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December 21, 2012

Faith Is Rejoicing

By: 
Willie Krischke

Mary’s song in Luke 1, traditionally called the “Magnificat,” is, for me, one of the most astonishing and challenging passages in the Bible.  

To recount the story quickly: The angel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her that she will give birth to the Messiah, though she is a virgin. Mary meekly agrees: “May it be to me as you have said.” 

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December 21, 2012

Mourn

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Marissa Newman

I heard the news about Newtown at 1 p.m. last Friday. I was in the middle of training a coworker on some website updates, and both of us just froze, in utter shock.

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December 20, 2012

Your Unofficial Urbana Packing List

By: 
Drew Larson

The most important thing to know about packing for a trip is that you are attempting to outsmart the future version of you.

For example, as you pack, Future You is in your head, feeding Present You ridiculous deception like, “There is no way you will need more than one yo-yo!” and “The conference will probably provide you with free soaps and deodorant.”

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December 19, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Matt Stauffer

For the Urbana 12 Worship Team, food is very important. This is true theologically as we use the dinner table as a metaphor to discuss worship culture, but it’s also true practically as we get to know each other and celebrate different cultures over our meals.

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December 18, 2012

A Beautiful Mess

By: 
Amy Hauptman

When Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Urbana 12’s Program Director, arrived at Stanford as a freshman, she immediately began looking for InterVarsity.

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December 14, 2012

Content in the Waiting: Luke 1 Perspectives

By: 
LaShawn M. Wanak

When I was in college, I started writing a fantasy novel. Because I worked full-time during the day and attended college at night, I had to snatch time to work on it between bites of lunch and even sometimes during class. For sixteen years I’ve been working on this novel with the hope that one day it would get published.

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December 14, 2012

Persevering in Faith: Ziel Machado at Urbana 12

By: 
Lisa Rieck

Ziel Machado knows what it means to persevere physically, spiritually, and vocationally. After a crisis of faith in his teenage years, he sensed God calling him to student ministry—and he’s been at it for over thirty years now. 

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December 14, 2012

The World’s Largest Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

By: 
Adam Jeske

Christians aren’t serious enough.

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).

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December 13, 2012

A Prayer for Urbana Participants

By: 
Adam Jeske

O Lord,
you are great.

You know each of the thousands of people who are coming to St. Louis for the Urbana 12 Student Missions Conference.

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December 12, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Sandra Van Opstal

The combined aroma of arroz con gandules and urine-stained clothes smacked me across the face as I entered the shelter. Being a veteran to feeding the “needy,” I was accustomed to strong smells, but that day I regretted coming. Immediately, though, I heard God’s invitation from Luke 14:17, “Come, for everything is now ready.”

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