Archive | April 2012

If You Live On Campus…

If you live on campus… be sure to thank your RA and RD before you leave. Having worked in higher education for 15 years now, I can honestly say that these two positions are easily the hardest — and least thanked — positions by far. RAs and RDs have the incredibly challenging task of helping […]

Peace in the Midst of Chaos; Perspective in the Midst of Pressure

This is what many of your campus leaders are praying for you over the course of this next week… Peace in the midst of chaos… and Perspective in the midst of pressure. Know that we stand beside you as you walk through your week of final exams. The Office of University Ministries is open to […]

3 Ways to Get More Sleep During Finals Week

YOU NEED MORE SLEEP! I know I don’t need to tel you this… but I thought I should state the obvious, AND provide a few ideas for how you might “get” that much-needed sleep over the course of the next 8 days: Commit to getting “enough” sleep – It simply has to be a priority for you. If […]

Homosexuality and Scripture

I just ran across this video and wanted to get your response to it. I’m not trying to create controversy, bet get us thinking as a community about a very real tension that many Christians feel, and yet feel they can’t articulate without being labeled. Dr. Ben Witherington III is featured in this video and […]

Staying Sane… This Time of Year

Well, the end is in sight! Two weeks from today you’ll be enjoying “Dead Day” — probably not doing much studying (come on, be honest…) — and taking in a deep breath after completing the final two weeks of class (and of course, starting to think about final exams). My question for you is simple: […]

HOLY WEEK | 4.5.12

Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 I remember attending Christian youth camps as a teenager and singing “They’ll Know We are Christians by our Love.” Of course they will! Christians can love better than anyone, right? At that time I had the idealistic thought that my new found […]

HOLY WEEK | 4.4.12

Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 70 Hebrews 12:1-3 John 13:21-32 Holy Week confronts us with the fullness of Christ’s humanity. After all, we Christians know the story well: this Friday, our Messiah will die, just as if He were any other man. In today’s Old Testament texts we may find images of Jesus’ experiences of the suffering, the fear, and […]

HOLY WEEK | 4.3.12

Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 71:1-14 I Corinthians 1:18-31 John 12:20-36 As college students, we can sometimes feel as though we are pulled in two opposite directions. On the one hand, we are expected to sit under the teaching of our university, cocooned in words of wisdom and challenge, molding ourselves for our future vocations. On the […]

Holy Week | 4.2.12

Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 36:5-11 Hebrews 9:11-15 John 12:1-11 Throughout their history, the children of Israel have been a people perpetually in need of deliverance. Whether the captor was a hard-hearted Pharaoh or a controlling Roman government, scripture is full of instances where the people cried out to God for a Rescuer. Palestine, in the day of Jesus, was […]

Palm Sunday

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Mark 11:1-11 or John 12 :12-16 Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 [40-47] Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that […]