Living Life Together | Residence Life at CIU

Posted by Josh Blanchard on Apr 12, 2016 3:29:09 PM


Eighteen guys lined the sides of my hallway last night. Seated with their backs against the cinderblocks, they passed cream sodas around and the pop of carbonated beverages filled the air. What followed was a series of thanks and praises as one-by-one these hallmates shared pieces of their hearts. They told stories about late night trips to cookout and joked about the frivolous games they had played. They shared memories and laughed; but it didn’t end there. The men also shared serious words of gratitude toward those who had made their freshman year something special – who had made it something different. Some of those guys came into CIU with baggage. They were worried about fitting in at college, wrestling with anxiety, healing from grief, and

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It's Time to #DiscoverCIU (Video)

Posted by Columbia International University on Mar 10, 2016 3:26:50 PM
In case you missed's CIU's latest promotional video. There are some awesome shots of our campus and students! Every time I watch this video I wish I was out on Lake Murray.
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CIU Athlete Spotlight - Daniel Mallard

Posted by Scott McCain on Mar 7, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Daniel Mallard is a senior forward from Greensboro, N.C. Daniel has served as a three-year starter and part of the leadership team. Coming into his senior season, Daniel is the CIU career leader in goals with 32. During his sophomore season, Daniel led the team with 20 goals and five assists, finishing second nationally in goals. “Mallard” as he is known by his teammates, also holds the distinction of being the first player to sign with the Rams prior to the inaugural season. He also scored the first goal in program history on a diving header as the Rams won their inaugural match 1-0 against Toccoa Falls College.

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I Am Depressed, But God is Good

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Mar 3, 2016 9:15:46 AM


What follows is a journal entry from 2005.  The first part sounds bleak. I was knee-deep in a depressive episode  and couldn’t slog my way out.  I’m posting it to show you how depression expresses itself in the minds or emotions of some Christian workers you may know or encounter.  Yet it’s far from an exhaustive list of symptoms.

The second half offers a biblical rebuttal of sorts.  It’s how I “preach to myself “ when despondency descends.  Faith, not despondency, had the last word that year.  By God’s grace, I’m still going strong

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Learning Contentment: The Quiet-Hearted Child

Posted by Hailey Williamson on Feb 29, 2016 8:30:37 AM


The following is adapted from a paper I wrote on The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Jeremiah Burroughs presents the illustration of a quiet-hearted child in one of his chapters and this idea has dramatically affected the way I look at life:


Perhaps the greatest struggle in the Christian life is that of discontentment. We are called to be in the world, but not of it – so where do we fit? We long for heaven and eternal rest with God; at the very same moment we wish to feel settled and at rest in this life. Contentment in all things, like that which Paul speaks of in Philippians 4:11, seems elusive. The heart longs for rest but naturally rushes forward in life; it is not content to wait for what it truly wants. It is impatient, hurried, troubled, and restless. Burroughs compares our hearts to a child to help us better understand ourselves: Say there is a child who wants a piece of candy. Unfortunately, he has worked himself into a frenzy in his desire for it and he cannot be calmed down.

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There is Grace in the Grammar

Posted by Rachel Hust on Feb 24, 2016 8:32:01 AM


I’m an English major and a self-proclaimed grammar nerd. Why do the mechanics of the English language excite me? I don’t know. That’s just how God has wired me.


When I study the Bible, I write down entire verses or passages of Scripture and mark them up in my journal. An arrow here, some underlining there, and a few scribbled notes in the margins.


Recently, during one of these episodes, the grammar nerd in me started to notice something. The apostle Paul was a big fan of using the passive voice.

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Grief in Community

Posted by Josh Blanchard on Feb 12, 2016 3:22:28 PM

Every good story has an inciting moment. It’s the part of the story that gets the hero off of his couch and into the unknown adventure. Often it’s a challenge from a mentor, like Gandalf knocking on Bilbo’s door, or Hagrid chasing down Harry on his 11th birthday. Sometimes inciting moments are great opportunities. Maybe a position for your dream job opens up, or maybe you get bit by a radioactive spider and you have to save the world. Most inciting moments though, are of a third kind, the kind we don’t like. These are the moments where everything seems to fall apart. Batman, Superman, and a thousand other stories begin with indescribable loss. These moments force our hero to action, because to remain stagnant would lead to demise.

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Christ-Centered Community is Marked by Sacrifice

Posted by Hailey Williamson on Feb 10, 2016 8:45:20 AM


When I think about my personal experience in the community here at CIU, there are two specific days that stand out in my mind; two moments where I felt loved and cared for in the middle of deep brokenness. What I love about these moments is that they involve a group of friends who I’ve grown close to over the last few years and who know me well.


When I was a sophomore, I went through a particularly hard experience. I had been pouring into a friendship that ended unexpectedly and left me grasping for answers that I couldn’t find. I remember coming back to my room one evening and finally breaking down with two of my friends. I don’t know what plans they had for their evening, but I know they gave up their own preferences and “to-do” lists to

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The Risk of a Biblical Worldview: CIU's Philosophy Degree

Posted by Josh Blanchard on Feb 8, 2016 10:07:36 AM


As a rule, I am anything but indecisive. Unfortunately, when deciding my major I broke that rule more than once. I applied for Youth Ministry, enrolled majoring in Intercultural Studies, switched to Bible Teaching, and then again to Humanities. Going through four majors is one thing, but what is worse is the fact that I’ll be changing majors again soon. You see, right now I’m studying humanities, but only in preparation to study philosophy next year. The reason I’m still in humanities is because our philosophy degree does not actually exist yet. It is technically still waiting to be cleared by the board. But, for all intents and purposes, it will actualize next semester - my senior year.

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Roommate Rhythm

Posted by Rachel Hust on Feb 5, 2016 3:34:09 PM

It is freshman move-in day and you have exchanged emails with your new roommate, but you have never met her in person. A trail of balloons and posters lead you to the check-in table where you sign by your name and are handed the key to your room. You take a deep breath, grab the first load of boxes from your car, and head toward your room: it is time to meet the person you are going to be living with for the next year.


The door is unlocked and your roommate is already inside, unpacking with her family. You say hello and all of the various family members exchange greetings. Next, a flurry of handshakes and the usual “Nice to meet you,” “How are you?” and

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