Staff Writers – Christian Universities Online The Trusted Online Guide to Christian Colleges & Universities. Mon, 21 May 2018 18:15:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Purpose of The Best Christian College Ranking Wed, 24 May 2017 18:58:46 +0000

The Best Christian College ranking produced by Christian Universities Online (CUO) is designed to assist students and their families in selecting a school that meets specific criteria – the primary element being that they are a Christian college or university.  Even with that initial sort, the choices can still be overwhelming as the list of intentionally Christian colleges and universities is long.  As a general guide to Christian colleges and universities, this ranking presents schools that excel in various areas.  The  schools that are included represent the best available Christian colleges and universities in the country.  Each has its own unique characteristics which are important for the prospective student to consider.

CUO helps students make an informed decision

CUO’s rankings are intended to provide additional information about a particular school in order for the prospective student to make an informed decision about their higher education.  “Knowledge is power” is an appropriate adage and CUO seeks to provide good data to serve as an introduction to a school not previously considered or present additional information about a school that is on a “short list” of possibilities.  Equipped with an overall ranking of schools as well as an overview of each school individually, prospective students are able to begin the decision process based on good data and sound research.

The ranking provides a dense glimpse into a school

Each school included in the ranking is given its “15 minutes of fame” – a brief yet detailed overview of the college or university that gives insight into its history, fields of study and various statistical data, including academic structure, degree programs and more.  Contained in the short summary is information distilled from a number of sources including location and historical facts that are useful to consider when deciding on a degree.  The broad scope of information compressed into a few paragraphs conveys information efficiently; instead of a list of data points, prospective students are given a warm introduction to each school.

CUO showcases intentionally Christian schools that focus on specific criteria

As stated already, CUO showcases intentionally Christian colleges and universities that excel in important areas such as personal attention to individual students, availability of financial aid, admission selectivity and student satisfaction as a start.  Additional factors are also considered: Faculty/Student ratio, retention rate and graduation rate to name three.  Our evaluation process produces a ranking that places the school that is the “total package” at the top of the list.  Other aspects of the schools will play a significant part of the student’s ultimate decision – the best choice for the student may not be in the top 10 of the list; this is exactly why the list is expanded to include additional options.

CUO is a comprehensive resource for the Christian student

CUO desires to be a valuable resource for students and families as they set out to make a significant decision.  Pursuing a degree is a daunting task; when faced with the vast amount of information available (both online and in print), it is easy to get overwhelmed and confused.  CUO seeks to cut to the heart of the matter by presenting schools in a way that is easy to read and comprehend, includes criteria important to prospective students and families and is readily accessible.

50 Best Value Christian Online MBA Programs 2015 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 01:34:39 +0000
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50-Best-Value-Christian-Online-MBA-Programs-2015In our last featured ranking of the 50 Best Value Christian MBA Programs we began by highlighting the financial value of a MBA education. Today’s MBA graduates not only enjoy financial rewards but are highly sought after by employers seeking new hires. Those same benefits are offered to students seeking their MBA degree while doing so with the flexibility of a fully online program. This month we want to highlight Christian universities and colleges that offer this valuable degree in a fully online format.

To produce this ranking we began with schools that have been accredited by one of the following organizations: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) or Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). In addition to these accrediting bodies, we have also considered members of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). We then took these schools and identified which institutions offered a fully online MBA program and then ranked this final pool of schools according to three different categories: 1) the number of MBA concentrations offered, 2) tuition costs, 3) special business school accreditation. We assigned a 20% weight to the number of MBA concentrations, 40% to the tuition costs, and 40% to the category of business school accreditation.

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The value of an MBA education continues to be strong as ever. Full-time MBA graduates typically see an increase in their salary when compared to their earnings before starting business school. Employers continue to target MBA graduates when seeking new hires. The institutions in our ranking not only position their graduates for a significant increase in their salary, but they also equip and train their graduates to integrate their Christian faith into the fast paced and challenging environment they will face upon graduation. We have put together this ranking to help those seeking an intentionally Christian MBA education to further investigate the 50 best Christian MBA programs in the country.

