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December 31, 2012

Why Urbana Offers Hope for 2013

By: 
Christine Jeske

Around New Year’s Eve I often get that heart-wrenching Christmas oldie stuck in my head, the one by John Lennon that makes you want to break down and cry when it slips onto the radio in the middle of your Christmas shopping at the megamall.

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December 30, 2012

A Day in the Life: Glimpses of Urbana 12

By: 
Greg Hsu

Urbana is an immense undertaking. We’ve tried to highlight the many facets in blogs over the past few months: speakers, seminars, prayer ministry, multicultural worship, the Exhibit Hall and Urbana Bookstore. But what does all that look like for an Urbana attendee, in real time? Here, about two-thirds into Urbana, is a glimpse at one student’s experience.

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December 30, 2012

That's My People!

By: 
Christine Jeske

Four years ago, I sat in a South African home beside the frail body of Phakamile on the day before she died. Beside us sat Pabble, a local caregiver. 

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December 30, 2012

Discerning God's Will at the Urbana 12 Exhibit Hall

By: 
Greg Hsu

On any given afternoon, thousands of students will pass through Urbana’s immense Exhibit Hall—one of the trademarks of the conference. Representatives from over 250 missions organizations, graduate schools, seminaries, and training programs are eager to meet Urbana participants.

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December 28, 2012

Are You Poor Enough? Reflections from Urbana 12

By: 
Christine Jeske

Poor is such a confusing word. We normally think of poverty as a bad thing, the kind of thing that shows up in shock-value statistics like 43 percent of people in the world live on less than $2 a day, or poverty causes the deaths of 22,000 children a day.

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December 27, 2012

Where Have All the People Gone?

By: 
Drew Larson

In case you’re looking for us this week, we’re in St. Louis.

When I say “us,” I mean everybody on InterVarsity’s 2100 media and communications teams. We took off, got gone, skedaddled, bounced. 

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December 26, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Greg Jao

During the summer of 1991, I ate at tables throughout southern China as I helped lead an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Global Project in China.

I was not supposed to be in China that summer.

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December 26, 2012

Celebrate Jesus

By: 
Lisa Rieck
For a child has been born—for us!
    the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
    the running of the world.
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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

By: 
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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