Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion, delivered OBU’s chapel devotional message Wednesday, March 25, via Facebook Live on the OBU Facebook page. The chapel message was the first since the University moved to fully online learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Kelly taught from Mark 14:32-42, considering how we as Christians should respond to a crisis in light of Jesus’ example.
Students will continue earning chapel credits for the remainder of the semester by viewing the chapel message online and then answering a brief quiz in the University’s Canvas Learning System. Students who are unable to view the message via Facebook Live will also have access to the videos in Canvas following the conclusion of the live broadcast. The messages will all be available on the OBU YouTube Channel on the OBU Chapel playlist and will likewise be promoted on the OBU website and OBU social media channels.Kelly joined the OBU faculty in 1997 and has spoken often in chapel. In 2000, he was named the Rowena Strickland Professor of Bible, and in 2004, he was named the Ruth Dickinson Chair of Bible. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Clear Creek Baptist College in Pineville, Kentucky. He then earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He likewise earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Southwestern, where he served as a teaching fellow for three years.