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December 4, 2014
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever — 1 Chronicles 16:34 Bearing God's Name in Vain By Nick Nowalk From ChristianUnion.org Earlier in 2014, Christian Union Teaching Fellow Nick Nowalk delivered a plenary presentation at the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action, on perhaps the least understood of the ten commandments. Watch the video (45:26) or listen to the audio.Read More >   Sixth Court Sanity By R. R. RenoFrom First Things It was a relief to read the measured, intelligent analysis of Judge Jeffrey Sutton. He wrote the majority opinion for a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel. It determined that state laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman do not violate the U.S. Constitution.Read More >   Religion in China - Cracks in the Atheist Edifice From The Economist The Rapid Spread of Christianity is Forcing an Official Rethink on Religion. The coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China’s Communist leaders view with deep unease: Christianity.Read More >   Seeking God From ChristianUnion.org One of Christian Union's distinctives is its emphasis on a seeking God lifestyle. Learn more about the process of drawing close to God.Read More >   Multiplying Sorrows: the Folly of Idolatry By Scott Jones From ChristianUnion.org What do you most often wake up thinking about? When your head hits the pillow at night, where do your thoughts most often go? Such questions are helpful in identifying idols in our lives. As pastor and author Tim Keller so skillfully reminds us, what we most desire in life...Read More >   Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity By Larry Alex Taunton From The Atlantic When a Christian foundation interviewed college nonbelievers about how and why they left religion, surprising themes emerged.Read More >   You are Invited to Attend the NYC 2014 Benefit Event, Honoring Professor Robert P. George From ChristianUnion.org At the New York City Benefit Event on December 9, Christian Union will celebrate all that God is doing in students' lives at eight strategic universities and will present the Christian Leader of the Year Award to Robert P. George. Please join us for an inspiring evening.Learn More >   Prayer Requests Pray for the ongoing discussion of sex and spirituality at Harvard. The Christian Union faculty have spent the last two weeks addressing a wide range of topics relating to sexuality and have seen the students grow in a deeper understanding of the Gospel. Pray for students at Dartmouth who are in the midst of their final exams. Also pray for students to continue to pursue a lifestyle of seeking God during the upcoming five-week break between quarters. Praise the Lord for stirring up students at Brown to seek Him and for the evidence of their developing community — please pray that this would continue.
November 19, 2014
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
 slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide,
 nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins,
 nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
 so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west,
 so far does he remove our transgressions from us. — Psalm 103:8-12 
 A Video Interview with Norm Miller 
 By Matt Bennett From ChristianUnion.org 

 At the Christian Union Benefit Event and Celebration in October, in Dallas, Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller was honored as the Texas Christian Leader of the Year. In this video (length 31:16), Norm is interviewed during the event by Christian Union's president.Watch now > 
   
 Earlybird Ticket Deadline for NYC Benefit Event Today 
 From ChristianUnion.org 
 You are invited to join us in New York City for the second of two 2014 Christian Union Benefit Events and Celebrations. The event will be in New York on December 9th, and tickets are still available. Young adult prices are available as well. Come to celebrate God's work and greatness, and hear from honoree Prof. Robert P. George, who will be honored during the event.Read More > 


November 10, 2014
Princeton Professor Exhorts International Students By Catherine Elvy, Staff WriterMiracles serve as a profound revelation of the love of God, who also actively sustains creation.The Lord demonstrated immeasurable compassion toward mankind in the greatest miracle of the universe, namely the resurrection of Christ from the dead."I believe in the grand miracle," said Robert Prud'homme, a Princeton University professor of chemical and biological engineering, during a recent dinner for International Students, Inc. "There is nothing more miraculous than that."

November 8, 2014

Dartmouth Students Pledge Devotion to Christ

by Eileen Scott, Senior WriterDartmouth College, often seen as a poster school for parties and raucous Greek life, recently garnered media attention for sexual assaults, alcohol infractions, and abusive hazing practices.However, there are a few voices crying out in the wilderness, and they are resonating from within a fraternity house.A handful of Christian young men at Dartmouth have found a home at the Beta Alpha Omega Fraternity and, despite the debauchery associated with Greek life, have assimilated with their faith, morals, and dignity intact. And that, they say, is the result of prayerful preparation and intentional faith.

