Beyond Cliché: Trinitarian Education (Part 1 of 3)

A good bit has been said and written over the last twenty years espousing the concept of distinctively Christian education.  The idea is essentially that if the God of Christianity exists (and He does), and if He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (and He is), then all things are best known and…

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Conceptualizers

A recent article by Rick Newman, author of Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback To Success, describes a panel discussion hosted by the McKinsey Global Institute that dealt with the question of “Automation, Jobs, and the Future of Work.”  In the article, Newman highlights a common thread through the discussion that highlights what he calls the “uberskill that will…

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A World Turned Upside Down (Fourth Week of Advent)

If there is one thing we learn from observing the biblical narrative from start to finish, it’s this: God never really tells a story in a straight line. He loves unexpected twists, turns and ironies. He loves to confound the wisdom of the wise. He loves to do the big things with the little things.…

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Light in the Darkness (Third Week of Advent)

There are those nights as a parent when the monsters must be expelled and defeated. A shadow, a sound, an uneasy feeling takes up residence in the little one’s room and it’s time for Mom or Dad to go into action. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to discern the location and…

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Doing What We Are Made For

Two thoughts from the Apostle Paul regarding the nature and the work of Jesus Christ (who He is and what He does) give us some profound insight into our nature and purpose (who we are and what we are created to do). In Colossians 1:16, while describing the preeminence of Christ, Paul says, “He is…

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Latin, Alive and Well

“Amo!” “Amas!” “Amat!” “Amamus!” “Amatis!” “Amant!” No, these are not incantations. This is a conjugation of the phrase “I love” in Latin. Students in classical and Christian schools around the country perform this chant and others like it as they learn a language that no one speaks anymore. What a waste of time, right? This…

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Training Up Children, or Churning Out Widgets?

“Human beings used to be …” he hesitated; the blood rushed to his cheeks. “Well, they used to be viviparous.” Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World describes a future society where children are “decanted,” not born, and the concept of “father” and “mother” are unpleasant historical facts best forgotten. It may be easy to write this…

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The (Hand)Writing on the Wall

There’s an old saying that “the pen is mightier than the sword.”  Our present environment of texting, Siri, and keyboards may very well soon make this phrase an anachronism.  Who uses a pen anymore (or a sword, for that matter)?  As we move further down the path of ubiquitous electronic technology, the use of and…

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The Father’s Land

We all woke up this morning in comfortable beds, had a good breakfast, got into incredible works of transportational technology, and began our day.  In addition, when our children came to school today, they most likely began the day with a prayer and reading of Scripture.  At some point, they probably sang a hymn.  As…

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