RUF News

  • Spring 2017 Kickoff!

    Happy New Year!  It’s January 2017 and that means the spring semester is here! RUF at Purdue has planned a bunch of different events to welcome you back to Purdue and help you get connected. Check out the info below and contact Curtis or one of our interns if you have any questions. 

    Free Hot Chocolate: Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-1pm, January 9th-11th at CL50.  It’s crazy cold, so we’d love to give you some free hot chocolate to warm you up. We’ll even have marshmallows! 

    RUF Large Group: Wednesday, January 11th, 6pm in Beering 2280. We’ll have FREE PIZZA along with hot chocolate. Come catch up with your friends as we kick off our Spring series titled, “When Things Fall Apart: The radical commitment of God in the darkness of life.”

    Friday Night Live: Friday, January 20th, 6-7pm in KRACH260 (Shin Forum). Come out & join us for an hour of worship, sharing, and a brief devotional. We’ll have FREE FOOD and a chance to connect with old & new friends. Afterwards, we’ll head over to the Union Rack and Roll to show off our bowling skills. Bring $5 to cover your shoes & rentals; if you’re new to RUF, it’s FREE! We’d love to see you there!

    More Upcoming Events:

    Large Group – 7:30 pm Wednesdays in Beering 2280. Our series is titled, “When Things Fall Apart: The radical commitment of God in the darkness of life.”  Free Hot Chocolate & Sweets!

    Small Groups – starting 1/19, check the website for details.

    The Symposium Christi - Friday night & Saturday, February 3-4.  The topic this year is “The Supernatural: Fact or Fiction.”  Mark it on your calendars as it should be a great time!

    Midwest Winter Conference - February 24-26, Brown County State Park.  This will be a fantastic weekend, so stay tuned for more info soon!

    Summer Conference - May 8-13, Panama City Beach, FL.  You won’t want to miss this, it will be awesome!  Stay tuned for more details.

  • BGR & 1st Week 2016 Fun!

    It's that time of year again! RUF at Purdue has planned a bunch of events to welcome everyone here and to help you get connected. We'd love for you join us.

    Root Beer Floats: Friday night, August 19th, 7-11pm.  Look for us at the corner of 3rd & Jischke during Purdue After Dark.  We’d love to give you free stuff (including root beer floats) and tell you about RUF.

    BGR Get Involved Fair: 3-5pm, Saturday, August 20th. Come find the RUF Table and enjoy a root-beer float!

    RUF Free Ice Cream Sundaes & Ultimate Frisbee: 1:00-3:00pm, Sunday, August 21st at the Intramural Gold Fields. We’ll have some FREE Ice Cream Sundaes as well as some ultimate frisbee. Come out to meet new friends and catch up with old ones!

    RUF Call-Out: 6-7pm, Wednesday, August 24th in Beering 2280. Come hear what RUF is all about and eat some FREE PIZZA. We will also give away FREE T-SHIRTS to new students (while supplies last).

    Root Beer Floats & Volleyball: 6-8pm, Thursday, August 25th at the sand courts between the Co-Rec & T-Rec
. Play some volleyball or just eat a lot of rootbeer floats. Either way is fine with us.

    Ice Cream & a Movie: 7:00pm, Saturday, August 27th at the Union. We’ll meet in the Union and walk over to the Silver Dipper for some yummy ice cream. After that, we’ll head over to Slayter Hill to watch Captain America 3: Civil War.

    Dinner on the KRACH Lawn: 6-8pm, Sunday, August 28th at KRACH Center Lawn. The dining courts are closed and you need to eat dinner (#thestruggle).  We’re here for you. Bring a friend and grab dinner with us!

    More Upcoming Events
:

    Small Groups – starting 8/29, check the website for details.

    Large Group – starting 8/31, 7:30pm Wednesdays in Beering 2280.


    Labor Day Pool Party—9/5, 5pm, 206 Cedar Hollow Court, West Lafayette.

