Hamilton: Spiritual Themes from the Life of Alexander Hamilton & the Broadway Musical he Inspired,” is coming to campus on Nov. 16 to talk about two prominent figures in his book and how they are more similar than one might think.
These figures are Jesus and Alexander Hamilton.
Cloud was asked to come to Northwestern to speak in chapel about this book and its themes.
“My chapel presentation will focus on the idea that God uses stories to transform our lives,” Cloud said.
This is Cloud’s first time visiting NW, and he will be here for a couple of days. He hopes to teach people to learn to see God’s truth in the stories culture is telling.
Cloud graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s in music theory and then went on to get a Masters of Divinity degree. He has served as a pastor for 20 years. He is also a church planter, with four successful church plants in the Kansas City area over the past 15 years.
Cloud currently serves as lead pastor of Midwest Fellowship in Overland Park, Kan.
Additionally, Cloud is the founder and executive director of Re:Create, a non-profit whose mission is to inspire people to live at the intersection of creativity and faith. For more information on his non-profit, visit recreateus.com.
His passion for combining the lives of Jesus and Hamilton started when he saw “Hamilton” on Broadway a few years ago. He said he was deeply moved by the story.
“I felt like I experienced God and His truth at the center of the story that Hamilton tells,” Cloud said. “I wrote this book to help others see these spiritual truths in ‘Hamilton’ and apply them to our lives today.”
In addition, Cloud continues to be an avid writer and is already working on his next book, which will be called “Re:Create.”
“My next book is about living at the intersection of creativity and faith,” Cloud said. “It identifies the four steps we can take to live at that intersection and discover our best creative self.”
The material in “Re:Create” and his first book are applicable to NW students, and Cloud is looking forward to sharing that information.
“I hope that people will learn to see the ways God uses story to transform us, to inspire us, to cast vision for what our lives could be,” Cloud said.
Professor of Theatre Jeff Barker was one of the people who asked Cloud to come speak. He is looking forward to the chapel service and thinks that everyone should come.
“Students should go to chapel because Cloud will help us remember that God cares deeply about culture, truth and beauty, whether it’s found in church, at the movies or on Broadway,” Barker said.
For more information about Cloud’s book, visit odandhamilton.com. The book itself costs only $10 on Amazon, and on the website there is an offer for a free 30-day devotional guide to go along with the book.
Cloud will speak in chapel at 10:05am Friday, Nov. 16.