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April 12, 2017
As Christians we possess a fundamental understanding that each person has inherent worth, since we are made in the image and likeness of God. However, we often stand alone in this belief, as movements within our culture try to lead us to believe that worth is based on the usefulness of a person, and not upon the inherent fact that they are God’s creation. They teach that the old, the unborn, and those with physical or mental disabilities are not worthy of life, since they do not contribute to personal or societal gain. 

April 5, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. — Romans 12:12

March 23, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. — Hosea 14:9

March 8, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith... — Philippians 3:8-9

February 23, 2017
It’s not too late to join in the 40-day-fast now underway, from February 13 to March 24. The concept of fasting has been somewhat lost on our modern culture, especially here in America, where we experience so much bounty. However, it is a practice which warrants being re-introduced into our lives and the lives of those around us.

February 22, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. — Lamentations 3:25-26

February 20, 2017
Scientific and Ethical ConsiderationsStanford University Medical School professor Dr. William Hurlbut was the featured speaker at Christian Union New York's Forum on February 7, 2017. Listen or download audio of talk 

February 10, 2017
Released in January, Martin Scorsese’s latest movie, Silence, is set in the year 1639, during the Japanese persecution of Christians. The film is a moving mediation on suffering in the Christian tradition, particularly what it means that Jesus Christ, a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,” is “God with us” when we are weak, doubting and wracked with pain ourselves.

February 10, 2017
We live in a society that behaves as though truth and love are incompatible. Those who would err on the side of love may even prefer to manipulate the truth to avoid offending others. We may even excuse such actions as evidence of neighborly love. Why?

February 8, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. — Luke 11:10

February 2, 2017
A Student's Perspective Aimee Knaus, Class of 2017, is involved with Christian Union's ministry at the University of Pennsylvania. The international studies and business management major feels she has two hometowns: Lynchburg, Virginia, and Amman, Jordan. Her campus activities include: Christian Union at Penn; the Penn Arab Student Society; and the Undergraduate Assembly."I grew up in an American family in Jordan and the Togolese Republic. I've found God is using my international upbringing to aid refugees in very tangible ways.

February 1, 2017

Students Deliver Sandwiches, and Christian Insights, to Peers

Text-4-Toasties at Dartmouth
By Jessica Tong, Dartmouth '17In November, Dartmouth students from various campus ministries partnered with the Dartmouth Apologia: A Journal of Christian Thought to host "Text-4-Toasties."During the day, they e-mailed students across campus inviting them to text in a question about Christianity and its intersection with any aspect of life, whether it was philosophy, science, pop culture, or anything else. In return, the students delivered toasted sandwiches (of either Nutella or grilled cheese) and discussed their questions with them.Participating ministries included Christian Union, Agape, and Aquinas House.

February 1, 2017

Christian Union NYC Impacts, Networks Young Professionals

by Catherine Elvy, Staff WriterYoung professional believers are eager to integrate their faith into their careers.To help them assimilate into the workforce and thrive there, the director of Christian Union's ministry for professionals in New York City is expanding the organization's slate of community groups, which focus upon biblical study and leadership training."There's definitely a strong desire to link what they're studying to their daily lives," said Scott Crosby, director of Christian Union New York City (NYCU). "Now that they are spending 12 to 14 hours a day at work, their questions are less theoretical and, more and more, 'where does this apply and how does this work out?'"

February 1, 2017

Qin '19 Inspired by Christian Union at Brown

A Herald of Truth
by Eileen Scott, Senior WriterAs a writer for The Brown Daily Herald, Suvy Qin is a tenacious reporter who recently gave a voice to the voiceless. As a member of Christian Union's ministry at Brown, the sophomore continues to grow in faith and live as a Christian on campus.Qin admits that Christianity and Brown's culture do not easily mesh. Coming to the university has challenged her to confront issues of social justice, including racial and economic inequality, and caused her to see how a biblical worldview can be contrary to modern culture's narratives. This has been particularly true when dealing with academic theory that presents Christianity as historically oppressive and contributing to societal ills like racism."That's not what our God stands for," said Qin.