    Lake Day –Saturday September 17.  

  • Welcome back Boilermakers!

    The calendar says it’s 2016 and that means the Spring semester is here.  RUF at Purdue has planned a bunch of different events to welcome you back and help you get connected.  We’d love for you to join us.  Check out the info below and contact Curtis if you have any questions. 

    Free Hot Chocolate:  Monday & Tuesday from 9:45am-1pm, January 11th-12th at CL50.  It’s ridiculously cold, so come find us and grab some free hot chocolate.  We’ll even have marshmallows! 

    RUF Large Group:  6:00 pm, Wednesday, January 13th in Beering 2280.  We’ll have FREE PIZZA along with hot chocolate.  Come catch up with your friends as we kick off our Spring series in the Minor Prophets.

    Ice Skating:  7-10pm, Friday January 15th at Riverside Skating Center in West Lafayette. Whether you do figure 8s or grab the rail the whole time, we’d love to have you.  Bring $8 to cover your session & rental. (If it's too warm, we'll head to the Rack & Roll for bowling. Keep an eye on Facebook as it gets closer.)

    More Upcoming Events
:

    Large Group –7:30 pm Wednesdays in Beering 2280.
  Our series is titled, “Remembering God’s Voice: Revival & Renewal in the Minor Prophets.”  Free Hot Chocolate & Sweets!

    Small Groups – starting 1/19, check the website for details.

    The Symposium Christi—Friday night & Saturday, February 5-6.  The topic this year is “The Book that Changed The World: No Longer Relevant? No Longer Reliable?”  Mark it on your calendars as it should be a great time!

    Super Bowl Party—Sunday, February 7th.  Stay tuned for more details!

    Midwest Winter Conference—February 26-28, Brown County State Park.  This will be a fantastic weekend, so stay tuned for more info soon!

    Summer Conference—May 9-14, Panama City Beach, FL.  You won’t want to miss this, it will be awesome!  Stay tuned for more details.

  • BGR & 1st Week 2015 Fun!

    It's that time of year again! RUF at Purdue has planned a bunch of events to welcome everyone here and to help you get connected. We'd love for you join us.

    Root Beer Floats: Friday night, August 21st, 7-11pm. Look for us at the corner of 3rd & Jischke during Purdue After Dark.  We’d love to give you free stuff (including root beer floats) and tell you about RUF.

    BGR Get Involved Fair: Saturday, August 22nd, 3-5pm. Come find the RUF Table and enjoy a root-beer float!

    RUF Free Froyo & Outdoor Games: Sunday, August 23rd at the KRACH Green Space, 1:30-3:30pm. We’ll have some FREE Froyo from Red Mango as well as some fun outdoor games.  Come out to meet new friends and catch up with old ones!

    RUF Call-Out: Wednesday, August 26th in Beering 2280, 6-7pm. Come hear what RUF is all about and eat some FREE PIZZA.  We will also give away FREE T-SHIRTS to new students (while supplies last).

    Root Beer Floats & Kickball: Thursday, August 27th at the KRACH Green Space, 6-8pm
. Show off your PE schools from elementary school or just eat a lot of root beer floats. Either way is fine with us.

    RUF Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, August 29th at 136 Arrowhead Drive, West Lafayette, 12-2pm.  Indulge your sweet tooth & carnivore with syrupy pancakes and bacon! Contact Sabrina Myoda or Peter McCullough if you need a ride!

    RUF Cookout: Sunday, August 30th at Picket Park, 6-8pm. The dining courts are closed and you need to eat dinner (#thestruggle).  We’re here for you.  Bring a friend and grab dinner with us!

    More Upcoming Events
:

    Small Groups – starting 8/31, check the website for details.

    Large Group – starting 9/2, 7:30pm Wednesdays in Beering 2280.


    Fall Retreat – Friday-Saturday, October 2-3.  More details to come.

