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June 26, 2012

Love Jesus More Than InterVarsity

By: 
Jen Herrmann

There are really only two things I don’t like about summer. The first is the heat. I honestly think anything over 86 is ridiculous. Since I go to school in Oklahoma, I usually have to flee the South as soon as finals are over.

Which leads me to the second thing I don’t like about summer: I call it “Oklahomesickness.” Even if you’ve never set foot south of the Mason-Dixon line, you know what I’m talking about. After

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June 25, 2012

Merida: a Stubborn, Exceptional Princess

By: 
Laura Li

Okay, say what you want, but I love Disney movies. This love stems largely from my 90s childhood, when enchanted castles existed, genies lived in magic lamps, and lions were kings. I fully believe that despite the controversy and criticism, there is a legitimate reason why these animated films are so dearly loved. As consumers of more media than ever, we aren’t stupid drones. We’re human beings, drawn to beauty, creativity, and good storytelling (which is why I never understood the popularity

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June 22, 2012

Can You Really Be Greek and Christian?

By: 
Eric Holmer

Back when I was applying to college I was a naïve pastor’s kid who decided to forgo Christian colleges for a place where it would be something of a “challenge” to be a Christian. Instead, I’d head to the secularized and faithless University of Illinois. My naivety was two-fold: first, at this point in my life I’m not certain my faith would’ve stood up to much of a challenge and secondly, the student activity fair at Illinois featured enough Christian campus ministry groups to fill a few Christian

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June 21, 2012

Thursalonians: Made to be a Mirror

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Erin Fain

This summer, ten students will dive into 1 & 2 Thessalonians and share their thoughts here every Thursday (aka Thursalonians!). Tune in each week as students from all over the country reflect on God’s Word. Today’s post is from Erin Fain in Virginia.

In 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10, we see the opportunity that we as humans have to reflect God’s image:

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June 20, 2012

What Community Colleges Teach Us

By: 
Matt Meyer

I love community colleges.

When I tell people I work at a community college, most seem surprised or perplexed. “Wow, that must be hard,” they exclaim. The unfortunate truth is community colleges are often underserved and unappreciated. And this is tragic.

After 5 years of working at a 4-year residential campus I moved with my wife to Ventura, California, just a year ago to plant

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June 19, 2012

My Kite Keeps Crashing

By: 
Santine Hsueh

kiteAfter four unsuccessful tries of keeping my bright blue kite afloat for more than 10 seconds, I wanted to try my own ideas. Having my grandmother stand 7 feet across for me and launching it when the wind approached didn’t work. I wanted to do it my way.

I began to run and release the kite, hoping my tiny seven-year-old body would pick up enough momentum to keep it flying.

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June 18, 2012

God, Make Us Dangerous

By: 
Amy Hauptman

photo “I don’t pray that God would keep you safe. I pray that God would make you dangerous.”

Daniel Walker has something to say to the North American church – it’s counter-cultural, it’s uncomfortable, but it’s something that we need to hear.

“Jesus’ vision for our lives is not living life and arriving to our

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June 15, 2012

5 Things I Learned from My InterVarsity Staff Dad

By: 
Grete Bauder

There are only a few of us and if you're one of us you know who you are: 2nd generation InterVarsity staff. (And we prefer "legacy" to "nepotism," thanks.)

As a designer with InterVarsity’s media team, twentyonehundred productions, I’m constantly reminded that I work in the same organization as my dad: answering requests from staff in his

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June 15, 2012

On Fatherlessness and Fatherhood (video)

By: 
Abi Christian

A couple years ago, David Hui and Matt Kirk, two of our videographers in 2100 Productions, completed a side project on fatherhood. Through it, David explores his relationship with his absent father, his role as a dad to two kids, and his knowledge of who God is. The result is a lovely reflection on what it means to call God "Father."

June 13, 2012

Why InterVarsity Will Always Confuse Me

By: 
Nina Thomas

I don’t think a lot of people notice this about me, but I’m a very competitive person. I’ve always been a competitive person. From as far back as I can remember, I have competed for something.  I remember being maybe 9 or 10 years old sitting with my brother and eating some oreos when suddenly a competition of “Who could eat the most oreos?!” was created. The prize was a horrible stomach ache….

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