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June 6, 2019
True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World; Trivial Pursuit?; Why ‘Follow Your Passions’ Is Bad Advice for Graduates; The Sexual Revolutionaries Got Sexual Satisfaction All Wrong; Revival at an Army Base and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
— Psalm 32:8


True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World

By David Skeel
From Christian Union
1 skeel"The traditional strategies of apologetics — strategies associated with books we are all familiar with — are effective, but maybe not as effective as they were 30 to 70 years ago." This idea was posited in a thought-provoking lecture by David Skeel, S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, at Christian Union New York's forum on Monday, May 20, in Manhattan. Professor Skeel addressed topics covered in his book, True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World. In his book and in this presentation, he makes the case that a more effective apologetics approach in seeking to get non-believers to consider Christianity must do at least two things: it must address what he calls the "myth of scientific progress," and it must address social justice.

Professor Skeel responds to what he calls a "very common perception that the complexity of the contemporary world is an embarrassment for Christianity. There is a widespread perception in our current culture that a 2,000-year-old religion can't possibly have much to say about the complexities of the modern world."

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Trivial Pursuit?

By Tucker Else
From ChristianUnion.org
One of the most popular games of the 1980s was Trivial Pursuit, a trivia game that people found either wildly entertaining or inexpressibly dull. My family would often gather around the table and play...while my Mom would be hoping for Entertainment or Literature categories to come up, my brothers and I would bank on Sports, and little else...

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Why ‘Follow Your Passions’ Is Bad Advice for Graduates

By Patricia Raybon
From Christianity Today
3 graduatesWhen the billionaire entrepreneur Steve Jobs gave Stanford University’s commencement address in June 2005, he rallied graduates to follow their hearts. “Your time is limited,” said Jobs. “So, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. … Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Over time, the phrase “follow your heart” morphed into “follow your passion” and then spawned countless graduation speech sound-alikes.

And now?

"It's garbage advice..."

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Revival at an Army Base

By Josie Rabbit Bingham
From Baptist Press
As Christian Union prays for God to bring revival and reformation to our entire nation, we rejoice when we see a spiritual awakening in any segment of our society. Here is a tremendously encouraging article from the Baptist Press about a move of God among soldiers in the US Army last fall.

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The Sexual Revolutionaries Got Sexual Satisfaction All Wrong

By David French
From National Review

5 marriageOne of the more remarkable developments of the last 50 years is the relentless commitment of a segment of the American academic and cultural elite to selling a vision of American life that is slowly but relentlessly proving to be — on balance — more harmful for children and less joyful for adults, while also relentlessly mocking (at worst) or ignoring (at best) the life choices that lead — again, on balance — to greater human flourishing...

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Prayer Requests

The school year is drawing to a close. Most universities have already concluded their spring term. It is important for the spiritual health of the students and the ministry to stay connected through the summer months. Pray that God will enable the students to keep their focus on God and continue to grow during all their summer activities. Pray also that the ministry teams will be able to reach their students frequently, and provide support and spiritual care as opportunities arise.

Please join us in praying for the 2019 graduates as they transition to new jobs and new cities. Pray specifically that they will find new churches and spiritual communities in this transition, and will press in to the promises and goodness of the Lord as they step into their callings.


Praise God that Day and Night surpassed its goal of participants for the current Great Experiment. Pray for all those who are seeking God in special ways during the first ten days of June. Pray that God reveals Himself in greater ways to them and to those around them through their courageous faith.

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