  • Welcome back!

    The calendar says it’s 2015 and that means the Spring semester is here.  RUF at Purdue has planned a bunch of different events to welcome you back and help you get connected.  We’d love for you to join us.  Check out the info below and contact Curtis if you have any questions. 

    Free Hot Chocolate:  Monday 1-3pm & Tuesday 9:00am-12:00pm, January 12th-13th at CL50.  It’s ridiculously cold, so come find us and grab some free hot chocolate.  We’ll even have marshmallows!

    RUF Large Group:  7:30 pm, Wednesday, January 14th in Beering 2280. We’ll have free pizza along with hot chocolate.  Come catch up with your friends and hear how God wants to shape our hearts with the Psalms.

    Bowling at the Rack and Roll:  4:30-6:30pm, Friday January 16th in the Union.  We’ll be showing off our bowling skills.  Bring $5 to cover your games & shoe rental. We’ll grab dinner somewhere nearby afterwards.  Invite your friends!

    Sledding on Slayter Hill & Game Night! Ice Skating: 7:00pm, Friday January 23rd.  Bring your sledding gear & your tray tables so we can enjoy the snow together. Afterwards, we’ll have a game night to warm up in the Windsor lobby and have an excuse to drink hot chocolate together.  (If there’s no snow on the ground, we’ll go ice-skating). 

    More Upcoming Events
:

    Large Group –7:30 pm Wednesdays in Beering 2280.
  Our series is titled, “The Cry of the Soul: Shaping our Hearts with the Psalms.”  Free Hot Chocolate & Sweets!

    Small Groups – starting 1/19, check the website for details.

    The Symposium Christi—Friday night & Saturday, Jan. 30-31. The topic this year is Origins: Follow the Evidence Where It Leads.”  Mark it on your calendars as it should be a great time!

    Midwest Winter Conference – Feb. 27-Mar. 1, Brown County State Park.  This will be a fantastic weekend, so stay tuned for more info soon!

    Summer Conference—May 11-16, Panama City Beach, FL. You won’t want to miss this, it will be awesome!  Stay tuned for more details.

  • How do you trust Jesus?

    On Wednesday night at Large Group, someone asked the following (great) question:  “How do you trust Jesus?”  I gave an answer, but I don’t think it was a very good one.  As I was driving home, however, I thought of a much better answer to the question (sometimes that happens!).  So, I thought I would write a short post about it. 

    When the Bible talks about trusting God/Jesus, it is not an ethereal, mystical concept only possible for the spiritual elite.  Nor is it an action limited to one sector of our lives (the head, the heart, etc.).  Rather, trusting God involves two fundamental activities.  First, we treat what Jesus says as truth (the ultimate authority or ultimate reality).  Whether it is His promises, His warnings, His commands, etc., we take Him more seriously than our feelings, our circumstances, or anything else in our lives anything else in our lives.  The Bible talks about this activity as faith.  The second activity is that we structure our lives according to what He says.  The Bible talks about this second activity as repentance and obedience, depending on the occasion.  There are lots of places in the Bible that describe trust in this way.  Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.”  God encourages us to believe Him and what He says about us more than what we see and know.  Psalm 20:7 says that the name of the Lord is better and more worthy of our trust than horses and chariots.  God invites us to look to Him, in the midst of the craziness of our lives and accept His understanding of reality more than ours.

    That may sound great, but we naturally wonder, “What does that look like?”  I’ll share two examples.  First, Jesus says in Matthew 6:25ff, “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink...” He goes on to say that God loves His people and will provide what we need. When I am tempted to worry, I often do so because I am not sure what the future will hold.  I then think it is up to my effort and planning to master it so that I will be okay.  When I am preparing to take a difficult test, then, trusting Jesus means I study hard and do my best to prepare.  When the test is over, however, I do not worry because I know God will take care of me.  It doesn’t mean that I did well on the test; in fact, I may have failed dramatically.  Jesus hasn’t promised success in school, but He did promise His presence and His provision. I will be okay even if I fail. Trusting Jesus means that I believe what He said (“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.”) and that I act accordingly (“Don’t worry…If God clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you?”).  It involves an valuing what God has said and letting it determine how I live my life.

