April 7, 2015
Though Cincinnati Christian University is still firmly entrenched in the Restoration Movement, we have more students than ever who attend CCU from outside this fellowship. This shift continues to present wonderful opportunities for our students to grapple with Scriptures and what it means to be obedient to the Bible. This was evidenced on campus recently as the Spirit was moving among our students.
The midweek student-led Family service has long been a pillar of spiritual development at CCU. On March 25th, freshman Reed Smith was the evening’s speaker and felt led to call his fellow students to make public decisions of their faith. Reed wasn’t interested in coercing people by spiritual manipulation, rather was hopefully that the call would be the first step of a new walk with Christ. He observed, “the road to discipleship is not an easy one, but here at CCU we can rely on one another for strength as we collectively rely on our perfect Savior for salvation!”
As Reed stood in the baptistry in the chapel for almost an hour, 29 people came forward altogether. Twenty-four of them rededicated themselves to their walk with the Lord and five students were baptized. Senior Roger Bishop saw this as an act of pure humility as many students pursuing training in spiritual leadership might be embarrassed to make such bold public moves. Roger reflected on the evening saying, “We’re all broken and hurting. We’re trying hard to figure out and strive after what God wants from us. We still get beat down by the stresses and doubts of this world that tell us ‘You’re too broken and flawed to be used by God.’ We’re all overjoyed to see CCU students publicly accept Reed’s challenge to lay down the burdens that we carry every day in our spiritual backpacks and rely on Jesus.”
Cincinnati Christian University is a place where life transformation is real.
April 7, 2015
At Cincinnati Christian University, we prepare students to, “Enter the World with Confidence.” Interestingly enough, one CCU junior is taking that statement literally.
Josh Moore is spending this semester living with a family in Paris and studying at the renowned, Université Sorbonne. Through a study abroad program, Josh is taking his first steps in pursuing advanced studies in linguistics and philosophy. It is an immersive environment; he spent the previous summer studying French as all of his classes are taught in the native language.
The challenge of taking classes in a secondary language is not lost on Josh. “With each conversation, you’re forced to exert an amazing amount of focus. Not only do you need to pay attention to the actual words the other person is saying, but you also must interpret it and immediately formulate a response.”
In between classes, Josh embraced the opportunity to explore numerous European cultural experiences. “I have journeyed to London, mounted the Eiffel Tower (despite my steadfast fear of heights), walked across Abbey Road, watched the sunset at the Seine, and given long responses on why the coffee I received is not the coffee I ordered.”
The challenges have been truly rewarding, and Josh gives thanks to the Lord’s grace and mercy for this remarkable opportunity. Even though he is immersed in French language and culture, his grasp of linguistics is growing daily; it’s clearly evident in his reflections in his own language. When asked to summarize the lessons he learned in his trip abroad, Josh responded in a manner befitting of one studying linguistics:
“Awareness is the consistent strenuous mindset that necessitates willful involvement with the world’s circumnavigating axis. You don’t need to breech the gargantuan expanse on a metal contraption with wings to permit a vestigial moment of undisturbed attention, a moment to learn what it is to love, because the tranquil yet mystified expanse lays dormant in each of us. It isn’t a aqueous bridge that separates America and Europe. I hope that each individual perusing the experiences noted in brevity through this medium will have an enthralling day waging the ancient war with humanity’s rapacious abulic thrusts.”
Pictured above: Josh Moore with some grumpy lady at the Louvre.