SHAWNEE — Inspired by summertime and his admiration for the music of a Christian band, Oklahoma Baptist University student Joshua Hale recently earned recognition in the National Association of Evangelicals' Creation Care Video Contest.
The contest, in its inaugural year, was open to college students across the United States who submitted videos on the topic of how the Bible calls people to care for creation and what Christians can do about it. All eight winning videos were created by students from Council for Christian Colleges & Universities' member institutions.
Hale's video features the song, “Summertime” by Audio Adrenaline.
“My love for the band Audio Adrenaline was on full blast that day, and that's when I came across the song,” Hale said. “I wanted to showcase the amazing creation that God has created, during my favorite time of year.”
A freshman digital media arts major, Hale's hometown is Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. But with family in the Owasso area, he considers himself an Oklahoman. While he completed his project outside of class as an independent project, he said the recognition was a great honor as it relates to his chosen major.
“We are pleased that the faith of our students and the creativity of our students are being recognized by others on such important issues,” Ronald A. Johnson, associate professor of electronic media production, said.
Sponsors for the contest included Care of Creation, Christianity Today, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), evangelical Environmental Network, Renewal and the National Association of Evangelicals.
Hale's video and the other winning entries can be viewed online at www.