Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., renowned author, theologian and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, will deliver the annual Hobbs Lecture during OBU’s chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 21. The event will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium at 10 a.m.
The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage was OBU's first endowed lectureship beginning in the fall of 1980. It is one of four OBU lectureships designed to help students grow in their knowledge of Baptist theology, Baptist history and studies of the Bible.
Friends of the late Dr. Hobbs, who was pastor of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, and of the late Mrs. Hobbs, created the endowed fund in honor of the couple's years of outstanding Christian service. The Hobbs Lectureship program annually sponsors a lecture at OBU and highlights speakers that share phases of Baptist faith and heritage with the OBU community. OBU's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry also bears his name.
Mohler serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. He has been recognized by such influential publications as “Time” and “Christianity Today” as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”
Mohler is the author of several books, including “Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth,” “Desire & Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance,” “Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists,” “He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World,” “The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness,” and “Words From the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the Ten Commandments.”
In addition to his presidential duties, he hosts two programs, including “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues. All of these may be accessed through Dr. Mohler’s website, www.AlbertMohler.com.
Widely sought as a columnist and commentator, he has been quoted in the nation’s leading newspapers, including “The New York Times,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “USA Today,” “The Washington Post,” “The Atlanta Journal/Constitution” and “The Dallas Morning News.” He has also appeared on such national news programs as CNN’s “Larry King Live,” NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline NBC,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” and Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
A native of Lakeland, Florida, Mohler was a faculty scholar at Florida Atlantic University before earning a Bachelor of Arts from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in Systematic and Historical Theology from Southern Seminary. He has pursued additional study at the St. Meinrad School of Theology and has conducted research at the University of Oxford in England.
He is married to his wife, Mary, and they have two children, Katie and Christopher.