Resources by John Canavan

John Canavan is Director of Tenth College Fellowship (TCF).

Proverbs 26:6

Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

When I was in high school, if a teacher handed me a note or form to turn in to the main office, the note or form certainly reached its destination, but it didn’t always travel the most efficient route! I would stop and get a drink at…

Proverbs 25:25

Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.

Have you ever spent hours working or playing in the sun? Have you ever spent those hours without water? I certainly have — multiple times! Although I was disastrously forgetful, not remembering my water helps me understand the feeling that this proverb conveys.  This “good news” is like a…

Proverbs 25:13

Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Many of us struggle in the heat! My two favorite lifelines in the hot Philadelphia summer are shade and an Arnold Palmer. I will abandon all social and societal norms to procure both. It’s easy…

Proverbs 24:27

Prepare your work outside;
get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house.

As a failed Boy Scout the one thing I continue to remember is their motto, "Always prepared." Perhaps that means I didn’t really fail. Regardless, it sticks in my head as a worthwhile goal. We all know what it’s like to feel unprepared. As a…

Proverbs 24:1-2

Be not envious of evil men,
                nor desire to be with them,
For their hearts devise violence,
                and their lips talk of trouble.

No matter where you work, live, and play it’s a temptation to envy those who cheat to get ahead. Every day, driving to and from center city, I see people getting far ahead of me because…

Proverbs 23:19-21

Hear, my son, and be wise,
                and direct your heart in the way.
Be not among drunkards
                or among gluttonous eaters of meat,
for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
                and slumber will clothe them with rags

Do you think with your stomach? I have certainly rearranged my schedule because I’ve been hungry…

In part 1 of this series I wrote about the common situation for Christian college students who find themselves "alone in the room." In part 2, I addressed and clarified some of the helpful (and not so helpful) advice that parents, teachers, and friends pass along about how to prepare for life as a Christian college student.

What about other advice for the Christian student who’s "alone…

On Monday, I addressed a common problem I see among Christian college students: uncertainty about how to interact with those who disagree with our beliefs. Here is my challenge for you.

The reality is that there are threats in life and on campus. Satan does exist, and he is actively seeking to trip up God’s people (1 Peter 5:8). So, it’s good for a student to be…

In college it may be difficult to be the only one in the room who believes in Jesus as the Son of God and Savior, let alone worships God every Sunday. It’s difficult because the Christian opinion, although often respected if shared, seems so small in light of the majority’s confident assertions. The result for most students raised in Christian homes is feeling like they have let someone down and were…