February 1, 2017

Ministry Hosts Author of 'Revival Stories'

A God-Sized Vision
by Catherine Elvy, Staff WriterWhen Timothy Dwight took over the helm of Yale College in 1795, the institution was in a "most ungodly state," beset by rampant alcohol consumption, profanity, gambling, and other vices.Only about 10 percent of the student body affirmed faith, while others were skeptical or "rowdies," according to A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir.During an appearance in October at Cornell University, Collin Hansen, the book's co-author, told students they need to experience a "God-sized vision" of revival, and he pointed to the Second Great Awakening for inspiration.

February 1, 2017
Defending Life at Harvard Law School
Student Organization Gains University Recognition by Eileen Scott, Senior WriterStudents with Christian Union's ministry at Harvard Law School are taking their passion for justice from the classroom to the campus community as they promote the most basic of human rights—life.Members of the leadership development ministry have helped start Law Students for Life with fellow Christians and ministries at Harvard Law School (HLS). Professor Mary Ann Glendon is the faculty advisor for the student-led organization, which received university recognition in November.For these students, protecting life is about holding sacred the image of God reflected in all persons. That includes the unborn, as well as those at the end of their lives.

February 1, 2017

Christian Union Purchases Historic Building

by Catherine Elvy, staff writerChristian Union is preparing to open the doors to the Robert L. Melrose Center for Christian Leadership, just a block from Princeton University.The facility will provide office space for Christian Union's ministry team at Princeton, as well as meeting space for Bible courses, mentoring and prayer sessions, alumni events, and other gatherings."It will be a great place off campus for students to feel like they are hosted in a really warm, welcoming space," said Jon Nielson, Christian Union's director of ministry at Princeton.In October, Christian Union purchased the historic home at 19 Vandeventer Avenue, a block north of Firestone Library.

February 1, 2017

Foreign Missionary Was Influenced by Brainerd, Carey, and the Word  

The Consecration Of Adoniram Judson
by Jason G. DuesingEditor's note: This article was adapted from Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of The Pioneer American Missionary (B&H Publishing, 2012). The collection was edited by Jason G. Duesing, academic Provost and Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. America's first formally-sent foreign missionary, Judson (Brown 1807) spent nearly 40 years in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and translated the Bible into Burmese.At the start of his second year at Andover Theological Seminary, Adoniram Judson began to "reflect on the personal duty of devoting his life to the cause of missions."

February 1, 2017

A Christian Union: The Magazine Interview

The Inspirational Life of Missionary David Brainerd
Christian Union: The Magazine recently interviewed Dr. Doug Sweeney about the life and long-lasting impact of David Brainerd, a missionary to Native Americans during the 18th century. Sweeney is Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Chair of the Department, and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been published widely on Jonathan Edwards, early modern Protestant thought, and the history of evangelicalism. His books include two volumes in the Yale Edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards (Yale, 1999, 2004); Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford, 2003); and Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment (Oxford, 2016).In 2015, Sweeney and other theologians were interviewed for Church Works Media's DVD, The Life of David Brainerd, A Documentary. Although he died at 29, Brainerd's passion for the Lord and lost souls inspired generations of missionaries, especially after Edwards published his biography, An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd.

February 1, 2017

J. Christy Wilson, Jr. and His Impact on World Evangelization

Where No One Has Heard
Christy Wilson's first contact with missions came even before his first words, his first steps, or his first friendships. His childhood home in Persia (now known as Iran) was a perpetual showcase displaying God's heart for missions. His parents served as missionaries in Tabriz for two decades, and Christy's heart for God and for missions quickly grew.When Christy was just five years old, Rev. Stefan Huviar, a beloved Nestorian evangelical pastor who labored alongside Christy's father in Tabriz, asked Christy what he wanted to do when he grew up. Christy had frequently heard his parents praying for Afghanistan, an unreached country to the east. He knew that this country, approximately the size of Texas, didn't have even one Christian."I want to be a missionary to Afghanistan," Christy informed Pastor Huviar. "Well," the pastor responded, "missionaries aren't allowed in Afghanistan." "That's why I want to be one there," Christy immediately replied.