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June 11, 2012

3 Reasons Why You Should NOT Go to Urbana 12

By: 
Santine Hsueh

As a freshman in college, I went to my very first Urbana Student Missions Conference back in 2009. It was not your ordinary Christian missions conference. Now that Urbana 12 is just 7 months away, I’ve thought of 3 reasons why you should NOT register to attend Urbana 12.

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June 08, 2012

My Plan for You: Jobless, Homeless, and Disconnected

By: 
Laura Strasser

It’s pretty much a guarantee that if you graduated, you’re familiar with Jeremiah 29:11. It’s written in countless graduation cards, referenced by staff workers, and seems like the perfect verse for entering a new stage of life.  

But it certainly didn’t feel like the perfect verse for me. Life after college was not at all what I expected. I’m not entirely sure what I thought it would be, but it certainly wasn’t being

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June 06, 2012

I Got My Butt Kicked By Oprah

By: 
Steven Grahmann

Last year I was writing down my goals for the upcoming semester. About halfway down the list were two words that, taken out of context, could have gotten me into a lot of trouble: Beat Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1994 in four hours and 29 minutes. I’d run several half and full marathons myself, but I needed another goal to keep me motivated.

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June 04, 2012

Changing Adult Diapers for Jesus

By: 
Alison Smith

I think the majority of college students view their summer jobs and internships as a means to an end. It’s just something to help pay for school or add to a resume. Those are some purposes for a job, but when they are the main focus, they can negatively affect the way we perform and how we treat our coworkers and bosses. 

In Colossians, Paul addresses pairs of people with instructions

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June 01, 2012

An Open Letter to Future Alumni

By: 
Anonymous

Dear Future Alumni:

You’re about to embark on a journey that nobody can truly prepare you for. Sure, you can join the graduating senior small group as they study Following Jesus in the Real World by Richard Lamb or you could go to the conference with workshops for graduating seniors. Heck, you could even go on staff as an intern for a year or so, just to ease yourself into the real world,

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May 30, 2012

8 Myths about Urbana 12 Busted

By: 
Drew Larson

In 1492, conventional wisdom held that the Earth was flat. Of course, that wisdom was eventually proved wrong when Christopher Columbus succeeded in sailing for the New World, thus proving that the Earth was actually round. 

But this story is also myth. At the time of Columbus’ sailing, the dispute was not that the Earth was round, but how large or small it was. And Columbus wasn't even the first person to

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May 25, 2012

Best Advice I Ever Got

By: 
Kathy Tuan-Maclean

Please don’t have her ask me to start a college ministry, I prayed as I met with my pastor Meli to talk about what I’d be doing for my senior year practicum 25 years ago.

Meli outlined the internship involving visiting the sick and dying, co-teaching two Sunday school classes, attending staff meetings and retreats, and shadowing her through her day.

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May 23, 2012

How I’m Changing the World

By: 
Laura Li

After attending the Asian Pacific Islander Women's Leadership Conference (APIWLC), I've been reflecting on what it means for me to be a leader as an Asian American woman.

Throughout my years with InterVarsity, I've always had a clearly defined leadership role. As a student I was on my chapter's leadership team and led a Bible study. In my three years as a campus staff member, I discipled individual students and taught

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May 21, 2012

The Truth about IVLI

By: 
Laura Strasser

The InterVarsity Leadership Institute (IVLI) revealed many deep-seated issues I didn’t realize I had, including how much my bitterness, fear, and anger towards God was affecting all areas of my life. I realized that I had been interpreting the problems in my life—like living with chronic pain and illness for nine years—as God punishing me. Throughout this month-long training program, God brought healing to those broken areas of my life,

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May 18, 2012

The Two Most Important Questions an Evangelist Can Ask

By: 
Steve Wimmer

I have reservations about the accuracy of this title (the most important question of all is “Who is Jesus?” but I believe that ultimately he asks it, even if he uses our mouths), but I’m pressing on. Assuming that Jesus asks people who they think he is, the two most important questions we can ask in conversation are “What do you mean?” and “How do you know?”

These two simple questions will deliver you from having to know

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