Spiritual Life News Articles

OBU Recognizes Outstanding Students During Awards Chapel

May 9, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University recognized outstanding students during Awards Convocation Wednesday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium, with seniors Caleb Schantz and Haylee Belcher receiving the highest awards given. The…

OBU Commissions Students, Faculty and Staff for Worldwide Summer Service

May 2, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University hosted a special Global Outreach Commissioning service Wednesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The university recognized and prayed for students,…

Songwriter and Author Dennis Jernigan Delivers Chapel Message April 25

April 25, 2018 | Permalink

OBU alumnus Dennis Jernigan, ’81, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, April 25. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. Jernigan spoke on the…

Author and Teacher Horton Delivers Chapel Address April 18

April 18, 2018 | Permalink

Elicia Horton, author and teacher, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, April 18. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. Horton used the first two…

Kelly Delivers OBU Chapel Message on ‘Living as Exiles’

April 4, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson professor of religion, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, April 4. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Kelly used…

Author and Missionary Esther Burroughs Delivers Chapel Message

March 14, 2018 | Permalink

Esther Burroughs, author, speaker and retired missionary, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, March 14, at Oklahoma Baptist University. Burroughs used John 1 to illustrate a life of service modeled after Christ. Bob Burroughs,…

Student Preacher Colin Crawford Delivers Chapel Message on Seeking Christ

March 7, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University student Colin Crawford delivered the chapel message Wednesday, March 7, at 10 a.m. Faculty of the Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry selected Crawford, a senior pastoral ministry major, to deliver a message as…

Renowned Author Trillia Newbell Delivers Chapel Message Feb. 28

February 28, 2018 | Permalink

Trillia Newbell, author, speaker and director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Oklahoma Baptist University. Newbell…

Jones Delivers Focus Week Chapel Message Feb. 16

February 16, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Kevin Jones, associate dean of academic innovation and assistant professor of teacher education at Boyce College, delivered the chapel message Feb. 16 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Jones’ used 1 Corinthians to provide students…

Jones and Williams Discuss Racism During Focus Week Chapel Feb. 14

February 14, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Kevin Jones, associate dean of academic innovation and assistant professor of teacher education at Boyce College, and Dr. Jarvis Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary, delivered the chapel…

Williams Delivers Focus Week Chapel Message Feb. 12

February 12, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Jarvis Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary, delivered the chapel message Feb. 12 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Williams' message came from Galatians 5 and emphasized the importance of Godly…

Focus Week to Concentrate on Racial Unity Feb. 12-16

February 9, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome two speakers to campus for its annual Focus Week event Feb. 12-16, which will focus on the topic of racial unity. Focus Week is designed to strengthen relationships with God and one another. Dr. Jarvis…

University Honors Founders’ Day Speaker with Honorary Doctorate

February 7, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Rebekah Naylor, surgeon, church planter, and retired missionary, delivered the chapel address during Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Founders’ Day celebration Wednesday, Feb. 7. The Founder’s Day event is held…

Naylor to Deliver Founders’ Day Address

February 5, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will observe its annual Founders’ Day celebration during chapel services Wednesday Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. The Founder’s Day event is held annually to commemorate the University’s incorporation in 1910.…

Pastor Gregg Matte of Houston FBC Delivers Chapel Message

January 31, 2018 | Permalink

Gregg Matte, senior pastor of Houston First Baptist Church and founder of Breakaway Ministries, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Oklahoma Baptist University. Matte used the story of the burning bush from Exodus 3 to instruct…

Houston FBC Pastor Gregg Matte to Deliver First Chapel Address of Spring Semester

January 24, 2018 | Permalink

Gregg Matte, senior pastor of Houston First Baptist Church and founder of Breakaway Ministries, will speak at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His message kicks off the chapel…

Bailey Delivered Chapel Address Nov. 29

November 30, 2017 | Permalink

Wayne Bailey, pastor of the Grace Indian Baptist Church in Calera, Oklahoma, delivered the chapel address Nov. 29 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His message continued the chapel series “Following Jesus: Understanding and…

