By Jessica Fick

“I don’t think I’d ever thought about a poor person.” As a senior from the University of Illinois at Urbana 96, Marie Koch sat in the auditorium spellbound by the short video on the screen about the poor. “It was haunting,” she said. 

By Lindsay Olesberg and Lucy Meade

Urbana studies the Bible inductively, in community, by making space, relying on God's power, again and again. As you prepare for Urbana 15, be transformed with us by studying Matthew’s Gospel.

By Johnnie Moore

Through their excruciating pain, through the weight of their trauma, they don’t resent the call to suffer that God has put upon their shoulders but rather welcome it. They celebrate it, and they feel honored by it. These refugees are indeed proudly part of the “nation of the cross.”

By Lisa Rieck

Without even knowing you, Daniel Paredes knows what God’s will for your life is. “The context of those questions [about God’s will] can look different for different people,” he said, “but for Christians, the main answer is always the same, and that’s to go and make disciples.”

By Adam Jeske

If your parents love you deeply (and they probably do), there may be disagreement about your calling, your decisions, and your path in life. In fact, your parents are likely concerned about you serving in missions precisely because they love you so much.

By Tom Lin

The New Normal in missions presents exciting opportunities. But three things will make this journey much harder than we might think. 1. Perceived Power Loss...

By Tom Lin

As we celebrate the growth and initiative of the Global South, as we commit ourselves to humble servant-hood, is there still a place for us in God’s global mission? Yes!

By Scott Bessenecker

A black teenager is shot by a white police officer. The officer is not indicted by a grand jury. He claims that the teenager was stealing, and when he confronted the boy, he appeared to go for a weapon. Eyewitnesses said the black young man had his hands in the air.

Tags: Justice
By Tom Lin

Leslie Newbigin wisely suggests that the North American Church must “learn afresh what it means to bear witness to the gospel from a position not of strength but of weakness.”

By Tom Lin

We live in a changing world. In many ways, our world has already changed to the point where what is considered "normal" must be redefined.

By Tom Lin

God has a mission. God has acted in history—and is still acting now—to reconcile people from every nation and all of creation to himself. He is the primary agent of his mission. He began his mission, and he continues to work it out in greater love and power than we can imagine.

By A.J. Swoboda

The Lord of the harvest knows the harvest better than you. Listen to the Lord of the harvest. Listen closely.

By Scott Bessenecker

For the next three Thursday's I will be blogging over at Release the APE. This week, I look at our obsession with money and funding. It is a side-effect of the corporate-capitalist paradigm...

By Tom Lin

I asked her a question as our time concluded, “If there’s one thing you tell this generation of students and young adults, what would you say?” She didn’t hesitate. “I want them to know that we need people to come here and die for Christ.”


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