Statue of Christopher Columbus pointing the way at Columbus State Community College in
May 7, 2012, Otterbein University & Ohio State
Sister Pat started in front of the Otterbein Campus Center at 11:30. She had a few stop to listen but it started raining hard at noon. We took cover under a tree and the few left. One girl ran out of the rain into the building and screamed the f word, not at me but to the weather. I admonished her for her foul language. She responded, "I do not believe that _ _ _ _" (vulgar term).
Excuse me for recording this language but I believe it is significant that people who are educated at a prestigious private universities like Otterbein with church connections so often use profane words. Parents are paying thirty thousand a year for tuition at Otterbein. I fear that in most cases the "education" is as wasted as their language. People that talk that way have no appreciation for language arts.
Unfortunately, your typical student at Otterbein College, (a school with a Christian heritage) is generally ignorant of basic Christian doctrine.
I started again under a light rain and under my rainbow umbrella which I thought would get a lot of attention at this reputedly "gay" campus. After about 15 minutes the rain stopped and about a dozen gathered. There were two smoking self-identified "psychic women," who claimed to be lesbians, visiting campus. One of them had a daughter on campus, which was with her boyfriend. The daughter admitted she was having sex. The mother was not bothered in the least. Why should she be disturbed? She is living with her ex-husband. There were several flaming homos in the group. It seems that homosexuals are more on fire for their cause than Christians usually are for the mission of Christ.
After almost an hour I turned the strange group over to Sister Pat. Meanwhile a coed approached me asking what I believe and why. She was open. I had a good witness with her until her mother arrived for an appointment they had. The girl informed me that she was leaning towards eastern religion. She was taking a class in religion on campus. I asked, "How much time is devoted to the study of Christianity?" She answered, "It is assumed you already know Christianity." Of course, your typical student at this campus with its Christian heritage is generally ignorant of basic Christian doctrine, as was this girl.
A homosexual urged everyone in Sister Pat's crowd to leave and they all obeyed the sodomite. Since it was after 2 PM, I decided we would go on to Ohio State, which may not have been the best decision. When I arrived, Wayne, a preacher with whom I had a formal debate some fifteen years ago, who does not believe in Hell, was talking to student. Wayne confronted Gunnar as he was preaching but Gunnar ignored him. Bro had to do computer work today so he was unable to get out. Sister Pat, Gunnar and I each took a turn at preaching but we were unable to gain the students' attention. OSU has been difficult this year. We each did have some good one-on-one conversations.
Bro. Jed ministering to a "strange group" at Otterbein College.
In the evening Pauline Stamm Lingo fixed one of her famous spaghetti dinners for my team. Her son, Paul Stamm, who was in College Community Church for years and preached full-time on campus for two years, came to dinner. We all had a great time reminiscing. Paul entertained us by mimicking my old side-kick Brother Max Lynch, who has been with the Lord for years now. Paul is married and is working for a company.
THE LOWEST AMONG THE LOW
May 8, Columbus State Community College
Community colleges are often more restrictive. This campus requires an application for public access to open-air space with 24 hour notice. I handed in my paperwork yesterday, but I could not get in touch with anyone from the office of Human Resources to confirm my application. I started by holding my sign, YOU DESERVE HELL, without comment until Bro went to the office to get our required badges. A professor stop to rail against me for displaying a sign which he claimed had no place on campus. He also claimed to have a divinity degree. I replied innocently, "Oh, I thought that the Bible taught that there is a Hell to shun and a Heaven to gain."
Veiled woman questions Bro. Jed at Columbus State Community College.
"There is no Hell," he responded. I did not want to get into a big argument until we had our badges so I allowed him to rail on until he walked off in a huff.
Next some high schoolers visiting campus quizzed me. They all claimed to be Christians who believed the Bible. I spoke to them words of encouragement and warnings about the temptations of college life. When Bro returned with our badges, I cut lose. It did not take long to gather a crowd.
One boyish looking female challenged me; she claimed to be bisexual but had never had sex with a man, but she had had sex with two women. I asked if she came from a broken home. She replied her parents were never married, but they lived together for 14 years. She said, "They broke up for my sake. Otherwise my Dad would have shot my mom. My mother is a "psycho bitch." I am a "psycho bitch" like my mother."
