Spiritual Life News Articles

OBU Campus Celebrates the Season During Annual Fine Arts Christmas Chapel Dec. 5

December 5, 2018 | Permalink

OBU students, faculty and staff celebrated together once again during the University’s annual Fine Arts Christmas Chapel hosted by Dr. Dan Reeder, Albert J. Geiger Professor of Finance. The beloved holiday tradition is full of student…

Gideon to Deliver OBU Winter Commencement Address Dec. 14

December 4, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Blake Gideon, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Edmond, will deliver OBU’s Winter Commencement address during the 2 p.m. graduation ceremony Friday, Dec. 14, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The Winter Commencement will…

Dr. Mitch Glaser Brings Chapel Message Nov. 28

November 28, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries, delivered the chapel message to students and staff Wednesday, Nov. 28. He spoke from Romans and talked about his personal testimony coming from a strong Jewish family. The service took…

Freeman Challenges Students with Message on “Trusting God in Death and Life”

November 14, 2018 | Permalink

Jeremy Freeman delivered the chapel message to OBU students, faculty and staff Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Freeman is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Oklahoma. Freeman’s five…

Dr. Hance Dilbeck to Speak in Chapel Nov. 14

November 12, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Hance Dilbeck, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, will deliver OBU’s chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 14. The service will take place at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Before…

Dr. Emerson Falls Delivers Chapel Message Nov. 7 at OBU

November 7, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Emerson Falls, Native American ministries specialist with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 7, at OBU in Shawnee. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter…

Ruth Chou Simons Delivers OBU Chapel Message Oct. 31

October 31, 2018 | Permalink

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Ruth Chou Simons brought the chapel message to students and faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University. Simons is an artist, author, entrepreneur and speaker. Her Instagram, GraceLaced, has more than 114,000 followers. She…

BGCO’s Sanders Delivers OBU Chapel Message Oct. 24

October 24, 2018 | Permalink

Todd Sanders, student education specialist and Falls Creek program associate at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Oct. 24. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s…

OBU Student Government to Host Homecoming Parade Nov. 3

October 23, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University's Student Government Association has announced they will host their first homecoming parade on campus Saturday, Nov. 3. The SGA is bringing back this former OBU tradition and hopes to make it an annual event. The…

Ashford Delivers Hobbs Lecture on “Christian Politics in a Secular Age” Oct. 17 at OBU

October 17, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Bruce Ashford delivered the Hobbs Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Oct. 17. The event took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Ashford is the provost and dean of the faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological…

Dr. Bobby Kelly Delivers Chapel Message from Acts 9 on Saul’s Conversion

October 10, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion, delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Oct. 10. His message was from Acts 9:1-18 and detailed Saul’s conversion from persecutor of Christians to…

University Dedicates New Centers for Student and Spiritual Life

October 5, 2018 | Permalink

OBU hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dedication of the Dick and Sue Rader Office of Student Life and Women of Vision Center for Spiritual Life. The newly renovated section of the Geiger Center officially opened at the beginning of the…

OBU Board of Trustees Dedicates New Space, Recognizes Whitlock for Decade of Service

October 5, 2018 | Permalink

The Oklahoma Baptist University Board of Trustees joined in the dedication of the Dick and Sue Rader Office of Student Life, approved a recommendation to increase endowed faculty position funding, celebrated 10 years of service by Dr. David W.…

Ed Newton Teaches on Jonah at OBU Chapel Oct. 3

October 3, 2018 | Permalink

Ed Newton, lead pastor of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas, addressed the Oklahoma Baptist University community Wednesday, Oct. 3, during the 10 a.m. service in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Newton delivered a message from…

Ed Newton to Speak at OBU Chapel Oct. 3

October 1, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Ed Newton, lead pastor of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas, will speak during OBU’s chapel service Oct. 3. The service will take place at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on OBU’s campus in Shawnee.…

‘The Art of Black Preaching’ Gaskin Lecture and Panel Discussion Set for Oct. 1 at OBU

September 28, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Claybon Lea Jr. will deliver the Gaskin Lecture Monday, Oct. 1, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The lecture will take place at 10 a.m. in the upper level of the Geiger Center, rooms 219-220, on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The theme of…

Rev. Billy Kim Gives OBU Chapel Message, Joined by Korean Children’s Choir, Sept. 26

September 26, 2018 | Permalink

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium was filled with joyful noise and a powerful message when the Far East Broadcasting Company Korean Children’s Choir came to perform. Their appearance was followed by OBU…

Internationally Known Pastor Billy Kim to Speak During OBU Chapel Sept. 26

September 24, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. Billy Kim, chairman of Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea, will deliver the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Sept. 26. Kim is the pastor emeritus of Suwon Central Baptist Church and was the president of the…

Scott Challenges Students to ‘Know Who God Is’ During Sept. 19 Chapel Message

September 20, 2018 | Permalink

Reverend Anthony L. Scott, pastor of First Baptist Church North Tulsa, delivered the chapel message Sept. 19 at Oklahoma Baptist University. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee.He…

Kimbrough Shares ‘GO Week’ Chapel Message Sept. 12

September 13, 2018 | Permalink

Blake Kimbrough, a missionary with the International Mission Board, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Oklahoma Baptist University. He continued the theme of “The Gospel” for Global Outreach (GO) Week. He taught…

Gambo Delivers Fall Chapel Theme Interpretation Message Sept. 5

September 5, 2018 | Permalink

Dr. David Gambo, assistant professor of Christian ministry and Reverend A. E. and Dora Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry, delivered the fall chapel theme interpretation message Wednesday, Sept. 5. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s…

OBU Announces 2018 Fall Chapel Theme and Speakers

August 27, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University recently announced the theme and speaker lineup for the Fall 2018 Chapel Series. This semester’s theme will be, “Fully Devoted to Christ: What could God do with one completely yielded soul?” The…

Hernandez and Gallaty to Deliver Fall Challenge Messages Aug. 21-24

August 21, 2018 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will host the annual Fall Challenge Chapel Series Aug. 21-24. The first chapel messages of the semester are traditionally known as the “Fall Challenge” and are a part of OBU’s Welcome Week, where…

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…