Winter Bible Study Clinic to Focus on Ecclesiastes

The 2011 Winter Bible Study Clinic, focusing on the study titled “The Pursuit: Chasing Answers to Life’s Questions” will be taught by Dr. Kevin Hall and Dr. Alan Bandy at OBU on Friday, Oct. 28. The study will be in OBU’s Geiger Center, rooms 218-219, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Book of Ecclesiastes, the selected book of study for the 2011 Winter Bible Study Clinic, raises challenging questions for people facing life in a realistic way, and it reminds readers what life is like when one chooses the pattern of this world rather than God’s preferred path.

Dr. Kevin Hall Dr. Alan Bandy

The question for readers of Ecclesiastes is: “Can meaning in life come from outside of a God-centered universe?” Ecclesiastes is considered a contemporary book in the Bible, speaking to the very people who are most likely to build their lives on success, wealth, power and intellectual reputation. Repeatedly, the book points out the futility of such a way of life, urging instead that readers face their need for God.

The clinic is offered as a support to pastors and lay leaders preparing for the 2012 Winter or January Bible Study emphasis in their home churches. Pastors will receive insightful helps in communicating an everyday theology, a Christian worldview in light of the challenges of secularism, how to engage culture in an effective way, and ways to share afresh the need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Kevin Hall is Hollums Chair of Bible and professor of religion at OBU. Hall has taught in the field of Old Testament at OBU since 1994 and teaches a wide range of courses in the university’s Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, including Hebrew language courses.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Baylor University, and he earned his master’s degree and doctorate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a contributing writer to the “Biblical Illustrator,” he has written for the “Southwestern Journal of Theology,” and he is a contributor to the “Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible.” In 1999, he received OBU’s Promising Teacher Award. He is a member at University Baptist Church in Shawnee and serves as supply preacher for churches around the state. He and his wife, Dee Dee, have three children.

Dr. Alan Bandy is the Rowena R. Strickland assistant professor of New Testament at OBU. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and his master’s degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bandy previously served as assistant director of Ph.D. studies for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and as an adjunct professor of biblical and theological studies in Liberty University’s Distance Learning program. He also served as assistant professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College. Bandy has served in several ministerial church positions including pastor, pastor to students and pastor to children and youth. He has written several journal articles, most recently “The Layers of the Apocalypse: A Holistic Approach to Revelation’s Structure,” published in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. He is the author of the book “The Prophetic Lawsuit in Revelation” and is currently writing “The Theology of Revelation” to be published by Zondervan. He and his wife, Necoe, have four children.

Registration for the clinic begins at 9 a.m., followed by the first Bible study at 9:30 a.m. led by Hall. Following a brief break at 10:45 a.m., Bible study will resume at 11 a.m. led by Bandy. Lunch will be at noon. “Preaching Helps” will be led by Hall at 1 p.m. and by Bandy at 2:30 p.m., with a break between the two sessions. Closing remarks will take place at 3:45 p.m., followed by dismissal at 4 p.m.

No advanced registration is required, and there is no charge for the clinic. However, the on-campus lunch will be $7, which may be paid at the door.

For further information, contact Tanya Ritchie in the Campus Ministry Office at (405) 878-2377 or