On Tuesday Oct. 13, 2015, LCU hosted “An Evening of Inspiration with Bob Goff,” the New York Times Best Selling Author of "Love Does." This was the inaugural event in a series of inspiring guests set to visit LCU.
The evening was made possible largely through the generosity of President’s Circle members that are continually propelling the university forward.
Goff is an author, an attorney, and the founder of Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in India, Uganda, Iraq, Nepal, and Somalia. Goff is a master story teller, and through his presentations and his book “Love Does,” he encourages listeners and readers to show love through action, not merely in thought or intention.
Goff hoped his presentation would inspire the audience at LCU. “There are a lot of people that just agree with Jesus, but then there are some people that actually want to do what Jesus said. These people don’t need a lot of information; they need stories of action. Hopefully, through the stories I can share, we’ll land right at the feet of Jesus,” said Goff.
Prior to the dinner and presentation, Goff met with LCU President Tim Perrin for a brief interview dubbed the inaugural “Chap Chat” in the McDonald Moody Auditorium.
The stage of the Moody was staged to recreate Tom Sawyer Island from Disneyland in honor of Goff’s visit. Goff is very fond of the theme park attraction, considering it to be like an office and frequently holding meetings there. The set at LCU included a wooden cabin, picnic benches, and a raft tucked into a bed of shrubs.
Dinner was served at 6:00 p.m. in the Baker Conference Center and included a performance by the LCU Chamber Singers and a Q&A with Goff. The theater presentation began at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody. After Goff spoke, President Perrin facilitated three student questions and Chamber Singers performed a second time.
Goff’s message for the evening was simple, but poignant: love everyone always.
“In his inimitable way, Bob inspired us by sharing the good news of the gospel in fresh and memorable ways. No one who was present will soon forget his clarion call to ‘love everyone always.’ My friendship with Bob Goff has been life-changing, and I’m so thankful that so many were able to catch a glimpse of the power of getting to the do part of our faith,” said President Perrin.
In thanks for coming to speak at the university, LCU presented Goff with several gifts: a bowl made by Larry Rogers (’61) from the mesquite trees of the Lubbock area, a personalized blue LCU jersey, and a donation to Restore International in the name of the LCU student body.
After the presentation concluded, books were sold in the Baker Conference Center. Goff stayed to greet individuals, speaking to them, autographing books, doling out hugs, and posing for pictures, until well after midnight.
Check out some of the images of the “Inspiring Evening with Bob Goff” that were shared with us on Instagram using #mylcu.