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November 09, 2012

How Tracy Chapman Paid for Her Second Ferrari: Fundraising Tips for Urbana

By: 
Drew Larson

At InterVarsity, our ministry is guided by four key principles. I can’t remember what they are right now, but I know that we have them lying around the office somewhere. Originally there were five, but one—Precise Grammar, as I recall—was misplaced when we switched buildings, and we’ve carried on with just the four ever since. I think I saw one back by Alec Hill’s office the other day.**

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November 08, 2012

This Conference Is Not About You

By: 
Adam Jeske

You will have a lot of fun.

You will experience amazing multicultural worship with 17,999 other people.

You will connect with some of the 250 exhibiting seminaries and mission organizations.

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November 07, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

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Elizabeth Toman

Holly and I have been friends for six years, but I never imagined that being friends would graduate into being part of her family. Our tastes in books, movies, religion, and hobbies are completely different. But she is one of the most loyal friends I have.

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November 06, 2012

A Call to Action on Election Day--and Beyond

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Lisa Rieck

Today is a day of action and waiting--of voting (after waiting in line for hours in some cities) and then waiting to find out the results. Once we've cast our vote, our part in the election is seemingly over; we've done our duty and played our part in electing the next president of the United States.

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November 05, 2012

The Mystery of Nations

By: 
Drew Larson

In 28 hours I can be in Thailand. 

I just looked it up, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, although I use that term loosely (miracle, not Internet). Right this moment, I can book a flight from Chicago to Bangkok and be wheels-up to Thailand in six hours, carrying nothing with me except a messenger bag filled with beef jerky, a “Speak

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November 02, 2012

12 Reasons You Should Go to Urbana 12

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Lisa Rieck

You’re feeling overwhelmed by decisions right now: Who should I vote for? Should I ask her out? What should I write about for my Twentieth-Century American Lit paper? Where should I go for Thanksgiving break? What should I eat for dinner? Should I go to Urbana 12?

I’d like to help you out. At least with the Urbana piece (I won’t tell you who to vote for).

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October 31, 2012

Students Healed (Miraculously) at Fall Conferences

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Jamie Veeder and Megan Greeley

In a recent Christianity Today article, Tim Safford writes "miracles are so unusual that we stop in wonder. By their rarity, their unusual character they grab our attention . . . [miracles are] a sign that Jesus . . . is on the move in an unusual way: his kingdom, long promised, is breaking in."

These are two stories of miraculous physical healing. Two

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October 30, 2012

Jesus Wants You to . . . Party

By: 
Casey Groff

“The Greek students must really need your organization to reach out to them because they are so lost in the ‘party world.’” “I think you should focus on reaching these students after they get the partying out of their system in college.”

Those are some of the responses I often hear when I share about my vision and passion for witnessing to Greek students

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October 29, 2012

Good News of Real Christian Community

By: 
Santine Hsueh

Living communally was embedded throughout my Chinese-Christian upbringing. I learned the importance of doing life together and sacrificing for one another in humility—no matter what.

For some reason, I entered college wanting to break away from it all, thinking I could do greater things if I lived outside my

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October 25, 2012

What Would Jesus do with $40,000?

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Greg Chimitris

Money can be a confusing topic for us Christians.

There are a lot of competing ideas out there about how we should use it. Conversations about it make us tense and uncomfortable. We throw around loaded terms like stewardship and tithe without stopping to ask what they really mean.

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