Do not be a half-hearted creature, but chase the holiday at the sea in your homes and classrooms! Never be easily pleased! There is great hope for the journey – Christ in you!
From Dr. Peterson
Does the culture of our school reflect biblical excellence? Do we treat everyone as image-bearers? Are we keeping Christ central? Are we listening to the hearts of our students?
As I studied Scripture for this writing project, two themes emanated from the Word of God regarding excellence. First, excellence can be recognized and substantiated in culture. Secondly, Scripture indicates there is an inextricable connection among love, knowledge, and excellence.
As a movement, Christian school educators and families seek to build schools that pursue excellence for the glory of God.
As believers in Christ, we are all a bit like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz — sojourners in this world pursuing our eternal home in the presence of Jesus.
He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Legacies that endure is a pursuit of investing in the next generation in the here and now with hopes that the investment will be handed down from generation to generation
Let me paint of picture for you of what we mean by - Academics that inspire.
Academics that Inspire. Legacies that Endure is what we stand for and what makes us special and unique.
While praying for the children in my car, I became overwhelmed in that moment by the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ — that God would deliver me from what I deserved, hell (domain of darkness), and transfer me into the kingdom of His beloved Son.
Culture is formative and is the byproduct of many different things. Discipleship is both planned and organic.
Do your day-to-day actions match your end goal, your telos for parenting?
To me, this picture is inspiring. Take a moment to contemplate what this picture communicates.
My family of six, along with my Dad, set out on the nearly three-mile hike to Abrams Falls. Isaac got ahead of us because our pace was too slow for him. As we were hiking, some fellow hikers that were leaving kept sharing about the bear and the activity of the bears . . . I got a little nervous thinking about Isaac being so far ahead of us.
My hope is that these short films testify to the school community what we aim to be.
One of my heartbeats is to equip you for your role as parents.
I am thrilled with the direction ECS is headed. The theme for this school year is - Abound.
Truly, there is a wonderful energy that everyone can sense!
May you understand this eternal reality encompassed in those who are followers of Christ. For surely, He is the telos, the end pursuit.
"Brothers, what we do in life, echoes in eternity." This is my all-time favorite quote from any movie I have seen.
"I get to work at a place where I have the opportunity to think about the gospel deeply and think about how our staff can embody the gospel day-and-day-out."
May we be a school where the gospel is infused into everything we do as we seek to provide a Christ-centered, biblically-directed education.
The ECS mission is lofty, purposeful, and centered on knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.
Schaeffer states, "The lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts. A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God."
When an opportunity comes, try to build up and encourage instead of berate and tear down. It can be life-giving to the person in front of you.
ECS was blessed to have Joe White, President of Kanakuk Kamps and founder of Kids Across America, as a speaker to our Middle and Upper School students as well as mothers in our community.
Sometimes "we have nothin'" as parents to encourage our kids, but we can pray and ask God to meet our kids were they are.
May we seek to understand different viewpoints and appreciate the viewpoints for what they are intended for – raising a generation to bring honor and glory to God.
As a Christian parent, my primary responsibility is to prepare my children for eternity.
The most important practical encouragement is to be aware, be strategic, be accountable, and be shepherding to your child(ren).
How can we advance the mission of ECS in our 21st century context?
Christian education as discipleship.
In order to get a full orbed understanding of what something is, it is helpful to declare what something is not.
This is a fundamental question that deserves to be re-communicated as we continue on a journey as a Christian school.
I am convinced that prayer is one of the most active things we can do for our child(ren).
Psalm 103 is a hymn of praise purposed to remind God's people of God's benefits, rescue plan, and steadfast love.
"It is a waste of time for us as parents to think about strategies for parenting our teens without first examining ourselves."
Our children will experience an unprecedented trail of history of their childhood including HD video recordings, pictures, tweets, blog posts, text messages, Instagrams, Snapchats, and who knows what else will be the fancy in a few months?
As I am meeting new people, a question that is often asked of me is – What do you think of Memphis?
ECS is launching EQUIP, a weekly podcast for K-12 Christian educators and parents.
Dr. Peterson and his wife, Brooke, share their journey as a family in thinking about how to celebrate Christmas
This is a glorious time of year for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many churches have entered the season of Advent.
Dr. Peterson encourages parents and ECS faculty/staff alike to view the recent events in light of the powerful gospel of Christ.
Dr. Peterson was confronted by an important question from our ECS community! Texas or Memphis Bar-B-Q?
From Head of School Dr. Dan Peterson:
I will begin writing articles to our community in an effort for you to hear from my heart. The articles will be a variety of topics ranging from culture, theology, ethics, education, and personal. They will be posted here in this news list and in The Link - Stay Connected broadcast email that is sent out on a weekly basis. Here we go . . .