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Singer-songwriter Michael Card to Perform at King and Bristol Train Station Nov. 30

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 17, 2015 – Michael Card, noted Christian singer-songwriter, author, and radio host, will lecture at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-16 lecture series. At 7 p.m., he will give a concert at the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol, Va. The events, co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier, are open to the public and free to attend.

A native of Franklin, Tenn., Michael Card’s career has spanned 34 years. He has recorded more than 37 albums, authored more than 25 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines. While he has penned such favorites as “El Shaddai”, “Love Crucified Arose”, and “Immanuel,” he never imagined selling more than four million albums or writing over 19 number one hits. The popularity of his work seemed a stark contrast to his goal in life, to simply and quietly teach the Bible.

Card is known for combining folk-style melodies and instrumentation with lyrics derived from intensive study of the Bible. He invites listeners and readers to grasp the meaning of Biblical text with all their heart and mind.

“When we say at the King Institute for Faith and Culture that we seek important conversations between faith, art, and culture, we see this endeavor exemplified in someone like Michael Card,” states Shannon Harris, interim director of the Institute. “Michael encourages us to ask meaningful questions of one another, and enter into conversation with God and community. We hope you will join us for an intimate performance with Mr. Card on Monday night [Nov. 17], and to hear him speak and perform in the morning. We are privileged to have him with us.” 

“Thomas Merton said, ‘The least of learning is done in the classroom,’ and he is so right,” says Card. “The bulk of what I’ve learned whether academically, musically, or personally is through interacting with people, which is why I think community is so important to our growth as Christians.”

Whether it is through his writings, concerts, or teaching, the core of what binds these seemingly diverse endeavors together is biblical community. It is at the heart of everything Michael Card does.

“The one thing we strive to achieve is to reach people where they are,” explains Card. “Whether it’s my work or the work of someone else; there is a greater chance of reaching more people, who in turn will reach out to others in their own community.”

Michael is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in biblical studies. He also received honorary Ph.D.’s in music and Christian education from Whitfield Seminary and Philadelphia Biblical University.

Visit http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at svharris@king.edu, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.

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