More from Kesher speaker: on suicide, drugs, academics
by Andrea Stimmel, staff writer
At the age of 16, Michael Brown had already earned the nicknames “Drug Bear” and “Iron Man” for his ability to do greater quantities of drugs than any of his friends. Brown shared about his former life at a Kesher event held on Sept. 30, explaining how he was able to turn around through God’s help. As a Messianic Jewish believer, Brown has a unique opportunity to reach many people throughout the world in many walks of life.
One night after taking enough mescaline for 30 people, Brown was sent home alone on a bus, a joke instigated by his friends. He was so disoriented that he got off about a mile too early and was ready to attempt suicide by throwing himself in front of the next car that came by. Luckily a friend of his parents saw him and came to his rescue.
This event sparked questions in Brown’s mind, and he eventually ventured into a small gospel church with a few friends. His first trip to church was not to learn about God, but to persuade these friends who had been praying for him that church was a lie. However, he left church that evening with a new understanding of God and an interest to learn more.
Since his life-changing transformation, Brown has earned a doctorate, published many books and taught at many schools.
Brown has lived out God’s calling in his life through his pursuit of academia and his desire to share the truth about God through debate. As someone called to both solid academics and practical ministry, Brown said, “Whatever race God calls you to run, you can run”.
Brown also encourages the student body to remember where their loyalty is embedded. “There’s no substitute for personal relationship with God and knowing the Word,” he said. “We often get so caught up in ministry and theology that we put our relationship with God second.” He explained that while studying is important, God must be the all-encompassing driving force while striving for academic excellence. “Scholarship can become an idol and ministry can become a distraction from the things that really matter,” he warned.