Dreaming – The gospel according to Monsters University

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in College, Evangelism | Posted on 16-07-2013-05-2008

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Dreaming & Significance

Think back to when you were a kid. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I remember when I was in pre-school and the teacher asked us that question.  Horses amazed me and I thought it would be awesome if I could ride a horse when I grew up.  As I got a little bit older, I wanted to be a baseball player!  In Monsters University, Mike Wazowski wanted to be a Scarer.  I think these desires give us a clue about something deep within each one of us.  We all long for a life of significance. 

In the movie, Mike headed off to college to be in the scare program at Monsters University. When he gets there, he finds out about the scare games, a chance to prove you’re the best scarer in the whole school! Mike studies hard, but on the final exam, the dean kicks him out of the program because he’s not good enough.  Which raises another deeper issue.  What do we do when our plans fail?

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AIDs: our response

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Activism, College, Evangelism, Faith | Posted on 02-04-2010-05-2008

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I was half way through college before I realized that not everybody had the same opportunities that I did.

I was working at a summer camp where the leader had us play a simulation.  The simulation was simple. Take a step forward if the statement applied to you.  Stay put if it doesn’t.

I remember the first statement. “Take a step forward if your family had multiple book shelves.”  I took a step forward.

Take a step forward if your family had a cabin.  My immediate family didn’t have a cabin, but my grandparents did and we went there almost every weekend during the summer.  Take a step forward if your father went to college.  My father went to North Dakota State University.  Take a step forward if you mother went to college.  My mom went to Moorehead State University.  Take a step forward if your family had a computer.  My family had a LOT of computers.

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Thriving in college

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in College, Evangelism, Faith | Posted on 17-03-2010-05-2008

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A lot is made about Christians managing to survive college and for good reason, depending on which statistics you read, 60%-80% of Christian students in High School leave their faith in college.  That’s a lot!  What happens?  What are the problems that Christian students face when they head onto the college campus?  There are a lot of problems that I see Christian students face when they get to college.  I’m going to focus on two of the more common problems that I see.  Then I want to talk about how to thrive in college so you’re not just surviving.
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