges 

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hill 

Mrs. Doris Morgan 

In Honor of 

Mrs. W. S. Putnam 


SPRING 1984 

Thoughtful Gifts Mean More! 

By carefully planning your 
present and future gifts, you 
can help Bryan provide a 
distinctly Christian education 
for many years to come. The 
best investment you can make 
is in the lives of Christian 
young people who will witness 
to future generations. 



If you are like most people, you are 
not able to give a large gift to the 
Lord's work without depleting your 
savings and investments. However, it 
is possible through an insurance pol- 
icy to give a large gift. 

Relatively few dollars in premium 
payments can buy a substantial 
amount of insurance that could pro- 
vide a large gift to Bryan College at 
your death. If you name Bryan Col- 
lege the irrevocable owner and ben- 
eficiary of your policy, you may de- 
duct the premiums and the cash value 
of the policy as a charitable gift. 


If you would like to make a lasting 
gift to Bryan College and at the same 
time set up a lifetime income for your- 
self or a loved one which is largely tax 
free, perhaps you should consider 
how a Bryan gift annuity would work 
for you: 

1. If your taxes are too high, gift an- 
nuity income is about 70 per cent 
tax free. 

2. If you are locked into appreciated 
securities or property, you can 
avoid most of the capital gains 
taxes by exchanging them for a gift 

3 . If your securities and income prop- 
erty produce low income, Bryan 
annuities pay up to 14 per cent, 
depending on your age. 

4. If you need more tax deductions, a 
portion of your gift annuity is de- 
ductible as a gift. 

5. If you want to provide income for a 
loved one, annuities are an excel- 
lent way to do it. 


Trusts are like automobiles: there 
are so many varieties that it is hard to 
decide which one is right for you. The 
right trust, however, may be very use- 
ful to you in carrying out your estate 
plan. Trusts should be considered 
when you want to provide for the fol- 

1. care for minor children or invalids 

2. professional management of assets 
left to an heir 

3. incomefor your retirement or for a 
loved one 

4. transfer of assets without probate 

5. a gift to charity 


There is a way you can help Bryan 
College train Christian young people. 
That way is through a bequest in your 

In recent years by the thoughtful 
planning of concerned Christian 
friends who have included Bryan in 
their wills, the work of the college has 
been forwarded greatly. 

There are others, no doubt, who 
plan to include Bryan or some other 
worthy ministry in their wills but have 
never put these desires into a proper 
legal document. For such an impor- 
tant action, there is no time like the 

Fred Stansberry 

Development Department 

Bryan College 

Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-9987 

Please send me without charge or obligation: 

□ Giving Through Insurance 

□ Giving Through Gift Annuities 

□ Giving Through Living Trusts 
D Giving Through Your Will 

City _ 




21st Annual 


Summer Bible Conference 

for the whole family 

JULY 23-28, 1984 

Conference Theme: The Authority of the Bible 



Dale '60 and Lorey x'62 Comstock 



Dr. Ralph Keiper, representative for Denver Conservative Baptist 
Seminary, former associate editor Eternity magazine, author and Bible 
conference speaker. 


Dr. Cary Perdue '58, executive director of the International Council on 
Biblical Inerrancy, author and teacher. 


Rev. Hyrum Dallinga, a former third generation Mormon. A Documen- 
tary film "The God Makers," to be shown. 


Charles '79 and Sharon '81 

For additional details write: 

Summer Bible Conference 
Bryan College 
Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321 



GRADUATION 1934, 1984 




Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-7000 
(615) 775-2041 


Theodore C. Mercer 

Managing Editor: 

John Weyant 

Assistant Managing Editor: 

Rebecca Peck Hoyt 

Consulting Editor: 

Alice Mercer 

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 1984 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Box 7000, Dayton, TN 


Shown are members of the class 
of '34 who attended the 50th an- 
niversary of their graduation. 
(Left to right) W. Logan Rector, 
R. Tibbs Maxey, Mona Fieri, and 
Sybil Lusk. 1934 Ford Victoria 
compliments of Bobby Williams 
of Chattanooga. Photo by Maul- 
din Photography of Dayton. 
Other photos by Mauldin 
Photography and John Weyant. 

Volume 9 

Summer 1984 

Number 4 

KNOWING HIM: A 1984 Commencement address. By Lori Byars. 

mencement address. By Nadine Lightner. 

THREE LUMPS: A response to becoming an honorary alumna of 
Bryan College. By Evelyn McClusky. 

THE GREAT ESCAPE!: Areas which point to the running away from 
the commitment necessary for a good marriage. By Craig and Carolyn 

PICTORIAL REVIEW: Graduation 1934 and 1984 

PAUL'S DETERMINATION AND OURS: The manner, method, and 
motive for preaching. By Dr. Francis Dixon. 10 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of interest to alumni and friends. 



My two travel-related articles focusing 
largely on India, which appeared in the last 
issue, attracted more comment than any- 
thing else I have written for this magazine. I 
appreciated the responses shared with me: 
and I take seriously the suggestion that I 
should provide more of this sort of reporting 
for our constituency. 

This current issue pictures Bryan in a year 
marking the fiftieth anniversary of the first 
graduating class, that of 1934, with 8 members, and graduating the fifty-first 
class, that of 1984, with 103 members. It is gratifying to be reassured from 
numerous confirming testimonies, ranging from those of that earliest Bryan 
generation through the mid-years and down to the present, that the college is 
still on the same spiritual course set in the beginning, with the same commit- 
ment to excellence in academics and total institutional life. 

We stand on the shoulders of all who have gone before in the history of the 
college. All praise and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ! 

Theodore C. Mercer 


SUMMER 1984 


by Lori Byars '84 

Lori Laine Byars 84, of Knoxville, Tennessee, received her B.A. degree in 
psychology. Lori recently completed a practicum with the Department of 
Human Services in Cleveland, Tennessee, working with abused and ne- 
glected children. 

What makes life worthwhile is having a big 
enough objective, something which catches our im- 
agination and lays hold of our allegiance; and this 
the Christian has in a way that no other man has. 
For what higher, more exalted, and more compel- 
ling goal can there be than to know God? (J. I. 
Packer, Knowing God) 

We have just finished four years of gaining knowl- 
edge and experience about the various disciplines of 
life. We have poured our time, money, energy, and 
intellect into a fine liberal arts education and are being 
rewarded today with a very valuable document that will 
speak to the world of our accomplishments. If you feel 
as I do, you are probably just a little bit proud, as are 
your parents. This is a wonderful moment for us, our 
parents, and Bryan College. 

Let us not carry that pride too far. We certainly have 
attained an impressive goal . Yet there is a greater quest 
that entails a lifetime plus to pursue. That quest is the 
knowledge of God. Twenty-five hundred years ago 
Jeremiah pinpointed the importance of this quest in 
these words: 

Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, 

or the strong man of his strength. 

or the rich man of his riches, 

but let him who boasts boast about this: 

that he understands and knows Me, 

that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, 

justice, and righteousness on the earth, 

for in these I delight, declares the Lord (Jeremiah 9:23-24). 

God says to boast of one thing — knowledge of Himself. 

During my four years here at Bryan, I have learned to 
listen, observe, and question the things that I see and 
hear and not just to accept any old opinion or new idea 
that comes my way. I have learned to evaluate critically 
those things that enter my mind and to weigh their 
worth against the truth of God's Word. One question 
that has risen in my mind during the past year and a half 
is this: Do Christians realize the vital importance of 
knowing God? 

I have come to a conclusion, one that I never ex- 
pected: it seems possible that few Christians realize that 
knowing God is essential in order to live life the way 
that God intended man to live. 

In II Peter 1 :3 we read: "His divine power has given 
us everything that we need for life and godliness 
through our knowledge of Him who called us by His 
own glory and goodness." 

It may be that in this room there are those who do not 
live lives that exemplify an understanding of God. 

Could it be that this stems from an inaccurate view of 

Today the word god has many different connotations. 
The word god is used in a very relative and liberal way. 
The modern man says, "You pray to your god, and I'll 
pray to mine." Isaiah recorded God's commentary in 
these words: 

This is what the Lord says — 

Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: 

I am the first and the last; 

apart from Me there is no God (Isaiah 44:6). 

There is one and only one God. But who is He, and how 
do we come to know Him? 

In His Word God says to seek Him, and He will show 
Himself to us. God wants us to seek Him out with 
serious and committed hearts. God does not want vacil- 
lating Christians who call on Him at their convenience. 
God has invited us to partake of His divine nature. What 
an honor and privilege, but how can we partake of 
something about which we know nothing? 

God has provided a way for us to get to know Him. In 
I John 5:20, we read: "We know also that the Son of 
God has come and has given us understanding so that 
we may know Him who is true." 

We learn about God through such means as the 
church, Bible classes, weekend conferences, work- 
shops, seminars, fellowship and Bible study groups. 
These are good, but in order to know God intimately 
(not justabout Him) we must seek Him out in His Word, 
prayer, and worship — closet worship. We must close 
the door behind us , forgetting the world and being alone 
with God. This is true Christianity — knowing God per- 
sonally. We must learn to partake of His divine nature. 

Paul expresses extreme value in his wholehearted 
pursuit of understanding and knowing God. These 
things he desired: to gain Christ, to be found in Him, 
and to know Him. And to know Him included ex- 
periencing the following: the power of His resurrection, 
the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His 
death, and attaining the resurrection from death. 

This sounds very important to me. To repeat Dr. 
Packer: "What makes life worthwhile is having a big 
enough objective, something which catches our imagi- 
nation and lays hold of our allegiance; and this the 
Christian has in a way that no other man has. For what 
higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can 
there be than to know God?" 

As we leave this chapel today, we have many chal- 
lenges waiting for us; but the one challenge that makes 
the eternal difference is our single-minded and determined 
pursuit of KNOWING GOD. 




A Challenge to Graduates 

by Nadine Lightner 

Nadine Lightner '84, of Dallas, Texas, graduated summa cum laude, receiving her B.S. degree in 
elementary education. She anticipates either doing social work with abused children or teaching in 
primary grades that have an intervention type program. 

Should we fear failure and disappointment? Will fail- 
ure drive us farther from the Lord or closer to Him? Will 
disappointment build self-sufficiency or Christ- 
sufficiency? Will failure cause pride or humility in our 
lives? Though failure is painful, we know that God's 
strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we 
have nothing left, His grace may abound. Although 
none of us would request trials and disappointments, 
we can rejoice in them if they should come, knowing 
that they will build true character in our lives. No, we 
should not be overcome by a fear of failure, for it cannot 
destroy us. 

If you have talked to many graduating seniors in the 
past few weeks, I am sure that you have recognized we 
are all experiencing one common emotion. There are 
many feelings that come as we think about graduating. 
Some of us feel sad, some elated; some feel confused, 
some confident; some feel unsure, some positive. But 
intermingled with all these emotions, there seems to be 
traces of fear that touch us all to some degree. 

As we look forward to a new phase of our lives, we 
anticipate change, uncertainties, and possibly even 
some disappointments or failures. For four years we 
have experienced the security of knowing what we will 
be doing the next year. We have been surrounded by 
close friends to help us make adjustments. We have 
been guided and advised by concerned professors to 
help us make decisions. And we have been aided by 
generous parents to help us make payments. Naturally, 
the idea of being separated from all of this security is 

We ask questions that do not have immediate 
answers. What will I do? Where will I do it? Whom will I 
do it with? What if I don't get a job? What if I don't like 
the job I get? What if I don't make enough money? The 
list is endless. We wonder, we pray, we pursue oppor- 
tunities; and, sometimes, we panic. These fears and 
questions are natural. If fear causes us to be more 
prepared to meet life's challenges, then it can be 
healthy. If, however, it cripples us, making us ineffec- 
tive, it can be dangerous. 

This time is perhaps the greatest time of change we 
will experience for the rest of our lives. It is a time to 
consider seriously what we will do, what kind of people 
we will be, what priorities we will have, and how we will 
serve our Lord. It is a time to take the ideals we have 
learned and somehow find a realistic way to live them. 
It is a time of choices. It is a sobering time that may 
naturally involve some apprehension and fear. What 
should we be apprehensive of, if anything? And what 
should we concern ourselves with? 

Should we fear change? Will change in our roles in life 
destroy our faith? Will change in our location make our 
ministry for Christ ineffective? Will change in our 
friendships damage our hearts irreparably? Will change 
in any way thwart our ultimate goal and purpose in life? 
If our ultimate purpose is to glorify Christ through our 
lives, then the answer is no. Change cannot harm us if 
Christ is in control of our lives. It can be used only to 
enhance our faith and ministry as He uses change to 
make us lean more totally on Him. So change is nothing 
to fear, only something to anticipate with confidence 
that God is at work in us. 

Should we fear the uncertainties that lie before us? 
Would God have in store for us a future that we are 
unable to handle with His strength? Will fearing the 
uncertainties of our future bring us the answers or in- 
sure that our future will be as we hope? How useless it is 
to fret and worry about a future that God has known 
about before the foundation of the world. 

When fear does not initiate any desired change in our 
lives, it is useless, even harmful. Rather than stimulat- 
ing us to action, fear too often paralyzes us. Can fear 
ever be useful in making us the best we can be? I believe 
there are some things we should fear. Our fear, how- 
ever, should not incapacitate us. Rather, it should drive 
us to set up relentless guards against certain dangers in 
our lives. These dangers may seem harmless at first, but 
they bring destruction if they are not thwarted. A fear of 
these dangers will motivate an active stance against 
them. The stance must remain throughout our lifetime. 

We must fear complacency. It begins silently; but 
eventually it can destroy our families, our ministries, 
and our walk with Christ. Subtle changes creep into 
small areas at first. We become tired and lose our zeal 
for excellence. We begin to accept the status quo be- 
cause we lack the energy to make any significant im- 
provement. We become apathetic about weaknesses in 
our lives. We begin to accept the idea that we should be 
satisfied with ourselves and our Christian lives. After 
all, we are doing as well as everyone else around us, 
even Christians. Why should we always have to try to 
improve? God does not expect us to wear ourselves out 
trying to be perfect, does He? These attitudes pave the 
way for complacency. Growth gradually comes to a 
stop. Without growth, death is inevitable. Years later, 
we will look back and wonder where the vitality of 
serving Christ and growing in Him has gone. We will 
chuckle and say, "Oh, we were just young and idealistic 
and naive back then. It is a good thing we have finally 
accepted reality." 


SUMMER 1984 

I challenge you to stay young and 
idealistic and naive if it means you 
will strive to become all that God 
intends for you to be. Learn to hate 
complacency. Recognize its influ- 
ence in the most subtle forms. Be 
ready for its silent attack. Guard 
against it in every area of life. Make 
the commitment to seek growth and 
improvement. We will never be 
complete until we stand before God. 
We must seek to be more His ser- 
vants every day of our lives. 

Silence and conformity must also 
be feared. In this world of conflict 
and confusion, silence may seem to 
be the only option. Silence is not 
neutrality. Silence is our stamp of 
approval on the status quo. If we 
keep silent in the face of the 
humanistic philosophies that shape 
our society, we are passively ad- 
vocating them. As God's ambas- 
sadors, we have a serious responsi- 
bility to stand up and speak out 
against ideas that directly con- 
tradict His truth. As we sit back si- 
lently, we gradually conform to 
standards that are corrupt. The be- 
lief system of the world is opposite 
to that of the Scripture. We are en- 
couraged to claim our rights, yet 
God tells us to humble ourselves 
and give up everything for the sur- 
passing value of knowing Him. We 
are forced to value power and 
money, yet God tells us to lay up 
treasures in heaven. We keep silent, 
drifting along with the ways of the 
world because we are afraid of being 
different. God calls us to be sepa- 
rate. He calls us to live in this world 
but not to be of this world. To con- 
form by being silent is to become 
totally ineffective witnesses for 
Christ. Christians should be active 
shapers of their world, not passive 
cowards. If we tuck our faith safely 
away, where no one can bother us, 
our faith becomes useless. We will 
only be fooling ourselves. 

Fear — can it ever be useful? In 
closing, I challenge you to guard 
against the dangers of complacen- 
cy, conformity, and silence 
throughout your lives. Yes, even 
fear them; for if they rule your lives, 
they can destroy your usefulness for 
Christ. Let us leave Bryan with a 
renewed commitment to shine as 
lights for Christ as long as he grants 
us life. 


but not in my tea 
yet sweet, you 11 see. 

The conferring of "honorary alumna" on Mrs. Evelyn McClusky, founder and for over 
fifty years president of the Miracle Book Club and editor of its magazine, The Conqueror, 
was reported in the Spring Issue of Bryan Life. This presentation by Dr. Mercer at the 
February Atlanta Bryan Friendship Banquet, on behalf of the Bryan Alumni Association, 
was subsequently reported in The Conqueror in the article reprinted below to which Mrs. 
McClusky gave the intriguing title used above. Mrs. McClusky will celebrate her ninety- 
fifth birthday in October. 

William Jennings Bryan College 
gave me an honorary membership in 
the Alumni Association, a sweet 
surprise. That is the first lump. It 
was in my throat! The College's 
president had ordered 400 copies of 
The Conqueror! magazine for the At- 
lanta area friendship banquet given 
by Dr. Mercer and his lovely wife, 
Alice, at the Chamblee-Dun woody 
Radisson Inn, February 6. I was 
asked if I wanted to be seated at the 
speakers' table, but I chose to be 
down at table No. 1 at the end of the 
long elevated one, where I could see 
the young people who were to fur- 
nish the music, and afterwards to 
see the pictures showing the beauti- 
ful College campus and some of the 
faculty giving their testimonies. I 
was asked to "say a few words," so 
at the proper time I did so. I was 
escorted about twenty feet to the 
mike at the speakers' table. After I 
had spoken, my escort holding my 
elbow whispered, "Mrs. McClus- 
ky, do you know what is happening? 
They are giving you a standing ova- 
tion!" I turned to see what had 
caused so many chairs being moved 
about and there stood approxi- 
mately 400 persons clapping, smil- 
ing at me. That was my second 
lump. But I showed no gratitude! I 
acted as if I had such things happen 
regularly! But really I was deeply 
moved. I had not anticipated either 
honor. All honor goes to the Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

The musical part of the program 
was beautiful (such a relief after the 
years of jazz, rock and stomp, 
stomp of this present generation). 
There were Mrs. Elaine Weyant 
(Dr. Mercer's secretary), a skilled 
harpist, and, on the other end of the 
speakers' table, a brilliant flutist 
(one of the students), and the Bryan 
choir, with young men with small 
black bow ties and girls with black 
bow ties at the neck of their white 

blouses, black skirts to match the 
boys' black suits. The pictures 
showed the beautiful campus and 
some of the faculty. 

After the dinner guests were gone 
and as I was leaning on my walker 
going down a long corridor with Sis- 
ter and John Tucker, a man in a 
business suit, leaning against the 
wall and rattling his glass of whis- 
key, stepped forward and asked, 
"Lady, may I help you"? 

I replied , ' ' No , but perhaps I may 
help you if you will walk beside me. 
Were you at the Bryan dinner pro- 

"No," he declared, "and I have 
been wondering why I left my home 
in North Atlanta to come to the bar 
at the Radisson Inn. My mother 
died two years ago, and I have been 
thinking of heaven and hell ever 

Then came my third lump as I said 
to the man God had prepared, "Let 
me tell you about Jesus; He knows 
that you have been reaching out for 
peace, and He is reaching out for 

"Oh, no! God doesn't want me; I 
drink." He tinkled the glass in his 
hand; the ice sparkled, but his eyes 
did not. He continued, "My friends 
say I am going to hell." 

"Is that your choice? God has 
other plans for you. He will take you 
as you are if you believe that Jesus 
died to substitute in eternal death 
for you. If you will take Jesus as 
your Savior, He will make you 

We talked for some time; a smile 
came upon his face. He said, "I feel 
like hugging you." 

I said, "That is because God 
wants to put His arms around you." 
What a great lump filled my throat 
as he gave me his card and asked to 
be in touch with me. 

John Tucker took Sister and me 




by Craig and Carolyn Williford 

Christian couples throughout the world are fighting 
the battle against separation and divorce. Some couples 
are meeting this issue head-on with renewed determina- 
tion and effort: they are preventing divorce by growing. 
Others are preventing divorce, but only by ignoring the 
problems or trying to maintain just enough of a relation- 
ship to keep it going. The Great Escape is an attempt by 
many couples of all ages to ignore or run from their 
relationship. Please, right now. make use of this oppor- 
tunity to take this quiz! It could help you discover any 
hidden areas where you have unknowingly begun the 
Great Escape, so take a pencil and honestly decide: 


Do you often find more fulfillment in 

things other than your couple rela- 





Have you turned down opportunities 
to do something new and/or struc- 
tured (for example, marriage semi- 
nar, weekend alone, etc.) to enhance 

your marriage? 




Do you spend fewer than two nights a 
week (on an average) talking together 

and doing something as a couple? 




Do you use the phrase "It couldn't 
get any better" when asked to do 
something to work on your couple 





Do you think that your relationship is 
a model one and really can maintain 





After difficulties in your couple rela- 
tionship, do you look for reasons to 

be away from the house for a while? 




Do you use the phrase "That's the 
way I am and you need to accept 





Do you try to ignore disagreements 

and pretend they never happened? 




Do you use the phrase "We talk 
about everything, so we don't need to 

improve our communication"? 




Do you have difficulty listening to the 
problems your spouse went through 

while you were away? 



If you answered *'yes" to any of these, then you are 
escaping in some way. 


Please understand that we are not talking about di- 
vorce or separation as the Great Escape. Rather, it is 
pulling away or finding excuses that keep us from mak- 
ing the commitment to strengthen our couple relation- 
ship. Many times the Great Escape is simply overes- 
timating where our couple relationship is. Phrases such 
as "It couldn't get any better" or "It is the best it can 
be" are simply attempts to rationalize our escape. 

The Great Escape is rarely a conscious decision; it is 
usually a subconscious one, in which we may find more 
work or activities that can keep us out of the house or 

Craig Williford, assistant professor of Christian education, and 
his wife, Carolyn, instructor of English, share a leisurely summer 
breakfast at a local restaurant. 

the difficulties that surround our marriage. The Great 
Escape can be hobbies, sports, friends, and activities 
that keep us from facing the tough reality of stretching 
and growing in our relationship. The final outcome of 
this may be that we are more comfortable (do we dare 
even admit to feeling happier?) outside of our homes 
than in them. As children, we found it easier to run or 
hide from problems or tough decisions than it was to 
face them: as adults, do we often make the same deci- 
sion in regard to our marriages? 


It is a sad commentary on our times that we have let 
the world tell us what a marriage should or should not 
be. One aspect of marriage in which the world's ideas 
have influenced us is in relation to the "cohabitation 
syndrome." Because of the "do my own thing" era and 
the need to "fulfill myself, "many couples seem to pass 
each other only as they run in and out of the house. 
These married partners are not really couples: they are 
just living in the same house! Each is really living his 
own separate lifestyle, seeking fulfillment in career, 
activities, involvements, and buying the world's idea 
that to seek out activities and fulfillment as a couple 
would stifle individuality. 

How ironic also that it is generally not the big prob- 
lems or decisions that we must face together that keep 
us from working on our marriages. At these times we 
generally must come to some sort of genuine involve- 
ment with each other to work out the problem. Instead, 
often it is the small everyday troubles that we choose 
either to ignore or purposely push aside that build the 
walls that come between us — walls that grow slowly, 
true, but ones that do continue to attach one upon 
another. Ignoring these "trivial" problems does not 
make them go away; they just continue to grow into 
volcanoes that will one day erupt. 

I remember once hearing a couple say, "In twenty 
years we have never left our child with anyone else — 
ever!" They were proud of this accomplishment, but I 
remember how we actually felt sympathy for them; they 
had never had time alone as a couple! Children are 
indeed a great responsibility from the Lord, and we feel 
the great weight of this also. But we are better parents 
when we have an evening out to eat. when we plan a 
romantic weekend in the mountains, when we take a 
second (or third, or fourth!) honeymoon to develop our 
couple relationship. We cannot be successful parents if 
we are not, first of all, successful marriage partners; and 
we cannot keep that marriage strong, growing, natu- 
rally loving and displaying this to our children if we 
don't take the time to enhance it — alone. 


SUMMER 1984 

The Great Escape includes not only " 100 per cent to 
our children" but also jobs and endless other activities. 
After many years of finding security in these, middle- 
aged couples often face a crisis. The job is no longer 
fulfilling. The children are grown and gone. The ac- 
tivities seem empty. If a couple have used these as an 
escape route for years , they find it very difficult to learn 
how to grow again. Their method of escape gone, they 
may seek other ways to escape. The husband wants 
affection, understanding, and support; the wife wants 
new horizons or new, meaningful experiences. As a 
couple they have forgotten how to help each other in 
these areas. Too often, anyone or anything that can 
provide these needs becomes attractive and another 
way to keep from facing their "coupleness" and thus 
dealing with difficulties. 

We also have a tendency to equate quantity with 
quality. The fact that a couple proudly proclaims, 
"We've been married thirty-five years!" does not 
guarantee that couple to have had thirty-five years of 
happiness. A couple married for only two years may 
have packed more true "coupleness" and happiness 
into those two years than the couple married for thirty- 
five years. No matter how long we have been married, 
we need to stop escaping behind our years of marriage 
and be ever looking for ways to continue to grow. 


Unfortunately, probably all of us are just plain lazy 
concerning our marriages. We do not tend to think of 
our marriages as needing work or effort; we apply the 
"grease" only when there is a squeak somewhere! We 
tend to sit back and wait for the major problems to arise , 
and only then do we put forth the needed effort. But 
marriage is somewhat like any machine in that it needs 
that daily maintenance to keep it in running order. Why 
can I not put forth the greatest possible effort for the 
closest person to me on this earth? 

Another reason we escape is the need to keep status 
quo. Things are going smoothly now, so why create 
waves that might bring bigger problems? Most of us 
believe the idea that it is better to ignore or gloss over 
those irritating problems in order to keep the ship of 
marriage on an even keel. We are afraid to risk the 
build-up of greater waves or rifts, so we keep eluding 

We Christians are also experts at putting on the 
Christian facade of the perfect marriage. How many of 
us would ever admit to arguing all the way to church and 
then walking up to the usher and suddenly becoming the 
most loving, happy couple on earth! Of course, we are 
not advocating that you argue all the way up the aisle 
(although we have seen couples do this, too, unfortu- 
nately), but this constant "putting on a good front" 
becomes so much a part of us that we may begin to believe 
the facade. And when this happens, we end the possibil- 
ity of really digging out those "nitty-gritties" that are in 
each of our marriages. Too often we are afraid to ruin 
our image in front of others, so we begin to believe the 
lie that unfortunately becomes a stumbling block to our 

How many of us have said, "After my relationship to 
the Lord, my family comes next in line"? But how often 

do we actually put this goal into practice? Has it become 
merely lip service? A priority — true priority — takes ef- 
fort, maximum effort. 


We need to realize consciously that a good marriage 
requires the putting forth of active effort and energy. As 
in our Christian walk, if we are not progressing in our 
marriage relationship, we are actually going back- 
wards; not to go forward is actually to digress from 
where we could be. Therefore we need to work on our 
marriages daily for three reasons: 

1. It is God's plan to glorify Him. 

As the wife subjects herself to her husband in love 
and he loves her as much as he loves himself, they will 
mirror Christ's love for the church — a love that demon- 
strates the total giving of self. Certainly this can be one 
of the greatest ways to draw attention and glory to God: 
Christian marriages that truly mirror Christ's giving 

2. It is God's plan for "coupleness." 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 tells us that two united effectively 
are better than one! We can find strength and fulfillment 
in each other that we can find nowhere else. As couples, 
with God as our support and enabler, we truly are a 
"cord of three strands," and we cannot be quickly torn 
apart. Think of the possibilities for our "coupleness" in 
this world if we truly were united couples in Christ! 
3. It is God's plan for us as individuals. 

It is a great paradox that as we become more like 
Christ we become more individual as He brings out our 
uniqueness as His creations. Through sanctification, 
our once slave-to-sin man can now be changed into the 
likeness of Christ, and our uniqueness as individuals 
can begin to grow. Marriage has the same paradox: as 
we become closer, we also bring out each other's 
uniqueness and individuality. The world tells us that 
marriage smothers and takes away my "right to be 
me." But in actuality the opposite is true. When we 
marriage partners lovingly give ourselves to each other, 
we bring out the best in each other, help each other, 
complete each other. 

We sincerely hope you are asking, "How can we 
begin to work actively on our marriage?" One sugges- 
tion is to attend a Marriage Encounter and make use of 
what is available to help you grow. Marriage Encounter 
is not a group experience, but rather a very private 
weekend for you as a couple to work on a communica- 
tion technique. There are many other types of seminars 
that would also be of great benefit to your marriage, but 
please do go! These weekends are being given all across 
the United States by many denominations. Do not let 
these become wasted opportunities. 

Finally, we call you to actively seek to work on your 
marriage — TODAY. Sit down now and take time to talk 
out those things that you have pushed aside for too long. 
Compare the results of your quizzes. Are there areas of 
escape you can begin to work on? We can glorify Christ 
through our close relationships of love, mirroring His 
love, and showing the world what true love in marriage 
can be. We should not be offering or showing the world 
an imitation; we owe the world a demonstration of 
genuine love, in work, ministry, home, and marriage. 




