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June 19 - 20, 2020


Christian Union will host the CU Cities Conference in New York City from June 19 - 20, 2020. Graduate students, young professionals, seasoned professionals are invited from across industries, to explore compelling ideas about faith and its relevance to every facet of our lives.

America's Crisis of Contempt; Set Aside Time to Draw Near to God; A Decade in Review: Marital Norms Erode; On Prayer and Providence; Marriage and Ministry and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
— Matthew 5:43-45

It’s about that time again for the “big game.” It was about a year ago when I was basking in the glory of my beloved New England Patriots on the verge of their NINTH Super Bowl appearance. Then 2020 happened. …

Power Evangelism Part II

As we enter into a new decade, we are excited to announce that Ken Fish of Kingdom Fire Ministries will be in midtown Manhattan this March to do the second part of his Power Evangelism series and you're invited! This conference builds upon last year's message on Personal Evangelism where Ken gave us tools to lead people to Christ by developing our story of Jesus. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn and grow in your faith for God's Kingdom and His glory through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Dates and Times 

Friday, March 6, 2020; 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020; 9:30am - 11:00pm

Studio Arte
256 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Click here to register.

We are in the middle of Week Three of the current semester and have just concluded our Winter Retreat, held at Singing Hills, Plainfield, New Hampshire. We took 40 students away from campus for the weekend to connect, pray, worship, and relax.

“Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” -Nehemiah 6:2-3

Greetings from Cambridge!

As I was recently reading Nehemiah, I was struck by how single-minded and focused he was on the task the Lord had called him to do, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. In Nehemiah chapter 6 some of his opponents try to distract him away from his mission, but his response is quite remarkable: “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” There was no taking Nehemiah away from what God had called him to do.

One of my perennial resolutions in every new year is to read more deeply and profoundly about both faith and the world around me. However, given my suggestion in an earlier letter, I am moving from resolutions to building habits - they tend to be much more permanent.

Dear Prayer Partners of CU@Penn,

This week is our first full week with the students after winter break, and it is starting with a bang. This weekend we are heading to Refreshing Mountain near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for a weekend retreat. Nearly 50 students will be seeking the Lord’s presence and renewal, and we are hopeful for a filling of His Spirit as we worship, pray, and fellowship.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It has been a spiritually rich month here in Princeton as our students have returned from break with a desire to seek the Lord. As you may know, Princeton’s usual academic calendar means that January is the month of final papers and assignments for the students. During this time, we have developed a tradition of hosting our daily prayer meetings at the Melrose Center. In the midst of exams and assignments, our students have been faithful to pray. Over this month, we regularly had groups of well over a dozen students praying together. Overall, we sense our students are showing an increased desire to seek the Lord and we praise God for this.

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

We have begun our second semester at Cornell as students have come back from winter break. After a period of transition, we now have a new director on our staff. Greg Ray has come from Madrid, Spain, where he was doing missionary work to lead our team. As we move into this new stage, we look forward to seeing how God is going to work through the team on this campus.