Bro. Jed explains that Jesus is the Son of God.
Another cigarette sucking female had two children by two different men. Another female, who was all over the "psycho bitch" and later was passionately kissing a boy, said, "I have been told by my mother and doctors that I have no filter. I do not know right from wrong."
This campus is the lowest among the low when it comes to these so-called institutions of higher learning. Taxpayers' money is going to supposedly educate these people that have bad characters. Giving an education without character development is disastrous.
"I smoke marijuana; I get drunk; I have two children; I do not have a wife; I go to church every Sunday," boasted one of Bro's hecklers at Columbus State.
Bro stirred up the low lifers even more; as they continued confessing their sins without shame or remorse. One overweight tattooed male with scrap iron in his face said, "I smoke marijuana; I get drunk; I have two children; I do not have a wife; I go to church every Sunday."
Why do they let these persons in school? The colleges offer nothing that will improve them.
The crowd closed in around Bro. The police maintained order by giving us the brick area and keeping the students on the concrete. The police repeatedly throughout the afternoon had to move the crowd back to the concrete. This was good for the crowd was highly volatile.
As Bro was speaking a marketing student said to me, "You are a genius at getting and holding these students attention. This is great."
The people in the crowd were often arguing among themselves, which made it difficult to preach. Alexander was defending the faith and he had several people around him. Eventually, Alexander approached me and asked if I had a daughter named Elizabeth. He then said, "I visited your home in Newark several times back in the eighties. I used to preach with you on the Oval at OSU. You had a beautiful home. I cannot believe you are still preaching after all these years. I am fifty years old now. You have really encouraged me. Thank you for your ministry." He must have shaken my hand six times and the rest of the team twice. He did not have the name of my daughter right.
About 4 PM I showed our audience a picture of me in my hippy days. "I have not always been holier than thou. I used to be worse than you people. In my college years I was a whore mongering drunkard frat boy and later a drug and sex crazed hippy. Sit down and let me tell you how God changed me."
They all obediently sat down and were attentive for the rest of the hour. A loud mouthed atheist had been holding a sign against us all day asking questions like, "Do you believe the earth is only 6000 years old? Do you take the story of Noah and the flood literally?" He finally said to me, "I like you. I do not believe what you teach. But you are entertaining. I do not want you to stop preaching. I hope you will come back to campus."
. SINNER'S PRAYER
May 9, 2012, Wright State University,
Construction was in the designated free speech area. I called the police to ask about another location. They had me on hold for about 30 minutes, every now and then informing me that they were still inquiring about the location. I finally lost the connection and started preaching at the west end of Founders' Quad. It did not take long to build a small crowd. Benjamin asked, "What experiences have you had that convince you of God?"
|Bro. Gunner, who has a PhD in chemistry, does a great job of talking about science and Bible to the students at Wright State.|
I related a few highlights of my testimony including when I saw the hand of God beyond the sun which I worshiped when living on the beach of Morocco, which led me to conclude there must be a God. I asked, "Does that answer your question?"
Benjamin affirmed that it did. The students were not particularly hostile during my first preaching stint. When I called upon Sister Pat, Benjamin came over to talk to me on the sidelines. I finally asked, "Would you be willing to follow Christ?"
He answered, "Yes, but I do not think that I am ready yet." I asked, "Why not?"
"I am not ready to quit school and go and preach," he answered.
"No need to quit school. Just tell people the gospel message here at school. Tell your neighbors and family. Would you like me to pray with you to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior?"
|The students are listening and thinking as Gunnar teaches at Wright State!|
He agreed. So we sat on the steps and I guided him in a sinner's prayer. I know some criticize the sinner's prayer. And sometimes it has been abused. However, it worked in my life when Pastor Clyde Swalls led me in a prayer of repentance and faith at the Burger King in Terre Haute, IN, in 1972. I did not have Benjamin simply repeat after me but I did give him some guidance in how to pray. He responded in his own words. His comment at the end was, "I do not know exactly what to say, but that was nice."
