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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

We're anxious to see James and Marla Walters, our longtime friends from Searcy days, who're staying with us Wednesday. James, who is a professor of New Testament at Boston University, will be speaking in "Oasis" from 1 Timothy 6. Even though he and I are about the same age--and, therefore, I've never actually taken a class he's taught--he's been the most influential Bible prof in my life. (Before his appointment at BU, James worked with Landon Saunders and "Heartbeat" while teaching adjunct at BU and Dartmouth College. And before that he taught New Testament at Harding.) How about it, blogland? Any former Walters students out there?


  • Yes. Dr. Walters was a favorite prof for many of us. I graduated in '93. He introduced me to the exciting world of Biblical Interpretation, and New Testament History with F.F. Bruce, and How To Read The Bible For All It's Worth. Tell Dr. Walters thank you for me.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/16/2004 06:24:00 AM  

  • I had Dr. Walters for Principles of Biblial Interpretation at Harding in, oh, 1990 or 1991 perhaps. I took it because everyone was raving about it. I'm not sure what I expected, but the class was really hard. I mean, I had to work. There was no merely reproducing answers on paper. I had kind of expected that from my Bible classes, sadly. It was about half way through the class when I began to understand what the rave was all about. I learned a chunk of Philippians very well. I learned to "read the Bible for all it was worth," well, at least better than I had been reading at least.

    And I ought to put a plug in for, I think, Blaise Pascal as well. Dr. Walters always had a niblet of Pascal's wisdom.

    I hope the reunion goes well.

    By Blogger Fajita, at 11/16/2004 06:49:00 AM  

  • I only had the opportunity to take one class with Walters before he left for Boston (1985 or 1986). It was a class on preaching, and it was memorable. So much more challenging and practical than most of my Bible classes. As others have mentioned, he introduced me to "How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth" by Fee & Stuart -- a great resource.


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 11/16/2004 10:35:00 AM  

  • James Walters was my first Bible instructor at Harding University back in 1981 for “NT Introduction.” I was greatly impressed with his teaching style because he didn’t give the class the typical rote answers but made us to think and discover the answers for ourselves. I was a Bible Major and took every class James taught – each one was a great blessing. I looked forward to attending class! Some of the best classes he taught were for Bible Majors only. They were smaller classes and he taught us how to grapple with the scripture. He was a great influence on my spiritual life. Another man who made a tremendous impact on my life while at Harding was a new preacher who came to the College church during my Jr. year: Mike Cope. What a blessing I received to be discipled by men like James Walters and Mike Cope. Thank you both for blessing my life and my ministry.

    By Blogger Mike Ballard, at 11/16/2004 12:46:00 PM  

  • As a college student I did an internship with the Homewood Church of Christ. The minister in charge of us interns was Dale Vernon who as a part of our morning devotional time share a class you two did together on exigesis and application using I Cor. as your text. I learned a great deal and was in awe of the way he made the text come alive. You weren't too bad either (tongue firmly in cheek here).

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 11/16/2004 04:17:00 PM  

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