We have an identity crisis in our society. So many people have a wrong perception of who they are and where their value comes from. We are not defined by what we do, what we achieve, or what others may think about us. Our true identity can only be found in Christ – in His redemptive, sacrificial work on the cross on our behalf.
It will be my privilege to walk through the book of Ephesians each week with the Cedarville family as we search for our true identity. Who are you in God’s eyes? You are chosen. You are adopted. You are redeemed. You are forgiven. And you are loved, so very loved.
Watch an introduction to our series below, and plan to join us each week via our livestream or our chapel archive.
In this morning’s opening chapel for the fall semester, it was my pleasure to announce an exciting change coming to Cedarville’s campus. Not surprisingly, our students were thrilled! You can read the story as released by our Public Relations team below.
CEDARVILLE, OHIO – Cedarville University students will soon have the option of eating at Chick-fil-A on campus, thanks to plans underway between the university and the national fast food chain. The location of the restaurant has not been finalized, but the new eatery will be open to students and the general public.
The Chick-fil-A restaurant is part of the university’s 10-year campus master plan. The new eatery, which is expected to open in July 2020, will provide another dining venue for students, reducing lines in the main dining hall and Stinger’s café.
“We are excited to partner with Chick-fil-A, an organization that shares Cedarville’s vision to glorify God through faithful stewardship,” said Thomas White, president of Cedarville University, when he announced the plan this morning to students, faculty, and staff in the University’s first chapel of the academic year. “Chick-fil-A is a favorite among our constituents, and we anticipate it will be a popular dining option for students and the community alike. The new venue is part of our strategic efforts to foster vibrant community.”
In the planned partnership between Cedarville and Chick-fil-A, the two will develop the building space, kitchen and serving areas to accommodate operational needs while creating an environment that builds community and engagement.
Sam Allberry, who served last year as a visiting professor at Cedarville University, will be back on campus this coming week as the keynote speaker for the Fall Bible Conference. Sam is an editor for the Gospel Coalition, an international speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and the author of numerous books, including Is God Anti-Gay, James for You, and Why Bother With Church? We look forward to hearing Sam share insights and challenge from the Gospel of Mark as he reintroduces us to our wonderful Savior and His words, deeds, death, and resurrection. You can watch Sam’s messages on our chapel livestream or archive.
The Cedarville University Solar Splash team achieved its 11th World Championship — and its fourth consecutive win — at the most recent World Championship of Solar Boating, held at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio. The Solar Splash team competed against teams from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in sprint, slalom, and endurance competitions. The boat was powered by solar panels and by batteries charged by the sun. Congratulations for another outstanding achievement to Solar Splash co-advisors Dr. Tim Dewhurst, Senior Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Gerry Brown, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and to their team of recent graduates.
Dr. Glen Duerr, Associate Professor of International Studies, and Matt Bennett, Instructor of Missions and Theology, led a tour of Israel and the Holy Land from May 27 to June 7, giving 38 Cedarville University students a lesson in biblical history and the modern Middle East that will last a lifetime. They visited biblically significant sights such as the Mount of Olives, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and important modern locations such as the Golan Heights.
Dr. Larry Zavodney and his Supermileage team took a brand-new car called Karcharias (pronounced car-care-e-us and translated “shark” in Greek) to this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers competition in Marshall, Michigan. The Supermileage Competition tests the ability of vehicles to go the farthest on a single gallon of gasoline. Such contests test and grow our students’ engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills in ways that prepare them for vocational impact for Christ.
I am pleased to announce that Cedarville’s Master of Science in Nursing was recently granted 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). I commend Dr. Angelia Mickle, Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Kim Higginbotham, Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs, and our entire School of Nursing team for the excellence and diligence with which they approached this external review process. We are grateful to the Lord for His blessing on their efforts and look forward to seeing how He will continue to use our School of Nursing to prepare skilled advanced practice nurses who use their profession as a ministry for Jesus Christ.
Cedarville University recently announced two exciting changes to residence life at Cedarville. We will open one new residence hall in August — Walker Hall — and name a recently constructed townhouse — Rooke Hall — at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Cedarville University has built several residential halls in recent years because of its rising enrollment, and 2018-19 is expected to be the largest enrollment in school history.
Effective with fall 2019 applicants, Cedarville University will officially accept the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as an alternative standardized entrance exam for undergraduate student admissions. The CLT is a college entrance exam that began in 2015, and is an alternative to the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). I am excited to offer this option for prospective students and their families.
Transforming lives for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement is our goal not only in our undergraduate disciplines, but also in our expanding graduate programs. Serving more than 400 adult students, Cedarville now offers graduate degrees in business, nursing, pharmacy, and ministry, all of which equip professionals for career success and Gospel impact. Recently, I sat down and shared my vision for graduate programs and discussed my passion for equipping gatekeepers for our culture. Please take a moment to watch this short presentation and share it with friends who may be considering graduate education.