Mona Fieri and Dr. "Dean" Ryther 

Sybil Lusk recalls first graduation. 

The class of 1934. (left to right) Harriet Dunlap Treher, R. Tibbs Maxey, Mona S. Fieri, Franklin H. 
Bennett,* Sybil Lusk, William Logan Rector, Marjorie Yancey Weaver, and Bertha A. Morgan.* 
* deceased 

1934 s 


Z ; ' 




I made it, Dad! — Dr. G« 

Mrs. Julia Anna Yancey Hogenboom, first 
instructor in art and music, shown with 
President Mercer, receiving honor plaque. 

Dr. Mercer with Tibbs Maxey and Amy Cartwright 
Robinson. Amy prides herself as having been the first 
student to apply at Bryan. She also named the yearbook, 
"The Commoner," to honor William Jennings Bryan. 


CT nV/TVf 17D 10«J 

Assorted sizes 

I 1984 

DeKlerk family graduates second child. 

Rudd auditorium is filled at 51st Annual Commencement. 

I and Sheri 

Michelle Orton 
represents the sen- 
ior class in song. 

Stephen S. Dug- 
gins, receives high- 
est scholastic hon- 

Maxine Vincent, 
Rhea County stu- 
dent, is hooded by 
husband, Bob. 

Doug Froemke, 
alumni president, 
welcomes the new 

Rev. Ernest Treb- 
ing delivers the 
parents' greetings. 

i. Dr. Bedford! 

ROTC commissioning 



by Dr. Francis Dixon 

Dr. Francis W. Dixon, of Eastbourne, England, a pastor of over twenty-five years, cur- 
rently involved in recorded, written, and preaching ministries, delivered this message at 
the seventh annual invitational pastors conference at Bryan, May 8, 1984. 

Our meditation will be centered on I Corinthians 2: 1-5, and 
particularly on verse 2. which I believe is the key to this 
passage, where the apostle says. "For I am determined not to 
know anything among you. save Jesus Christ and Him 
crucified." Now this is my determination, and I trust that it is 
your determination, as it was the apostle Paul's. And if any- 
one should think that this is a presumption for us to dare to say 
this. I do not think it is. For while not one of us can hope to 
measure up to the great apostle Paul, surely we dare not do 
less than seek by the grace of God to follow his example. 

And here in this Scripture, the apostle tells us about his 
great determination. This was his holy resolve. It had been 
like this with him for at least twenty-five years, but it had not 
always been so. At one time he had been a rebel. He did not 
even believe in Christ. He did not believe that He was the Son 
of God. He did not believe that He was the Savior of the 
world. But then, on the Damascus road, he was arrested by 
the Lord of Glory and his life was completely changed over: 
his soul was saved, the direction of his life was altered, and 
from that moment on it would seem that he was determined to 
do this one thing: not to know anything — whether he was in 
the palace of the king, whether he was traveling, whether he 
was with others , or whether he was in prison alone or with the 
prisoners or with his God — except the Lord Jesus and Him 

And, friends, this is our holy resolve. Let us confirm it: let 
us reestablish this fact that this is why God has saved us. 
commissioned us, and put us into the ministry, that we might 
have this holy resolve, this consuming determination, that we 
might make known the unsearchable riches of our glorious 
Lord Jesus, who went down into death for us but who is now 
exalted in power and dignity and honor and majesty at the 
right hand of the Father. 

In this passage of Scripture, the apostle tells us three things 
about his preaching, about himself, and about his message. 
He speaks about the manner of his preaching: that is to say. 
how he preached. He speaks about the message of his preach- 
ing: that is to say, what he preached. And he speaks about the 
motive of his preaching or why he preached. 

The Manner of His Preaching: How He Preached 

Three answers are given to this question in verses 1 and 4. 
The first thing we are told is that this preaching was not with 
excellency of speech or wisdom (v. 1) and not with enticing 
words of man's wisdom (v. 4). Now it would have meant a 
tremendous thing, especially for the people in Corinth, if Paul 
had been a great orator and if he had been full of worldly 
wisdom and had made that fact eloquently known in his 
preaching. But he did not do that. What he says is that when 
he came he did not come with "excellency of speech or 
wisdom nor with enticing words of man's wisdom." It is a 
great temptation for those of us who stand up before the 

people to want to say something clever or something new. and 
to say it gracefully. But the apostle Paul did not do that. He 
sought to be dependent upon the gracious enabling of the Holy 
Spirit to proclaim the simple, saving message of the grace and 
gospel of God. 

A wise preacher has said. ' 'Though I have a scientific mind 
and a university degree in sociology and philosophy, and 
although I am an expert in social science and service and an 
authority on Browning, and although I use the language of the 
scientific laboratory, and deceive the very elect into thinking I 
am a scholar, if I have not the message of salvation and the 
love of Christ. I am a misfit in the pulpit and no preacher of the 

I remember so well when I began in my first church, over 
and over again, almost unconsciously I said to my wife, as I 
went down to the Sunday evening service. "You know, my 
dear, that I have only a simple message to give." I was so 
dependent upon the Lord because I realized the utter simplic- 
ity of it. She would say. "Oh. yes. I will be at home praying as 
I look after the children." When I would return, she would 
say. "How did things go?" I would say. "Well, praise the 
Lord , two people came to the Lord tonight . " or ' 'Three came 
for baptism." or something like that. She would respond. 
"Well, it was only a simple message, wasn't it?" It was 
absolutely true. I began to learn a great lesson then. I began to 
learn that it was most important for me, at any rate, to bring 
the glorious truth of the Gospel down to simple terms that 
people could understand and to present it clearly. And I 
believe that is what the apostle Paul is saying here: "Not with 
excellency of speech or wisdom, not with enticing words of 
man's wisdom": that was the manner of his preaching. 

And then he says the second thing about his preaching: that 
"it was in weakness and in fear and in much trembling." Now 
that's rather tremendous, isn't it? One paraphrase has it: "I 
was feeling far from strong and I was rather nervous and 
shaky the whole time." That's amazing, for the apostle Paul, 
who was very erudite, said, "When I came to stand before the 
people, it was with a great deal of weakness and a sense of 
nervous debility through the whole thing." 

I think every preacher knows something about this . Did you 
know that Spurgeon knew about it? You have read about him 
as well as his sermons. When he stood before the people, he 

I remember that Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones was the assistant 
of Dr. Campbell Morgan. Dr. Morgan was a very highly strung 
instrument, so charged with nervous energy that he had a 
rough time before he preached and after he preached. One 
Monday he said to Martin Lloyd-Jones. "Do you not tremble, 
and do you not sweat, and do you not feel nervous before you 
preach?" And Martin Lloyd-Jones said, "Well," and he 
didn't give a very clear answer. So Campbell Morgan said, 
"Well, my brother, you have never preached." 



And there may be something in that, because the great 
apostle Paul said. "In weakness and in fear and in much 
trembling. ..." And there is something else that ought to be 
tied in with this because Paul said on another occasion. 
"When I am weak, then I am strong." When I am weak, not 
necessarily physically, but when I recognize with all my heart 
and with all my soul that I haven't got what it takes to present 
the message, I am utterly dependent upon the Lord, "not that 
I can even think anything of myself, my sufficiency is of 
God." I think that is what Paul is saying here. 

And then there is the third thing he says about his preach- 
ing: that it was "in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." 
What a wonderful thing this is. Every true preacher longs for 
it. Don't you long for the anointing and empowering of the 
Holy Spirit? Don't you get down before the Lord and say, "I 
can't do this; now grant me the anointing of the Holy Spirit." 
With this anointing of the Holy Spirit, all is so well and 
wonderful; and without it all is so flat and dead and fruitless 
and formal. 

The apostle John said. "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's 
Day." And I don't think he meant that he was only in spiritual 
communion with the Lord: he was referring to an anointing of 
the Holy Spirit, which is the promised gift and requirement of 
everyone of us who would stand in line with the apostle Paul 
and declare the glorious Gospel of Christ. With this anointing, 
all is so well, and all is so prosperous. We don't always see the 
results, but the results will be there if we are preaching in 
demonstration of the Spirit and of power. 

The Message of His Peaching: What He Preached 

The message of his preaching or what he preached is found 
in verse 2, where he says that he was determined not to know 
"anything save Jesus Christ and Him crucified." He had only 
one message and that concerned the person and work of 
Christ. Let me just quickly list three things about this. 

First, what an exclusive message it is! Paul was a very 
informed man. He was a linguist, he was a student; but he had 
only one message. That wasn't about politics, although it had 
an application to every political situation. It wasn't a social 
gospel, though the Gospel had a social implication every time 
he preached. He preached this one message of the glory of 
God in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. This 
included the declaration of His eternal Sonship; it included 
the declaration of His miraculous, supernatural birth, of His 
sinless life, of the power and authority of His Word, of His 
vicarious death, of His mighty bodily resurrection, of His 
glorious ascension, of His intercession at the right hand of the 
Father, and of His personal, literal, bodily, and, I believe. 
imminent return. This is all included when Paul says, "I am 
determined not to know anything among you save Jesus 
Christ and Him crucified." He was just putting his finger on 
what is the heart of the message. But his message was glori- 
ous, full-orbed. What an exclusive message! 

Secondly, it is an exhaustless message. There is only one 
theme: Christ. Christ is in all the Scriptures: in the Old Testa- 
ment, in the New Testament . in the types and the histories and 
the promises. Wherever you open your Bible, you have some 
new vision of Him, some picture of Him, some promise of 
His, and some declaration of His purpose for men and women 
in their salvation. Yes, this message is exclusive and exhaust- 

And thirdly, it is an effective message. Paul was determined 
because he knew that this message is the only message that is 
effective to save sinful men and women and transform and 
reconcile them to God. We have, of course, the testimony of 
the apostle in a number of other Scriptures. I need not men- 
tion these, but all of them point to the blood-shedding of the 
Lord Jesus as the only hope for poor lost sinners. Paul was 
glad to say on every occasion, "I am not ashamed of the 
Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation, 

unto everyone that believeth." This is the only message. 

Although oratory thrills and rhetoric stirs, the story of 
Calvary itself is effective in melting the heart and rescuing the 
soul and introducing the person to paradise, into the arms of 
the Savior, who alone can satisfy. So, like Paul, let us be 
determined not to know anything save Jesus Christ. God 
forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus. 

The Motive of His Preaching: Why He Preached 

The great objective of the apostle in his statement inverse 5 
is that his hearers might believe the message and be saved and 
grow into maturity in Christ. Notice what he says: "Your faith 
shall not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of 

There are many people in our churches who have only an 
intellectual apprehension of the Gospel. They know the facts. 
They know the story of Bethlehem, of Calvary; they believe 
all this in their heads. They give mental assent to these facts. 
Until I was eighteen years of age. I had all the intellectual 
assent (1 am not boasting when I say this), but I did not know 
what Paul was saying here: that our faith should not stand in 
the wisdom of men but in the power of God. I tell you, when 
that intellectual assent to the things of the Gospel became 
applied to my heart, to the saving of my soul, a transforming 
experience took place. You can believe all about Christ, you 
can make decisions for Christ, and yet you can be without a 
personal relationship with Christ. As Paul says, our "faith 
should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of 

Is this our motive, brethren, in our preaching? Or is our 
motive to gather a crowd, to build a church with many num- 
bers? That is not a wrong motive, but is that all? Is it to gain a 
reputation as a great preacher, or is it to enjoy the thrill of 
facing a crowd? It is thrilling. In spite of all that I have said 
about the other side of things — the pressures, the nerves that 
sometimes are affected — it is thrilling and wonderful! But is 
that our motive? Or is it our motive to save souls and in "that 
day" to have a harvest to present to our Lord and Savior, 
Jesus Christ? With such a glorious message to proclaim and 
with this motive, this objective gripping hold of us, our prep- 
aration for preaching and our presentation of the message 
should all be done in the conscious presence of the Lord 
Jesus, for we are doing it unto Him. 

I close by reminding you of the classic writing by A. J. 
Gordon, the Boston preacher. "How Christ Came to 
Church." It relates the story of a dream he had. In this dream 
he came into his pulpit and stood there to start the service. As 
he began the service, the door opened at the back, and the 
usher admitted a very fine looking gentleman, brought him 
down the aisle, and showed him a seat. The man had a very 
refined face, something of beauty upon it. Through the whole 
service, A. J. Gordon couldn't help catching the eye of the one 
who was sitting there and wondering who he was. He looked 
so dignified, somehow so different. After the service, when all 
the people had gone, Gordon went to the usher and asked, 
"Who is that gentleman you showed in tonight?" "Oh," he 
said, "didn't you know, that was Jesus Christ? He came into 
the service and asked that He might sit here. Didn't you 
realize that?" Then, of course, Gordon awakened from his 
sleep: it had been only a dream. But you know, dear friends, 
his ministry was turned upside down. From that time on, 
when he went into the pulpit, everybody knew that something 
must have happened to this man because he was now trans- 
formed . refreshed , and renewed , preaching as if he were in the 
presence of his Lord. What Jesus thought about his preaching 
was all that mattered; he was preaching now unto Him. His 
manner was changed, his message was empowered, his motive 
was purified. I long for that experience and am sure that you 
do too. Pray that God will lead us, as preachers , to know more 
of that as we seek to serve Him. 





Dr. John C. Anderson, professor of ancient languages, 
retired at the close of the recent academic year after twenty- 
nine years of service on the faculty at Bryan. Events marking 
the occasion included a chapel sponsored by the Student 
Senate, a dinner given in his honor by the college, and a 
presentation at graduation of a bound volume of testimonial 
letters from alumni. 

In commenting on his twenty-nine years of service. Dr. 
Anderson said, "It has been a tremendous privilege to teach 
Christian students how to read and study the New Testament 
in the language in which it was originally written and to 
prepare many students for further study in seminary. I feel 
that my own ministry of teaching will continue to be multi- 
plied through the lives and Christian service of the students I 
have taught." 

Bryan's Greek major, developed through Dr. Anderson's 
leadership, is reported to be the only such major offered in 
accredited Christian liberal arts colleges in the Southeast and 
one of only five in similar Christian colleges in the U.S. For 
the past five years, the average number of students graduating 
each year with a major in Greek has been seven. Ten courses 
of instruction are given in this major, which includes the study 
of Classical as well as Koine Greek. 

The dinner in April was attended by all of Dr. Anderson's 
family with the exception of his son Col. J. D. Anderson '69, 
of California, and by a number of alumni who came from a 
distance. Current students participated in the event, as well as 
faculty, staff, and trustees. Because of the humor generated in 
his classes over the years by his references to "the penny 
stock market," it was fitting that the gift of money presented 
to Dr. Anderson should be a gift of pennies, which filled a 
wheelbarrow, rolled in at the appropriate moment by some of 
his students. 

Dr. Anderson's commencement recognition included pre- 
sentation of a statement confirming the action of the Board of 
Trustees granting him a pension for the years of service prior 
to the establishment of the college retirement program in 1967 
under the Teacher's Insurance Annuity Association. 

(Left to right) Greek majors Gary Ellison, Ernie Ricketts, 
David Reeves, Chuck Cionca, Darrell Cosden, Scott Jones, Joe 
Thomas, Jeff Ryan, and Joe Talone serenade "Doc" Anderson 
in a chapel sponsored by the student senate in honor of Dr. 
Anderson and Dr. Irving Jensen, each of whom was completing 
twenty-nine years of service to the college. 


At the annual Honors Day in late April, ten members of the 
faculty and staff were cited for the completion of service to the 
college in the categories of five, ten. fifteen, twenty, and 
thirty-five years. Those receiving a citation of merit award 
and a cash token gift for each year of service represented 150 
years of service to the college. 

Twenty years of service — left to right, seated, Mrs. Karin 
Traylor. secretary to the vice president for academic affairs: 
Mrs. Elizabeth Wynsema, special assistant to the president; 
and, standing, right. Glen Liebig, director of admissions. 
Thirty-five years of service — standing, center, Mrs. Rebecca 
Peck Hoyt, advancement office coordinator. 

Five years of service — left to right, Russell J. Blomberg, 
maintenance mechanic and security supervisor; Dr. Jack 
Traylor, assistant professor of history; and far right, Joseph 
Runyon, director of maintenance. Ten years of service — 
center back. Dr. Ralph Paisley, professor of biology. Fifteen 
years of service — back row, Frederick Bedford, assistant pro- 
fessor of modern languages; and seated front, Mrs. Shirley 
Holmes, director of administrative support services. 


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Pictured above is Mrs. Clara Mastin Averett, of Rosman, 
North Carolina, who was honored at the commencement with 
a citation of merit for "outstanding contribution in her ninety 
years by a godly life and Christian marriage of fifty-nine years 
blessed with four children, sixteen grandchildren, and 
twenty-two great-grandchildren, seven grandchildren having 
attended Bryan and one being a member of the 1984 graduat- 
ing class." Graduating granddaughter, Elizabeth Shelby 
Robeson, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elemen- 
tary Education. 


Dwight W. Ryther, a member of the first faculty of Bryan 
University at its opening in 1930, was presented with an 
honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the fifty-first annual 
commencement on May 5. "Dean" Ryther, as he has been 
affectionately known to the Bryan family across the years, 
also participated in the festivities in honor of the fiftieth an- 
niversary of the first graduating class of 1934. 

During the early years, Dr. Ryther served as professor of 
English and history. He also coached some of the first men's 
and women's basketball teams at Bryan. The school year- 
book, The Commoner, of that first graduating class lists him as 
the faculty adviser. In 1934 he became academic dean. Then, 
in 1936, he was given the dual title of vice president and dean. 

On Dr. Judson Rudd's retirement in 1955, he became acting 
president. After serving Bryan for twenty-six years, Dean 
Ryther then became the registrar at The King' s College for the 
next nineteen years. Retired since 1975, he now lives in De- 
Land, Florida. 

In 1977 Dr. Ryther was present for the dedication of Rudd 
Memorial Chapel. He was back on campus in 1982 to attend 
the homecoming and to speak at the alumni dinner. He was at 
the Bryan Friendship Banquet in Orlando in March of this 
year, where he spoke of his years at Bryan. 

Bryan Life congratulates Dr. Dwight W. Ryther for his 
forty-five years of service for Christ in the field of higher 


Pictured above are some of the attendants of the Seventh 
Annual Pastors' Conference held on the Bryan campus. May 
8-10. Over two hundred pastors. Christian workers, and 
wives enjoyed the ministries of Dr. Francis W. Dixon, of 
Eastbourne, England, and of Dr. Paul B. Smith, of Toronto, 

Using the theme "A Good Minister of Jesus Christ," Dr. 
Dixon exhorted and encouraged those present with messages 
entitled "Paul's Determination and Ours," "The Dread of 
Disqualification," and "Honoring the Holy Ghost." The 
challenge to missions, with the theme "Missions Around the 
World," was presented by Dr. Smith in the following three 
messages: "The Voice of God in a Noisy World," "On 
Reaching the Back Rows," and "Our Mission Field at the 
End of the Second Mile." Thirteen different seminars, led by 
Dr. Dixon, Dr. Smith, and others, were held Wednesday and 
Thursday afternoons. A special concert by the "Musical 
Murk Family," of Wheaton, Illinois, added to the closing 
general session on Thursday evening. 

The first-time meeting of two half-brothers, Pastor Derry 
Cochran of the Community Bible Church of Cumming, Geor- 
gia, and of Dr. Malone Cochran of Mount Zion Baptist Church 
of Jonesboro, Georgia, made for exciting conversation during 
the conference. Much rejoicing was theirs as they learned of 
additional brothers and sisters in their extended families. 

It is not too early to make your plans for next 
year's pastors' conference, scheduled for May 
14-16, 1985. One speaker confirmed for the confer- 
ence is Dr. Manford George Gutzke, president and 
founder of "The Bible for You" radio broadcast. 




Donations have been made to the college in the form of a coin collection: a forty-one stone 
gem collection, which includes one 28.98 ct. emerald: and a stamp collection, which includes 
six uncut sheets of Farley Issues. For Bryan College to realize the full potential of these gifts, 
they must be sold. 

If you are able to be of help to us in the sale of these collections . or know of someone else who 
can, please contact me for details. Write or phone: 

Vern Archer. Treasurer 

Bryan College 

Box 7000 

Dayton. TN 37321-7000 

Telephone collect: 615 — 775-2041 

Living Tributes 

When You Need to Remember 

A couple celebrates a special anniversary. There is a 
birthday, graduation, promotion, or significant ac- 
complishment. A friend or loved one has passed away. 
You want to remember and honor someone in a mean- 
ingful and lasting manner. 

A living tribute is a personal and private way of making 
a gift to Bryan College. It helps provide a quality Chris- 
tian education for young men and women at Bryan who 
are preparing to serve the Lord. The amount of the gift 
remains confidential. The person honored or the family 
of the person honored is notified. Special recognition is 
made in our quarterly periodical, Bryan Life. Your liv- 
ing tribute gift is tax-deductible. 

Send your living tribute to: 

Living Tributes 

Bryan College, Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-7000 

Enclosed is my gift of $_ 

in loving honor of: 

Given by 





Send acknowledgment to: 



City State 


March 1 to June IS, 1984 


Mrs. Ruby F. Coe 


Mr. and Mrs. Jere M. Ballentine 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bedford 

Mr. and Mrs. M. Wade Choate 

Mr. and Mrs. Franklin E. Glass. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Graven 

Dr. and Mrs. Irving L. Jensen 

Mrs. Josephine Jones 

Mrs. Ralph Porter 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ragland 

Miss Darlene Ragland 

Dr. and Mrs. J. J. Rodgers 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Taylor 

Mrs. Marjorie Thomas 

Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Toliver 

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Sharp 

Mrs. Jane Walters Taylor 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ely 

Mr. Skip Cline 

Mr. and Mrs. James Soyster 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cook 

Mrs. Frank Cowden 

Miss Jane Ellen Hodges 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mrs. Glenn Woodlee 

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Grover 

Mrs. Cratie Johnson 

Mr. and Mrs. Jess R. Clarke 

Mr. and Mrs. Jess R. Clarke 

Mrs. James F. Conner 

Miss Emma Kate Jones 

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Swafford 

Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Shelton 

Mrs. Rebecca Van Meeveren 

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Young 

Mrs. Frances Cowden 

Mrs. E. B. Arnold 

Mrs. Ruby F. Coe 

In Honor of 

Mrs. Judson Rudd 

In Memory of 


Mrs. Doris Morgan 

Richard Cole Memorial Fund 
Mr. Harvey Lee Cranfill 

Mrs. Louise Hodges 

Mr. Clinton C. Coulter 
Mr. Samuel Humphries 
Mr. Ayres Crawford 

Mrs. Vivian Rodgers 

Mr. Ross Swafford Jr. 


C¥TA*A*irr> M\OA 

What of the Future? 

As I read through educational publications and listen 
to the "experts" forecast the future of the traditional 
college and university system. I ask myself. "'What lies 
ahead for Bryan College?" 

The shrinking of the population pool of traditional 
college-age students is fueling an increasingly keen 
competition for these prospects. Both public tax- 
supported and non-profit private institutions are vying 
for the charitable-giving dollar in the face of changing 
government support of higher education and continuing 
uncertainties in the national economy. The actual cost 
of a college education continues to rise as the prepara- 
tion of students to meet the competition and challenges 
of a high-tech future adds costly study programs and 
facilities. Inflation, though less than it was, is still a 
factor to be reckoned with in planning and budgeting. I 
ask myself again. "Where does Bryan College fit in this 
uncertain picture?" 

These dark predictions may prove to be very accu- 
rate, but dark times can stretch our faith in God. Re- 
peatedly in the book of Psalms, David rehearses God's 
continuing faithfulness to His chosen people. Israel. 
The Psalmist exhorts Israel (and us) to build and enlarge 
our faith upon His Faithfulness. 

I am especially privileged to be at Bryan College a 
second time around. A good many of you who are also 
alumni have "returned to Bryan" through your own 
children who are students at the college now. The re- 
cent commencement exercises (about which you may 
read in other articles of this issue) was a reaffirmation of 
the continuing effectiveness of Bryan's ministry in the 
lives of young men and women. In 1956 I graduated 
from Bryan College. My classmates were average, 
normal students . God blessed us with spiritual and intel- 
lectual growth through our Bryan experiences. We 
faced a future that was uncertain, just as today's is. The 
words that were expressed by the members of the Class 
of 1956 conveyed their desire to be the men and women 
who really sought to keep "Christ Above All." The 
years that have passed since then underscore the impor- 
tant place Bryan College had in developing our personal 
growth and ministry. 

As I watched the 1984 commencement events, I was 
overwhelmed (even to the point of tears) by the similar- 
ity between what was expressed in words and attitude 
by the members of the Class of 1984 and by my own 
Class of 1956. Since then, I have talked to other Bryan 
alumni who were also present at the recent graduation 
ceremonies. They sensed the same spirit. What I ex- 
perienced in my college days at Bryan and what I have 
seen through this past school year is worth continuing! 
Bryan College is STILL a spiritual ministry that is 
worthy of support in every sense of the word. 

by Stuart Meissner 
Director of Development 

Over the years God has provided many friends and 
alumni who have generously given to provide the funds 
necessary for the continued growth of the college. At a 
Bryan Friendship Banquet in central Florida this 
spring. Dwight W. Ryther. long-time former teacher 
and administrator of the college, reviewed Bryan from 
the vantage point of his many years of involvement in 
the first half of its history. He reminded us of how much 
God has done — from a handful of students then to more 
than five hundred students now; from "a hole in the 
ground" then to a beautiful campus and facilities now. 

The Apostle Paul stated the principle of one man 
planting and another watering, with God responsible for 
the results. The young men and women at Bryan now 
benefit from the past planting and watering of others. 
Proverbs 11:24 and 25 (Living Bible) tells us: "It is 
possible to give away and become richer! It is also 
possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, 
the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he 
waters himself." As Christ in His grace delays His 
return, Bryan's students of tomorrow will be able to 
grow because of today's planting and watering. What is 
done now in the way of praying and providing will fashion 
the future of Bryan College. 

As God directs, we seek your financial assistance. 
Gifts may be designated for current operations, schol- 
arship assistance, financial aid, facilities, and many 
other areas of need. 

Another timely target for gifts is endowment support. 
Endowment funds are monies that are not spent by the 
college but are held and invested. Only the earnings are 
used to meet ongoing financial obligations; the retained 
principal is not spent but actually keeps on earning. 
Gifts to the endowment fund are really "gifts that keep 
on giving." This stewardship of the gifts of others helps 
provide a stable, consistent foundation for the future of 
the college. 

The simplest way of providing for Bryan is to give 
cash or to make a faith commitment of monthly support. 
Other gifts may be in the form of stocks, securities, and 
real estate or personal property. Annuities , trust funds , 
and bequests are other innovative ways to participate. 
Members of the college advancement staff will be 
happy to discuss ways in which we can help you and in 
which you can be an active part in the ministry of Bryan 

Bryan College is still a place where God is working. It 
is still a ministry where God is glorified. Because of 
what God has done at Bryan in the past and of what He 
is doing in the present, we can, with doubts resolved and 
abandoned, trust Him for the future. 

SUMMER 1984 


The Bryan Messengers 

• Alto — Carol Reese, Oakton, Virginia 

• Bass — Clayton Lopez, Guatemala, Central America 
• Soprano — Leslie Stringer, Kingston, Tennessee 
• Tenor — Bob Hays, Tampa, Florida 

• Accompanist — Mark Jones, Montclair, New Jersey 

The Bryan Messengers are a select group of talented, dedicated Christian young men and 
women who are eager to share their love for the Lord Jesus Christ through an exciting musical 
ministry. Scheduled to be on tour for the entire second semester of this coming school year, 
January through May, 1985, this group will be available for complete concerts, musical 
packages for church services, chapel services for Christian schools, and musical programs for 
civic organizations and youth meetings. 

For further information please contact: 

Miss Zelpha Russell, Tour Coordinator 
Bryan Messengers 
Bryan College, Box 7000 
Dayton, Tennessee 37321-7000 




FALL 1984 




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BRYAN LIFE is published four 
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nings Bryan College, Dayton, 
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Pnacilla Collins, a senior at 
Bryan, is pictured with the family 
of Pastor Santiago del Cid. The 
children are Ana, Flora, Jimmy 
Carter, Nora, and Lorena. The 
photo was taken in Horonito, 

Photos in "Campus Review" by 
Bruce Beaty and John Weyant. 

Volume 10 

Fall 1984 

Number 1 

BRYAN EXHIBITS CURRY COLLECTION: Bryan'sfirst exhibit of the 
work of a nationally recognized artist. 

prise, an integral part of the Christian college. By Theodore C. 
Mercer. 4 

THE SECOND MILE: The uncrowded territory of the second mile, 
where the Christian witness begins. By Dr. Paul Smith. 

Summer Missions Program participants. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of interest to alumni and friends. 



(back cover) 


In this issue of our magazine, we focus 
on the Christian witness, whether that of a 
current student who goes as a summer 
missionary or an alumnus serving full time 
at home or abroad or a Christian seeking 
to follow the second-mile principle which 
Jesus taught. It is all one and the same 
thing in a commitment to "walk worthy of 
the vocation" to which we have all been 

Theodore C. Mercer 


FALL 1984 



September 29 through October 31 

Bryan's first exhibit of the work of a nationally recognized artist 
opened in Brock Bicentennial Hall of the Rudd Memorial Chapel 
on September29. The exhibit — John Steuart Curry: Everyday Life in 
Art — was brought together specifically for the showing at Bryan. 
Original works are on loan from several major American museums. 
Bryan trustee Dr. William Donald Black suggested the exhibit and 
loaned his own Curry collection for the occasion. The exhibit will 
continue through October 31. 

