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Monday Motivator - God’s Existence by Faith

October 20th, 2008 · 16 Comments

Weekly submissions by Chi Alpha’s Mike O.

I saw a survey that only 13 percent of Americans interviewed between the ages of 18-24 could find the country of Iraq on a world map. 70 percent could not find the state of New Jersey, 49 percent the state of New York, and to top it off, 10 percent could not find the United States.
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I loved geography as a student and still enjoy learning about countries. One of our favorite family games while traveling in a car on vacation was reciting the capitals of the 50 states, as well as various countries around the world.

I also believe learning about God is critical and necessary for my current and future existence. I created an Old and New Testament map to help my children learn the key chapters and events of the Bible as we traveled to visit family on summer vacations. Questions such as what chapter talks about the Lord as our shepherd? Where is Joseph’s life described? Where are the ten commandments first listed? Where is the chapter about the fruit of the Spirit? Where is the heroes of the faith chapter?…and the answer is Hebrews 11.

Read Hebrews 11:1-6. The writer says in order to locate God, we must first believe that He exists. How can we prove there is a God? There are some traditional “proofs” (or evidence) for the existence of God that have been created or recognized by philosophers and theologians. These proofs have emerged at various points in history to help us think rationally about God and His existence.
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Monday Motivator - Faith and doubt

October 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Weekly submissions from Chi Alpha’s Mike O.

I had a conversation with a student recently who asked about the price of becoming a follower of Jesus. She said to me, “Isn’t it like getting into a nice, comfortable bed with an electric blanket on a cold day – no trouble, discomfort, or stress?” I replied that some people have expected the Christian life to go as smoothly and easily as she described, only to be shocked back to reality. Jesus clearly described what it meant to follow him in Matthew 5-7, Websoft and I suggested she read those chapters as she decided whether or not to become a disciple of his.

The Scriptures indicate that following God is a journey to becoming like Christ in our character and lifestyle. It is full of sacrifice, transformation, and perseverance. Sometimes we begin to feel that God is picking on us. We even struggle with our faith at times.

Think about the “why” questions many of us wrestle with. Why was I born into that family? Why do I have to deal with these temptations? Why do I feel the way I do? Why do I experience so much spiritual doubt? Why does my spiritual experience seem so dry compared to others? Why doesn’t God do more for me?
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Monday Motivator - Serving Globally - Jim Elliott

October 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Weekly submissions from Chi Alpha’s Mike O

If you looked around the middle part of the 20th century for an All-American young man, you may have run into Jim Elliott. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, in 1927, Jim was handsome, hard working, clean cut, and in many ways pretty ordinary. He got good grades, wrestled in college, fell in love with an attractive young lady, and probably could have had the “American dream” life, career, and family. But Jim Elliott was not ordinary.

He accepted Christ at age six, and grew up in a loving, stable, Christian home. Jim developed a faith in God that daily affected his life. He attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, in 1945, and entered school with one desire: to know Jesus Christ and serve Him with everything he had. This meant that Jim would probably pursue a life of service and witness (and sacrifice) overseas.

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Monday Motivator - Living Among Others

September 30th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Weekly motivation pieces from Mike Olejarz of Chi Alpha. Be challenged and encouraged!

Barbara and I visited our daughter Sarah in Lima, Peru at the end of August. Sarah is serving a one year assignment as a Missionary Associate with Bill and Lena Shrader, who direct Latin America Child Care (LACC). I was the state director of Chi Alpha while in Ohio and was a mentor to Bill for many years. It was a great week of seeing our daughter, catching up with the Shraders, seeing what LACC looks like, and doing a lot of sightseeing.

One of the powerful experiences of being in Lima was being exposed to the 8 million inhabitants of the largest city in the country. Everywhere we went we saw multitudes of people, cars, traffic jams, congestion, and poverty. It was tiring being out and about and around so many people. I found myself at one point wishing for a place and time of solitude.

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Our Father the Weaver - Ravi Zacarias

June 5th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Ravi Zacarias International Ministries offers awesome daily email devotionals called A Slice of Infinity. The May 23 devotional was titled “Our Father the Weaver” and was written by Ravi Zacarias. It’s about how God masterfully designs our lives in an intricate way without our complete understanding of what He is doing. This is such a comfort to us when events happen and we’re just not sure why.

A purposeful design emerges when the Father weaves a pattern from what to us may often seem disparate threads. Even today, if you will stop and attend to it, you will see that God is seeking to weave a beautiful tapestry in your life.

Read the full devotional here.

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Summer Reading

June 3rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Congrats on finishing up the year, guys! Particularly congrats to the graduates!

I was packing up my room for the summer and caught myself stuffing 12 books into my summer suitcase. Truthfully, I’m highly doubtful about whether I can finish all the books, but summer is probably the best (only?) time I have to read for myself while I’m a student.

