The Blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

April 30, 2012

Study the Bible through Lectio Divina

Laura Abrams

In InterVarsity, we have a central belief that the scriptures in the Bible are God’s Word – and these words speak to us. The scriptures spoke to generations before us, and will speak to generations after us until Christ returns.

Typically in InterVarsity, we love to study the scriptures inductively—taking into account the context of the text, making observations, drawing reasonable inferences, and applying these

April 26, 2012

Running the Race: InterVarsity Alum Wins Boston

Jennifer Anderson

Alumni are bringing the varsity out of InterVarsity.

For decades, InterVarsity has suffered through an identity crisis, being categorized as a ministry to athletes. “No, we’re not a sports group.”

Astonishingly, our ministry has become linked with what it’s not. Just last week, Wesley Korir, InterVarsity alum from the

April 25, 2012

The Heart of Liberal Education

Elmer J. Thiessen

Christian organizations are having a difficult time on some of our university campuses these days, and I believe it will only get worse. 

It would be very different if our universities were genuinely liberal institutions that acknowledged the fact of pluralism, and that tried somehow to accommodate the deep differences of beliefs held by individuals and groups of individuals. Such

April 23, 2012

Then a Bible Study Broke Out

Jennifer Anderson

So, the other night I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.

Okay, that’s been around the rink a few times, but did you hear the one about an eavesdropping student who interrupted an InterVarsity staff and a Bible study broke out?

No joke. It’s Campus Staff Member Ryan Gaffney’s story, and

April 20, 2012

What to Watch After Blue Like Jazz

Drew Larson

You did it. 

It happened. You watched Blue Like Jazz, the movie. 

You might be in a mild spiritual ecstasy right now, so charged up that you haven’t even left the theater even though the movie ended two days ago. Perhaps you’re wondering what all the hype was about. Maybe--and this is just a hunch--you’re

April 18, 2012

God in Guyana

Ashley June Smith

I went to Guyana expecting to partner with Guyanese InterVarsity students in doing outreach on their campus. I didn't expect to be humbled as I witnessed their sincere passion and zeal for the cause of Christ.

This spring, Tony Gatewood and I led a group of seven InterVarsity/USA students and one intern to South America to experience "God in Guyana," the Central Region's first Black

April 16, 2012

"InterVarsity Ruined My Life"

Abi Christian

InterVarsity is a fellowship made up of humans. Meaning: we don’t get everything right. Meaning: we’re still figuring out how to follow God. Meaning: honest feedback is hard to hear but good to know so we can continue to grow and let God use us—as individuals and as a fellowship—in students’ lives.

Recently, we stumbled across some of that hard-to-hear honest feedback on a blog from an InterVarsity alumna doing social

April 13, 2012

Porn Is Interesting

Grace Biskie

There's a Chinese proverb that states: “May you live in interesting times.” As I thought about those “interesting times,” I thought about pornography. 

Yeah, porn. 

What's more interesting than living in a time where you can download an app to your phone displaying photos of nude

April 11, 2012

Making Evangelistic Waves on the Beach

Mike Zientara

College students’ spring breaks typically include road trips, sunburns and partying on the beach. This year I was part of a team of InterVarsity students and staff that experienced all of those. We participated in Soul Surf, an InterVarsity trip focused on equipping students in evangelism and sending them out to practice on the white sands of Panama City Beach, Florida. The beach was filled with beer pong tables dug into the sand, plenty of skin showing, and a house party atmosphere. This reputation

April 09, 2012

Talking with Donald Miller

Adam Jeske

 Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality has been made into a film and is opening in select cities this Friday, April 13, and more on Friday, April 20 (see cities and buy tickets here). The book of loosely connected stories has sold nearly two million copies, obviously touching a nerve.

I talked to Don about the process of making a movie,

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