Curry (1897-1946) is best known for his celebration of life in rural 
America. His work is of particular interest to Christians because of 
the religious content of his pictures and because of his own Chris- 
tian witness. "I was raised on hard work and the Shorter Cate- 
chism," Curry said of his life as a farm boy in Kansas. The centrality 
of spiritual values in Curry's art has often been recognized. "Cur- 
ry's work," wrote L. E. Schmeckebier, his foremost biographer, "is 
motivated by basic religious concepts that are rooted in the Bible, 
the family, and the home." 

The Curry exhibit has been funded in part by a grant from the 
Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, Inc., a not-for-profit 
corporation with primary support from the National Endowment 
for the Humanities. The grant made it possible to offer admission 
and a 32-page guidebook without charge. Estimated cost of the 
exhibit, including many volunteer hours as in-kind gifts from Bryan 
faculty and members of the community, is $35,000. Projects funded 
by such grants are designed principally for out-of-school adults in 
the area. 

Approximately 40 original works, including those pictured here, 
will be on display through October. The exhibit includes oils, 
lithographs, watercolors, gouaches, and drawings. In addition to 
these major works, there is a display of Curry's book and magazine 
illustrations. Early background material from the artist's life was 
provided by relatives. 

Eleven major exhibits of Curry's art have been held across the 
nation over the past 40 years. His work is always featured in full- 
range surveys of American art. Baptism in Kansas, on loan from the 
Whitney Museum of American Art, is frequently called a landmark 
in American painting. Curry used images from the American scene 
to suggest the psychological complexity and vitality of man's ele- 
mental struggle with nature. A powerful sense of community, of 
the dignity of work, and of the strength of religion is present in his 
art. Because Curry drew from common American scenes and ex- 
periences, his art seems familiar and accessible to all. 

A slide-cassette program at the exhibit focuses on Curry's wall 
paintings. His murals can still be seen in the Kansas State Capitol, in 
the Department of Interiorand the Departmentof Justice buildings 
in Washington, in the Law and Biochemistry buildings at the Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin, and in buildings in the New York City area. 
Besides this public dimension of his work, Curry also has the 
distinction of being the first artist to have the title of Artist-in- 
Residence at an American university, the University of Wisconsin. 

A tea on opening day honored relatives of the artist, members of 
the Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, guests from col- 
leges and art museums in East Tennessee, and the planning com- 

John Steuart Curry. Baptism in Kansas. 1928. Oil 
on canvas. 40 x 50 inches. Collection of Whitney 
Museum of American Art. 

John Steuart Curry. My Mother and Father. 1924. 
Oil on canvas. 30 x 36 inches. Collection of IBM 

John Steuart Curry. Performing Tiger. 1934. 
Lithograph. IOY2 x 14 inches. Collection of Dr. 
and Mrs. William Donald Black. 


A core planning committee has been working since February 
under the direction of Dr. Ruth Kantzer, Bryan professor of English. 
Six people from the Dayton area have worked together with Bryan 
faculty on the committee. Community participants are Mary Bell, 
Sunday school teacher at the United Methodist Church; Clarence 
Breeding, Rhea County artist; Nancy Burkhalter, former Bryan flute 
instructor and director of music at Rhea Central Elementary School; 
Linda Summers Chattin '69, art instructor at Rhea County High 
School; Tom Davis, county coordinator of the lob Training Partner- 
ship Act; and Bill Stiles, H & R Block tax consultant. Other faculty 
members on the committee are alternate director Kent Juillard, assis- 
tant professor of art; Dr. Jack Traylor, associate professor of history, 
and Betty Brynoff, assistant professor of English. 




by Theodore C. Mercer 

A college dedicated to "the supreme glory of Jesus Christ" 
could not possibly ignore the command of Jesus Christ. 

Christian missions has to be an integral part of the 
total program of the Christian college because shar- 
ing the good news of Jesus Christ is at the very heart 
of the Christian gospel. 

As His ministry unfolded, Jesus revealed to the 
disciples His overall program for this age of human 
history: "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). 
After His triumphal death and glorious resurrection, 
and before He finally ascended into Heaven, the Lord 
Jesus Christ explained to the disciples how His 
church was to be built. Three basic statements, ap- 
pearing at the end of the gospels of Matthew and 
Luke and in the opening verses of Acts, are unmistak- 
ably clear in setting the direction for Christian his- 

The first of these statements, in Matthew 28:18-20, 
generally called the Great Commission, was given by 
our Lord to His disciples at an unidentified mountain 
in Galilee where He had previously appointed to 
meet them after His resurrection: "All authority in 
heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go there- 
fore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the 
Holy Spirit." 

The second statement, in Luke 24:46-49, was spo- 


ken by our Lord to the stunned and bewildered elev- 
en and the others gathered with them in Jerusalem on 
that first Easter evening: "Thus it is written, that the 
Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the 
dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins 
should be preached in His name to all nations, begin- 
ning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these 
things. And behold, I send the promise of the Father 
upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed 
with power from on high." 

The third of these statements, given by the Lord to 
the eleven at the very last meeting with them im- 
mediately prior to His ascension from the Mount of 
Olives, sets out the basic method and identifies the 
power which will make the method effective: "But 
you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has 
come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in 
Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end 
of the earth" (Acts 1:8). When the promised Holy 
Spirit descended on that epochal day of Pentecost, 
He imparted to the waiting disciples a supernatural 
gift which enabled them to speak in languages that 
they did not know in order that the people of 
Jerusalem and the thousands of Jewish pilgrims from 
the Diaspora (fourteen geographical locations out- 
side Judeaare named) heard the mighty works of God 
in their own language. The promised power to wit- 
ness had come in the person of the Holy Spirit, who 
would always be the Enabling One when the witness 
about Jesus Christ was given. 

Following this marvelous manifestation, in itself 
one of the mighty works of God, a restored and em- 
powered Peter preached the penetrating sermon 
which garnered some three thousand converts. Thus 
Jesus began to build His church. This process of 
building the church is still going on and, according to 
thewordsof the Apostle Paul in Romans11 : 25-26, will 
continue "until the full number of the Gentiles come 
in" and Israel, finally recognizing her long-expected 
Messiah, will experience national conversion. 

Where then does a Christian college fit into this 
plan? Though not a local church in itself, the Christian 
college is indeed a part of the church. And the pur- 
pose of a college committed to Jesus Christ and the 
truth of the Bible must encompass the goal of being a 

FALL 1984 

part of preaching the gospel worldwide, an achieve- 
ment which Jesus says will precede His Second Ad- 
vent and the end of the present age (Matthew 24:14). 

The Founders of Bryan declared their purpose as 
that of "founding and maintaining in perpetuity an 
institution of higher learning to provide men and 
women with a liberal arts education in a distinctly 
Christian atmosphere. The carrying out of this pur- 
pose is to be done so as to be a testimony to the 
supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and to the 
divine inspiration and infallibility of the Scriptures." 
Certainly a college dedicated in its overall purpose to 
"the supreme glory of Jesus Christ" could not possi- 
bly ignore the command of Jesus Christ to go into all 
the world to preach the gospel, beginning at our own 
Jerusalem of Dayton, Tennessee. Thus the mission of 
a Christian college inherently embraces "missions," 
whether home or foreign and whether career voca- 
tional or the lifetime witness of praying and giving 
and holding onto the lifeline of missions in the local 
church and engaging in short-term mission service 
from time to time. 

Let it be made plain that, as a Christian liberal arts 
college, Bryan's aim is to assist students in getting a 
Christian education that teaches them how to live as 
well as how to make a living. By this we mean that 
every Christian should embrace the commitment to 
beafull-time Christian in respect to personal spiritual 
growth and in devotion to Christ, quite apart from the 
choice of any career. This basic commitment and its 
continuing effect in personal development are pre- 
requisite to fulfilling the implications of the gospel 
for service, whether in what "we call full-time Chris- 
tian work or in whatever career chosen. 

In the providence of Cod, the Founders of this 
institution provided the basic commitment, and the 
early generations of faculty and students wove the 
Christian witness into the fabric of Bryan history. 
Active witnessing in the local area from the outset 
included the annual Bible conference rotatingamong 
the local churches, the weekly Bryan community 
Bible class (which continued for more than thirty 
years), membership in local churches, and student 
outreach into communities in the outlying area. 

With this kind of beginning, it is not surprising that, 
when only thirty degrees had been awarded (to the 
first five small graduating classes), two Bryanites in 
1938 went out to a foreign land to witness for 
Christ — Ralph Toliver of the Class of 1937 and his 
future wife, Rebekah Haegar, who had just been 
graduated. It was appropriate that of these two very 
first from among the college alumni to go as mis- 
sionaries one (Ralph) should be a native of Bryan's 
own Jerusalem (Dayton), and the other (Rebekah) 
should be from Bryan's Judea (Chattanooga). Under 
appointment by China Inland Mission, they went by 
separate routes to West China, where they were mar- 
ried in 1941. They labored there together until they 
and all the other missionaries were expelled by the 
Chinese Communists in 1951. Reassigned to the 
Philippines under Overseas Missionary Fellowship 
(the renamed CIM), Ralph and Rebekah Toliver con- 
tinued their work abroad until 1977, when they re- 

turned to home base, from which they continue to 
serve. Already this recent service has included three 
visits to China and two extended assignments in 
Hong Kong in the interest of the church in China.* 

With more than ninety years of service together, 
the Tolivers have proved fully worthy to be at the 
front of that inspiring, impressive line of more than 
four hundred alumni who have served Jesus Christ in 
other lands as career missionaries. 

Now, in 1984, forty-six years after these graduates 
made their way to remote inland China, there are 182 
Bryan alumni serving under 64 mission societies in 41 
countries. In addition to this steady stream of Bryan- 
ites witnessing in cross-cultural missions, upwards of 
a thousand alumni engage in full-time vocational 
Christian service in the USA. Their service runs the 
gamut of contemporary opportunities: various forms 
of pastoral ministry, youth work, music, various types 
of evangelism, varied positions in communications, 
and teaching in Christian schools, to name only the 
most obvious categories. Altogether, those in voca- 
tional career Christian service at home and abroad 
constitute a full 25 percent of the 5,300 alumni of 
record (both graduates and former students) of this 

During the week in which this article is being writ- 
ten, 1983 graduate Rick Dunn, a youth minister in a 
Chattanooga church, spoke at a Practical Christian 
Involvement-sponsored chapel, which sets the tone 
for the Christian witness of the college community 
this year. A first-class presentation utilizing several 
communication techniques included Rick's chal- 
lenge not for participation in the various kinds of 
opportunities or programs for Christian service 
which exist under PCI but for looking to Jesus Christ 
as the role model for service. Using the moving narra- 
tive of John 13 of our Lord's washing the feet of His 
disciples, Rick made three observations about Jesus 
as His earthly life moved inexorably into the shadow 
of the cross: (1) Jesus' relationship with His Father 
(and our need to nurture our relationship with God); 
(2) Jesus' love for His disciples and His concern for 
their needs (and our need to be concerned with the 
needs of others); and (3) Jesus' preparation for serv- 
ice (and our need to take the place of a servant to 
meet the needs of others). 

This chapel experience and the obvious response 
of the college community to it show that the cause of 
bearing testimony to Jesus Christ is still understood, 
responded to, and supported in the Bryan commu- 
nity of 1984-85. The spiritual priorities are still in place 
as we sincerely attempt to make the college motto a 
reality: "Christ Above All." 

* The Tolivers expect to attend the missions conference 
this coming January when Dr. James Hudson Taylor, III, 
great-grandson of China Inland Mission founder, Hudson 
Taylor, and OMF general director, will be one of the speak- 
ers. Other speakers and the societies whose representa- 
tives will participate in the conference are listed on page 11 . 
In 1983 the graduating seniors, responding to a survey 
evaluating their Bryan experience, rated the missions con- 
ference as the number one activity in spiritual effectiveness 
and inspiration in their own lives. 



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Excerpt from a message given at Pastors' Conference May 1984 

Dr. Paul Smith 

I n Romans 5:5 Paul says that "the love of God is 
shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is 
given unto us." A great combination of Biblical prin- 
ciples is contained in this statement. It has a great 
deal to say about our position in Christ. 

In verse 1 the chapter begins, "Therefore being 
justified by faith," a contact with Almighty God, "we 
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." 
That is where the Gospel always starts. The Gospel 
never starts with being nice or kind to people. Until 
one has a personal contact with the Living Lord that 
brings about justification, one doesn't know how to 
be kind to people, to love people. But when that 
contact is made, Paul says that "the love of God is 
shed abroad" in the heart by the Holy Ghost. 

My vertical contact with God is seen in verse 1 ; my 
horizontal contact, which demonstrates what I have, 
is found in verse 5. Sometimes I get so carried away by 
the implications of these verses that I fail to practice 
what is being said. 

I think Paul was a wise enough man to understand 
that that would happen: that some people would 
become enamored with the theological ramifications 
of the subject and never get any of the practical out- 
come of it. So Paul expanded this love theme in his 
letter to the Corinthian church. A chapter in his first 
letter to Corinth is one that many of us know from 
memory; we call it the "love chapter" of the Bible. 
Beginning in verse 4 of I Corinthians 13, and going on 
to verse 7, Paul describes how I will act, or how I 
should act, if the love of God is shed abroad in my 
heart. In other words, how will people know that I 
have the love of God? Do I put up a sign or display a 
creed somewhere? Do I give a testimony in a loud 
voice every once in a while? How do I get across to 
people that I have been justified, even though I am 
almost unfit to live with at home, am a mean boss, or 
am a worker who cuts down on the time I give my 
employer? If I go through life living for me, myself, 
and my family, how can people understand that I 
have been justified? The fact is that they can't, and 
they don't. Some people have waited all of their lives 
to see one man or woman who demonstrates the love 
of God in everyday life. 

In the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians, Paul de- 
fines love and identifies that which "the love of God 
shed abroad in the heart" will do. 

During the sixties, one of my elders, aworkingman 
and a pleasant person, came into my office to talk. I 
could see that he was really upset about something. 
As he sat down in the chair across the desk from me, 
he dropped his big workingman's fist on the desk — I 
can still hear the sound of it — and said, "Pastor, I've 
had it!" "What do you mean, you've had it?" I re- 
plied. He repeated, "I've had it up to my eyebrows. 
I'm finished with it." Again I responded, "What do 
you mean, you've had it?" 

He then told me the story of his seventeen-year-old 
son. He said, "I can't seem to do a thing with that kid. 
When he goes out at night, I never know where he is 
going. When I tell him when he is to be home, he 
never makes it. It only gets later and later. I can't 
stand it. Pastor, yesterday I had a talk with him (inci- 
dentally, one of the few talks that he had ever had 
with him) and I told him that when he went out he 
didn't need to tell me where he was going but that he 
had to be home by midnight. I said, 'Up until mid- 
night the door will be unlocked. But after midnight, it 
will be locked permanently. If you cannot be in by 
midnight, you can find somewhere else to live.' " He 
continued, "Pastor, I watched him leave. When mid- 
night came, there was no sign of him. I waited for half 
an hour, and then I did it. I got up, went to the door, 
and locked it. Now he's gone, and I haven't the fog- 
giest idea where he is!" And the sequel to the story is 
that he still doesn't know where he is. 

My elder was an intelligent man, a good Christian, 
active in church; but he had a twisted kind of theol- 
ogy. He knew that a forty-year-old man and a 
seventeen-year-old boy would not always see eye- 
to-eye. He expected a certain number of problems 
and difficulties. He expected some rebellion. But he 
had an area in his thinking which told him, "I can take 
just so much, and then I won't take it anymore. I will 
love only up to a point. I will be his dad only to a 
particular point; beyond that, I'm not his father any- 
more." You see, he had forgotten that love does not 
terminate its own hardships. God determines when 
they end. It could last six days, six weeks, six months, 
six years, or even a lifetime. Our concern should not 
be the duration of the difficulty, but the importance 
of calling upon God for His added grace upon grace, 
which is sufficient. 

One of our Lord's principles was this: "If thine 
enemy hunger, feed him." What do you do? Kick 
him? No, that's a good chance to feed him. You may 
get an opportunity to witness to him if you do it that 
way. He will not expect it; he has never met anybody 
like that before. 

In our Lord's day, Palestine was one of the con- 
quered provinces of the Roman empire. One of the 
Roman laws in conquered provinces was called the 
"one-mile law." The law read that any Roman officer 
could commandeer the services of a subject to help 
him carry his load, but only for one mile. The Jews 
hated that law. Can you imagine the scowl, the mut- 
tering under the breath that a Jewish person would 
give when asked by a Roman officer, an enemy, to 
carry his burden for one mile? It was as if the work he 
was doing was unimportant. Jesus spoke to Jews who 
lived in that kind of society and in reminding them of 
this law said, "Now try this sometime. If a Roman 
soldier comes to ask you to carry his load for a mile, 


FALL 1984 

don't scowl at him, don't mutter under your breath; 
look up at him, smile, and say, 'Captain, I would be 
glad to carry your load for a mile. I'm not that busy 
anyway.' " Then Jesus added, "Now wait; when you 
get to the end of the required legal mile, stop, have a 
rest, and tell the soldier, 'Would you mind if I walked 
with you one more mile and carried your load?' " Can 
you imagine the opportunity for witness that would 
have been available to that Jew at the end of the 
second mile? 

Our mission field starts at the end of the second 
mile. The reason that many of us never reach anyone 
is that we don't go the second mile in our relation- 
ships with others. In the illustration above, the 
Roman soldier, at the end of the second mile, no 
doubt would have said, "Before you get away from 
me, I'm ordering you to tell me what it is you have." 
Butthat kind of thing happens only after reaching the 
second mile. 

Did you ever notice how much of our Christianity 
that appears to work in church doesn't do well at 
home? Being saintly is something we do for two or 
three hours each Sunday morning. But home is a 
different story. 

The test of my godliness is not how religious I 
sound or look in the pulpit. I wish it were, because I 
know how to do that. The test of my godliness is the 
twenty-four hours a day that I live with my family. If 
the love of Jesus Christ doesn't work at home, it really 
doesn't work at all. It's really of no value. 

I don't know what your problem is at home, but I 
am going to share mine. I married a girl from Ireland. 
Anita was born in Belfast, came over to Canada when 
she was six years of age, and has been here ever 
since. Somewhere back in the peat bogs of northern 

Ireland, my wife learned some things about a proper 
marriage that she really believes. For instance, she 
really believes that any good husband always has the 
task of carrying out the garbage. I detest doing that. 
I'm too dignified to carry out the garbage. Now how 
do I handle that? I don't like it. Almost every time I 
kiss my wife good-bye, I have to reach around a bag of 
garbage. When she hands me the garbage, I take it 
and say, "I'll take your old garbage out." Then I 
pound down the driveway, bang it into the can, put 
the lid on, get into my car, and squeal around the 
corner on my way to the house of God. 

As a second-mile Christian, I would say, "Thank 
you, I am glad to take the garbage out." Then I would 
trip down the driveway, singing a little Gospel chorus 
and plunk it into the can. That's the first mile. If I am a 
second miler, I go back and say, "Honey, would you 
mind if I made up the beds today?" Your problem 
may be something other than the garbage. But the 
thing we need to ask ourselves is this: "How long has 
it been since I have gone the second mile with my 

It is not too crowded out there in the second mile, 
because there are not many people. What Paul is 
saying is to find a way to get there where love is long- 
suffering. "Love suffers long and is kind," fulfilling 
the legal mile and then moving on to the brand new, 
untrampled territory of the second mile, which is 
often exactly where God is waiting to let the fire from 
heaven fall on us and change our lives. 

"Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace 
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love 
of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy 
Ghost, which is given unto us." "Love suffers long, 
and is kind." Love goes the second mile. 


January 9-11, 1985 

Dr. James H. Taylor III 

Genera! Director 

Overseas Missionary Fellowship 

Dr. Larry E. Keyes 

Overseas Crusades 

Rev. Carl J. Johansson 

Executive Director 

The United Mission to Nepal 

Africa Evangelical Fellowship 

Africa Inland Mission 

American Messianic Fellowship 

AMG International 

American Missionary Fellowship 

Berean Mission Incorporated 

Bible Christian Union 

Bible Club Movement International 

Bible Literature International 

Brazil Gospel Fellowship 

CAM International 

Campus Crusade for Christ 

Cedine Bible Mission 

Child Evangelism Fellowship 

Children's Bible Mission 

Christian Nationals Evangelism Com- 

Cleveland Hebrew Mission 

Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry 

Foreign Mission Board of the Southern 
Baptist Convention 

Gospel Missionary Union 

Gospel Mission of South America 

Greater Europe Mission 

International Missions 

International Students 

International Teams 

Kentucky Mountain Mission 

Liebenzell Mission, USA 

Mission Aviation Fellowship 

Missionary Tech Team 

Mission to the World 

North Africa Mission 

Open Air Campaigners 

Operation Mobilization 

Overseas Crusades 

Overseas Missionary Fellowship 

RBMU International 

Rural Home Missionary Association 

Servants in Missions Abroad 

SIM International 

Source of Light Ministries International 

South American Mission 

TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mis- 

Trans World Radio 

UFM International 

United Methodist Board of Global 

United Mission to Nepal 

United World Mission 

Village Missions 

WEF Ministries 

World Gospel Mission 

World Radio Missionary Fellowship 


Wycliffe Bible Translators 

Youth for Christ 

The above organizations have confirmed participation. Additional mission 
agencies are pending confirmation. 




Ginger Gentry (right center) wearing a Han Bok tradi- 
tional dress with members of the Chung Kul Church on 
Findo Island in Korea 

Don Hilgeman (center) with fellow "M.K.'s" as they vis- 
ited Guarani villages in Bolivia, South America, as their 
parents had done before them 

In February a report on the 
Christian service activities of the 
students through their organiza- 
tion Practical Christian Involve- 
ment (PCI) was circulated to the 
Bryan constituency. The opening 
section of that report, entitled 
Serving Now, is repeated below as 
an introduction to the reports of 
the summer missionaries: 

"Service for Christ through PCI 
at Bryan is voluntary. PCI provides 
the opportunity; involvement is 
up to the individual. About two- 
thirds of the student body partici- 
pate in this opportunity for minis- 
try that reaches out beyond the 
hilltop campus to touch some 
3,000 lives weekly. 

"The ten ministries offered are 
student led and student staffed. 
Students select the ministry for 
which they consider themselves 
best suited. 

"The ministries now offered are 
the following: the teaching of 
Bible to boys and girls and high- 
school youth, visitation in nursing 
homes and jails, presentation of 
programs by the Gospel Gimpers 
(puppeteers) and gospel teams, 
and the discipleship of children 
through the Big Brother/Big Sister 
program in cooperation with the 
local Department of Human Serv- 
ices and the juvenile court. 
Another phase of PCI is the Sum- 
mer Missions Program, involving 
students as short-term mis- 
sionaries abroad. On-campus 
ministries include Bible-study 
groups in the dorms and a Student 
Missions Fellowship, which pro- 
motes outreach beyond the local 

"Bryan students are engaged in 
preparation for their future. But 
they are not waiting to serve the 
Lord someday; Bryan students are 

This summer a dozen Bryan stu- 
dents, having applied to ten 
different missionary organiza- 
tions, participated through PCI's 
Summer Missions Program in 
firsthand missionary work as 
short-term missionaries. The mis- 
sionary organizations and the 
Bryan students who were in- 
volved, are as follows: Wycliffe, 
Dawn Bowman and Naomi Cran- 

dall; Greater Europe Mission, Lc 
Emmott and Dawn Kinter; Missk 
to the World, Ginger Gentr 
Gospel Missionary Union, Dc 
Hilgeman; Teen Missions, Libl 
Kroeze; North Africa Missio 
Susan Goldman; Internation 
Crusades, Rena Wilson; CAM I 
ternational, Priscilla Collins; Lat 
America Mission, Steve Wilsoi 
and World Radio Missionary F< 
lowship (HCJB), Evelyn Ward. 

Ten of the twelve students ha 
written Bryan Life to tell of th< 
experiences in serving the Lo 
through the PCI Summer Missio 
ary Program. It is a privilege 
share these experiences with o 

Dawn Bowman, daughter 
Wycliffe missionaries Mr. ar 
Mrs. Howard Bowman, who ser 
in Lomalinda, Colombia, Sou 
America, wrote: 

Colombia — a land of mountaii 
deserts, vast jungles, and roll! 
hills. A land of incredible pove 
and unbelievable wealth. A la 
where sixty-six different Indi 
groups have lived for centuri 
without having any of their lc 
guages written down and, mu 
worse, without having God's Wc 
in their own language. 

In the United States, where j 
have numerous versions of the 
ble, it is almost impossible to i 
agine being without a Bible at ; 
But Wycliffe Bible Translators F 
recognized the tremendous ne 
of these indigenous Colombi 
people. Since 1962 its membe 
have begun working in forty 
these Indian groups, translati 
Cod's Word into their own \z 
guages. It is difficult, often un 
warding, work, which takes an ; 
erage of fifteen years. 

Peace and quiet are necessary 
the translators. That's where I cat 
in. During the summer I headed 
a program which provided activiti 
for the missionary children duri 
the morning hours. We we 
swimming, rode horses, play 
games, did crafts, read storii 
watched movies, went on a tre 
ure hunt, and had special dj 
when we dressed up in funny c< 
tumes. The children and I really t 
joyed our time together, and t 
mothers told me that they we 
able to do twice as much wc 
while their children were kt 


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usy. What a privilege it was to help 
ut, even in this small way. 

awn Kinter, daughter of Mr. 

Mrs. Eric Kinter, of Waldorf, 
yland, who served in France 

summer with Greater Europe 
5ion, wrote: 

I am serving as a summer 
lissionary in France. I am working 
n a support team at Camp des 
ines in the French Alps with GEM. 
ly summer has not been any of the 
lings that I expected. Basically, 
od has taught me that doing daily 
isks like laundry, cleaning, and 
Doking are important and should 
id can be done for His glory. I 
ave found real joy in being a ser- 
ant this summer and have learned 
lat no matter where you go, you 
ill have to do the chores of life. 

The Lord has also let me see the 
rivilege of intercessory prayer, 
he campers here come from a 
Diritually dead culture. Perhaps 
ie most important thing I can do 
>r them is to pray that Cod will 
?veal Himself to them individually. 
od is using this camp and the 
eople here to reach the hearts of 
lese French young people. 

It has been a great opportunity 
>r me this summer in France. I am 
ary grateful for the Lord's leading 
nd the special teaching He has 
iven me in this experience. 

teve Wilson, son of indepen- 
t Philippine missionaries Mr. 
Mrs. Alex Wilson, of Louis- 
, Kentucky, worked under the 
n America Mission in Mexico, 
ie end of July, Steve shared the 
)wing with us: 

For the last five weeks, I have 
een living in the world's most 
opulated city, Mexico City. At the 
me of this writing, I have three 
lore weeks left before I return 
ome. I am here with Spearhead, 
ie summer mission program of 
<\M. During the mornings of our 
rst four weeks here in Mexico 
:ity, all of us who had come for the 
ummer program received Spanish 
?ssons. In the afternoons we had 
rientation sessions. We heard 
-om different speakers about 
Mexico and missions and how to 
elate to the people. 

Our main outreach has taken 
lace on the weekends. On Satur- 
ays different groups of us do 
oor-to-door evangelism and/or 
■ark evangelism. On Sundays we 

sometimes take part in the services 
of various evangelical churches 
throughout the city. All of us are 
paired with another person and live 
in Mexican homes with Mexican 
families. We attend and help in the 
churches where our families at- 
tend. Presently, my roommate, 
Glenn, and I are helping in a vaca- 
tion Bible school that our church is 
conducting. Now that our Spanish 
lessons are over, we have more 
time to do such things. 

We do most of our outreach in 
teams of ten or twelve. Each team is 
led by two Spearhead members 
who have been here in Mexico for 
the past year. One of the leaders of 
my team is Bryan alumnus Dick Hart 

Susan Goldman, daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. David Goldman, Jr., 
of Columbus, Ohio, served with 
the North Africa Mission in 
France and Morocco. Susan 

This summer I joined twenty-two 
students for six weeks to see how 
the North Africa Mission operates 
in France and North Africa. After a 
week of orientation in a village in 
the mountains of France, we were 
split into teams. My team went to 
Montpellier to oversee a Christian 
literature bookstand at the Univer- 
sity. Each morning we met students 
and had opportunity to share 
Christ. We had Bible studies and 
Arabic lessons, went to Arab mar- 
ketplaces and restaurants, and did 
some sightseeing. 

At the end of two weeks, eleven 
of us took a bus to Algeciras, Spain, 
where we caught the ferry to Tan- 
gier, Morocco. Because of a new 
wave of persecution of believers, 
we could not be involved in. direct 
witness, so our main objective was 
to observe. Once again we split into 
groups. I went to Marrakesh for 
three days and then continued 
south to Quarzazate. During the 
week, in which we experienced 
several sandstorms, we had oppor- 
tunities to visit Berber homes and 
sit in on clinics. 

In our final week, we made our 
way back to Marseille for debriefing 
with the Tunisia team. 

