The video above is a commentary from Warren Cole Smith of World Magazine. Mr. Smith explains how his work at World Magazine is a redemption tool for culture in helping disciple people to understand Biblical perspectives of world events. His comment about "naming the animals" at the end of the video is a provocative word picture for us at Hillcrest.
Every day we battle secular texts written to convey a world where God exists as only a motivating concept in the lives of governmental forefathers who didn't know any better. Our task every day is to start from the Bible. We strive to equip our students to do the work of Adam in the world. We pray that they understand the God of the universe, identify his character in the world and subdue and protect His divine imprint to communicate salvation.
We also desire to draw students to consider the reality of God's overarching work in history. A book recently read by a few staff at Hillcrest comments on this. The book is titled Invitation to the Classics. One of the co-authors, Louise Cowan, shares how she lost her faith Religion class in a University. She states being challenged with the historicity of the scriptures as a primary crack in the foundation of her faith. What she identifies as the key to bringing her back to Christ is a significant surprise.
Ms. Cowan was drawn back to Christ through her teaching of Shakespeare. She could by-step Shakespeare's recognition of good vs. evil an the need for God. She comments in Invitation to the Classics:
I remember going over the young prince's soliloquies, tracing the movement from his despairing "Oh that this too, too solid flesh would melt" to his meditative "To be or not to be," and on to his affirmative "There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will." ...Poetry is language used primarily to express universals; as Aristotle wrote, poetry is truer than history. Cut loose from the sagas of personality and the prescriptions of factuality, poetry can witness to the timeless and immortal. It elevates our consciousness so that we learn how to exercise discernment. As Hamlet declared, "the readiness is all/" If we are restored to ourselves and made ready, then we can begin to establish the kingdom of Christ in our own lives and in those we touch.
Continue to pray for us as we instruct our young people to have imaginations as they understand and explore history. The imagination not to invent new ideas, but to imagine how the omnipotent Creator is continuing to reveal Himself to mankind. This imagination causes our young people to be problem solvers, living a significant life in Christ, making Him known to the world.