I am thrilled to announce that Sam Allberry will join Cedarville University as a visiting professor for the 2017-18 academic year. Sam will teach practical theology courses and speak in seminars, apologetics events, and chapel.
Sam is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is passionate about helping people understand the significance and wonder of biblical truth. He is the author of a number of books, including “Is God Anti-Gay?,” “James for You,” and “Why Bother with Church?” He is also founding editor of “Living Out,” a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction.
I am excited about what God is going to do through Sam on the campus of Cedarville University this year. We are blessed by his friendship to our students and passion for the Gospel. Watch the video below to get to know Sam, and join me in praying for a fruitful ministry for Sam this year at Cedarville.
The Cedarville University supermileage cars and robotics team have turned in top finishes at national competitions. But this summer, Urbie, Sting II, and Gold Lightening, along with Cedarville’s autonomous robotic vehicle, were center stage at the Ohio State Fair. Not only that, the Cedarville STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) display earned top honors, including Best Technology Exhibit. Congratulations to our faculty and engineering students.
One outcome of God’s blessing upon Cedarville’s enrollment year after year is the need for more residence halls. This fall, we open Jenkins Hall, a beautiful residence hall for female students that is located near the University’s townhouses along the western edge of campus. The $3.3 million, 64-bed residence hall has eight rooms per living unit, plus a common study room and fellowship room to encourage friendships and spiritual growth.
The University trustees have also approved construction of a second hall to open next fall. Like Jenkins, this residence hall will provide space for 64 women. We are blessed that both of these residence halls have been fully funded.
Cedarville plans to add a civil engineering major beginning fall 2018, pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission. Civil engineering will join our impressive slate of School of Engineering programs:
These programs enjoy near-100 percent placement rates and are often noted by employers for producing graduates who are gifted and creative problem solvers, excellent team members, and powerful communicators.
Throughout the summer, work crews were as busy as yellow jackets revamping and expanding our student snack shop and gathering place. Stinger’s, named after the Cedarville mascot, opened for business when students arrived on campus for Getting Started Weekend. Take a look at the new and improved Stinger’s.
We pray Stinger’s will be a community hub for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy fellowship, grow in discipleship, and deepen friendships. I hope you visit us soon and stop by Stinger’s to enjoy the newly updated space. And make sure to order a Stinger wrap and some fries while you’re there.
I begin a 20-sermon series through the book of Proverbs with our University family, starting this Monday in chapel. The series is titled “The Way of Wisdom.” The writer of Proverbs, imparting wisdom to his son, contrasts two paths:
- Those who choose the way of folly will suffer consequences that ultimately lead to death.
- Those who choose the way of wisdom will enjoy a life characterized by trusting in God.
I am excited to walk through this challenging book with our faculty, staff, and students as we seek to be a University that walks in the way of wisdom.
I invite you to join us on this path to walking in the way of wisdom. Visit our chapel livestreaming site every morning at 10 a.m. You’ll join hundreds of voices in worship to our great God, and then dig deeply into His Word.
Watch the video below for an exciting introduction to this series.
Our University logo is a symbol of our commitment to educational excellence and biblical integration. Over the last six months, the University logo has been refreshed, and I’m excited for you to see it. As you look at the logo, you’ll notice subtle but important changes that remind us that the Gospel is the foundation of all we do at Cedarville and the Scriptures are the source of truth that gives light to every educational endeavor.
Theta Rho Epsilon, or OPE, is a Cedarville discipleship and service organization that has impacted the lives of hundreds of young men for Christ. This organization creates a strong connection between its members that remains years after graduation. This spring, OPE members brought the Good News of Jesus Christ to Peru. While there, they learned from the example of an aging pastor who is slowed physically, but is running strong to the end because of his powerful confidence in prayer. Watch the video of their trip below and be blessed.
We welcome Mark Vroegop, a Cedarville University Trustee and Lead Pastor at College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, to this year’s Fall Bible Conference, Aug. 21-24. If you’re not able to visit us and hear Mark’s challenging messages in person, you can livestream every session of the conference. In addition, livestreaming will be available throughout the school year for all chapel messages, including my series this year on Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom.
Mark’s theme for Fall Bible Conference is “The Battle: Killing Sin Before It Kills You.” Recently, he filmed a message for our students introducing his series. Take a moment to view the video, and pray with us for God to work in a mighty way in the hearts and minds of our students this year.
Please share with your friends, family, and church about this year’s Fall Bible Conference and daily chapels, and especially the livestreaming option. I look forward to a life-changing time in the Scriptures.
This weekend, Lord willing, we will welcome nearly 1,000 new students to Cedarville University during Getting Started Weekend. We thank God for continuing to bless this institution. We thank Him for parents who consider us faithful to provide a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education, immersed in the truths of Scripture. We thank God for the privilege of equipping young people to impact this culture for the Gospel in every vocation. Please pray for every student whom God is entrusting to us, that their “1,000 days” will be marked by godly mentors, intentional discipleship, Christ-centered community, and personal and professional development marked by excellence. In all of this, our prayer is to set them on a trajectory to make a difference for King Jesus.