Month: February 2017

Liberal Arts in the Christian Context

On February 6, our campus community was blessed to hear Thomas Mach, Professor of History and Associate Vice President for Academics, in chapel speaking on “Liberal Arts in the Christian Context.” Dr. Mach — a true statesman for the value of the liberal arts within a Christian university setting — identified four key attributes that are common in liberal arts education today. Using Genesis as his backdrop, he addressed each of these attributes from a biblical context and went on to share what makes Cedarville’s approach to the liberal arts truly unique. Listen and be encouraged.

10 Commands for Grace Through Humility

On February 13, we continued our “Steadfast” study in the book of James. Previously, we discovered that grace through humility is the answer to our selfish desires that lead to sin. Our constant state should be one of humility.

But how do we make sure that we are counted among the humble? James offers 10 commands for us to follow. Listen in as we examine James 4:6–10 for answers.

Fun, Friends, and First Impressions: CedarMania Registration Is Underway

It’s that time again when hundreds of excited junior high and high school students will converge on the beautiful Cedarville University campus for CedarMania. CedarMania offers a day of incredible worship, wholesome fun, small-group Bible studies, and, for some, their initial exposure to Cedarville. Many of our current students first imagined becoming Yellow Jackets from a CedarMania experience. Registration is open now and continues until March 10.

Industrial and Innovative Design Program No. 5 in the Nation

Cedarville University’s Industrial and Innovative Design (IID) program has garnered national recognition for its excellence. The program, according to College Values Online, is No. 5 in the nation for its academic excellence and career earning power. Cedarville ranked higher than Carnegie Mellon and The Ohio State University, among many others, and was the only Christian university program in the top 25. Such rankings keep proving that a Cedarville education is indeed marked by excellence. Read the full story.

Changing Lives Now

Besides incredible professional preparation, Cedarville also stirs students’ hearts for evangelism and service. One ministry where our students are making a difference for the Kingdom of God is Doors of Hope, which is featured in our latest #CUGO video. This ministry, located just up the road in Springfield, reaches people mired in poverty with both practical help today and the eternally life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Trustees Approve Civil Engineering; Celebrate Chapel Campaign Completion


At Cedarville, we are always seeking ways to expand our influence for the Lord, and that includes through new academic disciplines. During the January Trustees meeting, we agreed to seek approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission to add a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program. If approved, civil engineering would join the already impressive programs we have in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. It was also my honor to share with our Trustees that we have successfully completed the $3 million Jeremiah Chapel renovation. This campaign generated the highest number of donors for a single project in the University’s history. Our contractors finished on time and on budget, and our students were able to enjoy the upgraded space the moment they stepped foot on campus last August.

Here are other highlights from the January meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Professors Part of “Is Genesis History?” Film; Showing Feb. 23

I wanted to let you know about a new movie showing in theaters for one night only on February 23, Is Genesis History? Two Competing Views…One Compelling Truth. John Whitmore, Professor of Geology, is mentioned in the film and Steve Austin, an adjunct professor for us this semester, is in the film. For those living in southwest Ohio, Is Genesis History? will be showing at Fairfield Commons 20, Huber Heights 16, Dayton South 16, and other local theaters. As you know, the better a movie does, the more likely additional movies of a similar nature will be produced. I encourage you to support this film.

Trustees Share Hopes for Cedarville

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.

Warring Against Worldliness

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.

Christian Education in the 21st Century

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.

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