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.
The Kokosing group of companies, one of the largest family-owned construction conglomerates in the country, has committed $100,000 to the construction of Cedarville’s new civil engineering building. Founder Bill Burgett was a man of tremendous faith who ran his company on faith-based principles, and there is a great alignment between Kokosing’s and Cedarville’s core values. This is just the beginning of this partnership; Kokosing hopes to offer internship and co-op positions to our civil engineering students, leading to the possibility of employment opportunities.
It’s been a busy summer at Cedarville. Construction vehicles have been a common sight as work has continued on the new 282-bed residence hall on the north end of campus, and site development began for the new Chick-fil-A Dining Commons, which will be located next to Centennial Library. God continues to humble us with His blessings, and I hope that you find encouragement and inspiration from what’s happening on campus. Watch the video below to see the progress that has been made this summer on our newest residence hall.
Last spring, we were presented with a Torah Scroll by God’s Ancient Library. This nearly 300-year-old copy of the first five books of the Old Testament — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — will be used as part of classes in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, but will also be available to professors teaching in other disciplines.
Dean Inserra, Lead Pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, was the featured speaker for this year’s Fall Bible Conference. Dean themed this year’s conference “The Process,” focusing on 1 Corinthians 2:9-3:3. He challenged all of us to continue in Christian growth and maturity, highlighting clear markers that indicate if we are advancing through the process. There was an amazing moving of the Spirit in our midst as hundreds of students made decisions to grow in their walk with Christ, including many who accepted His free gift of salvation for the first time. You can listen to Dean’s powerful conference messages in our chapel archive.