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Ohio Christian University has adopted a list of what it declares are its “Core Values”.  These values are meant to succinctly describe who we are–at a glance–and can be found above our guest parking signs on campus, on the banners hanging from light poles, even on the walls over some of our drinking fountains.  The list is not long and includes such values as Bible-based, Ministry Motivated, Student Oriented, and so on.  And, while all these values are important, none is more important than Christ-Centered

But what does it mean to offer a Christ-centered education?

In the 17th Century a shift occurred, or, perhaps more accurately, a separation occurred.  In the centuries preceding the 17th Century both biblical and humanist thinkers took for granted that theology and science were threads belonging to the same tapestry. During the Enlightenment Era, however, faith and reason were uncoupled from each other.  Faith was relegated to private experience.  Reason was to guide the affairs of public life.  This led, in turn, to a secularized public square.  Up until this point, at least in Western Civilization, faith and reason had always been integrated.  This is what St. Augustine wrote about almost two millennia ago, when he called for a “thinking faith”.  Many other great thinkers–who were also Christian believers–saw no reason to believe that an intellectual or spiritual barrier existed between theology and physics, or between the study of God and of the stars He created, between literature and the word made flesh. 

Throughout the 17th Century Europe, however, the Bible had to justify itself more and more at the bar of reason, and what started as a shift grew into a separation.  Until now we come to 21st Century America, and many of our institutions of higher learning have replaced the concept of "revealed truth" for the more "enlightened" concept of "observed truth".  They have replaced a worldview shaped by the Bible, for a worldview shaped by the assumptions and beliefs of emotion and personal preference.  The result is a dualistic approach to learning and separation of heart knowledge from head knowledge, of wisdom from information, of calling from career, faith from learning, and God from His creation.

This loss of the Christian worldview from most of our country's colleges and universities has resulted in the creation of a curriculum in which faith is not only disconnected from virtually every academic discipline, but is actually seen as being incongruent with serious scholarship, research, and teaching. Today, the situation has emerged where the concepts of revealed truth and objective truth are dismissed as irrelevant, and the belief in relative truth (true for you, but not true for me) reigns supreme impacting all spheres of higher learning.

In Part 2 of this series, I will address the problem of truth separated from reality and how the two can be united in a comprehensive, holistic, Christ-centered education.

Articles of Interest

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

Dr. Melvin Maxwell Graduates to Glory

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

Published: July 4, 2020

Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his Savior whom he loved. He was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 15, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression. Though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and raised him and his brother Millard to follow Christ no matter how hard the situation. On August 25, 1942, Maxwell married his wife, Laura. They had three children together: Lawrence (Larry), John, and
Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his Savior whom he loved. He was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 15, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression. Though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and
Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with
OCU MPAC Building from the air

A Message to the OCU Community from the President

OCU MPAC Building from the air

Published: June 5, 2020

We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration, and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair. It has become apparent that, as a nation, we need to do more than lament the overwhelming evidence of systemic racism. We need to act with courage and perseverance in the face of this pattern of evil. We know that any act of racism, violence, and injustice are inconsistent with the heart of God. As Christians, we must proclaim the message of Christ’s redemption and reconciliation to the world. Scripture is very clear that all people are created in the image of God
We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration, and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair. It has become apparent that, as a nation, we need to do more than lament the overwhelming evidence of systemic racism. We need to act with courage and perseverance in the face of this pattern of evil. We know that any act of racism, violence, and injustice are
We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration, and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair. It has become apparent that, as a nation, we need to do more than lament
Ohio Christian University Front Sign

Ohio Christian Prepares for Potential Coronavirus Outbreak

Ohio Christian University Front Sign

Published: March 13, 2020

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) international outbreak, Ohio Christian University (OCU) has taken strides to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty through a variety of measures, including moving classes online and canceling events on campus. The health and safety of our OCU family is our utmost concern and we’re committed to doing all that we can to ensure that we follow the guidelines set out by our state and national leaders in response to this developing situation. Our athletics programs are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) international outbreak, Ohio Christian University (OCU) has taken strides to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty through a variety of measures, including moving classes online and canceling events on campus. The health and safety of our OCU family is our utmost concern and we’re committed to doing all that we can to ensure that we
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) international outbreak, Ohio Christian University (OCU) has taken strides to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty through a variety of
Education Summit Draws Local and State Representatives image

Education Summit Draws Local and State Representatives

Education Summit Draws Local and State Representatives image

Published: November 30, 2019

On Friday Nov. 15, teacher education students and professionals gathered on the campus of Ohio Christian University where they discussed Ohio’s new “Each Child Our Future” education plan. The event featured government and education professionals with insight on the new plan and how it will affect education now and in the future. The Ohio Department of Education’s vision for the plan is for each child to be challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path, and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society. The plan
On Friday Nov. 15, teacher education students and professionals gathered on the campus of Ohio Christian University where they discussed Ohio’s new “Each Child Our Future” education plan. The event featured government and education professionals with insight on the new plan and how it will affect education now and in the future. The Ohio Department of Education’s vision for the plan is for
On Friday Nov. 15, teacher education students and professionals gathered on the campus of Ohio Christian University where they discussed Ohio’s new “Each Child Our Future” education plan. The event
Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus image

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus image

Published: November 8, 2019

Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group LLC and the keynote address was made by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. The morning consisted of a number of panel discussions addressing economic development and challenges facing rural communities. The panels were chaired by local business leaders, academic professionals, and state and local representatives. Ohio Christian University’s Chief Relationship Officer, Craig Brown, also
Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group LLC and the keynote address was made by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. The morning consisted of a number of panel discussions addressing economic development and challenges facing rural
Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group

Archived Articles of Interest

OCU Emergency Management Program Ranks #3

Ohio Christian University Ranks #3 of Online Emergency Management Programs!

