October 14, 2008
Studies in the Book of Exodus will be the topic for Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Friday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Geiger Center on OBU's campus in Shawnee. Dr. Kevin Hall, OBU Hollums Chair of Bible and professor of religion, will lead the clinic.
Each year, pastors and lay leaders from across the state attend the free clinic to receive a thorough crash course from qualified Bible teachers to prepare for the upcoming Winter Bible Study, said Dale Griffin, OBU's campus minister.
"The study is available to pastors and lay leaders alike," Griffin said. "Although most attend in preparation for teaching a book of the Bible in their own church, some attend simply for personal refreshment from the Word.
"The Winter Bible Study Clinic is a long-standing tradition at OBU," he said. "We're thrilled to offer this free clinic to pastors and lay leaders in the state of Oklahoma."
Hall joined OBU faculty in 1994. The noted Old Testament scholar teaches a wide range of courses in the university's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, including Hebrew language courses.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a master's degree and doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a contributing writer for "Biblical Illustrator" magazine and has written for the "Southwestern Journal of Theology." He also is a contributor to "Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible."
"This year's Winter Bible Study on the Book of Exodus challenges us to imagine in fresh ways the meaning of our citizenship in the kingdom of God," Hall said. "As the people of God we are called to follow the God who calls us to lives of freedom and commitment and purpose.
"The clinic gives pastors in the state and other church leaders the opportunity to take a break from the pressures of ministry and come and be taught and, I hope, encouraged spiritually," he said. "The Winter Bible Study clinic is like a mini-retreat and a time of fellowship as well as study."
While there is no charge for the clinic, an on-campus lunch will be available for $6.35, which can be paid at the door. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m., with the Bible study beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information about the Winter Bible Study Clinic, contact OBU's campus ministry office at (405) 878-2377.