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December 10, 2018

Salon with Aaron Renn

Christian Union New York hosted a salon titled, "The Fall of the Household" on December 4, 2018. Aaron Renn discussed the challenges posed to the family and the church by the changing nature and function of the household.

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December 7, 2018

January 7-16, 2019

Christian Union Day and Night is leading a ten-day fast, starting Monday, January 7, 2019. Fast for yourself, your family, your church, and our nation. Let’s join together and humbly seek the presence of Jesus in our day. 

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December 6, 2018
The Witch-Hunt Culture; What is Jesus Worth?; John the Baptist Points to the Real Hope of Advent; A Powerful Lesson as We Remember President Bush; Ambassadors of Reconciliation; What Should Be the Goal of the Pro-Life Movement?; Three Ways to Help Develop Christian Leaders and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
— John 1:14-16

December 4, 2018
by Justin Woyak

I was recently rereading a chapter from a book that God used to get me through a very tough semester when I was a freshman in college. In the last chapter of The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee reflects on the story in the Gospels (only a few days before Jesus dies on the cross) when Mary comes to a dinner uninvited, breaks an alabaster jar of ointment—worth a staggering amount—and anoints Jesus with the jar’s entire contents (Mark 14:3–9). Even the disciples were indignant and cried out, “Why this waste!” Judas’s voice may have been the loudest among the disciples (John 12:4–6), but he was not alone (Matt 26:8–9). Nee remarks, “Human reasoning said this was really too much; it was giving the Lord more than His due.”

December 2, 2018

Shopping through Amazon's smile.amazon.com to generate support for Christian Union, at no additional cost to you.

Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the charitable organization of your choice, including Christian Union. 

Smile.amazon.com is the same as the main Amazon site; same products, same pricing. 

The difference is that for purchases made through this site, Amazon will donate a portion of the sales to the charity of your choice.

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December 2, 2018

Gifts Must be Postmarked by Dec. 31, 2018


Congress made the IRA Charitable Rollover permanent. If you are age 70½ or older, you can make a gift to Christian Union by directly distributing funds tax free from your individual retirement account. 

November 29, 2018

Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction

Christian Union Washington, DC, was delighted to host Justin Whitmel Earley on November 29, 2018, for the second of two salons that he led this month. Earlier this month, Justin led a hugely popular salon in New York City titled, "Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction." Justin led a second salon on the same topic for graduate students and young professionals in Washington, DC. 

If you missed the details from the New York City salon, the following is what Early shared in Washington, DC, including the audio recording from the event. 

DCSalonJasonWEarleyEarley’s topic, “Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction” is practical, but he began the discussion by sharing his personal story.  Once a missionary in Asia, Earley returned to the US to follow a call from the Lord to become a lawyer.  After excelling at Georgetown Law School, landing his dream job, and starting a family all seemed to well.  Yet one day in that first year of work he was overcome by a sense of existential paranoia – he couldn’t sleep, he could no longer handle basic household tasks, his heart and mind raced.  A trip to the ER only diagnosed severe anxiety – but no solution.  Crippling anxiety began to tear down the good life he had established.

November 21, 2018
The Psychology of Gratitude: Robert Emmons on How Saying Thanks Makes You Happier; Zooming In; Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction; Writing for Quillette Ended My Theater Project; VIP Access and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
— Colossians 3:15-17

November 20, 2018

Carey ’19 Seeks to Produce Faith-Based Films

by Catherine Elvy

A Harvard College senior hopes to combine his passions for storytelling and missions to create a vibrant cinematic platform with wide crossover appeal.

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Nick Carey, ’19, who serves as a student leader of Harvard College Faith and Action (a student organization resourced by Christian Union), plans to use his drive and talents to pursue a career in the film industry. “If you tell stories effectively enough, movies can reach a lot of people,” he said. “It can be a very powerful missionary tool.”

November 19, 2018
Julia Carlisle

“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.” - Matthew 27:51-53

We often encounter “Do Not’s” in our daily lives. “Do not Enter.” “Do Not Touch.” “Do Not Pass.” When you go to a museum, you won’t be able to get within four feet of a famous painting or an ancient artifact because of the velvet rope that stands in your way.

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November 19, 2018
The social analysis and theory of culture contained within James Davison Hunter’s book To Change The World comprises much of the academic foundation upon which Christian Union New York’s mission is built. Being so heavily informed by this work, CU New York was excited to host a breakfast discussion on To Change The World at the Union League Club on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Salon with James Davison Hunter

By Scott Crosby

The social analysis and theory of culture contained within James Davison Hunter’s book To Change The World comprises much of the academic foundation upon which Christian Union New York’s mission is built. Being so heavily informed by this work, CU New York was excited to host a breakfast discussion on To Change The World at the Union League Club on Friday, October 26, 2018. Over twenty of CU New York’s young professionals were in attendance.

November 13, 2018

Salon with Justin Whitmel Earley

By Matt Allen

Christian Union New York was delighted to host Justin Whitmel Earley on November 13, 2018, for the first of two salons that he is leading this month. Salons can typically accomodate up to 20 participants. This event was hugely popular, with twenty-five in attendance and many more on the waitlist. Graduate students and professionals gathered to learn about the topic, "Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction."

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November 7, 2018
How to Navigate Conversations About Sexual Identity; Glorious Ruins; A Distinctively Christian Appreciation of the Arts; Christian, What Do You Believe?; The Abundant Life and Greek Life; More Than 4,000 Join The Great Experiment and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
— Isaiah 40:12

November 5, 2018
Tucker Else

Not long ago, I was looking at some photographs by Tony Fouhse. He is an artist from Ottawa, Canada, and he had an exhibit at an Ottawa gallery depicting drug addicts in his native city. The pictures are striking. Matted hair, wrinkled and tired faces, torn clothing, and stories of pain and loss etched in the addicts’ countenances. And yet something is surprising in nearly all of the portraits: the eyes still gleam. There is still a glimmer of hope in these eyes that have, most assuredly, seen so much despair and brokenness.

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November 1, 2018
Whit Hazelton

“Whenever God is about to do something truly great, He first sets His people praying!” -- Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

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For the 31 days of October, more than 4,000 Christians across America joined in a united effort to seek God in an extraordinary way, through prayer, Bible reading, repentance, listening to and obeying the Holy Spirit, evangelism, and a bold step of faith called “The Joshua Challenge.”

October 24, 2018
Last Call for Liberty?; Fewer Sex Partners Means a Happier Marriage; Columbia Ministry Center; The Sum of Your Loves; Eugene Peterson Has Completed His Long Obedience and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.
— Psalm 97:9

October 22, 2018
by Carol Fausnaught

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On Saturday, October 13, 2018, nearly 70 Christian Union leadership, faculty, financial partners, and friends marked a jubilant dedication of the new ministry center at Columbia University in Upper Manhattan. Festivities included a dedication ceremony, brunch, and tours of the new facility.

This joyful day was over five years in the making.

October 22, 2018
by Justin Woyak

“You are what you love.” Or so claims Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith (in his book by that title).

I don’t mean you are the things that you love, but you are the sum of your loves—your actions of loving and desiring.

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October 12, 2018

Tailored to Grad Students & Professionals 

"Standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel." Philippians 1:27

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Christian Union New York will be launching new community groups this fall. Community groups will meet together on weekends to study Scripture, serve the city of New York and encourage one another throughout the year. 

To learn more, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
October 11, 2018
What Makes a Human, Human?; How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t; Changing Society's Views on 'Hooking Up'; Angels in the Bible: What We Actually Know About Them; 500 Freshmen (And Counting) and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly 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.
— Peter 2:11-12

 
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