President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University
In a recent address to the graduates of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Dr. Piper began by saying, "I believe that the best education is one which is tested by time, confirmed by experience, validated by reason, and ultimately grounded in Scripture."
Dr. Piper also made several other "I believe . . ." statements to his listening audience, and now, by extension, to his reading audience.
I believe that the academy is the gate keeper of our individual virtue and our national conscience.
I believe that all intellectual and moral training must be anchored in our Creator who endows us with the rights of life and liberty and that if we build education on any foundation but Him we will lose our conscience and shortly thereafter lose our freedom, our joy, and our ability to pursue happiness.
I believe that our future lies in the hearts and minds of today’s students and that all cultures are but one generation away from irrelevancy and extinction.
I believe that what is taught today in the classroom will be practiced tomorrow in our churches, our companies, our communities and our country at large.
I believe in absolutes and that if we don’t teach them, learn them, and cherish them that we will be cast about by every wave of human desire, political promise, and selfish ambition.