To produce this ranking we began with schools that have been accredited by one of the following organizations: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) or Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). In addition to these accrediting bodies, we have also considered members of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). If an institution meets this initial criteria, we then narrowed the list down to schools with residential MBA programs. Qualifying schools were then ranked based upon the number of MBA concentrations offered, tuition costs, and special business school accreditation. We assigned a 20% weight to the number of MBA concentrations, 40% to the tuition costs, and 40% to the category of business school accreditation.

50 Christian Colleges with the Lowest Debt Burden Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:40:13 +0000 50 Christian Colleges with the Lowest Debt Burden

This list attempts to present a ranking of Christian colleges and universities whose class of 2013 graduated with the lightest debt burden. We hope that this information will be helpful to parents and students who are seeking to make the most informed decision possible when choosing a Christian institution of higher education. With this ranking, we want to highlight schools that are excelling in keeping the debt burden of their graduates as low as possible because we understand the long term impact that excessive student loan debt has on today’s graduate.

The ranking was built using publicly available data from U.S. News & World Report. Two data points were considered from this source and were equally weighted: the average total indebtedness of the 2013 graduating class and the percent of graduating students who borrowed. The “average total indebtedness” is the average total amount borrowed by this graduating class, not all students. Institutional loans, financial institutions, and loans from federal, state, and local governments were considered. Parental loans were not factored into this average. The colleges and universities on this list had to be accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) or a member/affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). In the event of a tie, the schools were listed alphabetically and given the same numerical ranking.

Top 25 Christian Counseling Blogs of 2014 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:19:57 +0000 top 25 christian counseling blog 2014
The collection of blogs below represents a small slice of the Christian counseling world.  This list attempts to provide a sampling of the differing approaches to the practice of counseling within the Christian community.  Our intent is to provide a resource for Christian counselors for both their personal and professional edification.

The quality of the content was given the greatest consideration in determining the ranking of these blogs.  Other factors contributing to the ranking process were frequency of posts, relevancy of topics, and last but not least, overall curb appeal of the blog.

