On October 13, hundreds of elementary-age children will visit Cedarville for a powerful time of learning about God and His Word during Junior Jam. Each year, third through sixth graders are impacted for the Kingdom of God by their time here. Please pray for these youth to come ready to hear and receive the Gospel, and for our students who will serve them, that they will share their hope in Christ with confidence and conviction.
Are you located nearby? Please introduce your children’s ministry and Sunday School leaders to Junior Jam — a great opportunity to impact the children in your church with the Gospel. Online registration is now open.
There have been lots of updates on campus and plans for further growth. With all that in mind, the University mascot, Stinger, has decided to go through some growth and change himself. Stinger was buzzing about Getting Started Weekend and wanted to make a great impression on new and returning students this fall. If you haven’t see him in person, you have a chance to see Stinger’s new look right here.
We sent 23 domestic and international teams, with 14 faculty and staff and 171 students, on short-term missions trips this summer. These teams brought the Gospel to patients seeking medical care in the most diverse mile in America, to kids in need at a Kentucky youth camp, to teens in Germany, to young soccer players in Costa Rica, and to kids learning English in the Czech Republic. And they did it all out of obedience to King Jesus and His call to reach the nations. Look for more stories of Gospel impact in this fall’s Cedarville Magazine, which will feature reports from this summer, but also stories of how God is using Cedarville in powerful, long-term ways to build His Kingdom through global outreach. You can read more about our summer teams on the CUGO blog.
Last week, a record-setting class of more than 1,000 freshmen and transfers began their 1,000 days at Cedarville University. Among them are 22 students who have signed up for our new civil engineering major, far surpassing our first-year goals, and 29 international students, a record for an incoming class. Getting Started Weekend is always a time of excitement and expectation, but it is also a time for us to reflect as a University family on the abundant ways the Lord has blessed. We thank King Jesus for continuing to lead students and families to Cedarville University, and we approach this school year with both humility and joy, seeking to glorify the Lord and faithfully steward all that He has entrusted to us as we transform lives for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement.
It was a joy to kick off fall semester on Monday with our first chapel of the academic year and welcome more than 1,000 freshmen and transfer students home to our Cedarville community.
I was also excited to introduce this year’s chapel series – “ID: In Christ.” Each week, we’ll be walking through the book of Ephesians, examining who we are in Christ. We can never be “good enough” to please God; our identity – our true value – is found in the work of redemption that Christ freely offered on the cross. Our identity is not something we do – it’s something that Jesus has already done. Are you in Jesus? That will be the starting point for all of our discussions about our identity. Join us as we begin our walk through Ephesians. (You’ll also hear an exciting announcement and meet a “new” friend!)
As a reminder, all Cedarville University chapels are livestreamed and available in our chapel archive. We hope you’ll join us regularly this year.
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.