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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. 

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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

October 8, 2018
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How we understand what it means to be human?



Benjamin Pascut, PhD, addresses students involved in Harvard College Faith and Action,

October 5, 2018

Christian Union Students Serve in Sorority, Fraternity 

by francine barchett, cornell ’20

DavidCornellIn February, a Cornell fraternity made national headlines for a disturbing hazing incident that awarded points for sexual activity and simultaneously degraded women.

Negative press on fraternity and sorority culture is hardly a Cornell-specific phenomenon. It reinforces a long-enduring sentiment that Greek life and high ethical standards are mutually exclusive. However, for Alanna Staffin ’18, David Navadeh ’19, and Chris Arce ’19, that perception is far from the complete picture. They maintain that fraternity life has not drowned their Christian faith; it has grown it.

October 4, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

New York City, New York

Over fifty recent graduates and young professionals crowded onto the Manhattan II yacht for a wonderful night of fellowship facilitated by “CU Mingle Bingo” (both an icebreaker and tongue-twister in one), delicious appetizers, and perfect fall weather.

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September 30, 2018
Christian Union’s freshman campaigns at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale are helping to share the Gospel with the Class of 2022 and lay the foundation for significant spiritual growth during college and beyond

Welcoming the Class of 2022

[N]either he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  - 1 Corinthians 3:7

Christian Union’s freshman campaigns at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale helped to share the Gospel with the Class of 2022 and laid the foundation for significant spiritual growth during college and beyond.

Freshman campaign is the all-out effort to prepare for, pray over, reach out to, invite, welcome in, connect, and care for the newest students arriving at these universities. We are grateful for how God moved through these efforts! Our prayer is that He would use this process to bring freshmen into deeper fellowship with Himself and members of His body.

Student leaders and upperclassmen involved in the ministry on each campus, along with Christian Union ministry fellows, held more than 4,000 meetings to get to know students personally and connect them to Christian resources.

September 29, 2018

By Dr. J. Edwin Orr

Editor’s note: The following article, by the late scholar and preacher of revival Dr. J. Edwin Orr (1912-1987), was reprinted from www.jedwinorr.com.

Dr. A. T. Pierson once said, “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” Let me recount what God has done through concerted, united, sustained prayer.   

September 28, 2018
A University of Pennsylvania student was so touched by her parents’ missionary service in Kazakhstan that she is gearing up to follow in their footsteps.

Penn Senior Hopes to Serve Overseas as a Nurse

by catherine elvy, staff writer

A University of Pennsylvania student was so touched by her parents’ missionary service in Kazakhstan that she is gearing up to follow in their footsteps.

During her childhood, Abby Burns ’19 watched her father and mother minister in culturally diverse Kazakhstan. Such experiences left a deep imprint upon the nursing major’s heart and ignited a fervor also to venture into mission fields. “It was an incredible opportunity,” said Burns. “It has shaped what I am thinking about and what I am passionate about long term.”

September 27, 2018
Matt Bennett Discusses the Great Experiment on the Eric Metaxas Show; Dignity, Faith, & Work
The Lion and the Lynx; Honest Self-Examination; He Fed Ten Thousand Orphans with Prayer 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

September 27, 2018

Q and A with George Otis

The Christian Union Cities Conference in New York this summer, George Otis, Jr.  spoke about the great awakenings in the United States and the ensuing socio-economical impact that followed in various cities and communities that were “overwhelmed by the grace and presence of God.” Christian Union: The Magazine recently interviewed him regarding the role of individual and corporate prayer in these outpourings.

Otis is the founder and president of the Sentinel Group, a U.S.-based Christian research, media, and training agency “dedicated to helping revival-hungry communities discover the pathway to societal transformation.”

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Best known as the producer of the award-winning Transformations documentaries − a series that has been viewed by an estimated 250 million people in 175 nations − Otis has also authored six books and is a frequent speaker at international conferences and symposia.

September 26, 2018

Christ, Culture and Clapham:
 A Discussion of Cobelligerency and Creativity to Seek the Common Good

On September 25, 2018, Christian Union hosted its first DC salon, an evening with Mark Rodgers on the theory of social change pursued by William Wilberforce and Hannah More in their efforts to "reform the manners" of late eighteenth-century England.

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Rodgers is Principal of a company known as the The Clapham Group, which is inspired by the original Clapham Sect, a group made up of Wilberforce, More and like-minded friends. Rodgers discussed how the approach of the original Clapham Sect impacts his work today, and how we ought to engage society should we wish to achieve similar results.

September 26, 2018

Leadership Lecture Series Exhorts Students to Go Deeper

by tom campisi, managing editor

In the spring semester, a group of students with Christian Union at Brown were hungry to learn more about fasting.

