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April 20, 2012

What to Watch After Blue Like Jazz

By: 
Drew Larson

You did it. 

It happened. You watched Blue Like Jazz, the movie. 

You might be in a mild spiritual ecstasy right now, so charged up that you haven’t even left the theater even though the movie ended two days ago. Perhaps you’re wondering what all the hype was about. Maybe--and this is just a hunch--you’re

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April 18, 2012

God in Guyana

By: 
Ashley June Smith

I went to Guyana expecting to partner with Guyanese InterVarsity students in doing outreach on their campus. I didn't expect to be humbled as I witnessed their sincere passion and zeal for the cause of Christ.

This spring, Tony Gatewood and I led a group of seven InterVarsity/USA students and one intern to South America to experience "God in Guyana," the Central Region's first Black

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April 16, 2012

"InterVarsity Ruined My Life"

By: 
Abi Christian

InterVarsity is a fellowship made up of humans. Meaning: we don’t get everything right. Meaning: we’re still figuring out how to follow God. Meaning: honest feedback is hard to hear but good to know so we can continue to grow and let God use us—as individuals and as a fellowship—in students’ lives.

Recently, we stumbled across some of that hard-to-hear honest feedback on a blog from an InterVarsity alumna doing social

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April 13, 2012

Porn Is Interesting

By: 
Grace Biskie

There's a Chinese proverb that states: “May you live in interesting times.” As I thought about those “interesting times,” I thought about pornography. 

Yeah, porn. 

What's more interesting than living in a time where you can download an app to your phone displaying photos of nude

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April 11, 2012

Making Evangelistic Waves on the Beach

By: 
Mike Zientara

College students’ spring breaks typically include road trips, sunburns and partying on the beach. This year I was part of a team of InterVarsity students and staff that experienced all of those. We participated in Soul Surf, an InterVarsity trip focused on equipping students in evangelism and sending them out to practice on the white sands of Panama City Beach, Florida. The beach was filled with beer pong tables dug into the sand, plenty of skin showing, and a house party atmosphere. This reputation

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April 09, 2012

Talking with Donald Miller

By: 
Adam Jeske

 Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality has been made into a film and is opening in select cities this Friday, April 13, and more on Friday, April 20 (see cities and buy tickets here). The book of loosely connected stories has sold nearly two million copies, obviously touching a nerve.

I talked to Don about the process of making a movie,

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April 08, 2012

ReLentless Acts: Foolish Witnesses?

By: 
Rich Stearns

This Easter, we rejoice in something the world finds ridiculous. We celebrate the resurrection of a human being who spent days dead in a tomb. Of course, everyone knows dead people stay dead, say today’s intelligentsia. Modern science has proved it! The miraculous claims of religious faith—so goes the enlightened view—cannot be reconciled with modern scientific knowledge.

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April 06, 2012

ReLentless Acts: Sacrifice Deficit and Surplus

By: 
Alec Hill

North Americans have a sacrifice deficit. Sacrifice does not come naturally to us. We pay lip service to the sacrifice of Mother Teresa, for example, but we generally do not see sacrifice practiced. Our lives illustrate how much we value personal freedom, autonomy, comfort, and affluence. Consequently, the ReLentLess ACT:S campaign is an intriguing experiment in living out truth.

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April 03, 2012

From One International Student to Another

By: 
Allie Marshall

“I left home with a heart full of expectations – mostly positive, but I also had a certain amount of worry,” said Lisa Espineli Chinn, now the Director for InterVarsity’s International Student Ministry (ISM). As a student, Lisa was excited to come to the U.S. from the Philippines, but also nervous about being in a new country, at a new school, and without friends. Her prayer was that God would provide her with just one friend. Although it was not immediate, God did provide some wonderful friendships, a

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April 02, 2012

ReLentless Acts: A Risky Move

By: 
Jessica Fick

I didn’t expect Jesus to show up in a bar that evening. No, it wasn’t a hipster dude with a big beard. It was at my high school reunion where I reconnected with Chris—a formerly awkward and quiet student who now sported snazzy glasses, stylishly gelled hair, and an identity as an openly gay man.

I had braced myself for the various negative responses when I tell people I’m in campus ministry—yet that night as we

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