Oklahoma Baptist University

Spring Chapels Continue C.S. Lewis Theme

Dr. Bobby Kelly will speak during the first chapel service of the spring 2011 semester. The service will focus on the topic, “The Great Sin.”

During the spring 2011 semester, students at OBU will hear a variety of speakers bring messages on this year's chapel theme, "A Return to the Simplicity of the Gospel," based on the book "Mere Christianity" by renowned Christian author C.S. Lewis.

All chapel services begin at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the hour-long services which include worship led by OBU student musicians.

The first chapel of the semester will be led by Dr. Bobby Kelly, OBU Ruth Dickinson professor of religion, on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Kelly will speak on the topic, "The Great Sin."

"Today I come to that part of Christian morals where they differ most sharply from all other morals," Lewis wrote in reference to the topic. "The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility."

Other topics for chapel services during the spring semester include:

Friday, Jan. 28 -- "Charity" (student led)

Wednesday, Feb. 2 -- "Hope," led by Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr., pastor of preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas

Wednesday, Feb. 9 -- Founder's Day

Monday, Feb. 14 -- "Faith" (Focus Week), led by Joel Engle, worship recording artist and pastor of The Exchange Church, Keller, Texas

Wednesday, Feb. 16 -- "Making and Begetting" (Focus Week), led by Odus Compton, OBU director of student ministry

Friday, Feb. 18 -- "The Three-Personal God" (Focus Week), led by Dr. Greg Smalley, director of marriage ministries, Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Wednesday, Feb. 23 -- "A Visit with C.S. Lewis," led by Dr. Kevin Radaker, professor of English and chair of the English Department at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

Wednesday, March 2 -- "Good Infection" (Hobbs Lecture) led by Dr. Chad Brand, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Friday, March 4 -- "The Obstinate Toy Soldiers" (student led)

Wednesday, March 9 -- "Two Notes," led by Mike Breen, Bible teacher, European Church Planting Network, South Carolina

Wednesday, March 23 -- "Let's Pretend," led by Clay Phillips, an OBU senior from Heavener, Okla.

Wednesday, March 30 -- "Counting the Cost" (Women's Missions and Ministry Day), led by OBU alumnus Jen Hatmaker, an author and pastor's wife in Austin, Texas

Wednesday, April 6 -- Hyde Park Day (Candidates for OBU's elected student leadership have the opportunity to offer speeches)

Monday, April 11 -- Blitz Week Chapel (a week of events and competitions among OBU students dedicated to raising as much money as possible for an organization of choice)

Friday, April 15 -- "The New Men" (student led)

Wednesday, April 20 -- Holy Week Chapel

Wednesday, April 27 -- GO Commissioning Chapel, led by Dr. Teri McCarthy, chair, English Language and Literature Department at LLC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Wednesday, May 4 -- 2011 Awards Convocation

For more information about OBU chapel services, contact OBU Campus Ministry at (405) 878-2377.

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