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Author and speaker Eric Metaxas comes to Eastern

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A voice that might have belonged to a New York gangster came over the speaker system. A hush fell over the entire overcrowded McInnis auditorium. Dr. Joe Modica chuckled as he flashed a smile toward the 2012 Faith Forum speaker, Eric Metaxas. The voice was a recording of Metaxas, who had donned the accent to play the narrator in Veggie Tales’ “Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen.” Such was the atmosphere of the entire Faith Forum: engaging, encouraging and oftentimes comical.

Exuding humility and gratefulness to God, Metaxas opened up with students, faculty and friends of Eastern throughout the Faith Forum on February 8–10. His sense of humor and passion were both evident and contagious.

Throughout the course of the Forum’s four sessions, Metaxas shared the story of how God first revealed Himself to him. As he testified to God’s work in his life, he exhorted the audience to recognize that “God’s amazing grace is the agent of change. He came to me, he spoke, he changed my life. . . . The God who is alive wants to speak to you.”

Metaxas’ Faith Forum sessions included talks on the lives of two heroes of the Christian faith—for both of whom he has authored important biographies: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a martyr during World War II, and William Wilberforce, who fought to abolish the slave trade in England.

Pulling lessons from the lives of these two men, Metaxas challenged his listeners to consider how they could humble themselves to do God’s will in their own broken culture.

“If God has called you to something,” Metaxas said, “you just obey and you fight. It’s not about winning, because He’ll give you the victory when it’s time . . . Offer whatever He’s given you to Him.”

Eric Metaxas is a renowned speaker and best-selling author. His most recent work, “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” peaked at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was pronounced “Book of the Year” by the ECPA.

 

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