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Christian author speaks at UC convocation


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – On Monday, October 22, 571 students filled University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Gatliff Chapel during convocation to listen to a message titled “Gasp” by Christian author and speaker Tony Nolan. Invited to Cumberlands’ campus by UC’s Missions and Ministry department, Nolan’s address was well-received as he walked through the basics of being a believer and follower of Christ.

Nolan shared his story of how, despite being abandoned at birth, turning to drugs and alcohol as a teen and dealing with the pain from his childhood, he became an avid believer of Christ when “God radically changed his life.” As a person and speaker, Nolan is passionate about connecting people to God’s love and he shared that passion on Monday night. His ultimate goal was to show students the truth behind God’s love and the steps it takes to truly believe in it.

“The presence of God was made known, and being able to see my friends and peers make decisions for Christ was very heart-warming,” said UC student Alison Cook.

Nolan used examples that were relatable to each student as he discussed the importance of God’s love.

“You think I lived in a bad neighborhood…we all live in a bad neighborhood. It’s called Earth,” said Nolan.

He also urged Christians to be accountable for their proclamation of faith when he said, “there is a difference in saying you believe and showing you believe.” He explained that life is short and Christians need to preach the stuff that will last forever, even after they are gone.

Near the end of the service approximately 250 students made decisions for Christ, and as UC alum Forrest Coleman led a prayer, the students who made decisions were directed outside for full recognition of their resolution.

“It was truly inspiring and eye opening. Life is precious but short and the reality is we will all stand before the Lord on judgment day and have to be ready. One decision can change your entire life. A lot of people saw that and made decisions it was awesome!” said UC student Chris Lowrie.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Kyla Edmondson, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant