Posted by: Brian Musser | July 11, 2016

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Posted by: Brian Musser | July 17, 2017

Missed Connections

One of the priorities in campus ministry is to help students stay connected with the local church.  At Drexel we are adamant about this.  (As this story will illustrate, sometimes maybe a little too much.)  One of the flagship events on the Drexel Christian student organizations calendar is Find-A-Church.  It is a partnership event between several Christian student organizations at Drexel and several local area churches.  Usually for the first four weeks of the fall term early on a Sunday morning new freshmen have the opportunity to meet upperclassmen, hear them describe the churches they attend, get logistical details about their services and be invited to join the upperclassmen as they go that day.  There are many Drexel students who name Find-A-Church as the moment they got plugged into the Christian community at Drexel.

This is event is one of the few that was in existence before I arrived on campus 12 years ago, and I have had the privilege to be involved in it for over a decade.  Usually, I will just be an extra that helps with transportation to one of the represented churches or if needed I will be a fill in representative for a church whose main person is out of town for a weekend.  I also help answer any random questions that may surface.  On one occasion, it was the scene of one of my greatest ministry mistakes ever.

After the initial introductions and descriptions of churches a new freshman approaches me with a question.  He is from out of town but his pastor and home church recommended he attend a specific church in the city.  Did I know of a Victory Christian Fellowship?  I knew of one that a few Drexel alumni and one Drexel staff member attended several blocks away from the campus in the heart of West Philadelphia.  I thought it was too far to walk so I offered to give this freshman and his friend a ride.  I had to make it quick though because I needed to get back to campus and provide some transportation to another church as well that morning in the opposite direction.  But the service start times were different enough that I believed it to be logistically possible.

So, I proceeded to drop these two brand new Drexel freshmen, one who was even brand new to Philly, off at a church in West Philadelphia about 20 blocks away from the campus they had just moved into.  I head back to Drexel and pick-up a second car load and head off to a second church in North Philly.  On my way to the second church I realize that I never told the freshmen how to get home from the church, I didn’t get their contact information, I didn’t even give them my card so that they could get back in touch with me.  Basically, I took two students to the middle of West Philly, dropped them off without any information about how to get back.  I got excited that they wanted to go to a specific church and wanted to help them get there but didn’t think through the logistics.

The church I attended in North Philly started and subsequently ended much later than the one in West Philly.  When I got the second group of students back to campus, I started trying to figure out how I was going to connect with the other two I had left.  But there they were in the cafeteria waiting for me.  It turns out that they were able to figure things out on their own.  They ended up walking back to campus after church and enjoyed getting to know that part of the city.  It was the wrong Victory Christian Fellowship, however, and wouldn’t be attending it in the future.  Both students remain my friends to this day even after one graduated Drexel and the other transferred to Temple.  I’m not sure why.  But many times we have told the story about the day we met.

Posted by: Brian Musser | July 10, 2017

Religiously Disconnected

As a campus minister, I connect with a population that is isolated from the rest of our world.  Due to some unique choices Drexel is less isolated than most but it still can be a world of its own.  College and university life is a culture unto itself and each individual campus has its own blessings, idiosyncrasies, greatness and challenges.  Every campus is like a different person that you must get to know separately.  So, I have made it a priority to get to know my campus and the folks that call Drexel their home.  That means I ask questions, lots of questions.  Often, I am surprised by the answers.

One day I was wandering around campus trying get a better feel for a certain part of school.  I approached a student sitting on the outside steps of his dorm smoking a cigarette.  I asked him some of my usual questions.  The question I remember asking specifically was, “If the church in America disappeared tomorrow how would it affect your life?”  I ask this one a lot.

His immediate response was, “It wouldn’t.  I have absolutely no connection with a church and I’m not sure I know anyone who does.”  But then he thought some more and put his Drexel business degree to work.  He continued, “Well, the church is a pretty large economic entity in our country so if it disappeared I’m guessing there would be a lot of people out of jobs.  That wouldn’t be good for our economy and that would probably affect me.”

I remember this conversation because of how honestly and completely disconnected this student was from the church.  If he and students like him are ever going to hear the Gospel, it will only happen when Christians intentionally leave their world and visit his.  We must purposefully leave our homes and missionally engage each part of the world around us that includes our campuses.

Posted by: Brian Musser | September 21, 2016

Disciples InDeed Bible Study Starts Tonight!


Join Disciples InDeed (DID) tonight, Wednesday, September 21 at 7 PM in the Interfaith Chapel RM 315, Paul Peck Research and Problem Solving Building, on the corner of 33rd and Arch.  We will be learning how to Study the Bible as we walk through the Book of Ruth.  The process is Inductive Bible Study.  We will OBSERVE, INTERPRET, APPLY and SYNTHESIZE as we sharpen our Scripture reading skills.  Develop a method that will help you long after you graduate Drexel with any part of God’s Word that you encounter.  Prayer, Fellowship, Bible Study all on a Wednesday with other students on your campus.

Posted by: Brian Musser | September 20, 2016

An Exciting New Course at Drexel

Hey Drexel Students,


The Galileo Museum in Florence

Check out this new class for the Winter term.  The professor is Dr. Fraser Fleming, Chair of the Chemistry Department.  I know him through together with the Drexel Christian Faculty Fellowship.


Thinking about next term’s registration? Students entering the sophomore level or above are invited to explore a new online course with a spring break travel component. The History of Science and the Influence of Religion rolls out this winter term.  The course is open to all majors.


The course description here.


The CERN Supercollider in Geneva

How did science emerge as a powerful tool for gaining new knowledge?  What role did religion play in the development of science over the past five millennia? What insight can science and religion bring to the issues facing humanity in the 21st century? What does it mean to be human?


The course aims to answer these questions by tracing the progression of science and religion through human history, using astronomical discoveries to chronicle the positive and negative influences of religion.  Beginning with the Big Bang, the course moves through chemical and biological evolution, to the science of early cultures (Egyptians, Greeks and Romans), exploring paradigm changing scientists (Galileo, Darwin and Einstein) and concluding with advances in neuroscience that relate to the soul and self. The material will be delivered through a combination of online lectures, guided readings, journaling and discussions. The content will then be brought to life through visits to historic and scientific sites in Italy, Germany and Switzerland.  Guided tours of such places as the Vatican observatory, the Galileo Museum, and the CERN supercollider will deepen the connection between science and religion.  Students will better understand how scientific discoveries were colored by culture, religion and politics.



The Roman Forum

If you are even slightly interested check out the information session on October 3rd at 5:00pm at Gerri C. LeBow Hall (Room TBD), 3220 Market Street.

Posted by: Brian Musser | September 17, 2016

Welcome Back!

Bible Study!!!

Join Disciples InDeed Wednesdays starting September 21st at 7 PM in the Interfaith Chapel, Room 315 of the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building.
As we begin a study on the Book of Ruth.   We read Scripture together; asking questions and finding answers. Not only will we learn what God is trying to tell us through the Book of Ruth but we will also develop skills to study the Bible on our own.  Take some time out of your weekly routine to partner with a group of students as we study God’s Word.  

Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Church Informationals.  Come to Spangler Walk (between Myers and Kelly dorms)Sunday September 18th at 8:45 – 9:15 AM and hear about local area churches that Drexel students attend.  The churches represented will include: 
Antioch Christian Fellowship
Liberti Church
Covenant Community Church 
Tenth Presbyterian Church
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Philadelphia Mission Baptist Church
Epiphany Fellowship Church
Freedom Church
Christ Community Church

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John 8:31 (NKJV): Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed…” 

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