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March 09, 2012

The State of Vietnamese American Youth

By: 
Andrew Nguyen

The fall of Saigon in 1975 marked the end of the Vietnam War and the beginning of Vietnamese people fleeing to America. When I was born in the mid-80’s, the Vietnamese-American church had not been established for even a decade, many churches not even half a decade.

At the same time, an American-born generation was entering

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March 08, 2012

Best of Nashville

By: 
Gordon Govier

Julie Lee and the Baby DaddiesCongratulations to InterVarsity alumna and Nashville singer/songwriter Julie Lee on receiving positive reviews and critical acclaim for her new album, Julie Lee & the Baby-Daddies.

The term baby daddies is usually used in a pejorative sense but not in this case. In addition to her musical and artistic talents

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March 07, 2012

Sacred Intersections

By: 
Jonathan Rice

The morning’s sky was partly cloudy above the mountain trail.  Sunshine slanted between the dark clouds, creating ponds of light among the leafy elms. From the shadows I approached one of those ponds as if about to walk on water, my footsteps expectant but also perhaps a little tentative.  

Halfway across this illumination it came to me, as C.S. Lewis would say, as a surprise. I saw the glisten of water drops

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March 05, 2012

Relentless Acts: Starving Hatred and Judgment

By: 
Scott Bessenecker

"BOSTON -- Crews demolished a house on Northern Boulevard on Plum Island Wednesday after officials decided beach erosion had put the property in danger of falling into the sea." (Watch the video here.)

After telling his followers to love their enemies and refrain from judging others Jesus asks them, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?”

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March 04, 2012

7 Reasons for Hope for the Church

By: 
Adam Jeske

Hope can be empty and fruitless. Do you have reason to have hope for the Church?

We bicker and fight and split. We divorce and cheat like everyone else. We are often hateful. We fail to live out the high ideals we claim as our own.

I do hope that the Church focuses on core essentials like the

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February 28, 2012

ReLentless Acts: Following a Displaced Jesus

By: 
Josh Harper

A girl in her mid-teens sprints past me on the sidewalk where I load a bed frame into a truck outside my house in Oakland, California. She isn’t out for a jog; she runs like her life depends on it. Before my confusion subsides, she is already half a block away.

Then a young man runs by me 20 yards behind her. My instinct says she is in trouble, but I remain frozen. The young man

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February 27, 2012

The Journey to Racial Reconciliation Is Not Over

By: 
Amy Hauptman

On August 28, 1963, one of the most important speeches was ever made in the history of the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr., a pastor and civil rights leader, delivered the world-famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps to over 200,000 civil rights supporters.

In this speech Martin Luther King Jr. called for an end to

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February 24, 2012

Loving Your Neighbor Means Loving Yourself

By: 
Julia Powers

One week into my sophomore year of college I saw a poster in a friend’s dorm room that said, in what looked like a child’s handwriting: “Dear God, if I give all my love away…can I have a refill?”

Having taken on three new leadership positions on top of an average course load, I desperately needed a refill of God’s love.

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February 23, 2012

4 Ways to Pray for the Campus

By: 
Carolyn Carney

David Wells, in his essay for the Perspectives Reader, “Prayer: Rebelling Against the Status Quo,” claims that our prayers are limp not because we don’t know how to pray, but that we don’t understand the true nature of prayer. If we find ourselves saying, “Oh, that’s just the way it is,” our prayers lack the power of how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. 

Instead, Wells exhorts, “Prayer only flourishes where there is a

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February 22, 2012

ReLENTless ACT:S: The Practice of Sacrifice

By: 
Lisa Liou

Imagine a kindergartener looking solemnly at a plate of broccoli. Now imagine hearing a father’s instructing voice, “In our family, we do things we don’t like.” That’s my home and my kindergartener. Today it’s broccoli. Tomorrow it might be meatloaf. Hopefully, one day, it’s a life of sacrifice to God.

We’re not just pushing veggies in our home. We’re training for a life in God’s family. Participation in the kingdom of God,

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