Magazine September 7, 2015, Issue

Ready Always to Give an Answer

Campus Christians flourish amid adversity

The phone call came after midnight on April 13, 2000. A representative from the “J,” the Tufts Community Union Judiciary, called Curtis and Jody Chang, Boston-area campus-ministry leaders for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, to deliver a short message. Without a hearing or an opportunity to be heard, the Tufts Christian Fellowship, the largest student group at Tufts University and an InterVarsity affiliate, had been expelled from campus — “de-recognized,” in the bureaucratic language of university regulations. The grounds? The Fellowship was a threat to campus safety. Its Christian message of sin and redemption could drive students to suicide.

The proximate cause for

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