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December 1, 2020

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November 25, 2020
Two Skeptics' Journey to Christ; The Bible Makes a Fashion Statement; Pursuing God, Pursuing Truth
Gene Editing and Planned Personhood; A Virtuous Society Involves You: Faith and Work in Perspective; Healing and Word of Knowledge and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
—  1 Chronicles 16:34

November 11, 2020
The Plausibility of Miracles in a Materialistic Age; The Underwhelming God; Distance Makes the Heart Dig Deeper; Salting the World; Malcolm Gladwell: How I Rediscovered Faith; Mentored by the Dead and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
—  Ephesians 4:1-7

November 10, 2020

A discipleship program and personal touches to Bible course bring students together across the globe

By Anne Kerhoulas, Staff Writer

The women of Christian Union Libertas at Brown University are using this season to dig deep. Although the current fall semester is very different than in previous years, with no freshmen on campus, no large group Leadership Lecture Series, and most students taking classes remotely, the women’s side of the ministry has found ways to deepen their connections with one another.

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Ministry Fellow Laurel Copp realized that things would need to look different this semester in order to engage students well, so she took two of the Chrisitan Union foundations, Bible course, and discipleship, and reimagined them. While much is the same, a lot is different, as Copp believes this year can be one of substantial growth.

October 28, 2020
Finding Joy While Locked Up; You Can't Be a Saint by Yourself; I Took Drugs to a Church Conference. Then God Found Me.; The Disturbing Lack of Christian Audacity; What Was the Azusa Street Revival?; Study Suggests Unconscious Learning Underlies Belief in God and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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“Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy.”
—  Psalm 126:5

October 14, 2020
God Our Dwelling Place; "You Will Be My Witnesses"; What is the Basis for Christian Ethics?; Why Doubt Can Give You Hope; The Discipline of Remembering; How Garbage Collectors Can Refresh Our Theology and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you will also appear with him in glory.”
—  Colossians 3:3-4

October 12, 2020

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Christian Union Ministry Fellow, Fady Ghobrial, encourages and equips Harvard students as they seek for practical ways to improve their prayer lives.

September 23, 2020
Truth in a Time of Crisis; Rowan Williams: Theological Education Is For Everyone; A Legacy of Faith; Can Faith Healing Work by Phone? Charismatic Christians Try Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus; Spiritual Consultants at the Gates of a Great Unraveling;  Don't Lose Heart in Prayer and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
—  2 Corinthians 4:5-6

September 9, 2020
Life's Deepest Questions; Prayer and the Pandemic; Love What's Near; A Protestant Apocalypse? A Full-Brain Faith: Neuroscience and Spiritual Growth; We Dare Not Ignore The Devil and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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"For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness."
— Ezekiel 34:11-1

September 1, 2020

Student Leaders Mobilize Online Initiative

BY EILEEN SCOTT, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Slack. Zoom. Pray. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the University of Pennsylvania moved classes online, members of Martus, Christian Union’s ministry on campus, swiftly leveraged digital and social media tools to create a sacred space for remaining close to God and each other.

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Ministry Director Tucker Else reading Scripture with students weeks prior to the pandemic

August 27, 2020
Where is Your Faith?; Valuing, Testing, and Weighing Prophecy; What Is the Holy Spirit's Role in Art?; "Success Addicts" Choose Being Special Over Being Happy; Selling Our Birthright for a Quiet Pew; Zooming In and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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August 12, 2020
The Power to Shake a Nation: Exploring the Power of Fasting; Solitude as Art; Free Speech Prevails at Princeton; Union with Christ with Sam Allberry; Q & A with Dr. Timothy Flanigan: Infectious Disease Specialist Talks COVID-19, Students, and Spiritual Warfare; I Was a New-Age Healer. Then I Realized I Wasn't the One Doing the Healing and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
—  Psalm 46:1-3

July 29, 2020
Be The Church; The New York Blessing; How to Fight Fear With Love; On the Supernatural: The Gift of Prophecy; Canceled: How the Eastern Honor-Shame Mentality Traveled West; After Two Years in Captivity, Christian Schoolgirl's Example "Should Challenge Us All" and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
— Numbers 6:24-26

July 15, 2020
Have We Lost Conviction?; Humble Yourself and Fast; Religious Liberty is Important, But It's Not Enough; The Gospel Takes Center Stage in 'Hamilton'; Remaining Steadfast Under Trial; The Spiritual Summer Vacation and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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"Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house."
— 1 Kings 21:29

July 15, 2020
By Anne Kerhoulas

The semester winds down, celebrations, endings, farewells, and fatigue sweep us into the early summer days. June always felt like a surprise. The summer had arrived. But the flash flood of the semester left me cleaned out, leaves and branches in my hair, and trying to reorient myself to where I had landed. 

 

June always felt like a surprise. Surprise! The turning of a season. Surprise! You are another year older. Surprise! You have neglected your spiritual life. Surprise! You don’t actually know how to slow down. 

July 1, 2020
Life Chat: Roland Warren's Thoughts on Racial Reconciliation; CU New York Forum with Justin Earley: Spiritual Rhythms in Times of Crisis; Four Reasons to Preach the Psalms to Ourselves; 2020: The Gift Nobody Wanted; A Medical Missions Mindset; 4 Ways Not to Be a Jerk Online and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
— Psalm 103:8

June 22, 2020

Miss America Contestant’s Faith Journey Includes God-Inspired Dream 


by francine barchett, cornell ’20

“Hey babe, you should get baptized.”

Synclair Gonzalez was ready to make her faith public. Her boyfriend’s voice, calm and reassuring, told her that now—the end of this church service—she should do it. So she went to the pool of shimmering water, letting the pastor guide her head under the rolling waves. But he kept her there…far too long. She felt herself flail, drowning.

June 20, 2020
Shai Linne on the Gospel and Ethnic Unity; Happy are Those Who Mourn; The Voice in the Water; The Virtue and Necessity of Mentorship; Meditate on the Word of the Lord Day and Night and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night."
— Psalm 1:1-2

June 5, 2020
A Godly Sorrow; Special Statement from Christian Union; The Significant Beauty of Non-Essential Work; Surfing on God: Peter Kreeft on Surfing, Science, Sanctification, and C.S. Lewis; The Collegiate Day of Prayer and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit."
— 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

 
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