Homer Hailey was born in Marshall, Texas, August, 1903. After his father died in 1918 Homer’s mother Mamie, his brother Rob and Homer himself worked at various jobs to support the family. In 1922 Homer joined the Christian Church in Willcox, Arizona but in 1926, he entered Abilene Christian College (A.C.C.) and thereafter worshipped with the church of Christ rather than the Christian Church. He began preaching for churches around Abilene and in 1930 married Lois Manly. He then spent one year as principal of Abilene Christian High School before moving to Tempe, AZ, to work with a small church there. Homer returned to Abilene in 1932, and spent eleven years preaching for the Fifth and Highland church. As that church grew to almost 400 members, Homer also held at least a dozen meetings for other churches every year.
In 1934 Homer began teaching part-time at A.C.C. while studying at Southern Methodist University from which he obtained a Masters degree in church history in 1944. He preached in Los Angeles and for two years in Honolulu, before becoming associate professor at A.C.C. from 1948 – 1951. In 1951, at the age of 47, Homer became the vice-president and head of the Bible Department at Florida Christian College in Temple Terrace, Florida, and also began editing for “The Preceptor” while still preaching a heavy schedule of meetings during summer months when school was out.
In 1954 Lois passed away, leaving Homer, and the children, Roma, Mary, Carol, Rob, and Dennis. Late in 1955 Homer married Widna Kirby. They left Florida College in 1973, built a home in Tucson, Arizona, and lived quite happily until she too passed away in 1997. In his last 20 years, beginning in 1980, Homer would drive (or be driven) 29 miles from Tucson up to the little town of Oracle where he preached and taught until his death in November of 2000. It is during these last years of his life that the great majority of his classes available through this website were recorded.
The author of numerous books, Homer is most famous for his commentaries on Isaiah, the Minor Prophets, and Revelation although he also penned superb studies of Job, Daniel, and John’s Gospel. Homer also wrote concerning subjects such as Prayer and Providence, the Covenants, God’s Eternal Purpose, and one very interesting study entitled “Attitudes and Consequences in the Restoration Movement” which deals with Church History.
The following is a list of the books written by Homer Hailey.
- Let’s Go Fishing For Men
- Carrying Out The Great Commision
- Commentary On Daniel
- Commentary On Isaiah
- Commentary On Job
- Commentary On The Minor Prophets
- From Creation to the Day of Eternity
- God’s Judgments & Punishments: Individuals and Nations
- God’s Eternal Purpose and the Covenants
- Hailey’s Comments Volume I&II
- Homer Hailey’s Lesson Notes
- Mechanical Instruments of Music in Worship Today
- The Messiah of Prophecy to the Messiah On The Throne
- Prayer And Providence
- The Book Of Revelation: An Introduction and Commentary
- That You May Believe: Studies in The Gospel of John
- Attitudes And Consequences In The Restoration Movement
- The Edomites: The Symbol of the World
- The Divorced & Remarried Who Would Come To God
- Internal Evidences of Christianity: Outline Studies
“The Way I Feel”
Larry Haverstock, 13 August 2000
Since the earliest days of Abel and Job,
Giants of faith have walked on the globe.
Men who served God with all of their hearts,
Courageously playing out each of their parts.
Suffering greatly, yet pressing right on,
Scanning the skies for Heaven’s bright dawn.
Determined and brave, unwavering, strong,
Steadfast and devoted when things went wrong.
Ignoring detractors and praying for all,
Listening only to God’s gospel call.
These are the men who lead us the best.
These are the men who surpass the rest.
Abram believed and Moses brought law.
Setting examples without any flaw.
Joshua, Gideon, wielded the sword.
Valiantly fighting the wars of the Lord.
Poets and Prophets like David and Joel,
With songs and verse encourage the soul.
Ezra the Priest and Josiah the King,
These are the men of whom we will sing.
But life is a vapor, a mist in the morn.
Man heads for the grave the day he is born.
The prophets have vanished, gone like a dream.
Long since departed and left the world’s scene.
The giants of old have all passed away.
Have we no heroes to guide us today?
To whom may we turn for examples in life?
Who has endured and conquered the strife?
Where is a man whose example is true?
Where is a man to guide me and you?
Where is the man of whom we may say,
“There stands a Christian. He knows the way.”
Fear not my dear friend, nothing is lost.
There yet lives a man who counted the cost.
One humble man who paid the full price.
One gospel preacher with a sage’s advice.
In Arizona a preacher does pray,
Like John the Baptizer in a desert today.
The life of faith he practices daily
And who is that man? He’s Homer Hailey.