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January 20, 2012

Poetry Vs. Theology

By: 
Jonathan Walton

Jefferson Bethke’s poem, “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus,” has gone “viral,” as they say, and with all youtube videos come comments, both positive and negative, hopeful and discouraging. In reading the comments and blogs and listening to the poem written by Jefferson again and again, I believe there is a gulf between the artist and the theologian. There are limits to both perspectives but, because of social media and its vast influence, they must engage one another.

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January 18, 2012

The Church Calendar: Ritual or Dance?

By: 
Bobby Gross

It never would have occurred to my parents to select readings for our family story time that reflected the Christian year. They were unfamiliar with it, as was I for many years. For example, in my senior year of college, my literary-minded apartment-mate proposed throwing a Twelfth Night party à la Shakespeare. Well, I knew about the play but had never connected its title with the twelve days of the holiday song, nor did I realize that

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January 13, 2012

MLK and Our Cities Today

By: 
Chris Nielson

On Monday our country will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As someone who grew up after the Civil Rights Movement it is hard for me to fully understand what life was like 25 years before I was born. Those brave men and women encouraged our country to live up to the “better angels of our nature” and recognize the promises of our civil creeds. Dr. King’s role in that historic moment is significant, and he has been rightly recognized for his leadership.

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January 12, 2012

"Religion Says Do, Jesus Says Done"

By: 
Abi Christian

Since it was posted on youtube yesterday, Jefferson Bethke's spoken word poem, "Why I hate Religion, But Love Jesus," has gotten quite a bit of traffic with some powerful lines like: 

"If grace was water, then the Church should be an ocean. It isn't a musuem for good people; it's a hospital for the broken." 

Check it out and tell us what you think.

January 11, 2012

How to Start Reading the Bible

By: 
Bob Grahmann

Perhaps you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to start reading your Bible or to read it more often. Great! But how do you get started? And how do you stick to your resolution without just going through the motions?

As I noted in this article, a great place to start reading the Bible is with the gospels of Mark and John. Mark is a fast-paced account of what Jesus did and John focuses on what Jesus said

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January 09, 2012

Jesus in Witte Hall

By: 
Lauren Anderson

“. . . and well, God is in my life now,” Sam said with a smile, as she hopped out of her chair and ran around the room, holding out her hands to receive high-fives from our chapter. After having made the decision to follow Jesus during our fall conference, Sam shared her testimony to celebrate with her new family. Just six weeks before, Sam, then a recent acquaintance, began showing interest in our dorm community.

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January 06, 2012

Use Facebook (and Keep Your Soul)

By: 
Adam Jeske

Since February 4, 2004, the number of Facebook users has risen from zero to about 800,000,000, or 11% of the world’s population.

That’s a lot of Farmville.

As most of us in the U.S., particularly on campus, are on Facebook, I’ve been thinking about how I should use it. It can’t

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January 04, 2012

Why I Mourn Christopher Hitchens

By: 
Steven Grahmann

I didn’t know Christopher Hitchens personally. We never spent time with each other, never had a one-on-one conversation, and never went to a bar together to debate the existence of God and the meaning of life. In fact, I never even saw him speak live. But when I heard of his death this past December, I was surprised with the deep sense of personal loss and sadness I felt.

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January 03, 2012

5 Posts You May Have Missed

By: 
Abi Christian

As 2011 ended, we reflected on all that’s happened the past year in InterVarsity - a vision-casting national staff conference in January, our 10th summer of sending out students on global treks and urban projects, a wildly successful proxe station called the Red Cup that allowed thousands of students to hear the gospel this fall, November’s celebration of InterVarsity’s 70 years as a campus ministry, and now, the plans and excitement building towards Urbana 12.

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December 30, 2011

A New Kind of Missionary

By: 
Becky Silva

What comes to mind when you hear missions or missionary? Does it conjure up images of rural living in straw huts in underdeveloped Africa? Is it a life devoid of all knowledge of American pop culture, technology, and internet? I’m a missionary, and I live in Madison. I’m a missionary, and I have watched the latest episode of Community, know what occupy Wall Street is, and like to think I’m more bi-winning than Charlie Sheen.  Kidding aside, I really am a missionary. I’m

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