OCU Emergency Management Program Ranks #3

Published: August 6, 2018

Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other awards, rankings, and reputation. OCU's Emergency and Disaster Management program trains students to lead during disasters. Graduates contribute during every stage of disaster management and recovery, including providing immediate relief and rebuilding and redeveloping communities. Student Lesli Holt, Operations Manager for Warren County Ohio's Office of Emergency Management, comments that “
Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other awards, rankings, and reputation. OCU's Emergency and Disaster Management program trains students to lead during disasters. Graduates contribute during every stage of disaster management and
Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other
Provost Kelly Leads Strategic Planning

Importance of Strategic Planning at OCU

Provost Kelly Leads Strategic Planning

Published: July 30, 2018

By Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost If you want to go to Los Angeles, California, you must decide how to get there: by driving, taking the bus or train, flying, hitchhiking, or walking.  You must decide also when to go, what you will bring, and what to do when you get there.  In other words, you must make a plan, or you might not ever get to Los Angeles. Sometimes organizations spend too much time ‘putting out fires’ or ‘fighting alligators’ instead of ‘draining the swamp.’  We need to spend more time on what is important, to spend more time on the dream than the routine. In the life cycle
By Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost If you want to go to Los Angeles, California, you must decide how to get there: by driving, taking the bus or train, flying, hitchhiking, or walking.  You must decide also when to go, what you will bring, and what to do when you get there.  In other words, you must make a plan, or you might not ever get to Los Angeles. Sometimes organizations spend too much time ‘
By Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost If you want to go to Los Angeles, California, you must decide how to get there: by driving, taking the bus or train, flying, hitchhiking, or walking.  You must decide
CLT Classic Learning Test

OCU Accepts Classic Learning Test and Offers Testing Site

CLT Classic Learning Test

Published: July 30, 2018

Ohio Christian University now accepts the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as an admissions test alternative to the ACT and SAT for both the on-campus and OCUOnline Plus undergraduate programs. OCU is also a newly-added testing site offering the CLT on its main campus in Circleville, Ohio.  OCU has long offered scholarships based on ACT and SAT scores and now offers those same scholarships based on CLT scores. “As we continue to offer innovative programs to attract and serve more students, we see the need to offer an innovative admissions path that better serves our overall student
Ohio Christian University now accepts the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as an admissions test alternative to the ACT and SAT for both the on-campus and OCUOnline Plus undergraduate programs. OCU is also a newly-added testing site offering the CLT on its main campus in Circleville, Ohio.  OCU has long offered scholarships based on ACT and SAT scores and now offers those same scholarships based
Ohio Christian University now accepts the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as an admissions test alternative to the ACT and SAT for both the on-campus and OCUOnline Plus undergraduate programs. OCU is
Eric Metaxas Speaks at OCU Leadership Forum

2018 Leadership Forum Offers Keen Insights

Eric Metaxas Speaks at OCU Leadership Forum

Published: May 8, 2018

President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center.  Underscoring the importance of character in leaders, Kulaga noted that the University strives to inculcate three habits in students through its Christ-centered higher education: 1) spiritual growth through practicing inner devotion, or holiness, 2) intellectual development through academic learning, and 3) keeping faith alive through community service—habits of the heart, head, and hands.  Then he introduced this year's three keynote
President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center.  Underscoring the importance of character in leaders, Kulaga noted that the University strives to inculcate three habits in students through its Christ-centered higher education: 1) spiritual growth through practicing inner devotion, or
President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center.  Underscoring the importance of character in
Inauguration Prayer for Jon and Lena Kulaga

Dr. Jon S. Kulaga Is Formally Installed as 11th President of Ohio Christian University

Inauguration Prayer for Jon and Lena Kulaga

Published: May 8, 2018

Ohio Christian University celebrated the investiture of Dr. Jon S. Kulaga, Ph.D., as its eleventh president on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Five hundred dignitaries, faculty, staff, and students attended the ceremony in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center on the University’s Circleville campus. President Kulaga’s address focused on how the University provides a Christ-centered higher education, producing graduates who have learned to think with the mind of Christ, love with the heart of Christ, and act as the hands of Christ. With a mind renewed, emotions purified, a conscience
Ohio Christian University celebrated the investiture of Dr. Jon S. Kulaga, Ph.D., as its eleventh president on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Five hundred dignitaries, faculty, staff, and students attended the ceremony in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center on the University’s Circleville campus. President Kulaga’s address focused on how the University provides a Christ-centered higher
Ohio Christian University celebrated the investiture of Dr. Jon S. Kulaga, Ph.D., as its eleventh president on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Five hundred dignitaries, faculty, staff, and students