CIU Is Different
You may have seen people participating in the 30 days of thanksgiving on Facebook or Twitter. I had never seen this done, but I began to look forward to hearing about what those people were thankful for! It has been especially refreshing after the election to hear not complaining or arguing, but thanksgiving, on my news feed.
Bloom where you’re planted.Those were some of the final words of my favorite course at CIU. I’ll be honest. At first, they didn’t make much sense. I mean, all semester we had been talking about the Bible. We observed how its story progresses and felt it reach its climax in the coming of Christ. We learned the importance of teaching the whole story of the Bible, not just our favorite parts. We discussed characteristics of effective Bible teachers.
1997 CIU graduate Tullian Tchividjian is the well-known pastor of a thriving church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. While thousands sit under his weekly teaching, his influence extends beyond the pulpit.Tchividjian, the grandson of Billy Graham, is a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, contributing blogger for The Gospel Coalition, an editor of Leadership Journal, and insightful author.
I can’t get these words out of my head. I keep coming back to them day after day. I have to. Where else will I turn as the world constantly threatens to shake my confidence in God?
This morning was the first time all season that I actually felt like it was fall. You probably also experienced the cooler temperatures! The beginning of fall ushers in sweet memories of my first semester of college three years ago.
I am amazed at how frequently I come across the word “remember” in the Bible. Throughout Deuteronomy, which is where I’ve been reading recently, the Israelites are repeatedly exhorted to remember (or, conversely, to not forget) what God had done for them – the deliverance and provision which they had experienced.Similarly, Peter warns his readers to be on the lookout for God to work in their lives through their knowledge of Jesus, lest they become “nearsighted and blind,” forgetting how God had cleansed them from sin (2 Peter 1:9).
“‘Witness’ is a noun before it’s a verb.”It took a minute to sink in, but once it did I knew exactly what Mr. Tom Henry was saying. Mr. Henry works with an international outreach ministry and shared a perspective on missions in chapel today that I’ve never heard before.