Christian Author and Activist to Speak in HSU Chapel

Christian Author and Activist to Speak in HSU Chapel

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

Gabe Lyons will speak at Hardin-Simmons University chapel services January 31, 2012. Lyons is the founder of Q Ideas, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society, and author of The Next Christians: The Good News about the End of Christian America. He is the co-author of Unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that revealed the pervasiveness of pop culture’s negative perceptions of Christians. {{more}}Prior to launching Q, Lyons co-founded Catalyst, a national gathering of young leaders. His work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, the New York Times, Fox News, and USA Today. Lyon’s organization will host a summit of 700 Christian and cultural leaders this April in Washington D.C., which will include presentations from Christianity Today author Andy Crouch. Crouch is also author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. In 2011 he became special assistant to the president at Christianity Today International, where he has served as executive producer on two Christian documentary films and serves as editorial director of the Christian Vision Project.According to Lyons website, “Q 2012 Washington D.C. is no ordinary gathering—it is a calling to all Christian leaders to be thoughtful and faithful as they engage a rapidly changing culture.“Many young Christians have backed away from political involvement. Going near ‘politics’ is the last thing they want to do. Yet, as believers committed to the common good, it’s unavoidable to consider what our role in participating with local, state and national government ought to be,” says Qideas.com.Lyons says, “At Q Washington D.C. we intend to offer big ideas on this and other pressing issues facing a new generation of Christians in our culture.”“Government leaders distrust working with evangelical Christians while many Christian leaders distrust working with the government. Rebuilding a bridge of trust between these two influential groups is an essential step in pursuing the common good in our time,” according to the website.“We see the summit as an essential place where we can work together to begin reconstructing what a proper relationship between Christian leaders and the government may look like in a post-Religious Right era,” says Lyons.A luncheon will follow the chapel service where students from HSU’s Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary, along with students in the HSU Honors Program, will have a chance to ask questions of Lyons via Skype.HSU chapel is open to the public. The Gabe Lyons chapel service is via Skype January 31, 9:30 a.m., Behrens Auditorium.Gabe Lyons in the news:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMflS_pRnVo