Month: December 2014

Praying to the Lamb of God

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Thankful for our two Johns today: only John the Baptist says this and only the Gospel writer John records it. John the Baptist was in the sin business, offering …

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Praying to Rely on Goodness and Mercy

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6)  My favorite collection of 24 words of the English language, David’s conclusion to his rich, powerful and gorgeous 23rd Psalm.  As we go through Sheep Week, I’m happy to …

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The Intermountain Christian Story: Culture Making

The task of creating a school culture is not easy. I could probably stop with that statement and you could begin a vigorous debate with school friends about your school’s culture. Lots of questions surround this topic: Is school culture different than school climate? Can you measure a school’s culture or is it simply something …

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Do You Inspire Your Timothy?

On a warm, autumnal afternoon shortly after the start of the school year, a group of ten students came to me and asked, “Dr. Chen, can we scale up the impact of our work?”  They were referring to the work they had done through the Trinity Institute for Leadership and Social Justice at our school. …

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Being Biblical in our View of Leadership

Anyone that is familiar with marketing messages of Christian schools can attest to the fact that leadership is high on the list of promised deliverables. In fact, developing leaders, probably more than any other objective, is nearly universally promised. While there are some good opportunities to talk about the challenges associated with what are, at …

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Praying to Recognize the Voice of Jesus

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to …

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Praying about my Future

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matthew 13:8)  One of the things Jesus’ teachings do for us is give us a voracious appetite for the future.  This is the conclusion of his famous parable about the farmer scattering seeds over hard, …

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Developing the Value Narrative

Dr. Steve Robinson, President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, presents research and his expertise on independent school cost and value in this video. (Use the password "CCEI" to view it.) He discusses trends in tuition/financial aid as well as provides ways for Christian schools to discover and think about the value of their education and an understanding of financial trends in the independent school marketplace.

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Covenantal vs. Missional Enrollment, Part 2

In my last blog post, Covenantal vs Missional Enrollment, Part 1, the rationale for a covenant-based enrollment approach was explored. In this post, reasons are explored for Christian day schools to consider using a missional approach to student enrollment. Follow-up questions at the end of the article may be helpful to promote meaningful discussion of …

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Do You Believe in Your Timothy?

“So, you think you can TED?,” asked Toni.  He was not asking if I would have something worthwhile to say on the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) stage.  He was asking for my feedback on his novel concept: a TED style meeting of “So You Think You Can Dance?”  To be honest, I had my …

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