Month: August 2014

Praying for Comfort

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) You’ve come to the right place for a comment on this Beatitude.  Again Jesus hits us with contrast: to be blessed when you mourn.  Mourning in my opinion feels like the opposite of blessing.  What’s Jesus driving at?  First, I think Jesus is saying …

Read more

Praying for the Proper Spirit

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.  He said:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:1-3) One thing that makes life interesting is contrast.  Jesus loved contrast — maybe …

Read more

Navigating the Ed Policy Storms: Why Does Your School Exist?

Over the past few months I have shared my thoughts on the chaos that current education policy has both become and created (“Ed Policy Chaos: Why It Matters”). My argument is that charter schools are not a viable option to those of us who support greater levels of educational choice within the American education system …

Read more

Praying About My Barns

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops. Then he said. This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will …

Read more

What’s Going to be Different this School Year? 10 Questions for Christian School Leaders to Consider.

Dear School Leader, As you get on the train or jet (choose your metaphor!) called school and get it rolling toward take-off, I would like to pose ten questions for consideration: 1. Will students and parents clearly see how passion, mission, people, and practice all come together at your school this year? Is what you …

Read more

What Do We Deserve?

I recently read two articles that spurred my thinking on this “what do we deserve?” as it relates to Christian schools. I don’t want these sources to take responsibility for my thinking, but I do want to acknowledge them. Chad Dirkse, recently wrote a blog on the CACE website entitled, “But I’ve Earned the Right To…” It …

Read more

What is the future of Christian Education in North America?

For years Christian Schools International has been sending out notes of congratulations to member schools who celebrate milestone birthdays.  Since 1980 we have been sending out congratulatory notes to schools who have celebrated their 100th birthday. On a more sobering note, far too many schools who celebrated their 100th birthday over the past thirty-five years …

Read more

Praying to Show God’s Kind of Love

But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)  I think it is a life-long journey to figure out what love is.  We know all about brotherly love and erotic love and the love of parents for their children.  But the kind …

Read more