  1. Brad Hambrick:  Written by a pastor, professor and theologian, this blog provides a very didactical resource for a wide variety of counseling needs.  These posts provide a valuable resource for the entire Christian community but are especially suited for pastoral and professional counseling needs.  The writing is extremely detailed and dives deeply into each topic, so bring your utensils for the meat you will find here.
  2. The Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC):  This blog is built on the foundational questions, “What does it mean to counsel in the grace and truth of Christ.”  While this site has an abundance of valuable post, its greatest contribution to the Christian counselor is breadth of resources and tools it puts at your fingertips.
  3. Covenant Eyes:  This blog brings powerful and practical advice to address one of the fastest growing and pervasive issues Christian counselors are facing.  Pornography addiction impacts so many and this blog has resources for a wide variety of counseling needs.
  4. Biblical Counseling for Women:  Don’t let this blog’s title make you think the material is only for women.  The gritty and practical approach this blog brings to the field of Christian counseling can help both sexes.
  5. Don Olund:  If you are a couple struggling to connect with each other or a family with unresolved conflict or estranged children, this blog has a lot of hope and practical advice to offer you.  Don Olund, experienced counselor, author and life coach speaks to challenges everyone has faced at some point their life.
  6. American Association of Christian Counselors:  The post found on the blog of the world’s largest Christian counseling organization has a surprisingly broad scope of material.  Whether you are a professional counselor, pastor or a lay church member with no formal training, you will find the material in this blog very helpful.
  7. Institute for Nouthetic Studies:  This blog brings you resources from one of the pioneers of the nouthetic counseling movement, Dr. Jay Adams.  These posts are seasoned with decades of experience and are helpful for any reader.
  8. HeadHeartHand:  This blog is brought to you by well known pastor, professor and author, Dr. David Murray.  Dr. Murray’s posts deal with wide variety of issues facing Christians in today’s world and are not entirely focused on counseling topics.  However, the well rounded mix of content contained in this blog will better equip any counselor looking to minister to the myriad of needs he or she will face either in the church or the clinic.
  9. Desiring God:  John Piper’s contributions to modern day Christianity are surpassed by only a few author, theologians, or counselors.  His contributions to this blog or influence upon those posting here will be of great to benefit to any Christian counselor.
  10. Center for Biblical Counseling:  Counseling born out of ministry in a local church is the milieu from which this blog is brought to us.  This blog’s posts have a great devotional element to them and will prove fruitful to the personal and professional edification of any counselor.
  11. Leslie Vernick:  The post contained in this blog are tested and tried from the personal experience of the writer.  Counselor and author, Leslie Vernick, brings relationship help that has been learned by trials in her own life and should give the reader the feel of a coach who is right there beside you.
  12.  Pastor, blogger, author and book reviewer, Tim Challies, brings one of the best blog resources for anyone involved in ministering to others.  His book reviews will help any counselor make better choices on reading selections.  This blog is not purely devoted to counseling topics but can be easily mined for hours and hours of useful reading.
  13. Spiritual Healing and Growth:  This blog gives the reader a unique insight into challenges faced by Christian counselors when their life’s work takes them into other cultures.  These unique posts interspersed with “homegrown” subjects should push this blog upward on your blog list.
  14. Biblical Counseling Center:  This center’s mission is “helping churches care for people.”  That mission directs the content on this blog, which is weighted more than others in the list in giving some informal training material to practitioners.  With that being said, don’t rush past this blog if you are looking for personal nourishment from God’s Word.
  15. Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation: Although this blog has few if any direct contributions from highly respected theologian and counselor Dr. David Powlison, his oversight as the Executive Director of the CCEF should encourage any Christian counselor to stay up to date with this blog.
  16. Association of Certified Biblical Counselors:  This blog is a close relative to the blog produced by the Institute for Nouthetic Studies.  The association’s executive director, Heath Lambert, who is the major contributor to this blog keeps today’s Christian counselor informed on poignant and pressing needs facing today’s nouthetic Christian counselor.
  17. Bible Therapy:  This blog’s subtitle, “Why Christians can’t trust Psychology,” leaves no guess work as to this author’s position in that popular debate among Christian Counselors.  Don’t miss out on the collection of helpful posts simply because you have a different opinion regarding the role of Psychology in counseling.
  18. Pastors Today:  Given the reality that most pastors spend so much of their time in counseling situations, the material in this blog should serve as great encouragement to the pastor/counselor.  Pastor/counselor take time to read these posts for they will not only help you with your ministry but also minister to you as you face the unique demands of your calling.
  19. Living Water Christian Counseling:  This blog brings the reader advice that has been fired in the crucible of Dr. Norman Wise’s own life.  These posts are scripture saturated and very practical.
  20. Cornerstone Christian Counseling:  The therapeutic approach of the counseling practice responsible for this blog can be strongly felt in the content.  Reading this blog is like sitting down with one of the practice’s therapist.  The posts bring a good mix of lesson through the life experiences in addition to covering a variety of helpful counseling topics.
  21. The Counseling Moment:  Written from the heart of a pastor with lots of life experience.  The author provides concise summaries of his own research and thus gives the practitioner a head start in gathering much needed resources for a wide variety of counseling needs.
  22. Gobbel Counseling:  The subtitle of this blog is, “Parenting. Adoption. And Adoptive Parenting.”  As the Church slowly wakes up to the “true religion” of caring for orphans and the Christian family disintegrates, the content in this blog should be thoroughly digested.
  23. Faith Notes:  Author and counselor, Dottie Parish, draws out of her thirty plus years of experience for the material found in this blog.  The content is weighted toward family and marriage counseling subjects with posts on a variety of Bible study topics sprinkled in between.
  24. Christian Counseling of McAlester:  This blog is brought to you from the experience of a daily practitioner and is extremely practical and down to earth.
  25. CrossRoad Counselor:  The Christian counselor will find the well balanced content in this blog is like having their own virtual life coach.  Some blogs are didactical and reference rich but this blog’s strength and contribution is how it weaves counseling subjects into something akin to a devotional read.  With that being said, there is plenty of instructive material here for today’s counselor but the way in which it is delivered makes it a very easy read.
The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College & University Campuses in the World Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:13:53 +0000
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Many universities and colleges across the globe provide both high-quality education and a thorough devotion to Christian principles. However, some institutions associated with the teachings of Jesus excel not only academically and spiritually, but also aesthetically – boasting some of the loveliest looking campuses anywhere on Earth. Whether because of their lush green spaces, breathtaking surroundings or inspired architecture, these places of learning can offer stunning locations in which to study, rest and play.

