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January 26, 2022

From Desperation to Deliverance for Harvard Kennedy School Alumnus

“Don’t Stop Pressing In!”

By Jacob Hawkins, Harvard Kennedy School ’20

About a year ago, my mom asked me, “When did it all change for you?” Without thinking, the answer was clear. “When I started to read my Bible every day,” I responded. 

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January 12, 2022

Holy Spirit 101 at Harvard

Twelve Things You Need to Know About the Third Person of the Trinity

In the fall semester, Fady Ghobrial, a Christian Union ministry fellow at Harvard University, challenged students to go deeper in their faith when he delivered a message about the Holy Spirit during DOXA, Christian Union Gloria’s Leadership Lecture Series. Ghobrial’s lecture, “Twelve Things You Need to Know About the Holy Spirit,” covered thematic threads through scripture, church history, and systematic theology, and was followed by a question and answer session that unpacked even more teaching about the Holy Spirit. Below is a summary and highlights of the twelve points:

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December 22, 2021

Christian Union Vita Celebrates A Fruitful Season

Mott Center Christmas Party Is One of Many Highlights

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Christian Union Vita enjoyed a warm, festive Christmas celebration at the John R. Mott Center in December. Students decorated Christian Union’s ministry home at Cornell, complete with a hand-cut Christmas tree. They wore ugly sweaters, built gingerbread houses, and exchanged gifts through a white elephant.

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December 17, 2021

CU Day and Night: Fasting and Praying for Revival in 2022

Will You Join Our National Effort?

By Chuck Hetzler, Director of CU Day and Night

Many Christians are familiar with the first condition God sets before His people in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves…” However, not many Christians are aware that fasting is the primary way to humble oneself according to Scripture. 

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December 16, 2021

A United Effort to Pray and Fast for Revival at Harvard Law School

“The Feeling of Christian Community Is Palpable”

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

“Something is afoot at Harvard Law School. God is on the move.”

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December 10, 2021

A Psalm a Day

A Yale Student's Reflection on Seeking God Consistently

By Shi Wen Yeo, Yale ’23

Editor’s note: The following article was reprinted with permission from The Yale Logos, a student-led Christian Journal.

One of my favorite parts about Sunday mornings is walking into church and smelling the musty pews gently speckled with the mid-morning sun, and seeing the rows upon rows of pews, pews that are  usually littered with hymnals and psalters. I have been doing some reflection on this recently. What does it mean that hymnals or psalters are usually distributed as separate books as opposed to the rest of the Bible?

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December 8, 2021

A Fruitful Fall for CU Nova at Princeton

Student Leaders Welcome Freshmen; Resume In-Person Ministry

By Leah M. Smith, Princeton ’22

The first floor of the Melrose Center is reduced to a low hum; sounds of chatter from a senior women’s Bible course waft down the stairs to join the smell of Domino’s pizza. A few people sprinkle the chairs in front of the TV in the extended dining room, while others hover in the back, laptops out, pens pressed to paper. It’s a typical Monday night for Christian Union Nova at Princeton, where Monday Night Football and studying late into the night has become a Melrose norm.

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December 8, 2021

The Overlooked Ending to the Birth Narrative

Early Years of Christ's Life Marked By Suffering and Trauma

Christmas plays always end with Jesus in the manger, the heavenly host singing around Him, and the shepherds and wise men bowed at his feet. But that is hardly where the birth narrative ends in the gospel of Matthew. 

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December 2, 2021

Shining the Light of the Gospel at Cornell

Simoni '23 Has a Passion for Evangelism

By Anne Kerhoulas, Staff Writer

Many Christians get nervous when they think about evangelism. Thoughts of difficult questions they cannot answer well or the possibility of offending another often lead believers to say less than they ought, and often to say nothing at all of the riches of Christ. 

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November 18, 2021

Throwback Thursday: Do We Have a Passion for Souls?

"That None Would Perish"

By Christopher N. White, Evangelist

As Jesus makes abundantly clear, the heart of God is never satisfied while even one soul is still lost, wandering in the darkness of sin:

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November 14, 2021

Food Rules: How God Reshapes Our Appetite

Our Complicated Relationship with Eating and Drinking 

As the holiday season approaches, most people begin to anticipate the culinary experience of feasting. Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas hams, pies and frosted cookies, sparkling ciders, and holiday cocktails—they’re all part of our tradition of feasting with those we love during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

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November 8, 2021

Miracles and The Gospel Of The Kingdom

CBN Airs Segment on CU’s New York Conferences

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

In August, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) highlighted some of the supernatural healings and manifestations that have happened at Christian Union’s Gospel of the Kingdom Conferences in New York City. Karen Hetzler, Assistant Ministry Director of Christian Union New York, was a guest on the CBN News Prayer Link program with hosts Wendy Griffith and Charlene Aaron.

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November 4, 2021

CU Fire Burns Brightly Across the United States

Christian Union Multi-Site Event Stirs, Strengthens Believers

By Dr. Chuck HetZler, Director of CU Day and Night

Christian Union Day and Night hosted its first-ever, multi-site version of CU Fire on Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9.  

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October 13, 2021

The Stillness Our Soul Craves

Discovering the Beauty of Hesuchía

By Avery Johnston, Penn ’23

Editor’s note: The following article was reprinted with permission from The Penn Epistle, “a Christian journal at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to sharing the words of Christ’s followers.” The author, Avery Johnston, is a student leader with CU Martus, Christian Union’s leadership development ministry at the University of Pennsylvania.

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October 8, 2021

Exodus and Seeking God

Online Study Is Fruitful for CU Gloria Students

By Kelly Parks, Staff Writer

A group of students with CU Gloria at Harvard University systematically studied the book of Exodus during the summer. 

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October 6, 2021

Living Out Biblical Imperatives at Yale University

CU Lux Reaches Out to First-Year Students

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor


Prior to the fall semester, Ben Pascut, Christian Union’s ministry director at Yale University, and Chitra Kovoor, a ministry fellow, challenged student leaders with CU Lux to put their faith into immediate action by living out specific biblical commands as they embarked on the Freshman Welcoming Campaign and another academic year.

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October 1, 2021

Repentance and Freedom

Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God Is at Hand”

By Dr. Ben Pascut

Editor’s note: The following article by Dr. Ben Pascut, Christian Union’s ministry director at Yale University, was part of a series of devotionals for Christian Union Day and Night’s recent two-week “Return to Me” national fast.

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September 28, 2021

"If My People" (2 Chron. 7:14) Put Into Action

Repentance Was the Focus for Recent CU Day and Night Fast

By Dr. Chuck Hetzler

In the last two weeks of August, 3,884 believers from across the United States prayed, repented, and cried out to the Lord when they participated in CU Day and Night’s “Return to Me” fast.

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September 24, 2021

What Does it Mean to Earnestly Seek the Lord?

Hope for Restless Souls

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you. — Psalm 63:1

What does it mean to “earnestly” seek the Lord? According to Oxford Languages, the adverb earnestlymeans “with sincere and intense conviction; seriously.”

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September 23, 2021

A Discipleship Pathway at Brown University

New Minsitry Fellow Excited About Fall Campaign

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Sheri Casali, a new Christian Union ministry fellow, is especially passionate about discipleship. As the fall semester begins for CU Libertas, she is filled with hope and excitement when she considers the potential impact of mentoring students at such a prominent university like Brown.

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