Spiritual Formation

By Sharonda McPhee

As a little girl, I had a negative perspective of the word ‘different.’ Why? Because throughout elementary and middle school I was teased and made fun of because I was different. So over time, I changed how different I was, to blend in.

By Matthew W. Meyer

Each summer we partner with the Bosnian IFES movement (EUS) and send a team to Bosnia—to teach English to Bosnian college students and to share our lives and faith.

By Drew Larson

This is how you know that Eugene Peterson—pastor, professor, and bestselling author of the Bible paraphrase The Message— is stone-cold cool.

By Lisa Liou

Imagine if we celebrated 50th anniversaries for church membership the way we celebrate wedding anniversaries. 

By Christian Holmes

I’m a pretty nerdy guy. I collected comic books in grade school. At age 13, I could answer any piece of Star Wars trivia you could come up with. Today, if you press me hard enough, I can name Star Trek episodes by their number. Yep… welcome to my world.

By Brittany Small

“Brittany, are you going to Urbana?” asked my senior small group leader “I don’t know. It’s a lot of money, but I might sign up later,” I responded. That was freshman year. I never did sign up. Three years later, “Brittany, are you going to Urbana?” asked my staff-member. I replied, “Yeah, I’m all signed up!” 

By Laura Li

Okay, say what you want, but I love Disney movies. This love stems largely from my 90s childhood, when enchanted castles existed, genies lived in magic lamps, and lions were kings. I fully believe that despite the controversy and criticism, there is a legitimate reason why these animated films are so dearly loved.

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.

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.

By Patrick Langan

Leaders make all the difference. Good leaders can help a ministry accomplish great things. Not so good leaders can take a ministry equally in the opposite direction.

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