The Blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

October 02, 2012

Detoxing from Our Techno-diction

By: 
Patrick Langan

Distracted. This is the new normal.

Checking your phone is now a reflex, a default. But technology is not just a shiny new tool, it’s like a prescription drug that we’ve become addicted to.

Whether it’s an instance of boredom, an awkward break in the conversation, or just a need to get away for a second, we turn

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October 01, 2012

From Animal House to White House

By: 
Eric Holmer

Though President Obama and Governor Romney will be spending the next few weeks outlining their vast differences, both of them share something in common that makes them unlike nearly 70% of presidents since 1877.

It’s not their fiscal, foreign, or family policies. And no, it’s not even their faith.

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September 27, 2012

Who's at the Table?

By: 
Amy Hauptman

Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to get to know someone’s story.

Urbana 12 and ACT:S are challenging you to share an intentional meal with someone who lives differently than you, to learn what you have in common and what you can learn from each other.

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September 26, 2012

Student Affairs 101 for Campus Ministry

By: 
Joel Wentz

A group of young adults exist on nearly every college campus around the country.

They work obnoxiously long hours, commonly joke about being underpaid, and whose families don’t understand their choice of profession.

I am, of course, referring to the Student Affairs Professional.

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September 24, 2012

The Sham of Being Busy

By: 
Jedidiah Walkup

We all struggle with spending our time wisely.

We often get so caught up in the “busy-ness of life” that if we were honest, we are not aware of how much time we waste.  

Henry David Thoreau once said: "It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?"

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September 21, 2012

Hope Ignites, Connected, Together

By: 
Amy Hauptman

World Student Day is an annual event that brings the IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) family together to celebrate the work of God in the lives of students, and to pray for one another and for specific situations facing students around the world.

This year's World Student Day will take place on Friday

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September 19, 2012

Have a Mission-Minded Idea?

By: 
Amy Hauptman

Students are brilliant, who carry with them brilliant ideas. When given the opportunity, students change the world.

But even great ideas are not just made; they need to be born.

Urbana 12 has partnered with Praxis Labs to create Launch Lab—a program that helps Urbana participants effectively collaborate, dream, and shape innovative ideas that benefit

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September 18, 2012

When No One Showed Up to the Party

By: 
Stephanie Swenson

I and my staff team had been planning our pre-semester party since May.

I sent numerous emails, texts, and facebook messages over the summer. While a few people said they wouldn’t be able to make it, a good number of those invited told me they would try to be there.

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September 17, 2012

Who Will We Be at the End?

By: 
Amy Hauptman

The end is not what we think about at the beginning of a new school year.

Honestly, thinking about the end is like inviting Debbie Downer” to your birthday party.

Thinking about the end seems so untimely.

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September 14, 2012

Love Where You Live

By: 
Katie Montei

Some of us have heard the stories – the cereal bar, the whimsically decorated cubicle and office spaces, the fun and games amidst the hard work; not to mention the animated films that have turned kiddy movies into art. 

Pixar is arguably one of the most exciting and creative environments to be employed.

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