Two things stand out to me: how 
faithful Cod is and how many 
people still have not heard of God's 
love as revealed in Jesus Christ. 

Priscilla Collins, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Malon Collins, of Gar- 

Evelyn Ward (left) demonstrating the use of the body as a 
communicative tool to several Latin youth leaders in one 
of her street-theatre workshops at the Inaquito Church in 
Quito, Ecuador, South America 

Steve Wilson (back row second left) with his fellow 
American and Mexican coworkers who labored together 
teaching vacation Bible school in Mexico City 



land, Texas, wrote of her experi- 
ences in serving with Central 
America Mission International: 

"Behold, I say to you, lift up your 
eyes, and look on the fields, that 
they are white for harvest" (John 

This summer I had the opportu- 
nity to see the reality of this verse 
firsthand and gained a deeper 
sense of my responsibility to mis- 
sions. I traveled with a team of 
twenty young adults in a group by 
the name of P.M.T. (Practical Mis- 
sionary Training). We went to Costa 
Rica, Panama, and Honduras, visit- 
ing and participating in the urban 
and rural churches through singing 
and sharing our testimonies. Living 
in the homes of both missionaries 
and nationals, we worked closely 
with the national Bible Institute 

Although I was born and reared 
in a missionary home, this summer 
has given me a view of missions 
from a different perspective. As an 
adult, I am now accountable before 
Cod for the things I have seen and 
the burden I have felt. 

I challenge each reader to take a 
missionary trip if the opportunity is 
afforded. You too will have the 
privilege of experiencing the ex- 
citement of seeing that the mission 
field is indeed ripe and waiting for 
harvesters. "Go ye therefore. . . ." 

Don Hilgeman, son of mission- 
ary parents Dr. and Mrs. George 
Hilgeman, of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 
South America, served this sum- 
mer with the Gospel Missionary 
Union. "M. K." Don wrote as fol- 

I arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 
after the close of school, not know- 
ing what to expect. I've spent most 
of my life in Bolivia as a missionary 
kid, but now I had come back as a 
summer missionary. I was to start 
teaching at the Hebron Bible Insti- 
tute a few days after I arrived. I 
would teach Personal Evangelism 
and Bible Customs. As I had been 
away from Spanish for almost two 
years, I wondered how difficult it 
would be to speak effectively. 
Never having taught adults before, 
I was concerned about my ability to 
do so. 

Not only did the Lord help me to 
overcome these two barriers 
quickly, but I found that 1 loved 
teaching. The time passed all too 
rapidly and soon the six weeks were 
over. Through personal evangel- 
ism, we made contact with many 

people, eighteen of whom came to 
know the Lord. 

At the missions conference, I 
conducted a Bible study on the 
"Cost of Discipleship" for twelve 
missionary kids that I had grown up 
with. On the eighteenth of July, I 
left for the town of Charagua, 
where, along with three other mis- 
sionary kids, we set out to visit 
seven Cuarani villages, some of 
them in almost inaccessible areas. 
We walked to the villages with our 
back packs, covering about ninety 
miles. Our time was spent mainly in 
encouraging the believers there. 
We handed out much literature, 
preached, sang, visited, and gave 
testimonies, finding it interesting 
to be covering some of the trails our 
parents had covered in years past. 
This summer has been a time of 
blessing and growth. 

Don is spending the current 
semester in Israel as a student at the 
American Institute of Holy Land 
Studies, of which Bryan is a 

Libby Kroeze, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Marinus Kroeze, of 
Ocean Grove, New Jersey, was 
engaged in summer mission ac- 
tivities with Teen Missions in Por- 
tugal. Her letter of July 22 stated: 
It is a great privilege to be here in 
Portugal serving the Lord under 
Teen Missions. This is my fourth 
summer with this organization, but 
my first as a head leader. My team 
consists of four other leaders as 
well as twenty-four teen-agers from 
all over the United States and 

Our project for the summer is to 
build a dormitory for a Christian 
camp here in Sintra. It is exciting to 
watch the building grow daily. It is 
even more exciting, however, to 
see the spiritual growth in the 
teen-agers. Our day is made up not 
only of eight hours of work, but 
also of private devotions, memory 
work, Bible study, singing, and 
contact with the people in the area. 
Weekends provide a good op- 
portunity for witnessing through 
puppets, songs, and testimonies as 
we visit in nearby towns. 

My main responsibilities as a 
head leader are cooking, shopping, 
keeping the finances and paper 
work in order, discipline of the 
teens, taking care of the sick and 
keeping things running smoothly. 
Though this has been a big respon- 
sibility for me, it has caused me to 
grow in the Lord and to trust Him 

I am thankful to those at Bryan 
who have become a part of this 
ministry through their financial and 
prayer support. I am confident that 
the work being done in the lives of 
these teen-agers as they experience 
the mission field will have an effect 
on many when they return home. 

Naomi Crandall, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Crandall, 
of Cuiaba, Brazil, South America, 
served with Wycliffe Bible Trans- 
lators. Naomi wrote of her sum- 
mer mission work as follows: 

This summer I was in Cuiaba, 
Brazil, as a guest helper with Wyc- 
liffe Bible Translators. Most of my 
time was spent in typing on the 
word processor. My first job was to 
type the book of Revelation in the 
Rikbaktza Indian language. Since I 
didn't understand what I was typ- 
ing, it was also interesting to type 
the English translation of it as well. 
Words such as candlesticks and 
trumpet had to be translated as hut 
lights and big flute in order for 
them to have meaning to the In- 
dians. This experience enabled me 
to see some of the complications 
that translators face. 

The highlight of my summer was 
when I was able to go into the 
Mamainde tribe for two weeks. The 
translator there taught me the basic 
rules for reading their language. 
Then by communicating to them 
through the national language of 
Portuguese, I was able to help teach 
about thirty children and adults in 
the school. I helped by checking 
their math work, instructing them 
in writing, and listening to and cor- 
recting them as they read in the 
Mamainde language. 

I especially enjoyed building 
friendships with the younger chil- 
dren who were always teasing me 
by talking about me in their own 
language so that I could not under- 
stand them. Overall, I really en- 
joyed my time with them and the 
opportunity to get to learn of a 
more primitive culture. 

Lori Emmott, daughter of Mrs. 
Louise Emmott, accounts payable 
clerk at Bryan College, served in 
Barcelona, Spain, under Greater 
Europe Mission. Lori shared the 
following insights with us: 

One word which would describe 
my summer experience is wonder- 
ful! I learned so many new things. 
What stood out the most to me is 
the tremendous need to share 
Christ in Europe. Spain is a pre- 
dominately Roman Catholic coun- 


FALL 1984 

try. In fact, 95 percent of the people 
of Spain consider themselves 
Catholic, but only about 10 percent 
practice their religion. Only one in 
a thousand is an evangelical Chris- 
tian, which is about one-tenth of 1 
percent of the population. These 
facts are staggering but very real. 

It is very difficult to begin an 
evangelical work in Spain because 
anything not Catholic is considered 
a cult. Though the Spanish people 
do not practice their faith, they are 
not quite ready to accept Christian- 
ity as we know it. Spain is, however, 
an open door; and many evangeli- 
cal missions are beginning to make 

Because of my limited vocabu- 
lary, I was involved in only a small 
amount of personal evangelism 
work, but I did have opportunity to 
see the work of the Lord being 
done. I worked behind the scenes 
atthe Spanish Bible Institute, atype 
of seminary, where young men and 
women are trained in the Word and 
in a deeper knowledge of Christ in 
order to do Christian work. 

My time in Spain, which went by 
very quickly, I consider very profit- 
able, for I have experienced a new 
culture, made new friends, and, 
most importantly, I have a new 
perspective on how to pray for 
Spain and its people. I now have a 
real love for this country and a deep 
desire to see these people reached 
for Christ. 

Ginger Gentry, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Edgar Gentry, of Knox- 
ville, Tennessee, spent the sum- 
mer in Korea. Ginger gave the fol- 

lowing account of her summer 
mission involvement: 

I had the privilege of spending 
my summer in Korea with Mission 
to the World of the Presbyterian 
Church in America. The overall 
purpose of my team's being in 
Korea was to teach English to Ko- 
rean Christians who are planning to 
be missionaries. 

The first four weeks that I was in 
Korea were spent at the Missionary 
Training Institute teaching English. 
The afternoons were devoted to 
English classes and the mornings 
and evenings to sessions given by 
speakers from around the world. 

There were fourteen Americans 
on my team, and we were able to 
have a variety of living experiences. 
While at MTI we lived with the Ko- 
rean trainees in classrooms 
adapted for living; however, on the 
weekends, we were guests in the 
homes of the various trainees. I am 
thankful for each of these experi- 
ences. I saw much more of the cul- 
ture than I would have by staying in 
one place, and I was stretched in so 
many different directions that I had 
to learn to depend upon God 

During the second month in 
Korea, my team split up to live indi- 
vidually with the trainees who 
would be going as missionaries 
soon. I was able to live with Kim 
Bock Hyang in a small village, 
Chung Fu, on Findo Island. This vil- 
lage of farmers, who spend most of 
their time in the fields, had only 
thirty homes. Daily living took up 
more time than in the States be- 

cause we didn't have running water 
or other conveniences. However, 
there was still time to visit with the 
people and go into the town to give 
testimonies. Since Miss Kim is an 
evangelist, I had the opportunity to 
attend many church services and 
home meetings. The people 
couldn't have been more friendly. 
The Lord taught me much about 
myself, His Word, and Himself — 
things I don't believe I would have 
learned at home. I do praise God 
for all He has done for me. 

With these testimonials fresh in 
mind, we repeat the final para- 
graph from the February 
brochure: "Bryan students are 
engaged in preparation for their 
future. But they are not waiting to 
serve the Lord someday; Bryan 
students are SERVING NOW!" 
Mark Jones, a senior majoring in 
Christian Education and the ac- 
companist for the Bryan Messen- 
gers for 1984-85, said, "I figure if I 
don't serve the Lord while I'm here 
at Bryan, chances are that I never 
will after I graduate; so I teach a 
Bible class for eight- and nine- 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Many additional 
Bryan students were involved in Chris- 
tian service throughout the summer 
months in vacation Bible schools, 
Christian camps, and other activities in 
their local churches. We are pleased 
about our students' involvement in 
sharing the Gospel at home and 



Living Tributes 

June 16 to September 30, 1984 


In Memory of 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mrs. Vivian Rodgers 

Mr. and Mrs. Franklin E. Glass 

Eastern Airlines Silverliners 

Mrs. Glenn Woodlee 

Mrs. Betty Wynsema 

Mrs. Clyde Fitzgerald 

*Doris Morgan 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Arnold Fitzgerald 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Posey 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mrs. Ethel Goatley 

Miss Mary H. Herron 

Mrs. Aylene J. Pope 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Roddy 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mrs. James Conner 

Mrs. C. F. Fleishel, Jr. 

Spring City Women's Club 

Mrs. Hugh L. Torbett 

Miss Viola Lightfoot 

Mrs. H. H. Cline 

Mr. John Shalanko 

Mr. and Mrs. James Soyster 

Mr. and Mrs. David P. Bouchard 

Mrs. Mary G. Bryson 

*Hannah Buxbaum 

Mr. Joe Torbett 


Mrs. F. H. Abel 

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Archer 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Bedford 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Blount, Jr 

Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Brewer 

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Cather 

Miss Dorothy Christopher 

Mrs. Bernyce Clementson 

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Cornelius 

Mrs. Ruth Darroch 

Miss Wanda Davey 

Mr. and Mrs. Ola L. Denton 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dunn 

Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Falwell 

Mrs. Jennie L. Feldser 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Ferneau 

Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Forsten 

Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. Froemke 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Green 

Mrs. W. L. Groves 

'Richard Cole 

Mr. Finley Ward 
Mrs. Margaret B. Beck 


Mrs. Wilma Harrow 


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Hamilton 

In Memory of 

Mr. Sanford Eugene Nelms 

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hilleary 
Mary E. McCormick 

Mrs. Mary Barron Delozier 

Mrs. Frank Jackson 
Rev. and Mrs. John Main 

Ernest and Nancy Moore 
*Paul McCarthy 

Mrs. William L. Manning 

*Mercer Clementson 

Mrs. Seawillow T. Sells 

Mr. Charles N. Trotter Jr. and 
Mr. Charles N. Trotter. Ill 

Miss Nola Watson 

Mr. Virgil Watson 

Mrs. Glenn Woodlee 

Mrs. Ella Dagiey 
Miss Stella Gross 

Mrs. Melton Wnght 
Mr. Stephen McCarthy 

Dr. Melton Wright 
*Paul McCarthy 

Peter J. Dugan 

Alma Travis 

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Cooley 

*M. A. Cooley 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Mrs. Robert Freeland 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Lee Conley 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Louise Hodges 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Donald M. Gaily 


In Honor of 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hurley 

Mrs. Maud Colvin — 97th birthday 

Mrs. Judson Rudd 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Rudd — 50th 

^Living Tribute gifts designated to a specific scholarship. 


Dr. and Mrs. Willard L. Henning 

Mrs. Maybelle Herman 

Misses Jane Ellen and Betty Hodges 

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Hoyt 

Mrs. Lucille Hurst 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Jollay 

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer B. Jones 

Dr. and Mrs. Karl E. Keefer. Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Laurence G. Kjelstad 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Laher 

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Martorano 

Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Matthes 

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip P. Matthes 

Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. McCarron 

Mrs. Bernice Mcintosh 

Dr. and Mrs. Theodore C. Mercer 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morgan 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morgan 

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Pitts 

Mrs. Ralph Porter 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Purser, 

Mrs. J. C. Roberts 

Mrs. Dora H. Ross 

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Ross 

Mrs. Judson A. Rudd 

Miss Zelpha Russell 

Ms. Helen Skorczewski 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Skore 

and Mrs. Joseph E. Speare 
and Mrs. Robert Spoede 
and Mrs. Edward Steele 
and Mrs. Simon Total 

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Traylor 

Mrs. Rebecca Van Meeveren 

Mrs. Marie Vaughn 

Miss Pearl Wallace 

Mr. and Mrs. John Weyant 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Wittenborn 

Mrs. Jeannette I. Wuest 

Mrs. Betty Wynsema 

Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Zopfi 


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A couple celebrates a special anniversary. There is a 
birthday, graduation, promotion, or significant ac- 
complishment. A friend or loved one has passed away. 
You want to remember and honor someone in a mean- 
ingful and lasting manner. 

A living tribute is a personal and private way of making 
Send your living tribute to: 

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tian education for young men and women at Bryan who 
are preparing to serve the Lord. The amount of the gift 
remains confidential. The person honored or the family 
of the person honored is notified. Special recognition is 
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I he Board of Trustees took action at its April meet- 
ing to authorize and launch a fund-raising campaign 
to add one million dollars to the existing college 
endowment. Successful completion of this effort will 
double our present endowment, which on June 30 
had a current market value of $1,060,000. 

By definition, endowment denotes funds held in 
assets external to the college and having the primary 
function of contributing revenue for operations. The 
term endowment implies expectation and projection 
of the long-term continuity of this support function. 
Because the funds held in endowment are invested 
rather than being spent, they continue to generate 
additional income annually. 

Between 1925 and 1950, endowment productivity 
was cut in half by a sharp decline in interest rates. In 
the late 1940s and 50s, an average return of about 3 
percent was all that could be expected. In recent 
times that earning capacity has improved significant- 
ly, even on short-range basis, so that a more favorable 
continuing return on endowment investments is now 
generally anticipated. The support for annual opera- 
tions can be substantially improved as our endow- 
ment principal is increased by one million dollars. 

For many years, the college has depended prima- 
rily on annual giving to bridge the sizable gap be- 
tween tuition receipts and the actual dollars spent to 
provide a student's education. In the current 1984-85 
school year, this gap has been projected at an average 
of $1,000 per student, with the grand total in excess of 
one-half million dollars. Increased endowment can 
lessen the dependence of the budget on regular an- 

nual gift income and make part of this annual giving 
available to strengthen the educational program 
rather than merely maintain it. 

Another financial problem we face is the increasing 
impact of inflation. Naturally, neither the inflation 
factor nor the tuition gap can be passed along in 
entirety to the student in the form of higher tuition 
increases. It is vital that Bryan College remain afford- 
able for young men and women who seek a distinc- 
tively Christian education. 

As taxpayers, you and l involuntarily support the 
public college and university system with little or no 
influence as to what is taught to students in the way of 
content or values. If Bryan were a public institution, 
the government would pay most of the bill but offer a 
secular humanistic education. As an independent 
Christian college, Bryan offers the individual the op- 
portunity to choose to support a school in accord 
with Christian beliefs and values. Bryan College is 
free to provide a Christ-centered education because 
of faithful friends who endorse through their finan- 
cial support the mission and objectives of the college. 
What helps to make Bryan a distinctively Christian 
school is who picks up the tab! 

Will you give thoughtful and prayerful considera- 
tion to the B-1000 Program and the possibility of as- 
sisting Bryan College as we seek to be effective and 
wise in our stewardship for the glory of Cod and the 
benefit of our students? By filling out and returning 
the response form below, you may receive informa- 
tion about the B-1000 Endowment Program on a no- 
obligation basis. 

Stuart C. Meissner 

Director of College Advancement 


Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-7000 

Dear Mr. Meissner: 

□ Please send the descriptive brochure on the subject of the B-1000 Endowment Program. 

□ Please write or call for a personal discussion of the B-1000 Endowment Program. 

I understand that my expression of interest in the program does not obligate me to participate but is for my 
information and prayerful consideration. 


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Dr. Phillip E. Lestmann, associate 
professor of mathematics, taught 
first and second graders in vaca- 
tion Bible school at the Grace Bible 
Church in Dayton. Dr. Lestmann 
has also been actively engaged 
in the formation of a local Chris- 
tian Businessman's Committee 

Glen H. Liebig, director of admis- 
sions, was involved for the 
eleventh year in the vacation Bible 
school ministry for migrant work- 
ers who come to Rhea County 
each year to harvest tomatoes. 
Classes are held with lessons 
taught in both English and 
Spanish. Over the years a number 
have made professions of faith, 
and some have become active 
members in area churches. One 
convert of several years ago is now 
in seminary preparing for the 

Fred Bedford, assistant professor 
of modern languages, also taught 
adult classes in Spanish with Mr. 
Liebig. Last year Mr. Bedford 
taught a group of Haitians in 

Dr. William E. Brown, assistant 
professor of Bible, chaperoned a 
group of thirty adults and young 
people from Texas to work in a 
mission school in northern New 

Dr. Billy R. Lewter, associate pro- 
fessor of psychology, conducted a 
seminar sponsored by the Rhea 

County juvenile court for couples 
in the community who provide 
homes for juveniles who have 
been arrested and are awaiting 
trial and placement. These semi- 
nars dealt with crisis counseling. 
Dr. Lewter also spoke on "Wis- 
dom for Family Relationships" at a 
pastors' conference in Louisville, 
Kentucky; and he conducted ses- 
sions on family problems at a 
church in Winchester, Kentucky, 
and in two churches in Johnson 
City, Tennessee. 

Dr. Karl E. Keefer, vice-president 
for academic affairs and professor 
of education and psychology, with 
his wife, Sue, spent a number of 
weeks in Europe in May and June. 
Although this was primarily a per- 
sonal visit with their son, Tom, and 
his wife, Ann, both Bryan 
graduates, it turned out to be a 
missionary tour. Tom and Ann are 
serving as church planters under 
Bible Christian Union, in the 
Frankfurt area of Germany. Be- 
sides seeing the work in which 
their own children are involved, 
the Keefers spent a week at the 
biennial European-wide confer- 
ence of Bible Christian Union, 
which was held in Holland. There 
they heard reports of BCU's work 
throughout Europe. Another week 
was spent in the Alsace area of 
France with missionary friends 
serving under Christian Nationals 
Evangelism Commission; and 
while there, they visited a number 

of other missionaries and mission 
works in France and Germany. Still 
another week was spent in Italy, 
seeing BCU missionaries and ob- 
serving mission outreach in the 
area north of Venice. 

Dr. Keefer writes, "Our expo- 
sure to what God is doing in other 
lands and cultures was a mind- 
stretching and prayer-yielding ex- 
perience. We are praying more 
understanding^ and faithfully for 
the outreach of the gospel in every 
land because of last summer's 

Dr. Brian C. Richardson, professor 
of Christian Education and pastor 
of the Sale Creek (Tennessee) In- 
dependent Presbyterian Church, 
addressed the curriculum writers 
of the David C. Cook Publishing 
Company at Elgin, Illinois. Dr. 
Richardson also taught eighth 
graders in vacation Bible school in 
his own church; and he was also 
featured as the spiritual life 
speaker at a family camp at Con- 
ference Point, Lake Geneva, Wis- 

Richard E. Hill, associate professor 
of business, spent most of the 
summer helping in the ministry of 
Bethel Bible Village, a Christian 
home for children whose parents 
are in prison. Mr. Hill set up field 
trips to attractions in nearby Chat- 
tanooga. He also taught swim- 
ming, lifesaving, riflery, archery, 
and racquetball. 

Mr. Paul Ardelean has been ap- 
pointed dean of men and athletic 


director, with the rank of assistant 
professor. A student at Bryan from 
1951 to 1953, Mr. Ardelean holds 
the B.A. from the University of 
Michigan and the M.A. from East- 
ern Michigan University. His ex- 
perience includes fourteen and 
one-half years of teaching in the 
public schools of Michigan; elev- 
en years in Brazil in varied posi- 
tions as teacher, athletic coach, 
and administrator; and in 1983-84 

as a teacher and administrator at 
Plymouth Christian Academy, 
Canton, Michigan. In Brazil he was 
associated for ten years with the 
American School of Brasilia, the 
last three years as superintendent. 
Mrs. Ardelean teaches at Rhea 
Elementary School. Their two 
daughters have graduated from 
Bryan, and their son is currently 


FALL 1984 

Miss Jo Ellen Zumbrun has joined 
the Bryan family as dean of wom- 
en. Miss Zumbrun attended Lan- 
caster Bible College, where she 
received her B.S. in Bible with a 
minor in Christian Education, and 
Millersville University, where she 
earned her M.Ed, in Counselor 
Education. Miss Zumbrun comes 
to Bryan from working at Moody 
Bible Institute, where she served 
as counseling dean, assistant dean 
of students, and student activities 

Dr. William E. Brown has joined 
the faculty as assistant professor of 
Bible. Dr. Brown is a graduate of 
the University of South Florida 
with a B.A. in mathematics and 
holds both the Th.M. and Th.D. 
degrees from Dallas Theological 

Seminary. He has worked in 
prison and drug counseling, 
community evangelism, and pub- 
lishing. Since 1977 he has been as- 
sociate pastor of the First United 
Methodist Church of Farmersville, 

Mr. Tom Davis, of Dayton, is 
teaching Newspaper Writing 
Workshop and supervising the 
production of the student news- 
paper, the Triangle, during Miss 
Brynoff's absence. Mr. Davis has 
the B.A. and M.A. degrees from 
the University of South Carolina 

and has had experience in news- 
paper editing and writing. 

Mr. T. Keith Callis has been 
employed on a one-year appoint- 
ment as instructor in English dur- 
ing the sabbatical leave of Miss 

Betty Brynoff, assistant professor 
of English, who is working on her 
doctorate. Mr. Callis has the B.A. 
in English from Lambuth College 
(Jackson, Tennessee) and the M.A. 
in English from Memphis State 
University. He has taken doctoral 
level work in English at the Univer- 
sity of Utah and has recently com- 
pleted an M.A. in New Testament 
at Wheaton College. 

Dr. T. Gordon Scott has been ap- 
pointed associate professor of 
chemistry. Dr. Scott has taught at 
the University of Illinois, Oberlin 
College, the University of Califor- 
nia at Santa Barbara, Westminster 

Academy in Philadelphia, and 
most recently at Alderson- 
Broaddus College in West Vir- 
ginia. He has the B.A. degree from 
the University of Pennsylvania, the 

B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge 
University (England), and the 
Ph.D. from the University of Il- 
linois, where his major was or- 
ganic chemistry, with a minor in 

Additional staff appointments 
include Miss Hilda DeKlerk '83 as 
residence director in Long Resi- 
dence Hall, now a women's dor- 
mitory, and secretary in the Stu- 
dent Personnel Office; Jonathan 
F. Farris '81 and Miss Juanita 
Fowler '80 as counselors in the 
Admissions Department; and Mrs. 
Kathy Parks as secretary in the 
Records Office. 


The Bryan campus is greatly en- 
hanced by the completed 174-bed 
Woodlee-Ewing men's residence 
hall which opened for occupancy 
with the start of the new school 
year. The progress of this newest 
facility has been reported in Bryan 
Life from the ground breaking in 
March of 1983 to the naming of this 
residence in January of 1984 to 
honor Mrs. Sarah Ewing Woodlee, 
of Dayton, and her late husband, 
Chancellor Glenn W. Woodlee. 

Although an open house for the 
viewing of Woodlee-Ewing was 
held August 19 for area friends, the 
date of the formal dedication is yet 
to be announced. 

A pictorial ly guided tour of 
Woodlee-Ewing will appear in the 
next issue of Bryan Life. 

Several animal prints by artist Richard Timms 
were used in the decorating of the four lobby 
areas of Woodlee-Ewing men's residence hall. 
One of these is pictured here with Mrs. Vie Tor- 
belt, of Spring City, Tennessee, whose brother, 
the late Lee Conley of Lafayette, Georgia, gave a 
Richard Timms collection to the college. 




October 5-6 


October 7-8 

Board of Trustees and 

National Advisory Council Meeting 

October 12 

Presentation of the Elijah 

October 25-26 


(for high-school juniors and seniors) 

November 2-3 


November 17-25 

December 3-5, 7, 10 


"Whatever Happened to the Human Race?" 

December 22- January 7 


February 3-5 

Board of Trustees Meeting 

February 16 

Valentine Banquet 

March 9-18 


April 4-5 


April 12 

Junior-Senior Banquet 

AprU 26-27 

Board of Trustees 

May 3 

Honors Day Assembly 

May 10 

Senior Vespers 

May 11 


October 15-16 

Dr. Haddon Robinson, President 
Conservative Baptist Seminary 
Denver, Colorado 

October 24 

Rev. Lud Golz, Pastor 
Fellowship Bible Church 
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 

October 30-31 

Rev. Robert Alderman, Pastor 
Shenandoah Baptist Church 
Roanoke, Virginia 

November 12-13 

Don Lonie 
High-school Lecturer 
Farmington Hills, Michigan 

November 26-27 
Dr. Robert Countess 
Loewe Belfort Projects 
Huntsville, Alabama 


January 9-11 

Dr. Hudson Taylor, III 
Dr. Larry E. Keyes 
Rev. Carl J. Johansson 

January 29-30 

Mrs. Laura Barge 
Macon, Mississippi 

February 18-20 

Dr. Paul Brand, Chief of Rehabilitation 
U.S. Public Health Service Hospital 
Carrville, Louisiana 

February 26 

Rev. John Willett, Pastor 
Westover Presbyterian Church 
Greensboro, North Carolina 

April 8-10 

Carl Armerding II , Principal 
Regents College 
Vancouver, British Columbia 

April 15-16 

Dr. Gary Collins, Psychologist 
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 
Deerfield, Illinois 

AprU 23-24 

Rev. Charles Davis, Campus Representatn 
African Inland Mission International 
Vinton, Virginia 

April 29-30, May 1 

Rev. Mark Corts, Pastor 
Calvary Baptist Church 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

May 14-16 

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"The Bible for You" 
Atlanta, Georgia 

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Cover shows Doug Meyers and 
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Woodlee-Ewing Men's Resi- 
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Additional photos by Jonathan 
Lewter and John Weyant. 

Volume 10 

Winter 1984 

Number 2 

WHO !S MY NEIGHBOR?: An examination of our responsibility to 
those around us in need. By Dr. Haddon Robinson 

HALL: A photographic review of our newest facility. 

ROTC AT BRYAN: Outline of the program with testimonies by five 
involved students. 


plementation of the philosophy on the integration of Christianity 
and business. 14 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of interest to alumni and friends. 





With this issue we greet the new year, 
and you, our supporting friends, who help 
to make Bryan possible. I call your special 
attention to the admissions ad. Perhaps 
you will want to pass this along to some 
high-school student who ought to con- 
sider Bryan in choosing a college. As the 
previous issue of our magazine featured 
Christian vocations in what we call full- 
time Christian service, so this issue con- 
tains two articles about other kinds of careers in which one may also serve 
Cod as a full-time Christian. And Dr. Robinson's message is a searching 
exegesis of the opportunity which is wide open to all of us: serving others 
who are in need. 


Theodore C. Mercer 


WINTER 1984 

I said to the man who stood at the gate of 
the year: "Give me a light that I may 
tread safely into the unknown." And He 
replied: "Go out into the darkness and put 
your hand into the hand of God. That shall be 
to you better than light and safer than a 
known way." So I went forth, and finding the 
Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And 
He led me. . . . 


