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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

The Christian Union Conference on Faith and Action 2018

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 

2 Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Register here and learn more below.

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

October 13, 2017

October 10th Event with Abdu Murray Draws 650

On Tuesday, October 10th, Christian Union's ministry at Yale hosted world-renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, and the North American director of Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Abdu Murray, who addressed an audience of approximately 650 at Yale's historic Battell Chapel.

Watch the event, or find quotes from their talk and Q&A, below.

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Ravi and Abdu explored the topic, "Finding Meaning in a Post-Truth Culture," and took student questions afterward. Here is a running stream of quotes from the evening: https://twitter.com/i/moments/919236895854522370 

The evening was live streamed by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries on both Facebook and YouTube. During the event there were more than 80,000 video views on Facebook, and nearly 8,000 views on YouTube. Thousands more have watched the event since then. You can watch it here (it begins at the 11-minute mark and is 2:06 in length):

October 5, 2017
Tragedy in Las Vegas; Science, Mathematics, and Christianity; Alvin Plantinga: a Transformative Christian Leader; Let’s Save the University from Secular Privilege; Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 
— Psalm 34:18

October 3, 2017

A Yale Alumna Shares

stephanie and chitra"Growing up, I imagined Christianity was about being right, and I sought to understand God intellectually. It was only in college that God became real, as I was nearly 10,000 miles away from home and constantly challenged about my faith. I had to figure out what I actually believed. 

Christian Union’s ministry at Yale was a safe refuge to bring my questions and doubts.

September 20, 2017
You are Invited to Christian Union's 2018 Summer Getaway; Pluralism and the Art of Disagreement; A Great Book for Thoughtful Outsiders; Why is Work Good? Six Quick Reminders; Want Less Sexual Trauma on Campus? Stop Telling the Big Lies; A New Look for ChristianUnion.org and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
— Psalm 2:10-11

September 7, 2017
The Closing of the Modern Mind; Lessons in Leadership; We Can Be Hopeful for Houston: The Church is There; The Magnanimous Man: In Remembrance of Michael Cromartie; No One Actually Follows Their Heart; and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.. — Nahum 1:7

August 25, 2017

A Student's Perspective

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Molly Richmond, Class of 2018, is involved with Christian Union's ministry at Harvard. The History and Literature hails from Watertown, Massachusetts.

August 25, 2017

Christian Union New York hosted an evening of fellowship and fun for young professionals on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Christian Union's campus ministries, as well as other young professionals and recent graduates (classes of 2011-2017) to sailed down the Hudson and into New York Harbor on the yacht Manhattan II.

Guests enjoyed snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks as they got to know other Christians in the city and hear more about what Christian Union has to offer professionals to thrive in the city and engage redemptively in work and culture. This was an opportunity for professionals in New York City to build connections with other Christians while enjoying an evening together on the Hudson River.

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August 24, 2017
The Damsel and the Villain; N.T. Wright Answers 5 of Life's Biggest Questions; Mourning Charlottesville: A Domestic Sorrow, a National Woe; The Prayer-Obedience Relationship; and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. — Titus 3:4-7

August 10, 2017
Susan Gonzalez on Recent Yale graduatate Stephanie Siow; Jean M. Twenge on Smartphones; Joni Eareckson Tada on the 50th anniversary of her diving accident; and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.
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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  — 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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