It was great to be back in chapel today after being away on the Cedarville Friends for Life Cruise — even though it’s 60 degrees colder than what we experienced last week!
Today we came to Ephesians 5:3-14 in our ID: in Christ series. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be that light. That’s our identity in Christ.
And light cannot associate with darkness. We are called to shine our light into the darkness and then — through the power of the Holy Spirit — expose and drive out the darkness.
Join us as we continue our study in Ephesians and discover how as children of light, we are called to avoid, expose, and transform darkness into light.
Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter, filmmaker, and award-winning author Andrew Peterson will perform at Cedarville on February 12. He will also speak in chapel February 12 and 13. Andrew’s music focuses on the gravity of the crucifixion and the power of the resurrection. We look forward to having this gifted and inspiring musician and writer on campus next week. The concert is free and open to the public.
Connor Hart, a Cedarville freshman mechanical engineering major from Loveland, Ohio, founded The Hands of Hope Foundation while in high school. With the help of the School of Engineering, he is continuing the work while attending Cedarville. The Hands of Hope Foundation is a nonprofit that provides children with free 3D-printed prosthetics.
Criminal justice professor Dr. Patrick Oliver has developed a biblical mentoring program for minorities aspiring to law enforcement leadership. His program has had a remarkable success rate, with all but two of 26 graduates promoted or appointed to a higher rank after entering the program, and 15 of them named CEOs of law enforcement agencies. His program was recently featured in an international publication for police chiefs
Our computer science students have been involved in a very exciting project, combining their vocation with their passion for the Gospel. They have created a smartphone application that can be used as an evangelism and discipleship tool for sharing the Gospel with unreached people groups who have little to no written language. The app was tested last summer in Kenya and Uganda, and they expect to release a final version this year.
Theologically rich worship, solid biblical exposition, inspiring testimonies, and the coming together of our campus community make chapel one of the most important times for our students during their 1,000 days on campus. This spring, I hope you will join us in chapel via livestream for my series in Ephesians, and to hear from such outstanding speakers as Sam Allberry, former Cedarville visiting professor and global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; Cedarville alumna and best-selling author Dannah Gresh; and Dr. Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
View our spring chapel schedule online for a complete list of speakers.
Dr. Dan DeWitt, Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity and Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics at Cedarville University, has earned double honors for his first children’s book, The Friend Who Forgives. This story about the friendship of Jesus and Peter was honored by Christianity Today and the Gospel Coalition. Read more about Dr. DeWitt’s new children’s book in a recent PR release.
It was a joy to have our Trustees with us in chapel today, as they were on campus for their annual midyear meeting. As we continued in our ID: In Christ series, we came to Ephesians 4:25–5:2, discovering practical application of what it means to live out our identity in Christ.
The Apostle Paul provides a list of things we should not do, and then some that we should do. As followers of Jesus Christ, our desire should be to live as imitators of God, motivated by our love for Christ.
Join us as examine what it looks like to be a mature follower of God.
This year, we hosted our largest missions conference ever, with 100 missions organizations and more than 50 missionaries on campus. Dr. Kevin Ezell of the North American Mission Board and Cedarville’s own Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, challenged students to not just take the Gospel to places far away, but to live with Gospel purpose and passion wherever He leads them.
Watch the video below for highlights of this year’s Missions Conference.
It was great to return to Monday chapel after a bit of a break, continuing our ID: in Christ series in Ephesians. We discovered in Ephesians 4:17–24 that to realize our true identity in Christ, we first must change our thinking. Renewed thinking leads to renewed living.
What we genuinely believe about something affects our actions and how we live. If I believe a stove is hot, I will not touch it. If I believe I am a new creation because of Jesus Christ, I will strive to live a life that honors Him.
We must reject our old self, renew our minds daily, and then embrace our new self. Join us for “We Are New Creations in Christ” as we discover how to change our thinking to embrace fully our new identity in Christ.