May 5, 2006
He is a professor, pastor, public speaker, poet, painter and popular author. Dr. Calvin Miller has a variety of unique methods to share the message of Christ.
“I have done all things for all people so that some of them might come to know Christ,” he said, referencing the Apostle Paul when he spoke at Oklahoma Baptist University’s church vocation banquet recently.
The 1958 OBU graduate received the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service Outstanding Alumnus Award that evening. Opening his remarks, he demonstrated what he called relational ministry.
Miller and his wife, Barbara, read a passage from his children’s storybook Apples, Snakes and Bellyaches, telling a story about a tomcat who didn’t believe in anything he couldn’t see.
It is one of more than 40 books he has written.
Miller’s literary works span from children’s literature to expository preaching and theology. His poems and freelance articles have appeared in various journals and magazines such as Christianity Today, Campus Life, Leadership, and His. His website features more than 50 paintings that depict scenes of nature, still life and famous architecture.
Along with serving as professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., he makes more than 20 annual speaking engagements across the country.
Miller said he uses his talents for the sole purpose of sharing Christ. He claims that he doesn’t focus so much at being the best at what he does but focuses on “doing it.”
“I have spent a lot of time trying to get people into that initial ‘spell’ of just liking Calvin Miller so that I can tell them about somebody who really matters,” he said. “I am just trying to do what (I Corinthians 9) is saying – build a relational world with Christ in the middle of it.”
During his last visit to the OBU campus, the Enid, Okla., native reminisced about his college days and enjoyed seeing memorable buildings like Shawnee Hall and Thurmond Hall.
Miller complimented the OBU students who are committed to ministry. He said he was encouraged to see how many were enrolled in the School of Christian Service. As one promoting relational ministry, he spoke to many who may follow in his footsteps.
“When I see students like these, I believe with all my heart, the kingdom of God is alive and well,” he said. “I really like seeing this many kids committed to the Lord.”