IMB President Platt Delivered Chapel Message on Selfless Love

November 15, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. David Platt, president of the International Missions Board, delivered the Oklahoma Baptist University chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His message continued the chapel series, “Following…

Williams Delivers Chapel Message on Responding to the Call of Christ

November 8, 2017 | Permalink

K. Marshall Williams Sr., senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Oklahoma Baptist University. His message continued the chapel series, “Following Jesus: Understanding…

IMB President David Platt to Speak at Chapel Nov. 15

November 7, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome Dr. David Platt, president of the International Missions Board, to Bison Hill Wednesday, Nov. 15 to speak in the weekly chapel service. The service will begin at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter…

Pastors and Ministry Leaders Invited to OBU’s Annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Nov. 10

November 2, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Winter Bible Study Clinic will be held Friday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the upstairs of the Geiger Center. Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson professor of religion; Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R.…

Ziafat Delivers Chapel Message on Submitting to Christ

November 1, 2017 | Permalink

Afshin Ziafat, lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Oklahoma Baptist University. His message continued the chapel series, “Following Jesus: Understanding and Responding to…

“October Baby” Actress Shari Rigby Delivers Chapel Message

October 25, 2017 | Permalink

Note: Due to technical difficulties, a short section of video is missing starting at 23:36. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Shari Rigby, renowned speaker, author, director and actress, delivered the chapel message Wednesday,…

Yarnell Delivers Annual Hobbs Lecture Oct. 18

October 18, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Malcolm B. Yarnell, research professor of systematic theology, director of the Oxford Study Program and director of the Center for Theological Research  at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, delivered the annual Hobbs Lecture…

Reed Delivers OBU Chapel Message Oct. 4

October 4, 2017 | Permalink

Rev. Dr. John A. Reed, Jr., senior pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, delivered the chapel message Oct. 4 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His message came from Luke 7 and was titled, “Are you the one?” He…

Thomas Delivers Chapel Message on Seizing Opportunity

September 27, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Ken Thomas, senior director of WinShape Camps and president of Connect Ministries, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The message came from Mark 5:21-34 and emphasized the importance of…

Pace Delivers OBU Chapel Message on Following Jesus

September 20, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Scott Pace, Reverend A. E. and Dora Johnson Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry and associate professor of applied ministry, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Sept. 20. The service took place in Raley…

Bandy Delivers OBU Chapel Message Sept. 13

September 13, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Sept. 13. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in…

Norman Introduces 2017-18 Chapel Theme with Message on Following Christ

September 6, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Stan Norman, provost and executive vice president for campus life, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium at Oklahoma Baptist University. The chapel launched the 2017-18 chapel series,…

Message from OBU President David W. Whitlock Regarding Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 | Permalink

Dear Bison family,  We know many of you have been affected either directly or indirectly by the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey that continues to wreak havoc along its path. We pray God's protection and provision for…

Dr. Alvin Reid to Lead Fall Challenge Chapel Services Aug. 22-25

August 21, 2017 | Permalink

OBU will host the annual Fall Challenge chapel series Aug. 22-25. The first chapel messages of the semester are traditionally known as the “Fall Challenge” and are part of OBU’s Welcome Week, where students are welcomed and…

Deepening Your Spiritual Life at OBU

July 5, 2017 | Permalink

While preparing for college is an exciting time, leaving your church, friends, family and mentors can be a challenge. You’ve created meaningful relationships and it’s difficult to leave those hometown comforts. But at Oklahoma…

Students and OBU Faculty Connect with Past and Present Israel

June 15, 2017 | Permalink

A group of 36 students and two faculty from Oklahoma Baptist University took the trip of a lifetime May 20-June 1. Led by Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament, and Odus Compton, associate vice president for…

