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August 2, 2018
Faithful in the Little Things; Your Gift to Freshman Outreach Matched Today — Up to $25,000; Please Join Us in a 21 Day Fast; Solzhenitsyn's Prophecy; Go Forward in What God is Calling You to Do in Life and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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“I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”
— Nehemiah 1:4

July 18, 2018
Turning the World Upside Down; Trials and Integrity; Winsome, But Firm; Exile: A Roadmap for Resident Aliens; 3 Things Your Calling is Not and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
— 1 Peter 2:17

July 16, 2018
by Geoff Sackett

trials integrityTrials have the unmistakable quality of being difficult. Just ask Job, or Jeremiah, or Naomi, or Joseph. And yet they are not without purpose. It is not as if they show Satan has gained the upper hand. Or that God is wantonly cruel. Trials do not show that the Enemy has won or that God is vindictive. Listen to how James describes trials:

“. . . when you meet trials of various kinds . . . the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (1:2, ESV).

Conspicuously absent from this verse is any mention of God’s providential, loving hand over trials. But though not explicit, God’s hand is clearly present.

July 13, 2018

By God’s grace, Christian Union received a $25,000 Matching Gift for freshman outreach this fall.

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A Freshman's Pivotal First Weeks 

Soon, tens of thousands of students will begin their academic journeys at: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, donate nowHarvard, Harvard Law, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

The friends they make, clubs they join, and interests they develop those first few weeks often shape their college career.

At these secular schools, incoming students urgently need resources to learn about the Gospel, and they must receive multiple invitations into Christian community immediately.

Christian Union’s freshman outreach is an all-out effort at each campus.

July 9, 2018
The Lord set Alanna Staffin on the fast-track to spiritual growth since joining Cornell Christian Union the second semester of her freshman year. Now as she begins her senior year, she intends to give back in the ways she knows how: dairy and mentorship.

When you first meet Alanna Staffin, you will likely notice 3 things about her. First, she appears really happy. Yet as you carefully observe and listen to her, you wonder whether the word happiness can adequately define her cheerful, refreshing energy. Alanna is also enthusiastic about dairy. One question from you and you have launched her into a passionate and stimulating explanation of the subject, prompting you to nod your head, inspired. Your final, most resounding takeaway from conversing with Alanna is Jesus. Alanna loves Jesus.

July 5, 2018
Os Guinness Explains Implications of the Reformation; The Genius of Phillis Wheatley; The Sermon that Helped Push the Colonies Toward Independence; What is Love; Princeton Takes a Stand for Free Speech on Campus and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
— Psalm 145:13

July 2, 2018
by Tucker Else

A question that is probably as timely now than it has ever been is this: “What is love?”

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Bob Marley asked that question back in the 70s. The band Foreigner was at least honest enough to admit “I want to know what love is! I want you to show me!” (although the “you” is never really identified). I find it interesting that much of our popular music in the last 70 years (going back to the days of Frank Sinatra) asks that question, or laments its lack, or celebrates its being requited. But the question still stands, even if it is a question implied by a couple of bobble-headed club-goers played by Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan on SNL circa 1994 with their pervasive sound-track of “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me!”

So, what is love? Is it sex? Romance? Warm feelings? Maybe.

June 20, 2018
There Are Few Who Die So Hard; Against Moderation; Why You Can't Just 'Give Them the Gospel'; Sharing Faith Is Increasingly Viewed as Optional by Christians; Your Support by June 30 Will Help Teach & Train Godly Leaders and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”.
— Romans 10:14-15

June 18, 2018
by Nick Nowalk

The central thrust of Stephen Prothero’s provocative book, God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, is that the major religions of the world are manifestly not all saying the same thing in different ways.

June 13, 2018
by Nick Nowalk

“There is no such thing as excess in our taking of this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting.” – Jonathan Edwards, “The Spiritual Blessings of the Gospel Represented by a Feast” (The Yale Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 14)


Most historians would omit “moderation” or “temperance” from a list of the dominant traits of our secular age. Who could disagree? Much depends, however, on the choice of topic. Moderation with respect to what?

June 7, 2018
A Spiritually Vibrant Nation Will Bless the World; Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; Faith and Doubt; Jesus for a Post-Truth World; War of the Words and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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But the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
— Daniel 11:32

June 5, 2018

Overcoming Blocks to Intimacy with God

On June 5, 2018 CU New York was delighted to feature chair of the board of Christian Healing Ministries, Lee Ann Rummell, for a powerful night of encouragement to align our lives with God’s ways.  


June 4, 2018
by Geoff Sackett

faith and doubtPerhaps you have had a serious doubt about a particular Christian truth claim. You continue to believe, say, that Jesus is God incarnate, but you also seriously question that belief. Some of the doubts we experience can be easily brushed aside. We brush aside “light” doubts every day. But the kind of doubts I have in mind in this brief post are ones that are persistent and not easy to brush aside.

What is doubt?

May 26, 2018

Led by Dr. Stamenka Antonova

Christian Union New York hosted salon tours of the Met on May 25 and June 1, 2018 titled, "The Cradle of Early Christianity: Ancient Mediterranean Culture and Religious Art at the Met."


Dr. Stamenka Antonova shared rich insight into the museum's ancient exhibits. Professionals and graduate students in New York connected with fellow Christians during an evening of lively conversation and learning. 

May 23, 2018
The Nature of Christian Scholarship; Preparing for Public Service; A Matter of Identity; Aspects of a Christian Worldview, Part 2; Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
— Luke 10:27

May 21, 2018
by James M. Garretson

Read part one of this post here.

Formation of a Christian worldview is ultimately rooted in a Christian’s relationship with Christ. The bible teaches that our nature, by virtue of physical birth, is one of spiritual death and alienation from God. Any parent knows that they do not need to teach their children to do wrong; even the youngest child can act in a sinful manner by instinct and disposition. Sinful behavior only multiplies throughout our lives.


Sin is both a condition and an activity. In the words of a sixteenth century Protestant catechism, “sin is any want of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God.” Every part of our nature has been infected by sin; our minds are described by scripture as darkened and our consciences hardened in our natural state. Mankind, scripture announces, is dead in sin and trespasses.

May 9, 2018

A Call for Prayer Revival

On May 9, 2018, Christian Union New York gathered graduate students and professionals in New York City for an hour of prayer. The prayer time was led by Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, Bill Hwang, Matt Bennett and Eric Metaxas.


May 9, 2018
The Art of One-on-One Conversation; He Gave His Life For a Stranger; Not Meant to Be Alone
Aspects of a Christian Worldview, Part 1; The Secret Benefit of Fasting and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
— Proverbs 25:11

May 7, 2018
by James M. Garretson

Most Christians give little consideration to formation of a Christian worldview.

In the absence of formal training at a Christian college or lack of familiarity with Christian authors who have written extensively on the topic such as Francis Schaeffer or Arthur Holmes, interest in the subject is often limited to questions of personal morality or public policy that supports, even if it does not endorse, Christian values.


April 26, 2018
Are Human Embryos Human Beings? Are They 'Persons'?; A Power With (Part 2); How History's Revivals Teach Us to Pray; A Feast of Grace: Art, Faith, and Generosity in Babette’s Feast; The Blindness of Social Wealth; Yes, California Is on the Verge of Banning Some Christian Books, Here’s How and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
— Hebrews 5:7

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