A Christian Perspective on Athletics

Photo: Girls Varsity Tennis facing adversity drill (bear crawl and reverse bear crawl)   “I want your child to fail. I actually want your child to fail a lot.” Those were some of the first words I spoke to an audience of parents who heard me speak for the first time. Without context or explanation…

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Attending with Interest: The Trivium

A teacher was telling me about her class’s enthusiasm for learning. She said, “I announced it was time to classify a sentence, and the students responded with, ‘Yay!!!’ and ‘Hooray!’” New teachers to our school remark how extraordinary it is that the students genuinely love being in school and enjoy learning. It is my experience…

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Building Castles for the Kingdom: The Teacher-Parent Partnership

Partnership, by definition, is the relationship between two parties working toward a common interest. Merriam-Webster describes partnership as a business relationship. The teacher-parent partnership that Cary Christian School has nurtured for twenty-five years can be compared to a construction business. This partnership is a representation of a team of builders, hand-picked by a single, reigning…

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The Enduring Importance of Latin

Since the beginning of the classical Christian Education movement, Latin has been a distinctive of schools that seek to study God’s Word and the great tradition of learning in the West. As Dorothy Sayers claimed in her seminal essay “The Lost Tools of Learning,” “a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains…

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25 Years of God’s Blessings

In 1994 a small group of Christian families, troubled by the fact that there were no Christian schools in Cary, decided they needed a better option for educating their children. Eager to provide an education that was both Christian and academically robust, they began meeting together to discuss the formation of a new school. Like…

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2020 Valedictory Address

Cary Christian School’s class of 2019 graduated on May 16. This year our salutatorian was Matthew Stikeleather and our valedictorian was Zoe Vestal. One of the highlights of every CCS graduation is the privilege of hearing the wise and eloquent words delivered by our valedictorian and salutatorian, and this year was no exception…

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Routine in a Loosey-Goosey Time

Family & friends! This is your mid-week motivational message from me to you, just to lift your spirits during these difficult days.  POINT 2 PONDER: “STRUCTURE IS A WAY OF ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE SO THAT IT MAKES SENSE TO YOU.” Well, here we are, weeks into house hibernation, and this loosey-goosey lifestyle has me constantly…

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The Value of Competition

In my last post, I discussed the value of winning. Now, I would like to talk about the value of competition. The simple fact is one cannot win if one will not compete. To compete, or to engage in the battle, reminds me of a scene from one of my favorite movies, Top Gun. In…

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Knights’ Fest

As a teacher, I sometimes feel like I have the opportunity to be an observer of human nature. Like a tourist in an anthropological zoo, I have a front row seat into the natural habitat of the American teenager. It is certainly an interesting show. One thing I’ve noticed is that people will make a…

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The Value of Winning

One of my favorite Bible stories is found in Luke 18:35-43. It is the story of the blind man who cries out to Jesus to have mercy on him. What I find fascinating is that when they brought the man to Him, Jesus could obviously see that the man was blind, yet He still asks him, “What do you…

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