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ID: We Are Made Alive in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

In chapel today, we looked at Ephesians 2:1-10, one of the greatest passages in all of the Bible. As we studied together, we felt the weight of the first half of the passage – we were once dead in our trespasses and sins – and the joy of the second half – as followers of Jesus Christ, we have been made alive in Him.

Apart from Christ we were doomed, rebels against the Creator of the universe, but God in His mercy has made us alive, raised us up, and seated us with Him in Jesus Christ so that we may walk in the good works that He has already prepared for us. The spiritually dead are made alive in Christ to do good work for His glory!

Join us as we look at this amazing passage to discover the hope we have in Christ.

State of the University: Strong

It is tradition at Cedarville that the president give a State of the University address each year during homecoming chapel. It was my honor to do so this past Friday, and to share that the state of the university is strong, “Stinger” strong, in fact.

The Lord has been so kind and has blessed us in ways we could not have imagined. I encourage you to watch the State of the University address as we recall what God has done and is doing at Cedarville in our enrollment, our finances, academic programs, and the spiritual heartbeat of our students. We also look forward with faithful expectation to what He will continue to do as we seek to honor Him with all that He has entrusted to us.

The Lord has indeed been kind to us, and we are so grateful, and we will continue to stand strong for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.

We Are Enlightened in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

Welcoming our first CU Friday guests for the academic year, we moved last Friday to Ephesians 1:15-23 in our ID: in Christ series. Here we see Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus. What does he pray for them? The same thing that I challenge each of our students with: that they would know — not just know but fully comprehend — the hope, the value, and the power that they have in Christ.

Through Jesus Christ, there is hope for the hopeless, value for the worthless, and power for the helpless. God’s greatness is above all rule, all authority, all power, and all dominion. He is faithful, and we can trust Him.

Watch with us and be encouraged by the hope you, as a believer, have in Jesus Christ.

Dr. Mark Dever to Headline 9Marks Pastors Conference

This year, we welcome Dr. Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., as the keynote speaker for the Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks. This year’s conference will be held November 6-7 and will focus on the theme “Discipleship and Growth” from the 9Marks of a Healthy Church. Mark and our other speakers will challenge us to focus on investing in and maturing disciples who will then do the same. We look forward to this stimulating and powerful time in the Scriptures, learning how to carry out more fully the Great Commission.

Honoring Dr. Dixon’s 40 Remarkable Years

Dr. Paul Dixon has personified Cedarville University for the past 40 years. Through God’s blessings, his focus on excellence and on the Gospel helped establish Cedarville as the premier Christian university in the country. During his 25 years as President, he was fully dedicated to the students of Cedarville University, loving them, teaching them, and then giving them their diplomas and sending them out as ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Prior to the start of the school year, I had the privilege of recognizing Dr. Dixon for 40 years of faithful service during the annual faculty/staff meetings. He continues to represent Cedarville well as we continue to grow and impact the world for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.

Stevens Student Center Receives Summer Makeover

This summer, our work crews were busy as Yellow Jackets. They updated the Stevens Student Center, creating a fresh, inviting look, including a 22-foot-tall Stinger that welcomes you to the upper level. All of this is the result of the collaborative effort of three teams — Marketing and Communications, Student Life and Christian Ministries, and our Physical Plant.

If these amazing enhancements to the SSC weren’t enough, the Physical Plant staff also oversaw the completion of the new Walker residence hall, upgraded HVAC in Brock Hall, and renovated office space for The Graduate School staff.

You can watch a time-lapse video of the SSC transformation below.

 

 

Registration Ends Today for Homecoming and Parents Weekend!

Homecoming and Parents Weekend 2018 is just around the corner on October 5-6. To be a part of the festivities, be sure to register by today, September 14! New events this year include an All-Alumni Lunch on Saturday and a finale worship event on Saturday evening. I hope you’ll join us to renew and reaffirm friendships and experience in person what God is doing at Cedarville.

 

We Are in Christ, Part 2

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

In chapel today, we continued our study from last week, “We Are in Christ.”

Looking at Ephesians 1:3-14, we find the heart of the Gospel. We begin with a debt we cannot pay, and end with an inheritance we do not deserve. This message of forgiveness and redemption is strikingly good news for us all.

To discover our true identity, we must stop listening to the voices around us and listen to the One who made us and set us free. Join us as we continue our series ID: in Christ.

Cedarville Surpasses 4,000 Students for First Time With Record Freshman Class and 12th-Consecutive Record Enrollment

Please read the press release below and join me in expressing thankfulness and praise to God for His blessings upon Cedarville University. We do not take it for granted. I greatly appreciate our faculty and staff who each have a part in this success and in our positive momentum. It is truly an honor to serve together at Cedarville for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. 

CEDARVILLE, OHIO – Cedarville University announced today its 12th-consecutive record enrollment. As of the official census date, Cedarville enrolled 4,193 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and dual enrollment programs—the first time in the university’s 131-year history that enrollment has surpassed 4,000. Last year’s enrollment was 3,963 which means an impressive 5.8 percent increase of 230 students.

Contributing to the record enrollment were a second consecutive record freshman class of 911 students, up 4.5% compared to last year’s record of 872 students, and an 86.5 percent freshmen-to-sophomore retention rate. The new student count included 21 enrolled in the inaugural cohort of the new civil engineering major. Enrollment in the graduate school and the university’s College Now program for high school students also achieved record enrollments of 434 and 414 respectively.

“God has granted us a privilege and responsibility to invest in the lives of this record-breaking number of students,” said Dr. Thomas White, president. “For our undergraduates, they have approximately 1,000 days on our campus, and we are committed to equipping each student for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement. Ultimately, we desire to glorify God through faithful stewardship of all the students that He has entrusted to us as they go on to serve as Christian leaders in business, healthcare, ministry and more.”

According to Dr. Scott Van Loo, vice president for enrollment management, most incoming students chose Cedarville because of the university’s biblical worldview, the Bible minor built into every academic program, and the daily chapel service with dynamic worship and impactful teaching.

“We’re an institution that is ‘for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ,’” said Van Loo. “Families and students are connecting with the values that make Cedarville distinctive.”

The new freshmen come with impressive academic accomplishments. The average ACT score of this class is 26 compared to a national average of 21, while their collective high school grade point average was 3.85. Cedarville continues to attract students from all over the world.

“I am honored to serve alongside faculty and staff who worked together to welcome our incoming students to their college home,” added White. “We embrace the opportunity to educate and minister to our students so they will be ready to use their vocation as a platform for service to Christ and others.”

Pharmacy, Social Work Enjoy Accreditation Successes

Both our School of Pharmacy and our Department of Social Work received reaffirmation of their accreditation this summer. The School of Pharmacy first received accreditation in 2016, and was recently re-accredited through 2022, the maximum length permitted for a new program, and an acknowledgement of the strength and success of Cedarville’s degree. Our social work department also received reaffirmation of its accreditation through 2026 from the Council on Social Work Education. We thank God for the outstanding work of our faculty to create programs that both honor God and meet the rigorous standards of their respective professional fields.

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