Covenant Blog
  • Begin at the Beginning

    "An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest." Luke 9:46

    The disciples who followed Jesus watched Him feed 5,000 people, foretell His death, be transfigured on the mountain, and heal a boy with an unclean spirit. And after all of this they figured now would be a good time to decide once and for all who the alpha of the group was. Jesus' answer surprised them, "whoever is the least is the greatest." We can't be too hard on the disciples; we are just like them. It's part of being human.

    If we're honest with ourselves, we'll admit that the conversation that the disciples had with each other is not too far off with the one we have with ourselves. We are called to love our neighbor; but we are competing with him instead. Seeking to be number one, according to Jesus, is the number one enemy of having good Christian fellowship. Seeking to serve, to love, to honor one another above ourselves now that is the stuff Christian communities are made of!

    As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said in Life Together, "We know who it is that sows this thought in the Christian community. But perhaps we do not bear in mind enough that no Christian community ever comes together without this thought immediately emerging as a seed of discord." As we partner together to cultivate truth, goodness and beauty in our students, let us endeavor to begin at the beginning; loving and serving our neighbor as a fellow image bearer.

  • Raising Up Arrows

    "Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth." Psalm 127:4

    After an engaging discussion with our upper school students on whether we can repeat the past, a local pastor shared with me how excited he was about how Covenant is preparing our students to be a light to the world. I shared this with your children on Friday during Chapel and also shared the surprising reality that, according to the Bible, life is war and they are arrows. We are in the midst of a cultural battle of good and evil, light and dark, truth and lies. We feel this each day as we help our children make choices but often we think that this is not the way it's supposed to be; that the difficulties we experience in raising our children must be a product of modernity.

    The Bible tells a different story. God's people have always been called to be a light and to raise their children to be lights in a dark world. But arrows? Yes, arrows. Covenant Academy is raising up arrows for the Lord (a quiver full in fact!). The grammar school is fashioning sharp, pointed edges out of strong stone. With each corrected paper, each encouragement for a strong line, each "ready positions, please" we are making our arrow heads stronger. This takes 7 years from K-6th grade. Corrections are loving reminders of one stone on another, sharpening both (yes, teachers are sharpened by our students for sure!). Our logic teachers are choosing reeds that will serve as strong shafts for the arrow heads. These must be sturdy, strong and smooth so as to hit the target with little resistance. With each essay full of red-inked corrections, each challenging question of logic, each re-worked problem, we are preparing our arrows for their task. Our rhetoric teachers want the arrows to soar quickly and beautifully; they fashion the arrow with feathers to guide them and aid their flight.

    With each opportunity to address a crowd, each challenging assignment and engaging discussion, we are preparing our arrows to hit their mark. Each part of our school focuses on a different aspect, but all are seeking to train up the arrows in the way they should go. Grammar teachers focus on the fundamentals. Logic teachers focus on the reasoning. And rhetoric teachers focus on eloquence and persuasion. It is our honor to be able to partner with parents in this process so that the battle is ultimately won in the name of the King.

  • Music to Your Ears

    "Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song."
    Psalm 95:2
    Want to know a strategic way to improve your child's academic success, character and intelligence? Enroll your child in music lessons!
    • Covenant Academy is proud to partner with Any Body Can Play Violin School to provide a venue for our students to study violin right here on our beautiful campus! As with all programs at Covenant, you can be confident that the instructor is a Christian with a love for the Lord, for teaching and for their subject. All billing is taken care of through Any Body Can Play Violin School website and the price includes a violin!  This is an exciting opportunity and I hope each family will be blessed with budding musicians of all ages! It's never too late to learn to play.
    • Don't forget that Mrs. Staten, our wonderful music teacher, offers piano lessons in her home. Please email Mrs. Staten for more details.
    • If you are interested in guitar lessons, please send me an email to let me know of your interest.

    Grace and peace,
    Leslie Collins
    Head of School

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