After last year’s publication of the 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges in the U.S. was so well received, we decided to expand our purview to include Christian colleges and universities from around the globe. Read on for 50 of the most beautiful Christian college and university campuses in the world.

Note: No list of this type can be entirely comprehensive or objective. The schools on this list were chosen from a global pool of Christian colleges and universities known to our editors and considered broadly evangelical in their theological outlook. If there is a school you think should be considered for future editions please let us know through our contact page.

Editor’s Choice: Online Christian Leadership and Management Degrees Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:07:41 +0000 christian-leadership-management-online
Our editors have selected what they consider to be the most reputable, accredited online colleges offering Christian leadership degrees. This is not a ranking of online Christian leadership and management programs, but a curated list of the best Christian universities offering what we consider the top online Christian leadership degrees. If you’d like to nominate a school or program not present on the list, please do so through our contact page.

Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914 as a private interdenominational university. The main campus is situated in Lakewood, Colorado and there are other campuses throughout the state. In addition to serving more than 5,000 enrolled students on campus, Colorado Christian University offers more than 30 online programs in a variety of disciplines.

Program Overview
The Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Colorado Christian University prepares students for corporate and non-profit careers. This program of study involves 36 credit hours that could be completed in only two years. Each online class for the Organizational Leadership degree is about 7 weeks long. This degree focuses on developing leadership skills through extensive research and real life world applications. Students pursuing the MOL degree can also earn credits by attending National Leadership Sessions at the university’s main campus.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits all of the online programs at Colorado Christian University. This organization also certifies dozens of other degrees that are offered at Colorado Christian University.

Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) is an evangelical theological seminary that was founded in 1924 in Dallas, Texas, by Lewis Sperry Chafer. Dallas has additional campuses in the United States and Guatemala, and serves about 2,149 students. In addition, DTI is a member of the ACSI, ETA, the Jerusalem University College and the ITS.

Program Overview
Dallas Theological Seminary offers a bi-lingual online degree program for an MA in Christian Leadership. This master’s degree provides students with foundational skills in theology and practice with a specialized study in leadership. This will prepare those students by developing skills in those who may desire a senior leadership role in areas such as missions, church, market places, and parachurch organizations.

Dallas Theological Seminary is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Ecclesia College

Ecclesia College is a Christian work college in Springdale, Arkansas that is federally recognized. It was founded in 1975 by Oren Paris II, who was the father of Twila Paris. It has an enrollment of about 175 full-time students and is a member of NAICU (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities).

Program Overview
Ecclesia College offers an online Bachelor of Christian Leadership Degree with a choice of concentration in areas such as counseling, music, business, or the Bible. It offers a well-rounded and flexible approach to prepare students to lead in ministry or to continue their education toward a master degree at other schools like Liberty, Asbury, and John Brown.

Ecclesia College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the USDE. It also has certification of its program by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Evangelical Seminary

Evangelical Seminary is a seminary for evangelical students that was originally founded by the United Evangelical Church in 1894. Students can study at their own convenience on more than one campus, through convenient online programs and through hybrid campus and online programs. The school enjoys a great reputation among Christians of various denominational backgrounds.

Program Overview
Evangelical Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, in a convenient online setting. This program helps equip Christians to become better leaders, combined with spiritual formation and personalized mentoring. This course allows graduates to easily function as leaders in many types of settings, from churches to non-profits and businesses.

