Follow Christ, Lead the Way
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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 systematic and strategic 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
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 systematic and strategic 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
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

Archived Articles of Interest

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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