He walked with me back to my car so that I could give him two of my books, a New Testament, a newsletter and a copy of Voice magazine which includes my testimony. I encouraged him to be bold to tell others what the Lord has done in his life.
|Catholic priest gives a good testimony to Wright State students!|
Sister Pat meanwhile had built up the crowd to 80 students. They were becoming more and more hostile. Sister Pat turned the meeting over to Gunnar, who dealt with questions concerning science and the Bible. Meanwhile a group of boys who claimed to be homosexual but I suspected they were merely acting queer came upon the scene to mock and disrupt. They had frivolous questions which influenced the crowd to turn more frivolous. I took over at this point unsuccessfully trying to turn things back to a more serious note. When this did not work, I began to mock them, especially the homos. Shortly, after 2 PM I called on Bro thinking that a new speaker could perhaps promote a more sober tone. Sister Pat and I decided to leave for Columbia since we had an eight hour drive and Gunnar headed home to Wisconsin.
Bro called me later informing me that the police stopped him at 3 PM, which is policy at Wright State. He had raised the crowd to 120. The police allowed Bro to stay another 90 minutes to quietly answer questions of students. Bro indicated that this was a profitable time. Bro is returning Pennsylvania.
Thus ends the preaching for this week. We had to return to Columbia for Priscilla's recital on Thursday and her graduation on Saturday. Missouri campuses are finished for the semester. Sunday, Sister Pat and I will fly to Seattle to work Washington and Oregon for the next four weeks.
Priscilla Graduates from high school!
Priscilla sang, played piano and guitar, recited scripture and performed a dramatic monologue at her senior concert.
Bro. Jed giving the benediction at Priscilla's graduation.
All five daughters are raised and now we are off for the campuses! God is Good!
Fall Semester 2012
This is my tentative schedule for the Fall Semester 2012. There are so many campuses and so little time. Should anyone want to arrange a church or home meeting while I am in your area please contact me. Also, let me know if you are interested in scheduling formal debates with atheists, Muslims, or Christians, who disagree with my message or methods. One student leader recently contacted me that he wanted me to speak to the Young Republicans on limited government and free markets. I am still open to changes. I will be doing my tour of the Southwest and California in the Spring Semester 2013. Sister Cindy and Sister Pat will be accompanying me full time this year. Any Christians, who are interested in joining us on the road for a while, or who want to meet us on campuses in your area, are welcome. Bro. Jed August 20-21, University of MissouriAugust 22-24, Missouri State UniversityAugust 27-28, Illinois StateAugust 29, University of IllinoisAugust 30, Purdue UniversityAugust 31, Grand Valley StateSeptember 1-2, Iron Sharpens Iron Conference, Atlanta, MISeptember 4-6, University of MichiganSeptember 7-8, EEM Conference, Shipshewana, INSeptember 9, Chapelwood Church, Rockford, ILSeptember 10, University of Wisconsin, Eau ClaireSeptember 11, University of Wisconsin, River Falls,September 12-14, University of MinnesotaSeptember 16, Abundant Grace Fellowship AM; Leisner Open House in afternoonSeptember 17, University of Northern IowaSeptember 18-19, University of IowaSeptember 19, Calvary Evangelistic Center, Independence, IowaSeptember 20, University of Wisconsin, PlattevilleSeptember 21, UW, MadisonSeptember 22, UW, Milwaukee,
Seminar on Evangelism, 9 AM-5 PM
September 23, Cornerstone Church,
Spring Green, WI
September 24-25, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
September 26-28, Michigan State University
October 1, Purdue University
October 2, Indiana University
October 3, Indiana State University
October 4, Purdue
October 5, Indiana University
October 8, IUPUI
October 9-10, Indiana University
October 11, IUPUI
October 12, Indiana University
October 15, University of Kentucky
October 16, Morehead State
October 17, University of Kentucky
October 18, Asbury College
October 19-21, Missions Conference, Grayslake, IL
October 22-26, University of Nebraska
October 29, University of Wyoming
October 30-31, Colorado State
November 1-2, University of Colorado
November 5, Colorado College
November 6-7, Kansas State
November 8, Washburn University
November 9, Kansas University
November 12-14, University of Central Arkansas
November 15, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
November 16, Arkansas State
November 19-20, Georgia College
November 25, Pine Grove Church of God,
Live Oak, Fl
November 26, University of Florida
November 27-28, University of Central Florida
November 29-30, University of Florida
December 3-7, Florida State
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