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The Voices in Your Head, Part 1

Posted by Sean Johnson on Jun 1, 2020 9:57:34 AM

(Trinitas faculty member Mr. Sean Johnson addressed these comments to the graduating class of 2020 at Commencement Exercises on May 29, 2020.) 

"Good evening to the board of governors, faculty and staff, families of graduates, and to the 2019-2020 graduating class.

I have always wondered just what it would take for someone to ask me to give a commencement speech. I imagined myself much older, with a long career to look back on, several published books to my name, maybe an online cult following of homeschool moms and a few English teachers who would railroad their administrator into inviting me to speak to their graduates….
All it really took, though, was some poor unfortunate soul on the other side of the planet eating a bowl of tainted bat soup and sparking a global pandemic that would force all life and commerce in America to a grinding halt thus preventing the real commencement speaker from traveling to Florida. I feel like I should have seen that one coming…

Having said that, I am superlatively honored to be here, and I want to thank Mr. Gilley and the Board of Governors for the opportunity to address this class.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Classical Education, Alumni, True Education

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

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

The Parents’ Place in Education

Posted by Ron Gilley on Jan 13, 2020 12:55:04 PM

One of the toughest days for parents is their child’s first day of school. The event is especially difficult for mom. Let’s face it, there is something unsettling about handing your child over to a group of strangers who take her behind locked doors where you are not free to follow. Whew! The first day of school leaves more than a few moms feeling, well, is guilty the word I’m looking for here? One begins to wonder while driving away from the school, just what is the parents’ place in education.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Studying, Parenting

Why Christian Education?

Posted by Ron Gilley on Jan 6, 2020 8:51:38 AM

If you have stumbled upon this blog, there is a good chance you are trying to make a decision about your child’s education. Should you send her to a public school like most everyone else you know, or should you spring for a Christian school? Make no mistake, this is one of the two or three most important decisions you will ever make. No pressure, right? If you are a Christian, there are a lot of reasons you should consider a Christian education over a secular one. Here are three that top my list.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Parenting, Scripture, Christian Education

Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

Posted by Ron Gilley on Nov 18, 2019 9:20:40 AM

When asked which is the “great commandment?” Jesus tells those gathered to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Then he says the second, which is like it, is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Astonishing the hearers, Jesus confirms that all the law and the prophets can be summed up in those two commandments (Matt 22:36-40).

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Community Service

Trinitas 2019 Commencement Address

Posted by Joshua Gibbs on Jun 17, 2019 9:24:04 AM

To the graduates in the Trinitas class of 2019, congratulations. To all the faculty at Trinitas Christian School, to all the parents of the graduates, and to the Trinitas Board— among whom I count many dear friends— well done.

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to be back in Pensacola again, where I and my family spent many happy years with the Trinitas community.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Alumni

Remember, The Hand of the Lord is Mighty

Posted by Ron Gilley on Jun 8, 2019 4:46:03 PM

Have you ever noticed how a song can get stuck in your head? Sometimes I wake up in the morning with a song in my head that I haven’t heard or thought about for years. That seems strange to me, but memory works in some unexpected ways, I guess. A more expected way memory works with something like a song is in reminding us of a specific event—and sometimes even bringing back an emotion attached to the event.


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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Alumni

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