Explore Costa Rica | CIU Study Tours

Posted by Columbia International University on May 26, 2016 8:56:27 AM



Each year at Columbia International University, a group of students majoring in Youth Ministry travel to Costa Rica to work side-by-side with a local church and explore this amazing country. The experience gives them skills in leading and serving others cross-culturally.

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Redefining Hospitality

Posted by Rachel Hust on May 23, 2016 11:38:47 AM


If “hospitality” was an inkblot in a Rorschach test, my first thoughts would be: Southern, superficial, stilted, and fake. I instinctively think of Southern ladies sitting on their porches, sipping sweet tea and gossiping about everyone in the neighborhood. I think of Hilly Holbrook, Elizabeth Leefolt, and Skeeter from Kathryn Stockett’s The Help playing a game of bridge. I think of Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, entertaining guests with her perfect manners and polite dinner conversation.


Before I went to college that was all I knew of hospitality. To me, its denotation was being a perfect hostess, setting an extravagant table, and striving to impress all of the guests. And its connotation was very negative. Then I went to college and learned how wrong I was.

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Stories From Freshman Year + Kindled (Video)

Posted by Josh Blanchard on Apr 27, 2016 3:40:15 PM



kindled. produced by Christine Benz


Last Thursday night, we took time to tell stories. Everyone loves to hear a good story; moreover, everyone loves to tell a good story. Whether it's to a large group or to a few close friends, there is something special about crafting a tale full of suspense and wonder. Humans are storytellers by nature. We want to feel heard and valued. There is something unique about looking into a friend’s eyes and knowing you have them completely captivated. jb5_1.jpgStories are essential to our nature because stories are essential to God’s nature. All of humanity is a divine novel. God uses man as a living narrative, to tell of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation.

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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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