"Hitherto Hath the Lord Helped Us" (I Samuel 7:12b) 

A 1984 graduating class of 103 and Fiftieth Anniversary 
Celebration of the first class, 1934 

A balanced budget in the current operating fund on June 

Reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Associa- 
tion of Colleges and Schools 

Reaffirmation of approval for teacher education by the 
Tennessee State Department of Education 

Approval by Association of Christian Schools Interna- 
tional for Bryan graduates to teach in ACSI schools 

Necessary renovation of food-service area after sixteen 

Occupation of Woodlee-Ewing, new men's residence 



• Retrieve the enrollment drop of 


• Achieve a balanced budget 

• Continue B-1000 campaign for 

the endowment 

• Work out long-term financing for 

physical plant indebtedness 

• Make Bryan better known in the 
larger evangelical community 


• to that basic general education in the liberal arts which is the hallmark of the truly educated 

» to an academic program of excellence in a balanced social environment 

• to the integration of faith, learning, and life, with "Christ Above All" as the goal 



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The library's resources must be im- 
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to provide adequate research materials 
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The Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools has recently evaluated the 
college for reaffirmation of accredita- 
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visiting committee recommended that 
the current collection of library holdings 
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Dr. Haddon Robinson talks with 
Glenn McClain. 

If I were to ask you what God requires of you in 
your relationship to Him, some of you might answer 
in the words of Deuteronomy 6:5: "You shall love the 
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your 
soul and with all your might." You would be abso- 
lutely right. 

If I were to ask you what God requires of you in 
your relationship to your neighbor, I think you might 
answer even more rapidly that your responsibility is 
to love him, too. The New Testament would be in 
hearty agreement. Paul says that love is the fulfilling 
of the law, that the fruit of the spirit is love. When he 
wrote to the congregation in Rome, he told them that 
they were to owe no man anything except to love one 

A third question — Do you love God? — might be a 
bit more difficult. I imagine that you would think 
about it and say, "Yes, deep down inside I think I do 
love God." On the surface at least there is little that I 
could do to prove you wrong. For in a way your love 
for God is an intensely personal thing, something 
known to you and something known to Him. 

But if I were to ask you a fourth question — Do you 
love your neighbor? — that might prove to be the most 
difficult. You might think about it and say, "It de- 
pends. Who is my neighbor? Are you talking about 
my roommate or some of the folks who live across the 
hall? Or how about the people who live down in 
Dayton?" Why stop there? Why not take in all the 
people in Tennessee? Why stop at the state line? Why 
not just take in all the people in the United States and 
before long you could have 240,000,000 neighbors. 
You might say to me, "I don'tthink I can answeryour 
question. I don't know who my neighbor is." 

It is interesting that essentially this same conversa- 
tion comes to us from the tenth chapter of Luke. In 
Luke 10:25 we are told that a lawyer came to question 
Jesus. He was not much in earnest. In fact, what he 
wanted to do was sharpen his intellect on the razor 
strap of argument and to increase his standing as a 
scholar at the expense of a dull Galilean peasant. So 
he had the whole conversation mapped out in his 
notebookathome. He knew how he would begin and 
imagined how Jesus would answer and then how he 
would reply. It wasn't long before, in his mind, at 
least, he had Jesus in a kind of intellectual checkmate. 

In verse 25 of Luke 10, he begins with one of the 
greatest questions that mankind has ever faced. Ten 
thousand philosophies lie strewn along its path. He 

by Dr. Haddon Robinson 

begins by asking, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit 
eternal life?" Now I admire Jesus' restraint. Jesus 
doesn't say to him, "That's a stupid question — What 
must I do to inherit eternal life? If you are really 
talking about an inheritance, you don't do anything 
for it. Somebody wills it to you and then dies so that 
you can have it. All you have to do is to accept it." But 
Jesus doesn't say that. Instead Jesus says, "You're a 
lawyer; that is, you know the Old Testament Law. 
What do you think it teaches?" I think this theologian 
was deeply disappointed at Jesus' reply. Here he had 
come hoping for theological dialogue, and Jesus was 
treating nim like Ned in the first reader. Just about 
anybody who grew up in the midst of the people of 
God knew the answer to that question. So he blurts 
out the reply: "You shall love the Lord your God with 
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your 
strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor 
as yourself." Jesus says, "That is a good answer. You 
keep doing that and you'll live." 

Suddenly this lawyer recognizes that he has sprung 
his own trap. He is like a schoolboy allowed to make 
up his own examination. Then he proceeds to flunk 
it. He has no problem with the part about God. Just 
about anybody in the community knows how reli- 
gious he is. It is that part about his neighbor that gets 
under his skin. About that he is not quite so sure. And 
so he does in his day what you and I have done scores 
of times in ours. Face to face with the requirement of 
God, he asks for a definition of terms. Seeking to 
justify himself, he asks, "And who is my neighbor?" 
We've done that. How many times do we come up 
against what the Bible is telling us to do; and then, 
instead of doing it, we get a discussion group started. 
If we can talk about it long enough in just the right 
way instead of bending our lives to the Scriptures, we 
can twist the Scriptures a bit to fit our lives. That is the 
spirit in which he asks the question "Who is my 

When Jesus answers the question, he does not do 
so by giving this man a long theological definition of 
neighbor love. He doesn't even tell him that there are 
four Greek words for love. Instead he simply tells him 
the story of the Good Samaritan. It is one of those 
stories that lie like a booby trap on the pages of the 
New Testament. You pick it up and it seems almost 
like a child's toy. You have seen it so often. You've 
handled it before. But there is a way in which, as you 
turn it over in your mind, it explodes and almost tears 
you apart. 



In order to answer the question "Who is my neighbor?" 
Jesus took this theologian out of his world, out of the world 
of theory and theology, and took him into another world. 
He took him into a world known to ambulance drivers and 
police sergeants and people who work in emergency 
rooms in hospitals. It was in that world that he found the 
answer to the question "Who is my neighbor?" 

If we are to get the answer to the question from this story, 
one thing is absolutely essential: that we have the right 
point of view. It was Helmut Thielicke, the noted German 
theologian, who said that in studying these stories of Jesus 
the viewpoint is everything. 

In order to answer the question "Who is my neighbor?" 
we must decide on whose point of view we are going to 
take. One point of view that we might take is that of the man 
who was beaten up by muggers and left to die by the side of 
the road. I can imagine going up to him as he is lying there 
in a pool of blood and saying to him, " Pardon me, sir. We're 
doing a kind of religious survey. From your perspective 
down there, who would you say is your neighbor? If the 
man is able to grunt out a reply, I suspect that his answer 
will be as wide as the world: "Just about anybody coming 
down the Jericho Road, just about anybody willing to stop, 
just about anybody willing to lend a hand." That's the way it 
is. We're driving down the highway and our car comes 
chugging to a halt and we pull to the side of the road. We 
don't have the tools or the skill to know to get the thing 
fixed. Just about anybody coming down the highway, just 
about anyone willing to stop and lend a hand qualifies 
completely as a neighbor. When the other fellow's car has 
come chugging to a stop and mine is doing pretty well, lean 
sit behind the wheel of that car and define neighbor with all 
of the preciseness of a shyster lawyer. 

Clearly the two people who occupy center stage in this 
story are a priest and a Levite. That poor wretch lying beside 
the road would have placed them at the top of the list as 
candidates for neighbors. Tradition tells us that before 
those men left their homes in the morning they would 
recite those two great verses of Scripture: "You shall love 
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul 
and with all your might" (Deut. 6:5) and "You shall love 
your neighbor as yourself" (Lev. 19:18b). Then before they 
crawled into bed at night, they would repeat those two 
great texts again. Who then would better qualify as 
neighbor than these two men who knew those verses? 

But Jesus said that the priest came down the road, he saw 
the man, and he passed by on the other side. It's somewhat 
difficult to identify with somebody like that, isn't it? It is 
somewhat difficult to understand why any human being 
could pass by another human being who is in such desper- 
ate need as that. 

If that is the way you think, chances are you are still 
outside the story looking in. I'm sure that the priest had 
some good reasons for doing what he did. Because he was a 
religious type, I suspect that they were religious reasons. 
Back in the Old Testament, the Law said that if a priest 
touched a dead body he became ceremonially defiled. That 
meant that before he could go back to the worship in the 
temple or in the tabernacle he had to go through the rites of 
cleansing. He had to offer an expensive sacrifice. He had to 
do these rites, and I suspect what might have gone through 
his mind was something like this: "You know I'd really like 
to stop, but it would be just my luck for him to die in my 
arms; and then I'd have to go through the rites of cleansing, 
and people would ask questions. Or even worse, they 
might not ask questions but wonder what I did. It would 
hurt my ministry." 

Now I don't know that he thought that way. I do know, 
however, that, whether he thought that way or not, we 

sometimes do. There has been in the church of Jesus Christ 
a doctrine which we sometimes call the "doctrine of sep- 
aration," which spins itself out in the following reasoning. 
As Christians we are called to live holy lives. That means 
that there are things that we cannot do. There is a life style 
that we cannot embrace. Then the logic is that there are 
peopleoutthere in society that do those things and live that 
kind of life style. In order to live a holy life, we separate not 
only from those unholy activities but also from those un- 
holy people. Often it is in the name of holiness that we pass 
by the people in our Jericho Road who are in need of our 

The second man down the road was a Levite. If the priest 
was like the pastor in the temple, then the Levite was like 
the assistant pastor. He was in charge of the scrolls and the 
vessels, and of course he ministered. Jesus said that he too 
came, he too looked, and he too passed by on the other 
side. Again we are left to wonder what went through his 
mind. Perhaps he thought "like priest, like people; like 
pastor, like assistant pastor. If the pastor doesn't have time 
to stop, I'm busier than he is. I can't stop." Perhaps he 
thought, "I'm on my way to Jerusalem to deliver my lecture 
on neighbor love. There are going to be a couple of 
hundred people there to hear what I have to say. What I 
think I'll do is jot this man down on a 3 x 5 card and I'll use 
him as an illustration. In fact, I'll challenge the young 
people to start a Jericho Road Mission Society. We'll get this 
thing organized and challenge them to come out here and 
help people who get beat up on the Jericho Road." 

Again I don't know that he thought that way. What I do 
know is that, whether he thought that way or not, we 
sometimes do. It is a kind of arithmetic that was spawned in 
the counting rooms of hell. It is so interested in reaching 
the masses that it never gets down to reaching an individu- 
al. It is the kind of arithmetic that is always trying to take a 
world for God but never gets down to taking a man or a 
woman for God. It is the arithmetic that is willing to cross 
oceans but somehow never makes it across the street. It is 
the kind of arithmetic that is always interested in multitudes 
and never in the man. 

The third man down the road was a Samaritan. If this 
wounded stranger had made his list of candidates for 
neighbor with the priest and Levite at the top of the list, 
then the Samaritan would have been at the bottom of the 
list. The Jews and the Samaritans hated each other with a 
deep, long-standing hatred. In fact, whenever a Jew talked 
about a Samaritan, he called him a "dog." Everyone knew 
exactly who was meant. Jesus said that when the Samaritan 
came down the road and saw the man he was filled with 
compassion. He got down in the dirt by the side of the road 
and took out oil and wine and cleansed the wounds and 
bandaged them. He then took the man on his donkey to a 
hotel. He sat up with him through the night. The next 
morning he paid the room rent and became surety for 
anything else that was owed. 

Having told the story, Jesus says to this lawyer, "Now tell 
me which of those three men, the two that knew the verses 
or the one that stopped and helped, proved to be neighbor 
to the man that was in need." He, not willing to take the 
name "Samaritan" on his lips, said, "The one who showed 
mercy." Jesus said, "Go; keep on doing likewise." 

From the story of the Good Samaritan, we get the answer 
to the question "Who is my neighbor?" The answer is as 
simple as it is sublime. What Jesus is saying is simply this: 
"Your neighbor is anyone whose need you see, whose 
need you are in a position to meet." It is as simple and as 
noble as that. My neighbor is anyone whose need I see, 
whose need God has put me in a position to meet. There 
are some things that we often put into the definition of 


WINTER 1984 

neighbor that Jesus obviously excludes. For example, your 
neighbor may be somebody you do not know. There is no 
evidence that this Jewor Samaritan had ever met each other 
before. One of the marks of the love of )esus Christ and His 
people is that for decades men and women have gone to 
other cultures to learn languages that they did not know in 
order to reach people they had not seen simply because 
there was a need and they felt that they could meet it. 

Your neighbor may be not only unknown but also un- 
friendly. The Jews and the Samaritans were bitter enemies. 
Your neighbor may be a person that you don't get along 
with very well. Your neighbor may be somebody who slams 
the door in your face when you go to visit him or doesn't 
appreciate all that you are trying to do. It may be somebody 
with whom you have a personality conflict. 

Your neighbor may be unlovely. There really isn't much 
attractive about a man lying in a pool of blood beside a dirt 
road. Your neighbor may have a life style or a hair style or a 
language style that you don't approve of. It might be some- 
thing that is really offensive to you. 

Your neighbor may be unrewarding. Again there is no 
evidence that the lew ever paid the Samaritan back for what 
he had done. There has been in the church of Christ, and I 
say it to our shame, a love that is just self-service, which 
says: "I want to reach out to people, not because of what I 
can do for them but because of what they can do for me. 
After all, the statistics have been looking a bit weak, and I 
certainly would like to get more folks in the church. The 
budget is heavy to carry, and I'd certainly like to get some 
more folks in to help me carry the budget." But Jesus is 
saying that your neighbor is anyone whose need you see, 
whose need Cod puts you in a position to meet. 

If you look at the story, it is clear that there are some 
things involved in the cost of being a neighbor. One cost is 
that of time and involvement. My wife, Bonnie, and I have 
enjoyed twenty-eight wonderfully happy years of marriage. 
Along the line, however, we've had some times of tension. 
One kind of tension we have is when we go on trips. If you 
are a man you will probably understand what I mean when I 
say that the purpose of getting into the car is to get to the 
destination. Six hundred miles a day is about right. My wife 
has never understood that fact. Because she likes to stop 
and read historical markers and I'm willing to stop only at a 
gas station or Howard Johnson's along the way, there is 
always some tension. The Samaritan was on his way to a 
destination. The Jericho Road was one of the most danger- 
ous highways of antiquity. You didn't geton that road to go 
on a Sunday afternoon joy ride. Yet he was willing to stop. 
He was willing to take time in order to be a neighbor to this 
man who had need. Like you, 1 live a hectic and hurried, 
and sometimes harassed, life. I'd like to vote for the candi- 
date who would give me the eight-day week or the twenty- 
six-hour day. The easiest thing for me to do is to put a check 
in the plate and let somebody else do the work. Sometimes, 
however, to be a neighbor means that I have to get involved 
at the point of need myself. 

It also costs money to be a neighbor. This Samaritan put 
out two silver coins, two denarii. One denarius was equal to 
one day's wage for a manual laborer. This fellow laid two of 
them on the counter. And what is more, he became surety 
for anything else that was owed. He gave money, he took 
time, and he got involved with somebody that was un- 
known, someone that was unfriendly, someone that was 
unlovely, someone that was unrewarding. Your neighbor is 
anyone whose need you see, whose need you are in a 
position to meet. 

There is a hook in that, though, in the statement "My 

neighbor is anyone whose need I see." As you look at the 
story, it is quite clear that all three of these men saw the 
same thing. In fact, Jesus almost underlines it for us. That is, 
all three saw a man who had been beaten up by robbers, 
stripped of his clothes, and left to die by the side of the 
highway. But, then again, they really didn't see the same 
thing, did they? One man might have seen a ceremonial 
defilement. Another might have seen a sermon illustration. 
Only one saw his neighbor. 

I believe that embedded in this story is a deeper lesson. 
That is that what you are, determines what you see. That's a 
great lesson in life. You and I go to an art museum; you 
know and appreciate art, and I am something of a clod. We 
stop in front of a picture. You say to me, "Robinson, that's 
art!" I look at the picture and say, "That's art?" It's the same 
picture. The difference isn't up there on the wall; the dif- 
ference is within us. What I am, will determine what I see. 

I think that is what Jesus is driving at with this young 
theologian. He was sure he had God in a nice, neat little 
package all wrapped up in his back pocket. Jesus was saying 
that if you are asking me questions that are designed to 
define your neighbor out of your life, you have told me two 
things: you don't know very much about neighbor love, 
and you don't know much about loving Cod either. The 
same love that enables you to love the Father in heaven 
enables you to love those who are part of the family and 
those that He has created on earth. What you are, will 
determine what you see; and what you see, will determine 
what you do. 

Do you remember the poem we learned when we were 
kids? "Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?/l've been 
to London to see the queen. /Pussycat, pussycat, what saw 
you there ?/l saw a wee mouse under her chair. "Of all of the 
cities of the world that I have ever visited, I think that 
London is probably the greatest. There is Westminster 
Abbey cradling its famous dead. There is the Tower of 
London with the blood of history soaking its bricks. There is 
Buckingham Palace, the residence of the queen, with the 
changing of the guard. Here's a cat who has been there. 
Now she is back home showing her slides, and everybody 
gathers around. They ask, "Pussycat, did you get to the 
palace?" She answers, "Oh, yes, I was at the palace." "Pus- 
sycat, did you get inside?" "Oh, yes, I walked in. Security at 
the palace isn't very good these days." "Well, pussycat, was 
the queen in residence?" "Oh, yes, the queen was there." 
"Well, pussycat, what does she look like? How tall is she? 
What did she wear? How did she have her hair fixed?" The 
cat replies, "Well, I didn't notice." "Pussycat, what did you 
notice in the throne room of the queen in the presence of 
Her Majesty?" The cat says, "Underneath her chair was one 
of the nicest little mice you'd ever wantto see." The cat saw 
only the mouse because she had a pussycat heart. When 
you have the heart of a pussycat, mice are infinitely more 
important than queens. What you are, determines what 
you see. What you see, determines what you do. Your 
neighbor is anyone whose need you see, whose need Cod 
puts you in a position to meet. 

Let me end where I began. The question is this: Do you 
love Cod? Good. I appreciate that testimony and to hear 
you talk like that. You do love Cod. Then do you love your 
neighbor? It is a kind of pious nonsense to be blathering on 
about how much we love God whom we don't see and do 
not love our neighbor whose needs we do see and whose 
needs we can meet. My neighbor is anyone whose need I 
see, whose need I am able to meet. What you are, will 
determine what you see. What you see, will determine 
what you do. □ 




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The Woodlee-Ewing Residence 
Hall, with a capacity of 174 stu- 
dents, was occupied this past Au- 
gust. This newest addition to the 
physical plant of the college was 
named by the Board of Trustees to 
honor the late Judge Glenn W. 
Woodlee, of Dayton, and his 
widow, Mrs. Sarah Ewing Wood- 
lee, whose family was among the 
founders of the college. Judge 
Woodlee, a distinguished attorney 
and jurist, was chancellor of the 
twelfth Tennessee chancery divi- 
sion covering fourteen counties. He 
was a trustee of the college from 
1950 and served as vice chairman of 
the Board for many years, being 
elected chairman shortly before his 
death in 1969. Mrs. Woodlee, who is 
one of only four founders of the col- 
lege still living, continues to make 
her home in Dayton. 


I. Exterior of the Woodlee-Ewing Men's 
Residence Hall. 

2, 3. Living, dining, and kitchen areas of 
the resident director's apartment. 

4,7,8,9. Interior of several rooms. Each 
suite, comprised of two rooms with bath 
between, houses four students. 

5. Laundry facilities. 

6. Third-floor student lounge. 

10. The ever necessary "pay" phone. 

II. Small kitchen facility off the lower- 
level lounge, a place to prepare snacks. 



Bryan Color Guard (left to right, Jonathan Taylor, Jane 
Hamilton, Jerrie Townley, Bonnie McLean) 

It is 0600 hours (6:00 a.m.). Daylight is just begin- 
ning to show above the mountain ridges that sur- 
round the Bryan campus as a group of students gather 
in front of the Summers Gymnasium to start a rigor- 
ous series of highly disciplined exercises known as 
P.T. (physical training), one of the activities of the 
ROTC program. 

The Army ROTC program was started at Bryan two 
years ago after five Bryan students completed Basic 
Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Two of these men, Hal 
Abner and Gary McNamee, continued through the 
advanced program and are now commissioned offi- 
cers. Hal graduated last year; Gary will graduate this 
coming May. Commissionings are either to the active 
Army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National 

The program has grown steadily, with forty par- 
ticipants currently enrolled. The Bryan ROTC pro- 
gram offers four years of classes. The first two years of 
Military Science courses are basic courses and offer 
the student a non-obligated look at the leadership 
concepts of the Army. These are classified as MS 100 
and 200 levels. The Advanced Course, MS 300 and 400 
levels, are for those who make a commitment to enter 
the Army as an officer upon graduation. The ground 
floor of the Annex provides a classroom and an office 
for Captain Robert Hinnant, assistant professor of 
military science. 

The co-educational ROTC program offers courses 
which can be taken as electives in any program. It is a 
different kind of educational experience. In Military 
Science little time is required for class preparation 
and there are no books to buy, all instructional mate- 
rials being provided by the department. Students are 
given opportunity to apply what they have learned in 
class through hands-on exercises. Included are such 
activities as rappelling off Lookout Mountain, shoot- 
ing the rapids in a raft down the Nantahala River, and 
"orienteering" (using a compass to determine loca- 
tion) through Chickamauga Park. ROTC provides the 
student new experiences beyond the traditional 
academic environment. 



Financial aid is also available to ROTC students. 
Advanced-course students receive one hundred dol- 
lars for up to ten months for two years. The Military 
Science Department also offers scholarships for two, 
three, and four years to students interested in the 
Army. The Bryan ROTC operates as a part of the ROTC 
of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) 
with Bryan students competing nationally for schol- 
arships. Last year five men applied for scholarships, 
and four were awarded. 

This growing program is a real asset in the total 
educational program which Bryan offers to prospec- 
tive students. Five current participants in the program 
share their involvement in ROTC: 

Cadet Major Robert E. Barinowski III (Boe), son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barinowski, Jr., of Banner Elk, 
North Carolina, is the Detachment Commander of 
the Bryan ROTC. Boe is a senior majoring in business 
administration. Recipient of the Distinguished Mili- 
tary Award, Boe is a graduate of the U.S. Army Air- 
borne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Of this ex- 
perience he writes: 

Attending the U.S. Army Airborne School was the 
greatest experience I have had in ROTC. I found that 
there is much more to the school than learning how to 
jump from an airplane. It provided an opportunity to 
learn some things about myself, particularly my endur- 
ance. It was also a time for my faith in Cod to grow. Many 
times throughout the course I found it necessary to 
commit to the Lord my anxiety about qualifying for a test 

The training in Airborne School is fantastic! Our days 
began at 3:30 a.m. with P.T. (physical training) sessions 
and a five-mile run. Our instructors pushed us to the 
maximum the entire day, daring us to quit. By the end of 
our third week, we had so much respect for our instruc- 
tors (the Black Hats) that we almost would have jumped 
without a parachute. 

I came away from Airborne School with a feeling of 
having been on top of the world. 

Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Jim Martinez, son of Mr. and 

Mrs. Vincent Martinez, of Meade, Kansas, is a junior 
business administration major who has been 

awarded a two-year ROTC scholarship. Jim writes of 
his opportunities at Basic Camp in Fort Knox, Ken- 
tucky, this past summer: 

Basic Camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky, was a totally dif- 
ferent experience for me as a Christian. Most of the 
cadets in my platoon were non-Christians. Our views 
and values were different. At various times I was able to 
witness to individuals or to the entire platoon. At one 
point several cadets in my group asked how I was able to 
be a Christian and be in the Army at the same time. In 
answering, I was able to state my point of view and my 
love for the Lord. About the time Basic was over, one of 
my fellow cadets told me that although he was a Chris- 
tian he was not living the Christian life. He asked me to 
pray with him. I'm thankful to the Lord for these oppor- 
tunities. I am grateful that it was possible to be a witness 
for Him. The Army is a mission field in need of people to 
witness for Christ. 

Cadet Sergeant Bonnie McLean, daughter of Mr. 
Terrill McLean, of Newton, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. 
Robert Powell, of Seminole, Florida, is a freshman 
enrollee in the Bryan ROTC program. Bonnie shares a 
young woman's view of ROTC: 

Before I came to Bryan, I knew that I wanted to join the 
Army Reserves sometime during my college years. 
When I learned that Bryan offered ROTC, I decided to 
take a Military Science course to learn more about the 
program. I have joined the Bryan ROTC Color Guard and 
have participated in a couple of Ranger field-training 
exercises with the ROTC from UTC to learn more about 
Army life. I plan to go to Basic Camp this coming sum- 

By my sophomore year I will then know whether I 
want to enlist in the Advanced Program. Should I do this, 
I will become the first girl at Bryan to enlist. This may 


encourage others to think seriously about what the Army 
has to offer. My present plans are to prepare to apply for 
an ROTC scholarship, go to Basic Camp, and give con- 
sideration to Airborne School. 

Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Doug Sloan, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Roy Sloan, of Atlanta, Georgia, is a junior 
Natural Science major who has received a full two- 
year ROTC scholarship. Doug considers participation 
in the Bryan ROTC an adventure, a challenge, and a 
privilege. He writes: 

I find ROTC to be a real adventure. I have had the 
opportunity to participate in the Basic Camp at Fort 
Knox, Kentucky. Basic Camp was six weeks of vigorous 
training that brought new meaning to the statement 
"We do more before 9:00 a.m. than most people do all 
day." 1 have enjoyed the adventure of many field- 
training exercises with our Battalion at UTC. 

Each part of ROTC has been a challenge. From my first 
day at Basic Camp to my everyday responsibilities with 
the unit here at the college, the challenge of ROTC has 
produced growth in my life. 

ROTC is also a privilege. Through ROTC I have re- 
ceived a two-year scholarship which is now paying for 
my college education. Praise the Lord! The most valu- 
able privilege of ROTC is the joy of sharing my faith in 
Christ with others. The armed forces is in need of Chris- 
tian officers who are sold out to Jesus Christ. 

I look forward to the opportunity and privilege of 
being used of the Lord to share His love with others in 
the armed forces. It is my prayer that He will use me to 
bring others into His kingdom. 

Pray for the Bryan ROTC that Christ would be exalted 
in all we do as we seek to fulfill the Bryan motto, "Christ 
Above All"! 

Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lamar Townley, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Hubert Townley, Sr., of Oxford, Georgia, is 
a junior business administration major with a two- 
and-one-half-year ROTC scholarship. Lamar shares 
what involvement in the ROTC program means to 

Participation in ROTC means a scholarship now and a 
job after I graduate from Bryan. My scholarship covers 
almost all of my college expenses, including room and 
board. And, in addition, I receive one hundred dollars a 
month, which is most helpful. 

My obligation to the Army after graduation includes 
four years of active duty and two years in the Army 
Reserves. During my active-duty years, I will be receiv- 
ing on-the-job experience, which is important to finding 
employment. I will be able to apply for work and list my 
Army duties as prior experience. 

At Basic Camp this summer, I learned the importance 
of developing a sense of self-confidence. The oppor- 
tunities to prove the ability to overcome fears and 
doubts are invaluable. 

I do not know whether the Lord will lead me to make 
the Army a career, but I do thank Him for the opportu- 
nity that He has given me to be involved in the ROTC 
program here at Bryan college. 
An ROTC handout piece sums up the program as 
follows: "In short ROTC is rappelling for your confi- 
dence, PT for stamina, financial aid to help pay col- 
lege costs, and leadership credentials to secure your 
future. These are a few of the valuable ingredients 
you will find in the Army ROTC program." 

Captain Hinnant rappelling off Rhea 
County High School tower 


Thoughtful Gifts Mean More! 

By carefully planning your 
present and future gifts, you 
can help Bryan provide a 
distinctly Christian education 
for many years to come. The 
best investment you can make 
is in the lives of Christian 
young people who will witness 
to future generations. 



If you are like most people, you are 
not able to give a large gift to the 
Lord's work without depleting your 
savings and investments. However, it 
is possible through an insurance pol- 
icy to give a large gift. 

Relatively few dollars in premium 
payments can buy a substantial 
amount of insurance that could pro- 
vide a large gift to Bryan College at 
your death. If you name Bryan Col- 
lege the irrevocable owner and ben- 
eficiary of your policy, you may de- 
duct the premiums and the cash value 
of the policy as a charitable gift. 


Trusts are like automobiles: there 
are so many varieties that it is hard to 
decide which one is right for you. The 
right trust, however, may be very use- 
ful to you in carrying out your estate 
plan. Trusts should be considered 
when you want to provide for the fol- 

1. care for minor children or invalids 

2. professional management of assets 
left to an heir 

3. income for your retirement or for a 
loved one 

4. transfer of assets without probate 

5. a gift to charity 


There is a way you can help Bryan 
College train Christian young people. 
That way is through a bequest in your 

In recent years by the thoughtful 
planning of concerned Christian 
friends who have included Bryan in 
their wills, the work of the college has 
been forwarded greatly. 

There are others, no doubt, who 
plan to include Bryan or some other 
worthy ministry in their wills but have 
never put these desires into a proper 
legal document. For such an impor- 
tant action, there is no time like the 

Fred Stansberry 

Development Department 

Bryan College 

Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-7000 

Please send me without charge or obligation: 

D Giving Through Insurance 

□ Giving Through Gift Annuities 

□ Giving Through Living Trusts 
Q Giving Through Your Will 

City _ 




If you would like to make a lasting 
gift to Bryan College and at the same 
time set up a lifetime income for your- 
self or a loved one which is largely tax 
free, perhaps you should consider 
how a Bryan gift annuity would work 
for you: 

1. If your taxes are too high, gift an- 
nuity income is about 70 per cent 
tax free. 

2. If you are locked into appreciated 
securities or property, you can 
avoid most of the capital gains 
taxes by exchanging them for a gift 

3. If your securities and income prop- 
erty produce low income, Bryan 
annuities pay up to 14 per cent, 
depending on your age. 

