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February 23, 2018

The Christian Union Conference on Faith and Action

Nexus gathers students from nine influential universities for a life changing weekend of worship, prayer, speakers, small groups, fellowship, seminars and more.

With 2018's theme, "Turn the World Upside Down," Nexus' teaching and discussions will explore the concepts of revival, evangelism and the call of the Great Commission. What does it look like to turn the world upside down with the Gospel?

February 23-25, 2018 

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Register here and learn more below.

February 21, 2018
Today Christian Union Founder & CEO Matt Bennett released the following statement on Billy Graham’s passing into eternity: "Billy Graham was a spiritual giant whose leadership adorned the doctrines of Christ and brought salvation to thousands and perhaps millions. May God raise up countless others to expand his work as Dr. Graham enters into his reward with the Savior."
February 14, 2018

Lenten Musings

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:8,9

“You can hide nothing from God. The mask you wear before men will do you no good before him. He wants to see you as you are, he wants to be gracious to you. You do not have to go on lying to yourself and your brothers, as if you were without sin; you can dare to be a sinner. Thank God for that; he loves the sinner but he hates sin.”[1] - Bonhoeffer 

The masks we wear, that I wear, are heavy and deceiving. Do you know these masks that I speak of?

February 12, 2018
Christian Union Universities | Christian Union Cities | Day & Night

Since 2002 Christian Union has worked to help bring sweeping spiritual change to America. Find out about Christian Union's three major ministry efforts and how they are intertwined: developing bold Christian leaders at the most strategic and profoundly influential universities in America; building networks of Christian leaders in cities; and promoting national revival through the Christian Union Day & Night online ministry. (4:58)

February 7, 2018
Stranger Stories; Tolstoy’s Familiar Crisis of Faith; A Healthy Dose of Religious Freedom: New HHS Division to Protect Medical Professionals; Vive la révolution(?): on the ‘progress’ of the sexual revolution; How to Seek the Holy Spirit and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
— Micah 6:8

February 5, 2018
Thank you for joining us for the salon featuring Os Guiness while he explored the topic "The Reformation at 500: The Forgotten Secret of American Freedom." (1:10:41)

For questions regarding upcoming events or the Christian Union New York City ministry, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

February 4, 2018
Few things are more paralyzing to believers than that particularly dread gloom which inevitably dawns whenever a vague, gnawing sense of the unreality and irrelevance of the claims of Christian faith begins to crystallize in experience.

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Leo Tolstoy, after publishing
War and Peace and Anna Karenina and receiving world-wide fame and accolade, experienced a jolting mid-life crisis of faith in his early 50s in which he questioned the significance of everything he had accomplished and lived for up until that point. 

Frantically seeking out what the meaning of life might be, he recorded the initial findings of his desperate quest in his short work Confession. One passage in particular struck me

January 25, 2018
The Hinge Podcast; Why Doctrine Matters; A Brave New World of Transgender Policy; Waking Up to an Incoming Ballistic Missle Alert; Challenges Facing the Church in 2018 and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
— Colossians 1:15-18

January 22, 2018
by Titus Willis
Originally posted October 8, 2017, in Columbia Crown  & Cross. Posted here with permission of the author.

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Six weeks ago, with a secret photographer looking on, I escorted my girlfriend Taylor to a patio overlooking a lake upstate. Taylor and I had met here at Columbia through mutual friends, sat beside each other in Art Hum, and went on a dozen dates in the city. Just before the outset of our senior year, right there on that patio, I proposed to her; she said yes, with the camera bulb flashing behind her.

Needless to say, Taylor and I have taken a few deviations from the common college dating route. When we get married next summer, we will both be 22 years old, a half-decade younger than the national average age of first marriage and perhaps a decade younger than the average Columbia student’s. We aren’t sexually active, which frequently surprises people. We read a devotional book and pray together to promote intimacy in our emotional and spiritual lives. Talk to someone who knows us well and they might mention that we’ve become abstinence-minded matchmakers for others—it’s easy to fix up potential couples since we only know a handful of Columbia undergrads who approach romantic relationships like we do. But as our model, which draws a great deal from the doctrines of Christianity, has worked for us, we believe it could work for everyone, regardless of religious conviction.