Bandy Brings Chapel Message on Prayer May 3

May 3, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, May 3, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The chapel concluded the 2016-17 chapel series, “Prayer: Beseeching the Lord through…

Naylor Delivers Message During OBU Commissioning Chapel

April 26, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University hosted a special Global Outreach Commissioning service Wednesday, April 26, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The University recognized and prayed for students, faculty and staff who will share the Gospel of Jesus…

OBU Plants Survivor Tree Seedling, Commemorates Arbor Day

April 25, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University hosted a tree planting ceremony Tuesday, April 25, in observance of Arbor Day 2017. Members of the campus community planted a seedling of an American elm from the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.…

Gateway Seminary President Iorg Teaches on Priority of Prayer

March 29, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, delivered Oklahoma Baptist University’s chapel message Wednesday, March 29. He focused on the priority of prayer and taught from 2 Thessalonians 3. “You prioritize prayer by asking other…

OBU Students Lead English Class at VBS in Panama

March 24, 2017 | Permalink

Please note: Only partial names were used in this story, for security purposes. Last names were intentionally left off for all members of the group for safety reasons. A group of Oklahoma Baptist University students and faculty traveled to…

Litton Delivers Message During Woman’s Mission and Ministry Day Chapel March 22

March 22, 2017 | Permalink

Kathy Ferguson Litton delivered the message during Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Woman’s Mission and Ministry Day chapel March 22. She leads a national ministry for pastors’ and planters’ wives at the North…

Phillips Joins OBU as Director of Student Ministry

March 16, 2017 | Permalink

OBU is pleased to welcome Clay Phillips as the director of student ministry. He assumed his duties March 1. Phillips is a 2011 OBU alumnus, majoring in Bible. He then earned a Master of Divinity in expository preaching from Southeastern Baptist…

OBU Students Serve Missionary Families Overseas During J-Term

March 10, 2017 | Permalink

Catherine Finch is a junior communication studies major at Oklahoma Baptist University. She is passionate about serving the Lord, locally and around the globe. She works part-time in the University Marketing and Communications Office. This is a…

Fields Challenges Students to Find Their Identity in Christ

March 1, 2017 | Permalink

Darryl K. Fields, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma, delivered the chapel message at OBU Wednesday, March 1. His message came from Ephesians 3:1 and 3:14-21 and was about “finding your…

Satterfield Delivers OBU Chapel Message Feb. 22

February 22, 2017 | Permalink

Michael Satterfield, the founder of Field of Grace Ministries and teaching pastor at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Feb. 22. His message came from 1 Samuel 20. He challenged…

Bailey to Lead OBU’s Bison Way Chapel Feb. 20

February 20, 2017 | Permalink

Bertholomew “Prophet” Bailey, OBU alumnus and former admissions counselor, will lead OBU’s Bison Way Chapel Monday, Feb. 20. The event will take place at 10 a.m. in the Noble Complex. Bailey served at OBU an admissions…

Horton Challenges Students to Live Life of ‘Gospel Saturated Prayer’

February 15, 2017 | Permalink

D.A. Horton, pastor of Reach Fellowship in North Long Beach, California, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Feb. 15. His message was titled “The Results of Gospel Saturated Prayer” from Luke 11:1-4. He…

Kennedy Delivers Message During Focus Week Chapel Feb. 8

February 8, 2017 | Permalink

Rusty Kennedy, OBU alumnus and pastor, delivered the chapel message Feb. 8 at Oklahoma Baptist University. His message came from 1 John 2. Kennedy is the featured speaker for Focus Week, an annual week designed to strengthen relationships with…

Turek Delivers Founders' Day Message at OBU

February 1, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined.org, delivered the Founders’ Day address at Oklahoma Baptist University Feb. 1. The Founders’ Day event is held annually to commemorate the university’s incorporation in 1910. Turek…

OBU to Celebrate Annual “Founders’ Day” Feb. 1

January 31, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will observe its annual Founders’ Day celebration during chapel services on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The event will be held in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The Founders’…

