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When I taught Anatomy, often I would run into some beliefs students had that were just incorrect. Trying to convince them that they were misinformed was difficult because many of them had heard these untruths from youth pastors, parents, and sometimes even from other teachers. Ideas such as men have more ribs than women and blood in veins is blue are just a few of them.
Just yesterday, we had this discussion in our home about another misconception students have, albeit not directly from a scientific field of study. My wife was teaching some students in a classroom in which she was the substitute teacher, and one of the students said that AD meant “after death.” She quickly pointed out that this was incorrect, and that AD meant anno Domini which in Latin means “in the year of our Lord.” After all, if BC means before Christ and AD meant after death, we have about 30 years with no calendar date. Rather Christ’s birth, and not His death, is the dividing point for all of history.
So how does all this relate to the year 2016 A.D. and, more importantly, to this blog post? Well, as with every new year, many of us begin by setting what we call New Year’s resolutions. Setting goals at the beginning of the new year is not new. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods to pay off debts and to return items. The Romans began each year making promises to Janus, the Roman god of January, and knights during the medieval period made vows at the end of Christmas to remain committed to chivalry. (Wikipedia)
Setting New Year’s resolutions can be frustrating because over half of the people who set personal goals soon fall short. However, statistics show that individuals who do set goals at the beginning of the year are more likely to make individual improvements to their lives. It’s common sense; if you don’t set goals you are guaranteed to reach nothing. However, if you do set goals, while you may not attain all of them, you are much more likely to reach some of them, if not all.
I Thessalonians 5 is one of my favorite chapters in all of the Bible. Two of the shortest but most powerful verses in the Bible are verses 17 and 25.
17. Pray without ceasing…..25. Brethren, pray for us…
These two verses are the basis for our TKA New Year’s resolution. I want all of us to commit to praying for one another. I want TKA to be known as a school where the parents, faculty, and students pray for each other. For if we lift one another up in prayer daily, it will also unite us in our common goal of having a truly Christ-centered education.
Please join me in praying daily for each other.
This is quite possibly my favorite time of year, but I suspect it is for most educators. The first semester of the year is drawing to a close, and we look forward to our first prolonged vacation since the summer. In many schools around our country, Christmas vacation has been replaced with “winter break” or “holiday break” (Fremont High School has it listed as mid-year break.) Yes, I know there are several holidays in December that people are celebrating, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but as a Christian school, we get to unabashedly celebrate Christmas. We give out Christmas cards, we put up a Christmas tree in the quad, and we give our teachers Christmas bonuses.
Happy students on school campuses all over San Jose are celebrating as they inch closer to their winter break. On our campus, however, the students are not only celebrating an impending holiday but also the birth of our Savior, and it shows in their joyful attitudes. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:..” I think being able to freely celebrate the first Christmas present, God sending his own son to us, is one reason why on our campus there is more than just an atmosphere of happiness; our students and staff exude true joy.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
What a great reminder that Jesus was sent to save us from our sins! Many don’t want to celebrate Christmas because doing so would acknowledge that they need salvation—something they would rather ignore. The world would prefer to not be reminded of its corruption. It would rather sing merry songs, decorate holiday trees, buy meaningless presents, and try to ignore the fact that without Christ, life is bleak and empty. At TKA, we know the truth about Christmas and that gives us real and great joy.
Principal, The King’s Academy
This past week, I attended an afternoon seminar that mainly dealt with the topic of deep, probing questions. The speaker began with this quote from T.S. Eliot, “The purpose of a Christian education would not be merely to make men and women pious Christians…A Christian education would primarily train people to be able to think in Christian categories.”
How true that statement is, and yet how many Christian schools are doing just the opposite. The idea that the main purpose is to make students pious or more Christian is one of many schools, but I would submit that as a school our major purpose is to educate and even more so, as a Christian school, to educate through a Biblical worldview.
My hope is that at The King’s Academy, you will find a school whose staff loves the Lord, is deeply committed to academic training, and is also able to help our students frame their thinking from a Biblical perspective. As we partner with you in the education of your children, I pray that you will continue to mold and influence your students in God’s word at home. It is the scaffolding of home, school, and church that has the greatest impact on the spiritual life of our students.
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