Spiritual Formation

One of the things I love about Urbana is the opportunity to connect with many brothers and sisters serving in IFES student movements around the world. But often I am asked, “Why do we need IFES, and why does InterVarsity need to be part it?”

I just finished writing a report on Collegiate Ministries’ work last year for our Board of Trustees. It was a great joy to write that many of our measures were at record highs.

My son just turned 26, and I often wonder if he sees me. He'll stop by for a visit and a nice conversation precipitated by my non-intrusive questions. Then as he is leaving, I say with a tinge of sarcasm, "So how was your week, Dad?" He'll glance up sheepishly, "Oh right... how was your week Dad?" I know he has to go, so I laugh and say, "Next time." I'm just trying to remind him that I am an actual person too, not just his "parental unit." In a similar way, it is easy for students to see faculty as figures rather than full-orbed human beings.

Have we just left the ‘good ol’ days’?  You know, the days we will look back on and realize how relatively stress-free it was to be a Christian on campus, when the only things standing in the way t

Jesus' crucifixion, His death, the excruciatingly long Saturday, His bodily resurrection and some unspecified moment of return all say "why would I follow Him?" If Matthew, Mark, Luke and John pitc

We’ve just celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus and now we’re invited to extend our celebration for the seven weeks that make up the season of Easter in the Christian Year.

Written prayers offer the reader an opportunity to deepen spiritually. They can offer new ideas, new topics about which to pray, or new language to express what is happening in one’s heart.

In light of Ferguson and other recent events, I am deeply disturbed by the racial divide in our country. Yet I am also deeply grateful for the bridge-builders in our ministry who take on the challenge of racial reconciliation with courage, intentionality, vision and biblical conviction in God’s redeeming grace.

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