Veterans Day

How do you define peace? That was the question I asked our 3K -6th grade students in our Veterans Day Chapel this Friday. Calm...Patience...Loving...Kindness...were just some of the many answers I received. While these words may not accurately define peace, I noted how treating others calmly, patiently, lovingly, and kindly as God’s image-bearers would definitely … Continue reading Veterans Day

Tips for Talking to Students About Tragedy and Loss

While our country continues to pray and mourn for the grieving families and their unspeakable loss in the Las Vegas shooting, I encourage you to consider how best to share this tragedy with your children (if age appropriate). Numerous resources are available online that discuss ways to help your child cope with tragedy—from the National Association of School Psychologists to the American Psychological Association: … Continue reading Tips for Talking to Students About Tragedy and Loss

Wise Men and Wise Women: Epiphany and Hidden Figures

Across the Christian church today, a number of faithful believers will celebrate Epiphany.  But how many will consider the cultural similarities of this holy day to the stories featured in the national film release of Hidden Figures this weekend? To believers in Jesus, one of the most powerful messages of Epiphany is the mercy and … Continue reading Wise Men and Wise Women: Epiphany and Hidden Figures

Student Guidelines for Texting and Social Media

Several years ago, when my oldest son Andrew turned 13, I made the decision to purchase him a cell phone.  Wanting to provide some guidelines for navigating this new world, I came across a wonderful article by Toronto Pastor Tim Challies entitled, "Solomon on Social Media."  Building upon Tim's (and King Solomon's!) wisdom and insight, … Continue reading Student Guidelines for Texting and Social Media

How Treating Others As Image-Bearers Saved My Daughter’s Life

I want to take this opportunity to share with you excerpts from my recent graduation charge to our sixth graders. Given the challenges facing their generation [and now in light of the tragedies this summer], I hoped to inspire them to see the impact they can have in the world when they treat others like … Continue reading How Treating Others As Image-Bearers Saved My Daughter’s Life