November 8, 2014

Columbia Pitcher Is a Leader with Christian Union

by Catherine Elvy, Staff WriterA pitcher on Columbia University's baseball team recently paused to reflect on his faith after he was among 11 players to win All-Ivy League status.Adam Cline, who touts Christian Union's leadership development ministry at Columbia among his favorite collegiate activities, received the honor in May, less than a week after the Lions clinched the Ivy League Championship for the second season in a row."I pray before every game," said Cline,

November 8, 2014

Harvard Alumnus Embraces Christian Union's Holistic Approach

by Sarah Camp, Contributing EditorFor Harvard alumnus Tony Cimmarrusti and his wife Martha, supporting causes they care about is an endeavor to model the love of Christ, and it is something that "is a major fabric in the life of our family."Cimmarrusti (Harvard '81, HBS '86) is CEO and co-founder, with Bryce Gray, of Majestic Capital Management. In a dynamic, wide-ranging career, he has worked on Wall Street and at the Chicago Board of Trade; developed real estate; led numerous family offices; and served as CIO for the Majesty Fund since 1995. He explains how he and his wife discern which charitable organizations to support,

November 8, 2014

California's De-Recognition of InterVarsity Raises Concerns

by Catherine Elvy, Staff WriterCampus ministries are facing a mounting series of equal-access challenges from colleges across the nation.Among the action, California's public university system recently denied recognition to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship because it requires student leaders to observe Christian beliefs.In September, the California State University ended recognition for InterVarsity's chapters because they mandate student leaders to adhere to Christian doctrine."This could be the tipping point of other university systems moving in this direction, so that's why we are concerned," said Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity, in an article for Christianity Today. "It's as if the First Amendment now protects Greeks, but not religious folks, which is Alice in Wonderland stuff."

November 8, 2014

Scholar Sheds Light on Campus Hookup Culture

By Luke Foster, Columbia '15The first few weeks of classes are always an overwhelming time for new students on Ivy League campuses. The pace and pressures begin to mount; stress increases, if anything, faster than the workload. And these first weeks are also a proving ground for the moral and spiritual decisions that shape college experiences and lives to come. The party and hookup culture plays a major role. It's easy to think that hooking up is the only way to have fun, and many students from Christian backgrounds turn away from their faith to follow a seductive path.At Columbia, the dark underbelly of the hookup culture has been vividly highlighted in recent weeks.

November 8, 2014

Edifying, Serving the Body of Christ 

by Dr. Craig S. KeenerPaul declares that we are the body of Christ with many members. He then elaborates on some of the varied gifts God has graciously given us to serve the rest of Christ's body. Because Paul is simply offering samples, he provides several different lists that include a variety of ministries. These gifts for helping the other members in Christ's body include such diverse ministries as giving, teaching, prophesying, speaking wisely, healings, worship leading, and evangelism (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-10, 28-30; 14:26; Eph. 4:11).Paul nowhere distinguishes between what we might call supernatural and potentially natural gifts.

November 8, 2014

Princeton Ministry Fellow Leads Missions Trip

by Eileen Scott, Senior WriterA former basketball coach for an elite high school program, James Fields approaches ministry with the same intensity, helping university students achieve victory through Christ.Case in point was a missions trip to Mawanga, Uganda, sponsored by Christian Union this summer. Fields, a Christian Union ministry fellow at Princeton, and Asha Garretson, a Christian Union ministry fellow at Cornell, led the missions team, which was comprised of six students from Cornell, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth.

November 8, 2014

‘Life in the Spirit and Life of the Mind’

Christian Union: The Magazine recently interviewed Quincy Watkins, pastor of the Neighborhood Church in greater Philadelphia, on the topic of spiritual gifts. Rev. Watkins previously served with Christian Union as a ministry fellow and worked at McKinsey & Company after earning an MBA ('95) in business at The Wharton School.CU: How did you become a Christian and when did you embrace spiritual gifts?QW: At the age of 15, I became a Christian in a small Pentecostal church. My first experience with spiritual gifts (at the age of 16) was both powerful and overwhelming. After an intense season of fasting and prayer, I experienced many visions and prophetic words about people and their circumstances. Over the years, I've learned how to harness and cultivate my spiritual gifts. I still have so much to learn. I'm humbled that God would use someone like me.

November 6, 2014
"It is good to give thanks to the LORD to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night." — Psalm 92:1 God Himself is Our Rest By Matt Bennett From ChristianUnion.org In a hurried world, almost nothing is more precious than genuine rest. We long to have anxieties lifted, comfort provided, peace restored, and joy in abundance. God provides rest for the Christian who... Read more or watch the video (4:29) here >   Transformation at Harvard A Video Update (5:21) From ChristianUnion.org Harvard's original motto was Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae, or Truth for Christ and the Church. While Harvard has drifted from her spiritual heritage and become highly secular, God is still at work. He is stirring up the hearts of Harvard students. Watch this video update (5:21) on what God has been doing in students' lives at Harvard through the ministry of Christian Union.

October 28, 2014

Harvard Law Students Probe Sociologist's Acclaimed Book

by Catherine Elvy, Staff WriterChristians are called to reflect their faith in all spheres of life.That was one of the themes explored by students involved with Christian Union's ministry at Harvard Law School as they gathered online during the summer to explore and debate sociologist James Davison Hunter's To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World."We have an opportunity to bring the Church to a place of impact, and we should think long and hard about the ways we can best do that," said Austin Steelman, Harvard Law '16.

