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Every day, we are sadly reminded that we live in a flawed world. And one of the most evident flaws is sickness.
As a Christian, I do not believe this is how God created this world. Now we do see much evidence of God’s amazing acts of creation. But I also believe that as humans turned from God and sought their own way, sin entered our world. And God’s perfect creation was inundated with the flaws you and I see and experience.
The more we know about things that cause disease, like bacteria and viruses, the more we realize that there was likely a very good reason for them being part of God’s creation. For example, we know the vast majority of bacteria are either harmless or helpful, and some are even necessary. There may be a similar case made for those mysterious bits of DNA known as viruses as we learn more about them.
As Dr. Oglialoro and I undertake annual classroom observations of teachers we are reminded again that teaching is so much more that what is learned in college education classes and in-service training. And that is why I say teaching is an art and excellent teachers are true artists.
Each artist is distinctive and unique. And so are teachers. Each artist has favorite media or techniques. Teachers have special gifts that vary from classroom to classroom.
It would be weird to say that one artist is not as good because his or her creation looks different or uses different colors or materials than some other artist. By the same token, teachers use different techniques and approaches that are unique to that teacher.
The art is judged based on it being pleasing to the eye or on its ability to stir emotion or thought. The work of a teacher is evidenced in student performance, for sure. But it is also measured in how the child grows as a learner, as a citizen, as a responsible and more self-directed person. At SPLS it is also measured in growing and deepening faith in God and His gift of a Savior, Jesus.
Sharing a concern should be done thoughtfully and reasonably, be appropriately timed, and be done with an openness to hear additional information. Rarely has someone expressed a concern (after doing so in the manner above) to an honest, concerned leader or supervisor and had reason to regret doing so.
Many people, however, have regretted not expressing a thoughtful, reasonable concern when it becomes clear they had ample cause for doing so.
That phrase has the potential to bring excitement to many as the infomercial announcer gushes over the latest product.
Unfortunately, the “more” also includes that reminder about a separate “shipping and handling” fee. Somehow the great deal is not so great when the added cost is almost as much as the price of the product.
For years the leaders of the Christian faith had more and more added “shipping and handling” costs to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Of course, God looks on a believer as clean as long as she makes confession to the priest in just the right way. Sure, God has forgiven the repentant sinner as long as he says this many prayers. Naturally, God’s gift of a clean slate is provided to dead relatives as long as you donate to building St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. What? And grace comes to those who do not sin any more. Whoa!
You see how skewed things became?
It took reformers like Martin Luther to go back to God’s word, skipping all the pronouncements of Popes and Councils. What did they find? Words like these from St. Paul:
I do not hear anything about a “shipping and handling” charge in there? Do you? Even the faith to believe God’s promises is a gift from Him.
Thankfully, I am not aware of infomercials for the Christian faith. But if they did exist, they would expound on all the great things God has done for us, especially through the work of Jesus Christ. The price would be FREE. And there would be no “shipping and handling” charge.
In His Children’s Service, Robert C. Boyd
We try to get ready for school in so many ways. In addition to cleaning and ordering and planning and visioning, we also prepare our hearts and minds. As a faculty, we recently considered this passage from Joshua 3:5: “Then Joshua said to the people, ’Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’ ”
The context was the new leader of God’s people preparing for the crossing of the Jordan River. Like those who had crossed the Red Sea more than a generation before, the people faced a challenging situation. Walk into the midst of the waters holding to the promise that not only would the water be cleared from their path but that a hopeful future awaited on the other side.
Joshua did not advise the donning of wet suits or scuba gear. He did not hand out snorkels or floaties. Preparation took the form of consecrating.
What is that? In the sense here it means devoting yourselves wholly to something. In scripture it more narrowly means full on commitment to the Lord and His work.
Hey, it is one of those deadly sins, right? In fact, a noted theologian says he can attribute just about every sin and shortcoming in our lives to pride. He is probably right when pride dominates and transcends and drives us. It leads to selfishness, to self-protection above all else, to stubborn independence that cares little about the needs of others, and so on.
So I feel a little awkward having to use the word pride to describe my emotions over the last few weeks.
At SPLS we try to coordinate with Polk County Schools in terms of days off, etc. But we realize that gets harder as the years go by.
We are publishing the School Calendar for SPLS for 2019-2020. It was approved by the Board of Christian Day School last week.
We have the same major holidays as Polk County:
Thanksgiving (and Storm Make Up)
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Major SPLS variations include:
Starting two days earlier on August 8. It is our preference to start with a partial week.
Two and a half days off in September for our LC-MS Florida Georgia District Teacher’s Conference.
A day and a half off in October for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Easter Monday off. This is an SPLS tradition.
Ending a few days earlier on May 22, before Memorial Day.
Please note: We have chosen to have school on April 10, which is Good Friday. It will be a half day. We feel strongly that the tradition of families going to Good Friday worship services during the day has faded into history. So, in addition to getting a half day of school in, we would end our morning with a special Good Friday worship experience to which families and the community would be invited. Click here to download the 2019-2020 School Calendar
Most people probably do not enjoy receiving recognition in a way that is gushing or reeks of flattery. But I think most people do appreciate being appreciated.
And I think the above truths apply to our children, as well.
Right before Christmas, our P.T.O. gave gifts to teachers and staff. Some parents chose to go out of their way to give Christmas cards with kind notes to staff and others gave gifts. Among the generous and thoughtful things that came my way, the most meaningful was from a student who expressed appreciation for my teaching efforts. Being valued made those staff members (and me) feel uplifted.
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.1 Timothy 2:1-2 MSG
Pastor Ron Pennekamp was recently interviewed by the Lakeland Ledger for an article on church leaders getting involved in politics. He expressed the Lutheran theological concept of the Two Kingdoms.
November 19, 20, 21 | 7:00am – 6:00pm in Athletic Center
Students and Non-SPLS Students are welcome to attend.
Please bring you own lunch; a morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
Tuesday 20th, field trip: 12:15 – 3:15, 2Infinity.
Wednesday 21st, movie, soda, popcorn, chips: 3:15
Jump rope & obstacle course contests. Thanksgiving Scrapbook & crafts.
Click here for student registration form
Click here for non-student registration form
$4.25 hourly or $25.50 for the day. If advance payment by check is not received we will process through billing system.
We staff according to registrations. No credits and no refunds. Thank you for your help and understanding.