It is eternally significant to invest in a correct Biblical perspective of the world for high school students. Students need to see that their existence is not tied to their ability to defend their voice or their rights. This is part of the reason we believe Hillcrest's theme of Square One has cultural relevance.
A Godless religion continues to infiltrate our thinking, teaching us that the ultimate goal of education is to achieve, which is an evolutionary thought. The Christian perspective is that education drives us to be better caretakers, who enhance the earth and make it more abundant to the glory of God. The Bible reaches beyond morality, do you believe it?
In the beginning are the parents...and they do it all. Mom literally breathes, nourishes, and filters blood for a helpless, prenatal person within the safe haven of her own body. Once the child is out and about, Mom and Dad continue to think for him; to determine when he is hot or cold, hungry or tired. They thoughtfully research the best car seats, diaper brands, and organic baby foods--choosing his playmates and managing his every waking, and sleeping, moment.
One interaction with a former international student popped into email inboxes this week. The student was raised in a country where religious practices aren't normal. The student's Hillcrest experience set him up for a life of eternal significance that is bearing fruit in college.
Staff gathered one week after the final suitcase clambered down Hillcrest's stairs, wheels clanking on each stair in a parting goodbye to Hillcrest's halls that now hold echoes of students' voices from the 2016-17 school year. Staff sat around a table, some sunburned from afternoon naps outside done in recovery of a graduation weekend that held little sleep, to share what God had done in 2016. The gathering was a conscious move to turn attention from what God had done to what God is calling Hillcrest to do.
"Nones" are the fastest growing religious group. It's a group of people who unify to say they don't believe anything. They associate with no faith system. Many in the group sat in pews of churches before picking up the banner reading "no religious affiliation". So, what keeps students from ditching their faith? We believe a lack of intentional training and mentorship could be a reason, a lack of community that builds a cohesive Christian perspective. We think the uniqueness of a Christian boarding school can help students build a life-long faith for many reasons, but here are 3 that we think are unique in the Hillcrest experience.
The Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Brad Hoganson as the school’s next President. Brad will assume his new role July 1, 2017.
...if the study of the Bible is to be excluded from all state schools; if the inculcation of the principles of Christianity is to have no place in the daily program; if the worship of God is to form no part of the general exercises of these public elementary schools; then the good of the state would be better served by restoring all schools to church control.
This week students participated in a special singspiration after requesting an elongated chapel time to respond in song and Scripture reading to what the Lord is doing in their life as they're going through their year at HLA.
Basketball, in particular, is a very long season. Captains’ practices can begin before Thanksgiving and tournament play can last well into March. This season encompasses Christmas break where many coaches give up time with their families to host practices or take their teams to holiday tournaments. The same is true of Saturdays. Most high school coaches are paid small stipends for the amount of hours they put in--practices every night after school for weeks--many of whom have spent all day teaching, and games up to 3 or more evenings a week.