What Makes Christian Schooling Christian

Christian schooling is distinctive. Rather, it should be if it is indeed Christian. The ends of a Christian school are different than those of a secular school. A Christian school has outcomes that collectively are intended to glorify God since glorifying God is the purpose of the universe and the humans that inhabit it. The thought on what makes Christian schooling Christian has evolved over the years. At one time, it was thought that it was the application or correlation of what was being taught with a biblical passage or godly principle. Today, there has been an emerging thought that…

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"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2 (ESV) This Bible passage is a great summary of the power of a Christian school. Of course, all schools are looking to transform students minds. To what or whom is the school helping students aspire and hopefully achieve? The early Christian church theologian Augustine, who ideally saw the teacher as someone who helps students see the world as God would, advised instructors to…

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Christian Teaching

One of the teachers recommended a book, On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom by David Smith. I was between books so I decided to read it. It was one of those books that really got me thinking. Mr. Smith asked whether the Christian faith not only changed the content of the classroom; but, did it change the actual process of instruction? Christian school teachers, administrators, and promoters of the movement talk a lot about biblical integration and worldview development. Mr. Smith takes it further and says that the process needs to reflect the Christian faith. What a provocative…

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