4. If you need more tax deductions, a 
portion of your gift annuity is de- 
ductible as a gift. 

5. If you want to provide income for a 
loved one, annuities are an excel- 
lent way to do it. 


Christians preparing for service 
in tomorrow's world must have first- 
hand experience, consistent role models, and 
exceptional training to accomplish God's task. 


Whatever your area of interest, Bryan has exciting, specific, 
constructive outlets for your talents — Gospel teams, a "Big 
Brother/Big Sister" program, summer mission program, 
student missions fellowship, Bible study groups, puppet 
ministry, jail ministry, and nursing home visitation. 


Bryan faculty are deeply committed men and women — 
committed to teaching, committed to their respective fields 
of learning, committed to your growth and development, 
and committed to Christ and His Church. The college's 
namesake, William Jennings Bryan, was himself a promi- 
nent political leader, statesman, and outspoken example of 
Christianity at work. 


If you're interested in traditional Christian vocations, you 
can choose from majors in Bible, Greek, Christian Educa- 
tion and Church Music. Of course you can also serve in 
nonchurch-related vocations and select majors in educa- 
tion, psychology, music, history, accounting, business ad- 
ministration, English, biology, chemistry, mathematics or 
the natural sciences. Regardless of your choice, you'll find 
the experience, example, and education you need at Bryan. 

Please contact me regarding the benefits of a Bryan College 








BRYAN COLLEGE • DAYTON, TN 37321 • 615/775-2041 

Bryan College is a private, four-year, coeducational Christian college of the 
arts and sciences. The college admits students without regard to race, color, 
sex. handicap, national or ethnic origin. 


Several years ago, the business department at Bryan 
began a program to help insure that its graduates would be 
both well-grounded in Scripture, with a Biblical approach 
to business, and schooled in business knowledge and prin- 

In the first phase of this program, special emphasis has 
been placed on presenting and evaluating business princi- 
ples from the Christian perspective and in developing a 
philosophy on the integration of Christianity and business. 
This process has taken the form of student papers and oral 
presentations on topics such as "Should a Christian )oin a 
Union or Strike?" and "Should a Christian Borrow 
Money?"; the evaluation of the ethical, moral, and Chris- 
tian implications of various business policies; the prepara- 
tion by business seniors of an 8- to 10-page statement of 
their personal Biblical philosophy of management; and 
guest speakers in classes who share not only about their 
profession or area of expertise, but also about how they 
actively integrate their Christian faith with their work. As 
mission board representatives become available, they also 
are invited to share with the business majors some of the 
opportunities for business people in missions; and a local 
pastor, Dr. Patterson Ellis, of the First Baptist Church, has 
addressed the senior Business Seminar on the many ways in 
which business graduates can put their business and man- 
agement skills to use in a lay ministry within the local 

The second phase of the program involves helping the 
students "bridge the gap" between the classroom setting 
and the work situation. This part of the program has been 
implemented by presentations in classes by area business 
professionals. Some of the speakers who have addressed 
business classes this past year are the following: Mrs. Bar- 
bara Heath, administrator of the Rhea County Medical 
Center; Tucker Johnston, youth marketing specialist with 
Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Cleveland; Scott 
Mattice, stockbroker with Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 
Chattanooga; Jim Sanford, DWI instructor and counsellor 
with the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, 
Chattanooga; Ray Adcox, owner and president of Ray 
Chevrolet, Inc., Dayton; Mrs. Lucia Fary, co-owner of Day- 
ton Real Estate; Albert J. Page, director of Metro Develop- 
ment for the Christian Business Men's Committee, Chat- 
tanooga; Vernon Stevenson, business manager and treas- 
urer of Send International of Alaska; Wendell Brown, 

mayor, City of Dayton; David Kring, vice president of Per- 
sonnel for First Federal Savings and Loan of Chattanooga; 
Lygetta Washington, personnel director, and Douglas 
Froemke, production manager, Kayser Roth Hosiery Com- 
pany, Dayton; and Rick Sharpe, agent for State Farm Insur- 
ance Company, Dayton. The fact that these professionals, 
on most occasions, have joined with the students for lunch 
or dinner before or after their presentations has provided a 
relaxed, informal setting for follow-up questions. 

The next step is the getting of students into the actual 
work environment. This is done through class assignments 
which require the student to visit a local business or indus- 
try to learn of such things as its personnel policies, market- 
ing strategy, and organizational structure; by encouraging 
the students to attend local government and civic meetings 
(there are regularly ten to twenty students present at each 
Dayton City Council meeting!); and through a renewed 
emphasis on the business practicum course. The practicum 
is a program in which the student spends either part-time 
during the semester or full-time during the summer in a 
business and is rotated through the various management 
and operating departments of that business, earning credit 
for knowledge gained on the job. 

A further development, which has come to fruition this 
semester, has been the formation of a Business Advisory 
Committee. This committee is composed of Christian 
businessmen representing the areas of manufacturing, re- 
tail sales, banking and finance, accounting, and personnel. 
This Advisory Committee will meet twice annually with the 
business faculty to review the business curricula to see that 
the courses are current and relevant for today's business 
graduate and to offer suggestions for course or program 
additions or deletions. The committee will also serve as a 
"sounding board" for proposed curriculum changes which 
may originate from outside the Advisory Committee. Serv- 
ing on this committee are the following, all of Chattanooga: 
Lanier Cain, operations and control manager for J. C. Pen- 
ney Company, Eastgate; David Kring, vice president of per- 
sonnel with First Federal Savings and Loan; Albert J. Page, 
retired IBM executive and present director of Metro De- 
velopment for the Christian Business Men's Committee of 
USA; and Larry Stophel, CPA, president of Larry O. Stophel 
and Associates. These men have already provided some 
valuable suggestions to maintain and improve the quality of 
the business program at Bryan. 

21st Annual Summer Bible Conference 
July 22-26, 1985 

Rev. Hyrum Dallinga, a Dr. Cary Perdue, executive di- 

David C. Egner, editor, former third-generation rector of the International Coun- 

Radio Bible Class Dis- Mormon, seminar lead- cil on Biblical Inerrancy, author 

covery Digest. er. and counsellor. and teacher. 

Conference guests will be housed in the new Woodlee-Ewing Men's Residence Hall. An excellent program 

is provided for young people and children. 


WINTER 1984 



Dr. Haddon Robinson, presi- 
dent of Denver Conservative Bap- 
tist Seminary, spoke on the sub- 
ject "Stories Jesus Told" at the fif- 
teenth annual Staley Distin- 
guished Christian Scholar Lec- 
tures in October. Five messages 
were presented, one of which be- 
gins on page 5 of this issue. These 
annual lectures are a highlight of 
the Bryan year. 

The College is indebted to the 
late Thomas F. Staley and the 
foundation he established for 
funding this program designed to 
bring to college campuses "a per- 
suasive presentation of the Chris- 
tian gospel in a climate of convic- 
tion." This lecture series is operat- 
ing in two hundred colleges 
nationwide this academic year, 
fifty-eight of which have received 
an endowment to underwrite their 
annual lectures. Because of the 
success of the program here from 
the beginning, Bryan was one of 
the colleges chosen by Mr. Staley 
to be permanently endowed for 
this series. This endowment has 
proved sufficiently adequate in re- 
cent years to provide also for 
spring series, known as the Staley 
II Lectures. 

A native of Bristol, Tennessee, 
Mr. Staley was a founding partner 
in 1931 of the investment firm 
Reynolds and Company. The char- 
ter of the foundation states that its 
funds are administered "to further 
the evangelical witness of the 
Christian church, and with a par- 
ticular concern for college stu- 
dents. Deeming the cause worthy 
and the need great, the trustees of 
this foundation will support men 
and women who truly believe, 
cordially love, and effectively 
propagate the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ in its historical and scrip- 
tural fullness." 


W. Gary Phillips, assistant pro- 
fessor of Bible and Greek, has 
completed the work on his Th.D. 
at Grace Theological Seminary in 
Winona Lake, Indiana, and will 
have his degree conferred in the 
spring. Dr. Phillips becomes the 

twenty-fifth faculty member to 
hold the earned doctorate. 

Additional faculty members cur- 
rently working on doctoral de- 
grees are Steve P. Bradshaw, assis- 
tant professor of psychology; 
Betty Ann Brynoff, assistant pro- 
fessor of English; David Luther, 
assistant professor of music; Sig- 
rid Luther, assistant professor of 
music; W. Donald Wilkins, assis- 
tant professor of ancient lan- 
guages; G. Craig Williford, Jr., as- 
sistant professor of Christian Edu- 
cation; and John T. Zietlow, assis- 
tant professor of business. 


The fall intramural competition 
of the Forensics Union was held 
on October 23. The Forensics 
Union sponsors workshops and 
competition in various areas of ef- 
fective and persuasive oral com- 
munication: Scripture reading; 
oration; prose and poetry in- 
terpretation; after-dinner, extem- 
poraneous, and impromptu 

speeches; dramatic duo; and de- 
bate. This emphasis on oral com- 
munication and participation in 
activities of public concern is one 
of the objectives of the educa- 
tional program. 

Participants in the Fall Forensics 
Competition in the various 
categories with the winners' 
names in bold face were the fol- 
lowing: Scripture reading: 
Melanie Bryan, Gregg Bacon, Bob 
Hay, and Dan Snyder. Impromptu 
speech: Craig Cornelius and Terry 
Johnson. Poetry interpretation: 
Evelyn Ward and Jitendra Banerjei. 
After-dinner speech: Raul Cruz 
and Phyllis Bloxon. Prose interpre- 
tation: Jonathan Garrett and Sarah 
Keefer. And persuasive oration: 
David Lines and Jonathan Fickley. 

Individual trophies were 
awarded to these winners. After 
Spring Forensics in April, the class 
whose members have earned the 
greatest number of total points for 
the year will receive the class 
trophy on Honors Day. 


Hilltop players Jim Koan and Kim Haynes in "I Bring You Flowers." 

The fall production of the Bryan 
Hilltop Players on November 1 and 
2 included three one-act plays: 
"The Picture of Dorian Grey," "I 
Bring You Flowers," and "Act of 

"The Picture of Dorian Grey" is 
the story of a young man whose 
soul is captured on canvas. The re- 
sult is that he remains young as the 
aging process is transformed to 
the painting. 

"I Bring You Flowers" addresses 
the frustrations of a man who is 
trying to help his wife back to real- 
ity as she grieves over the death of 
their child. This play was also per- 
formed for the prospective stu- 
dents who attended the Fall Cara- 
van in October. 

"Act of Grace" is concerned 
with the controversy between a 
mother and her mother-in-law 
over the custody of a young 







Wednesday, March 6 

Sevier Heights Baptist Church 

Knoxville, Tennessee 
Thursday, March 7 

Immanuel Baptist Church 

Hamilton, Ohio 
Friday, March 8 

Calvary Independent Church 

New Castle, Pennsylvania 
Saturday, March 9 

Buffalo Christian Center 

Buffalo, New York 
Sunday, March 10, a.m. 

Evangelical Baptist Church 

Buffalo, New York 
Sunday, March 10, p.m. 

The People's Church 

Toronto, Canada 
Monday, March 11 

Emmanuel Baptist Church 

Milton, Canada 

Tuesday, March 12 

Bethany Bible Church 
Belleville, Michigan 

Wednesday, March 13 

Ganson Street Baptist Chu 
Jackson, Michigan 

Thursday, March 14 

First United Church of Chi 
Greenville, Ohio 

Friday, March IS 

Fellowship Bible Church 
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 

Sunday, March 17, a.m. 

Baptist Temple 
Huntington, West Virginia 

Sunday, March 17, p.m. 

Twin City Bible Church 
Nitro, West Virginia 


Wednesday, March 6 

Woodmont Presbyterian 
Nashville, Tennessee 

Thursday, March 7 
Bethel Bible Church 
Louisville, Kentucky 

Friday, March 8 
Chapel of the Lake 
Lake St. Louis, Missouri 

Sunday, March 10, a.m. 
First Bible Church 
Waukon, Iowa 

Sunday, March 10, p.m. 
Maranatha Bible Church 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Monday, March 11 
Beach Bible Church 
Waukegan, Illinois 

Tuesday, March 12 

Church Colonial Baptist Church 

Galesburg, Illinois 
Wednesday, March 13 

Middleton Baptist Church 

Madison, Wisconsin 
Thursday, March 14 

Racine Bible Church 

Racine, Wisconsin 
Friday, March 15 

Central Bible Church 

Aurora, Illinois 
Sunday, March 17, a.m. 

Pekin Bibie Church 

Pekin, Illinois 
Sunday, March 17, p.m. 

Calvary Bible Church 

Peoria, Illinois 

May 14-16 


Dr. Manford George Gutzke 

"The Bible for You" 

Atlanta, Georgia 

(Other speakers to be announced) 

A Tour "An Introduction to Europe" is 
16-30. Write for details: 

scheduled for May 

Dr. John Bartlett 

Bryan College 
Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-7000 

SPRING 1985 




Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-7000 
(615) 775-2041 


Theodore C. Mercer 

Managing Editor: 

John Weyant 

Assistant Managing Editor: 

Rebecca Peck Hoyt 

Consulting Editor: 

Alice Mercer 

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 1985 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Box 7000, Dayton, TN 


The cover photo of the Rhea 
County Courthouse in down- 
town Dayton is courtesy of 
Mauldin Photography of Dayton. 
The photo of Urbana '84 is cour- 
tesy of Inter-Varsity Christian 

Additional photos by Jonathan 
Lewter and John Weyant. 

Volume 10 

Spring 1985 

Number 3 


observation of major trends challenging Bryan as a Christian col- 
lege. By Theodore C. Mercer 

EXTRA BLESSINGS: A report of some of God's extra blessings upon 
Bryan College. By Stuart C. Meissner 

TIONS OF ONE FAMILY: Lessons learned by one family in the 
Lord's service. By James Hudson Taylor III 

URBANA '84: The response of Bryan students to this international 
missions conclave. 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of interest to alumni and friends. 





An observation emerging from the re- 
cent marketing survey indicates that the 
full name William Jennings Bryan College 
has a greater impact in establishing institu- 
tional image in the mind of a prospective 
student than the use of the more fre- 
quently used short form, Bryan College. 
This observation is both historically in- 
terstingand provocative for thought in col- 
lege planning; and it has a definite relation- 
ship to the concept which I have set forth in my article that Bryan has a 
definite heritage to guide us on the journey through today's educational 
labyrinth. This guiding heritage does indeed have to do with the man 
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) and his resolute defense of the Scrip- 
tures in the historic Scopes Evolution Trial of 1925, which the courthouse 
cover picture aptly symbolizes. 

Theodore C. Mercer 

SPRING 1985 

APR 08 1985 



by Theodore C. Mercer .w -^c 


It should be apparent, even to the casual observer, that significant 
changes of watershed proportions have been taking place in American life 
and culture; and these changes are affecting all of society, including higher 
education. In an accelerating process during the generation since World 
War II, certain of these trends have become established to such an extent 
that they inevitably affect planning from the national to the personal level; 
and the Christian institutions of our society are not exempt. 

Among the more obvious major trends challenging Bryan as a Christian 
college are these: 

1. Student population 

The remarkable growth in numbers which has characterized American 
higher education since World War II has come to a halt with a significant 
and continuing decline in the size of the 18-22 college population age 

Some institutions have mitigated this long-heralded decline in the 
number of regular college-age students by attracting older adults, many 
taking part-time courses; and some institutions have diversified their 
course offerings to serve the job-oriented market. In any case, the recruit- 
ment of students has become highly competitive, and this competition is 
likely to increase rather than decrease. 

2. Costs 

The cost factor grows out of the rise in charges being assessed students 
in both public and private schools, the significant growth and increasing 
competition in student financial aid, and, now more recently, the pro- 
posed changes in federal student aid. The federal proposals, if im- 
plemented, will have a definite effect on that segment of population we call 
Middle America, that considerable group in our population who are too 
well off to qualify as "the truly needy" but not well enough off to allow for 
choice in education without some support. It seems increasingly clear that 
those of us who support an education overtly based on Christian principles 
and Biblical values are going to have to be willing to pay more for it. 

3. The general culture 

The fundamental changes which are taking place in the larger society are 
bringing further deterioration of the home, the expansion of the drug 
culture (including the use of alcohol) down to the elementary school level, 
and, in some quarters, a militant secularism which claims that it is uncon- 
stitutional to mention the name of Cod in public! To be sure, these and 


many other problems are being challenged with 
some success by the Christian community. But we 
must never forget that of many who would mold our 
views and direct our lives it can be accurately said, 
"God is not in their thoughts." 

There are, of course, many ramifications to these 
items I have mentioned; and there are many other 
factors of influence which could be identified. How- 
ever, these which I have defined are those which 
focus on particular areas of concern to Bryan as a 
Christian college. 

In order to come to grips with the challenges be- 
fore us, the college participated recently in a market- 
ing survey to learn how we can be more effective in 
attracting students to Bryan, retaining them after they 
come, and giving them a first-rate academic educa- 
tion in tandem with Christian training on how to live 
as well as how to make a living. This professional 
survey identified Bryan with five descriptive terms: 
stability of institutional organization and the staying 
quality of faculty and staff; balance in theological 
position and in the academic and co-curricular envi- 
ronment; family spirit characterizing relationships 
within the community; relatively low cost, which can 
hinder the American perception of quality; spiritual 
attitude of commitment to a daily walk with Jesus 
Christ, making the college motto, "Christ Above All," 
a daily watchword. 

The study points out that with every advantage (of 
positive characteristics like the five named) there is 
also the potential for a corresponding disadvantage. 
The twenty-four recommendations suggest ways by 
which certain changes can improve what the market- 
er calls "packaging." Some of these tie in to plans 
already in process, and other suggestions are being 
studied and considered. The changes being consid- 
ered do not affect the basic character of Bryan but are 
designed to enhance the quality of student life and 
the image of Bryan among prospective students and 
their families. We hear too often that Bryan is the 
best-kept secret in the evangelical community. 

Consequently, in any "repackaging" we do to meet 
particular changes needed at the present time, we 
expect to keep before us the goals for institutional life 
which have been a part of the college from its begin- 
ning fifty-five years ago. Interestingly enough, these 
characteristics also number five and are similarto the 
marketing survey findings. They are as follows: 

1. Holding fast to the Bible as God's Word 

An integral part of the college charter, this com- 
mitment has been made practical in effect succes- 
sively from the very earliest Bible teachers (Dr. Guille, 
the first president; Dr. Charles Currens; and Dr. Har- 
ris Gregg) to the Biblical division faculty of seven of 
the present time. 

2. Obedience to God's Word 

Quite as important as one's philosophical attitude 
toward the Bible as God's revelation to mankind is the 
commitment to it as a guide for daily living ("of final 
and supreme authority in faith and life," as the col- 
lege charter affirms) so that our actions are based on 

the teachings of Scripture rather than on expedience 
or changing fads of conduct. A major thrust of this 
obedience surely is holding to the missionary vision 
of the worldwide witness to Christ in our generation. 

3. Faith as the operating principle of institutional life 

The Bryan testimony on this point is one of God's 
faithfulness through good times and bad. Because 
Bryan has no affiliation with any denomination or 
other supporting constituency, we depend wholly on 
God to raise up friends like many of you reading this 
article to support the college with your prayers and 
your gifts. 

4. A family united in Christ 

The college community from the beginning has 
regarded itself as a family in which mutual discipiing 
is a goal. This is more possible in a small college 
where warm interpersonal relationships between 
students and faculty and staff and between student 
and student are the norm rather than the exception. 
The spiritual reality of this bond in the body of Christ 
is all the more remarkable when we realize that this 
year we come together from thirty-eight states and 
twenty foreign countries and from more than forty 
denominations or fellowships of Christians. And this 
oneness of attitude extends beyond the campus to all 
Christians who truly own Jesus Christ as Lord. 

5. An academic program of excellence 

From its days of fiery trial in surviving the Depres- 
sion thirties, Bryan has always held to the academic 
ideal of quality in the academic program. The college 
has not substituted even its Christian commitment 
and zeal for Christian service for the legitimate de- 
mands of a quality academic education in the liberal 
arts. The commitment to the core curriculum of gen- 
eral education in the humanities and in the social and 
natural sciences is genuine; and the integration of 
the truth of Scriptures with this liberal arts learning 
has been a continuing hallmark of a Bryan education. 
The goal is an education that teaches one how to live, 
as well as how to make a living. 

In this context of Bryan's heritage, we respond to 
the challenges and problems confronting us today in 
the spirit described by a hymn writer: 

We are living, we are dwelling, 
In a grand and awful time, 
In an age on ages telling; 
To be living is sublime. 
Hark the waking up of nations, 
Hosts advancing to the fray; 
Hark! What soundeth is creation 
Groaning for the latter day. 

Christian, rouse! fight in this warfare, 
Cease not till the victory's won; 
Till your Captain loud proclaimeth, 
"Servant of the Lord, well done!" 
He, alone, who thus is faithful, 
Who abideth to the end, 
Hath the promise, in the kingdom 
An eternity to spend. 

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(PDiMr iQflc; 

Extra Blessings 

by Stuart C. Meissner 
Director of College Advancement 

May I share the good news of God's extra blessings 
upon Bryan College? 

This year the amount needed in gift income is greater than ever before. The College treasurer, 
Vern Archer, estimates that a total of $832,000 will be required over the course of this year to meet 
this need. About one-half of this amount — nearly $400.000 — goes to student financial aid; the 
remainder, for instructional and other operational expenses. 

Bryan College has experienced God's hand of extra blessing through the generous support of 
our many friends and alumni. Here are several recent examples of this extra blessing: 

The GIFTS FOR THE KING was 30 percent more than that of any previous year in the 
long-time history of this Christmas offering. This year over $ 152,000 was given to provide 
scholarship assistance to Bryan students. 

in mid-February, was another extra blessing 
from God! One hundred ninety student, 
alumni, faculty, and staff volunteers joined the 
phonathon effort and talked on the telephone 
with 3,238 friends and alumni of the college. A 
total of $61,583 was pledged toward the ex- 
pense of maintaining and improving library 
holdings and services during the current 
academic year. The original $40,000 goal was 
exceeded by 54 percent. 

The early response to the B-1000 ENDOWMENT PROGRAM has been another 
example of God's extra blessing. Gifts and pledges thus far come to $150,000. Particularly 
significant is the sacrificial involvement of the Bryan administration, faculty, and staff with 
commitments totaling nearly $65,000. 

The end of the current 1984-85 fiscal year is June 30, 1985. Still needed on March 1 is $547,000 
to cover budget operating expense and to finish the year on June 30 in the black. 

Will you join us in praying that God will continue to send Bryan College more of His extra 




by James Hudson Taylor III 

The following is an excerpt from a message delivered by Dr. 
Taylor, great-grandson of the founder of the China Inland Mis- 
sion (now the Overseas Missionary Fellowship) at the Bryan bien- 
nial missions conference, January 9-11, 1985. 

In this session I should like to illustrate lessons 
from our family which we have learned in the 
Lord's service. In doing so, I shall emphasize 
four points: the importance and influence of de- 
cisions in God's service, the power of prevailing 
intercessory prayer, the importance of ex- 
periencing God's faithfulness in early prepara- 
tion for service, and the importance of getting 
our priorities right. 

The Importance and Influence of Decisions 

The story of God's grace in our family, at least 
recorded, goes back eight generations. The name is 
the same, lames Taylor. This James Taylor was a con- 
temporary of John Wesley. He lived in Barnsley, Eng- 
land. He didn't know the Lord and couldn't care less 
about spiritual things. In fact, when John Wesley or 
any of his circuit riders came to town, you could 
count on it: James Taylor would be there, pockets 
bulging with rotten tomatoes or eggs. He was deter- 
mined to break up those meetings. 

But on one particular day as he stood on the out- 
skirts of the gathering crowd to listen to a circuit 
rider, the Word of the Lord, from Joshua24:15, struck 
home: ". . . but as for me and my house, we will 
serve the Lord." I do not know whether he threw any 
eggs or tomatoes that day or not. But he went back 
home with an arrow in his heart. 

A couple of days later, it was his wedding day. Early 
that morning in order to give some careful thought to 
the big occasion, he went to the fields a bit away from 
the house. And as he pondered the big step that he 
was about to take that day, suddenly the words of 
Joshua 24: 15 came back to mind. He thought, "I don't 
care to think about that — spiritual things. I want to 
think about my bride and the big event today." But he 
couldn't get it out of his mind: "As for me and my 
house, we will serve the Lord." There in the fields, on 
his wedding day, he knelt in deep conviction and 
repentance and asked Jesus Christ to come and be his 
Savior. He suddenly came to and realized that the 

time of the wedding had actually already come. He 
dashed back to the house, dressed properly, and ran 
to the church. When he arrived there, he discovered 
that he had some friends, for they had set the hands 
of the clock in the steeple so that he arrived just on 

The wedding went forward. At the conclusion 
there was a reception, where he apologized for his 
late arrival at his own wedding. And then he stunned 
his friends by telling them that that morning in the 
fields he had accepted Christ — this young man who 
had resisted the evangelists and the church and had 
no interest in spiritual things. Probably the person 
most stunned was the bride at his side. Well, it was 
too late. The minister had already tied the knot. She 
said, "Have I married one of John Wesley's circuit 

Off to their new home they went. And James Taylor 
began to pray and ask the Lord to do in his bride's 
heart what He had so graciously done in his heart. But 
the more he prayed, the harder seemed to be his 
bride's heart; and her resistance seemed to 

Finally one day, in utter exasperation, when he 
came into the house from work, his heart was so 
burdened for his bride's conversion that he picked 
her up, carried her up to the bedroom, and with his 
hand forced her to kneel at the bedside. He knelt 
beside her and with tears coursing down his cheeks 
began to pray and ask the Lord to save her. After a few 
moments he discovered that she was crying and was 
praying. Before they arose from their knees, here was 
a family united in one determination: "We will serve 
the Lord." 

That is the way Cod's grace came to our family in 
the 1700s. That was Hudson Taylor's great- 
grandfather. Hudson Taylor grew up in a home where 
the Lord's name was honored, as it had been in suc- 
cessive generations: James Taylor's son John, his 
grandson James, and then his great-grandson, James 
Hudson Taylor. 


SPRINT. 10fi-i 

The three pictures of J. Hudson 
Taylor, founder of China Inland 
Mission and great-grandfather of 
the author, were taken from the 
series Hudson Taylor & China's 
Open Country, by A. J. Broomhall 
and published by Hodder and 
Stoughton and the Overseas 
Missionary Fellowship. Used by 
permission of OMF. 

The Power of Prevailing Intercessory Prayer 

James Hudson Taylorwas not a Christian. At seven- 
teen, working in a bank, he was beginning to be 
influenced by society and a group of friends that were 
not interested in spiritual concerns. 

His mother was deeply burdened for him. Once 
when she was off for a few days to visit friends and 
relatives, she determined to set aside a particular day 
to pray for her son. Miles away from home, she knew 
that he would not be at the bank that day but would 
be at home. As she, fasting, knelt that day, she 
prayed, "Lord, do a new work in my son's heart." 

At home he slipped into his father's study and there 
saw a tract. He thought, "These tracts always begin 
with an interesting story. I'll read the story and forget 
the message. I'm not interested in that." He picked it 
up. The tract was titled "The Finished Work of 
Christ." The thought attracted him. "Why was the 
writer trying to emphasize so much the finished work 
of Christ?" As he read, it told the way in which Jesus 
had done all that is necessary to make salvation pos- 
sible for anyone who believes. And as he stood in his 
father's study, that simple tract caused him to accept 
Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. 

A few days later when his mother returned, she was 
thrilled to learn what had happened. She really knew 
already. In fact, it almost caused a family row, for he 
thought that his sister Amelia had spilled the beans 
and told his mother what had happened. "No," she 
said, "I knewthat day as I prayed foryou thatGod had 
heard and answered my prayer." It was really from 
that experience that Hudson Taylor learned the im- 
portant lesson of moving men through Cod by prayer 
alone. It is not something that just spiritual giants 
know something about. We too can learn the lesson 
of moving men through God by prayer alone. 

The Importance of Experiencing 
God's Faithfulness 

A trip across the ocean will not make a missionary 
out of you. A 747 flight to the field will not make a 
missionary out of you. If you are not a missionary at 
Bryan College in Tennessee where your home now is, 
that trip to Timbuktu is not going to do it. 

Hudson Taylor had some important lessons to 
learn in this respect. He had gone from Barnsley to 
Howell, and then later to London, in preparation for 

missionary service in China. He was learning lessons 
of faith. He was learning also lessons of personal 

He was working for a doctor. In those days instead 
of going to medical school, you became an appren- 
tice to a physician or surgeon. And so he was an 
apprentice to a good doctor with a terrible memory. 
Yet that in itself became a blessing because his 
absent-mindedness gave the young Christian an op- 
portunity to flex his muscles of faith and learn to trust 

Hudson Taylor had deliberately put himself into a 
difficult situation. When he came to London, he told 
his parents that they didn't need to worry, that every- 
thing was O.K. And they took from that that relatives 
in London would be covering his financial needs. And 
at the same time, when he returned to London, he 
told friends who were solicitous in asking about his 
needs the same thing. They thought that the family in 
Barnsley were standing behind him. Actually what he 
did was deliberately to place himself between both 
sides of solicitous help and to fall into the hands of 
the Lord. What an experience! 