Evangelical Seminary is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Regent University

Regent University was founded in 1978 under the leadership of Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertston. Located in Virginia Beach, Regent University is a private, interdenominational Christian university for over 6,000 students. There are over 53 graduate and undergraduate degree programs offered on campus and online. With a unique faith based academic culture, Regent University holds true to their motto, “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

Program Overview
A Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies offers a strong knowledge foundation of organization and leadership on subjects such as conflict resolution, knowledge management, ethics and decision making all with a biblical perspective. With an understanding of Christian faith integration, the program will help students know how to handle leadership roles effectively, sustainably and morally. This program is not limited to adult learners or working professionals only, however, requirements do apply for admission.

Regent University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a private, interdenominational Christian university founded in 1949 in Arizona. With a 115-acre campus in Phoenix, Grand Canyon University offers academic, spiritual and social programs for approximately 8,500 students. Evening and online degree programs give every student a chance to excel.

Program Overview
Grand Canyon University offers several online business and leadership degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science in Leadership. Students pursuing the business management degree will take courses that focus on organizational behavior, human resources, accounting and marketing. Students pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership will explore and analyze various models of business leadership in real-world organizations.

Grand Canyon University got its start as Grand Canyon College, which became fully accredited in 1968 by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission. The online student population has reached more than 40,000, bringing Grand Canyon University solid standing and a reputable name.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Gordon-Conwell is an evangelical seminary located in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Though its roots go back to the 1800s, it traces its current formation to the uniting of two schools of theology, Gordon and Conwell, in 1969. Today the seminary enrolls over 2,000 students in its main Massachusetts campus and three other campuses in Boston, Charlotte, and Jacksonville.

Program Overview
Gordon-Conwell provides distance learning opportunities online via their Semlink+ courses. Enrolled students can take up to a third of their coursework online as they work toward various degrees, including the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL). The MACL degree prepares students to lead churches, youth programs and para-church organizations, equipping graduates with skills in management, communications and conflict management.

Gordon-Conwell is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private Christian university that was founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, was renamed in 1963 as Pacific Christian College, and took its current corporate name in 1997 when it achieved university status. It’s located in Fullerton, California and has an enrollment of about 1,700 students.

Program Overview
Hope International University has an online Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Christian Leadership, which teaches students effective leadership skills in ministry, local churches, para-churches, and Christian organizations. Categories of student learning include spiritual formation, service, Scriptural development, and ministry.

Hope International University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Liberty University Online

Liberty University was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell. Originally named Lynchburg Baptist College until 1976 when the name was changed to Liberty Baptist College. In 1984 the college received university status and the name was changed to the current, Liberty University. Nestled on 7,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is the largest private, non-profit university in Virginia and the largest Christian school in the world. Liberty University offers over 350 programs and has over 100,000 residential and online students.

Program Overview
Liberty University Online offers a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership and Management, as well as a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Christian Leadership. These degree programs prepare students for leadership programs within a church or other non-profit organization with an understanding of organizational management, marketing, finance along with biblical leadership principles and strategies. The bachelor’s degree program also prepares students interested in continuing into the master’s level program.

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock Christian University (LCU) is a private Christian University that is associated with the Churches of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. It was established in 1957 by F.W. Mattox and has an enrollment of approximately 2,135 students and in 2010 LCU began offering degrees online.

Program Overview
Lubbock Christian University offers an online BS in Organizational Management to aid students in the growth of interpersonal skills and solving problems for success in any career. A solid structure based on Christian principles and values, this degree emphasizes effective management in any job, and prepares students with skills in communication, ethics, research techniques, and working with others.

Lubbock Christian University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Luther Rice University & Seminary

Luther Rice University & Seminary (LRU) is a private Christian college and seminary. In 1962, it was founded by Robert Gee Witty with five additional pastors in Jacksonville Florida, and then in 1991 it was moved to the metro Atlanta area in Lithonia, Georgia. Its enrollment is about 1,600 students, and it is listed in the Comprehensive Guide to the Best Colleges and Universities in the U.S. as The Best Alternative Programs/Nontraditional Education for its online programs.

