OC event probes faith, tolerance, culture

David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

-- OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling authors David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons will visit Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on February 6 to discuss engaging a culture that sees Christianity as irrelevant and extreme.

Sponsored by OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center, the authors’ “Good Faith Live” seminar will present groundbreaking research and reveal significant cultural trends that create both obstacles and opportunities for Christians.

The conversation is rooted in their latest book, Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme, a guide to help Christians understand the heart behind opposing views and show them how to be loving friends despite profound differences. Kinnaman and Lyons previously coauthored the bestselling book, unChristian.

“We have had Kinnaman and Lyons on our campus before. They bring great insight about the current culture as it mixes with religion and church. I hope many church leaders take advantage of this opportunity to get close and get informed,” said Dudley Chancey, professor of Bible at Oklahoma Christian and director of OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center.

Kinnaman is the author of You Lost Me and the president of Barna Group, a research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. He has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies.

Lyons is the author of The Next Christians and the founder of Q, a learning community that educates and mobilizes Christians to think well and advance good in society. He is an expert speaker on cultural issues where faith intersects public life.

The “Good Faith Live” seminar starts at 7 p.m. on February 6 in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets are available for $5 (plus fees) at oc.edu/goodfaith.

This will be the fifth installment of the IFC Dialogues and the second visit to Oklahoma Christian for both Kinnaman and Lyons. Kinnaman worked alongside OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center to launch the first-ever IFC Dialogues in 2011. Lyons keynoted the event in 2012.

John Westerhoff and Holly Allen were the featured speakers in 2014 and John Roberto keynoted the Dialogues in 2016.

Launched in 2011, OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center assists and equips families and faith-based institutions in spiritual formation through techniques borne out of current, relevant research and practice. For more information, visit oc.edu/ifc.

Oklahoma Christian annually ranks as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC set a school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.