    But what happens when/if we do worry?  This is the second example.  What does trusting Jesus look like when we fail?  For example, if I worry about how I did on my test or I worry about what my friend thinks of me after I had a hard conversation with them, what should I do?  Trusting Jesus looks like believing what He said and acting accordingly.  What does He say?  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteous.” (1 John 1:9) It means that we are to believe that He really offers forgiveness of sins when we come to Him in faith and repent.  Trusting Jesus means we look to Him as the One who provides the forgiveness we need instead of what I have or haven’t done.  Because He has died in my place, trusting Him means that He has taken the penalty my sins deserve.  I don’t have to worry about whether I have God’s love because He has promised forgiveness.  Therefore, acting accordingly means that we confess our sins to God and/or to the other person.  It means not beating ourselves up or continuing to dwell on what we have done.   

    As always, I would love to talk with you if you have more questions.  Thank you for trusting me with your questions and struggles, it means a lot to me!  I pray that you would find Jesus to be as trustworthy as He promises.  He really is faithful and worth your trust.

    Curtis <><

  • BGR 2014 Activities

    It's that time of year again! RUF at Purdue has planned a bunch of events to welcome everyone here and to help you get connected. We'd love for you join us.

    Root Beer Floats: Thursday night, August 21st & Friday night, August 22nd.  Look for us on the way to the Boiler Bridge Dash and around the “We are Purdue!” celebration.  We’d love to give you free stuff (including root beer floats) and tell you about RUF.

    BGR Get Involved Fair: 2-4pm, Saturday, August 23rd. Come find the RUF Table and enjoy a root-beer float!

    RUF Sand Volleyball & Chick-Fil-A: 6:30-9:00pm, Saturday, August 23rd at the Pickett Park.  We’ll have some delicious Chick-Fil-A nuggets (& sauces!) as well as a chance to show off your volleyball skills.  Come enjoy some good time with some great people. 

    RUF Call-Out: 6-7pm, Wednesday, August 27th in Beering 2280. Come hear what RUF is all about and eat some FREE PIZZA.  We will also give away FREE T-SHIRTS to new students (while supplies last).

    Rootbeer Floats & Sand Volleyball: 6-8pm, Thursday, August 28th at sand courts outside the TREC
.  Play some volleyball or just eat a lot of rootbeer floats. Either way is fine with us.

    More Upcoming Events
:

    Large Group – starting 9/3, 7:30pm Wednesdays in Beering 2280.


    Small Groups – starting 9/2, check the website for details.

    Labor Day Cookout - Monday, September 1. More details to come.

    Beach Day at the Dunes – Saturday, September 27th.  More details to come.

  • Summer 2014 Reading Suggestions

    Since many of you will have extra time over the summer, you may be wondering what good books are out there to read.  While I can't give you too many fiction or young adult reading recommendations (please give them to me though!), I have thought about some great books that would be beneficial for your growth in grace.  I listed them below with brief comments.

    Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis:  This is a great book that sets out to explain what it means to be a Christian and why Christianity makes sense.  Lewis is a great writer and this is well worth your time!

    The Reason for God, Tim Keller:  Being in NYC, Keller regularly deals with people from all walks of life. He does a great job not only of dealing with hard questions and doubts but also articulating the Gospel and why it matters.

    Real Sex, Lauren Winner: This is a great read on the subject of Biblical sexuality.  I found her emphasis on the importance of community in terms of our sexuality helpful.

    Relationships, A Mess Worth Making, Tim Lane & Paul Tripp: They highlight the joys & struggles of relationships in general. This is a pretty quick read and has lots of helpful stuff.

