Headphones on, eyes glued to a computer screen, a member of Hillcrest's technology team was in a video conference on training students to be digital citizens. The headphones slipped-off easily as the seminar ended. The staff member grabbed his legal pad, poured a refreshing cup of coffee, and walked into an administrative meeting where he shared his thoughts. One could almost taste the disgust from the staff member, who unpacked the information he gathered from the seminar.
"I'm kinda down...you could just pray for me." The words that almost marked the exit of a student from my office yesterday. Another staff member gently closed the door, leaning against the wall, popping questions to the student to hear the story behind the emotions. It's a routine most students are accustomed to.
68% of Americans believe the Bible is a comprehensive guide to living a meaningful life. But the Bible isn't in schools because many find it outmoded. Here are three fundamental reasons the world needs to study the archaic Christian faith, and get back to a Biblically-based view of the world.
When people don’t have God’s hope, life becomes shrouded in darkness. The young man observed the uplifting spirit found throughout The Hiding Place, compared to the heavy, somber tone permeating Night. “We don’t have to live with the despair that Elie had,” he concludes. “We have hope in Christ.
Hillcrest assembled 113 boxes that will eventually join 12 million others to be distributed to needy children in 100 countries around the world.
100 years ago, In Fergus Falls, a Bible school and Christian high school opened that was devoted to training young people in the truths and relevancy of the Bible. We are still as much in need of a Savior as any generation before us.
Research is showing technology comes with side-effects.
Cody met his advisor, Dr. Sung Kim, during Cody’s sophomore year at LeTourneau. Dr. Kim is in the middle of a research project on a device to detect cancer using a blood test--much like the way diabetics uses glucose monitors to assess blood sugar. Cody was invited to the team in an uncharacteristic fashion his sophomore year. His Hillcrest experience gave him a unique place next to Dr. Kim.
Mr. Bedwell wants to train students to do what seems, at first, unpleasant. He aims to teach them to discipline themselves in order to enjoy the fruit later on. If anyone thought music would be a slough class, they were wrong with Mr. Bedwell. The most wondrous works of creation or art are not accidents, but intentional and beautifully complex. Mr. Bedwell's approach is easily building character in these students.
Shifting a gaze from Jake, across the gym Amy sat on a chair as her group looked deep into their Bibles. For some, the Bible was foreign before joining Hillcrest a month ago. Now the book is propped readily in their backpack. It is growing into a reference for understanding reality.