October 22, 2014
Dear Friends, God is moving in extraordinary ways to develop Christian leaders of wholehearted devotion to Him. Christian Union was founded in 2002 to transform our nation and world by developing and connecting bold Christian leaders. In each issue of Christian Union News, we hope you will find reason to be deeply encouraged as well as reason to seek God and to grow in his grace and love. "Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!" — Psalm 134 Trickle Down Culture By Eric MetaxasHosted at ChristianUnion.org Does God want us to change the world? And if so, how? If you're in a hurry, let me cut to the chase: a.) yes — and... b.) by doing what the Clapham Circle did: proving their faith through works, mostly among the poor and powerless, and working among the rich and powerful. There's a little more to it, but if you must run, there's the nuance-free answer which, like a sack lunch, you may take with you. If you can stay, I'll begin by telling you about...Read More >   Religion & Democracy By Clay ChristensenProfessor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School In this short video, watch as Clay Christenson from the Harvard Business School explains why religion is crucial for a successful democratic form of government. (1:39)Watch the Video Now >   The Danger of Not Recognizing Campus Religious Groups By Karen Swallow PriorTheAtlantic.com This fall, California State University revoked the official club status of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship groups across its 23 campuses. InterVarsity was founded in 1938 and hosts nearly 1,000 chapters across the country today; it allows any student to be a member, but requires its leaders to affirm its "doctrinal basis," which includes belief in the Bible's "trustworthiness." This statement has led some chapters to... Read More >   Leading and Learning By Eileen ScottSenior Writer, Christian Union: The Magazine From Africa to Ithaca, Nicole Mensa, Cornell '17, is serving people and sharing the message of God's love and compassion. A native of Ghana, Nicole came to Cornell for a top-flight education and to experience another culture; because of her participation with Christian Union's leadership development ministry at Cornell, she is also growing in her knowledge of the Bible and...Read More >
October 8, 2014
The Christian Union eNewsletter Dear Friends, God is moving in extraordinary ways to develop Christian leaders of wholehearted devotion to Him. Christian Union was founded in 2002 to transform our nation and world by developing and connecting bold Christian leaders. In this issue, you will find reason to be deeply encouraged as well as reason to seek God and to grow in his grace and love. Welcome to Christian Union's eNewsletter. "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." — Habakkuk 2:14    Why Leaders? By Matt Bennett Founder and President, Christian Union Christian Union's vision for changing culture requires reaching an especially influential segment of the US population with the Gospel. The need is profound; the worldview of this unreached people group affects us personally, shaping our economy, government, media, and education. Read more > A Fresh Take on Culture Change By Sarah CampMarketing and Communications Director, Christian Union Within every society there are those positioned by gifting, calling, and circumstance with disproportionate influence over those around them.

October 6, 2014

Christian Leaders Have Always Shared Four Traits Throughout History

As a pastor and author, Dr. Crawford Loritts has witnessed first-hand the widespread disregard for the talents and abilities God bestows on individuals. Why? Because more often than not, lining up God-given gifts with our own desires takes precedence, rather than working to understand His heart, mind, and will. Loritts explains in Four Traits of a Leader:

October 6, 2014

Cornell Alumni Passionate about Christian Leadership Development

For Cornellians Erik and Trasey Codrington, extending the love of Jesus Christ to students in the Ivy League reflects the grace they have received from God themselves. Erik and Trasey met as undergraduates at Cornell in the 1980s, when the university was what they would describe as a "spiritual desert."

October 6, 2014

Cornell Alumni Passionate about Christian Leadership Development

For Cornellians Erik and Trasey Codrington, extending the love of Jesus Christ to students in the Ivy League reflects the grace they have received from God themselves. Erik and Trasey met as undergraduates at Cornell in the 1980s, when the university was what they would describe as a "spiritual desert."

October 3, 2014

by Eric Metaxas

Does God want us to change the world? And if so, how? If you're in a hurry, let me cut to the chase: a.) yes – and...b) by doing what the Clapham Circle did: proving their faith through works, mostly among the poor and powerless, and working among the rich and powerful.There's a little more to it, but if you must run, there's the nuance-free answer which, like a sack lunch, you may take with you.If you can stay, I'll begin by telling you about the night talkshow host Dick Cavett and I went to see Mickey Rooney perform. This is not a joke. 

September 15, 2014
Can There be Good without God? Nate Otey '15 and Corinne Tu '13 Present Case for Necessity of Creator "If we're going to have a discussion on ethics, let's be ethical in giving up our seats and moving forward so that others can sit," exhorted moderator Jordan Monge in Harvard's Science Center Auditorium C. Typically used for large science lecture courses and having a seat capacity of 350, Harvard students of all faith backgrounds (and no faith backgrounds) crowded into the auditorium, leaving it completely filled—including the entirety of the floor space and standing room in the back. It is estimated that 430 people were present at the fall semester debate hosted by Harvard College Faith and Action (HCFA)  and Harvard Community Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA). Harvard College Faith and Action is a leadership development ministry supported and resourced by Christian Union.

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