Cedarville Magazine Fall 2019

Stephen Schindler @SJSchindler4 ∙ August 16 I’ve got a hard time believing that you’ll find a welcome weekend as organized, service-oriented and enjoyable than you will @cedarville . An incredible day welcoming 1100+ new freshman and transfer students from all over the world. It’s an honor to serve here. Matt Smethurst @MattSmethurst ∙ September 7 I had such a good time giving talks at @Cedarville earlier this week. Top-notch faculty and students—eager, responsive, humble. Count me impressed. Kevin Hearne @hearnekevin ∙ September 7 I am grateful for the experience my freshman, @joshyhearne , is having there. Several times already he has texted to say, “Dad, a guy you follow on Twitter spoke in chapel today, and it was great.” RE-TWEETS TORAH SCROLL GIFTED TO CEDARVILLE God’s Ancient Library, a nonprofit organization led by Ken and Barb Larson, owners of Slumberland Furniture, has gifted a Torah scroll to Cedarville University. The Torah is the title given to the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. The Larsons have presented 52 Torahs since 2013 to universities, seminaries, museums, and other organizations for teaching, research, and public viewing. According to Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, the Torah scroll presented to Cedarville likely dates from the late 17th century to early 18th century, and comes from Eastern Europe. T h e s c r o l l w i l l b e housed in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies, near the Warren and Betty Wiersbe Library and Reading Room. But its primary function is not as a museum piece. “The Larsons weren’t interested in the Torah scroll being behind a case, but something people would use,” Lee said. “And that’s what we want to do.” WIERSBE LIBRARY OPENS HOMECOMING WEEKEND The Warren and Betty Wiersbe Library and Reading Room opened during Cedarville’s Homecoming and Parents Weekend. The Wiersbe library will be a permanent home for titles related to sermon preparation and biblical studies, while the rest of his vast collection will rotate on and off the shelves periodically. Many of his books contain handwritten notes and sermon outlines — bits of wisdom that add even more value to this priceless collection. The Wiersbes’ daughter Judy (Wiersbe) Johnson and her husband, David, were on hand for the opening. CAMPUS NEWS 24 | Cedarville Magazine