47 thoughts on “BJU Bible Conference”

  1. Having been a BJU student years ago in my fundamentalist days, I rather enjoyed the Bible Conference. I wished that guys and girls could “date” to these events, but they didn’t allow that then.

    Nowadays, I have some trouble listening to the regular sermons, much less Bible Conference type productions.

    Will Senn used to be our pastor in Clemson, SC. I really have nothing bad to say about this man. He was welcoming, and his church at Clemson was not one of the looneybin churches that got reviled on the Clemson campus.

    I am less familiar with the other speakers.

    1. Willaim Senn is the looney who tried to put a lid on the Tina Anderson matter by writing the “Official Response to the Accusations Against Dr Phelps and Dr Olsen” and yet never included any material from Tina Anderson herself. He refabricated the entire account to try to make it all fit together and blame the victim. He may appear smoother and more professional in the pulpit, but he’s in the mire up to his neck, same as the others:
      http://jeriwho.net/lillypad2/?p=2822
      http://jeriwho.net/lillypad2/?p=2040

  2. Well, I should have known better than to have commented with my first name and the first letter of my last. Someone else was bound to have it. Not that I have been super involved in this community but I guess I’ll be picking a new name for when I comment next. I’ll let everyone know. And nice to meet you, other “Josh R.”

      1. Not to worry, my friend. I may keep this one or come up with something more clever. I like the comments from you that I’ve seen, so I have no problem if someone mistakes our identity 😛 If you were a raging fundamentalist that might be different 😆

  3. I don’t know who any of these people are (except “Sexton” — assuming Clarence Sexton)… too many years in a Jack Hyles-clone church that spurned BJU as “liberal” or “going bad” school.

    Isn’t this the Sexton that started the Baptist Friends International with the idea of “let’s all come together and ignore our differences for the sake of evangelism”??

    1. That’s him. A video on his web site of Clarence Sexton embracing Jack Schaap while gushing Schaap’s praises mysteriously disappeared seemingly within minutes of Schaap’s arrest.

  4. Last year, when I was unemployed, this was quite entertaining to follow (having long ago recognized the banality of Fundamentalist sermons: a dozen guys who, when they coherent, are telling you to be a better Christian by trying harder and following role models). But this year I am employed! (And I have a puppy!)

    1. Having a Puppy trumps everything these blowhards can say, if nothing else than as a demonstration of truly unconditional love. 😎 (Of course cleaning up all the puppy-puddles is a perfectly legit reason not to listen either.) 😀

    2. Dear Bassenco:

      As always, smack on target! Banality. I was actually thinking ‘frivolous’ but ‘banality’ is better since it is still correct and smack on target if you drop the ‘b’ from ‘banality.’

      Christian Socialist

  5. http://www.bju.edu/events/bible-conference/

    In under a minute you find out it’s the staid call to finding and following God’s mysterious, particular will for you and surrendered service to God. Hint: Got’s perfect will for you probably involves either involves becoming a missionary or Ministry service on top of what you do for a day job, if you have one outside of the fundy bubble.

      1. Good point, guiltridden. That’s really the only reason to encourage anyone to get a real job that pays. Government is good too, keeps their area of the bubble from getting too worldly.

        1. As long as you understand that the Lord had the power to turn water into grape juice, but evidently not the power to turn it into wine. 🙄

        2. Jesus turned water into wine and fundamentalist have spent the last 100 years trying to figure out how to turn it back into water.

  6. Wow, they’ve cut back to only three services a day. Slackers.

    I remember student teaching during BC. Had to attend all the evening services, even after teaching all day. That’s something I don’t miss at all.

    And it looks like they’ve filled their schedule with one obligatory person with a fun accent and one person of color. I ought to write to them and suggest that they allow my pastor – a woman – preach. 😯

  7. Totally off-topic, but I don’t know where else to put it. I posted this on Facebook today:

    Yesterday morning, in beautiful, bucolic downtown Walnut Cove, NC, the “soul-winners” were out in force. (They’re usually there on Saturday mornings. They stand on the corners and hold signs, and, if you happen to be near them, they hand you a tract.) Well, anyway, one of these guys was holding up a sign which read, and I quote: “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments.” Yeah, *that’ll* preach. 😮

    [And then I commented on my own post ;)]:

    The grand irony is that this guy was obviously using this passage (from the parable of Dives and Lazarus) as a “soul-winning” tool — IOW, to get people to recite the “Sinner’s Prayer” and receive Fundamental Baptist Salvation. But, in the parable, Dives is in Hell NOT because he failed to recite the “Sinner’s Prayer,” but rather because he failed to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless (in the person of Lazarus). The parable is about social justice, not about fundamentalist soteriology.

    [[BTW, I never would have known the term “soul-winners” if it hadn’t been for this site. 😀 :D]]

      1. Laird Donald, I’m not sure if they’re the same, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised!

        BTW, do you mean “Red Shirts” in the sense of “expendable ensigns from Star Trek”? 😆

        1. LOL!!! Not too many Eye-Talians in Walnut Cove. (Although they do have TWO great Greek restaurants, both of which play piped-in country music. ONLY in rural NC!)

      1. Thanks, Pastor’s Wife!

        Funny thing: Usually my husband is very sympathetic WRT these guys. He says, “Well, at least they’re out there fearlessly proclaiming the Gospel, which is more than most of us do.”

        But even he was really put off by this sign. (Actually, he thought it was pretty funny.)

        A friend posted this in response:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsJ2qyrqzp0

        1. Dear Catholic Gate-Crasher:

          Did you know that the pride of Lancashire, Sir Ian McKellen is gay? How ironic! :mrgreen:

          Christian Socialist

    1. Dear Catholic Gate-Crasher:

      Another line of inquiry may also prove fruitful.

      Lazarus’ reception shows that he [no less than the rich man] is Abraham’s son. This contrasts starkly with the rich man’s refusal to recognize another Israelite. This perspective on anti-social ‘separation’ will not be heard soon at Snob Clones Perversity.

      Christian Socialist

  8. Enjoyed your tweets after the fact Darrell. I’m hoping to catch at least one live presentation. Are you taking notes and will you give a deeper review at any time? I would really like to hear more details. Of course, we know you have a family and job, etc. Just a request.

  9. I remember during the PCC Bible conferences (which were patterned after BJU converences), that we students would hear older faculty and staff mention about how “refreshing” the week of Bible conferences was.

    By the third day, most of us students were tired of putting on our Sunday best for another day of sitting around listening to old man speaker after old man speaker, and being on our best behavior, when the beautiful spring air was calling us outside.

    Ahh—spring break at fundy college. 🙁

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