Why I Don’t Give a Straight Answer to Every Question

"Yeah, but Dave, what do you believe is the right answer?" One evening during our recent Spring Break trip I was sitting at dinner with two member of our team.   The student who asked this question is Heather.  Heather has been a member of CSF for over three years.  In that time I have…

Kings, Presidents and God (On Campus at PSU Berks)

Last night on campus we talked about God and government, politics and presidential elections. This semester at CSF our theme for Bible study is the story of scripture.  My hope is that the students will understand the grand, over-arching narrative of the Bible.  Back in early September we began with creation and fall.  Then we…

An Evening Filled with Questions about God

Last evening on campus CSF had a "Spiritual Discussion Forum."  It is a place where students can come and present questions about anything related to faith, religion, Christianity and Jesus.  We had about 15 students attend, all of whom would identify as Christians of one variety or another: Catholic, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, etc. My hope would…

The Numbers Game and Investing in One Life

Every semester in campus ministry is a new adventure.  Students from the previous year have moved on, either graduating or transferring to University Park.  A new influx of students comes in.  The community that forms in CSF and on campus looks and feels different.  It is always a bit exciting and a bit nerve-racking going…

Free Bags of Stuff for College Students!

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…