Chapel is the heartbeat of Cedarville’s campus. It’s the hour each weekday when we worship King Jesus together through song and Bible teaching. I’ve been excited to see the impact of chapel extend far beyond the Jeremiah Chapel walls. Daily broadcasts via the University’s livestream and Facebook Live attract hundreds of viewers from around the world. I hope you’ll join us this semester for some of these outstanding speakers:
- February 1-2 – Bruce Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- February 15 – Jennifer Marshall, Vice President of the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity
- March 16 – Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)
- March 21 – Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- March 29 – Sam Allberry, editor at The Gospel Coalition, global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and honorary minister at St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, UK
- March 30 – Larry Taunton, Founder and Executive Director of the Fixed Point Foundation
- April 12 – Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- April 19 – Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College
For a complete list of speakers, view the spring schedule online.
I’m excited to announce a new program, called JacketConnect, that will link Cedarville students with alumni and friend “advisers” for professional, personal, and spiritual encouragement. Please consider joining this network and sharing your wisdom and experiences with students who are looking for perspective and advice. Our students will benefit, and you’ll be enriched. Our goal is to add 500 alumni and friends to the network by February 15, when we announce the program to our students. We are well on our way to achieving and surpassing that goal. I hope you’ll join us!
This past weekend (January 20-21) we invested in the lives of 700+ students attending our annual CU LEAD Conference. Attracting high school juniors and seniors along with current Cedarville students who desire to serve in a leadership position on campus, this conference helps students grow in their faith and cultivate their leadership skills. Speakers like Brent Crowe from Student Leadership University; Kristin Craig, Cedarville alumna and Disney Imagineer; and more than 30 other faculty, staff, and administrators shared the biblical basis and practical applications of Gospel-centered leadership. Visit the conference website to learn more about CU LEAD.
On February 16, we will host an all-day apologetics conference, which will be sponsored by Crossings Ministries, the North American Mission Board, and Cedarville University. The conference will feature plenary sessions with internationally known, best-selling author Nancy Pearcey and Dan DeWitt, Director of our own Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity. The “Finding Truth” conference will also include a panel discussion and Q&A on “Flourishing Faith in a Secular Society” and numerous break-out sessions on engaging topics. Conference registration is $20 for adults and $10 for students and is open to the public. Our goal is that, through this conference, our students would be better equipped to defend and share their faith. If you are in the area, I hope you’ll join us!
As the humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to make international headlines, five senior mechanical engineering students are confronting the refugee problem by designing an emergency shelter that can last for at least a year. “As Christians, we are commanded to work for the betterment of the poor and the outcast, and as engineers, we have special abilities to meet physical needs that others are unable to meet,” shared Darren Holland, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who is guiding the students through the project.
Read more about this project that will minister to the lost and hurting around the world.
Cedarville University begins every spring semester with a Missions Conference, challenging our students to take the Gospel wherever God leads them. For some, that call is to full-time vocational ministry. For many others, it is a challenge to reach the lost in their workplace and community here at home. We welcomed 50 missions organizations and 85 missions representatives to engage with our students and present opportunities to serve around the world. Conference speakers included Kris Stout, Vice President of International Ministries for Word of Life Fellowship; Johnnie Moore, founder of The Kairos Group and passionate advocate for the persecuted church; and our own Don Callan, who has modeled a heart for missions throughout his life and is still actively engaged in sports evangelism. Dr. Callan was instrumental in establishing the M.I.S. program (now Global Outreach) for Cedarville. Take a moment to watch this short Missions Conference highlight video, and pray that God will continue to use the Conference to send workers into His harvest.
Scheduled January 27-28, the Worship 4:24 Conference is sponsored by Cedarville’s worship program, once again recognized as one of the top programs in the country. If you are a worship pastor or leader, this conference is an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your ministry and glean encouragement from fellow worship leaders. This year’s conference features Gateway Worship of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, and Mike Harland, Director of Lifeway Worship Resources. You can register up to the day of the event.
At Cedarville University, we are committed to the authority of Scripture. It is the foundation for everything we do here. We are also committed to equipping every student to understand the Gospel and to live and share it.
That’s why we are excited to host “Finding Truth,” an apologetics conference designed for high school and college-age students, as well as those who care and minister to them. I am also grateful to our sponsors for this event, NAMB and Crossings Ministries.
This dynamic one-day event will feature outstanding speakers and engaging, practical sessions to help students understand, defend, and share their faith.
Our speakers for this event will be Nancy Pearcey, best-selling author, popular conference speaker, and professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, and Dan DeWitt, Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity and Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics at Cedarville. We were excited to welcome Dr. DeWitt to the faculty of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies this past summer as he leads our efforts to engage culture from a biblical worldview.
If you have a high school or college-age student in your life or are just interested in influencing the next generation for Gospel impact, I encourage you to visit the “Finding Truth” event website to learn more and register.
Each January, Cedarville begins the semester with a missions conference. This year’s conference, scheduled January 10-12, will bring almost 50 missions organizations and 85 representatives to campus to challenge our student body with the needs of the world. The goal is to remind all of us — students, faculty, and staff — that we are all commissioned by Christ to take the Gospel to the nations. Johnnie Moore, best-selling author and founder of the Kairos Project, will headline the conference. Kris Stout from Word of Life Bible Institute and our own Dr. Don Callan will also present. Many students over the years have seen how their area of academic training and personal interests fit them into places of global service, so please pray that hearts would be receptive to the Spirit’s calling. We will stream the main sessions via Facebook Live at cedarville.edu/facebook and on our site at cedar.to/chapellive.
You’ve probably heard me say that Cedarville students have hearts uniquely attuned to Gospel ministry. Nowhere does that show more than
in Resound Radio’s Prayer for Revival campaign. Resound is our student-run online radio station. Recently, station members began discussing the need for revival in our country. Knowing that revival must begin in the hearts of students here on campus, a prayer campaign was launched. Each day at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., one of our students shares a prayer for revival live and on-air at resoundradio.com, asking the Lord to move here on campus and in our nation. Would you join me and our students in praying this prayer?