Kelly to Teach John’s Epistles in Winter Bible Study Clinic

The Apostle John’s three letters in the Bible will be the topic for Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Winter Bible Study Clinic. The meeting begins at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, in the upper level of the Geiger Center, on the OBU campus in Shawnee.

Led by Dr. Bobby Kelly, OBU’s Ruth Dickinson associate professor of religion, the clinic on I, II and III John is free to pastors or other church members who will be leading the Winter Bible Study in their church. There is a $2.75 charge for lunch, payable at the door.

“The letters of John could not be more relevant,” said Kelly. “With the stunning popularity of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and the avalanche of similar books already hitting bookstores, people both inside and outside the church are asking fundamental questions about Jesus and the movement bearing his name.

“At their very heart, the letters of John struggle with the most fundamental of Christian doctrine: was Jesus both God and man?” he said.

Kelly joined the OBU faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor, specializing in Greek and New Testament. In 2000 he was awarded the university’s Promising Teacher Award.

Kelly is a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist College in Kentucky, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral dissertation was “Divine Guidance in Luke-Acts: The Function of Commissioning Narratives as Encouragement and Apology.”

Prior to coming to OBU, Kelly served five years as a teaching fellow at Southwestern Seminary, leading classes in biblical language appreciation, New Testament and preaching. He currently is interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shawnee.

For further information, please contact the OBU Campus Ministry Office at 405-878-2377 or e-mail