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Fall renewal conference this week

Nov. 4, 1997

Experiencing God author; sucessful alumnus to speak

By Brian Allison

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

Baptist Student Ministries will hold its Fall Renewal Conference at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at Miller Chapel. A nationally recognized Baptist author and an accomplished alumnus will be the featured speakers.

On Tuesday, T. Don Guthrie, pastor of First Baptist Church, San Antonio, will be the speaker and Heavenly Voices gospel choir will be the musical guests.

On Wednesday, Henry Blackaby, special assistant to the president of the North American Mission Board, will be the featured speaker. Touchstone Ministry's praise and worship team and Shane and Caleb, a duo from College Station, will provide music.

'We're looking for two great evenings of worship,' said Cliff Mouser, director of Baptist Student Missions.

Both speakers come to the revival with impressive credentials.

Guthrie, a Plainview native, graduated from Baylor magna cum laude in 1975. While he was a student at Baylor, Guthrie was a member of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce and named one of the Baylor University Outstanding Senior Men.

'(Guthrie has been an) unusually gifted communicator, even during his student days here,' Mouser said. 'He brings a pastor's heart for this generation of Baylor students.'

During his senior year, Guthrie was the president of the Texas State Baptist Student Union. After he graduated from Baylor, Guthrie served as director of Baptist Student Ministries, founding 'Welcome Week,' Freshman Council, and freshman Bible study programs.

Blackaby is most famous for his 1990 book, Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God. The book, a week-by-week guide to establishing a better personal relationship with God, has been translated into more than 50 languages. Experiencing God has made Blackaby into one of the most sought-after Baptist speakers.

'He gives such practical instruction and guidance on experiencing God,' Mouser said. 'He is one of the best ministers of spiritual renewal that there is.'

Blackaby currently serves as special assistant to the president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Conference. He is also a special assistant to the presidents of the International Mission Board and the Sunday School Board of the SBC.

Guthrie received an honorary doctorate from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

Chad Cryer, a member of the Executive Council of the BSM, is looking forward to having Guthrie and Blackaby speak at Baylor. Cryer, a Mabank senior, helped to line up the speakers and musical guests for the Fall Renewal Conference.

Cryer read and identified with Experiencing God.

'It really makes you think on how you're developing as a Christian,' Cryer said. 'It's real exciting to see it apply in your life.'

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