Dealing with university rules can be a pain at times. Whether you want to have food for an event, bring in a guest speaker, pass out information on your group or just about anything else on campus, there is loads of red tape. Hoops to jump through. Forms to sign and date. It can be … Continue reading Follow University Rules and Things Go Fine
When I moved to University Park, the "main" campus of Penn State, for my junior year I got involved in Christian Student Fellowship (CSF). Later that year I went on my first short term mission trip, rebuilding houses in North Carolina. The next year we went to Miami and worked with Habbitat for Humanity. Then … Continue reading Reflections on a Decade of Short Term Mission trips
Steve Lutz does ministry with college students at Penn State University and in his previous book, College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture, gave others who work in campus ministry a lot to ponder and put into practice. His second book, King of the Campus, is targeted not to his fellow pastors but instead to Christian … Continue reading King of the Campus by Stephen Lutz
Yesterday I came across this article by Emily Yoffe on Slate - "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk." Yoffe writes on how drunk women on college campuses are much more susceptible to male, often sober, sexual predators. She is clear that she is not blaming women, assault is the man's fault. But choosing not to get … Continue reading Alcohol and Assault
Junia absolutely loves walking Skippy around the neighborhood. Obviously she cannot hold his leash on her own as he would easily pull her over...and probably keep going. The solution was to attach one leash to Skippy and attach a second leash to that leash. So Junia holds the second leash while I, holding the first … Continue reading Getting Off on the Right Foot…And Then the Next Step
After you graduate from college, you will spend more time at work then (probably) anywhere else. Your studies at college, the work you put into your classes, are preparing you for your career. What does your faith that you express at church on Sunday have to do with your work throughout the rest of the … Continue reading Everyday Faith – Bringing Faith to Work and Class
The world is changing, I feel it in my bones... Okay, maybe things are not that insane. But as I begin my ninth year of campus ministry, I feel old! Yesterday I was playing kickball with some students. One of the guys asked the other, "when was that last time you played kickball?" "Probably like … Continue reading Another Year Begins on Campus…And I Feel Old!
I spent all of last week in Washington DC with 12 Penn State Berks students. We worked with the Center for Student Missions (csm.org). Throughout the week I missed my wife and daughter immensely. As I missed my daughter I kept thinking one thing: I hope when she grows up she becomes a young woman … Continue reading CSF Spring Break in Washington DC
In You Lost Me, David Kinnaman states that "Millions of young Christians perceive Christianity to be in opposition to modern science." The rest of this chapter goes on to analyze the data that says many young adults walk away from faith, or become disillusioned with faith, because it appears to be opposed to modern science. … Continue reading Are Christians Anti-Science? (You Lost Me 8)
Every year I invite local churches to donate gift bags for students at Penn State Berks. These bags are filled with snacks, drinks (Pepsi products, no Coke allowed as per PSU's contract with Pepsi), school supplies and any encouragement notes, Bibles or Christian books they want to include. The bags are dropped off at Kissinger's … Continue reading Free Bags of Stuff for College Students!