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“RENDER UNTO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR’S AND TO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S”
History records that at the November 1936 annual meeting of the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas a question was asked, “Must a teacher of the Bible have a master’s degree?” Dr. John Gregson records in his book, A Centennial History of Jacksonville College, “The discussion grew warm, stirred up much interest, and lasted long” (Vol. I, 93). In 2014, some still debate the necessity of religious institutions abiding by the guidelines of secular organizations. However, membership in certain organizations often provides numerous benefits and still allows us to exercise our religious freedom.
Jacksonville College follows all guidelines of the Texas Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education, and is a member of the following organizations:
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Junior College Athletic Association
Region XIV Athletic Conference
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Maintaining accreditation is both financially costly and time consuming, requiring hours of detailed reports. However, if we do not adhere to the standards of these organizations, we lose our accreditation. The loss of accreditation means that a student cannot transfer course credits earned at Jacksonville College to another college or university. We are currently in the process of submitting our Fifth-Year Interim Report for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Please pray for those involved in the process.
Jacksonville College’s accreditation is vital to our ability to offer our students a solid education. However, being fully accredited does not mean we have to give up our freedom of teaching all subjects from a Christian, biblical worldview. So, we do as Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21, KJV).
REMEMBERING ALONZO SHERMAN
Jacksonville College will miss long-time supporter, Alonzo Sherman, who died on May 30, 2015. Four generations of his family have attended Jacksonville College. Alonzo’s father, L.A. Sherman, founded a Sherman endowment that provided scholarships for students to attend the College, and Alonzo’s mother Mattie Lee Edminston has been honored as Coming Home Royalty. Alonzo’s three sons, Ricky, Randy, and Rusty, all attended Jacksonville College, as did some of their children. Alonzo’s granddaughter, JC alumnus Amy Sherman, is currently an instructor in the JC Theater Department.
Alonzo played basketball for the Jaguars in 1949-1950, and as an alumnus, he continued being very active in the Jag Club and supporting the JC athletic program. Because of his love for the College, he helped form the Vernon Harton/Olan Peters Foundation, which assists the JC basketball program economically.
At Alonzo’s funeral, Rev. Vernon Lee, pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, described Alonzo as a “Barnabas,” an encourager and a giver—and give he did. We thank God for faithful supporters like Alonzo Sherman, and we remember his wife Billie and the rest of his family at this difficult time.