Does anyone know of good book recommendations? They can be Christian-related or otherwise. I’ll throw a few books out there that I’ve finished since I’ve been at MIT:

  • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer - This classic is thin page-wise but thick otherwise. Tozer writes directly and elegantly about God’s presence, definitely awakening the spiritual sensitivities of the heart. I’ve ended up in tears after reading certain chapters.
  • The Calvary Road by Roy Hession - This is another classic that is difficult to find in most bookstores but is worth getting your hands on. It’s also very small but takes time to fully digest (years, maybe - I know people who come back to this year on year). One main point is revival that begin with each Christian’s personal recognition of sin, brokenness and desperation, and the need for Jesus.
  • The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster - This book a modern classic since the original version was written in the 1970s but carries the weight of Christian books written in earlier decades. Foster outlines different inward and outward spiritual disciplines (i.e prayer, fasting, service) from both spiritual and practical viewpoints as he encourages the reader to move beyond discipline defined by duty toward discipline defined by joy. A hardcover version is currently out in most major bookstores.
  • The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs - I’m throwing a non-fiction, non-spiritual book onto this list because this is stuff I personally enjoy reading. Plus, I think it’s important to read about what’s going on outside of MIT. Sachs’ book provides a very good overview of issues facing this generation, primarily extreme global poverty. Although his plan to eradicate extreme poverty is highly controversial, at least it’s a step toward thinking of a solution.

And now some books from other book lists:

  • Relevant Recommends - Relevant Mag - This list Include a few books that are obviously Christianity infused (C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity) and not then those that are not so (J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye). The list also has music albums and movies that could be deemed college student musts. I appreciate the variety.
  • The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals - Christianity Today - The title of this list may not be attractive to some, but the list is definitely filled with classics that I want to read, too.

As for myself, I’m beginning this summer by reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. It’s an unconventional choice, since the book is known for defining the Beat generation of the 1950s and 1960s and describes a soul-searching cross-country road trip. Hopefully it’ll give me something to think about.

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Tim Keller at Google

May 15th, 2008 · 24 Comments

MIT Veritas Forum speaker, Tim Keller, speaks to a full audience at Google to discuss “The Reason for God.” You can watch the You Tube video here.

The Q & A is about 40 minutes in (the entire video is about an hour long). It’s pretty intense given the setting, but Dr. Keller keeps incredible composure and provides well-thought answers. He can easily go head to head with the Google engineers, and some of these guys are, uh, interesting personalities. If you enjoyed Veritas Forum’s Q & A session and wish it were longer, try watching this.

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Some encouragement

May 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Most of us are busy with final projects and studying for exams. Here is a verse that a friend used to remind herself that the Lord sustains her and is all that she needs. Hopefully it can encourage you too.

My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

- Psalm 73: 26

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The Chronicle: Evangelicalism Rebounds in Academe

May 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Evangelicalism Rebounds in Academe
Even at elite colleges, doors are opening for religiously committed students and faculty members
May 9, 2008

I was sent a link to this article by many different people. Basically, evangelicalism at prestigious universities is rebounding, challenging the notion that evangelicals are “poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” Evangelical scholarship has also become part of the intellectual mainstream (Francis Collins, for example). Other snippets:

“The “opening of the evangelical mind,” as Alan Wolfe has aptly called it, may be surprising to some, but it is not unprecedented. Indeed anti-intellectualism within Christianity is actually an anomaly of the 20th century. For most of Christianity’s history, faith and learning have been intertwined. Over the centuries, intellectuals received religious sanction for their scholarly pursuits, and the church — in both Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions — supported a range of intellectual activity, from the scientific research of Newton to the literary contributions of Chesterton. History is on the side of evangelical intellectual strivings…

In a column for The Chronicle, Stanley Fish wrote, “When Jacques Derrida died, I was called by a reporter who wanted to know what would succeed high theory and the triumvirate of race, gender, and class as the center of intellectual energy in the academy. I answered like a shot: religion.” In the same article, Fish contended that religion must not be simply studied at arm’s length, but must be considered as a viable “candidate for the truth.” ….

Forty years ago, conventional sociological wisdom said that society would secularize as it modernized. Such predictions were dead wrong. Levels of education and development have risen sharply around the world, while at the same time religion’s influence has grown. It’s time for the academy to come to grips with this dynamic. Moral and religious issues will become even more prominent in all disciplines. Greater religious pluralism, in the United States and around the world, will continue to generate new sources of conflict while also suggesting possibilities for cooperation.”

There is a lot more, and many interesting questions are raised, including:

  • What place do Christian evangelical beliefs have in academe?
  • How much will Christians change America’s universities, if at all?
  • How can evangelicals and religious topics be integrated in the classroom setting?
  • Are there differences between the evangelicals of the political right and evangelical scholars? How does this affect both their influences?

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Oswald Chambers: Faith to Persevere

May 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yet another excerpt from today’s My Utmost for His Highest devotional. I read it this morning and was very encouraged. It was such a reminder that my current experiences are but slivers of God’s master plan for this universe. The best thing I can do is to totally place my trust and confidence in my loving Father. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged too, especially if you find yourself facing a difficult time.

“… Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life— throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God…

“Because you have kept My command to persevere… ” - Revelation 3:10

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