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  • At a Center of Influence | Columbia International University
    2014 Chris Causey and Jason Hodges used to dream about planting a church together Now the former Columbia International University classmates are about to do just that in one of the most influential cities in America Boston Causey and Hodges who graduated from CIU Seminary School of Ministry in 2007 are working with the North American Mission Board to establish Encounter Church by the spring of next year Read about

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/center-influence (2016-01-26)
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  • Homecoming: Blending Past and Present | Columbia International University
    CIU community and included special chapel services a speed meeting time with current students and alumni a documentary premiere and even a fireworks show The weekend kicked off Thursday Oct 30 with a chapel service featuring CIU s Alumnus of the Year Bill Harding III 50 who graduated when CIU was known as Columbia Bible College Harding and his family served as missionaries in Ethiopia where they began clean water projects built schools and orphanages and helped with the treatment of the AIDS epidemic In 2013 he and his family dedicated the Harding Bible School in Yirgacheffe Ethiopia which serves to develop national church leaders It is truly by God s love and faithfulness that I have come this far Harding said I ll always be thankful for my years at Columbia Bible College The celebration continued that evening with the third annual speed meeting in which current students were matched with alumni for five minutes at a time and asked to reminisce about favorite CIU memories including favorite professors and pranks pulled on roommates Friday s festivities included class reunions a faculty forum led by the College of Intercultural Studies as well as a presidential luncheon featuring Daniel Blomberg 03 who served as legal counsel for the craft store Hobby Lobby in the famous Hobby Lobby v Burwell Supreme Court case that ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby earlier this year At issue was a mandate from the U S Department of Health and Human Services that would have required Hobby Lobby to supply employee health insurance coverage for potentially life terminating contraceptives or pay fines to the IRS That God has better plans and those plans are not mine has been the story of my life Blomberg said Like many Christians nationwide I did not want to see

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/homecoming-blending-past-and-present (2016-01-26)
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  • Honored at the White House | Columbia International University
    CIU with a master s degree in Teaching and a Certificate in Biblical Studies was among 102 mathematics and science teachers from all 50 states honored by the president at a White House reception The annual award recognizes outstanding K 12 science and mathematics teachers who are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level Sarazen has been a

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/honored-white-house (2016-01-26)
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  • Remembering Bill Supplee | Columbia International University
    28 2014 Longtime Columbia International University music director George William Bill Supplee died peacefully on Oct 30 in Camden South Carolina He was 90 years old Supplee was born on July 9 1924 in Assam India to George Washington Supplee and Ruth Lamberton Supplee He graduated from Woodstock High School in India Wheaton College and American Conservatory in Chicago with degrees in music Supplee served in the U S Navy during World War II as a musician and machine gunner He married Joyce Tucker in 1949 and then moved to Columbia to become CIU s then Columbia Bible College director of music and director of the Ambassador Choir for the next 40 years Referring to his career Supplee said My passion is for people to worship the Lord in their own verbal and musical language Jesus spoke the language of the people Supplee enjoyed cycling and after retiring from teaching became an active community volunteer and an avid gardener A member of the Mid Carolina Camelia Society his blooms won many awards Supplee and his wife volunteered for many years with international students at University of South Carolina and instilled Christ s love for the whole world in their children

