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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


The Great Awakening of 1727

By  Dr. J. Edwin Orr
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Tim Keller has written that "over the last three centuries, revivals have had a great impact. Between 1730 and 1830 successive movements of the Holy Spirit brought a large proportion of the population into the churches. These awakenings are not ultimately the result of marketing or organization. They come, by God’s grace and in his time, in response to extraordinary prayer."

We are calling on believers everywhere to once again pursue extraordinary prayer. In the coming months, we will occasionally highlight videos that remind or teach us how God has moved powerfully in the past. In this video, Dr. J. Edwin Orr speaks on the First Great Awakening that swept through England and the colonies of America, bringing about extraordinary and wide-ranging transformation.

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The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Social Justice

By  Joe Carter
From The Gospel Coalition

What is social justice? Should Christians advocate for social justice? Is it even a term that Christians should use?

Over the past few years the rise of the term “social justice” among Christians has coincided with a growing level of misunderstanding, misuse, and misapplication of the term. Here are a few things Christians should know about social justice...

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The Peculiar Shape of Christian Identity

By  Teal McGarvey Wojcicki & Nick Nowalk 
From Christian Union

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John Calvin famously began his magisterial Institutes of the Christian Religion with this incredible claim: “Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.”...In pursuing a uniquely Christian understanding of human identity, there are two familiar extremes that we must avoid...

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Welcoming Freshmen Well

By Sarah Camp
From Christian Union

Members of the Class of 2022 are arriving on campuses by the thousands—excited, nervous, and, in the first few weeks of college life, as open to Christian friendships as they may ever be...

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Let's Talk About the Decline of Conversation in the Church

By C. Christopher Smith
From Christianity Today
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"The modern world has crippled our capacity for speaking with one another. How can we restore this dying art?" A thoughtful review from Christianity Today on a couple of recent books on themes related to conversation.

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Fear Not

By Tom Campisi
From Christian Union: The Magazine
Haley Hegefeld made a bold decision at the beginning of 2018. A leader with Christian Union’s ministry at Yale, she had proclaimed it would be “The Year of No Fear.” By God’s grace, Hegefeld ’20 walked more in faith, and less in fear. She shared her reflections on a year of spiritual growth that included being a key member of Christian Union’s Rooted leadership lecture series and culminated with being baptized in the spring...

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Prayer Requests


All of the campuses where Christian Union operates are or will be welcoming first-year students in the coming weeks. Pray for a rich harvest from the ministry's freshman campaign and efforts to connect new students to Christian community. It is a labor of love! Join us in praying that every freshman will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and take a step toward growing in faith and godly wisdom.

We're grateful as we see recent graduates and seasoned professionals alike living out faith throughout New York. Conversations about the Gospel, pursuit of righteous living, engagement at many levels in the pressing issues of the city are all visible and growing. Pray with us for this to increase. Also, CU Washington DC hosts its Fall Kick-Off on September 9. Please pray for this to be a successful launch to our fall events and groups in this key city.

Praise God for moving His people to humble themselves and seek His face. Over 2,000 Christians across the US joined Day and Night in a 21-day fast for cultural revolution in seven influential sectors of our society: Arts and Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government, Media, and The Church. Continue to join us in prayer for a mighty move of God’s Spirit in our land.


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