Max Lucado To Speak To Abilene College Students

for immediate release Sept. 23, 1997

Max Lucado, minister and popular Christian author, will speak to local college students Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 6-8, as part of Spiritual Renewal Week at Abilene Christian University.

Lucado, a 1977 ACU alumnus, was named one of the seven most admired Christian writers in 1993 and has written 23 books, including several Gold Medallion Award winners. He has served as minister of Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio since 1988.

Lucado will speak during ACU chapel at 11 a.m. Oct. 6-8, then return from 7-8:30 p.m. each evening. All sessions are scheduled in Moody Coliseum.

All college students with current ID cards will be admitted into Moody each evening at 6:15 p.m. Doors will open to the general public at 6:40 p.m.

His focus during the three-day event will be "A Heart Like His," which also is the title of the book he is currently completing. Lucado hopes students from ACU as well as Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Cisco Junior College and Texas State Technical College will attend his evening talks focused on Jesus.

"The Spiritual Life Committee believes Max could make a real difference in people's lives during his three days here," said Kevin Thompson, committee chair. "We encourage every single student to try to hear his message." Along with Thompson, the student coordinators of Lucado's visit are Alycia Brown and Jessica Reese, assistant chairs of the Student Senate's Spiritual Life Committee.

Student leaders first invited Lucado to campus two years ago, but his schedule prevented him from coming at the time. However, Lucado made a special effort to schedule this fall speaking engagement - one of only three this year - because he sees a great need to address college students.

"My desire in coming to Abilene is to help at least one student discover the immense love of Christ," Lucado said. "I'm happy to speak anywhere, but I have a heart for ACU because it was as a student there through such a revival that I came to Christ. Those close to the campus now speak of an unparalleled spiritual hunger. We are praying that this is a God-ordained moment in which He is clearly seen and His invitation is clearly heard."

Lucado is known for such books as Six Hours One Friday, The Applause of Heaven, and In The Grip of Grace. Lucado helped plant churches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1983 until 1987, and he continues to be a strong supporter of foreign mission work.

"Students may not realize that Max earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from ACU, and he has won two of our alumni awards," said Mark Lewis, coordinator of spiritual development and campus ministries. "However, our goal for this event is to bring spiritual renewal to students, not to bring attention to the university."

During the evening events in Moody, every person will have the opportunity to respond publicity or privately, Lewis said.

Because of the generosity of Gaylor MultiMedia, audio tapes will be available after each session in Moody Coliseum for only $2 a piece or $5 for the three-tape set. To order tapes after the event, please call toll-free 1-888-310-3100.

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Last update: September 25, 1997