Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920 Page: 24 of 84
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22 ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
people to be true servants. We often succeed in leading people to
accept the Christ. We also are used of the Lord in impressing His
call on the hearts so as to lead some of them to respond. We do not
manufacture preachers or try to uphold the notions of "clergy' and
"laity" in any ecclesiastical. sense. We magnify the importance of
Christian living in every field. The noble appeal of the public Christian
ministry is held up as such, to which individuals may or may not
decide to give their lives.
We cannot outline courses that are the best to be had and at the
same time are the easiest to master. In other words, we cannot do the
work for the students. We have the reputation, among those who
come here for the first time and stay for a passing acquaintance at
least, of being "the workingest bunch of folks" one almost ever saw.
If students are looking for an easy thing, they should go somewhere
else. To finish with us one must work hard. We make our courses
count for as much as we can, not making them difficult just because
we can do so. We arrange our lessons in the most logical and scientific
manner we know, and still our standards are such that there is
left a great deal of really hard work for the students. Of course, people
informed to-day know that education must be defined in terms of
experience and not as property to be donated or sold for money.
We cannot keep students from spending too much money when
their parents consent to permit the opening of accounts or allow students
to check at liberty on a bank account. We exercise our strongest
energies to persuade students to have enough respect for others less
fortunate financially to be temperate in their expenditures and other
things. The school does not profit from such extravagances, though it
does have to bear much of the blame. We try to show that the Christian
spirit is far from extravagance in any form, and that there is a
great need for all any one can afford to give with a willing heart.
Almost every year we get letters asking us to "keep my son or my
daughter from spending so much money." We take this opportunity
to tell you that we cannot be custodians of the spending money of our
students. If you cannot keep the money away from them, please do
not expect us to keep them from spending it. You can readily see
that all we can do is to discourage them in the careless and sometimes
reckless manner of money-spending.
Abilene Christian College exists for one purpose-to teach Christianity.
The school is, therefore, pre-eminently an institution for
Bible in the Curriculum.-Every student is required to study the
Bible. This does not mean for one year or two years, but it means
every year that the student remains here. With the addition of our
practice school your boy or girl may have the privilege and opportunity
of studying the Bible for fifteen years under consecrated men
Chapel Exercises.-Once each day the students are assembled in
the auditorium for chapel services. The program consists of a song,
a selection read from the Bible, prayer, and a talk. The talks are
usually the high lights of the best of'sermons.
Bible School.-We have a Bible school of about three hundred
members. The classes meet in the different class-rooms of the ad
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920, book, July 1919; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45903/m1/24/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.