    A Praying Life, Paul Miller: If you are struggling with your prayer life, please read this book.  This book not only talks about the what & how of praying, but also why we pray. This book actually made me want to pray after reading it.

    Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung: DeYoung deals with the problem of busyness and how the Gospel meets us in our crazy schedules. I used this book last semester and found it helpful.  FWIW, it also won the 2014 Christian book of the year award.

    Leading with a Limp, Dan Allender: In this book, Allender suggests that we need to know our story, especially our brokenness, to lead well. This is one of the best books on leadership I’ve read yet.

    The Healing Path, Dan Allender: This book tackles the difficult issues of healing from the wounds in our past.  He encourages us to walk through (not avoid) our hurt & pain with the hope of the Gospel so that we would become more human because of our suffering.

    Sensing Jesus, Zach Eswine: If you’re tired of chasing greatness and feeling like God (& you) are frustrated by your limitations, this book is for you.  The following quote is a teaser:  “God is the remembered One…Living humanly within his remembrance is enough…The purpose of this book. (Namely) I believe that Christian life and ministry are an apprenticeship with Jesus toward recovering our humanity and, through his Spirit, helping our neighbors do the same.” Pgs. 19-20.

    Echoes of Eden, Jerram Barrs: Reconciling Christianity & the arts can be a tough venture.  In this book, Barrs not only gives some great considerations on how to evaluate what makes art good from a Christian perspective, but he also does it with several examples (LOTR, Harry Potter, etc.). 

    If you decide to read any of these, please let me know what you think. If you have any to add to this list next summer, please let me know.  I’m praying for y’all this summer and hope that you have a great one. We’ll look forward to seeing you when you get back!  Boiler Up!

    Curtis M. <><

    RUF Campus Minister at Purdue

  • Welcome back!

    The calendar says it’s 2014 and that means the Spring semester is almost here.  RUF at Purdue has planned a bunch of different events to welcome you back and help you get connected.  We’d love for you to join us.  Check out the info below and contact Curtis if you have any questions. 

    Tabling in the Union:  9-11am, Monday-Wednesday January 13-15.  Come find your RUF peeps and find out what’s happening in RUF.

    RUF Large Group:  7:30 pm, Wednesday, January 15th in Beering 2280.  We’ll have free pizza along with hot chocolate.  Come catch up with your friends and hear what the Bible has to say about Balancing Work & Rest.

    Free Hot Chocolate:  11am-12:30pm, Thursday, January 16th & 12-2, Friday, January 17th at CL50.  It’s ridiculously cold, so come find us and grab some free hot chocolate.  We’ll even have marshmallows! 

    Bowling at the Rack and Roll:  6:30-8:30pm, Friday January 17th in the Union.  We’ll be showing off our bowling skills.  Bring $5 to cover your games & shoe rental.  Invite your friends!

    Ice Skating:  7-9pm, Friday January 24th at Riverside Skating Center in West Lafayette.  Get ready for the Winter Olympics by skating with us.  Whether you do figure 8s or grab the rail the whole time, we’d love to have you.  Bring $8 to cover your session & rental.

    More Upcoming Events
:

    Large Group –7:30 pm Wednesdays in Beering 2280.
  Our series is titled, “Balancing Work & Rest:  How the Gospel Enables us to Flourish”  Free Hot Chocolate & Sweets!

    Small Groups – starting1/20, check the website for details.

    Super Bowl/Commercials Party - Sunday, February 2 at 6:00pm at the McDaniel’s (1713 Ashbury Court West Lafayette).  We’ll have breakfast for dinner (pancakes!) so come watch the game/commercials with us!

    Spring Conference – Feb. 21-23, Brown County State Park.  Cost is $65. Check the FB event page for more details.  The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, February 5th at LG.

    Summer Conference—May 12-17, Panama City Beach, FL.  You won’t want to miss this, it will be awesome!  Stay tuned for more details.