It’s close to 8:00AM and I (Jon Homesley) am the first to show up at our free continental breakfast here at the Sleep Inn. Wait…. Jordan Burrrows just walked in and sat down with me.
Last night’s concert was LOUD! Remedy Drive, Starfield, Lecrae and gang were great, but Family Force 5 stole the show! They aren’t quite my cup of tea (think Pat Benatar meets hard rock screaming), but they package the message of the Gospel in a way that relates to teen culture.
Tom Richter was the speaker last night and brought it home by re-telling the story of the greatest commandment. He reminded us that we must love God will ALL our heart, ALL our soul, and ALL our mind. Of course following Christ with ALL of your life (family, business, how to spend your money, what to eat…) seems so crazy when we see someone really living it out.
Chris and I had the opportunity to treat Tom to dinner last night while the rest of the counselors and students stayed at the concert. As some of you will remember, Tom came to CCC about 7 years ago and spoke at our R.I.O.T. youth conference. It has been 7 years since I had seen him so getting to hang out was a highlight for me. Tom is a powerful speaker, who combines the intelligence of a theology degree from Princeton and the comedy of a Chris Farley film. Out students will be talking about him for years to come.
Today students will have opportunity to hang out this morning before heading to some breakout groups. The evening concert features Fireflight, Hawk Nelson, the Newsboys and many more. I am sure that us counselors will find some time to chill at the campus bookstore/Starbucks while students are away at activities. More to come from Liberty University!