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How a Handful of Schools are Shaping American Society

Leaders matter. For better or for worse – they determine what we represent as a society, who we are as a people, and where we are going as a nation.

A relatively small number of leaders from just a handful of leading universities are shaping American culture. The universities they attend are almost devoid of Christian influence. Professors are free to mold students according to their secular and materialist ideologies.

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Meet Barrett Block, Class of 2017, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Studying Scripture in depth, and spending regular one-on-one time going deeper with a Christian Union ministry fellow, prompted Barrett to consider how his life could better reflect his faith in Christ.

At Nexus 2017, Christian Union bestowed its Christian Leader of the Year Award to Liz Green.

The Christian Union Conference on Faith and Action 2017 gathered together 300 undergraduates from select universities for a weekend of inspiring speakers, thought-provoking panels, in-depth seminars, and powerful worship. The following are the plenary messages that amplified the theme, drawn from Hebrews 4:16: "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

This speech by Matt Bennett was given at Nexus 2017 to a joint session including both professionals and students. (27:43)

The following interview was recorded at Nexus 2017 to a joint session of students and professionals. (11:21)

Reverend Eugene F. Rivers III, a former gang member from Philadelphia, is a widely published writer, community activist, and worldwide speaker. As an activist for over 35 years, Reverend Rivers has worked on community development, faith-based initiatives, and domestic and foreign policy issues. He also advised both Bush Administrations and the Clinton Administration on their faith-based initiatives and in the foreign policy arena regarding the AIDS crisis in Africa. (33:18)

Dr. Carol M. Kaminski is a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. She is a member of the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. Originally from Australia, Dr. Kaminski holds an MA in Old Testament and an MA in Religion from Gordon-Conwell. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. (34:58)

The following speech was given by Jon Nielson. It was recorded at Nexus 2017 to a joint session of students and professionals. (31:10)

R.R. Reno explored the topic of: Moral Inequality in America.

R. R. Reno has served as the editor of First Things, America's most influential journal of religion in public life, since 2011. he received his Phd in Theology from Yale University, and taught theology and ethics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for twenty years.

He has published in many academic journals, and his opinion essays have appeared in Commentary, National Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other popular outlets. His most recent books include Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, Fighting the Noonday Devil, Sanctified Vision, and a commentary on the Book of Genesis.

The following was recorded at Nexus 2017. (56:27)

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