“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
– Proverbs 16:9
Today in chapel, I made perhaps the most difficult announcement I have ever had to make. It was not what my heart desired, but it was what needed to happen based on what we’re being told by the CDC and government officials. While we are saddened at the thought of not having our students back on campus this semester and missing special events like commencement and senior chapel, our hope rests firmly in our eternal Savior.
Please pray with me for God’s hand of protection on our entire Cedarville family. Pray that we find Gospel opportunities to shine the light of Christ during this unprecedented time. And pray that we continue to stand firm for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. You can continue to follow COVID-19 related updates from Cedarville by subscribing to our resource blog.
Cedarville has recently added a new Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations, the first of its kind in Ohio, and a Nursing Leadership graduate certificate to the school’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program. We look forward to how these new programs will prepare our students to have a platform for the Gospel in high-demand career fields.
Wednesday in our mostly empty chapel, it was my privilege to continue our Faithful series in the book of Nehemiah.
In chapter 9, we previously saw that the people had confessed their sin and then confessed God’s goodness. In light of God’s faithfulness in their lives, they committed to obey His Word.
We examined three main points and applications from chapter 10:
- Submission to the Word of God (9:38; 10:29) – Do we trust God’s promises, even in these uncertain times? He has never failed us. Our souls can rest in His Word.
- Separation as the People of God (10:28-31) – Do we trust God with our sexuality? Are we willing to wait for God’s timing? Do we take a stand for what is right?
- Support for the Worship of God (10:32-28) – Do we trust God with our tithes? Are we giving him our first fruits or what is left over? How are we stewarding all that He has entrusted to us?
Now more than ever we need to cling to the truth of God’s Word. Even in the middle of uncertainty, He is in control. God is faithful. You can trust Him.
These are uncertain times to be sure. We are having to change the way we do things. We are being inconvenienced. Life as we know it is not the same for now.
It was my privilege to speak directly to our students and other members of the Cedarville family Monday from James 4:13-17, even if it was in a mostly empty chapel.
We take so much for granted. I confess that I’ve taken some of the blessings we enjoy at Cedarville for granted: meeting together in daily chapel, seeing students in the dining hall, experiencing vibrant community every day. What we must never take for granted is tomorrow. We cannot know nor control the future, but I am so thankful that we serve a God who does.
Join us for Monday’s chapel and be encouraged by our faithful God who will hold us fast. May He use these difficult circumstances to draw us closer to Him.
Today in chapel, I shared with faculty, staff, and students Cedarville’s plan to implement Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations for addressing the COVID-19 situation. Respecting our authority and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our campus community, we made the difficult decision to transition to a remote (online) educational format from March 16-27, with students leaving campus by Friday, March 13. Please pray with me for the health and safety of our Cedarville family and for Gospel opportunities during this time. Our God is faithful. We can trust Him.
Cedarville University’s 30th annual Masterworks Concert will commemorate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven on March 27, from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and those age 65 and older. There is no cost for children under 12. We hope you join us for this powerful presentation, featuring guest conductor Jackson Leung from Wright State University, and guest pianist Andrea Arese-Elias from the University of Dayton. If you are not able to join in person, enjoy the concert over livestream on our website
There’s a disturbing trend among Millennials and Generation Z, who believe that socialism is a viable alternative to a free market economy. Without embracing a biblical worldview and the grace of God, humanity’s sinful nature will find a way to abuse any system, but our School of Business Administration (SBA) holds that a free market system is the best option for promoting human flourishing and constraining the worst tendencies of human nature. The SBA is hosting a speaker series to address this important and timely topic, which is open to the public.
It’s a day of high-energy fun and drawing near to King Jesus. CedarMania is happening on March 21. Worship will be led by HeartSong. There will be small groups led by Cedarville students, workshops for leaders, crazy games, exciting competitions, and much more for junior high and high school youth. Encourage your youth to come with a group and multiply the fun and learning as they take the lessons and experiences from CedarMania into their church youth program or homeschool cooperative. We look forward to seeing them on March 21.
The Cedarville Beyond Startup Accelerator hosted “The Second Pitch” on January 11, where eight students presented their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges. Four of them won cash prizes and a chance to turn their ideas into investment-ready businesses. On March 27, the accelerator will host an Investor Impact event bringing together angel investors, venture capitalists, and private equity leaders to finance top Christian startups from across the nation.
We can hardly wait for the opening of the three buildings featured in this month’s construction update video. Work on the residence hall is mostly happening inside as electrical wiring, drywall, and other interior projects are underway. The civil engineering building has all of its walls up, and students are looking forward to taking classes there next fall. And our mouths are watering for that first Chick-fil-A lunch overlooking Cedar Lake.