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/remembering-bill-supplee (2016-01-26)
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  • The 2014 Hoedown! | Columbia International University
    Student Writer Columbia International University students donned their blue jeans and cowboy boots for a night of foot stomping partner swinging fun at CIU s outdoor pavilion On Oct 18 CIU s Sophomore Class hosted the annual school wide Hoedown which featured square dancing mechanical bull riding and plenty of laughter and fellowship Students were all smiles and laughter as they paired off and learned how to promenade and do si do When students weren t square dancing they could make a s more or try to stay on the mechanical bull The event flowed really well and there was always something to do senior Elizabeth Dews said My favorite part was actually sitting on the side watching people Everyone was having such a great time The Sophomore Class transformed the outdoor pavilion with lights and fall decorations With a fire going in the fireplace and bright lights strung from the rafters students were able to enjoy a warm October night with their friends My hope for the hoedown was that with all our decorations the music and fun would create an atmosphere where we could take a break from the busyness and stressors of being college students to relax while having a great time with friends Sophomore Class treasurer Savannah Blest said In addition I hoped this event would foster community through fellowship between students To add to the fun the Sophomore Class also held a pickle eating contest and a contest for the best dressed male and female student My favorite part of the event was sitting at a picnic table for a portion of the event Blest said After all the preparation I could observe all the smiles and laughter under that pavilion As the evening came to a close it was obvious that students didn t

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/2014-hoedown (2016-01-26)
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  • The Authority of Scripture | Columbia International University
    lecturer for the annual commemoration of one of the core values of Columbia International University The Authority of Scripture Moo is the chair of the Committee on Bible Translation CBT and a professor of New Testament at Wheaton College as well as a well known author of Bible commentaries and co author of a number of other books He spoke in Chapel Oct 21 23 concerning the process of biblical translation focusing on the themes of Confidence and Understanding Moo discussed how translation works today and laid out a foundation by discussing the dichotomy between retaining lexical and syntactical structure while also conveying naturalness of expression Moo says it is the job of translators to walk that fine line and make decisions about rendering the original text adding that it is a long tedious process but a process which can be trusted I learned a lot about translation techniques which is interesting since I m taking Greek said sophomore Scott Swier who is majoring in Biblical Languages I m more open to more dynamic translations like the NIV since this week It s also awesome that CIU had such a highly qualified speaker come The NIV which Moo referred to as the modern English Bible took 40 years to translate The CBT tasked with revising the NIV is made up of 15 evangelical members from various denominational and theological backgrounds Moo assures that CBT is not a place of personal agendas but that revisions to the NIV are not made lightly and require a 70 75 percent vote You have access to the very Word of God You can have confidence in that Moo said Another important aspect of translation which Moo discussed concerns that of meaning He said good translators transfer meaning not words and seek to communicate the

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  • CIU Board Member Honored | Columbia International University
    and his wife Ruth were presented with the Servant Leadership Award from the Pastoral Institute in their hometown of Columbus Georgia The honor is presented to an extraordinary couple who has passion and desire for serving others Marvin Schuster owns and operates Burger King Restaurants throughout the Southeast but says teaching the Bible for 35 to 40 years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of his life Ruth

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  • Benefactor Walks 98 Miles | Columbia International University
    funds and greet CIU students who are benefitting from his ministry Ron Jackson who attended CIU from 1965 1967 is the founder of Parson s Pantry that provides financial assistance to needy pastors widows of pastors and married ministerial students He walked 98 2 miles from Gaffney in South Carolina s Upstate to the state capitol building in Columbia to raise funds for his ministry Waiting for Jackson at the Statehouse were five students enrolled in CIU Seminary School of Ministry who have benefitted from Parson s Pantry including Dong Li from China This kind of help reminds us that God is with us and supporting us Li said as he waited to meet Jackson Student Jacqueline McLauren from Tennessee said she wanted to thank Jackson in person for the help his ministry provided her and her husband We were not expecting any kind of financial support and we were going through a really hard time and his gift literally moved me to tears McLauren said It just wasn t expected It just brought on praise to God Jackson was also moved to tears when he told the story about why he started Parson s Pantry after he retired from full time pastoral work in 2005 When he was a young man trying to figure out how he was going to afford to move his family from South Carolina to New Orleans to attend seminary a man he had discipled sold his antique guns and laid six 100 bills from the sale on Jackson s coffee table I never forgot that experience Jackson said as his voice cracked during a phone interview CIU students are referred to Jackson by Dean of Married Students Brion Burns Jackson recognizes that the students are in a financial position similar to what he was

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