Legacy

By Joe Stowell on June 13, 2019

In the latest issue of our Alumni Journal, meet some legacy graduates who carry the CU brand as influencers for Christ into the arena of education.

Make a Way

By Joe Stowell on May 21, 2019

May is the month we celebrate Memorial Day, when we commemorate heroes who have fought in battle for our freedom.

One of my personal heroes is Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was known for his courageous leadership during World War II. His battle-tested skill equipped the troops to reclaim Europe. Soon after returning to the U.S. as a hero, he was elected president.

While in Europe, Eisenhower had experienced…

Don't Be an April Fool

By Joe Stowell on April 5, 2019

April is the month that begins with jokes …

I've had a lot of April Fools' jokes pulled on me, and I must admit that I've pulled off a few pretty good ones myself. But one thing I've noticed: no one likes being called a fool, much less being made to look like a fool. We like to think of ourselves as savvy, wise and sharp—not easily tricked or duped. But when we measure ourselves by God's standards…

Gate Crashers

By Joe Stowell on March 6, 2019

Several years ago, the Pentagon built warships designed to fight terrorism. This class of battleship could carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft. Interestingly, one of the fleet, the USS New York, was built with 24 tons of scrap metal from the wreckage of the World Trade Center terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Talk about…

Can't Wait

By Joe Stowell on February 5, 2019

Hey, for any of you who may have forgotten, it's February—it's the month of Valentine's Day and of love! Hopefully, you still have time to pick up something special for the important people in your life. (And you don't even have to tell them that I reminded you!)

The love of my life, of course, is my wife, Martie. I remember so clearly the summer before our senior year of college when I finally summoned…

Choices

By Joe Stowell on January 9, 2019

January is a season for resolutions. As we survey the year we've just completed, we look ahead and dream of what the next year may hold and what value we might instill on the coming season.

A friend once told me: "Joe, I've come to realize that my life is not made by the dreams that I dream but by the choices that I make."

Count on it: You will have plenty of choices in life. And usually, they boil…

Advent Series Part 5: Our Conquering King

By Joe Stowell on December 21, 2018

The royal birth of King Jesus was filled with themes of joy and hope. Mary and Joseph had been told by angelic messengers that this baby would be the long-awaited Messiah, and the shepherds had heard that this royal baby promised salvation, peace and good will to all.

Advent Series Part 4: Holiday Visitors

By Joe Stowell on December 20, 2018

One of our great Christmas traditions is opening our homes to visitors who come to help us celebrate—like gift-bearing grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors—which reminds me of the fact that Joseph and Mary welcomed visitors who came to celebrate the royal birth of King Jesus.

Advent Series Part 3: A Gift-Giving King

By Joe Stowell on December 17, 2018

You can't think about Christmas without thinking about gifts. And when it comes to opening gifts on Christmas morning, children are the best! It's so fun to watch them shout with amazement and jump for joy as they open their presents.

Speaking of gifts, imagine that you were invited to the palace of a king for Christmas. My guess is that you would go out of your way to give him a gift that would impress…

Advent Series Part 2: A Suffering King

By Joe Stowell on December 10, 2018

I'm fascinated by how intrigued we are with royal births. When British royalty, like Kate, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a royal child it draws international attention. We can't wait to see pictures of the baby surrounded with regalia, pomp and circumstance.

This Christmas we will be reminded of how different it was with the royal birth of King Jesus. King Herod, driven…

Advent Series Part 1: A Conquering King

By Joe Stowell on December 3, 2018

Sometimes I go out of my way to buy a special Christmas gift for Martie, and when I do, I find it hard to wait until Christmas to give it to her! So, the best thing that I can do is to drop hints along the way: "You're going to love it!" "It's what you've always wanted!" "It's something you can wear!"

I can't help but think that's the way it is with our God and His greatest gift of all: the Christmas…

Letter from the President: Our Fall 2018 Magazine and Annual Report

By Joe Stowell on November 16, 2018

One of my favorite fables is the story of a traveler who comes into a village and notices a barn with several targets painted on the side of it. Interestingly, an arrow was perfectly positioned in the bullseye of each target. Stopping at the local eatery, the traveler remarked that someone must be an amazing marksman to hit all the targets dead on. His server replied, "Actually there's a strange guy…

Being Thankful Anyway

By Joe Stowell on November 6, 2018

November means Thanksgiving is coming up—by far and away my favorite holiday. I'm sure our students agree, as it means a much-needed break before the final crunch of the semester!

I'm not sure why I love Thanksgiving so much, except that it has always seemed so uncluttered. Fortunately, it has escaped the commercialization of Halloween and Christmas. There are no goblins or trick-or-treaters, and…

Wilderness Experiences

By Joe Stowell on October 5, 2018

Is it just me, or does it seem like Americans have become increasingly fascinated with outdoor experiences like mountain climbing, white-water rafting, rappelling and other treacherous activities? At Cornerstone University, I've noticed that outdoor wear has become a fashion statement and some students prefer to do their homework in hammocks strung high in the trees. Camping and hiking are popular…

Life in the Waiting Room

By Joe Stowell on September 5, 2018

It's that time of year again—our campus is humming with new and returning students settling into their dorm rooms and class schedules, likely all asking the same questions: who am I and what is my role on this earth?

