Dr. Matthew Emerson, associate professor of religion, Dickinson Chair of Religion, and interim dean of the Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, shared the weekly online chapel devotional April 1. The message streamed at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live on the OBU Facebook page. This chapel message was the second since the University moved to fully online learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Emerson taught from Revelation 1:9-20 and talked about how imperative it is to trust king Jesus.
Students will continue earning chapel credits for the remainder of the semester by watching the chapel message online and then answering a brief quiz in the University’s Canvas Learning System. Students who are unable to view the service via Facebook Live will also have access to the videos in Canvas after the live broadcast concludes. The messages will also be available on the OBU YouTube Channel on the OBU Chapel playlist.
Emerson joined the Hobbs College faculty in 2015. He previously taught at California Baptist University, where he served as chair of the Arts and Sciences Department in the OPS Division. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his other duties at OBU, he also serves as the director of the Master of Arts program, with degree options in Christian studies and intercultural studies. Emerson has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications. His research interests include the Old Testament’s use in the New Testament, early Christian interpretation and theological method.