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Renowned speaker visits campus

Renowned speaker visits campus

By Sarah Nunez ’11

The university welcomed acclaimed international speaker Dr. Tony Campolo as guest speaker in chapel Wednesday, Sept. 14. Campolo has dedicated his life to Christian service, and currently serves as President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE).

His speech stressed the importance of what it means to follow Jesus. “It’s not how good you are; it’s what Jesus did for you on the cross that determines whether or not you are a part of His fellowship in the kingdom. Your salvation depends on His work, not yours,” he said.

The evangelist, who has worked in developing countries to ensure education for at-risk children, discussed the importance of fighting for and helping the oppressed. He said, “The purpose of an education is to equip you to live more sacrificially and effectively for the poor and the oppressed of the world in the name of Jesus.”

Campolo recalled an encounter with a homeless man who offered him coffee. When Campolo asked this man about his generosity, the man responded, “I feel that when God gives you something good, you ought to share it with people.”

Tony Campolo is an associate pastor, ordained minister, author, and media commentator. He has appeared on numerous television programs such as CNN, The Colbert Report, and Larry King, and has published 38 works including A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics, Stories That Feed Your Soul, and Choose Love Not Power.