Freeman Delivers Message on Genuine Prayer from Acts 4

January 25, 2017 | Permalink

Jeremy Freeman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Newcastle, Oklahoma, delivered the chapel message Jan. 25, during the first chapel of the spring semester. His message, titled “Genuine Prayer,” came from Acts 4 and continued…

Hanging of the Green Features “Messiah” Performance on Bison Hill

December 5, 2016 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University presented its 79th annual Hanging of the Green Christmas program Saturday, Dec. 3. The evening featured a presentation of Handel’s “Messiah.” The performers for this year’s Hanging of the…

Dr. Robert Smith Jr. Delivers OBU Chapel Message Nov. 30

November 30, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Robert Smith Jr., Charles T. Carter Baptist chair of divinity at Beeson Divinity School, delivered Oklahoma Baptist University’s chapel message Nov. 30, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium Smith serves as Charles T. Carter…

5 Places Students Can Volunteer this Holiday Season

November 30, 2016 | Permalink

Consider how you can comfort someone in need this holiday season. No matter how small a task may seem, it can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your community. "What can you do to…

A Mission of Multiplication and Communication: ‘Mission 1.8’ Trains OBU Students to Impact Community, World

November 29, 2016 | Permalink

By Catherine Finch Catherine Finch is a junior at OBU and a student worker in the University’s Marketing and Communications office. Her first-person experience with Mission 1.8, and the impact it has had on her, led her to research and…

Rhone Speaks During OBU Chapel Nov. 16

November 16, 2016 | Permalink

Pastor Anthony Rhone delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Nov. 16. Rhone is the pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Shawnee. He attended John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City and graduated in 1982. Later he…

BGCO’s Harrison Teaches from Luke 22 During OBU Chapel Nov. 9

November 9, 2016 | Permalink

Andy Harrison, Falls Creek program director and student ministry specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Nov. 9. Harrison spoke from Luke 22 and continued…

Charette Delivers OBU Chapel Message Nov. 2

November 2, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Vern Charette, assistant professor of preaching and chair of the preaching and pastoral studies division at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Nov. 2. In 1997,…

OBU Alumnus Hall Delivers Chapel Message Oct. 26

October 26, 2016 | Permalink

Shane Hall, OBU alumnus and senior pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, Oklahoma, delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Oct. 26. He challenged the audience with a question, "How will your life be remembered…

David’s Creed Records in Professional Studio

October 19, 2016 | Permalink

Students at Oklahoma Baptist University receive a world class education. They are taught by professors with expertise in their fields, real-world experience, and knowledge of the nuances and intricacies of their subject matter. They are…

Finn Challenges Students During Hobbs Lecture

October 19, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Nathan Finn, dean of the School of Theology and Missions and professor of Christian thought and tradition at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, delivered the annual Hobbs Lecture during Oklahoma Baptist University’s chapel…

Finn to Deliver Hobbs Lecture Oct. 19

October 17, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Nathan Finn, dean of the School of Theology and Missions and professor of Christian thought and tradition at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, will deliver the annual Hobbs Lecture during OBU’s chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 19.…

Kelly Delivers OBU Chapel Message Oct. 12

October 12, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Bobby Kelly, the Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion, delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Oct. 12. His message was from 2 Corinthians 12. It continued the fall chapel series theme of “Prayer:…

Sports Ministry Expert to Lead OBU’s Bison Way Chapel Oct. 14

October 12, 2016 | Permalink

Sports and recreation ministry expert John Garner will lead Oklahoma Baptist University’s ‘Bison Way’ chapel Friday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. The event will take place in OBU’s Noble Complex. Garner is a nationally known…

Pace Brings Message on Prayer from John 17

October 5, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Scott Pace, the Reverend A.E. and Dora Johnson Hughes chair of Christian ministry and associate professor of applied ministry, delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Oct. 5. His message was titled…