Calvin Miller to Lead OBU Centennial Fall Challenge

Dr. Calvin Miller, noted author, professor and artist, will be the opening speaker for the 2010-11 chapel series at his alma mater, OBU, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Miller also will speak Aug. 25 at 6 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend these first chapel messages of the semester, traditionally known as the "Fall Challenge."

Miller's presentations will be based on the theme, "Paul's Mere Christianity," drawn from the Apostle Paul's letters to the church in Corinth.

"We are honored to host such a distinguished author, lecturer, pastor and professor," said Dale Griffin, dean of spiritual life at OBU. "Dr. Miller is a fine example for our students of a life lived well, integrating faith and academics."

Miller was born in Enid, Okla., and he graduated from Enid High School. He earned a bachelor's degree at OBU in 1958. He attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., graduating with a master's degree in 1961 and a doctorate in 1975. In 1959 he married Barbara Joyce Harman. They are the parents of two children: Melanie and Timothy.

His first full-time pastorate was Plattsmouth Baptist Church in Plattsmouth, Neb., from 1961-66. He went to Westside Church in Omaha, Neb., in January 1966, where he served as senior pastor for 25 years. During his pastorate the congregation grew from 10 members to more than 2,500 members.

From 1991-98, Miller served as professor of communication and ministry studies and writer-in-residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In January 1999, he joined the faculty of Samford University's Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., where he served as professor of preaching and pastoral ministry. After retiring in 2007, he assumed the role of research professor and distinguished writer in residence.

Miller is the author of more than 40 books of popular theology and inspiration. His poems

and freelance articles have appeared in various journals and magazines such as Christianity Today and Campus Life. His books include "The Empowered Communicator," "Market-Place Preaching," "The Sermon Maker," "O Shepherd, Where Art Thou?" and "Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition." He has served as an inspirational speaker in various assemblies and religious convocations, both in his own denomination and other Christian gatherings.

Miller believes in the primacy of evangelism for the church in every age. In his own church ministry he has sought to be both a contemporary apologist, helping the church provide answers for a secular culture, and the equipper of the contemporary church for the task of missions and evangelism. His most recent books and articles have dealt with spirituality as a journey and the pilgrimage which strives for union with Christ.

For more information about Miller, visit his website by clicking here.