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  • CIU Ranked #6 for Best Value | Columbia International University
    Value Click image to view a larger version March 18 2015 Columbia International University is ranked 6 in the Southeast for the best value for your money The rankings are in the new book The Other College Guide A Roadmap for the Right School for You published by Washington Monthly magazine which is known for its annual Best Bang for the Buck rankings among universities and colleges The book uses

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-ranked-6-best-value (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Offering Five-Year M.Div. | Columbia International University
    for qualified high school graduates who have a clear sense of calling to vocational Christian ministry They complete a Bachelor of Arts degree B A with a major in Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity degree M Div with a concentration in Bible Exposition Dr John Harvey dean of the CIU Seminary School of Ministry says the goal of the program is to create the most efficient avenue to answering God s call to pastoral ministry Concerns over time and expense often lead students to choose shorter graduate level degrees that lack the breadth and depth of ministry preparation provided by a Master of Divinity degree Harvey said But with the Five Year Master of Divinity program students obtain a broadly based undergraduate education that is the foundation for the graduate level knowledge and skills needed to understand apply and communicate the Scriptures effectively without added post graduation debt In a unique feature of the program students will be assigned faculty mentors to guide them through the program providing individualized academic advising spiritual support and ministry coaching In addition SSM will call on a wealth of special guest speakers and coaches to contribute to the program

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-offering-five-year-mdiv (2016-01-26)
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  • Who was St. Patrick? | Columbia International University
    to view a larger version St Patrick March 16 2015 St Patrick s Day celebrations seldom focus on the person known as St Patrick Beyond the wearin of the green and the festivals there was a British man who God called to bring the message of Christ to the unbelievers of Ireland Columbia International University professor of Intercultural Studies Dr Ed Smither discusses the real St Patrick in the online

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/who-was-st-patrick (2016-01-26)
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  • Helping to Pay for Healthcare | Columbia International University
    afford those CIU alumnus Dr Dana A Kuhn understands those problems That s why in 1989 he founded the national nonprofit Patient Services Inc PSI headquartered in Richmond Virginia Their mission is to support people with expensive chronic illnesses and conditions through locating solutions with health insurance and assisting with premiums and prescription copayments to facilitate positive health and well being Kuhn who graduated from CIU in 1976 says since

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/helping-pay-healthcare (2016-01-26)
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  • The Bible and Immigration | Columbia International University
    Index You are here The Bible and Immigration The Bible and Immigration Click image to view a larger version March 16 2015 Columbia International University was the site for a recent conference on a biblical perspective on immigration The keynote speaker was Matthew Soerens of Evangelical Immigration Table The conference drew the attention of Columbia TV station WLTX See their report which includes comments from CIU alumnus Pastor Robert McAlister

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/bible-and-immigration (2016-01-26)
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  • Sue Thomas: F.B.EYE | Columbia International University
    God deeply to surrender to him fully and to worship Him wholeheartedly However Thomas s spiritual journey was not an easy one Just as she spent years learning to read lips and to speak she went on a journey to challenge God Thirty years ago I left a glamorous job at the FBI to find God to make Him confess He made a mistake she said in a Chapel message That s when she enrolled in a graduate program at Columbia Bible College and Seminary now CIU and became the one doing the confessing confessing Jesus as Lord I gained my salvation at Columbia Bible College Thomas said After her conversion Thomas went on to have an active public speaking ministry I asked God then to send me to every nation and every generation so I can proclaim the truth Thomas said Shortly after the show Sue Thomas F B EYE was developed which has aired in 64 countries opening up the opportunity for more speaking engagements an answer to Thomas prayer that she reach the nations with the truth of Christ Even though she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis MS in 2001 Thomas continues to be active in ministry

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/sue-thomas-fbeye (2016-01-26)
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  • Missions for Lunch | Columbia International University
    hour is usually a time for students to catch up with friends meet with professors or finish last minute homework for afternoon classes However during World Christian Week students were given another option they could attend several lunch seminars dealing with difficult topics in world missions The seminars were facilitated by visiting missionary representatives and CIU Intercultural Studies faculty members with the goal of preparing students for their future ministries Monday s seminar was titled Will the Real Muslim Please Stand CIU professor Trevor Castor who is the assistant director of the Zwemer Center for Muslims Studies at CIU facilitated the seminar and took the time to answer students questions about Islam and address several misconceptions Christians have about sharing their faith with Muslims The nuances of Christian theology are going to be radically different depending on whom you ask and it s the same with Islam Castor explained I think Muslims and Christians have the same problem we don t want to be identified with what the media portrays of us CIU adjunct professor Danise Stokeld led Tuesday s seminar which focused on raising financial and prayer support as a missionary Several visiting missionary representatives spoke about their experiences raising support and encouraged students to develop key relationships while they study at CIU World Team representative John Morrison advised students to ask potential supporters to join them in ministry through prayer not only financial support People want to do more than just write you a check they want to join you in what God has been leading you to do Morrison said Invite your church into this process with you Wednesday s seminar was titled Is Missions Only for Women and was facilitated by Sam Thomas who represents Africa Inland Mission AIM Thomas posed several questions for students to

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/missions-lunch (2016-01-26)
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  • From CIU to the Nations | Columbia International University
    ve been and what I ve done become idols that threaten to strangle me to death Gentino said The question of what I do takes a huge backseat to the question of Who I serve Tuesday s chapel featured Kevin King who is the president of New York City International Project King spoke on how the global migration of peoples has affected the spread of the gospel because people from many nations are migrating to America many nations can be reached locally I loved all of the different chapels freshman Heather Hoopes said The speakers had some really neat backgrounds and were able to remind me of some information related to missions such as the fact that the nations are coming to us Matt Thompson who owns and operates a Chick fil A restaurant in Duncan South Carolina spoke Wednesday and encouraged students to pursue vocational ministry whether in the marketplace or a Christian ministry International students led worship music throughout the week singing songs in their own languages Students enjoyed worship in Spanish French and Swahili in addition to English World Christian Week also featured two Global Connect Nights where students and visiting missionary representatives came together to enjoy international food fellowship and international themed games One thing that I enjoyed about World Christian Week was the global connects graduate student Zac Seymour said I was able to interact and converse with a host of mission reps and get to know them and pray with them during those times of fun and fellowship The week concluded on Thursday with a prayer day CIU alumnus Robbie McAlister who pastors Riverbend Community Church in Lexington South Carolina began the day with a message titled Serving Christ Over a Lifetime and encouraged students to pursue Christ who is supremely valuable Jesus Christ

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-nations (2016-01-26)
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