In the Fall of 1992, I began my sophomore year in college. I had just experienced a watershed moment in my walk with Christ the previous summer as I had just realized a call to ministry. As the new term began, I was hungry for the word like I’d never been hungry before.
It was that year that my good friend from high school, Steve Graves, introduced me to the ministry of Louie Giglio. I can hardly believe that it was nearly twenty years ago. Steve had begun attending a Bible study on the campus of Baylor University called Choice. Louie Giglio preached to about a 1,000 students every Monday night, and Steve was sending me the sermon tapes to listen to. Louie had an infectious passion for Jesus, and I couldn’t get enough of his preaching.
That is why several years later I was really excited to hear about a new ministry that Louie was starting called “Passion.” In 1998, I attended my first Passion event in Austin, Texas. To my surprise, one of the preachers was this reformed guy that I had heard preach once but wasn’t very impressed with—John Piper. But that miscalculation was about to change. I didn’t know it, but a Copernican revolution was in the offing for me as I was to hear Piper preach the single most formative sermon of my life.
The Piper-Giglio connection has been an important one for me—a smiling Providence that has born great fruit in my own heart and life. Until now, I never knew the story of how this partnership was formed, but Louie tells the whole thing in the video above. Take a look.
[Louie Giglio will be one of the plenary speakers at the 2011 Desiring God National Conference, “Finish the Mission.”]