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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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March 04, 2011

Anonymity Assured

By: 
Ryan Pfeiffer

Want to know what’s creating the buzz on the University of California—San Diego campus this week? It’s a secret. InterVarsity’s Divisional Director Ryan Pfeiffer reports:

“From 10am to 10pm our students are hosting an outreach where students anonymously post a secret they have never told anyone before in their life. (I was raped. I had an abortion. I’m having sex. I am gay. I ran over a cat. etc.)

“Over 200 secrets posted in the first day.

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March 03, 2011

Gilgamesh Is Not Old, It's New

By: 
Gordon

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Mesopotamian, well, epic that is fairly well known to many students of the Bible. It’s one of the oldest works of literature and contains some dramatic themes that parallel a few Bible stories in Genesis. The Epic of Gilgamesh is also the name of a movie that portends to explore some of the oldest dramatic themes in literature. Terry Mattingly’s recent column (first column for March at www.tmatt.net) seems to imply that it will be released soon but Epic’s Facebook page indicates the movie won’t be out until sometime next year.

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February 23, 2011

InterVarsity's NBA Rookie of the Year

By: 
Gordon Govier

Jeremy Lin

A year ago InterVarsity’s StudentSoul website featured an interview with Jeremy Lin, a Cousy award finalist who led Harvard to its winningest season ever and later signed with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Jeremy credited his involvement with Harvard’s Asian American Christian Fellowship, affiliated with InterVarsity, with keeping him spiritually grounded.

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February 18, 2011

We Are Agents

By: 
Abi Christian

Multiethnic worshipAmong all the things we’re called to care about as Christians, how crucial is racial reconciliation? In an interview with Student Soul, Paula Fuller, Director of Multiethnic Ministries, said:

“There is a long and painful history in our country of racism and injustice and part of our mandate as Christians is to serve as agents of reconciliation. True racial reconciliation is only possible through the work of Christ on the cross.

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February 17, 2011

College Students Today

What’s it like to be a college student today? Well, here’s one attempt to portray the collegiate experience through video.

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