Spiritual Formation

By Scott Bessenecker

Crews demolished a house on Northern Boulevard on Plum Island Wednesday after officials decided beach erosion had put the property in danger of falling into the sea.

By Adam Jeske
Hope can be empty and fruitless. Do you have reason to have hope for the Church? We bicker and fight and split. We divorce and cheat like everyone else. We are often hateful. We fail to live out the high ideals we claim as our own.
By Josh Harper

A girl in her mid-teens sprints past me on the sidewalk where I load a bed frame into a truck outside my house in Oakland, California. She isn’t out for a jog; she runs like her life depends on it.

By Lisa Liou

Imagine a kindergartener looking solemnly at a plate of broccoli. Now imagine hearing a father’s instructing voice, “In our family, we do things we don’t like.”

By Adam Jeske

The season of Lent is almost here. If you aren’t familiar, Lent is a period of 40 days, culminating with Easter, to reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus through prayer, fasting, and giving.

By Becky Silva

What comes to mind when you hear missions or missionary? Does it conjure up images of rural living in straw huts in underdeveloped Africa? Is it a life devoid of all knowledge of American pop culture, technology, and internet? I’m a missionary, and I live in Madison, WI.

By Adam Jeske
I’m kind of an apostle. That is, I have been sent places. Since I graduated from college 11 ½ years ago, I’ve lived in 17 homes for at least a month (and others for a couple of weeks). That’s a lot of moving.
By Kent Annan
It had been almost twenty years since I last attended Urbana, as a student. I returned as my first book, "Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle"was being published.
By Abi Christian

Fact: Books are the best presents to give (barring, of course, all those other fabulous but intangible gifts of love, time, grace, and hugs). For one reason, books are easy to wrap – no more of those awkward corners and creative cover-ups. For another, they’re a gift you can borrow.

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