At the end of the month, because the doctor had 
forgotten to pay him, he had in his pocketasingle half- 
crown, equivalentto about three dollars, and nothing 
in the bank. That weekend he went to the slums of 
London to pass out tracts and witness for the Lord. It 
had been a long day. Late in the afternoon as dark- 
ness began to fall and as he turned to make his weary 
way back to his apartment, he heard someone run- 
ning behind him. Looking back, he saw a man, who 
said, "Sir, can't you come to my house? My wife is 
dying. Come and help her." He wasn't prepared to go 
with the man at first because it was a dangerous area, 
where a few days earlier he had been attacked and 
almost blinded. He said, "Aren't you a Roman 
Catholic?" The man replied, "Yes." "Well then," he 
continued, "why don't you go to the priest?" "I 
have," he said, "but because our family is without any 
money, he is unwilling to come." And when he said 
that, Hudson Taylor thought of his own half-crown. 
He then said, "Why don't you go to the government 
to get help?" "But the government office won't be 
open until Monday, and my wife will be gone by then. 
Can't you come?" he said. So, turning and retracing 
his footsteps, Hudson Taylor followed the man down 
into his hovel. In the darkness he saw the form of the 



man's wife lying on a mat on the floor. He stooped 
over and examined her, and in a moment he knew the 
problem. He turned and said, "You need to buy a 
certain kind of medicine. "The wordswere hardlyout 
of his mouth before a voice within said, "You hypo- 
crite. You know the man doesn't have any money. He 
wasn't able to call help from elsewhere, and now you 
tell him the medicine he is to buy. Why don'tyou take 
the half-crown out of your pocket and give itto him so 
that he can buy the medicine that he needs?" 

Hudson Taylor did what you and I would do. He got 
superspiritual. He said to the man, "Let me pray for 
vour wife." Now there is a time to pray and a time to 
obey. Prayer then was not obedience. Later in his 
diary he wrote, "It seemed as though the ceiling of 
that poor man's hovel was like brass. My prayer never 
got anywhere." As he arose from his knees, the Lord 
seemed to be saying to him again, "That half-crown. 
Get it out and give itto the man." He said, "But, Lord, 
I don't know when the doctor is going to remember. 
And this is all that I've got left." Then the Lord put it 
squarely to him: "If you can't trust me in England 
when all your friends are so near, how will you ever 
be able to trust me when you get to China and you are 
thousands of miles away from family and friends? 
Can't you trust me?" 

His hand slipped slowly into his pocket and out 
came that half-crown. He handed it to the man and 
said, "Sir, this is all I have, but it is enough to cover 
the medicine you need to buy." Hudson Taylor wrote 
in his diary, "When I left the man's house, my heart 
was as light as my pocket." Here was a young man, 
seventeen, heading home, with not a cent in his 
pocket. But he knew the God of Joshua, who could 
say that "not one thing hath failed of all the good 
things which the Lord your God spake concerning 
you" (Joshua 23:14). 

He went home and heated a bowl of gruel for 
supper. And that is all there was — nothing for the 
next day. He said he slept like a baby that night. It 
seemed as though the load had lifted. Just before he 
left home the next morning, there was a knock at the 
door; the landlady was there. Instead of asking for 
the rent, which was about due, she said, "Here is an 
envelope, a special letter, it seems. I needed to get it 
to you." He opened it and found inside ten times the 
amount of money he had given the previous evening 
to save the woman's life. He said, "God's bank is not 
like the banks on earth. He not only returned the 
principal but multiplied the interest." The 
seventeen-year-old Hudson Taylor had experienced 
God's faithfulness before going to the mission field. 

The Importance of Getting Priorities Right 

Our family was in China. We had returned from 
furlough in 1936. Japan attacked China in 1937. The 
area where I was going to school in the province of 
Shantung, in the city of Chefoo, was quickly overrun 
without a shot being fired. The Japanese warships 
steamed into the harbor, and we found ourselves 
living in occupied territory. It was still four years until 
Pearl Harbor. The attack on China proved disruptive 
for missionary service. 

My parents were serving in the city of Kaifeng in 
central China. With the Japanese overrunning that 

provincial capital, the situation was very difficult. 
Missionaries coming in and out of the city gates, 
along with all of the citizenry, had to dismount from 
their bicycles. On one occasion when Mother did not 
dismount quickly enough, she was struck several 
times on the head. And so my parents moved to the 
coast, where we had an unforgettable year together 
in 1939. Prayers in those dangerous days were really 
important. I remember awakening one night and dis- 
covering Dad kneeling by my bedside, praying for his 
son's conversion. 

Morning prayers were important. Together as a 
family, we memorized two chapters, the fifty-fifth 
chapter of Isaiah and the ninety-first Psalm, which my 
Mother put to music. Little did we know what those 
promises would mean to a family divided in war-torn 
China. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the 
most High shall abide under the shadow of the Al- 
mighty" (Psalm 91:1). 

Dad looked at the situation and, as any responsible 
parent would do, decided that it wasn't for us. We 
had to get out because of the uncertainty and diffi- 
culty of continuing missionary service. He booked 
passage to Shanghai and then on to the United States. 
It appeared that the door was open. But sometimes 
doors that open are not really opened by the Lord. 
Dad continued to pray. And I remember one day 
when he said to me, "Jamie, would you like to go to 
the shipping office with me?" I said, "Dad, are we 
getting ready to leave forthe States?" "No," Dad said. 
"I am going to cancel the tickets." I was shocked! The 
tickets were canceled. 

In early 1940 we stood at the dock as the ship sailed 
away. We went up to Tientsin, and then my folks went 
on into the interior and later on to the far northwest 
to the city of Sian. 

On the seventh of December, Japan attacked Pearl 
Harbor. My folks were a thousand miles away from us 
four children, who were at the China Inland Mission 
school. That morning the headlines carried what 
President Roosevelt said would go down in history as 
the day of infamy: Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. 
There was one mother in that group in Sian who 
could not stand and talk with the others. She thought 
of her four children a thousand miles away. Moving 
away from the little group of Christian workers, she 
went to the bedroom and fell on her knees and did 
what any mother would do: she cried. She couldn't 
formulate a prayer. As an American she knew that her 
country was at war with the Japanese and that she 
could not reach her children and get them out. But as 
she knelt there, God spoke to her through Matthew 
6:33, paraphrased so beautifully by a pastor in Vir- 
ginia: "If you will take care of the things that are dear 
to God, God will take care of the things that are dear 
to you." Hearing God's voice in that moment of crisis 
enabled Mother to stand again and to continue for 
the next five years, the family being separated for the 
next five and one-half years. 

We children were taken by the Japanese into the 
concentration camp in Chefoo. I suspect that they 
were not ready for what they saw when we marched 
singing from the China Inland Mission school. Our 
song, found in the Inter-Varsity hymnbook, was 
"God is our refuge, our refuge and our strength, a 

CDDikir mo: 

very present help in trouble." Ten months later we 
were moved to another camp, where we were joined 
by one thousand others. It was in that camp where I 
first met Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire. He died 
in that camp of a brain tumor, but not before his life 
had indelibly touched my life. 

And then one day two years later as we were getting 
ready for roll call, it happened. Off in the distance we 
heard the drone of a plane. We strained our eyes, and 
shortly we saw a plane with the insignia of the United 
States Air Force emblazoned on its wings, flying low 
over the fields. The camp of over 1 ,000 people went 
crazy. We ran! We shouted! We screamed! We threw 
our arms into the air! I don't know how many flags 
came out. I don't know where or how they had been 
hidden. The plane buzzed the camp several times, 
and then seven men parachuted. They were armed to 
the teeth. We scrambled out to meet them and 
brought them into the camp on our shoulders. There 
was one tense moment as the commanding officer of 
these seven men asked for the Japanese comman- 
dant. Would he fight? Would the camp be destroyed? 
And then with one quick movement, he raised his 
sword and surrendered. We had been liberated. 

We were flown out of that camp one month later. 
We spent one night with the American Air Force at 
their base and then the next morning were put on the 
train for home. When we got to the station, it was 
fifteen miles from home. As dusk began to fall, we 
came to the little town where the Bible school was. 
My parents didn't know when we were coming. 
Mother didn't know four weary children were enter- 
ing the compound. A student met us and took us to 
the Bible school. Looking into the room where the 
faculty meeting was being held, he said, "Mrs. Taylor, 
the children have arrived." Mother looked up and 
said, "Whose children?" And then she saw the four 
faces in the doorway, and that was the end of the 
faculty meeting. In just a few minutes the four of us 
were reunited with Mom and Dad after five and one- 
half years of separation. 

"If you will take care of the things that are dear to 
God, Cod will take care of those who are dear to 
you." God had gone ahead and made provision. That 

promise that the Lord gave is not a prescription for 
parental irresponsibility, but in that given situation it 
was a prescription to trust Cod and let Him show His 

I stand before you because God is faithful. A deci- 
sion made back there in the eighteenth century has 
influenced a family for eight generations. Think care- 
fully and prayerfully as you make decisions. Learn 
early the power of prevailing prayer, the importance 
of experiencing God's faithfulness, and the getting of 
your priorities right. You belong to Him. You were 
bought with a price. Let Him be Lord in your life. Are 
you prepared to trust Him when He says, "If you will 
take care of the things that are dear to me, I will take 
care of those who are dear to you"? 

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." 



Dr. James Hudson Taylor III is 

the seventh general director of the 
Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 
founded as the China Inland Mis- 
sion by his great-grandfather, J. 
Hudson Taylor, in 1865. 

He was born in a China Inland 
hospital in Keifeng, Honan, China. He attended the 
CIM school at Cheefoo, China; and after high school 
he studied both at Spring Arbor College and at 
Greenville College, where he met his wife, Leone. 
After theological study at Asbury Theological Semi- 
nary, the Taylors went in 1955 to Taiwan, where he 
was president of the China Evangelical Seminary and 
engaged in church planting and tribal work. Dr. 
Taylor, the first American general director of the 
CIM/OMF, and Mrs. Taylor are based at OMF's inter- 
national headquarters in Singapore. They have three 




Pictured is part of the group of participants in the January missions conference. Sixty missionary 
agencies sent over one hundred representatives to the conference. 













"Faithful in Christ Jesus" 

Twenty-six students, along with Richard R. Hill, 
assistant professor of business, attended Urbana '84, 
sponsored by Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. The 
theme of the 14th Urbana convention on missions 
was "Faithful in Christ Jesus." For five days, De- 
cember 27-31 , students learned what commitment to 
Christ means. Plenary sessions were held in the 
mornings and evenings. Students spent their after- 
noons attending workshops and small group meet- 
ings or visiting exhibits set up by missionary organiza- 
tions. All sessions were held on the Urbana campus 
of the University of Illinois. 

A record-breaking crowd of over 18,000 shared in 
the five days of lectures, fellowship, and inquiry. 
More than 140 mission agencies and Christian 
schools participated in the convention. Plenary 
speakers included evangelist Luis Palau, evangelist 
Billy Graham, urban missions specialist Ray Bakke, 
Wycliffe translator Joanne Shelter, and Inter-Varsity 
missions specialist David Bryant. 

John E. Kyle, convention director, opened the 1984 
convention by telling students that the Great Com- 
mission is still in effect. He said, "We are here be- 
cause of the Great Commission. This is a responsibil- 
ity as well as a privilege. The Great Commission has 
never been rescinded; our marching orders have 
never been counter-commanded." Speakers 
throughout the convention challenged the students 
to respond to the great needs of the world and to the 
Bible's clear command to reach the unreached. Yet 
they also stressed the need for their hearers to be 
faithful in prayer and the disciplines of discipleship 
now as preparation is made for service. 

In reporting their own personal observations of 
this international missions conclave, Bryan atten- 
dants made use of such words as exciting, challeng- 
ing, awesome, and overwhelming. Throughout the 
reports made to Bryan Life were the recurring expres- 
sions of the necessity of personal commitment to 
Jesus Christ and the need for personal development 
of communion with Him in prayer. Following are 
excerpts shared from their reports: 

Letitia Allison: 

"Urbana certainly was a profitable experience for 
me. Looking at that crowd of 18,000 fellow Christians 
reminded me of the privilege that is mine to be a child 
of God and a part of His family. It caused me to renew 
my commitment to Christ and made me realize the 
importance of being faithful to Him in every area of 
my life. Above all I was encouraged to live each day in 
service to Him, allowing His guidance and relying on 
Him to direct me in whatever He has for my future." 

Kathy Beatty: 

"It has been said thatattending Urbana is like trying 
to take a sip from an open fire hydrant, and in turn my 
telling you what I learned is like giving you a tiny drop 
of my sip. Indeed, Urbana was overwhelming, and 
much of what was said rushed past my head. Yet, 
enough "water" entered my mouth to change my 
attitude about world missions and my place in reach- 
ingtheworld forChrist. I gained agreater insight into 
the power of prayer. For Christians prayer is our 
highest, noblest, and most effective way to serve God 
(from one of Eric Alexander's sessions). It is a duty 
commanded by God. I also gained a greater insight 

m i 

SPRING 1985 

into the idea of commitment. At Urbana 1 was chal- 
lenged to remain open to Cod and to allow Him to 
use me in ways I may never have dreamed about and 
in a country I may never have thought about going to. 
I am excited about the future as I have never been 

Beth Branson: 

"Urbana '84 was the highlight of my Christmas 
break. It is hard to describe what it was like being with 
18,000 other Christians. At times it was almost over- 
whelming! Urbana really broadened my vision for 
missions with the idea of the unreached people 
groups and the emphasis on prayer. It strengthened 
my desire to be involved in missionary service. I am 
thankful for what I learned. I am excited about just 
waiting to see where Cod will lead me." 

Leslie Campbell: 

"Urbana was an answer to prayer for me. I didn't 
think I was going to get to go because of financial 
difficulties, but the Lord helped me all the way. The 
Lord opened my eyes to realize that the "hidden 
peoples" of the world have feelings and shed tears 
just as I do. I made a commitment to Cod to pray daily 
for these people so that God will help me to develop a 
compassionate love for them." 

Fred Duong: 

"Urbana '84 was an overwhelming experience. 
One of the highlights was the small Bible study and 
prayer group to which each student was assigned. 
Two of our group came to know the saving grace of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. The speakers were unbelieva- 
ble. Through Urbana '84 God has shown me that I 
cannot be just another Christian, but that I must be a 
World Christian. Praise the Lord!" 
(Editor's Note: Fred, whose family came to the U.S. as 
refugees in 1975, sent his report on a sheet which had at the 
bottom, "We are World Christians!" He also shared II 
Timothy 2:4). 

Kathy Edwards: 

"Urbana was awesome! Most of the 18,000 
college-age young people who attended had a desire 
to follow God. It seems to be normal for the Lord to 
speak about missions to a person attending a mis- 

sions conference. This did not happen to me. God 
spoke to me about the fact that I must first obey Him 
in the small things before I can expect Him to give me 
big things to do for Him. I also learned that God 
answers prayer. I am excited about what God is going 
to do as we do what William Carey said: "Expect great 
things from Cod; attempt great things for Cod." 

Kelly Ellis: 

"Urbana to me was a once-in-a-lifetime experi- 
ence. It was a privilege to be gathered with 18,000 of 
my Christian peers who were excited to serve God. I 
was very much impressed with the organization of 
the conference. I was challenged and often over- 
whelmed by the needs of the world. I realize more 
than ever before that prayer is a command. The Lord 
confirmed to me to pursue foreign missionary 
service — as of now, Wycliffe." 

Lori Farney: 

"I can't begin to describe the many ways my life was 
changed at Urbana, and I'm sure that the Lord isn't 
finished with me yet! The most profound effect Ur- 
bana had on me was the exposure it gave me to the 
need for Christ of so many millions of people. I knew 
of this need before Urbana, but it was there that these 
people became real to me. They hunger, they thirst, 
they laugh and cry; they need Christ. My heart ached 
as I matched real faces with need — real people in 
bondage to animism and false hope. I see the world 
through different eyes now and know more effec- 
tively and specifically how to pray. Thank you, Ur- 
bana, and thank you, Lord!" 

Denise Gearhart: 

"Spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally 
invigorating — that's what Urbana was to me! My days 
were filled with busy schedules, meeting new and 
intriguing people from across the United States and 
beyond, standing in l-o-n-g cafeteria lines (singing 
while we waited), and attending the eye-opening 
meetings along with 18,000 others who were seeking 
God's guidance in their lives. Warm Christian love 
and fellowship was felt throughout the conference. 
Realizing that we all had one common goal — to serve 
Jesus Christ faithfully — was very exciting and en- 
couraging to me." 

The Bryan students who attended Ur- 
bana '84 are (left to right), back row: 
David Branson, Steve Stewart, Jon 
Pierce, Dave Harvey, Tim Green, Pro- 
fessor Hill; middle row: Kathy Beatty, 
Jon Klaus, Naomi Woodmansee, 
Shawn Wolf, Bob Hay, Susan 
Goldmann, Don Paul Gross; front 
row: Lori Farney, Beth Branson, Kathy 
Edwards, Denise Gearhart, Letitia Alli- 
son, Kelly Ellis, Ginger Gentry. Not 
pictured are Susan Klaus, Evelyn 
Ward, Leslie Campbell, Fred Duong, 
Karen Mains, Mark Jones, and Barbara 



Susan Goldman: 

"The circumstances which made it possible for me 
to attend Urbana were enough to convince me that 
Cod wanted me there. I was impressed with the mag- 
nitude of the challenge ahead — of the many millions 
of people still to be reached. It was encouraging to 
see thousands of people wanting to become involved 
in reaching those millions. The speakers emphasized 
two things: that our prayers make a great deal of 
difference and that the task of reaching the un- 
reached millions can be accomplished through our 
involvement. My own commitment to missions was 
made when I was thirteen years old. My heart is with 
the Muslim peoples. Within the next three to four 
years, I hope to be living and working among them." 

Tim Green: 

"Attending Urbana was a terrific experience for 
me! Since I had already made a commitment to mis- 
sions, Urbana was a time of strengthening that com- 
mitment. There was so much to learn that I almost 
suffered from informational overload. One of the 
main things emphasized was prayer for missions. I'm 
happy to be a part of the prayer bands at Bryan, where 
we can meet and pray for missionary workaround the 

Bob Hay: 

"The importance of prayer and the need to begin 
now the preparations for future work were probably 
the greatest lessons I learned at Urbana '84. Without 
exception every speaker impressed upon us the im- 
portance of daily prayer. We were reminded that 
although we cannot go everywhere in the world we 
are able to intercede intelligently for those mis- 
sionaries on the front lines. The conference was prof- 
itable to me in that it caused me to reflect on where 
my life has been, where it is going (and where it 
should be going), and on the way that missions fit into 
the picture. I made a commitment to the Lord that I 
would daily work toward the goal of serving Him in 
whatever capacity He has for me, whether on a 
foreign field or here at home." 

Jon Klaus: 

"Although Urbana '84 was mainly a missions con- 
ference, I received more than just missions informa- 
tion. The theme of the conference, "Faithful in Christ 
Jesus," raised the question of how we can be faithful 
in Christ Jesus. It was answered clearly for me: follow 
Him. It is my desire to keep Christ in central focus in 
every single aspect of my life. Though I had known it 
before, it was made real to me during the confer- 

Susan Klaus: 

"The Urbana conference was very meaningful to 
me. The Lord spoke to me through various individu- 
als, my small Bible study and prayer group, and the 
main speakers. The most important thing I learned 
wasthe importance of ministeringto foreign students 
right here in the United States through friendship. 

"We can expose them through this friendship to 
Christian influence, which will carry over when they 
return home to become leaders in their countries. I 
was impressed with the need to be a witness here at 
home before going to another country. One speaker 

said, 'If you're not shining for Jesus here, then don't 
come to Africa.' " 

John Pierce: 

"What a blessing our all-powerful, all-knowing, 
majestic Father God provided for me at Urbana! Eight- 
een thousand came together with different expecta- 
tions and motives to center on the topic which God 
holds dearest to His heart: the redemption and 
growth of His people from among all nations. I was 
challenged to see more of how God sees the people 
of our world. His far-reaching perspective has bur- 
dened me for the lost not only in the United States 
but throughout the world. It was a refreshing time in 
my walk with the Lord; and, as a result, I was led to a 
deeper commitment to Christ. Most importantly, I 
was shown that I need to stop limiting God and 
through prayer begin to trust Him expectantly. I now 
know that I want to be in a full-time ministry. The Lord 
willing, I plan to attend seminary following gradua- 
tion from Bryan." 

Steve Stewart: 

"The conference was truly an exciting time. It was 
quite an experience to be with 18,000 people all 
focusing on Jesus Christ and His Great Commission. 
My Urbana '84 trip as a senior was much better than 
my '81 trip as a freshman. These additional years of 
maturing helped immensely. The thing that most 
spoke to me was the fact that we have only one life to 
serve the Lord. If we choose not to serve Him now, 
when can we? I have committed myself to serve the 
Lord no matter what I do, whether in secular 
employment or as a missionary." 

Evelyn Ward: 

"Prayer should be fundamental rather than sup- 
plemental. Our Christian life is based on a personal 
relationship with Jesus Christ, and what is a relation- 
ship if there is no communication? 

"I, as a Christian liberal arts student, am subject to 
good, sound Biblical teaching; however, the best 
teaching in the world is useless unless the Holy Spirit 
takes that truth and applies it. I need to spend time 
'praying that truth in!' 

"I appreciated the spirit of Urbana, where there 
was promoted a genuine spirit of encouragement and 
love rather than of guilt. Instead of signing up for the 
first ship to leave for a foreign land, I was encouraged 
to find out what my individual duty is concerning 
missions. Is it to give or to go or to pray? I am asking 
that God will prepare me now for however and 
wherever He would use me in the future." 

Shawn Wolf: 

"The conference was a very moving and exciting 
experience for me. The size of the crowd was over- 
whelming to me as a small-town boy. And the best 
part was that all were there to learn more about serv- 
ing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ better! My favor- 
ite speaker was David Bryant, who spoke on the 
power of prayer. He was a powerful speaker. Al- 
though I enjoyed the great speakers, the small Bible 
study and prayer group meant the most to me. Our 
time in prayer and Bible study was very intense. We 
became a really close-knit family. This group of guys 
will be remembered in my prayers for a long time to 
come." □ 


SPRINir. l')R-> 

Annual Pastors' Conference 

May 14-16 

Dr. Ralph Keiper, representative 
for Denver Conservative Baptist 
Seminary, former associate editor 
Eternity magazine, author and Bible 
conference speaker. 

Dr. Manford George Gutzke, 

president, founder, and speaker on 
the international "The Bible for You" 
radio broadcast. 

William J. Murray, son of atheist 
Madalyn Murray O'Hair, will share his 
personal testimony of faith in Christ at 
the Thursday evening session of the 

Inquiries Invited 

Living Tributes 

When You Need to Remember 

A couple celebrates a special anniversary. There is a 
birthday, graduation, promotion, or significant ac- 
complishment. A friend or loved one has passed away. 
You want to remember and honor someone in a mean- 
ingful and lasting manner. 

A living tribute is a personal and private way of making 
a gift to Bryan College. It helps provide a quality Chris- 
tian education for young men and women at Bryan who 
are preparing to serve the Lord. The amount of the gift 
remains confidential. The person honored or the family 
of the person honored is notified. Special recognition is 
made in our quarterly periodical, Bryan Life. Your liv- 
ing tribute gift is tax-deductible. 

Send your living tribute to: 
Living Tributes 

Bryan College, Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-7000 

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in loving honor of: 

Given by 





Send acknowledgment to: 



City State 


December 13, 1984 to March 15, 1985 


Mr. Nick Senter 

Mr. and Mrs. Bradford N. Lapsley 

Mrs. J. B. Lapsley 

Mrs. Mary Lee Kenyon 

Dr. and Mrs. Brian Richardson 


Mr. and Mrs. J. Bryan Couch 

Mrs. Josephine W. Jones 

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Reeve 

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Cooley 

Mr. and Mrs. Jere M. Ballentine 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Purser, Sr. 

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cates 

Mr. and Mrs. E. Paul Sauer 

Mr. and Mrs. Wilton S. Clements 

LCDR and Mrs. John S. Ghiselin 

Mrs. William L. Manning 

Mr. and Mrs. Barton A. Boggs 

Mrs. Adele Ray Lewis 

Mrs. Clyde Fitzgerald 

Mr. and Mrs. James Soyster 

Mrs. Mary C. Bryson 

Mr. and Mrs. Ira W. Rudd 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Taylor 

Mr. and Mrs. Newton Laymon 

Dr. Mayme Bedford 


Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Jones 
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Jenkins 
Ms. Barbara Howard 

In Memory of 

Mrs. Rosabel F. Senter 
Rev. William Peyton Wilson 
Memorial Fund 

Miss Julia Nichols 

Mr. C. W. Tagart 

Mr. Alfred E. Ciesel 

Mr. John Herriford 

Mrs. Wilma Hogue Bryan 

M. A. Cooley Scholarship Fund 

John Graves Ledu 
Scholarship Fund 

Mr. Mercer Clementson 
Mr. Gordon R. Hakes 
Mrs. Florence Monck Cordova 
Mr. Clyde Fitzgerald, Sr. 
Richard Cole Memorial Fund 
Mr. Royzelle Hornaday, Sr. 

Mrs. Eva Taylor Maharg 

Doris Morgan Scholarship Fund 

In Honor of 

Mrs. W. S. Putnam 
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Jenkins 
Frank and Virginia Schmickl 
Scholarship Fund 





Prospective student and parent 
interest in Bryan is at the highest 
level ever experienced. Each week 
several prospective students and 
their families visit the campus, and 
mail and phone inquiries keep 
admissions office personnel busy. 

By the end of February, 360 ap- 
plications for fall enrollment had 
been received, 30 percent ahead 
of last year and 25 percent above 
the previous highest year. The 
deposits, up from fifty dollars last 
year, are coming in at a good rate. 

Although it is still early to fore- 
cast the tall enrollment, all signs 
point to an increase over last year. 


Two new trustees of Bryan at- 
tended the winter board meeting 
for the first time — John Bruehl, 
business executive of Blooming- 
ton, Illinois, and Dr. Layne 
Roberts, osteopathic physician of 
Okeechobee, Florida, left. 


At the trustee chapel on Tues- 
day, February 5, the trustees pic- 
tured above, left to right, were 

presented with certificates of 
award for their years of service to 
the college: Dr. Ian Hay, missions 
executive (General Director, SIM 
International), Cedar Grove, New 
Jersey, fifteen years; Lewis Llewel- 
lyn, pastor and columnist, Se- 
bring, Florida, thirty-five years; 
John Cammenga, insurance 
executive, West Olive, Michigan, 
ten years; Dr. Mercer; and R. Don 
Efird, residential building contrac- 
tor and insurance agent, Kan- 
napolis, North Carolina, fifteen 
years. Not pictured is Dr. J.J. Rod- 
gers, retired physician of Dayton, 
who received his certificate for 
twenty years' service in absentia. 
Dr. Hay and Mr. Llewellyn are 
alumni of the college. 



For three years in succession, 
the city of Dayton has won the 
Governor's coveted Three Star 
Award, only the second commu- 
nity in Tennessee to be so recog- 
nized. The award in this third year 
also included all of Rhea County. 
This recognition, a part of the 
Community Economic Prepared- 
ness Program, is sponsored by the 
Tennessee Department of 
Economic and Community De- 

Current industrial improve- 
ments and future development 
plans are major considerations for 
this award. The three stars stand 
for the expansion and improve- 
ment to existing industries, new 
industries which have been de- 
veloped, and the overall commu- 
nity quality of life. 

the Davton and Rhea Countv 

Economic Development Council 
hired Mr. Bob Maples in 1984 as 
EDC coordinator. Mr. Maples was 
quoted in an early February article 
in the Chattanooga News-Free 
Press as saying, "We are excited 
because, with so many people 
working together for the good of 
all Rhea County, good things will 
happen here." 


Bryan campus resident Bernyce 
Clementson is shown with Kristina 
Smith, Queen of the Pasadena, 
California, Tournament of Roses, 
in a photo taken while Mrs. 
Clementson was on a holiday visit 
with her cousins, Jack and Mary 
Byers, Upland, whose daughter 
and son, Chris and Jeff, attended 
Bryan College. Mrs. Clementson 
lives in a life-tenure retirement 
home which she and her late hus- 
band, Mercer, built on Faculty Cir- 
cle in 1972. 


Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Denton of 
Evensville were guests of honor at 
the college Christmas banquet 
and concert. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Denton, descendants of pioneer 
Rhea County families, are known 
for their Christian testimony. Mr. 
Denton recently celebrated his 
ninetieth birthday anniversary. 






Mrs. James S. (Ellen) Frazier, the 
oldest of the Bryan College found- 
ers and a trustee emeritus, went 
home to be with the Lord, Tuesday 
morning, March 12. Mrs. Frazier 
served as a trustee of the college 
from 1945 to 1962. She had cele- 
brated her ninety-eighth birthday 
in November. 

