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Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is an Evangelical Christian campus ministry serving Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University, and other Providence area schools. We prize scripture and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to explore and to grow in Faith, Work, and Leadership. We welcome students from all different backgrounds!


this year:

The Bible in a Nutshell!


How can I know the Bible more? Is the Bible true and truly the word of God? Why is it so important? These are key questions for all of us to consider, whether you are a Christian or a skeptic!

In RUF, we believe the Bible to be clear enough for the simplest of minds and deep enough to occupy the smartest of geniuses. That means a variety of things. You don't need a Ph.D. You don't need to have the right education. You don't need the right upbringing or else you're up a creek without a paddle. The word of God is indiscriminate and no respecter of age, race, gender, class, or status. It stands on its own so much so that it is able to be plainly understood by the simple and the wise, the rich and the poor, the young and the old alike. Consider what the Westminster Confession of Faith 1.7 has to say.

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all (cf. 1 Pet. 3:16): yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them (cf. Psa. 119:105).

Thank, God, we don't need to be "all that" to know him and his word deeply! Thank, God, the love, mercy and grace in his gospel are alone sufficient for our salvation!

Consider Psalm 119:130,

The unfolding of your words gives light;
        it imparts understanding to the simple.

Or again Deuteronomy 30:11-14,

11 For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, "Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?" 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, "Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?" 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

Words to live by! In fact, the only words worth living by. Therefore for the academic year 2015-2016, we are going to hear from scripture (as we do every year!), and we're going to take a look at it in a nutshell to get a handle on the broad themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Now yes, in one sense, this is impossible. In another sense, it is very important to make sure we have a grasp of the whole breadth of the Bible, rather than just lifting one piece after another and never get a sense of the over-arching story. And so for roughly the Fall semester, we will look at "The Old Testament In A Nutshell," and "The New Testament In A Nutshell" in the Spring.

We're going to do this because the Bible, more than a random collection of wise lessons for life, conveys a coherent, consistent, and potent story that point to the good news of God in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. We're going to do this, because scripture and the gospel are a delight to the soul (Psa. 119:103). We're going to do this, because we believe the whole Bible is available to the whole person--everyone, every day, every moment of their lives with all its profundity, potency, simplicity and clarity. Oh that everyone would come by faith alone in Jesus alone.

Do you want to be "serious" about the Bible? Read on! But before you do: a word of caution.

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“When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow.”

Maya Angelou


The Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

thy life in my death,

thy joy in my sorrow,

thy grace in my sin,

thy riches in my poverty

thy glory in my valley.