Al Egg, chaplain of the Portland Trailblazers, spoke of personal experiences and gave advice to students and faculty during chapel on Oct. 16. After worship, President Sheldon Nord, explained why he asked Egg to speak at chapel.

Dr. Sheldon Nord welcomes Al Egg at chapel.

“I was so amazed how he really went deep into God’s word,” he said. “He made it fun and I thought, ‘Man, I want him to speak at Corban.’” Fashionably late, Egg walked up onto the stage in a turquoise blazer, ready to present his message. After a quick recap of Portland State football team’s success thus far in the season, Egg asked two compelling questions: “Are you a Christian and how do you know you’re a Christian?” “Just being at a Christian university doesn’t make you a Christian,” he explained. Egg said there are three types of people who attend chapel and church services: seekers, believers and followers. These three types of people all have something in common, but seekers don’t have to be believers to lead someone to God. “The main difference between believers and followers is that believers will have opportunities, but followers look for opportunities,” he added. After explaining the difference between these three types of people, Egg spoke of Christians creating a testimony. “People can argue Bible with you all day,” he said, “but they can’t argue your story.” Toward the end of his sermon, Egg spoke of how important it is for us to have prayer lists, and shared that he has prayed for Michael Jordan’s salvation every day for the past 18 years after meeting his little sister at a wedding. Egg said he wants the men he works with to be positive role models for kids and young athletes. “If I can influence others for Jesus, then that is how they are going to influence others.” Not only did Egg end chapel in prayer, but he also ended it with a chant between those sitting on each side of the Psalm Performing Arts Center.  Each side took turns yelling, “We’ve got Jesus, how about you?” Raimee Sluder, a student-athlete at the university said appreciated Egg’s message. “I liked the fact he made pro athletes seem like ordinary people,” Sluder said, “and showed us that they love the same Jesus we do.”