Matt Knight

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Category Archives: Liberty University

Book Review: Dirty God

Johnnie Moore’s Dirty God had a lot of potential, but didn’t seem to quite live up to what I had expected. I agree with the core message of the book, that grace is for everyone, and Jesus is God who gets His hands dirty and comes down to a human level in order to bring us into a relationship with Him.

Despite my respect for Johnnie Moore and the work he’s doing at my alma mater, Liberty University, I was really pretty disappointed by this book.
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I want to go to this conference

There’s an Evangelism Conference here in my own neighborhood, and I want to go!

Check out the Schedule.
Special Guests include:
Charles Billingsley
Ergun and Emir Caner
Jerry Vines
Jonathan Falwell
Fred Luter
Will Graham
Ed Stetzer
Lee Strobel
John Bisagno

Oh yeah, AND IT’S FREE!
You’d better believe I’m gonna try to get over there.

Who else is doing this?

Yesterday Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced that LU would be cutting its tuition rates in order to ease the burdens on students and families during hard economic times. (read the article here)

“Liberty University has been blessed with generous contributions over the last two years and this is our way of sharing that generosity with our students in a time of financial crisis and layoffs across the entire country,” said Falwell

From me:
I’m proud of my Alma Mater. The university is growing by leaps and bounds. They’ve had to temporarily cap resident enrollment at 11,500 so that the infrastructure can catch up to the growth (they were at about a third that size when I attended just four years ago).

Jerry Jr knows what’s going on in America and he wants LU to stay accessible to students. I admire that. Here’s my big question: How many other schools are going to step up and do the same?

Summer Happenings

This summer I’m beginning a new stage of life. I don’t forsee being a full-time student anytime in the near future after pursuing 7 years of higher education at college and seminary. Now, I’m trying to find out what it means to live in the work world, and specifically working as one called to the ministry. It’s time for resumes and job hunting as I search for the place God has for me in ministry.

In the meantime, I’m coming off of a fantastic Chaplain Candidate tour at Lackland AFB. It was there that I gained some great experiences, got several opportunities to see Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) up close, and to interact with the incredible young men and women who serve our country, not to mention those who train, lead, or support them.

More recently I’ve been enjoying some summer reading. One thing I’ve long anticipated is the opportunity to read the books that I want to read. So that is what I’m up to now. I’ve just finished what I believe to be one of the better (if perhaps premature) biographies of President George W. Bush. The book is entitled Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. As I mentioned before, I do think the book is perhaps a bit premature–a better accounting of his life and presidency will surely come along (with a better perspective) in several years. On the whole, however, I do believe it to be one of the fairer, and more appealing books about this president.

Next up, I’m working on several at once. I’ve picked up Charles Swindoll‘s character study on the life of David, entitled David: A Man of Passion and Destiny. It is making for a good read, and is an truly uplifting and informative look at the life of David.

Also, I’ve begun The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg of Willow Creek fame. The third I’ve got going is the fourth volume of Forrest Pogue’s biography of General George C Marshall (currently out of print).

I’ll hopefully give a continued update as the summer goes along. I’ll be turning pages and hope you find something good to occupy your time too.

Chuck Norris to Speak at Liberty

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. announced this week the commencement

speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony. Actor, martial artist, veteran, Christian, and pop culture icon Chuck Norris will be the speaker.

Here’s the story.  This should be interesting, I hope he does a good job for my alma mater.