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A Reflection on Final Exam Preparation

 As I and many other university students are in the thick of studying for final exams, I am reflecting on the many hours of revision, the late nights, early mornings and the taste of room temperature coffee that I have experienced year after year in my academic life. And then I think to myself, why am I actually studying in the first place? The competition and striving to make the honours roll seem to be so vain and trivial in comparison to the calling that Christ has put on our life to make disciples and share the good news. However, God is the giver of all good things, and I know that the opportunity to even study in the first place is a blessing from His hand. I believe that when we operate with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our actions are ultimately for the Glory of God. Whether we ear or drink we should do it for God's glory (paraphrased 1 corinthians 10:31), so of course academic (or other) endeavours are no different. After a period of reflection, I realise it comes down

The Need for Followers of Jesus in the Classroom

Universities are often thought of as a place of enlightenment, deep academic thought and intellectualism, and despite this being true, universities are some of the most secular, cold, and God-shunning habitats on the face of the earth. Being a follower of Jesus as a student comes with its hardships. We are incessantly harassed to conform to conflicting ideologies, and at times it seems like our personal values and convictions are at odds with a society that demands that we think and believe in a way that it alone dictates.   Although Christianity is not openly persecuted and ridiculed in the classrooms of universities and schools, the deep-seated scorn and contempt held for our world view is a subtle yet ever-tangible reminder that our Holy God has no place amongst the idols of ambition and pleasure that our peers continue to bow and serve. Nonetheless, sitting in lecture theatres and libraries of university campuses all over the world are the world leaders, decision-makers, a

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