Kay Arthur to speak at annual Christmas luncheon

International Bible study teacher and speaker Kay Arthur of Chattanooga, Tenn., will headline the Columbus Area Precept Luncheon on Dec. 3 at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.

Arthur is the executive vice-president of Precept Ministries, and she shares the CEO title of the ministry with her husband Jack. In “Precept Upon Precept,” she teaches what’s known as the inductive Bible study method, which has three components: observation (seeing what’s in the Bible); interpretation (reading the text in context); and application (putting the words into action).

“Our goal is changing lives by connecting people with Christ,” according to the Precept Web site.

In addition, she hosts daily and weekly television programs which air on about 900 stations in 30 countries.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals in our community to prepare for Christmas in a very special way. We are so thankful that Kay has included Columbus in her schedule during this busy season,” said Amy Ward, a local Bible study teacher and blogger. “I hope people throughout the valley area will make room on their calendars for this time of hearing a biblical message.”

Kay and Jack Arthur’s initial connection to Columbus was through Dr. Charlie Calhoun, an eye doctor, and his wife, Ginger. The two couples are longtime friends.

Kay and Jack were serving as missionaries in Mexico in the late 1960s when medical problems forced them to return to their hometown of Chattanooga. Kay began leading a Bible study for teenagers in their living room. Soon the Bible study started meeting in a barn and attracted adults as well.

Soon after, Jack left his radio career to help expand his wife’s ministry into Precept Ministries International.

Since founding Precept Ministries, Kay Arthur has written more than 100 books and Bible studies for children, teens and adults. In addition to her radio and television ministries, Kay Arthur teaches in person at various events, including “Deeper Still: The Event,” a weekend event sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources, where she shares the stage with Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer.

Her books include: “Lord, Heal My Hurts”; “Lord, Teach Me to Pray“; “A Marriage Without Regrets”; “The New Inductive Study Bible”; “His Imprint My Expression”; and “Lord, I Need Grace to Make It Today.”

Her first husband committed suicide, and she has written and spoken extensively about it.

In August 2007, Kay received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga. Kay Arthur’s blog can be viewed at