I remember the day our first child was placed in my arms. I sighed and rolled my eyes toward heaven as my heart whispered, “Mine...all mine...Parenting is not first about what we want for our children or from our children, but about what God in grace has planned to do through us in our children.
Recent studies show that it takes meaningful relationships with 6-8 adults for a young believer to transition successfully through high school and college with an intact faith. How and where do parents find these influential people to mentor and model a believing lifestyle for their child?
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.
Students heard the value of a consistent, coherent, and complete view of the world as Principal Isaac and Wayne Stender teamed up to dissect the school theme.
Principal Isaac revealed that every student needs to address the question of what caused everything in the universe, going into the reason everything looks and appears structured and designed. Mr. Stender asked how the world views explain why things are broken in the world. Racism and power struggles are some of the palpable issues recently facing students that Mr. Stender used as examples of brokenness. Principal Isaac then asked how we fix these problems, and what humankind turns to in fixing and redeeming the brokenness of the world. Mr. Stender then closed by asking what we're working towards and why peace and harmony are sought after in worldviews that say the universe came to exist in chaos and order. In all of this, students heard a special presentation for why a Biblically-based view of the world makes sense.
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.