Houston Baptist University Catalog
from the Provost
confronted by a rich young man with hard questions. Jesus pointed out that his
questions could only be answered if he "sold all he had," gave it to the poor,
and followed Jesus. In our culture, intelligence and education represent
College should be a time when you take those riches and place them in God's
hands. We will then be able to walk with God and find answers to our questions
and develop even better questions as we continue our lives. Sadly, some of
higher education has forgotten this high calling. The choice of a School like
HBU is a move away from being a mere cog in the educational machine and a
decision to prepare for a life of service.
The university trained should give back to those without our opportunities, but
too often we think only of our personal peace and affluence. By contrast HBU
follows the great tradition of Western universities in placing service to God
and country at the center of a well-ordered life. You have a chance to be
trained by servant-leaders to become global change agents, not for our glory,
but for the good of humankind.
Bring your questions this year to your classes. Discard easy inherited answers.
Set yourself the task of following the argument, the Divine Logos of God,
wherever He leads. We will all be transformed if you do.
This is my second year as provost and I am excited to sell all my old ideas, my
old wealth, and take up a new task following Jesus. I am excited by what can be
at this place in this time.
Under the leadership of President Robert Sloan and the Trustees, supported by
an outstanding assembly of faculty and staff, the University continues to renew
its commitment to excellence in all facets of Christian higher education.
To learn more about the University's vision of Christian and academic
excellence, I encourage you to read The Ten Pillars, HBU's 12-year vision for
growth and development. You may find it on the HBU website at
This Catalog for Houston Baptist University reflects our commitment to our
heritage. It contains policies and procedures for the various divisions
and departments of the University. The answers to many of your questions are
found within its pages. Always be sure to consult with your faculty
advisor as you use this catalog in progress toward graduation and a life of
John Mark N. Reynolds