Our slogan is “Education in Serious Joy.” It comes from 2 Corinthians 6:10: “Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” We believe there is a view of the world, of God, of education, of the Bible, that enables a young person to grow into the kind of person who will be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing — Education in Serious Joy. God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him, especially in times of suffering.
We believe that there’s a way to read the great books, through the lens of the Greatest Book that makes you a kind of person. We’re not eager to prepare people for particular vocations. We’re eager to prepare people for life. We want to make you mature, and wise, and loving, and strong, and able to live well for the glory of Christ for the good of others, and we believe that kind of mature discipleship can happen through looking at reality in the great books through the lens of God’s book for the sake of the global mission of Christ. We think people who come through 4 or 5 years of that come out at the end, not with a skill do a particular kind of computer task that earns them megabucks, but rather a certain kind of soul, and certain kind of stability, a certain kind of depth, a certain kind of capacity to go on learning for the rest of their lives. A certain kind of viewpoint that allows them to see the world the way God sees it.
So as you ponder your future in relationship to suffering in the world, just keep in mind that there’s a way to do education that’s called “Education in Serious Joy.”