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Chapel Sayings of Bob Jones

I had heard that this little artifact existed but never thought I’d see a picture of a copy [link]. It’s a 14-page collection of things Bob Jones Sr said from the pulpit at chapel at Bob Jones University over the years. A handful of quotes can be seen here [link]. It was published by Bob Jones University in 1976 but is apparently currently out of print. Instead the BJU Press offers a collection of posters with similar sayings [link].

This little document figures as Exhibit A in the case against Bob Jones University in Jeri Massi’s book Schizophrenic Christianity [link]. As I recall she took it to mean something unhealthy about Bob Jones (the man and the school) that such a book existed; her detractors thought she was making a mountain out of a molehill.

As a Liberty grad I feel I must confess that there is a relatively small, relatively mild cult of personality surrounding the late Jerry Falwell, but so far as I know people tend to speak kindly of one or two of the chapel sermons he gave essentially unchanged from year to year, but collections of his chapel sayings [link] are relatively rare and small.

Regardless, I’m thrilled to see that this little artifact exists, but not so thrilled I’d pay $3.50 plus $4 shipping and handling to read its 14 pages.

  1. thehidalgograincompany
    October 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    These “sayings” of Dr. Bob Sr appear above the chalkboards of each classroom in the Alumni Building on the BJU campus. For years, I remember sitting in class and immediately above the green-ish chalkboard was a varnished dark brown piece of wood with a Dr. Bob Sr. quote in bold gold lettering (all caps) — such as: YOU CAN BORROW BRAINS BUT YOU CAN’T BORROW CHARACTER

    Gee – I can’t believe I remember this stuff.

    Back in the early 1980’s BJU’s film production unit Unusual Films produced a BJU promotional film based on a saying of Bob Sr.’s — it was called “All in One Package” — in fact, at the very beginning of the film, the voice you hear is a 1950’s recording of a Dr. Bob Sr. chapel message where he uses the “chapel saying” that ends in, “that’s what you get here [meaning BJU]: all wrapped up in one package.”

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