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May 20, 2020
Grace Trains Us for Godliness, The Rise of Gospel-Shaped Businesses, Initiating a Climate Change Conversation, Two Men, Two Ministries, Two Lives Well-Lived, Three COVID-19 Articles and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."
— Titus 2:11-14


Grace Trains Us for Godliness

By Chuck Hetzler
From Christian Union
01 chuckThe good news of the Gospel is that we are saved by grace and not by works-- but grace is not just meant to save us, it is meant to make us more like Jesus. Chuck Hetzler unpacks Titus 2:11-12 in this exhortation to allow the grace of God to transform us into godly people today.

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The Rise of Gospel-Shaped Businesses

From Christianity Today
When most people hear about stewardship, workplace chaplains and employee satisfaction surveys are rarely what spring to mind. But for a cadre of business owners integrating faith within their businesses for a Business as a Ministry (BaaM) operating system, that only scratches the surface of their stewardship.

A steward is responsible to manage an asset on someone’s behalf. While work is often compartmentalized from faith, stewardship for Christian leaders demands seeing their entire businesses as belonging to God. They operate according to His standards and values and integrate biblical principles in everything from choosing health care plans to finding ways to show the love of Christ to His people. As business owners oversee people and resources, they are not only tending to others’ welfare and wallets but also to their eternal wellbeing.


Initiating a Climate Change Conversation

By Tom Campisi
From Christian Union
03 libertasStudents from Christian Union Libertas were part of a team that organized a thought-provoking Veritas Forum on climate change at Brown University in the spring semester.

On March 6, approximately a hundred students and staff from the campus community gathered at MacMillan Hall for an event entitled “Have We Sold Our Future? Climate Change, Commodification, and Our Responsibility.”

The Veritas Forum featured a conversation between Norman Wirzba, the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University, and Dr. Alex Poterack, a lecturer in the Economics Department at Brown. Elizabeth Lord, a visiting lecturer in Environment and Society at Brown, was the moderator.

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Two Men, Two Ministries, Two Lives Well-Lived

By Matthew Fearon and Anne Kerhoulas
From RZIM.org and Christian Union
The month of May has seen the loss of two remarkable men, each of whom was used powerfully by God in very different ways. Ravi Zacharias had a worldwide ministry writing, speaking, and brilliantly showing the world the rationality of the Christian faith. He founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, which will carry on his life's work. Ken Melrose, the former CEO of Toro, also passed away in May. Ken lived for Christ, kept Christ first in his business, allowed his faith to profoundly shape how he led, and gave away millions to accelerate the advancement of the Gospel. Another article in this newsletter talked about business as a ministry. Any businessperson would do well to emulate the way Ken led Toro. We honor both men as they each are now home with the Lord.

Ravi's Obituary from RZIM.org >

A Tribute to Ken Melrose >

Three COVID-19 Articles

By Todd Mangum, Alasdair Groves, and Trevin Wax
From Christianity Today, CCEF.org, and The Gospel Coalition

05 covidIDuring this time, there is so much content being written about COVID-19. Here are three articles that examine how Christians can walk faithfully in this trying season.

The Pandemic as God's Judgment > 

Anxiety, Waiting, and the Coronavirus > 

Sometimes the Life of Faith is Just Walking, Not Fainting > 

With summer breaks almost upon CU students, please pray that they will end their terms well. Please pray that students will effectively transition into summer and employ the necessary intentionality, wisdom and creativity in seeking God with their whole hearts during this time, especially with all of the unknowns and uncertainties related to COVID-19.

We ask that you continue to pray for peace and direction for our graduating seniors as they consider their next steps during this anxious season. We also continue to pray for healing, protection, encouragement, and strengthened faith for those in our city and across our nation.


Pray for CU Day and Night’s next move to mobilize American Christians in prayer, fasting, and evangelism. Ask God to reveal His plans and timing, and to prepare people to participate.

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