Matthew Turner, editor of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) Magazine, spoke to a packed audience in the Covenant Productions building during recent multiple chapel events on the Anderson University campus. Turner shared his message of how faith is relevant in everyday situations such as work, school and everyday events. “One of the first things in understanding your significance and relevance in today’s culture is that you must understand how much Jesus truly loves you,” said Turner.
Sharing his own experiences growing up in what he called measuring stick kind of faith, Turner discussed how it wasn’t until he went off to college and learned for himself about God’s grace and forgiveness did he really understand how much Jesus really cared for him personally.
He encouraged the students to be missionaries in whatever they do, such as work or even at the gym, and to stop criticizing people and really be kind to those who are going through tough times. He expressed that many go through really difficult situations in life but God uses those experiences to shape and mold one into missionaries to carry His message to others.
“God’s going to put up with my stuff, because I’m going to be a better person for Him after I go through my own journey,” said Turner. “We all have [difficult] things in our life and God knows what you have done but He still wants to use you.”
Turner is a graduate from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a degree in music business. He also worked previously as the Music and Entertainment Editor of Crosswalk.com, the largest online Christian Web site in the world.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.