A Campus Ministry Response to Ferguson

Gordon Govier
November 21, 2014

 

The issues in Ferguson, Missouri, resonate with many students on college campuses across the country: racial tensions, discrimination, abuse of power, and historical patterns of oppression. And these same issues affect many across the country. So as the grand jury looking into the Michael Brown shooting prepared to announce its findings, InterVarsity staff and students sought a response that constructively connected with our biblical concerns for ethnic reconciliation and justice.

November 20, 2014

The Power of Radical Hospitality

By: 
Amy Hauptman
Radical hospitality

I had reached my breaking point.

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Encouraging the Vitality of the Church

Katie Ziegler
November 14, 2014

Scott Sunquist’s story is one of walking by faith and not by sight. And it’s a story of blown expectations, surprises, and unexpected blessings.

Listening to him reflect about his life over the last 37 years, you could chalk Scott’s path up to coincidence, but that would discredit the very real and undeniable call of God upon his life. From an InterVarsity staff member to a missionary in Singapore and back to the United States as a professor, his résumé is impressive, but his manner is gracious and humble.

Very soon after marrying his wife, Nancy (a 1976 alumna from UNC), the two went to Urbana to discern God’s call on their life. Together they signed the commitment card that every student at Urbana receives, agreeing to go anywhere in the world God called them without knowing where or when or how. That little yellow card set the stage for the next 37 years of their life.

November 13, 2014

Want to Be Happy? Give Money Away

By: 
Adam Jeske

It’s easy to find people who say, “It is better to give than to receive.”

It’s hard to find people who live like that’s true.

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November 12, 2014

The Discipline I Almost Missed

By: 
Lisa Liou
Learning to celebrate

I’m a practical Midwestern girl, born to a certified public accountant. 

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A Partnership to Plant A Chapter

Gordon Govier
November 11, 2014

Although InterVarsity has 949 chapters on 616 U.S. college and university campuses, there are approximately 4,600 degree-granting institutions in the United States. Many of those other schools still have no Christian witness on campus.  That’s why, for the past nine years, InterVarsity has been intentionally planting more than 100 new chapters and developing momentum to reach even more campus communities with the gospel.

Planting new chapters is hard work and takes a lot of creativity. This year, our chapter plant at Saginaw Valley University, near Saginaw, Michigan, has gone very well with a creative new approach. Regional Director Fred Bailey credits the quick growth to chapter planter Mike Petersen’s partnership with Kareem, a local pastor and InterVarsity alumnus.

November 07, 2014

Tips for Kicking the Gratitude Killers

By: 
Steve Tamayo
Growing in gratitude

My wife writes the best thank-you notes. They make people cry. 

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Building Bridges of Reconciliation

Gordon Govier
November 7, 2014

When Yu-Shuan Tarango-Sho planted an InterVarsity chapter at Mills College in Oakland, California one of her biggest challenges was gaining the trust of the college administrators. Mills is a women’s liberal arts college famous for attracting activist, justice-minded types.

At Mills, Christianity was looked upon with disfavor as an outdated institution. Yu-Shuan experienced a lot of resistance as she tried to start an InterVarsity chapter, and was required to document all of her activities on campus. The campus had a policy against proselytizing. Bible studies and worship services could not be held outside of the chapel area. But Yu-Shuan was not deterred.

November 05, 2014

The Communicable Attributes of God

By: 
Jonathan Rice
Basics of Christian faith

What is Christian doctrine? 

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Standing Firm in His Fraternity

Amy Hauptman
November 3, 2014

“It never occurred to me that God could use me to reach my fraternity brothers,” said Skylar Walker, a senior at the University of Georgia (UGA).

When Skylar arrived on campus for his freshman year, he joined the Greek system right away and eventually became a re-founding father of Chi Psi Fraternity at UGA. He was also a Young Life leader during college, building relationships with middle school students and extending God’s love to them—but he never considered how God might use him to reach his fraternity brothers with the good news of Jesus as well.

Inside the Greek System

According to Skylar, the typical “frat” stereotypes portrayed by media are the exception rather than the norm. “Greek life provides education to members that they cannot get in the classroom,” he said. “For example, Greek students learn about leadership, how to work together to accomplish tasks, how to engage in professional settings, networking, etc.”

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