My first day on campus as a freshman, the InterVarsity staff worker, Glenn, (who had gotten my name from my parents) called and invited me to come to a retreat on campus.

I came to college thinking my church days were far behind me. I was ready for my new college life and I wasn’t sure that God was going to be a part of it.

It was the beginning of the fall semester and the start of my third year of planting a chapter on a community college campus.

For the NFL, their finest hour is the Superbowl. Companies will pay millions to air a 30-second commercial during this prime opportunity. For NASA, their finest hour is when their robot lands safely on Mars and starts driving around. That moment of victory makes NASA engineers cry. How about for us? What is InterVarsity’s finest hour? What would we spend our top dollar on, or what would make us cry with joy? Our finest hour is the first three weeks of school each autumn and the first two weeks of spring semester. Why?

It seems to me that the purpose of the academy is to expose and educate, leading to knowledge and understanding. By the study of the past and the present one gains a greater sense of what and why.