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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 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 studentship.  Going to the desk as an altar, the Christian student studies with his whole heart and a single mind because God has called him to that vocation. Therefore, the first business of the student within the academic community is to study and think, thereby bringing glory to his Creator with his intellect.  It follows then, that the first business of the Christian university is to assist the student toward thinking in Christian ways and to lift up every academic discipline to the light of truth and the glory of God.

The first step in assisting our students to think in “Christian categories” is to invite them into a community of learners who hold to what historic Christianity has believed to be true for over two millennia.  For the student, learning to think within a community that believes in objective, revealed truth begins the process of cultivating a coherent faith and an accurate concept of reality.  Through genuine personal interaction with Christian faculty, the students within the university community develop a set of lenses to view the world that do not require “adjusting” when addressing the critical issues of the day.  We should also note that within this Christian community, the learning relationship is not a one-way street.  For while the mentoring of students by the faculty is vital to the learning and thinking process, Christian community provides more than role models, it also provides for a fellowship of equals.

In his book, Habits of the Heart, sociologist Robert Bellah writes about the urgent need individuals have for making meaningful commitments with other persons.  He states, “We find ourselves not independently of other people . . . but through them . . . we discover who we are face-to-face and side-by-side with others in work, love and learning.”  The values and beliefs a person chooses to act upon is influenced more by the persons around them than by what the person reads or claims to believe. A key component to a student’s successful development is the delicate balance involving challenge and support.  With too much challenge, faith is abandoned—as can be sadly documented on the majority of campuses across America.  With too much support, faith becomes dull and disconnected from personal experience.  The balance between challenge and support needs to be developed, and this can only be worked out within the context of community.  One that challenges growth while simultaneously supporting Christian spiritual formation.  The context is as important to the college experience as the content.

Click here to read part 2 of this series.

In Part 4 of this series, I will address the importance of connecting biblical truth with personal experience, or, in other words, head knowledge united with heart knowledge.

Articles of Interest

An Election Message from President Kulaga

Published: November 2, 2020

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
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
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
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

Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest image

Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest

Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest image

Published: September 10, 2018

Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills through funding completion of 10,000 training certificates for skills such as basic computer software coding and data analytics. Short courses will cost around $600 each, offered by the likes of the
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General
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
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Engaging the Culture: The End Result

Engaging the Culture:  The End Result image

Published: March 7, 2018

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
Tony Perkins Receives Faith & Liberty Award

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins Receives 2018 Faith & Liberty Award

Tony Perkins Receives Faith & Liberty Award

Published: February 21, 2018

The Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government’s Center for Faith and Liberty presented its seventh annual Faith
The Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government’s Center for Faith and Liberty presented its seventh annual Faith
The Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government’s Center for Faith and Liberty presented its seventh annual Faith