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November 30, 2012

The Life of God on the Reservation

By: 
Willie Krischke

Would Jesus eat frybread?

That was the question 150 Native American students and staff from around the country gathered to discuss November 9–11 in Window Rock, Arizona (the capital of the Navajo nation).

I have been to Native American student conferences before—in fact, I have planned them for InterVarsity for the last six years—but none have ever been anything like this. Native Alaskans came, and brought the snow with them, which was a thrill for the Native Hawaiians, who had never experienced the icy white stuff before. For their part, the Hawaiians blessed the group by teaching us a haka, a Maorian dance proclaiming the might and majesty of God.

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November 29, 2012

Loving Jesus and Students: Daniel Bourdanné at Urbana 12

By: 
Abigail Zimmer

Daniel Bourdanné’s life was profoundly impacted by the ministry of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) when he was a student in Chad, his home country. Which is part of why he’s thrilled that his life’s work has been helping students know Jesus through IFES, first in Francophone Africa and now as the general secretary.

We’re excited that Daniel will be speaking to us at Urbana 12, bringing insight, truth, and wisdom from his deep love for Jesus and students and from his experience as a global ministry leader. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.

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November 28, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Sarah Orner

Showing hospitality by sharing a meal is one of my favorite ways to serve others. But I learned a lesson from Jesus in hospitality while my husband, Kevin, and I were living in a rural community in Panama with the indigenous Ngäbe.

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November 27, 2012

Why We All Need #GivingTuesday

By: 
Lisa Rieck

Would you stand in line (on Black Friday, maybe?) to give money away?

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November 26, 2012

Loss and Legacy

By: 
Phil Bowling-Dyer

I lost both of my parents in September. I’m mourning deeply, of course, but I also find a deep gratitude welling up for the many gifts they gave me.

One of their greatest gifts to me was the foundation of a healthy Christian heritage.

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November 22, 2012

Just in Time for Black Friday: FREE Limericks

By: 
Lisa Rieck

We think the limerick is a dying art form that needs to be revived. And what better time to do it than Black Friday, when you'll be standing in long lines with nothing to do? So we're inviting you to create your own limericks and post them as comments below.

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November 22, 2012

Keeping Thanksgiving Wholly Holy

By: 
Jonathan Rice

Though Thanksgiving used to be a holy day, it’s now a secular holiday. But we can regain holiness in our family’s celebrations by keeping thanks to God in our Thanksgiving.

A Brief History of Thanksgiving Day (Hint: It Didn’t Start at Plymouth)

The first documented Thanksgiving feasts in America were conducted by Spanish explorers to thank God for their successful journeys across the Atlantic. 

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November 21, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Adam Jeske

“We’re killing the chicken now!”

The extended family, the neighbors, and everyone else within earshot smiled and walked over.

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November 19, 2012

A Book That's Better Than Your iPhone

By: 
Lisa Rieck

 

You might be missing out. No, we're not talking about the iPhone 5. It's something that will serve you much longer and enrich your life in much more powerful ways (yes, that really is possible). If your Bible study is less than life-giving, we invite you to experience manuscript study, an inductive way of approaching Scripture that helps you pay attention to what’s actually in the text, raise and answer questions from the passage, and make connections to your own life. What’s so great about it?

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November 17, 2012

Christmas in Russia, Anyone?

By: 
Lisa Rieck

Although I had a great college experience overall, I do have a few regrets. One is that I didn’t study abroad. (In my defense, I was supposed to spend a J-Term in Israel, but the trip got cancelled due to safety concerns. So I spent J-Term in . . .

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