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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)

Moderation

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.  

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June 4, 2018

Developing leaders at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Harvard Law, Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. 

Click here, to read our yearly financial update for Christian Union Universities. 

The Lord is moving on these campuses. With your help, we believe God will do much more. The ministry needs to raise $1,582,254 by June 30th. Your gift, of any amount, will help to make Christ known at these wonderful universities. Please prayerfully consider becoming a financial partner today.

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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

April 23, 2018
By Justin Doyle
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We'll scorch the earth
Set fire to the sky
We stoop so low
to reach so high
A link is lost
The chain undone
We wait all day
For night to come
And it comes
Like a hunter child
- Bono

(Christ Jesus) had equal status with God but didn’t think so much
of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no
matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges
of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!
...He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless,
obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
- Phil. 2:6-8 (The Message)

In part one of this post, I began to explore the meaning of the subdue/rule language of the Creation Mandate in Genesis 1:26-28 with the help of Richard Middleton’s book, The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to take a few minutes to go back and read that post and catch up before continuing with this post.

April 19, 2018

Forum Explores Art, Faith, and Generosity in Babette’s Feast

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On April 17, 2018, Christian Union partnered with The Trinity Forum to co-host an evening of rich conversation centered on the off-Broadway production of Babette’s Feast, a timeless tale of lavish generosity and community-transforming grace. (1:16:45)

April 12, 2018
Christian Union New York was delighted to partner with Generous Giving to host a Journey of Generosity on April 7th, 2018.

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April 11, 2018
Turn the World Upside Down; A Power With (Part 1); Dietrich Bonhoeffer: German Theologian and Resister; MLK50; The Great Experiment; Gospel of the Kingdom Events in April and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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Teach me to do your will,
   for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
   on level ground!
— Psalm 143:10

April 9, 2018

by Justin Doyle
 
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"And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion/rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” - Genesis 1:28

Certain words have a way of grabbing our attention – some are rich and full of meaning, others trigger memories, good or bad, and still others disorient you for one reason or another. For years, my attention has been drawn to the mandate given to humanity in Genesis 1:26-28, particularly the command to subdue and have dominion/rule. In a post-colonial world, those words, when applied to humanity, have a way of punching me in the gut and disorienting me.

April 4, 2018
Christian Union New York was delighted to welcome Jeff Smith for a salon on March 29, 2018 titled, "Faith in Giving: A Paradigm Shift for the City."

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