Got Any Neighbors?

By Joe Stowell on August 7, 2018

Recently at Cornerstone we held a Talking Points event focused on the theme of justice and unity. We had a good turnout with insightful teaching and a panel discussion about issues that tend to divide the body of Christ.

A Parade Worth Marching In

By Joe Stowell on July 2, 2018

If you are first and foremost a follower of Jesus, revel in the independence and freedom that you have found in Him. Picture yourself being led through the streets of your town, on display to your friends and family as a trophy of Christ's victory. When Jesus is the victor, no one can rain on your parade!

Grateful!

By Joe Stowell on June 26, 2018

Our graduates have stories of significant influence in our world for Christ. Some in the ministry, some in missions and many in the marketplace where the testimony of their lives draws attention to the gospel lived out through them.

All of this makes me grateful that God has called me to serve in an enterprise that is busy raising a new generation of cultural influencers for Christ and His Kingdom…

Where are they now: Janelle Brown

By Joe Stowell on June 6, 2017

Our world needs Christ-centered graduates. I'm reminded of that every day. So when I hear about our CU alumni influencing the world for Jesus Christ, I like to share their stories with others. Most recently, the President's Office reconnected with Janelle Brown, a business major and 2012 President's Award recipient. She answered a few questions about her life as a CU alumnus and her position serving…

Mission-minded Graduates

By Joe Stowell on June 6, 2017

In May, we launched over 600 graduates into our world to light up the cultures of their worlds for Christ and His Kingdom. And in this dark world, that's no small thing! But to be honest, while that is the fulfillment of our mission, there are lots of students that I wish we could keep in our campus community. Their positive influence on their peers and on our campus culture will be greatly missed…

Dynamic Diversity

By Joe Stowell on April 27, 2017

One of the unique blessings of serving at Cornerstone is the joy of experience the dynamic diversity that God has brought to our campus.

This year it has been a joy to have Mordecai Njoroge, a student from Kenya, as a part of our student body. When you watch this video, you'll know why I find our students so inspiring!

Determined Students

By Joe Stowell on November 16, 2016

Recently, I received an email from one of our students signed, Dhiraj. Needless to say I was curious...it's not your average kind of name. He asked if he could stop by my office and get acquainted. Meeting with students is a high priority with me so given my heightened curiosity about who he was and where he was from made it an easy "yes."

I was not ready for what I heard. Dhiraj is from Nepal. He…

Spring on Campus

By Joe Stowell on June 2, 2016

I love the spring and summer months when the trees and flowers are in bloom all over West Michigan. I especially enjoy walking across campus here at Cornerstone when the tulips are in bloom and the white flowers of the dogwood trees are in full display. Most of all, it is rewarding to see our students enjoying the beauty of campus before they leave for the summer...hanging out together on the lawn…

Champions of Character

By Joe Stowell on March 31, 2015

Hanging our third National Championship banner was nothing short of a massive celebration here at Cornerstone. Students gathered in the Hansen Center to celebrate the third national championship for our men's basketball team.

But what was most remarkable about the Championship Celebration wasn't the school spirit or raving fans but the attitude of the winning team. Our men's basketball players were…

Thanksgiving Traditions

By Joe Stowell on November 25, 2014

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought you'd like to hear about the special celebration we had here at Cornerstone on Monday evening.

Our food service team prepared a fabulous Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings for our students so that they could enjoy a traditional family meal together before going home for Thanksgiving break. Faculty and staff carved the turkeys and hams, served…

Sojourners Mentors

By Joe Stowell on October 22, 2014

For those of us who went to college, we can remember what it felt like to be on our own for the first time. It was exciting, intimidating and perhaps, if you were like me, it was an opportunity for a bit of troublemaking!

College is a time of firsts. It's a student's first time being away from home, it's their first time living with a (sometimes strange) new roommate, and it's their first time making…

International Students and Missionary Kids

By Joe Stowell on September 9, 2014

I love the cross-cultural dynamics our international students bring to this campus! They add richness and depth to our community and challenge our comfortable view of Christianity.

This year, we welcomed 29 new international students and 15 MKs ("missionary kids") from a long list of countries.

International Guest Students

By Joe Stowell on July 22, 2014

Last Monday, CU welcomed 18 high school students from mainland China to our campus for our first "Life Success Camp" which is an outgrowth of our global strategy. These students will spend 2-1/2 weeks here in the States, taking classes with some of our professors and making an overnight trip to Mackinac Island and a day trip to Chicago.

They are a great way addition to our summer programming here…

Influential Graduates

By Joe Stowell on October 18, 2013

I recently visited one of our graduates in jail. He's been there quite a while and no doubt will be there for years to come.

His name is Craig Curtis, and he is the chaplain at the E.C. Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon, Michigan. Guys like Craig are my heroes! His work at the prison has been phenomenal, and last week I had the profound privilege of worshipping with Craig and 137 inmates at…