January 16, 2018

Why Doctrine Matters

Mere Christianity was a book written by Clives Staples Lewis and published in 1952 (based on a number of radio recordings by Lewis on the BBC during World War II). It is one of the most influential books of the 20th century, written by one of Western culture’s intellectual giants. In the book, even though it gives a baseline apologetic (or, defense) of the Christian faith, it contains an impressive depth of what we call doctrine.

In the years since its first publication, the Church has undergone a continual seismic shift.

January 10, 2018
Legacy in Business; Prioritize Prayer; The Zealous Faith of Secularism; How Can I Possibly Believe that Faith is Better than Doubt?; Revivals and the American Church and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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You keep him in perfect peace
     whose mind is stayed on you,
     because he trusts in you.
— Isaiah: 26:3

January 1, 2018

Great things happen when you decide to pray!

Prayer is a forum that brings fulfillment to a life in Christ.  Without prayer Christianity is a title alone, but with prayer, Christianity is an ever-growing, intimate relationship with the God who promises to honor those who honor Him (1 Samuel 2:30), reveal Himself to those who search for Him (Jeremiah 29:13), and draw near to those who will draw near to Him (James 4:8).


December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas!; Rest to Resist; A Fruitful Freshman Campaign; What the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover; Loss and the Christian Virtue of Hope; Two Ways to Help Christian Union Develop Christian Leaders and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons..
— Galatians 4:4-5

December 17, 2017

A Book Review: Walter Brueggemann’s Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No To The Culture Of Now

sabbath as resistanceby Laurel Copp
Christian Union ministry fellow
AT Brown University

I grew up observing the Sabbath. Aka: my family didn’t go out to eat on Sunday, get gas on Sunday, or go grocery shopping on Sunday. I spent my teenage life not going to the mall, doing homework, or grabbing Starbucks on Sunday (kidding, Starbucks wasn’t a thing when I was a teenager).

You might think that sounds awful. But actually it meant that we always had people at my house with my dad making homemade pizza or grilling or baking elaborate desserts (because my mom didn’t cook on Sunday…it was work for her). It meant a day filled with playing games, singing, having bon fires, moshing to 90s music, playing basketball, swimming, and cruising in my car (until I ran low on gas of course). Not a bad way to spend Sundays.

December 13, 2017
How Do I Glorify God in My Job?; A Labor of Love; Digital Media and the Church; Coaching Student Athletes; It's Past Time to Rethink Modern Sexual Morality and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
— Col. 3:17

December 4, 2017

The God of the Apps

Late in the twelfth century, Benedictine monks in England developed a sophisticated technology that allowed for greater regularity and precision of their daily work and prayers. The mechanical clock, a significant improvement over sundials and water-based clocks of the time, gave the Benedictines what they desired: synchronization and control over the brothers’ activities.[1]

November 30, 2017
Columbia Ministry Center Update; Christians and Politics, Sexual Assault and the Scandal of Repentance, Thinking Through Faith at a Deeper Level, Christian Union Day & Night Invites You to Pray for Our Nation, Love the Life You Never Wanted and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
— 1 Peter 2:11-12

November 16, 2017
Columbia Ministry Center Update; Faithful to Christ in Hollywood: An Oscar-Nominated Director Shares; Sit with Me': Currents of Grief in Wind River; Balancing Rhythms of Rest and Work; Are You Hearing God's Voice? Five Ways You Can Hear God Speak Directly to You and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 
— Psalm 9:1

November 1, 2017
Until Midnight Nov. 1, Your Gift to a Columbia Ministry Center Will Be Tripled; Advice That’s Better Than ‘Follow Your Passion’; C.S. Lewis’s Famous Mud Pies: How Imagination Opens the Heart to Truth; A Reformation Day for American Christianity and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
— Philippians 1:3-6

October 18, 2017
The Great Experiment; Serious Dating That Works; Hundreds Attend Christian Union Sponsored Open Forum with Ravi Zacharias at Yale; Please Give Today to Open the Columbia Ministry Center and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
— Psalm 150:2

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