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A Blessing for Trinitas Graduates

Posted by Ron Gilley on May 26, 2020 2:19:07 PM

Graduation is such a special time in the life of young adults. In the present age it has become
arguably the most important rite of passage into adulthood. Eighteen-year-olds across the nation
stand on a threshold: thirteen or more years of compulsory schooling is behind them, and the
whole world lies ahead. Education, career, marriage, everything is ahead of them, and finally
they get to make their own decisions about where to go and what to do.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Christian Living

The Old Stories

Posted by Ron Gilley on May 18, 2020 11:50:53 AM

The “Preacher” in the book of Ecclesiastes is adamant about there being “nothing new under the sun” (Eccl 1:9). Yet, the whole of humanity, or so it seems, only sits up and pays attention at the promise of something new. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly are introduced to new i-phones with some regularity, and every fall without fail new car models are unveiled in Detroit. Fashions are renewed every season, and some of us can hardly wait to see each season’s new look on the runways or in stores. No, I think it is unlikely the wise Preacher doubted the progressive nature of invention; rather, he speaks of something deeper.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Classical Education, True Education, Christian Living, Secular Education

Sweet & Sour Quarantine

Posted by Ron Gilley on May 11, 2020 10:19:19 AM

As quarantine restrictions begin to ease all over the world, we should be able to start making some observations about how our weeks of sequestering have affected us. Oh, I don’t mean to enter the conversation about whether quarantining has worked to “flatten the curve” or whether it was the right or wrong action to take or what it has done to the “Economy.” I mean only to make a prediction about how staying locked in our houses and away from the world has affected our humanity.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Christian Living, Social Issues

In Pursuit of Vita Bona

Posted by Ron Gilley on May 4, 2020 10:57:08 AM

If we surveyed 100 Americans in the year 2020 for their understanding of vita bona, or the good life, we probably would not get 100 different answers. In fact, we would likely get an overwhelming consensus. Our popular conception of the good life, according to Francis Schaeffer in his timeless classic, How Should We Then Live, is peace and affluence. We desire to live in undisturbed comfort with every possible convenience at our fingertips. We have developed an uncanny ability (or maybe we were born with it) for justifying anything that helps us maintain peace and affluence. Change is not in our nature and especially if it means taking a contentious or unpopular position or diminishing our wealth. But Jesus came with a sword, not peace (Matt 10:34), and he commanded us to lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth (Matt 6:19-20).

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Topics: Blog Posts, Classical Education, Christian Living

Will Your Child Continue in the Faith as an Adult?...

Posted by Ron Gilley on Mar 9, 2020 8:50:54 AM

As Christian parents, our most important aim is to see our children walking with the Lord all the days of their lives. When they live under our roof, we can see to it that they are reading the Word, praying, and going to church because those are things we do together as families. We can demand from them, and then hold them accountable to, living like a Christian should live, practicing Christianity. At some point, however, a child has to take ownership of his own faith. At some point it is not only the God of his fathers, but it has to be his God too, his Lord and Savior. Have you ever considered what role the school plays in that?

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Topics: Blog Posts, Parenting, Alumni, Christian Education, Christian Living

A Case for Cloistering

Posted by Ron Gilley on Feb 3, 2020 9:39:35 AM

Throughout the ages Christian monks have cloistered to free themselves from the ungodly influence of the outside world. The seclusion and the freedom from the day-to-day rat race provided them increased opportunity for study and prayer that was not otherwise available. That tradition gave us some fine scholarly work in areas as diverse as Christian doctrine and agriculture. Indeed, Western Christian thought and heritage was preserved by such cloistering. In our age of mega schools and assembly line secular education, I want to suggest that Christian children can benefit from the cloister-like atmosphere at a small classical Christian school.

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Topics: History, Parenting, Christian Education, Christian Living

Classical Christian Students Have a Ball!

Posted by Ron Gilley on Jan 27, 2020 8:55:59 AM

One of the mantras of classical Christian education is “repair the ruins.” The line comes from John Milton, that seventeenth century English poet and intellectual who wrote the classic, Paradise Lost. Milton wrote on a host of other topics, including education, and once wrote,

“The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him.”

The classical educator sees himself as a servant in this labor, a guide to his students. But repairing the ruins and redeeming truth, goodness, and beauty which has been lost by our culture is not confined to the classroom.  

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Classical Education, Christian Living

Three Arguments for Removing Children from Secular Schools

Posted by Ron Gilley on Jan 14, 2019 8:08:15 AM

Being in the Christian education business, one of the things I hear often from Christian parents is, We send our children to non-Christian schools so they can be salt and light to the lost children and teachers. Yikes! I want to suggest to those parents that they’re asking something nearly impossible of their young ones. In fact, if your Christian children are in a secular school, here are three reasons to get them out of there before they lose their faith.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Parenting, Christian Living, Secular Education

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