We tackled a controversial subject in chapel this week, and I did my best to address it with grace and wisdom. At Cedarville we have some standards that are clear biblical mandates and others that we consider institutional preferences. Among believers in the church today and within our campus community, you will find differing views on where alcohol fits on that mandate-to-preference spectrum.
More important than what people think, I wanted our students, faculty, and staff to consider carefully what Scripture says about the issue of alcohol. In short, Proverbs condemns alcohol abuse and encourages wisdom with alcohol. But there’s more to examine, and I invite you to join me as we consider four key principles from Proverbs regarding the believer’s attitude toward alcohol.
Ultimately, we want our students, faculty, and staff to flourish for the glory of God and the good of other people, pursuing the Way of Wisdom.
We’re expecting almost 1,000 middle schoolers and high schoolers on campus for CedarMania, which will be held March 24. This high-energy, high-impact event is a powerful time of fellowship, worship, and growth in the Word of God. Nearly 300 Yellow Jacket student volunteers commit to making this one of the most fun, meaningful, and memorable events in the lives of the young people who attend. This year, those attending will be challenged to live out a “Fearless” faith, courageous and steadfast in the midst of setbacks and hardship. CedarMania will motivate students for Kingdom impact. To learn more or register your group, visit the CedarMania site.
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Janice Supplee, Vice President for Marketing and Communications since 2016, will now also serve as Cedarville’s Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Supplee has served faithfully at Cedarville since 1995. She will ensure that each of our growing graduate programs continues to equip highly skilled professionals for career excellence and Gospel impact.
Charles and Carolyn Barth are lifelong friends of Cedarville University. At our recent Farmers Night, we honored their family’s faithfulness and commitment to use a successful farming operation in Pennsylvania to transform students’ lives in our Ohio cornfields. Would you consider joining the Barths and hundreds like them who are using the resources God has entrusted to them to invest in Kingdom work at Cedarville? Click on the video to hear their inspiring story.
On April 4, Cedarville will host the Living Water Apologetics Conference. This one-day event will feature Rosaria Butterfield, author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, and visiting professor Sam Allberry, an international speaker with Ravi Zacharias Ministries and author of Is God Anti-Gay?. They will challenge us to engage our society with a biblical perspective on the topics of sexual identity and sexual freedom. To learn more or register, visit the conference website.
According to recent survey results from the National Association of Colleges and Employers First Destination survey, 97.5 percent of Cedarville’s class of 2017 was employed or in graduate school six months after commencement. This outstanding rate far exceeds the national average and offers further evidence of how Cedarville prepares students for career success.
Cedarville University is committed to transforming lives for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement. We just released a brand-new video that beautifully captures, in the words of students and recent graduates, how that happens on our campus through faculty who take a personal interest in students, biblical integration in every course, and a campus experience that fosters students’ commitment to Christ in all they do.
Focused on future opportunities and growth, the January meeting of the Cedarville University Board of Trustees further refined a 10-year campus master plan concept that is expected to provide new academic spaces and enhance the residential experience for the University’s growing student community. The trustees also approved the 2018-19 budget, a pharmacy resolution for Cedar Care LLC, and the hiring of five faculty members and 10 faculty promotions. You can read more about our trustee meeting in a recent PR release.
All of us are called to use our vocation for the glory of God and the good of people. It doesn’t matter if we’re in a sacred or secular position, we have a responsibility to use our talents and abilities for the Lord. In today’s chapel message, we took a survey through the book of Proverbs to learn how to conduct the “business of our lives” according to biblical wisdom. We’ll discover two important ideas that should guide us:
- Principles – Our work should be founded in personal principles of integrity.
- People – We should care about people in whatever we do.
Listen in as we examine what God has to say about Capital Wisdom.
While none of us probably truly fits the description of a sluggard found in Proverbs 6:6, we all can have tendencies to be lazy. Our sinful nature pulls us to do only what we want to do or what comes easily to us. But at its root, laziness is shortsighted self-centeredness that keeps us from loving God and others well. We must fight against the urge toward laziness and use our God-given time and talents wisely. But how do we do that? Listen in as we continue our walk though Proverbs to discover how.