The Purpose of Education


In his graduation address, Dartmouth College President James O. Freeman alleged that the purpose of a college education is “to question your father’s values.”

That’s not what we think at Bethlehem College & Seminary, unless your father’s values are out of step with the Bible. Here, we advocate “Education in Serious Joy.”

In his address to a donor reception last week John Piper, Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, defined education this way:

Education is the instilling of habits of mind and heart that incline and enable students for the rest of their lives to:

  • Observe the word and the world carefully
  • Understand what they observe clearly
  • Evaluate what they have understood fairly
  • Feel that evaluation proportionately
  • Apply their discoveries to all of life wisely
  • And express these discoveries clearly and accurately and creatively and winsomely,

For the glory of God and the good of the world.

That’s our aim. To that end, the Board of Trustees met for six hours last week to hear reports from President Tim Tomlinson and other leaders, review the performance of the president, set the budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, amend several policies in the board policy manual, establish expectations for church membership for students and staff, rejoice in successful completion of accreditation and 57 fresh graduates, and to pray earnestly for the school and her constituents.

Sam Crabtree
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Bethlehem College & Seminary

I invite you to join us in praying for the following …

  1. Our recent graduates as they trust the Lord to provide discernment as they start new jobs, move, and say many goodbyes.
  2. That God would provide as we look to fill several open positions in our office.
  3. Our faculty as many of them disperse across the U.S. this summer to seek rest, write, pursue further education, and prepare for the upcoming school year.