Approximately 300 Cedarville University students and faculty members went out on 19 Global Outreach teams this summer. They traveled to Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, and Africa, including hard-to-reach communities in China, India, Kosovo, and South Asia. They partnered with missionaries and indigenous churches to serve local communities and present the Gospel. Their hard work and faithfulness resulted in a summer harvest of salvations and discipleship that will go on into eternity.
For the first time ever, Cedarville is offering one of its iconic Bible minor classes for free to the general public. Dr. Chris Miller’s beloved Old Testament Literature class is now available on video on the Cedarville University website. This video class is a great resource to alumni as an Old Testament refresher or to anyone desiring to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Word of God.
On October 12, Cedarville will hold its annual Junior Jam, a day full of faith and fun, for hundreds of third- through sixth-graders. The theme for Junior Jam this year is “Powerful Persuasion,” centered around Romans 8:38-39. Students will enjoy music, games, and plenty of hands-on activities. Registration is $20 per child, T-shirts can be purchased for an additional $5. Deadline to register is October 3.
The Schools of Pharmacy and Business and The Graduate School will join forces on October 4 for a special one-day conference, “The Business of Disrupting Healthcare.” This 2019 Encore! event will feature outstanding speakers and networking opportunities, with a focus on healthcare, business, and entrepreneurship. Registration for this free event, which includes a Chick-fil-A box lunch, is required. Register by September 24 to guarantee your spot.
I am honored to announce this year’s Alumni Award Winners
. Each honoree will be formally recognized during the Legacy Banquet held Friday, October 4, during homecoming weekend. This year’s winners include:
- Alumnus of the Year Don Lough, Jr. ’87, Executive Director of Word of Life Bible Institute.
- Young Alumna of the Year Jerica (Ward) Lamar ’09, a U.S. Diplomat in Kenya.
- Honorary Alumni of the Year, given posthumously to Warren and Betty Wiersbe in memory of these dear friends of Cedarville. Also on October 4, we will dedicate The Warren and Betty Wiersbe Library and Reading Room in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies.
I thank God for each of these distinguished alumni and friends of the University, and we look forward to honoring them on October 4.
The first three buildings in the 10-year campus master plan have been making great progress this summer and fall. Workers have finished the outside walls of the 282-bed residence hall up to the second floor, the footprint for the new Civil Engineering Center is clearly visible, and heavy equipment has been excavating and grading the future location of the Chick-fil-A restaurant next to Centennial Library. It’s an encouragement to see these buildings take shape in fulfillment of all the Lord is doing here at Cedarville. Enjoy this latest video update!
It was a joy to welcome hundreds of prospective students and their parents to chapel for our first CU Friday of the academic year. As we continued in our Faithful series, we came to Nehemiah 2:9-20.
In the text we see that Nehemiah has made the long journey back to Jerusalem, where he discovers powerful enemies who stand in his way as he seeks to honor God by rebuilding the city. You can feel the tension as he faces a God-sized task.
How do we react when we face the evil of this world around us? Are we willing to do the tough things to make a difference for Jesus Christ? Or, do we stay where we’re comfortable and do nothing?
From Nehemiah, we learn that we will never do anything amazing for God in this life without faith. Nehemiah stood firm because he had faith that God would make him prosper.
I challenged the students as I challenge myself: Get involved in what Jesus is up to in our world, because as we learn in the book Revelation, Jesus wins in the end. We may look at our world with all its problems and wonder how we can possibly make a difference, but we must look at these problems through the lens of faith. God will make us prosper when we pursue His endeavors. Whatever the world throws at us, we know that we are on the winning team.
Listen as we learn from Nehemiah’s example of faith.
God has blessed Cedarville University with another record enrollment this fall, the 13th in a row. There are now 4,380 undergraduate, graduate, and College Now students at Cedarville. This record enrollment is led by our largest freshman class ever of 995 students. Getting Started Weekend was literally buzzing with excitement as this exceptional group of students arrived to begin their 1,000 days of transformation for God’s purposes. Please pray for our faculty, for our staff, and for me as we seek to faithfully provide an excellent education marked by intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority. At Cedarville, we want to do more than prepare young people for a career; we want to see them become fully mature disciples, ready to stand for the Gospel and to bring glory to King Jesus in everything they do. Pray with us that we may be faithful in this stewardship that God has granted.
As we continued our “Faithful” chapel series, we looked together at Nehemiah 2:1-8, where we observed Nehemiah as the king’s cupbearer nervously approaching the king. We’ve probably all felt that kind of fear when delivering big news or making a large request to someone. But from Nehemiah we learn that when God calls us to something, He also provides the way.
In the text, Nehemiah provides us with three positive examples to follow when faced with a difficult circumstance:
- Dependent Prayer: Nehemiah practiced habitual prayer. He walked with God because he talked with God.
- Deliberate Plan: Before approaching the king, Nehemiah put in the work of developing a well-thought out plan.
- Directed Praise: In humility, Nehemiah gave the credit for his success to God.
When we serve an audience of One — the one true King — we don’t have to be afraid. In faith, we can take our concerns to God, trust Him to help us accomplish His plan with excellence, and then give Him the glory.
Join us as we walk through Nehemiah 2:1-8.
Dan DeWitt, Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics and Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity, has published a new apologetics book aimed at children. Why God?: Big Answers About God and Why We Believe in Him is a helpful resource for parents as they engage in important conversations about God with their children. Dan’s conversations with his own children about faith inspired him to write this book.