Environmental Justice in Detroit

Kathryn Brill
May 9, 2014

Our Christian life is never just about us as individuals—it takes place in a specific context, among specific people. When Jesus calls us to follow him, he means for us to live out our faith within these specific environments. Rather than ignoring what’s going on around us, we need to intentionally bring God’s love to the neighborhoods, workplaces, and cities we inhabit.

Sandra Yu, an InterVarsity alumna from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is committed to helping bring God’s renewal to the city of Detroit. She works for Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, whose mission is to make Detroit a healthier and more environmentally friendly place to live. She is also a Detroit Revitalization Fellow, joining others to complete projects such as cleaning and restoring city parks.

May 09, 2014

Where Darkness Meets Redemption: My Story of Depression

Keith Sun
My journey with seasonal depression

Soon enough, if it hasn’t been made apparent to you already, you’ll discover that each person has limits—a ceiling that can initially be heavily discouraging and frustrating.

May 07, 2014

An Invitation to Examen

Alison Smith
Practicing the discipline of examen

Lately, two verses have been among my favorite in Scripture. 


Seeking out the Underserved

Gordon Govier
May 6, 2014

No way was Shaylen Jackson going to be able to go to an InterVarsity conference in the middle of basketball season. Shaylen was a scholarship athlete on the Western Michigan University (WMU) basketball team and the Black Campus Ministry conference was being held in Atlanta in December 2005. Shaylen had already missed several weeks of basketball as a member of the volleyball team.

But Shaylen’s InterVarsity staff member, who worked with the Collegiate, Black, and Christian chapter at WMU, encouraged her to at least pray about going to the conference. “So I prayed about it,” Shaylen said. “And the more I prayed about it, the more I felt like the Lord was leading me to go to this thing even if it didn’t make sense.”

She went to her coach, convinced he would not let her go to the conference. But he said, “If you feel like that’s what the Lord is telling you, then you should go.”

May 05, 2014

The Gospel of Matthew at Urbana 15

Lisa Rieck

I experienced Urbana as a college student. I experienced two Urbanas as an InterVarsity Press employee. 

May 02, 2014

The Attributes of God

Jonathan Rice
Basics of Faith

What is Christian doctrine? 


Urbana 15 Scripture Chosen

May 2, 2014

For Immediate Release

(Madison, WI) – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has laid the foundation for the December 2015 Urbana Student Missions Conference by choosing the Gospel of Matthew as the Urbana 15 Scripture focus.

“Every three years, the Urbana Missions team seeks to saturate the entire Urbana conference in Scripture,” said Tom Lin, InterVarsity Vice President, Director of Missions and Urbana. “We believe this generation is moved and inspired by narrative, and there is obviously none more central than that of Jesus' crucifixion and the cross, both of which we will study from the Gospel of Matthew at Urbana 15.”

April 30, 2014

The Problem with Striving and the Beauty of Abiding

Casey Groff
Slowing down to be with God

A common enemy rears its ugly head in many people’s lives come spring. 


Distinguished Alumni Award

April 28, 2014

InterVarsity president Alec Hill and his wife Mary have been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Young Life, an organization with a rich history of ministry to high school and middle school students. The award is given annually.

Alec was a volunteer leader for Young Life at a Seattle’s Chief Sealth High School for three years, while attending Seattle Pacific University. He later wrote, “Those years changed the trajectory of my life.”

Mary was active in Young Life as a student at Ingraham High School in Seattle. It was during that time that she became a follower of Jesus Christ.

This is the second alumni honor for Alec. In 2012 he was named Alumnus of the Year by Seattle Pacific University.

April 25, 2014

Resurrection in Depression

Jessica Fick

I woke up the other morning with words to the hymn “Low in the Grave He Lay” in my head: “Up from the grave he arose! With a mighty triumph o’er his foes!”

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