Truth is not Ice Cream

by Ken Williams

In the first issue we spoke about a hurdle that often must be overcome before skeptical friends can begin taking the truth claims of the Bible seriously. This hurdle involved framing the conversation around the idea of worldview instead of religion. As we discussed, even though everyone (in reality) has a religion, some will find the word itself off-putting. Therefore, a better term to use is “worldview” and we discussed at length what that might look like in a conversation.
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What’s on Your ‘To Do’ List?

by Jim Whiteman, Headmaster, Westside Christian Academy
Shepherding A Child’s Heart, Part 1

It seems our “To Do” lists often run our lives. Why is it that we often evaluate the success of our day on what we were able to accomplish that was on the list? This thinking permeates our culture and our children soon catch on. “What do you want to do when you grow up?” we ask them. “What will you do tomorrow? While our children are young, their “to do” list typically includes lessons, sports, school work, recreation, Sunday school and household chores. These are all fine things that can indeed foster responsibility, teamwork and talent. Yet too often we learn to dwell on performance and perhaps forget the “why” of such activities. The Bible is not performance oriented like we often are. It leads us toward character-building, not career-building, on becoming more like Christ, not like our media role models. The biblical “to-do’s” come from God’s directives– our heavenly Father leading his children in a life of faith, obedience and joy.
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Classical and Christian Schools

by Kathy Foldesy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Westside Christian Academy

“WCA? Oh, your kids go to a Christian school,” a friend observed.

“My kids go to a classical Christian school.”

“What does that mean; they take Latin or something?” she quipped.

“Well, yes, they do, but that’s only one facet of this incredible education! Let me explain!”
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The Key to Finding Common Ground

by Ken Williams

Understanding worldview as the first step in Christian apologetics.

For the majority of my life I was an ardent atheist. One of the main reasons I now am not, is Christian Apologetics. Apologetics is “the defense of something,” Christian apologetics then, is the defense of the Christian faith. It is providing a thoughtful, reasonable, and persuasive case for the truth claims of Christianity. This practice has largely been lost in our culture.
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