Month: December 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Because You Give

Because of the generous investment of alumni and friends, Cedarville is able to equip students for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement during their transformative days on our campus. Students like Krista, who is preparing for a medical career in Haiti. And, graduates like Randy, who has dedicated his life to global missions. Your gifts impact students lives, and ultimately, impact eternity. As 2016 draws to a close, would you make a gift to student scholarships now?

Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Since arriving at Cedarville University in 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to interview many prospective faculty members and have heard their heart for the Gospel, for their students, and for their subject area. With this caliber of professor on our faculty, it came as no surprise to me, then, that all five of the professors we nominated for Ohio Magazine‘s “Excellence in Education” awards were chosen to receive that honor. This acknowledgement is a testament to the high standards of teaching, mentoring, and general academic pursuit to which our faculty members hold themselves. Join me in congratulating Rebecca Gryka, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Marc Clauson, Ph.D., Professor of History and Law; Mark Gathany, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology; Tim Norman, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; and Michelle Wood, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English.

A Different Team: #CUGO

I am consistently impressed with the way our Yellow Jacket athletic teams carry themselves, both on and off their fields of play. It is not uncommon to see them taking the time to pray with opposing teams after fierce competition, and many of our teams are committed to taking time each summer to share Christ’s love through using their sport in missions. This past summer, the men’s soccer team traveled to Austria and had the opportunity to explain the Gospel message to a group of Somali refugees. Take a minute to watch Head Coach Brett Faro talk about the interaction and how it impacted him and his players. Praise God for His work in the lives of those who don’t yet know Him around the world thanks to the tireless, humble work of our Global Outreach teams. Watch video. #CUGO

Start M.Min. and First Course Is Free


Our graduate programs continue to experience strong growth, and I want to remind you about a special opportunity to take a free Master of Ministry course and begin your degree program when you start in January or March 2017. Our on-campus or completely online Master of Ministry degree will equip you to do more in ministry in just one year, and the 38 hours of M.Min. coursework feature an innovative, relationship-rich, and theologically grounded approach. Apply today and take advantage of this free-course offer!

Trustee Emeritus Passes Away

Dr. Robert Leslie Sumner, 94, of Lynchburg, Virginia, went to his heavenly home on December 5, 2016. He served as a Trustee at Cedarville University from 1962 until 1988 and then served in emeritus status. I had the privilege of interacting with him via email and writing the forward to his last book. Cedarville Chancellor Paul Dixon officiated his funeral. Read Dr. Sumner’s obituary, posted on Cedarville’s website, to learn more about his legacy of faithful Gospel ministry.

Celebrating Successful Continuation of Accreditation

With praise and glory to the Lord, I am pleased to share that the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has officially continued the accreditation of Cedarville University. The team’s recommendation to the Commission, as a result of the visit, stated that all 21 core components of the Criteria for Accreditation were met and that there were no recommendations for interim monitoring. The next reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in 2026-27. In its recommendation, the team stated that Cedarville is “a university that is deeply committed to its mission and related mission documents. Students experience both high quality academics and spiritual growth on a beautiful 400 acre campus. Cedarville faculty, staff, and students stand for the ‘Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.’” Read the official announcement here.

Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours

On behalf of the Cedarville University family, Joy, Rachel, Samuel, and I pray you have a blessed Christmas and start to the New Year. God has bestowed His grace on us in many ways. We shared a few of those blessings in our annual Christmas greeting. Please let us know if we may ever be of service, and take time to celebrate King Jesus during the upcoming holidays.

Wisdom from Above or Below

Wisdom from Above or BelowHow can we live lives more conformed to the image of Christ? By seeking true wisdom — wisdom from above. Wisdom that brings righteousness and peace. Wisdom that comes from reading and applying God’s Word.

In my last chapel message of the semester, I challenged the student body from James 3:13–18 to seek to be people who pursue wisdom from above, not wisdom from below.

You can access all of the messages from this year’s “Steadfast” series from the book of James when you visit our online chapel archive.


The Untamable Tongue

The Untamable ToungueOne of our greatest struggles as followers of Christ is controlling the words that come out of our mouth. Our words reveal our heart. So why can’t we tame the tongue? Because we have hearts that have a sinful nature.

But there is hope in our struggle. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to guard our words. This post includes the message from James 3:1-12 that I shared with our campus community right after the Thanksgiving break.

You can access all of the messages from this year’s “Steadfast” series from the book of James when you visit our online chapel archive.


Talk Is Cheap; Faith Works

Talk is Cheap; Faith WorksWe’ve all heard it said: “Actions speak louder than words.” But how does that relate to our faith? What does genuine saving faith look like in the life of a believer? What does it look like when we back up our faith with our works? I had the privilege of challenging our students, faculty, and staff, along with hundreds of visitors for our most recent CU Friday visit event, from James 2:14–26, perhaps one of the most difficult passages in the Bible. Listen in as we discover the contrast between a faith that has works and a faith that does not have works.

You can access the message (as well as other messages from my “Steadfast” series in the book of James) in our online chapel archive.


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