December 2008 Update

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Peniel: A place to wrestle. Yesterday on the way to the Goodwill Store, my Pakistani friend Zharguna mentioned that her son joined the high school wrestling team.  Coming from a country where physical danger is a daily reality, she orients her life around the safety of her four children, even here. “They hit each other. Is it dangerous?” she wanted …

One Drop in the Bucket

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Wow, what an afternoon! The World AIDS Day program put on by the student group B.A.M.N. (By Any Means Necessary) was informative and heart-wrenching, if nothing else. Upon arrival, I was given a red ribbon pin, a set of thought-provoking questions, and a seat on a panel among five others: a professor, a psychologist, an AIDS expert, and two students …

Sex and the City…

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In case you were wondering, our “Peniel” night of wrestling with God went down with relatively few hitches! About 25 students came, ate our food, heard a solid message from Jayson and connected over some intense discussion questions. Next up, a sex panel in honor of World AIDS Day! No, we are not that brave. However, a group we partner …

April 2008 Update

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The Percentage Problem In campus ministry, building successful student-led movements often boils down to finding the perfect storm of two things – 1.) a felt spiritual need and 2.) a capacity for leadership. Typically, this has panned out to be most prevalent in the middle-of-the-road schools – the Slippery Rock U.’s, the Penn States, the Virginia Techs, — and we …