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Oklahoma Baptist University scholar Calvin Miller dies at 75

Calvin Miller, Ph.D., an author, minister and Baptist professor, recently passed away at age 75.
BY JULIE MCGOWAN Published: August 26, 2012

Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Calvin Miller, Ph.D., noted author, professor and artist, died Sunday. He was 75.

“Dr. Calvin Miller has influenced my life and ministry profoundly, first as an author, then when I was a bivocational pastor and sat in his seminars at Beeson Divinity's Pastors School,” said OBU President David W. Whitlock. “His writing and many books are a gift to Christendom. His teaching has multiplied by the thousands his ministry of outstanding creative preaching.”

The Rev. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention, shared similar sentiments.

“Calvin Miller displayed a passionate love for the church and the truth of God. His extraordinary gift with words distinguished him as an outstanding communicator whether in the pulpit, classroom or written form,” Jordan said. “We are proud he is a native son of Oklahoma. We give thanks to our Lord for his life and ministry.”

A 1958 OBU graduate, Miller was a popular speaker and a favored OBU presenter. He most recently taught ministers from across Oklahoma at OBU's Pastors School July 16-18 on the theme “Preach Like Jesus: Exposition Redefined,” based on Matthew 13:34. He shared a humorous chapel message on Oct. 26, telling students he said, “Thank you, God,” all the time and — when he was in a hurry — he simply said, “TYG.”

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