Author: Ladan

Great Students

What makes for a great student? I was reading about the essential characteristics of a great student from the Circe Institute. Some of these characteristics had the common thread of a students own awareness of not having arrived, a meekness, a state of repentance, a self-awareness of ones own lack of virtue, having the fundamental habit of humility, for humility marks the difference between acquiring knowledge (facts that can be objectively assessed and accumulated) and wisdom (submission to the ever flexible application of knowledge to serve others.) J. R.R. Tolkien says, The essence of education is repentance. It is...

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Scared of our Potential

I was watching the late Charles Colson share about the benefits of classical Christian education where he said, “We can do better by our kids,” with which I totally agree. Then I thought, do we really want to do better by our kids? Do Christian parents who don’t support Christian education really want to do better by their kids? Do Christian parents who do support Christian education for the main goal of preparing their children for a well-compensated job really want to do better by their kids? If classical Christian education helps develop sold-out Disciples of Christ equipped and...

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Bye-Bye Peanut

This week we said good-bye to Peanut, a long-haired Daschund we looked after for the last five weeks. Mrs. Long brought Peanut for Show & Tell so many of the students got to meet her. I used Peanut as an illustration of drawing near when the students sang Nearer My God to Thee. Peanut would snuggle close to Mrs. Long at bedtime. Having a dog at home got me thinking about Gods love for us being greater than my love and care for Peanut, and how it seems my love and excitement for God is less than Peanuts for...

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Compelling Why

We aim to graduate young men and women who listen carefully and think clearly with discernment and understanding, who reason persuasively and articulate precisely, who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in light of the Scriptures, and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. We aspire to find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire that they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious, equipped with the tools of learning desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and folly of...

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Hating Six Things

Our students are memorizing Proverbs 6:16 & 17. Number one on Gods hate list is pride. Depending on the Christian circles you run in, certain sins may be elevated above others or just given more air time. Theologically pride is often considered the chief of sins but practically in the church, pride can be soft pedaled and often gets down played. At F.C.S. the effect of pride is always eroding a culture of grace which we are fighting to maintain. Whether its kneeling to pray in morning exercises, using manners with each other or raising our hand in class,...

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Screaming Dreams

What is your number one dream? What is your all-consuming dream, the dream that keeps you up at night, the screaming dream that drowns out all others? As heirs with Christ filled with the Holy Spirit it ought to be to glorify God by enjoying Him and being made like Him, a three part dream from the awesome triune God. Sometimes we stray from keeping this main thing the main thing, and when we replace the best thing for good things we exchange the worship of the one true God for our own personal idols. In a school setting...

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Mountain Climbing

Latin and Greek are the most influential languages in history. They are not dead languages as they are used every day, read by millions of people including classics such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Winnie the Pooh. Like math, Latin develops the intellectual powers of the mind such as accuracy, logical thinking, organization and problem solving. And like math (a language) the primary benefit of Latin is the formation of the mind not the acquiring of information. The very nature of the subject transforms the character of a students mind. Like math, Latin instruction through the grades...

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The Religions of Secular Humanism

There are many belief systems where man’s “word” supersedes God’s WORD. Commonly in our Western culture man’s thinking operates above and apart from God’s thinking as the dominant world/life view. Understanding the religions of secular humanism are important given our time and place in history. Examples of some of these religions are Atheism, Materialism, Naturalism, Relativism, Communism, and Scientism. The fact that secular belief systems oppose other religious claims inherently establishes their own religiosity. An interesting aspect of most secular religions is that they have irrationally borrowed foundational principles from Christian/Theistic religions. Three of these borrowed foundational elements are:...

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