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December 07, 2012

An Advent Conspiracy Christmas

By: 
Matt Sally

I can’t wait for Christmas.

Preparation is well underway at my house: the tree is up, the nativity is on display, and our stockings are hung (with care!). We’ve even watched a few of those sappy Hallmark movies.

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December 06, 2012

Praying Your Way to Urbana 12

By: 
Jacci Turner

Why pay all that money to go to Urbana 12 and come in spiritually unprepared? Use these ideas to help ready your heart to be changed by God at Urbana.

1. Put a reminder in your calendar every day from now until December 27 to pray for God to prepare you for Urbana (see second suggestion below for specifics).

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December 05, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Drew Larson

On my first day in Uganda on a mission trip, I was terrified of whatever the African equivalent of Montezuma’s Revenge is. So I ate nothing my hosts prepared for me.

On my second day, I ate a little rice.

On my third day, I had some chicken and millet bread.

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December 04, 2012

Andy Mineo Is Coming to Urbana! Are You?

By: 
Amy Hauptman

We're so excited that Andy Mineo--rapper, church planter, and InterVarsity alumnus--will be onstage at Urbana 12! Earlier this year, I got to hear more about his passion for ministry and how God used InterVarsity and Urbana to shape him when he was a student. Here's a peek at his story.

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December 03, 2012

God Answers Prayer: Luke 1 Perspectives

By: 
Steven Tamayo

Have you ever had God answer a prayer you prayed for a long time?

Have you ever had God answer a prayer in a surprising way?

My wife and I recently celebrated the birth of our second son, Jack. We named him after my grandfather.

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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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