OBU focuses on relationships
February 11, 2011
“Heavens Rain” comes to Bison Hill to teach students how to build strong relationships through faith, hope, love and forgiveness.
Every year, Oklahoma Baptist University has a week of study on relationships.
This year’s presentation will begin with Book three, Chapters 11 and 12 of C. S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity,” which focuses on the issue of faith. Monday, Feb. 14 pastor and recording artist Joel Engle will be kicking off this year’s Focus Week during chapel in Potter Auditorium.
Engle is an OBU graduate whom has since been lead to take up work as a worship leader, recording artist and pastor. “Joel has an amazing story from which to draw insight and to offer encouragement to others,” said Dale Griffin, dean of spiritual life at OBU.
Tuesday, Feb. 15 Raley Chapel will house guest speakers who are brother and sister, Brooks and Leslie Douglass after the showing of “Heavens Rain,” a movie based on their life story.
Other speakers include Scott Pace, Jewell and Joe L. Huitt; Dr. Brian Camp, professor of family science; Nicole Warehime, assistant professor of sociology and Louima Lilite, assistant professor of music.
Student tickets are free with student ID and Chapel Credit is offered for this week’s events.
Guest tickets are five dollars each at the door. On Wednesday, chapel will be led by Odus Compton, Director of Student Ministry at OBU.
“Odus’ life story fits beautifully into the theme for the week,” said Griffin.
“A graduate from Oklahoma Baptist University, Odus has had over 25 years of ministry experience.
For sixteen of those year, Odus has served OBU through campus ministry holding multiple titles to carry out his one passion.”
This passion is the “calling (of) others into a personal dynamic relationship with God; sending disciple makers into the nations to worship Him.”
Compton’s message on Wednesday will be reflecting on Book three, Chapter 10 entitled ‘Hope.’
From 7:30 to 9:00 pm a relationship forum will be offered for women in the WMU dormitory lobby.
This forum will be an open discussion; all information about this event can be acquired from the Student Life Center.
Thursday at 9:00 pm, Canterbury will meet in downtown Shawnee to discuss the attributes of God as Redeemer.
Friday’s chapel will feature Psy. D. Greg Smalley as the speaker. Smalley works to help premarital and married couples learn how to enjoy their lifetime together.
He obtained a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology from Biola University in Southern California and has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Denver Seminary.
He also holds a second master’s in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology.
Smalley is currently the Director of Marriage Ministries at the Center for Relationship Enrichment and an assistant professor of marriage and family studies at John Brown University in Northwest Arkansas.
Smalley also aids in leading global seminars with his wife Erin, and offers relationship coaching for both married and engaged couples.
He has trained pastors, professionals and leaders in how to effectively work with married and premarital couples as well. Smalley’s website: www.smalleymarriage.com is designed to equip engaged and married couples with the proper knowledge, skills and insights necessary to enjoy a lifetime together according to the same bases he teaches.
As a close to this year’s focus week, Friday Night and Saturday Morning, a couples retreat will be available to attend with Greg and Erin Smalley at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee, with classes on communication and the key to relationships.
A hotel room will be available for married couples, meals and materials will also be provided.
More details on this retreat and reservations can be made with the Spiritual Life office in Montgomery Hall.