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A Classic Demonstration of Ad Hominem

By Terry M. Hightower

“To Whom It May Concern”

A Florida School of Preaching article entitled “To Whom It May Concern” was published in the April 2009 volume of The Harvester, a paper that I was entrusted to edit for about two years when I was a full-time instructor there. Though no personal name is attached, I must assume this article was written by the Director on behalf of the Board of Directors, given the points made and its style of writing. It would have been much more admirable and courageous to have signed it, leaving no doubt as to its authorship, but I (and others) have found out of late that these two traits seem to be in short supply with some brethren who are part of (or aligned with) this school. Before reaching this point in its history, this institution has in the past done much good for the Lord’s church. I have known and loved the majority of these brethren for many years and will always remember their fellowship and the great opportunities afforded to me as a part-time instructor for eight years and especially the privilege and honor which was mine to work with them full-time from 1984-1986. While there are some names of Board members that are new to me, I note with fondness the names of brethren Jackie Stearsman, Brian Kenyon, Gene Burgett, Ted Wheeler, Gordon Methvin, J. H. Blackman, George (Kenny) French, Robert McAnally, Bill Norton, and Phillip Lancaster. I have shed literal tears over this matter. Once again, this article is being written by me with the attitude set out in my open letter in Defender back in September 2008: “So then am I become your enemy, by telling you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16). Read the rest of this entry »



By John West


In the past, Christian colleges have been valuable to the church. Members of the church sent their children to these colleges to receive an education based in Christian values. Subsequently, these children came out of college well-grounded in the truth of God’s Word. Today, however, this is not true because these so-called “Christian Schools” do not stand where they once stood. They have become a source of digression and apostasy in the Lord’s church. More and more people who attend one of our colleges today turn from the truth into error. Sound preaching is neither heard nor accepted in many of these schools. In this chapter, we will look at some of our prominent colleges and expose the error being taught in them. Read the rest of this entry »


By Dub McClish


In his helpful, but obsolete book on the history of “Christian Colleges” (1836–1949), the late M. Norvel Young astutely observed:

Two fundamental dangers recognized by students of the Christian college movement are these: The schools might become organically united with the church, which would not be after the New Testament pattern, and thus gradually dominate the church. On the other hand there is the danger that there may develop too wide a gulf between the schools and the church and that the schools may not be kept close to the fundamental principles which the Bible teaches (33).

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Abilene Christian University
Abilene, Texas


Abilene Christian University: Founded in 1906, is a private, non-profit university claiming affiliation with Churches of Christ and stating they are committed to transformative, energized learning. Supported by a faculty of Christian scholars. They claim to have a history of innovating since 1906.

A little history: Originally known as Childers Classical Institute

A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson were on their way to a gospel meeting when Barret first said to Roberson, “Let’s build a school in West Texas.” That was in 1903. In 1905, Barret, a teacher at Southwestern Christian College in Denton, struck an agreement with Col. J.W. Childers, a leader in the Abilene church, to buy land from him at a reduced price on the condition that the school would be named in his honor. The Childers Classical Institute, offering 11 primary and secondary grades, opened its doors in Fall 1906 with 25 students enrolled for classes. The school was led by four presidents during those early years: Barret, H.C. Darden, R.L. Whiteside and James F. Cox (who served another term as president from 1931-40).

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