Program Overview
Luther Rice University & Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership that emphasizes key leadership concepts and important team development skills with problem resolution that will enable students to be prepared for a career as a church planter, pastor, ministry leader, missionary, or Christian business person.

In addition to its accreditation by the Transnational Association of Colleges and Schools (TRACS), Luther Rice University & Seminary is accredited by the ABHE (Associate of Biblical Higher Education) which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Mid-America Christian University

Originally founded in 1953 as South Texas Bible Institute, Mid-America Christian University is a private liberal arts university which currently provides education for more than 2,400 students. The university offers several online undergraduate and graduate leadership and management degree programs.

Program Overview
Mid-America Christian University offers an online Masters in Leadership with concentrations in business management, higher education administration, and public administration is also offered for students who want to advance their workplace careers. Graduate students must complete a total of 36 hours for a master’s degree in one of these business areas. Each program course can be completed on a six to eight week accelerated format.

Mid-America Christian University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University is a private co-ed evangelical Christian university in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Established in 1957, it now has multiple satellite campuses in the Greater St. Louis area and has about 4,800 students enrolled. It began as an extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College and received its current name in August of 2002.

Program Overview
Missouri Baptist University offers an online degree in Ministry & Leadership. This degree offers a curriculum that will prepare students for a career as a chaplain, missionary, teacher, pastor, evangelist, or researcher, and covers important skills and foundations in biblical counseling, theology, discipleship, and biblical exposition.

Missouri Baptist University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, which is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).

Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute (MBI) is a Christian Institute of Higher Education founded in 1886 by Dwight Lyman Moody near Chicago. Moody also has an undergraduate campus in Washington and a graduate campus in Michigan, and has approximately 4,000 students enrolled. MBI was awarded the 2004 Course of the Year Award by the Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries (ACCESS) for its online course.

Program Overview
Moody Bible Institute offers an online Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership (B.S.M.L.). This degree gives students a biblical foundation for ministry that is practical, emphasizing leadership skills, congregational work, and the development of organization, in order to prepare students for positions that are available in local churches and Christian organizations.

AccreditationMoody Bible Institute is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and The Higher Learning Commission. Their online program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University, originally founded in 1948 as Circleville Bible College, has developed beyond its original purpose of educating future clergy into a fully accredited university offering associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs. In addition to the primary campus in Circleville, Ohio, there are several regional campuses in Ohio and Georgia as well as online learning opportunities.

Program Overview
Ohio Christian University offers an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a concentration in Organizational Leadership which prepares students for positions of leadership in a modern global society by illustrating how major organizations function and how new graduates can affect positive changes within and through those institutions. In addition, OCU offers a BA in Business with a concentration in Business Management. This concentration prepares new graduates for supervisory or middle management careers in business.

Ohio Christian University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association. Additionally it holds accreditation by The Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Top 10 TED Talks on Religion Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:35:46 +0000 This series of TED Talks introduces the ideas of the ten most popular speaker on the TED circuit in the realm of religion. You may not agree with all, or any of them, but you will certainly find something thoughtful and provocative to inspire and/or challenge your faith.

1. Matthieu Ricard – On the Habits of Happiness

A French biochemist at the renowned Pasteur Institue, turned Buddhist monk living in a hermitage in the Himalayan mountains, Ricard has often been called the happiest man on Earth. His TED talk features his enlightened view on the definition and constitution of human happiness, and the path to train the mind to be resilient to the ebb and flow of negative feelings and thoughts. Ricard emphasizes the importance of compassion as an antidote, and its benefits to individuals and humanity as a whole.

2. Richard Dawkins – Militant Atheism

Oxford professor and eminent evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins also happens to be the most famous atheist in the world. In this talk he encourages fellow atheists to be open and “out” about their atheism, as that is the only way that the stigma surrounding the word can be changed. In his impassioned way, Dawkins also asserts the division that must remain between religion and government.