Dr. Francis W. Dixon of 
Eastbourne, England, went home 
to be with his Lord on January 18, 
1985. Dr. Dixon, awarded an hon- 
orary Doctor of Divinity degree at 
Bryan's Golden Anniversary 
Commencement in 1980, was last 
at Bryan in May 1984, when he 
spoke at the Seventh Annual Invi- 
tational Pastors' Conference. A 
message from that conference, 
"Paul's Determination and Ours," 
appeared in the summer 1984 
issue of Bryan Life. 

Seventeen Bryan students at- 
tended a Federal Seminar con- 
ducted by the office of public af- 
fairs of the National Association of 
Evangelicals at the Capitol Smith- 
sonian Holiday Inn in Washington, 
D.C., January 28 through February 
1. The Bryan students who at- 
tended were Lewis Alderman, 
Roanoke, Virginia; Gregg and 
Todd Bacon, Robesonia. Pennsyl- 
vania; Brette Barfield, Hollywood, 
Florida; Debbie Barwick, Grove- 
land, Florida; Lori Emmott, Day- 
ton, Tennessee; Mike Goad, 
Burke, Virginia; Ken Gollmer, 
Martinez, Georgia; Robin Greene, 
Charlotte, North Carolina; Sandy 
Jones, Chula, Georgia; Trey 
Paulsen 111, West Palm Beach, 
Florida; Betsy Sanders, Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida; Rebekah 
Sheyda, Matthews, North Caro- 
lina; Cindy Smith, Abu Dhabi, 
United Arab Emirates; Dan W. 
and Steve Snyder, Mato Grosso, 
Brazil; and David Samples, Oak- 
dale, Louisiana. Professors 
Richard Hill and William Ketcher- 

sid accompanied the Bryan stu- 

The purpose of the seminar was 
to give students from Christian 
colleges an opportunity to visitthe 
U.S. Capital and to hear speakers 
who make decisions that affect the 
governing processes of the whole 

Students from nearly a dozen 
Christian colleges across the 
country heard speakers like 
Senator Roger Jepsen, Senator 
Mark Hatfield, Senate Chaplain 
Richard Halverson, Representa- 
tive Paul Henry, and Representa- 
tive Marilyn Lloyd. Covered in the 
seminar sessions were such sub- 
jects as "Religion and Politics," 
"Evangelical Alternatives in 
Policy-Making," "Career Oppor- 
tunities in the Nation's Capital," 
and "The Politics of Foreign Aid." 
Participants in the seminar ses- 
sions were exposed to the inner- 
workings of government through 
Christian leaders who serve in 
government positions. 

Shown with Senator Jim Sasser of Tennessee are some of the Bryan students who 
attended the Washington seminar sessions. From left to right, back row: Lewis 
Alderman, Trey Paulsen, Professors Richard Hill and William Ketchersid. Center: 
Cindy Smith, Lori Emmott, Todd and Gregg Bacon, Rebekah Sheyda. Front: 
Senator Sasser, Steve Snyder, Ken Gollmer, Dan W. Snyder, David Samples. 







21st Annual 


Summer Bible Conference 

July 22-26, 1985 



■ - 

David C. Egner, editor, 
Radio Bible Class Discov- 
ery Digest 

Rev. Hyrum Dallinga, a 

former third-generation 
Mormon, seminar leader, 
and counselor 


Charles and Sharon Goodman, di- 
rectors of the conference program 
for teens 

Dale and Lorey Comstock, pup- 
peteers, for the program for chil- 

Dr. Cary Perdue, execu- 
tive director of the Inter- 
national Council on Bibli- 
cal Inerrancy, author, and 


(left to right) Steve and Barbara 
Snyder, John and Ruth Bartlett, 
John and Elaine Weyant 

Conference guest housing in the new 
Woodlee-Ewing Residence Hall. 

For additional details write: 

Summer Bible Conference 
Bryan College, Box 7000 
Dayton, Tennessee 37321-7000 


SUMMER 1985 


Volume 10 

Summer 1985 

Number 4 


Editorial Office: 

William Jennings Bryan 

Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-7000 
(615) 775-2041 


Theodore C. Mercer 

Managing Editor: 

John Weyant 

Assistant Managing Editor: 

Rebecca Peck Hoyt 

Consulting Editor: 

Alice Mercer 

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 1985 


William Jennings Bryan College 

Dayton, Tennessee 

POSTMASTERS: Send form 3579 to 
Bryan College, Box 7000, Dayton, TN 


The cover photo of the flag- 
bearers at the front of the 1985 
graduation procession is cour- 
tesy of Mauldin Photography of 
Dayton. Vietnamese Dinh Tran is 
carryi% he American flag. Dinh 
was president of the Junior 
Class last year and will serve as 
the president of the Student 
Senate for the 1985-86 academic 

BRYAN COLLEGE AND YOU: Bryan as a Christian liberal arts col- 
lege. By Karl E. Keefer 3 

CHRISTIAN LIBERAL ARTS: A 1985 Commencement address. By 
Evelyn Ward. 6 

WANTED: AMBASSADORS: A 1985 Commencement address. By 
Nancy Raine 7 

PICTORIAL REVIEW: Graduation 1985 

Presidential Scholarships, Bryan Scholar Awards, and Academic 
Scholarships. 10 

KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD: Biblical criteria for discerning 

God's will for our lives. By Dr. Ralph Keiper 12 

CAMPUS REVIEW: News of interest to alumni and friends. 



Dr. Keefer's chapel address extends the 
thesis of my recent article on the heritage 
of the college as aguide in the educational 
maze of today. He shows that what Bryan is 
and aspires to be, atruly Christian liberal arts college, must be understood 
and realized in the experience of those who make up the institution. Only 
then can the history, mission, and identity of the college be a living 
institutional dynamic. 

In this issue we also share with you, along with campus news, some of 
the highlights of the fifty-second annual commencement and a message 
given at the eighth annual pastors' conference. 

Theodore C. Mercer 


SUMMER 1985 

H0K Mi- 


An address delivered by Dr. Karl Keefer, Vice President for 
Academic Affairs, to the Bryan student body at a chapel service 

Sometimes we take for granted the things which we 
are most familiar with; and by taking familiar things 
for granted, we lose sight of what their meaning and 
significance and importance really are. And so, since 
you are familiar with Bryan College, and I am too, I 
would like to refresh in all of our minds what Bryan 
College really is all about and then try to suggest 
some ways in which this ought to be affecting your 
life and mine. The basic definition of Bryan College 
which we often use is this: Bryan is a Christian libera! 
arts college. We use that phrase so much that we 
often do not think of what that means. I would like to 
pull it apart and spend a little time discussing: (1) 
What it means to be Christian, (2) What it means to be 
liberal arts, and (3) What it means to be a college. 

What it means to be Christian 

To be a Christian you have to believe something. 
And you not only have to believe something but you 
have to believe the right thing. And you not only have 
to believe the right thing but you have to believe the 
right thing about the right person. You do not be- 
come a Christian by reforming and turning over a new 
leaf. You become a Christian by having the right be- 
liefs about Jesus Christ. And then as a result of the 
right beliefs about Jesus Christ, you may indeed, and 
will, make a change in the way you live. But the belief 
comes first. 

Bryan College is a Christian college. That means 
that as a college we officially and actually believe the 
right things about the right person. I would like to 
review the official Bryan College statement of belief 
as it appears in the college catalog and ask you to 
think about what this statement is saying. This is the 
position that Bryan College takes as far as being 

Christian is concerned. Every memberof the board of 
trustees, every member of the faculty, and every ad- 
ministrator annually subscribes to this, indicating 
that we continue to believe these things. And that is 
what makes us Christian. What then do we believe? 
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 Cod, is inerrant in the 
original writings; 

in Cod the Father, God the Son, and Cod 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 reconciliation to 

that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Saviour, that He 
was crucified for our sins, according to the Scrip- 
tures, as a voluntary representative and substitution- 
ary 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 forever; 
in the bodily resurrection of all persons, judgmentto 
come, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and 
the everlasting punishment of the lost. 



Now this is where we stand as a college. We do not 
apologize for it. It is affirmed in all of our official 
publications and statements, and everyone of us offi- 
cially connected with the college says that he or she 
believes it. And that is the foundation for making us 

But it doesn't stop there. I suppose that we could 
annually subscribe to the statement of belief and then 
forget about it. Unfortunately a number of colleges 
through history have done just that. So we have col- 
leges in this country, numbers of them, which origi- 
nally would have been fully in sympathy and in har- 
mony with the statement of belief of Bryan but where 
this gradually became simply a dead letter. And even 
though this was a part of the official documentation 
of the college, it was lost sight of completely. This has 
not happened at Bryan College, and by God's grace I 
trust that it never will happen. But in order for it not to 
happen, it means that this Bible-based creed to which 
we subscribe must be translated into everyday life. 
And that's what we try to do in a number of ways. For 
example, when the Board recruits new members, or 
when I as the academic dean and vice president for 
academic affairs recruit new members for the faculty, 
we try our best to find people who as far as we can tell 
not only subscribe to the creed but live it out in their 

We try to make Bryan truly Christian, not just in its 
statement of beliefs but in the way life is lived, by 
various things which we do institutionally to foster 
the development of these beliefs in our individual 
Christian lives. That is why we have required chapel. 
Knowing the kind of people we are, we know that if 
chapel were not required we would simply excuse 
ourselves. Many institutions that have abandoned 
required chapel have seen chapel disappear as an 
institutional force for righteousness. That is why we 
have missions conferences. That is why we have 
spiritual life conferences. That is why we have various 
things institutionally so that we will remain Christian 
not only in a statement of creed but in actuality. That 
is why we have Practical Christian Involvement. PCI is 
not simply an activity of the Christian education de- 
partment orthe division of Biblical studies, but it is an 
activity in which all students are welcome to partici- 
pate; and we encourage participation so that our 
Christian faith is translated into the practicalities of 
daily life and not simply limited to a statement of 
belief in the catalog. 

You do not have to be a Christian to come to Bryan 
as a student. But we hope that if you come here 
without being a Christian you will desire to become 
one and make that commitment to Jesus Christ, not 
by compulsion but by the power of God working 
through the lives of those who are Christians. And 
then for those of you who are Christian, we hope that 
you will provide the Christian leadership in this in- 
stitution. It is not enough for the board of trustees 
and the faculty and the administration to be Chris- 
tian. We need a student body that is basically Chris- 
tian not simply in name but in deed. And what it 
means to be a Christian, not simply in name but in 
deed, is not only to believe the right things but to 
ransiate them into daily life. "Whatever you do, 
whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the 

Lord Jesus," Paul said to the Colossians and Paul says 
to the Bryanites. "Whether you eat or drink, or what- 
everyou do, do it all for the glory of God," Paul saidto 
the Corinthians and Paul says to the Bryanites. This 
means that being a Christian is a twenty-four-hour- 
a-day, seven-day-a-week, fifty-two-weeks-a-year 
thing. It is not simply a Sunday or a chapel or a Bible 
class thing, it is a thing which permeates every aspect 
of your life. And if it doesn't, you need to ask your- 
self, "Am I really the Christian I claim to be?" 

Among the faculty we talk about the integration of 
faith and learning. And we try to integrate Christian 
principles and Biblical standards in every academic 
discipline. But there is another integration. It is the 
integration of faith and living. And that is up to you as 
much as it is up to me. And I pray that you, as well as 
this college institutionally, will be genuinely Chris- 

What it means to be liberal arts 

Secondly, Bryan is a liberal arts college. Now what 
does that mean? Well, first of all there are some 
things that it is not. It is not a Bible college. In a Bible 
college everyone majors in Bible and then chooses 
certain emphases within that. Bible colleges have 
been greatly used of God, and I thank Him for them. 
It was my privilege, some years ago, to be dean of a 
Bible college. It was a tremendous experience for me 
and did much for me in my own spiritual life. Bryan is 
not a Bible college. There are other majors that you 
can take here. Bryan is not a technical school. We are 
living in an age of technology; and there is a tre- 
mendous emphasis upon high tech, not only com- 
puters but robotics and many other things. It is amaz- 
ing what is being done, and these are perfectly 
legitimate activities. God has given us minds to use 
and brains to develop these things, and some schools 
are established for that purpose. Some fine Christian 
colleges have been led to go in this direction, but 
Bryan is not a technical school. Nor is Bryan a univer- 
sity. The founders, who had great plans and great 
ideas, originally named the school William Jennings 
Bryan Memorial University. And for many years itwas 
Bryan University. When it became evident, though, 
that in the providence of God we would not have 
multiple schools — of education, engineering, law, 
and medicine — as universities do, the name was 
changed appropriately to Bryan College. We are just a 
four-year liberal arts college. 

Now what does that mean? It means that at our 
institution we believe that what we call general edu- 
cation is important. Your Bible is important, so we 
have a strong Bible core that everybody takes. For this 
reason some people think of us as a Bible college, and 
that's all right. And we are not going to abandon that. 
Although sometimes there has been pressure to cut 
down on the Bible requirement because of the many 
other things that need to be included in the cur- 
riculum, the faculty has resisted. I heartily support 
this effort to keep the Bible core strong in all of our 
programs and hope that it will continue to be the 

As a liberal arts college we have what we call gen- 
eral education requirements. You have to take some 
English, some literature, some history, some science, 
some psychology, and a number of other things that 


SUMMER 1985 

we call general education. As a Christian institution 
we believe that God is the God of everything. God is 
not limited to the Bible. Now the Bible is indispensa- 
ble for our understanding of who God is and what He 
is doing in the world; but God, as our creed states, 
created the universe. And there is nothing in our 
universe that does not belong to God. And if God is in 
everything, then we need to know as much as we can 
about everything. Obviously our knowledge is lim- 
ited. We are finite. We cannot know everything about 
everything, but we can know something about a good 
many things. We need to know something about 
history and literature and science and mathematics 
and psychology and all these things in addition to our 
knowledge of the Word of God. And our liberal arts 
emphasis is what differentiates us from a Bible col- 
lege or a technical school or some other specialized 

Sometimes people think that when you get 
through with a liberal arts program you are not qual- 
ified to do much of anything. But this is not actually 
the case. William J. Bennett, Secretary of Education, 
has pointed to a study by the University of Texas 
Career Center which found that 80 per cent of 1,300 
recent University of Texas liberal arts graduates are 
employed full-time, 12 per cent are full-time graduate 
students, 5 per cent are voluntarily unemployed, and 
only 3 per cent are unemployed and looking for work. 
Bennett concludes that "liberal arts graduates are 
likely to have developed certain skills that are indis- 
pensable to all areas of work: skills such as research, 
writing, speaking, and analyzing." I think that has 
something significant and something encouraging to 
say to us as a liberal arts college and to you students 
who are here in a liberal arts college. 

Now how do you fit into this pattern here at a liberal 
arts college? At a liberal arts college that has any kind 
of decent academic standards, it is going to be tough 
sometimes. It is probably tough right now. It is impor- 
tant to recall James 1 :3-4: "The testing of your faith 
develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its 
work so that you may be mature and complete, not 
lacking anything." You will never become mature 
without pressures. You know that is true in the physi- 
cal realm. An athlete who wants to succeed can only 
do so as he pushes himself to the limit and prepares 
to succeed. You don't become an athlete by sitting 
behind a desk all day. If you want to become an 
athlete, you push yourself and you put yourself under 
pressure and your coach puts you under pressure 
and you think that you'll never make it, that you'll 
break first. But if you stick with it and have the stuff, 
you can become a champion athlete. But that is true 
in every other realm of life. That is true in spiritual 
things. That is why God puts us under pressure 
sometimes — to make us grow up spiritually. The 
biggest spiritual growth times in my life were the 
times when I was under unbearable pressure. Intel- 
lectually and mentally the same thing is true. You will 
grow intellectually and mentally only to the degree 
that you are persevering under pressure. 

What it means to be a college 

We have talked about what it means to be Christian 
and to be liberal arts; now what does it mean to be a 
college? The word college is related to the word col- 

league. A colleague is someone whom we work with 
and live with and is on a level with us. We speak 
sometimes in the faculty of our colleagues, and that 
means our fellow faculty members. But in a college 
everybody is really a colleague of everybody else. The 
American higher education system is an amalgam of 
several European models, but the college idea comes 
primarily from Great Britain. You go to Oxford Uni- 
versity, and there you enroll in and live at one of the 
colleges — All Souls College or Trinity College, for 
example. You live there not only with your fellow 
students but also with your professors, who are 
called the Masters. You do not go to class for two or 
three days a week on a regular schedule as at Bryan. It 
is more like independent study but done with your 
colleagues, your Masters as well as your fellow stu- 
dents. When you complete your study, you take your 
exams, which, if you pass, will qualify you to graduate 
from Oxford. Now we have modified that model 
greatly. But the college idea is still the idea of living 
and working with and getting to know colleagues. 
And so Bryan is not a community college or a com- 
muter col lege, it is a residential college. This is a place 
where you have not only the other experiences of 
life, but also the residential experience, so that you 
learn how to live and get along with other people. 
And sometimes that is one of the toughest parts of the 
whole business. Although we do not have professors 
living in the dormitories, still we hope that our pro- 
fessors are accessible enough to you so that you can 
develop a sense of collegiality with them as well as 
with one another. This is all part of the Christian 
model too, because Paul, writing to the Corinthians, 
(and of course he was writing to the church and Bryan 
is not a church, but nonetheless principles that apply 
to the church apply to us too) said that there should 
be "no division in the body but its parts should have 
equal concern for each other. If one part suffers every 
part suffers with it. If one part is honored every part 
rejoices with it." And I believe that's the way it ought 
to be here. 

We have official divisions, properly — students, 
administrators, faculty, and support staff — and that is 
well and good. We need that in order to work effi- 
ciently. But beyond that superficial level, you and I 
are colleagues. And we ought to be able to work 
together, to pray together, to love together, and to 
support together as colleagues. If you suffer, I suffer 
with you. If you rejoice, I rejoice with you. If I suffer, 
you suffer with me. If I rejoice, you rejoice with me. 
That oneness, which is a part of the body of Christ, 
ought to characterize us as a college. Ana so there is 
really no place for cliques. I hear sometimes about 
cliques. Well, we all have people that we relate to 
more readily than to others, and that is natural. But if 
we get to the point where we are always running 
around with this little exclusive group and we kind of 
look down our noses at others or separate from 
others and do not share in the concerns of others, 
then we are not a college. And that is true at any level : 
faculty, administration, student, staff, whatever it is. 
Bryan is a college. Let's be colleagues. Let's love one 
another, pray for one another, support one another, 
across roles and official positions and all of that. Let's 
be one in the Lord Jesus Christ at Bryan, in this Chris- 
tian liberal arts college. □ 



Christian Liberal Arts 

by Evelyn Ward 

Michel de Montaigne, when asked for his views 
concerning education, replied by quoting Plato: 
"God forbid that to philosophize were only to read a 
great many books and to learn the arts. Scholars have 
proceeded to their level of living ... by their lives 
rather than by their reading." 

We, the Class of 1985, have been subjected to vari- 
ous branches of knowledge in the past four years. 
How has Bryan's motto, "Christ Above All," fit into 
our education; and how will it affect our future? Of 
what use has a Christian liberal arts education been to 
us? As I probe the data surrounding these questions, I 
would like to emphasize that the ideas behind this 
speech have been extracted from class, chapel, and 
church notes and are therefore exemplary, I believe, 
of the type of learning we have received. 

I believe you will agree with me when I claim that 
we do not profit from the mere reading of books. We 
do have the faculties to read — a brain, eyes, and the 
books themselves; however, the ability to under- 
stand, comprehend, and to react knowledgeably to 
reading material is not inborn. We must be taught 
and must practice the methods for doing so. 

Our professors have taken us beneath the surface 
of the subject matter in an exploration of the liberal 
arts as though with a magnifying glass: "Here! Did 
you see this?" And they have equipped us with our 
own magnifying glasses so that we can study the arts 
in the light of God's infallible Word. As a result, we 
have grown more aware of our identity with Christ 
and the world, our personality, consciousness, and 

Doubt has been expressed as to the need of a 
liberal arts education in today's technical society. 
Liberal arts flourished in the medieval ages because 
man generally asked, "Why?" Today, in mushroom- 
ing industry, man asks, "How?" 

Although the questions may have changed, the 
heart has remained the same. Jonathan Edwards 
called this factor the "sense of the heart." Man still 
searches as he did in the time when Socrates asked, 
"What is Truth?" Jesus Christ gave the world His 
answer four hundred years laterwhen He said: "I am 
the Way, the Truth, and the Life" and "My Word is 
Truth." Although the question may be different to- 
day, we must still study the "why" implanted in man's 

Peter Kreeft, in his book The Best Things in Life, 
asks, "Is our work giving society a faster, more pow- 
erful vehicle when we have just thrown away all the 
road maps?" Although culture may claim that values 
are determined subjectively according to present 
standards of living, we Christians are aware of God's 
laws of right and wrong. The universe is not a de- 
partment store. Although we have majored in differ- 
ent departments at Bryan College, we are not ex- 
ed to live as recluses in that division. There are 
navoidable questions to be answered concerning 
ernporary issues. A broad base of subjects has 

enabled us to deal effectively with these issues. We 
have been supplied, we might say, with a road map; 
and having progressed thus far under solid teaching, 
we have learned how to read that map. 

A professor at Bryan has suggested that the word 
liberal could by synonym ized with liberating, taking a 
chisel to the chain around the mind and revealing 
what is available to be learned. For instance, society 
generally believes that man is progressing. Child 
labor laws have been activated, segregation has 
turned to integration, and women have been liber- 
ated, they say, from the "domestic jungle." A liberal 
arts education encourages ustoasksuchquestionsas 
these: Are we truly a better people in 1985 than in 
1885? Has our character improved? Let's go back and 
study the data. Let's ask, "Why?" or "Why not?" 

In his advice on education, Montaigne added that a 
teacher should not be chosen because of his good 
looks. Although I do not feel free to comment on the 
looks of Bryan professors, I would like to say that if 
my deep respect for them were pasted on their faces, 
their beauty would be quite notable. 

It takes no genius to don a mask and act in front of a 
class; however, it does take a genuine teacher, who 
not only believes in what he teaches but also lives 
what he teaches, to communicate his subject matter. 
Roger Rosenblatt, in an essay for Time magazine, 
wrote: "A teacher of books must learn to live before 
becoming good at his work." Those who do not prac- 
tice what they teach are hypocrites, and I am pleased 
that I have found no educational hypocrites at Bryan 

What can teachers really teach you in regard to 
liberal arts other than how to become your own 
teacher? Education does not stop at graduation; 
rather, as the word commencement suggests, today 
marks only the beginning of our continuing educa- 
tion. A Renaissance writer said, "There is nothing like 
alluring the liberal arts and affections; otherwise, you 
make nothing but so many donkeys laden with 
books; by dint of the leash, you give them their pock- 
etful of learning to keep. Whereas, to do well, you 
should not only lodge it with them, but make them 
espouse it." 

I am aware that all teachers feel their job to be a 
lowly one at times. Confucius vented his disappoint- 
ment by saying: "I won't teach a man who is not 
anxious to learn. And if I explain one-fourth and he 
doesn't go back and think of the implications of the 
other three-fourths, I won't bother to teach him 
again." It is probable that our professors have not 
received their due respect from us as their students. 
At Harvard a tradition exists in which the students 
applaud their professors on the last day of classes. I 
have never been given the opportunity to do so, but I 
think my classmates will agree when I say that it is 

Professors, your day of reckoning has come. Rise, 
please, as the Class of 1985 applauds you! □ 


SUMMER 1985 

Wanted: Ambassadors 

by Nancy Raine 

Four years ago we, along with 3,020,000 other 
high-school graduates across the United States, were 
asking this question: "What do I do now?" A little 
over 2,400,000 of us answered that question: "I'll go 
to college." Of this number, one hundred eighty 
enrolled at Bryan. Four years later ninety-nine* of us 
are graduating and asking the same question as when 
we completed high school. We are hopefully a little 
more knowledgeable, a little more mature, a little 
more sure of ourselves than we were four years ago. 

We represent a wide variety of personalities, 
backgrounds, and majors. Some of us are from as 
close as Tennessee or Georgia. Others are from as far 
away as Texas, Florida, Michigan, New York, Pennsyl- 
vania, and New Jersey, not to mention several foreign 
lands. We have spent the past four years devoting 
ourselves to the pursuit of knowledge. Some chose 
majors in science or mathematics, observing through 
the order of calculus or the intricacy of a microscopic 
organism a Master Designer and Creator. Some 
chose to study literature, learning to communicate 
effectively through the English language. Others ma- 
jored in BibleorGreek, devotingthemselvesto learn- 
ing everything they could about God from the Bible. 
Still others concentrated on education or psychol- 
ogy, committing themselves to the betterment of 
people. There are those who pursued history or 
business, philosophizing on how the knowledge of 
man, politics, and business could be used to change 
the world for Christ. Music majors refined their 
God-given talents to be used for the glory and praise 
of Christ. 

We represent a broad spectrum of knowledge be- 
cause of the variety of academic disciplines in which 
we have been engaged. To an average observer, we 
may look like an extremely diverse group of individu- 
als since we have different backgrounds, different 
interests, and different goals. But really we are all 
about to be employed in the same position. Some 
may intend to be teachers, businessmen, pastors, 
scientists, computer programmers, or writers; but 
instead, we are all about to become ambassadors. 
Oh, we will perform different tasks, but we will all be 

As we now graduate from Bryan, we will enter a 
"world" we have alluded to many times in our college 
years. We have visited this "world" on a number of 
occasions, but we have yet to take up our residence in 
this strange land. This place is what we many times 
call the "real world." It is here that we will serve as 
ambassadors. Whether in name we are teachers, doc- 
tors, or mathematicians, we will be ambassadors, 
ambassadors for a king, but not just any king; we will 
be ambassadors for the King of Kings: Jesus Christ 
our Lord. 

But what does this job entail? What skills are re- 
quired? In thinking about this idea of being an am- 
bassador for Christ, I decided that there are three 
particular qualities every ambassador must possess. 

First, an ambassador must know his king if he is to 
represent him properly. He must know him on a 
personal level to understand what his king expects of 
him. But it doesn't stop there. He must be in constant 
communication with him. 

These facts hold true for us as ambassadors for 
Christ. We need to know Him personally; we must be 
in communication with Him. We must study His 
"foreign policy" (so to speak) as found in the Bible. 
For example, II Corinthians 5:17-20 (NIV) says: 
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new crea- 
tion; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is 
from God, who reconciled us to himself through 
Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that 
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, 
not counting men's sins against them. And he has 
committed to us the message of reconciliation. We 
are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God 
were making his appeal through us." So what is God's 
"foreign policy"? It is to be found in II Peter 3:9 (NIV): 
"He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to 
perish, but everyone to come to repentance." He 
wants all to come to the knowledge of His Son, and 
He wants to reach them through us. 

Second, an ambassador must have the proper mind 
set. He must realize the implications of his position. 
When an ambassador goes to a foreign country, it is 
not his home. As a visitor he does not purchase real 
estate, automobiles, and other things of perma- 
nence. He is there only on assignment, not to stay. 
We must develop the same focus here in the world. 
We are just passing through. 

Last year the average life span was reported to be 
seventy-three years. So we may be ambassadors for 
Christ for roughly fifty more years; some of us, for 
not even as long as that. Because we are here for only 
a short time, where should our treasure be? A former 
roommate of mine told me that the toughest part of 
her first year out of Bryan was deciding what type of 
lifestyle she was going to have. Are we going to be 
controlled by the materialism that plagues our coun- 
try? Will we need to have a big house, nice clothes, 
new cars, and all the other things possessed by those 
around us? Will we allow things to get a hold on us? If 
we treasure personal possessions, we cannot be 
good ambassadors. Jesus said, "Do not store up for 
yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust 
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But 
store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where 
moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do 
not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, 
there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV). 

Third, an ambassador must be able to relate to the 
people while still representing the king. The problem 
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PICTORIAL REVIEW: Graduation 1985 

Graduation Convocation platform party participants: left to 
right, Missionary Oscar Lopez, Guatemala, greetings from 
parents; Pastor Donald Geiger, Texas, Scripture reading; 
Home Missionary Blakely Rogers, New Jersey, ben- 
ediction; Dr. Mercer; Missions Specialist David 
Goldmann, Jr., invocation; and Dr. Keefer. 

The Faculty Award for Highest Scholastic Rec- 
ord during attendance at Bryan is presented to 
Carol Varga, Tennessee, by Faculty Chairman 
Dr. Billy Ray Lewter, associate professor of 

Ernie Ricketts, Jr., Tennessee, is presented 
the Greek Award by Donald Wilkins, assis- 
tant professor of Greek and Bible. 

Three generations: Bob Hays III, Florida, with 
his grandfather and father, Robert Hays, Sr. and 

Daryl Cosden, Maryland, 
sented the Christian Edi 
Award to an Outstanding Se 
Dr. Brian Richardson, prote 
Christian Education. 

Boe Barinowski, North Carolina, shown with his parents 
and sister, is commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army by 
his father, Lt. Coi. Robert Barinowski. 

Wayne Colvin, Dayton, Tennessee, repre- 
senting the six-member class of 1935, re- 
ceives his Golden Year Diploma from Dr. 
Mercer. A resident of Lone Mountain near 
Dayton at the time, Mr. Colvin walked 13,500 
miles to and from school in his eight years of 
high school and college. 


SUMMER 1985 

awna Bucklen, Colorado, is the recipient of 
! F. R. Rogers Senior Award in Music, pre- 
ited by David Friberg, assistant professor of 

Steve Butler, Te