I don’t remember why I chose to attend a Christian college. I had considered Murray St, which was about an hour away, a lot of friends were going there, and they even had a nice Christian student center. I think one reason I chose Freed-Hardeman, was that it was further from home. Not that home was bad, but the adventure & independence appealed to me.
I was still pretty immature, typical 18 year old. I left FHU four years later a lot more spiritually mature and with some Bible knowledge.
I saw my first marijuana joint at dear old FHU (you won’t see that in the brochures), but did not try any. I didn’t drink or drug but like most college students did many stupid things I regret. I really appreciated the Christian atmosphere because it was so easy to have friends and hang out with those who weren’t doing really stupid stuff every weekend.
The summer after my freshman year, I spent a semester in Florence, Italy. I am not sharing this to brag, but because this was one of many ways that God worked in my life. It was a great experience. I gave my first “talk” or devotional while in Florence, Italy. It was on or near July 4th and I talked about freedom in Christ from Galatians. My next post will bring out the main way that God used this summer for His purpose in my life a few years later.
I somehow ended up as chaplain of my social club. For the uninitiated, Christian colleges often have co-ed social clubs which mirror fraternities and sororities in many ways. I was a total goof-off at the time, and wasn’t seeking an office, but it happened and I grew because of it. That meant I would have more opportunities to study and teach the Bible.
My last year I finally starting maturing and had some opportunities to also grow spiritually. I got more involved with a congregation (Estes Church of Christ) and a Bible class, even co-teaching one semester. Our Bible class was also responsible for holding a service at the assisted living/senior housing place on campus. I participated in that, giving 10-15 minute lessons.
The Winter break of my senior year I made a significant life-changing decision, which I will share about next post. My final semester I took three Bible classes just for fun as electives, and also went on a one-week Spring Break Campaign to Georgia with David Powell. Door-knocking was a neat experience. During my last two semesters, I would even occasionally daydream about preaching. It was weird because even now I really don’t look forward to public speaking.
Also, at some point during my sophomore or junior year I bought my first NIV Bible. That made a big difference. I began reading a lot more, especially my senior year, and understanding a lot more than even with the NKJV.
I graduated in May of 1998 with a BA in English, with minors in History, Philosophy and lots of Bible hours (can’t remember if they were enough or the right ones for an official minor or not).
I can praise and thank God for many things that He accomplished in me, for me, and through me during my time at Freed-Hardeman and because of my time there..