Can You Rely on Chance for Community?

Deciding where to go to college is a huge decision for a multitude of reasons--you have to weigh cost, the quality of the education, the majors and programs offered and whether or not a school provides training that will help you to do God’s work. It can be easy to get caught up in all of these other important factors and forget the power of community. But the community that you surround yourself with has the potential to have the most significant influence on the shape your life will take.

A Diamond in the Rough: finding joy through obedience to the neglected commands of Christ

While I love our engagement story and still think back on that night fondly, much has changed for Malcolm and me since then. The breathtaking stone is resting yet again in that telltale box, now alongside the diamond-encrusted wedding band that Malcolm gave me ten months later in front of family and friends. No, we are not divorced. And no, our relationship is not on the rocks, as some have asked and many more have likely wondered. Instead, a powerful, paradigm-shifting encounter with God’s Word has led us to make decisions we could never have anticipated.

Corrections Regarding Recent Media Coverage

On December 25, 2017, the Boston Globe released a feature in their print edition titled “Lower-cost college set to open in Boston” which appeared online as “New college for conservative Christians planned in Boston”. This article has propagated around the media to sites such as Fox News and the Associated Press.

Sattler College would like to correct and clarify two points made in this story.

Color Vision of a Conscientious Objector

Color Vision of a Conscientious Objector

I explored different avenues to leave the military,  but for a legion of reasons, applying as a conscientious objector and possibly taking on educational debt was my only option. Large cups of coffee got me through long nights of assembling a sixty-page application to leave the Air Force. My heart pounded in the moments leading up to the official submission of my application; there was no going back. On the one hand, it was agonizing to share my new convictions with many people I love, respect, and cherish who dutifully support and serve in the military.  But on the other hand an overwhelming confidence and peace surrounded a new-found hope in the story of the Messiah who conquered evil with love.

Christian college or secular college?

Christian college or secular college?

How many Christian parents would send their children to a Buddhist college? A Hindu ashram? A Muslim university? And yet, Christian parents often send their children to a secular college, thinking that these places are not religious institutions. While these parents would never dream of sending their child to a Muslim or Hindu institution of learning, they fail to appreciate that secular colleges are in fact religious institutions, but “unlabeled” as such. In fact, these colleges and universities have a smuggled religion, just as comprehensive in scope as any religion, just as dogmatic, and just as evangelistic.

Is it godly for Christians to have power and influence?

When I think about the calling of young Christians today, on whether they should choose between authority or vulnerability in serving God, the answer is – yes. I sincerely believe every Christian student should be excellent in the field God calls them to. They need to be great mathematicians, poets, engineers, cooks, CEOs, or janitors, yet should be willing and able to cast all of that excellence aside as garbage when compared to their pursuit of Christ.

The Iron Law of Education

The Iron Law of Education is deceptively simple and unimaginably powerful: you become like those who teach you.  Even if you are not conscious of this transformation, it’s happening – steadily and silently.  The Master Teacher tells us how to avoid being the blind led by the blind: by choosing your teachers well.

The Iron Law is one of the most powerful forces, perhaps the most powerful force, that shapes the hearts of young people.  Students during the formative ages between 5 to 25 are being actively shaped by the Iron Law to become like their teachers.  The character of their teachers drives their destiny.

The jaw-dropping trend that you’ve probably missed

The jaw-dropping trend that you’ve probably missed

More than 10% of older adults hold a biblical worldview, but less than 0.5% of younger adults.  That kind of shift should stun us.   A more than twenty-fold reduction in biblical worldviews across generations.  While many people call themselves Christians without holding a biblical worldview, this should only heighten our need for diligence.

As the older generation passes away, and the younger generation gains in power, our world is going to be radically different.  Being a genuine Christian will be much more difficult and rare.

Why aren't college students passionate about God?

Why aren't college students passionate about God?

College students who are utterly passionate about God are as rare as raindrops in the Sahara.  Having worked with college and graduate students for about 20 years, I have searched diligently for students single-minded in their devotion to God—zealous for prayer, the Word, fasting, evangelism, and the church.   Yet my search has been met with great disappointment. Simply ask yourself, “How many college-age students do I know who are on fire for the Lord, rejecting sin and using their youthful vigor for exploits in the kingdom?”