Living Eulogies and the Power of Encouragement

“We say really pretty words about dead people. There is something about death that forces the poet in us to the surface.” Amy Hay, vice principal at Christian Life Preparatory School in Fort Worth, Texas, shares a powerful story about a young man whose life was tragically ended, but not before his loved ones encouraged…

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God’s Purpose for Sex: Sex is About Intimacy

This is part two of my seven-part series on the “Purpose for Sex.” Read Part 1: Sex is Worship. When we participate in sex it is an opportunity to worship Almighty God! Why am I doing a series on this? Many of the men and students I have helped were not taught the true purpose…

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The Wasting Disease of Affluence

In his final semester of high school, an intelligent and gifted young man “from a good home” appears in danger of failing two classes.  He is eighteen.  Almost a man. His teachers are concerned.  Not drawn to finding the cause, they feel responsible for helping him pass. The let him retake quizzes and tests.  They…

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Fallout of Social Media

Everyone seems willing to acknowledge the dangers of social media, but except for a small group of parents whose children have been destroyed by it, few seem willing or courageous enough to do something about it in our schools.  We might start the discussion by making a few simple observations. Social media feeds upon our…

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The Importance of Fathers

Ever since the late 1950s when movies like Rebel Without a Cause began to portray fathers as bumbling idiots in aprons, the prestige and honor of the father in our culture has steadily eroded. One look at fathers in almost any popular television show today will prove this to be the case. A position and…

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The Authority God Has Given to Parents

With creative forms of Christian education sprouting all over the country, such as the University-Model®, Christian parents are realizing they need to revise their thinking in order to be effective co-teachers to their children. Taking on a new mindset involves confronting some of the more erroneous educational mindsets parents have unconsciously accepted about home and…

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Encouraging a Growth Mindset

One of the most valuable things a parent can instill in a child is a basic attitude or stance about approaching a subject—and life itself—in a way that will bring success.  That attitude is what has been called a “growth mindset” or an “overcoming mindset.”  It is characterized by determination and perseverance when confronting an…

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The Most Important Virtue

University-Model® schools should always be promoting the virtues, but especially the foundational virtue of self-acceptance which has been missing from our understanding of spiritual development far too long. Parents and teachers need to understand that the virtue of self-acceptance is not at all the same thing as the feeling of self-esteem, and that patience with…

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