Follow Christ, Lead the Way

Last week, Dr. Jon Kulaga, President of Ohio Christian University, sent an email to all faculty, staff, and students regarding the upcoming election. We thought it fitting to share his thoughts today with you, the public. We are so thankful to have this wise man at the helm of the university and hope you are as challenged by his words as we, the university family, were.

Dear All,

Next week we will be entering another national General Election that will determine who will be the next President of the United States for the next four years.  Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is voting day – so be sure to vote and let your voice be heard.  It’s a great privilege many citizens of other countries do not enjoy.

I am writing because, as you may have noticed, the rhetoric leading up to this year’s election has been divisive and toxic.  Both sides can take credit for adding to that evaluation. Friends, and even family members, have been divided by something as secondary to our Christian identity – as who we will be voting for.   No doubt, our nation will remain divided long after November 3rd comes and goes – no matter who gets to live in the big White House come January 2021.

And that divisive attitude is our potential as well, at Ohio Christian University.  But it need not be our destiny.  Christian author Philip Yancey has observed that almost all the crimes committed in Christian history have come about when religion is confused and intertwined with politics.   Probably because most of the time, politics runs by rules of ungrace – and there is an allure and temptation to trade grace for power.  And, we, as fallen creatures, can also be tempted to give in to that temptation.  But we need not.

Next week our Chapel time on Monday, November 2, 2020 - will be a time of guided prayer (no speakers) – to reflect and to pray for all our local, state and national leaders.  And our country.  We will also want to pray for friends who have surrendered their primary identity in Christ, for a secondary identity in politics, for they will suffer great emotional distress over the election’s results.  Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – will be the day to cast your vote.  On Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – our Chapel time will once again be a time of guided prayer.  To once again, pray for our local, state and national healing.  Post-election Day.

Our destiny is not to be a campus divided by politics – but a community united by grace. 

So, let’s lean into next week – together – and walk as a community of grace.   And let’s be a LIGHT to a dark world.  And SALT, to a culture that has lost its taste.

Praying with, and for, you all,

Jon S. Kulaga, Ph.D.

President

Articles of Interest

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
Photo of flag stuck in 9/11 memorial

Lest We Forget Honors the Fallen

Photo of flag stuck in 9/11 memorial

Published: October 16, 2019

Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon. The event honored the first responders who sacrificed themselves to save others on that fateful day and the military service members who answered their nation's call to fight against terrorism. In the 9/11 attacks, almost 3,000 innocent civilians lost their lives, over 400 firefighters and police died during rescue operations, and
Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon. The event honored the first responders who sacrificed themselves to save others on that fateful day and the military service members who
Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the
Engaging the Culture Kulaga Article Series Photo

Engaging the Culture: The End Result

Engaging the Culture Kulaga Article Series Photo

Published: September 12, 2019

We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate from the graduate with no spiritual moorings or direction?  Should we expect more from the graduate of a Christian university than just “learning to think in Christian categories?” Is there more to learning than thinking; more to thinking than studying? As Christians, we are commanded to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Duet. 6:4-6; Matthew 22:36-40).  This full-orbed
We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate from the graduate with no spiritual moorings or direction?  Should we expect more from the graduate of a Christian university than just “learning to think in Christian categories?” Is there more to
We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate
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Student Leadership Commissioning

Student Leadership Commissioning image

Published: August 19, 2019

A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on a larger team with larger over-arching goals than just being an RA or on the Student Involvement Council [SIC] team. It is our hope that as various student leaders face challenges and difficulties
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to

Archived Articles of Interest

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The Integration of Faith and Learning

The Integration of Faith and Learning image

Published: February 19, 2018

Part five of a six-part series by OCU President Jon S. Kulaga The context for learning, that combines a Christian community of learners and a balanced approach to truth, both revealed and discovered, allows the student to enter into a specific discipline of study seeking the integration of faith and learning.  Where in other educational contexts the two remain fragmented entities, either by having no Biblical coursework at all, or by the accumulation of Bible credit hours to the detriment of an academically rigorous major, the Christian university student learns to unite genuine
Part five of a six-part series by OCU President Jon S. Kulaga The context for learning, that combines a Christian community of learners and a balanced approach to truth, both revealed and discovered, allows the student to enter into a specific discipline of study seeking the integration of faith and learning.  Where in other educational contexts the two remain fragmented entities, either by
Part five of a six-part series by OCU President Jon S. Kulaga The context for learning, that combines a Christian community of learners and a balanced approach to truth, both revealed and
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Truth United with Reality

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Published: February 7, 2018

Consider how belonging to a community that believes in objective revealed truth is meaningless if it remains disconnected from the student’s personal experience.  What is needed is a concept of truth that is simultaneously objective in its authority (origin), but experiential (personal) in its reality. In 18th Century England there was no lack of instruction and writing on the objective truth and reality of God and Scripture.  The Bible was available in the common language, as were the teachings of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Arminius. The problem was that the Church of England
Consider how belonging to a community that believes in objective revealed truth is meaningless if it remains disconnected from the student’s personal experience.  What is needed is a concept of truth that is simultaneously objective in its authority (origin), but experiential (personal) in its reality. In 18th Century England there was no lack of instruction and writing on the objective
Consider how belonging to a community that believes in objective revealed truth is meaningless if it remains disconnected from the student’s personal experience.  What is needed is a concept of
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Community: The Context for Reunification

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Published: January 22, 2018

T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the purpose of Christian education is to teach people to think in Christian categories.”  It is not about the number of Bible classes or chapel services – although those are important.  It is about training every student, in every discipline, how to think from a Christian perspective. This is the task of each faculty member. The task of each student is to answer the call to the vocation of
T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the purpose of Christian education is to teach people to think in Christian categories.”  It is not about the number of Bible classes or chapel services – although those are important.  It is about
T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the
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Truth Separated from Reality

Truth Separated from Reality image

Published: January 8, 2018

The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who are no longer capable of articulating a biblical worldview.  The average college student, even those who come from evangelical Christian homes and churches, hold to many distorted beliefs about God, truth, and reality.  In his research project, Third Millennium Teens, researcher George Barna states that over 75 percent of today’s churched youth believe that God created the universe, Jesus
The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who are no longer capable of articulating a biblical worldview.  The average college student, even those who come from evangelical Christian homes and churches, hold to many distorted beliefs about
The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who
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A Christ-Centered Education

A Christ-Centered Education image

Published: December 15, 2017

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 
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
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