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Spring 2015

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June 14, 2015

...to Make Disciples

by Rebekah Hannah

We are all disciples of someone. 

We all have someone in mind we want to emulate. We dress like others. We talk like others. We do what other people say is best. We take pieces of other people and put them together to build the best version of who we want to be. Whether good or bad, we all emulate someone who came before us. That being said, we also have more influence than we could possibly imagine.


June 14, 2015

Family Helps Next Generation Grow to Spiritual Maturity

by Sarah Camp

When Tim Kuo '96 arrived at Princeton as an undergraduate, he wanted to be part of a Christian community, but admits he didn't expect Christ to be central to his college experience.


June 14, 2015

A Biblical Theology for Changing Times

by Michael J. Wilkins

As I stand on a bluff overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean near our home in Southern California, I watch lines of waves forming far out on the horizon. The waves that finally break near shore are much larger today than normal.

I check out the surf report and find that these waves were generated by a monstrous storm. The weather is sunny and calm where I stand, but the waves that break below me were generated by a ferocious, hurricane-force storm many days ago and thousands of miles away off of the tip of New Zealand.

If I am to surf these waves effectively, I need to know as much as possible about their size, power, direction, and speed.

Similarly, as we stand here, midway through the second decade of the 21st century, waves of various kinds of practices, fads, and styles continue to sweep upon the church.

June 14, 2015

Christian Union Ministry Fellow Leads by Example

by Eileen Scott, Senior Writer


While Christian Union faculty teach rigorous and intellectually rich Bible courses to students at some of the nation's leading universities, they also walk alongside the young adults through troubling times, stressful semesters, and doubts about their faith. Serving as role models and mentors, ministry fellows like Scott Jones open their hearts and lives to students, emulating Christ as they share what it means to live a seeking God lifestyle.

June 14, 2015

Christian Union Ministry Fellow Leads by Example

Students Exhibit Boldness in Speech Class
by Eileen Scott, Senior Writer

CornellTwo students took a classroom assignment and used it for God's glory, buoyed by the strength and courage they received from participating in Christian Union's ministry at Cornell.

In their Oral Communications class, Elisabeth Mistur '17 and Nashon Garrett '16 each chose to present a position that runs contrary to popular views. Mistur discussed the public policy issue of whether to require women to view their ultrasounds before an abortion; Garrett spoke about creation being taught alongside evolution in science classes.

June 14, 2015

CU Ministry Hosts Panel on Race

by Eileen Scott, Senior Writer

What does the Gospel have to say about race?

That was a question asked by students involved with Christian Union's ministry at Columbia University this winter.

As the fall semester was coming to a close, Jim Black, Christian Union's ministry director at Columbia, and Yolanda Solomon, a ministry fellow, encouraged the students to be a voice on campus following nationwide racial unrest.

June 14, 2015

CU Faculty Helps Law Students Maintain Balance

by Eileen Scott, Senior Writer

Being a Harvard Law student is quite a challenge. Add being a spouse and parent, and you've got a balancing act to rival the Flying Wallendas. Some Harvard Law students with families are maintaining equilibrium by keeping their eyes on Christ and following the lead of Christian Union faculty at Harvard Law School.

June 14, 2015

Christian Union Hosts Wintersession Lectures

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer


A group of students with Christian Union's ministry at Harvard College probed some of Christianity's toughest questions during the Wintersession break.

In collaboration with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, the students hosted three talks in January in Boylston Hall to examine questions that are core to the faith. The topics included the resurrection of Christ, the intersection of science and faith, and why God is sometimes perceived as hidden.

June 14, 2015

Book Study Empowers Students to Reach Out

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

Student believers desiring to reflect Christ on college campuses often encounter barriers when it comes to sharing their faith with classmates who struggle with homosexual desires.

That issue can be especially magnified at Yale University, which has been dubbed for decades as the "Gay Ivy."

Given the issues evangelicals may face when interacting with peers who grapple with same-sex attractions, a Christian Union intern hosted a book study on the subject throughout the spring semester.

June 14, 2015

Scholar debunks modern conspiracies, explains history 

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

canon-of-scriptureSome scholars argue politics, rather than divine guidance, determined the 27 books of the New Testament and the 39 texts of the Old Testament.

That is not so, according to theologian Craig Blomberg.

The New Testament scholar debunked such claims surrounding the canon of Scripture during an appearance at Cornell University.

It is simply untrue that the formation of either testament was "brought about because of ideological conniving, such that a winning party in a political process had the opportunity to suppress or rewrite or even chose unilaterally in a totalitarian fashion what should go in either the Old or New Testaments," said Blomberg.

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