Galactic war is trending now, courtesy of the Star Wars Empire. Fictional as it may sound, there is an actual cosmic war happening around us. Good and evil, God and Satan are battling it out as they wage war for our souls. This battle is raging on my campus, a place that I love.
Over the last decade, InterVarsity has seen a dramatic increase in the number of students who make decisions for Jesus each year. But have you ever asked, “How are we helping new believers become life-long disciples of Jesus?” That question has been nagging me for more than ten years. So, I was overjoyed when a joint effort between the Discipleship and Evangelism Departments developed the GROW Bible study just this purpose.
What happens in the soil, in dark places between sowing and reaping—in the waiting between fall and spring, between death and resurrection? If the viewer was able to peek into the darkness where a seed is buried, one could glimpse it unfolding from death to life. But often we don’t get to witness this miracle.
Lawrence*, a faculty member from a local private college, sat at a table with me recently inside a Famous Dave’s BBQ. His goal was to guide me along the journey he’d taken many years earlier of rejecting faith in Jesus for what he sees as a more scientific way of life. “You remind me of myself as a young man,” he remarked to me, not unkindly.
Have you ever read the whole Bible? Do you remember the first time you tried to read the entire Bible? I remember “thee” and “thou” and names of people and places I couldn’t pronounce. The beginning was OK, but then there were a lot of rules. (“Why, hello Leviticus!”)
Palm Sunday ushered us into this week we call “holy.” In a previous post titled Making This a Holy Week, I sketched the choreography of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and the spiritual themes that pulse through these days. This year, I want to offer a short meditation on one of Jesus’s most provocative teachings.
Black History Month is behind us and I can’t help but think about the murky future that is yet to unfold before us as a nation. Eight years ago, I could not have anticipated the extent to which we would regress in terms of racial relations. I had been the second in my family to earn a graduate degree. My recent appointment as a Staff Member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was, for me, an accomplishment. Eight years ago, I had been the only Black male on campus staff in the region at the time and felt well received. That year, we also witnessed the election of the first Black U.S. President. We had come so far, eight years ago.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that faculty are a key part of our mission field. We might wonder what impact, if any, a group of undergraduate students could have on the faith development of a faculty member, particularly one who may be hostile to the Christian faith.
The summer of 2015, I spent seven life-changing weeks on a Global Urban Trek in Mexico City. My name is Rebecca. I am a senior at Grand Valley State University, in my third year on our leadership team as a small group leader. I am studying nonprofit administration, and I want to go on to work in a church doing cross-cultural and/or urban ministry.
The blog is an avenue for staff and student leaders to hear from the visionary leaders of Collegiate Ministries about theological formation, discipleship, chapter planting, chapter growth, and other key ministry themes for campus work.