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LETU Spiritual Emphasis Week Sept. 9-13 to feature McDowell, Mittelberg and Ballet Magnificat


LeTourneau University will host its annual "Spiritual Emphasis Week" Monday through Friday, Sept. 9-13, with special chapel guest speakers and performances that are open to the public. The events will be held in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., in Longview. All are free, except a Thursday evening Ballet Magnificat performance.
Kicking off the week on Monday, Sept. 9, will be internationally known speaker and writer Sean McDowell who will speak on biblical apologetics at a 10:50 a.m. chapel service. McDowell will also give a 7 p.m. presentation that evening. Both events are free.
McDowell is a prolific apologist who has authored, edited and contributed to 15 books and has written dozens of articles on philosophy culture and ethics. He has spoken for numerous organizations, including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. He has also appeared as a guest on radio shows, including "Focus on the Family," "Point of View," "Converse with Scholars" and "Stand to Reason." Sean is the son of Josh McDowell, famed apologist, youth ministry expert and author of "Evidence that Demands a Verdict."
Best-selling author and apologist Mark Mittelberg will speak on having a confident faith during chapel service at 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. He will speak on "The Questions That Christians Hope No One Will Ask" at 7 p.m. Both events are free.
Mittelberg co-authored a book with Bill Hybels called, "Becoming a Contagious Christian." Mittleberg has years of experience in evangelism and leadership and has authored and co-authored numerous books and contributed to "God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible," which was awarded the 2010 Christianity Today apologetics book of the year.
The Ballet Magnificat, a Christian dance troupe, will conclude Spiritual Emphasis Week. Tickets are available for the Ballet Magnificat's performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Tickets range in price from $11 to $24 and may be purchased online at www.BelcherCenter.com or by calling (903) 233-3080. The Ballet Magnificat will also perform during a free chapel service at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
Magnificat is Latin for "to magnify him," and Ballet Magnificat does so by presenting the good news of Jesus Christ in their national and international performances. Their ministry includes audiences in the U.S., Canada, Israel, China, Korea, France, Germany, Singapore and many others. The Ballet Magnificat School of Arts was founded in 1989 and currently has 300 students in Jackson, Miss. The school provides technical and spiritual training through specialized class instruction and workshops for dancers of all ages.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state.
Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, psychology, the sciences and theology.
Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact.

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