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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 and inherently bear immeasurable value and worth. Our community should carry the priorities of the Kingdom of God, in which the dignity of each person is honored, and godly justice is implemented. 

We believe that it is possible to support both the peaceful protestors calling for change within the systems of power to eradicate racism, and also support the vast majority of law enforcement officers who do not engage in acts of police brutality but serve honorably protecting all people. We believe the Bible teaches us that favoritism and racism are wrong and that a system that treats our brothers and sisters of color with different outcomes is sinful. We also believe that while the Bible condemns stealing, looting, and violence, it also promotes righteousness and justice (Psalm 33:5; 89:14; 97:2; Micah 6:8). And this all points us to forgiveness and grace, which are required resources if we hope to be reconciled to God and each other.

God does not leave us in despair or without hope. By its nature and mission, Ohio Christian University instills hope of a life hidden in Christ that makes all things new. Facing a continuing intractable problem like systemic racism, we have to do what we do best: educate. And educate from a Biblically grounded Christian worldview. The failure of our increasingly secularized approach to politics, journalism, and education is on full display for the world to watch. We are calling on our government officials to do their job: to protect life and liberty for ALL the citizens of America. In the recent cases of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others - this clearly did not happen.

We need to recommit to the task of educating ourselves and our students on the Biblical causes and cures of racism. We need to continue the difficult conversations we have been having the past few years and continue to make the appropriate decisions those conversations bring to light.

Finally, we must return to the axiom that Christ taught – which is to “love our neighbor as ourselves” – after, of course, we first “Love God with all our hearts.” In order for change to occur – real change – we must learn to love each other. “I believe very firmly that you can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people — all the people.” (Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ). 

This, indeed, is the foundation on which to rebuild our broken institutions.

Articles of Interest

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Lest We Forget Honors the Fallen

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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...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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Engaging the Culture: The End Result

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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...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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Student Leadership Commissioning

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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...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More

Archived Articles

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The Integration of Faith and Learning

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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...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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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...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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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...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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Truth Separated from Reality

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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...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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A Christ-Centered Education

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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 ...
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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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More