I love it when our Trustees can share their hearts with our students, and that’s exactly what happened during chapel on January 26. Chip Bernhard, Randy Patten, Corey Abney, Paige Patterson, and Dave Dykema were in Cedarville for our January Board of Trustees meeting, but they took time out of their busy schedules to express the reasons they serve as Trustees and the hopes they have for this amazing institution.
What causes quarrels and struggles among God’s people? James tells us that it’s our selfish desires within us. Our internal struggle with sin leads to external struggles with others. So what’s the solution? Grace through humility. Listen as we continue the Steadfast series, looking at the words in James 4:1-6.
Last month Cedarville celebrated its 130th Charter Day. Students, faculty, and staff were blessed to hear from Dr. Murray Murdoch, Senior Professor of History, as he spoke in the annual Charter Day chapel on January 23.
Dr. Murdoch discussed the challenges facing higher education and, drawing from his 50-plus years at Cedarville, explained why he believes true education can only happen in Christian education. As he shared, the only hope for the problems in our world is the message found in the Gospel. For 130 years, Cedarville has boldly upheld the Word of God with vigor and without apology, and we will always continue to do so.
Watch Dr. Murdoch’s Charter Day presentation and be encouraged about the bold, distinctly Christian education that our students experience at Cedarville University.
Chapel is the heartbeat of Cedarville’s campus. It’s the hour each weekday when we worship King Jesus together through song and Bible teaching. I’ve been excited to see the impact of chapel extend far beyond the Jeremiah Chapel walls. Daily broadcasts via the University’s livestream and Facebook Live attract hundreds of viewers from around the world. I hope you’ll join us this semester for some of these outstanding speakers:
- February 1-2 – Bruce Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- February 15 – Jennifer Marshall, Vice President of the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity
- March 16 – Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)
- March 21 – Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- March 29 – Sam Allberry, editor at The Gospel Coalition, global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and honorary minister at St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, UK
- March 30 – Larry Taunton, Founder and Executive Director of the Fixed Point Foundation
- April 12 – Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- April 19 – Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College
For a complete list of speakers, view the spring schedule online.
I’m excited to announce a new program, called JacketConnect, that will link Cedarville students with alumni and friend “advisers” for professional, personal, and spiritual encouragement. Please consider joining this network and sharing your wisdom and experiences with students who are looking for perspective and advice. Our students will benefit, and you’ll be enriched. Our goal is to add 500 alumni and friends to the network by February 15, when we announce the program to our students. We are well on our way to achieving and surpassing that goal. I hope you’ll join us!
This past weekend (January 20-21) we invested in the lives of 700+ students attending our annual CU LEAD Conference. Attracting high school juniors and seniors along with current Cedarville students who desire to serve in a leadership position on campus, this conference helps students grow in their faith and cultivate their leadership skills. Speakers like Brent Crowe from Student Leadership University; Kristin Craig, Cedarville alumna and Disney Imagineer; and more than 30 other faculty, staff, and administrators shared the biblical basis and practical applications of Gospel-centered leadership. Visit the conference website to learn more about CU LEAD.
On February 16, we will host an all-day apologetics conference, which will be sponsored by Crossings Ministries, the North American Mission Board, and Cedarville University. The conference will feature plenary sessions with internationally known, best-selling author Nancy Pearcey and Dan DeWitt, Director of our own Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity. The “Finding Truth” conference will also include a panel discussion and Q&A on “Flourishing Faith in a Secular Society” and numerous break-out sessions on engaging topics. Conference registration is $20 for adults and $10 for students and is open to the public. Our goal is that, through this conference, our students would be better equipped to defend and share their faith. If you are in the area, I hope you’ll join us!
As the humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to make international headlines, five senior mechanical engineering students are confronting the refugee problem by designing an emergency shelter that can last for at least a year. “As Christians, we are commanded to work for the betterment of the poor and the outcast, and as engineers, we have special abilities to meet physical needs that others are unable to meet,” shared Darren Holland, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who is guiding the students through the project.
Read more about this project that will minister to the lost and hurting around the world.
Cedarville University begins every spring semester with a Missions Conference, challenging our students to take the Gospel wherever God leads them. For some, that call is to full-time vocational ministry. For many others, it is a challenge to reach the lost in their workplace and community here at home. We welcomed 50 missions organizations and 85 missions representatives to engage with our students and present opportunities to serve around the world. Conference speakers included Kris Stout, Vice President of International Ministries for Word of Life Fellowship; Johnnie Moore, founder of The Kairos Group and passionate advocate for the persecuted church; and our own Don Callan, who has modeled a heart for missions throughout his life and is still actively engaged in sports evangelism. Dr. Callan was instrumental in establishing the M.I.S. program (now Global Outreach) for Cedarville. Take a moment to watch this short Missions Conference highlight video, and pray that God will continue to use the Conference to send workers into His harvest.
Scheduled January 27-28, the Worship 4:24 Conference is sponsored by Cedarville’s worship program, once again recognized as one of the top programs in the country. If you are a worship pastor or leader, this conference is an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your ministry and glean encouragement from fellow worship leaders. This year’s conference features Gateway Worship of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, and Mike Harland, Director of Lifeway Worship Resources. You can register up to the day of the event.