The video segment above is a speech given to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. by best selling author and committed Christian Eric Metaxas. Metaxas is the author of BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.

Not only is Mr. Metaxas a gifted writer, but he is near a stand-up comedian, able to make one laugh on command. He was in rare form at the Prayer Breakfast. I recommend you take 30 minutes to view the video above and be inspired by his message. I know many at Hillcrest have been.

Part of the inspiration received by Metaxas is his ability to blend contemporary culture and unwavering faith in the spiritual discipline of prayer. His commitment to prayer is pointedly communicated in his testimony in the video. Walking through nominal commitment to church in his early years, Metaxas makes a profession of faith following a Gospel presentation from a friend. Metaxas makes a call away from pious boloney to a heart-felt, real faith in God.

His message is a breath of fresh-air amidst a group of politicians who many times struggle in authenticity. His writings on Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce are sober reminders of the long and sometimes lonely road those who are committed to authentic faith walk. However, this type of unwavering resolve is what we pray God instills in each student who attends Hillcrest Academy. The type of faith that engages the world and seeks to redeem culture to Christ. This is what we mean when we talk about preparing students for a life of significance.

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