3. Michael Shermer – Why People Believe Weird Things

Editor of ‘Skeptic’ magazine, and author of the book “Why People Believe Weird Things”, Shermer is one of the foremost skeptics around. This talk features Shermer emphasizing the difference between pseudoscience and real science. How true science is based on counting both the hits and the misses in supernatural claims – such as dowsing, psychic readings, UFO sightings, and astrology. True science is definable, predictable, and repeatable. Anything less is just not science.

4. Julia Sweeney – Letting go of God

Comedian, playwright, and actress Julia Sweeney performs the first 15 minutes of her comedy solo, ‘Letting go of God’. A hilariously poignant story of her religious background in the Pacific Northwest, countered with her experience with two missionaries from the Church of Latter Days’ Saints that triggered her agnostic view on the existence of a God.

5. Sam Harris – Science Can Answer Moral Questions

Sam Harris is one of the “Four Horsemen of Atheism”, and has a background in neuroscience as well as philosophy. He is also a successful author, and in this talk Harris argues that science should be taken more seriously in the realm of public policy and moral issues. Science can provide answers to moral questions and provide a solid basis for living a good, fulfilled, compassionate life.

6. Rick Warren – A Life of Purpose

Pastor and author of the best-selling book “The Purpose-Driven Life”, Rick Warren explains the self-doubt and self-searching that he underwent following his books explosive success. With the huge flow of money that came in, Warren made a series of changes in his life that revolved around breaking materialism and doing good to feel good. He asks the audience his driving message, “What are you going to do with what you’ve been given?”.

7. Dan Dennett – Let’s Teach Religion – All Religions – in Public Classrooms

Dennett is a cognitive scientist and philosopher who is also part of the New Atheist movement. He believes that all religions should be taught in a public classroom in order to shed light on the fact that religion is a natural phenomenon across human cultures. They should be studied for their value as immense social institutions and commentary on human psychology.

8. AJ Jacobs – My Year of Living Biblically

As an author, journalist, philosopher, and prankster, AJ Jacobs submits himself to long, fascinating experiments in human cultures and phenomenons across the world. In this talk, he describes what life was like for a modern man trying to live according to the tenets of the Bible – including the Old Testament and bans on eating shellfish, figs, and not wearing clothing with material from two different sources.

9. Michael Specter – The Danger of Science Denial

Working as a staff writer for the New York Times, Michael Specter discusses in his new book, “Denialism”, why people around the world are eager to dismiss scientific fact and live dangerously through such ideas as the vaccine-autism controversy, as well as religiously driven ideologies such as the denial of evolution and climate change.

10. Hans Rosling – Religion and Babies

A self-described data visionary and global health scientist, Hans Rosling uses visual technology to depict data in utterly user-friendly ways. He had a question that led to some deep insights: Do some religions have more babies than others? With his famous wit, humor, and insight, Hans presents global fertility rates and expounds on their religious background as well as their implications to the modern world.

Why Attend a Christian College or University? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:54:30 +0000 Making the decision to attend college is momentous. While making a decision about what college to attend can be exciting, it can also fill many students with trepidation. Knowing that the place you choose will be formative in your life for at least four years makes you want to choose wisely and well.

There are many factors to consider as you ponder this big decision. Some of them may be highly practical, such as the school’s location and its affordability. Some of the factors may center specifically around academic concerns. For some students, however, another element may factor into their decision. They may want to find a college that will support and encourage their faith-life and challenge them to apply their faith to their studies.

Community is Huge

It’s important to remember that college can be more than just an academic experience. Especially if you decide to enroll as a residential student, college is community. While some important times of community will occur in the classroom, just as many will come in the cafeteria, dorm room, labs, theater or playing fields. While that can be true of any college, it can be especially important if you’re hoping that your college years will provide a forum for you to grow in your life of faith.

For students exploring a Christian college or university, the community aspect may be the single thing that attracts them most. Vital Christian community can help a student learn more about themselves as they worship, pray, study the Scriptures and learn to engage all they study in light of their Christian worldview.

