Oklahoma Baptist University

02/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2018 18:21

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

February 14, 2018

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 message Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Oklahoma Baptist University. Jones and Williams joined together in a discussion on racial unity and the stain of white supremacy. The service was held in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on OBU's campus in Shawnee.

View Jones' Feb. 12 chapel message.

Jones emphasized the importance of recognizing intellectual racism and the danger of ignoring it.

'The miseducation is that you don't know enough about all the people made in the image of God,' Jones said. 'Until we learn all there is to know, or at least a little bit more, we need to be very careful about what we say does exist and does not exist.'

Williams continued by underlining the spectrum of race issues within evangelical Christians.

'This is not a black issue,' Williams said. 'This is not a brown issue. This is not a white issue. This is a gospel issue.'

Jones and Williams are co-authors and editors of the book, 'Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention.' Their discussion continues OBU's annual Focus Week, an event designed to strengthen relationships with God and one another. Focus Week will conclude with a chapel message from Jones Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium.