CIU News

  • Student Encouraging “Right Words @ CIU”

    By Bob Holmes

    Amidst a pandemic, racial and political tension and disunity in our country, a Columbia International University freshman is heading a new initiative called “Right Words @ CIU,” an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to communicate written messages of appreciation, assurance and encouragement to one another.

    Aynsley Vivian, an American who...

  • Dr. Ed Smither, CIU dean of Intercultural Studies

    Smither's Dynamic book challenges the church to practice hospitality

    God is a missionary God. God is also hospitable in his nature. He makes His enemies friends and invites them to intimate communion.

    That’s the basis for a new book by CIU dean of Intercultural Studies Dr. Ed Smither.

    Smither challenges the church to participate in God’s mission today by...

  • CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (center) meets with CIU African-American leaders at retreat.

    CIU President and African American Leaders “Go Deeper” at Retreat

    In anticipation of a new year, Columbia International University Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Andre Rogers asked CIU President Dr. Mark Smith to “go deeper” with some of CIU’s African American leaders at an early January leadership retreat.

    Smith graciously...

  • CIU Counseling Professor Dr. Seth Scott

    Dr. Seth Scott: Why Does James Say No Human Can Tame the Tongue?

    The world seems more abrasive, rude, and disconnected than ever before. Many point to social media as being at the center of the problem — replacing civil, in-person discourse.

    However, Columbia International University professor of counseling...

  • Dr. David Croteau, Columbia International University professor of New Testament

    Dr. David Croteau: “Is Money the Root of All Evil?”

    Did the Apostle Paul write that “money is the root of all evil?”

    Many Christians are quick to point out that 1 Timothy 6:10 actually reads,

    For the love of money is the root of all evil …

    Yes, but Columbia International University professor of New Testament, Dr. David Croteau, says that...

  • Beach and Jessica Loveland cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their coffee cafe. (Photo by Aaron Russel)

    The CIU classroom: Where dreams begin

    Coffee café now a reality for CIU alumnus

    By Bob Holmes  

    Beach Loveland’s dreams for a coffee café in his hometown of Irmo, South Carolina first began to take shape in the classrooms of Columbia International University. In November, that dream became reality with the café’s grand opening.

    “I actually built my class load around key interests...

Columbia International University Old Testment Professor Dr. Ben Noonan is taking a deeper look at Egypt in the Bible.
By Bob Holmes
A study leave that included a trip to Egypt has a Columbia International University professor considering a deeper look into the biblical importance of the ancient North African nation... Read More
CIU Prison Intitiative alumnus Ryan Chitwood chats with local pastors at a Prison Initiative luncheon.
Local pastors listen to testimonies over lunch
By Bob Holmes
When Ryan Chitwood was a student in the CIU Prison Initiative, he ministered daily to fellow inmates who struggled with mental health... Read More
CIU alumnus and current CIU Ph.D. student Phil Thompson
By Bob Holmes
Columbia International University alumnus Phil Thompson calls it “spiritual warfare on the web.”
Thompson manages digital strategy and development for The Gospel Coalition (... Read More
CIU students Bethany Spriggs, Kayla Wolfe and Katelyn Nichols. Nichols is the CIU Faith and Freedom student chapter president.
Columbia International University students attending the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 2020 conference learned from pastors, nonprofit leaders, and elected officials from all across the world on how... Read More
Ken Blackwell speaks to CIU students in Shortess Chapel.
Ken Blackwell, a nationally-known figure with an extensive career in public service has been named to the Columbia International University Board of Trustees.
Blackwell has served as mayor of... Read More
Aden Corley, a freshman in the Bible Teaching program, handles a saw during clean up in Lake Charles.
Columbia International University junior Kaylyn Stewart says the people of Lake Charles, Louisiana feel forgotten over a month after enduring Hurricane Laura, one of the strongest storms to ever hit... Read More
CIU track and cross country coach Jud Brooker lines up his shot. (Photos by Kierston Smith)
By Bob Holmes
As golf carts carrying 116 golfers headed for the links at the Columbia Country Club, claps and cheers went up from dozens of volunteers at the annual CIU Golf Classic — as well as some... Read More
CIU English Program Director Dr. Sandra Young opens "Responses to Injustice" series. (Photos by Johnathan Rabon, CIU Student Photographer)
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
When the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. James Lanpher, told his faculty members of his plan to do a seminar series on racial injustice, Professor Dr... Read More
Dr. Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council. (Photos by Nathaniel Rabon, CIU student photographer)
By Alex Brickey
CIU Student Writer
“I challenge you at this time in 2020, perhaps one of the most disruptive times in history, to answer the question about what will you choose: chaos or community?”... Read More
Manuel Espina speaks to the Theology of Missions class. (Photo by Kierston Smith)
By Bob Holmes
Manuel Espina has served as an ambassador — in more ways than one.
For over two years Espina served as Guatemala’s ambassador to the United States. Today, he still represents his... Read More
CIU President Dr. Mark Smith with Darryl Strawberry.
By Bob Holmes

Over two dozen Columbia International University students, President Dr. Mark Smith and other CIU administrators joined tens of thousands on the National Mall who were crying out to... Read More
Dr. Michael Avery speaks at the Christian Life Conference. (Photos by Nathaniel Rabon CIU Student Photographer
By Alexander Brickey

CIU Student Writer

The Columbia International University student body gathered together in prayer and glorifying God through worship at the annual Christian Life Conference... Read More

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