A secular college or university may be able to provide some students with ample enough opportunities for growth in Christian community. Many secular universities have strong campus ministry programs or chapters of faith-based intercollegiate groups. However, some students would prefer to immerse themselves more fully in Christian community, experiencing it all aspects of their college life. For those students, a Christian college might be the best choice.

An Engaged Christian Faculty

Another reason to choose a Christian college is that it gives you the opportunity to learn from seasoned Christians who engage their particular field of study in the light of faith. You may want that kind of explicit Christian teaching and mentoring.

However, some students may find that they learn best when challenged by worldviews different from their own. Such students may prefer a secular university where they will receive that kind of challenge in the classroom. It’s not necessarily the case that all secular classrooms will be hostile to your faith. Even professors who hold a very different worldview from your own may welcome your own faith-based engagement with learning. Both an explicitly Christian classroom and one that’s not can be opportunities for vigorous engagement. Which you choose depends on how you learn best.

Grounding in a Certain Tradition

While most Christian colleges are open to students of various denominational backgrounds, many of them were founded within a given Christian tradition. That tradition may inform the school’s commitments and strengths to world missions, social action, the environment or the arts.

How Do You Want to Engage Your Faith?

Finally, a Christian college can provide practical settings for students to actively engage their faith within the local and global community. Part of deepening as a Christian involves active ministry to the world in light of that same faith. A Christian college can provide mission trips, internships and other opportunities that that encourage students to hone their creativity and compassion in a specifically Christian way. While a secular university may also provide plenty of those kinds of opportunities, you may not have the opportunity to receive explicit Christian mentoring or opportunities for theological reflection on your activities.

Not all Christians will choose to attend a specifically Christian college or university. Much depends on your particular learning style and on the specific ways you wish to engage your faith during your college years. If you find some of these reasons resonate with you, you may want to seek out information on Christian colleges and speak with their current students and graduates.

Christian Colleges With Online Degree Programs in Ohio Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:49:12 +0000 Individuals who are looking for accredited Christian online colleges in Ohio will have a wide range of truly superb options to choose from. Many of the available schools are dedicated to serving their local communities through Christ. Ohio students who are interested in excellent online programs should strongly consider the following options.

Christian Online Colleges in Ohio

Ashland University
Ashland University is located in central Ohio and offers regional residents an excellent selection of online courses. The school is particularly well known for its nursing and education programs. Students can also obtain business and seminary degrees online. Ashland University is especially concerned with helping students who have work commitments or familial responsibilities during the day. The school’s technical department ensures that each and every online course offers a smooth interface so that individuals can learn from anywhere in the world.

Cincinnati Christian University
Cincinnati Christian University is dedicated to providing its students with excellent Christian instruction so that they can go on to minister to others. The school offers an online academic track that will allow students to eventually obtain seminary degrees. Students can take courses in theology, leadership and evangelism.

Ohio Christian University
Ohio Christian University is one of the more versatile schools in the state. In addition to traditional courses, the university also offers a broad array of online programs that are specifically designed for busy adults. Students can obtain degrees in ministry, interdisciplinary studies, music and teacher education. The ultimate goal is to turn out conscientious graduates who are aware of their place in the world.

Out-of-State Online Christian Colleges Offering Degrees to Students in Ohio

Liberty University Online
Liberty University is located in western Virginia and is one of the largest Christian institutions in the country. The school is positively brimming with Internet courses. Students can choose from 160 programs. While many of the programs are appropriately focused on Christian studies, others are centered on aeronautics, business, criminal justice, history and psychology. Students who are interested in medicine might even take courses in nursing.

Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University is based in the Phoenix area but has become famous throughout the country. The school offers a nice selection of online programs that should satisfy students of all stripes. Men and women can pursue degrees in business, teaching, psychology, nursing and digital design. The university also has a unique liberal arts program that will allow students to prepare for a variety of different careers.

Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is an eminently reputable Christian university that is located north of Tampa. The sheer variety of online courses, however, will make the school intriguing to Ohio residents who are looking for a well-rounded Christian education. Students can take classes in theology, forensic science, criminal justice and liberal studies. By working their way through the required courses, students can obtain their cherished degree sooner rather than later.