RUF News

  • 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.

  • BGR 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.

    Froyo at Orange Leaf: 7:30pm, Thursday, August 15. Meet at the Union Starbucks and we’ll walk over together.

    Outdoor Madness: 3:30-5:30pm, Friday, August 16 at Intramural Fields. Wiffle ball, giant Jenga, kickball, corn hole, and Ultimate Frisbee!

    BGR Get Involved Fair: 1-4pm, Saturday, August 17. Come find the RUF Table on Memorial Mall!

    RUF Ultimate Frisbee & Chick-Fil-A: 5:00-7:00pm, Saturday, August 17 at the Intramural Fields.
  We'll also have Chick-Fil-A nuggets!  Come show off your skills and enjoy some good time with good people.  

    RUF Call-Out: 6-7pm, Wednesday, August 21 in Beering 2290. Come hear what RUF is all about and eat some FREE PIZZA.

    Rootbeer Floats & Sand Volleyball: 6-8pm, Thursday, August 22 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 8/28, 8:00pm Wednesdays in Beering 2290.

    Small Groups – starting 8/26, check the website for details.

    Labor Day Cookout - Monday, September 2. More details to come.

    Fall Conference – October 25-27. More details to come.

  • 7/1/13

    Stay tuned for new information about the Fall semester!