From the President Read more from john at www.oc.edu/president
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Great things are happening at OC!
As we prepare for another outstanding Homecoming
weekend in November, we’re excited that more future alumni
are calling OC home than ever before.
It’s yet another record enrollment year, and we’re blessed to
have these bright and talented students in our care.
We take our responsibility to them, to you, and to our
Christian mission very seriously.
I’m thankful to serve alongside Christian brothers and
sisters who want to be held accountable for how they’re serving
students for good … dedicated men and women who want to
stretch so our students can grow.
It’s a blessing to serve in a well-rounded place that tackles
tough issues and gives our students opportunities to think
deeply about faith matters.
This year alone is a great example of our mission here at
Oklahoma Christian. At our core, we embrace Restoration
Movement ideals and use events like this year’s OC Lectureship
to discuss our various roles in the future of the church.
We welcome Church of Christ members like Jase and Missy
Robertson to talk about how they live out their faith in the
fishbowl of their record-setting cable TV show, Duck Dynasty.
We welcome leaders from other faith traditions, scholars
like Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and N.T. Wright, because we
can learn from their spiritual walks and how they’ve impacted
others for good.
We welcome best-selling writers like Naomi Benaron, the
keynote speaker at this year’s McBride Lecture for Faith and
Literature, because they have enlightened perspectives to share
on social justice and other important issues.
Our students want to be challenged. They want to grow. They
want to change the world. We engage them where they are and
help them wrestle with big and difficult and life-changing ideas
right here in a safe, nurturing community.
We expose them to real-world issues in the controlled
environments of our classrooms and lecture halls so they don’t
lose their way when they face real-world challenges.
Our desire is for students to be well-prepared to stand strong
in their Christian walk as they go out from OC to engage with a
world that wants to dilute their faith.
We have no agenda other than doing the best things for our
students and glorifying God in the process.
And, ultimately, as we serve our students for good, we pray
God will work through these efforts to bless our campus, the
church and the community at large.
We hope you have the opportunity to come home to OC and
receive those blessings as often as possible. When you’re here for
Homecoming and other occasions, we encourage you to walk
your campus, celebrate your memories, and pray. We’re anxious
to receive the blessing of your presence and prayers.
In His Service,
View more stories from the Spring 2013 issue of Vision magazine.