By Scott Bessenecker

We wrap everything we’re afraid of losing in layers and layers of bubble wrap and overlook the thing which we ought to be afraid of—namely, suffocating in all that bubble wrap! All of our risk-averse padding has immobilized us; we’re choking in our protective gear.

Tags: Growth
By Andy Kim

You have been fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139Genesis 1:26). But you have not been made in a vacuum. Whether or not you’re aware of it, who you are is intricately and uniquely linked to the communities you’ve been a part of (your family, your church, etc.). The worship style that resonates with you most deeply—your worship story—comes out of these communities.

By Samantha Moats

In John 13, Jesus commands his disciples: “Love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (verses 34-35 ESV). This passage stirs me each time I read it because it does not simply refer to the Christians we see face to face; it includes those who are persecuted, those whom we have not met. The way we love those whom we have not seen is through prayer.

By Melody McNeill

On April 2, 2015, four members of a terrorist group called al-Shabab entered Garissa University in Kenya, separated the Christians from the Muslims, and shot the followers of Jesus. By the time the police arrived and killed the attackers, 148 students were dead and 79 were injured.

By Brenden Graczak

Three years ago, Anthea had a dream where God called her into missions. This past fall, she came to the United States from Germany to study and got involved with InterVarsity at the University of Utah. From there, she came to Urbana 15 and as a result, she has gone from being interested in missions to pursuing practical next steps.

By Beau Crosetto

I play basketball with a group of guys at the local 24 Hour Fitness. Our relationship consists of playing ball together and that’s pretty much it. But a few months ago, after we finished playing, a group of us stuck around to shoot the breeze.

By Erna Kim Hackett

Editor's note: This page will be continually updated with all kinds of things about worship at Urbana 15. Check back often for the latest. 

By Gordon Govier

Isaac may someday return to an overseas mission field. But his Global Program experience has given him a new appreciation for international student ministry.

By Sharon Messmore

Hikari Saiga was an ordinary student at Waseda University in Japan. And she liked it that way. But recently, while an exchange student at the University of Washington in Seattle, God worked through her reluctant efforts and made himself known.

By Kurt Bullis

We expend a lot of energy trying to figure out God’s will for our lives. We seek his guidance selecting colleges, majors, career paths—all with the underlying notion that there is a hole in God’s plan that only we can fill.

By Kurt Bullis

Put these #Urbana15 wallpapers on your phone, tablet, and computer and carry your commitments with you wherever you go!

By Brian Hart

How will my family react if I go overseas as a missionary? How do I even tell them? Will I be alone or find a spouse? Is this really my calling or might I have other motives? Patrick Fung (Urbana 15 Bible expositor) and Jennie, his wife, also asked these questions as they gave their lives to God and pursued his mission as medical doctors.

By Kurt Bullis

Scripture forms the basis for each Urbana. As such, Urbana 15 has developed several posts to give you context for the Gospel of Matthew, context for studying Scripture in general, and background on how Urbana approaches studying the Scriptures. Keep these posts handy as you engage with the Scriptures.

By Lindsay Olesberg

What follows is a way for you to delve deeply into the Bible, discover the core message of a passage, and learn to hear from and experience Jesus in his Word. This method is suited to both individuals and small group Bible studies.

Tags: The Bible
By Alison Siewert

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