We encourage our students to embrace the Gospel and live it out in some type of ministry. A team of students has done just that at The Barn Youth Center, located in the village of Pleasant Hill, about an hour northwest of Cedarville. The team visited The Barn every Friday night to hang out with high school students, play games, have fun, and engage in Gospel conversations. Many young people have put their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation because of The Barn and the faithful service of Cedarville students.
At its May 5 meeting, our Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Thomas Mach, Ph.D., as Vice President for Academics. He is replacing Gen. Loren Reno, who has served in this role since 2015. Gen. Reno will continue as a Professor of Management and as my special adviser. The Trustees also confirmed five new faculty members, and appointed two new trustees. They also approved a concealed carry policy for Cedarville, in accordance with Ohio Senate Bill 199.
On May 6, Cedarville University celebrated the achievements of 703 undergraduate and 93 graduate students representing 42 states and 15 countries. We are excited to see how God will use these outstanding men and women — our newest alumni — in His Kingdom for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement. Congratulations to our 2017 graduates! Celebrate with us as you enjoy a video of commencement highlights.
At Cedarville, we encourage all of our students to take at least one short-term missions trip during their time here. This summer we have students, faculty, and staff who are traveling to more than 20 countries to fulfill the Great Commission. Using sports, medicine, construction, and many other means, our students are ministering to others throughout the world as they share the Good News of Jesus Christ. All of these “GO Teams” are coordinated by our Global Outreach department.
Would you join me in praying for these teams this summer? Please pray for protection and strength for each team member and for the message of the Gospel to go out with power and conviction around the world.
Check out the Global Outreach blog for updates on the teams throughout the summer. Thank you for partnering with us for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.
With the conclusion of the academic year came the end of our “Steadfast” chapel series in the book of James. As I prepared for each of these messages, I was challenged in my own personal study with the difference between genuine faith and false faith, mature faith and immature faith. James gives us a measuring stick with which we can evaluate our own spiritual walk.
But, this last section of James turns the focus to the straying brother or sister. How do we to respond when a believer is walking away from their faith? Do we push them away with prideful arrogance and a feeling of superiority? Or are we truly broken over another’s sin because we love them as we love ourselves?
James instructs us to be on a search and rescue mission, lovingly seeking to bring a lost brother back to the faith. Join us as we conclude our Steadfast series in James 5:19-20.
It has been a privilege to walk through the book of James each week with our students, faculty, and staff as we considered “Steadfast Faith for Trying Times” this year in chapel.
James is a practical book focusing on our words, our deeds, and our relationships with others. It challenges us to remain steadfast through challenges, and we need only turn on the evening news or visit the Internet to know that we live in challenging times.
Consider James’ encouragement to us in chapter 1, verses 2–4:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
As we face the trials and obstacles of life we must remain steadfast in our faith, which will be displayed in our words, our actions, and our relationships with others. The weight of James will weigh heavy on us all if we forget about the grace of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit living within us. It is only by the power of the Spirit that we can live the kind of life James describes.
I’m posting access to the entire sermon series in case you have missed any of them. I encourage you to watch and be encouraged that even in the midst of cultural or personal challenges, we can take heart knowing that we have a “Steadfast Faith for Trying Times.”
I’d like to conclude with a short clip of my challenge to our students — and to you — that we love one another enough to never stop seeking to bring back a lost brother or sister who has strayed from the faith.