Good Bones

Good Bones

Looking for a house is an exhausting endeavor. Having moved a few times, I’ve logged enough hours to reflect. First impression is powerful – a painted front door, open spaces, fragrant aroma. I knew by how a house smelled whether my wife would like it or not. She could sniff a house and know if it would do.  I was never able to talk her into a fixer-upper. It didn’t matter what my “vision of what this could become” was; it just didn’t smell right.

A friend of ours was also looking for a house. As he surveyed the available real estate, he was careful to look beyond the surface features of the house – the paint, the wallpaper, the carpet, the drapes, the smell. He was interested in the foundation and the load bearing walls. I was amused by his insistence that the house have “good bones.” All the rest could be altered, but you live with the structure of the bones.

Someone said the other day that current college students will perform jobs that haven’t been created yet. They are majoring in fields that may be obsolete, studying scientific theories that will be disproved, building models that will be outdated before they graduate. As the world changes, so will its work.  Who knows what skills will be needed for the future workplace? And does this make a college education obsolete?

A Christian Education: The “Good Bones” for Life

I’ve written before about how invaluable a liberal arts education in a Christian environment is. It provides the structure for a life that can navigate a world of change. The basics will remain – reading, writing, communicating, calculating, problem solving, creating, and managing. These skills will always be necessary. But the wallpaper will change.

I serve as President of Trevecca Nazarene University, a Christian university in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. We’ve just recently released our annual President’s Report, which highlights various aspects of what it’s like to attend our college. Our students continue to impress me with their passion for making a difference, as the Report details the impact Trevecca has made on the greater Nashville community.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to flip through the President’s Report (included below), especially if you have any questions about the difference a Christian collegiate education makes.

I think that after reading through our publication, you’ll see how crucial it really is.

You’ll easily recognize the “good bones” that a degree from a Christian university offers: the strong foundation for a lifetime of faith and service.

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