On May 4, we celebrated the achievements of 815 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates during the University’s 123rd Commencement ceremonies. Before 7,000 guests and many more joining via livestream, we challenged these graduates to represent Christ well and use their vocation as a platform for ministry. Clara Costello, Justin Lough, and Jocelyn Quirple were honored as this year’s President’s Trophy recipients. Graduations are joyful and bittersweet. While we have grown to love these students during their time with us, we look forward with great anticipation to how God will use them for His good purposes and the advancement of the Gospel. You can experience some of the special moments from commencement yourself in a highlights video.
Cedarville’s Aero Design team recently placed third among American universities in the 2019 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design East competition. The competition challenged students to design a remote control airplane that could deliver multiple packages on target, simulating a mission to Mars. The Cedarville team was part of a field of 21 schools from around the world, including some of the best aeronautical engineering programs in the United States. You can read more about the Aero Design team’s success online.
The 123rd Commencement of Cedarville University will be held Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. We will award 821 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees; honor President’s Trophy and Faculty Scholarship award winners; and celebrate the successful completion of 1,000 days of preparing the class of 2019 for godly influence and vocational distinction. You can watch the commencement ceremony via online streaming from our commencement web page
From her wedding day in 1867 until her death in 1913, Martha McMillan journaled about living on a farm, raising a family, and following the Lord through every life event. Her writings also chronicle the very earliest years of Cedarville College. Mrs. McMillan’s grandson gifted her 12,000 pages of journals to Cedarville in 1986, and our American Women Writers course students, led by Dr. Michelle Wood, Associate Professor of English, have been engaging in recovery work with the journals since 2015. Their transcriptions and interpretations have been placed on the Digital Commons archives and are being accessed by researchers worldwide.
Dr. Karen Wonders is the founder of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, a nonprofit organization that comes alongside cancer patients to help them with exercise regimens that strengthen their bodies to gain maximum benefit from treatment. Dr. Wonders recently completed a Master of Ministry degree so she would be better equipped to address the spiritual needs of patients and, ultimately, point them to Christ. Watch the video as she explains how Cedarville’s M.Min. helped her add a ministry focus to her vocation.
Dr. Albert Mohler was our keynote speaker for the recent God Revealed apologetics conference. He inspired our students and guests to think carefully, biblically, and pastorally and challenged us to live and share the Gospel with courage and conviction. I invite you to listen to Dr. Mohler’s messages on the conference website and be challenged and encouraged to live out your faith and stand for the truth of the Gospel in your workplace, neighborhood, and community.
The Cedar Care Village Pharmacy opened April 2, only the second teaching pharmacy in the state of Ohio. There was a grand opening and ribbon-cutting on April 4 featuring Ohio’s First Lady and Cedarville resident Fran DeWine. The opening of Cedar Care Village Pharmacy is a testimony to Cedarville’s commitment to be good neighbors within our community and provide innovative opportunities for our students. Enjoy the video below, which shows highlights from the Cedar Care Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting celebration.
In chapel Monday, we came to the final verses in the book of Ephesians, wrapping up our ID:in Christ series as Paul concludes his letter to the church in Ephesus. Often, we skip through these kinds of passages, but there is rich truth here if we stop to examine it.
First, we learn about a genuine friend, Tychicus (Eph. 6:21-22), whom Paul calls a faithful servant. Are we intentionally looking for and becoming a selfless, faithful friend like this? Are we faithful in completing the small tasks so God will entrust us with larger ones?
Finally, Paul concludes the letter the way he began it, by sending grace and peace to the brothers and sisters whom he loved so much (Eph. 6:23-24). No two words sum up the book of Ephesians better than “grace” and “peace,” for it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we will ever experience true peace with God. Our response should be to love God with a love that is incorruptible.
As we concluded the ID: in Christ series, I challenged our students — and each of you as well — to remember that what describes us does not define us. Our identity lies only in the work of Jesus Christ. We are chosen, adopted, and redeemed. Never forget that you are loved by God for all eternity and that your identity is found in Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Last Friday in chapel we welcomed hundreds of guests for our final CU Friday of the academic year. As we near the conclusion of our ID: in Christ series, we came to Ephesians 6:10-20. While volumes have been written on this powerful passage, we only had time to skim the surface.
The Apostle Paul begins with the presupposition that there are evil, supernatural forces at work in the world. It was true in his day and is still true today, even though our society may not want to believe it. The devil — the prince of darkness, the father of lies — is actively roaming, seeking to destroy us. The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. We battle against the evil around us and the sin nature within us.
But the good news is this: The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in those who follow Him. In Christ, we are equipped to stand against evil. Part of being in genuine Christian community — whether at Cedarville University or your local church — means we lock arms together and do battle.
So, how do we live a victorious Christian life amid the evil around us? We:
- Stand against evil in Christ (10-14a)
- Put on the armor of God (14-17)
- Pray always in the Spirit (18-20)
Watch as we discover that, in Christ, we can live in victory.
Phil and Mandy Shaffer are fifth-generation farmers and parents of two Cedarville graduates and one soon-to-be graduate. They live out their vocation to the glory of God and have chosen to generously contribute the proceeds from their corn harvest to Cedarville every year. We shared the Shaffers’ story at a recent Farmers Night event here on campus. Get to know the Shaffers in a video, and you, too, will be blessed by this couple’s humble commitment to Cedarville and their passion to honor Christ with all that He has entrusted to them.