FastingisFeastingJustin Doyle, a Christian Union ministry fellow, responded with a message at the ministry’s weekly Anchor leadership lecture series on April 12. Doyle inspired them to fast and pray and go deeper in their relationships with God. 

The students were interested in fasting in preparation for a National Day of Prayer event on May 2. 
“I was excited to hear that students were eager to learn more about this spiritual discipline and put it into practice,” Doyle said. 

After the lecture at Anchor, the ministry fellow also wrote a related blog post, “Fasting Is Feasting,” to encourage students to follow through.

“Fasting is a powerful spiritual discipline designed to help us draw near to the Lord,” Doyle wrote. “Depriving our bodies of food for a period of time has a way of revealing the idols of our hearts, those things that control our loves and desires—money, power, status, sex, image, etc.—and pull us away from our Creator.”

September 25, 2018

Naruke ’20 Enjoys Serving on and off Campus

by catherine elvy, staff writer

A Dartmouth College undergraduate is eagerly answering a calling to promote prayer among students and help them connect with vibrant Christians.

PointPersonforPrayerNaruke ’20 serves as the property manager for the Dartmouth community’s prayer facility, student intern for a thriving local church, and community team leader for Christian Union at Dartmouth. The South Carolina native skillfully juggles those responsibilities despite formidable academic, extracurricular, and work obligations.

Boosting the spiritual commitment of collegiate peers is a top priority for Naruke. As a pleasant contrast to Dartmouth’s secular atmosphere, the “Christian community is all the more strong,” she said.

Naruke often witnesses dynamic levels of spiritual engagement among students through her role tending to The Prayer Room, an ecumenical hub in downtown Hanover.

September 24, 2018

Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
-Psalm 139:23-24

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I am convinced that one of the primary reasons many of us struggle to draw near to God in an earnest, deeper way is because we know that such a pursuit may initially involve a painful, even excruciating encounter. What misbehaving child seeks out the offended authority figure? How many of us avoid prescribed medical exams and precautionary procedures not only because of the dread of discomfort or humiliation, but also for fear of what the good doctor may find?

September 12, 2018
Resources for Cultural Revolution; John Onwuchekwa on Corporate Prayer; Get Alone, Get Away, and Get Messy with God; Indelible Imprints; How to Navigate Conversations About Sexual Identity; Officials destroying crosses, burning Bibles in China and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
— Proverbs 18:13

September 10, 2018
by Julia Carlisle

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. - Mark 1:35
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We’re all busy people with days filled with places to go and people to see. Taking time to get away with God to pray likely gets pushed to the bottom of the schedule for the day. We see in the Gospels that Jesus was a very busy man with a full and demanding schedule. Yet, this did not stop him from praying, for though He was the God of the Universe, He still required prayer to be in relationship with the Father. We find Him praying in every step of His ministry, from His baptism through His death. If we are struggling with knowing how to cultivate a consistent life of prayer, we need only look at Jesus who is the best demonstration of how we are to pursue a life of intimate prayer with the Father.

September 2, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Christian Unity for Cultural Transformation

"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. For the body does not consist of one member but of many."

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (ESV)

One of the most common metaphors for the Church in the New Testament is the human body, because it mirrors key characteristics of the Church. Like a human body, the Church—that is, all Christians in the world—are unified into one corpus, and also like the human body, has members that look different and fulfill different functions. Additionally, just as a human body has a head which directs everything in the body, so the Church has Jesus Christ who is the head of the Church.

September 1, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

To God Be Glory in the Church

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. … Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Ephesians 3:8-10, 20-21 (ESV)

Of all the areas of society that we have fasted and prayed for these 21 days, the Church is the one that seems the weakest. In the world’s eyes, the church has the smallest influence on national affairs and holds the least amount of sway over the direction of our country. But that’s not so in God’s eyes.

God is unveiling an eternal, global plan with His Christ and the Church at the center. The Church will have a far greater impact on the world than merely affecting the culture of nations. Jesus is building the Church to confound the spiritual, invisible powers of evil behind our world’s systems.

August 31, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Giving God Our Best

"And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her. And she said to the king, "The report was true that I heard. ... Blessed be the Lord your God."

2 Chronicles 9:3-5, 8 (ESV)

The queen of Sheba had heard of the fame and wisdom of Solomon and she thought, “I have to see it for myself.” The Bible records her visit in this wonderful passage, giving us insight into the nature of excellence and wisdom.

August 30, 2018
The Great Awakening of 1727; The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Social Justice; The Peculiar Shape of Christian Identity; Welcoming Freshmen Well; Let's Talk About the Decline of Conversation in the Church; Fear Not and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite."
— Isaiah 57:15

 
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