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CSU Chapel: A strong foundation

By CSU Media | September 11, 2019
President Dondi Costin presents the gospel at CSU Opening Chapel 2019
President Dondi Costin presents the gospel at CSU Opening Chapel. Photo by Richard Esposito.

After a week’s delay for the Dorian hurrication, the opening Chapel service of the year featured all the pageantry of the posting of the colors, the procession of the faculty and the traditional presentation of the gospel by the president.

Dr. Dondi Costin said the gospel is why Charleston Southern exists and why everything in the classroom and beyond points every person to Jesus Christ. “All truth is God’s truth,” he said. “This life is about the simple discovery of what God would have us know and do.”

Using a photo he had taken of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Matthew 7:24-27 to illustrate the importance of building on a firm foundation, Costin said the foundation you build your life on will determine the kind of life you have here and in eternity.

He asked students to consider the foundation of their life. “Who are you building your foundation upon, upon your own resume, your own hopes and dreams, or are you building your life upon the foundation that is Jesus Christ?” said Costin.

He said he loves the Bible because it doesn’t mince words and doesn’t try to get us to think if we know Jesus we won’t have troubles in this world. Instead, it says Jesus came to overcome the world. Breaking into song, Costin shared his rendition of a popular song – “Take this book to the old town road, I want you to read till you can’t no more.” He ended the service with the same instruction.



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