Colorado Christian University
Presidential Webinars

Presidential Webinars

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Schedule

Mondays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

September 14, 2020
Lee Strobel – author, speaker, and founding director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University – interviews Dr. Thomas Tarrants, author of Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love: How a Violent Klansman Became a Champion of Racial Reconciliation.

About Thomas A. Tarrants, III

Thomas A. Tarrants, lll, is President Emeritus of the C.S. Lewis Institute. After serving twelve years as president and nine years as Vice President for Ministry and Director of the Washington Area Fellows Program, Tom retired in June 2019. Prior to working at the Institute, he was co-pastor of a racially mixed congregation in Washington, D.C. His ministry over the years has focused on helping believers become mature disciples of Jesus. Tom holds a Master of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. His life story is told in Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

As a high school student in the 1960s, Tom Tarrants was seduced by extremist ideology and radicalized during the social upheaval of the era. Eventually, he became involved in the reign of terror spread by Mississippi's dreaded White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, described by the FBI at the time as the most violent rightwing terrorist organization in America. Shot multiple times and arrested by police after an attempt to bomb the home of a Jewish leader in Meridian, MS, Tom was sentenced to thirty years in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. After recovering from near-fatal wounds, Tarrants and two other inmates escaped. An FBI SWAT team tracked them down, killing one of the convicts, and Tom spent the next three years alone in a 6'x9' cell. During that time Tom began a search for truth that led him to the Bible and a reading of the gospels, resulting in his coming to faith in Jesus Christ and being liberated from racial hate and violence.

October 5, 2020
Dr. Don Sweeting interviews Bob Woodson, American civil rights activist, community development leader, author, and founder and president of the Woodson Center, on the topic of race, society, and opportunities. The Woodson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and demonstration organization that supports neighborhood-based initiatives to revitalize low-income communities.