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Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as
guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison, and later responded to questions from the audience. The speakers tackled a relevant question: Is Islam a religion of peace
Robert Spencer spoke first, citing the main issue with Western culture as the inability to deal with Islam openly and honestly. “America is stigmatized against honest discussion…” he said, sharing a story about a media store employee who was hesitant to turn in a video of terrorism due to fear of being racist. Spencer urged that Islam is not a religion of peace, and should not be treated as such.
Samuel Whitfield added, “The issue of Israel is growing in controversy; it is time to take a fresh look at how we engage. In World War II, people kept quiet out of fear. We should pray to be delivered from fear.” Whitfield says that peaceful Muslims simply are not following their religion.
Spencer serves as the Director of Jihad Watch, an organization dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology play in the modern world. In addition, he is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, and conducts frequent research on the Qur’an.
Whitfield currently serves on the leadership team of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City. Prior to serving at IHOPKC, his ministry experience included helping to lead a school of ministry and serving on a church-planting team.
These speakers were featured as part of the School of Business and Government’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

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Carrollton To Perform at Ohio Christian image

Carrollton To Perform at Ohio Christian

Carrollton To Perform at Ohio Christian image

Published: October 16, 2019

Carrollton will perform a concert in Ohio Christian University’s Ministry
Carrollton will perform a concert in Ohio Christian University’s Ministry
Carrollton will perform a concert in Ohio Christian University’s Ministry
An Evening With Mark Lee image

An Evening With Mark Lee

An Evening With Mark Lee image

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian rock band Third Day. The concert will be taking place on Sept. 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:00. Lee will perform songs from Third Day and his album Unshakeable Heart. He will also share about his book, “Hurt Road,” in which he writes about the hardships he has faced throughout his life. The concert will include a Q
Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian rock band Third Day. The concert will be taking place on Sept. 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:00. Lee will perform songs from Third Day and his album Unshakeable Heart. He will also
Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian
Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of
Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide
Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Campus Hosting 26th Annual Quilt Show

Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Published: July 25, 2019

Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what we do,” Clifton said. “We’ll hang 180 to 200 quilts. The talent of these ladies is just phenomenal, they just do fabulous work.” The show is the 145-member guild’s biggest event of the year. It
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on

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Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Published: June 7, 2013

Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in Business.It really should come as no surprise that Ted Murphy would go back to school to get his degree when you see how he honors God in his community, church and workplace. Serving as a North Lewisburg
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good
OCU Hosts 7th Annual Festival of Carols and Messiah image

OCU Hosts 7th Annual Festival of Carols and Messiah

OCU Hosts 7th Annual Festival of Carols and Messiah image

Published: November 13, 2012

Ohio Christian University will host its seventh annual “Festival of Carols and Messiah,” Saturday, December 1, at 7:00 pm, in the beautifully decorated Maxwell Center.  Guests will enjoy the artistry of the OCU Chorale, joined by members of the Circleville Community Choir and a live 40-piece orchestra.Dr. Rodney Sones, director of the Chorale and the Community Choir, will lead the evening’s music – festive orchestrations of well-loved Christmas music, beautiful acapella numbers, and Christmas selections from Handel’s Messiah.  Soloists for the evening include Dione Bennett, Carolyn
Ohio Christian University will host its seventh annual “Festival of Carols and Messiah,” Saturday, December 1, at 7:00 pm, in the beautifully decorated Maxwell Center.  Guests will enjoy the artistry of the OCU Chorale, joined by members of the Circleville Community Choir and a live 40-piece orchestra.Dr. Rodney Sones, director of the Chorale and the Community Choir, will lead the evening’s
Ohio Christian University will host its seventh annual “Festival of Carols and Messiah,” Saturday, December 1, at 7:00 pm, in the beautifully decorated Maxwell Center.  Guests will enjoy the
Video - Inaugural Throwback Chapel at Homecoming 2012 image

Video - Inaugural Throwback Chapel at Homecoming 2012

Video - Inaugural Throwback Chapel at Homecoming 2012 image

Published: October 9, 2012

OCU was pleased to host Dr. Doug Carter, former president of Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University), as the speaker for its inaugural Throwback Chapel on October 6, 2012.For the first time, a Homecoming chapel service featured the OCU chorale with former music groups and choir members. Alumni participants included Maranatha members R.D. and Shelly Saunders, Bruce Morrison and Susan (Long) Jones.
OCU was pleased to host Dr. Doug Carter, former president of Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University), as the speaker for its inaugural Throwback Chapel on October 6, 2012.For the first time, a Homecoming chapel service featured the OCU chorale with former music groups and choir members. Alumni participants included Maranatha members R.D. and Shelly Saunders, Bruce Morrison
OCU was pleased to host Dr. Doug Carter, former president of Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University), as the speaker for its inaugural Throwback Chapel on October 6, 2012.For the
Homecoming 2012 Kicks Off with Annual Torch Run image

Homecoming 2012 Kicks Off with Annual Torch Run

Homecoming 2012 Kicks Off with Annual Torch Run image

Published: October 5, 2012

Homecoming Festivities kicked off October 4, 2012 with a special Alumni Chapel with guest speaker Michael Tipton ('06), followed in the evening by the annual Torch Run, parade, and bonfire. There's still time to join the fun and connect with former classmates! See the complete schedule for Homecoming 2012 or email alumni@ohiochristian.edu for more information.
Homecoming Festivities kicked off October 4, 2012 with a special Alumni Chapel with guest speaker Michael Tipton ('06), followed in the evening by the annual Torch Run, parade, and bonfire. There's still time to join the fun and connect with former classmates! See the complete schedule for Homecoming 2012 or email alumni@ohiochristian.edu for more information.
Homecoming Festivities kicked off October 4, 2012 with a special Alumni Chapel with guest speaker Michael Tipton ('06), followed in the evening by the annual Torch Run, parade, and bonfire. There's
OCU Hosts Spirit-filled Revival image

OCU Hosts Spirit-filled Revival

OCU Hosts Spirit-filled Revival image

Published: January 23, 2012

Ohio Christian University hosted a Spirit-filled revival with Rev. Jeff Keaton, founder and CEO of Renewanation, a non-profit organization committed to the vision of offering every child a Christian worldview. Rev. Keaton delivered powerful messages to the student body, faculty, and staff of Ohio Christian University, focusing his messages on recommitting one's life to Christ, seeking His purpose, and following His will. Several people responded during the altar services, seeking God's work in their lives. Please pray for the students, faculty, and staff of Ohio Christian University
Ohio Christian University hosted a Spirit-filled revival with Rev. Jeff Keaton, founder and CEO of Renewanation, a non-profit organization committed to the vision of offering every child a Christian worldview. Rev. Keaton delivered powerful messages to the student body, faculty, and staff of Ohio Christian University, focusing his messages on recommitting one's life to Christ, seeking His
Ohio Christian University hosted a Spirit-filled revival with Rev. Jeff Keaton, founder and CEO of Renewanation, a non-profit organization committed to the vision of offering every child a