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April 12, 2011

Discipleship of the Mind

By: 
Jonathan Rice

BookshelvesThe other day I came across this quote by Alec Hill, the President of InterVarsity, in which he’s talking about discipleship of the mind.  He says, “We [meaning InterVarsity] prize the mind and the marketplace of ideas, and disciple students and faculty to be good stewards of their intellectual gifts, for service in both the Church and the world.”  So I began wondering how to be a good steward of my mind.  Of my intellectual gifts.

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April 01, 2011

Transforming Doubt

By: 
Teresa Buschur

Second Guessing God book coverDoubt is something all Christians face at some point in their journey. We doubt ourselves, we doubt our Christian community, and we doubt God.   Even the disciples struggled with doubt. “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted” (Mt. 28:16-17). Brian Jones, author of Second Guessing God: hanging on when you can’t see his plan (Standard Publishing, 2006) talks about hope in the midst of

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March 28, 2011

Making New Friends

By: 
Pete Hammond

Though the content of the Bible is unchanging, how we relate to God’s Word differs based on our life experiences. For former InterVarsity staff Pete Hammond (1937-2009), the Bible felt like six different books in his faith journey. Below is one way he learned to engage Scripture:

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March 25, 2011

More from the New York Times

By: 
Gordon

For the second day in a row the nation’s newspaper of record has an InterVarsity-connected news story. Harvey Araton’s story on the legacy of a tragic death during the March Madness tournament four years ago, retells the story of Jason Ray. Jason Ray was traveling as Ramesses, the mascot of the University of North Carolina, at the time of his death in March, 2007.

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March 24, 2011

The New York Times and InterVarsity

By: 
Gordon Govier

 

Several weeks ago a positive article by New York Times National Correspondent Erik Eckholm told the story of InterVarsity’s Greek Ministry. This week, the New York Times carried laudatory comments about William Stuntz, who was faculty adviser of InterVarsity's law chapter at Harvard University up until his recent death.

William Stuntz was one of the top legal minds in this country, and also had a strong faith. Three years ago he learned he had colon cancer. Six months after that he sat down with InterVarsity staff member Jeff Barneson to talk about his faith and how God has been at work in his life. Watch the interview on Vimeo.

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March 22, 2011

Sharing the Gospel with Muslim Friends

By: 
Terrell Smith

Bible Study1. Meeting Christ in his written Word, the Bible

Muslims respect the Bible, and believe it to be God’s Word (although they would say it has been corrupted). Muslims consider us “People of the Book,” so let’s be just that. “The Word of God is alive and active.” (Hebrews 4:12) Let Scripture speak. Scripture shows us Jesus Christ (John 20:31). Offer to read and study the Bible with your Muslim friends.

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March 16, 2011

Serious About Spring Break

By: 
Gordon Govier

Spring Break ServiceSpring officially hasn’t quite arrived yet, but it’s imminent. And spring break is breaking out on campus across the country. For many InterVarsity students, that means heading off to an urban plunge at places like City Lights in St. Louis, the ninth ward in New Orleans, and in a number of other cities.

The University of Rhode Island newspaper, The Good Five Cent Cigar—one of the most unique newspaper names in the country—has an article on URI students who are off to New Orleans.

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March 10, 2011

What is Spirituality?

By: 
Jonathan Rice

Questioning StudentSpirituality is in vogue. In Western societies for a few decades now, we’ve seen young people gradually turn away from materialism. Sure, we have seen the longing looks backward toward the titillations of the flesh, but with the failure of their parents’ generation to provide financial security, the increases in college tuition, the decreases in career-oriented employment, and the rise in prices for groceries, gas, and coveted electronic

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March 09, 2011

Where the Students Are

By: 
Gordon Govier

Students on CampusWhen asked why he robbed banks, notorious stick-up man Willie Sutton famously said, “because that’s where the money is.” An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education called “Community College Changed My Life” reminds us that “almost half of U.S. undergraduates are enrolled at community colleges.”

That’s where the students are, so shouldn’t that be where student ministry takes place?

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March 08, 2011

The Whole Spectrum

By: 
Gordon Govier

Proxe StationA lot of college students lean towards the often-quoted “spiritual but not religious” perspective. But some on campus are definitely not spiritual, such as the members of the Secular Student Alliance. The Alliance network is growing, according to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In fact, some affiliates are sprouting up on Christian college campuses.

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