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Hey! Thanks for stopping by! My name is Guy and I’m the primary author and curator of this site.

Over the course of the past three and a half years I’ve enjoyed hosting a wide-range of conversations exploring the convergence of Christ, culture, and the college experience.

Below is a list of the TOP 10 most viewed posts of all-time.

They are a sampling of the more than 650 posts that can be accessed in the Archives.


walking-alone10. Mentors and Friends: Why You Need to Be a Spiritual Matchmaker

Walking alone.

Far too many of our students are doing it these days…

I’m not talking about walking alone late at night (although too many are doing that as well), but I’m talking about their approach to life during their formative college years.

Sure, they have friends.

Well, kind of.

They’ve made acquaintances that are often based off of similar tastes in music, class schedules, fashion sense, hometown, housing arrangement, etc… and while some of these relationships have the potential to drift into deeper waters — most never will. (Keep reading…)

3gen9. Why College Students NEED the Local Church

As a college student I was very involved in campus ministry — as a participant and a leader.

I also loved going to church.  Having the chance to explore congregations and communities that were nothing like the one I had grown up in seemed to open my mind, and expand my understanding of how BIG God was, in some significant ways.

After sensing a call into ministry near the end of my freshmen year, I started volunteering with some Young Life mentors of mine who were then serving at a local church. (Keep reading…)

celibacy8. Why Would God Ask Singles to be Celibate?

For most college students, marriage is a foregone conclusion.

It’s just going to happen.

Therefore most students never consider the fact that they may never get married.

And if the thought ever does cross their mind, and they confess this fear to a friend or pastor, they are most often met with: just have faith and God will give you the desires of your heart.

But what if God doesn’t grant that desire? (Keep reading…)

sex_blocks7. 5 Reasons Why the ‘Sex Before Marriage’ Conversation Is Such A Big Deal

I started this blog (about ministry with college students) — in its original form — three years ago.

On January 11, 2011 I wrote I post entitled Is Sex Before Marriage Really A Sin? for the 1st Annual Sex & the Soul Blogathon.

Since that post went live, it has far and away received the most traffic on my site — accounting for more than 13,000 views.

Daily — DAILY — I’ll get numerous visits to my blog from people who have used some variation of the following terms in search engine searches: (Keep reading…)

stand_out6. How Do You Stand Out?

Have you ever stopped to think about what makes you (your ministry) unique?

What makes you different from the other ministries on campus?

What do you have to offer students that might make your ministry the one for them? (Keep reading…)

spiral staircase5. The 4 Stages of Faith Development

Although our time with Brian McLaren has ended, I’m trying to get down some of my thoughts on some of the great conversations he’s led us in…

Today I’m thinking about our third session with him, on the 4 Stages of Faith Development  (If you want to read the first couple of posts you can find them by clicking here: Inherited Faith vs. the Faith We Will Live and/or Reading the Bible Naked). (Keep reading…)

Studygroup relaxing in beanbags while doing school work.4. Why the Local Church NEEDS College Students

In a previous post I shared some thoughts on why I think college students need the local church.  This post sparked some good comments and conversations…

This leads me to believe that I’m not the only one thinking about this.

And that’s good!

Today I want to explore some thoughts on why I think the local church needs college students.

There are three primary reasons (although I’m sure we can identify more) why I think every local church NEEDS to have college students involved in their faith community. (Keep reading…)

love13. Love > Sex

God IS love.

God is not sex.

But I think that many of us have made an idol out of sex. We’ve made sex a god that we worship. We have made sex out to be the pinnacle expression of love… and while it is great– a special gift from God — it is by no means the be all and end all of love.

The Enemy has sold us a bill of lies. (Keep reading…)

problems2. Top 10 Issues College Students Face

There’s so much that makes up the college experience… so many opportunities, so many potential pitfalls.

How well do we assist students in navigating the waters of the college years?

Maybe before we can accurately answer this question we must first ask:

“What are the big issues that our students are dealing with?”

If we’ve not taken the time to answer this question than we must ask ourselves, “how relevant is our ministry?” (Keep reading…)


heart1. Is Sex Before Marriage Really a Sin?

Does that sound like a loaded question to you?

Loaded or not, this is a question that more and more young believers are asking — and in all seriousness.

There seems to be a growing belief among some Christians that sex BEFORE marriage is NOT a sin. (Keep reading…)


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