School of Christian Thought
At the School of Christian Thought, we think in terms of story, God’s story:
The great focus of scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is the story of God. He has revealed himself through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as both the Creator and Redeemer of the world. God created a good world, and therefore we find value in the physical world as well as the various human cultures around the world. However, humans also introduced sin and brokenness into God’s good world. As a result, out of his great love, God has brought and continues to bring redemption to this world through Christ and the Spirit.
Within the church, we see the kingdom of God breaking through even now, though we look in hope for the ultimate restoration of the world when Christ returns. Since God created this world, we explore its truth and beauty in all its forms because “all truth is God’s truth.” At the same time, God’s self-revelation through his redeeming acts in the world are communicated through holy Scripture. Accordingly, our various departments bring together the great aspects of God’s general and special revelation: Apologetics, Classics and Biblical Languages, and Theology. So whether we are looking at God’s fingerprints in nature and reason or a portrait of him in Scripture, our various programs and classes highlight how the church fits within God’s act in the world—in the past and currently. Our faculty are world-class, supporting the Church and engaging in academic pursuits at the highest level. To get to know us, check out our School of Christian Thought blog.
No matter what your vocational calling might be, we’re all part of this larger story that God is working out in the world. That is, our goal is that HBU will be a place where your story and God’s story come together. We’re a community where you can learn more about the great story of God, while learning to live it out in the church and the world. Throughout the Bible, we see how God calls individuals into his community of faith for the sake of His kingdom. As you follow the process of discerning your own calling and desires for work and ministry with us, you’ll see that we are not just a collection of individuals – we are a community of learners devoted to God and to one another. We invite you to join us in one of our programs.
For us, education is not just about information but also transformation, touching the mind and heart.
We are honest about our brokenness while walking on the path of restoration in Christ.
Christianity isn’t an individual pursuit: about 80% of discipleship is just friendship.
We value the ways God has worked in culture in the past and look for ways to impact culture today.
We don’t just read about great thinkers in history, we read them.
The world is in need of leaders who draw others towards God’s story and who invest in others’ potential.
The School of Christian Thought offers many student organizations to expand the learning experience of our students and prepare them for their professional careers.
Various additional organizations exist within the University. Please check Student Life’s Organization List for a comprehensive list.