Spiritual Formation

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Tom Trevethan shares a prayer service dedicating the academic year and seeking God's provision for your campus fellowship. We pray that your meetings with faculty may bring unity and encouragement.

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A prayer for the new year; and a prayer by Samuel Johnson before beginning a new study.

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Ever feel like you are all alone, venturing into unchartered territories? As Christian graduate students, faculty, university staff/administrators, and campus ministers, university life is challenging. Lauri Swann offers scripture, prayer, and testimony of God's provision for us in this three-part series from Scholar's Compass, a devotional series from the Emerging Scholars Network:

​ May God use Lauri's words to encourage and bolster your faith to hear his voice and obey.

Bird-watching is more than a hobby for me. It is a spiritual discipline, a facet of a life of prayer, an extension of my seeking, seeing, and hearing from the Spirit of Jesus. Not only do the disciplines of bird-watching and contemplative prayer appear strikingly similar, but I also see parallels in the tools as well.

Bill Stuntz, Harvard Law professor, delivered this essay in March 2009 on the perspective he gained from his personal suffering.

Conversations with C. S. Lewis, by author, philosopher, and Emerging Scholars Network member Robert Velarde. This Q&A with the author was originally published at IVPress.com.

Brief, hard-hitting and often brilliant, this treatise by C. John Sommerville (Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and member of the Faculty Ministry Advisory Council) builds the controversial argument that secular universities in America have neglected religion at their peril. (Publishers Weekly) C. John Sommerville's study of the secular university is an excellent choice for reading with fellow Christian faculty.

Four University of Michigan faculty, all in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), have been meeting for several years as a faculty prayer cell. Here they share their experiences and some advice for faculty seeking to pray with one another.

In this essay, contributed in 2004, William J. Stuntz, professor at Harvard Law School, shares with us the lessons that his personal experiences with pain have taught him about hope, powerfully capturing the tension (and pain) Christians face as we look forward to Christ's second advent.

Charles Troutman (a pioneer of IVCF in the 1930s) wrote, "There is no place like the university for the sharpening and expansion of Christian faith." Here is a prayer he wrote in 1960 which brings that grand vision down to each individual's desk.

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When our lives become more hectic and intense with the pressure of papers and exams the need for prayer seems more obvious even if it is harder to come by. I commend this one to you. It has survived the test of time. You may wish to offer this prayer each time you sit to study. -Jeff Barneson

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