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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Hope for Godless Universities

Since I am one of the only bloggers in this cult who is part of a secular institution, namely York University, I thought it might be valuable to share with you some details of the extent of the darkness there and the efforts being made by some godly evangelical students to change it. York U was recently voted the #2 school in North America for female beauty (second to UCLA). We also boast to have one of the wildest "Pub Nights" around. The head professors of Religious and Philosophical programs don't know their Bibles as well as the 5 year olds at Paul Martin's church. They wouldn't know a theologian if they slept with Chucky Spurgeon...(or Clint Humfry?!?) or doctrine if they shared a dorm with Mr. Calvin.
The Campus for Christ fellowship is a very bright light in the midst of this absurd excuse for an academic institution. I will refer to this group from now on as "we". We just held a large debate on the existence of God in which an Atheist and a Christian were both given opportunity to give arguments for their side, challenge their opponent, and give closing statements. We plastered the campus with chalk and posters and were blessed with a capacity audience and people sitting in the aisles. The small group discipleship groups within our fellowship each have a target area where they hold evangelistic events and do random evagelism. The dodgeball tournament was a highlight last year, as well as the X-Box tournament. The long term goal of all these things is to eventually be able to reach every student every year with the gospel. The main way we seek to accomplish this goal is through discipleship. My discipleship group has chosen to focus on the Schulich School of Business. This school happens to be one the most prestigious business schools in North America. No one could possibly feel more inadequate than me and my fellow arts student partner. I could, as they say, wax forever on this. Needless to say, we need people praying for us. Pray that people would be saved at York. Our group has almost doubled in the last couple of years. We need to pray that great labourers would be trained in the short time they study at York. This is how we want to change the world, by winning the souls of lost students and sending them on to become great servants in HIS kingdom all over the world and right here in T.O. I must also say that U of T has great Christians but they are few. It is the same for Ryerson. Pray that God would allow these schools to be full of Christian young people. PRAISE GOD FOR ALL THAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE. All of this is impossible without him and his power and grace. Amen eh.
PS. over 30 people have been saved this year between York, Ryerson, and UofT.

Thats all. I will try to post anything awesome that happens.

9 Comments:

Blogger JLF said...

While feeling extremely cloistered in a seminary, my prayers are very much with you and your fellow workers. This city needs Christians with a passion for God and his glory, and nowhere less than York

4:38 PM  
Blogger I_am_Batman said...

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4:51 PM  
Blogger I_am_Batman said...

Ah of course I will pray for you guys Josh! It's good to see that your school is making progress! Unlike us at Humber, which I like to refer to as Sodom and Gomorrah (Did I spell that right?). When I first arrived I remember Gideons handing out NT Bibles. We had a Christian fellowship group as well. Now there are no signs of evangelism (except my forced library and bathroom confrontations, Paul knows what I'm talkin' about). The fellowship groups have dissappeard. Ocktoberfest wasn't good enough so now they do one every month ( Novemberfest, Decemberfest, etc). I am gone from Humber in a couple weeks. Pray that something will start up again.

4:52 PM  
Blogger I_am_Batman said...

Always read over your posts before you publish them! Lesson learned...

4:53 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Hey Josh,
Thanks for the great post on the state of Christian unions in various Toronto area institutions of higher learning.
My good friend just graduated with an MA in philosophy from York and says much the same as you.
I recently saw how a group of "pacifists" at York ran the Canadian Military out of a job fair. Talk about freedom of speech!

Anyways, keep up the good blogging.

7:38 AM  
Blogger kerux said...

josher,
I am glad you posted about this. your work at york is crucial. praise the Lord for putting you there!

9:31 AM  
Blogger kerux said...

by the by...
simply LOVE the new readable template! and the "scribish" theme is very fitting for you Mr. English Major!
I hereby declare that I will read your blog again!
(Take note fighter jet!)

9:33 AM  
Blogger JLF said...

lol... I don't want you reading my blog anyway, kerux... you might realize that I'm like 54% liberal or something. :)

12:38 PM  
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