Bible Reading Just 20 Minutes a Day?

What can you get out of a daily Bible Reading of just 20 minutes a day? No matter what is going on, I do not let myself go to sleep without my discipline of 20-25 minutes a day reading through the Bible. (Yes, even as late as I stay up.) Some have criticized this “shallow” reading […]

Humility is God’s Strategy

As I think about this last week, I have realized that our country is filled with strong emotions on all sides, but deeply polarized in these feelings. Some are celebrating like in the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy’s house fell on one of the Wicked Witch of the East, dancing and singing, “Ding-dong […]

Secure in Christ

What a time we live in! And the election is tomorrow. Am I alone in spending time speculating what might be the reactions in our country to one outcome or another? Not only do we have to wonder how the loser and his followers might react, but I remember riots when a city’s team wins […]

Always a Gardener

While listening to Prof. Greg Koukl at this weekend’s Apologetics Conference, I realized that his comments on witnessing also provided insights for us as parents. He said, “I’m a gardener, not a harvester.” It struck a chord with me as I remembered Jesus’ Parable of the Sower.  In this parable, Jesus actually describes four soils […]

My Quiet Time Rung a Bell…

I came across this verse in my QT two nights ago: But Jesus called them to Himself, and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be […]

An Endless Supply of Pacifiers

Our daughter Hope was an addict… to pacifiers. Anybody else have that? She could not get to sleep without one. Many a night we had to search the house from top to bottom to find the Binky so she would finally stop crying and fall peacefully to sleep. One road trip, somehow we got to […]

Stop the Hand Wringing, Focus on the Mission

As the election nears and news from all sides gets worse and worse, nearly apocalyptic, “This election could mark the end of democracy as we know it.”, perhaps we need to take a breath. Who are we? What is our mission? What gives us peace and purpose?  First and foremost, we are believers in the […]

God, Where Are You in This? 

When a devastating act of evil occurs like 9/11, even believers can be shaken in their faith. The toll in human life is hard to wrap one’s mind around and the pain even in the lives of the survivors seems unending. At times like this, our preparation and training needs to be strong so that […]

It’s Hard Not to be Moved…

As part of remembering 9/11, my wife Linda DVRs History Channel documentaries of the events. As we watch them, we are struck anew at the incredible care for one another and courage on display by first responders and co-workers of those in the Twin Towers. In one documentary, it focused on spouses and parents at […]

Living in a Cornfield? 

Living in a Cornfield? My wife and I often used that statement to encourage the other spouse to stop talking about adult things in front of the kids. Our point was to remind each other that we were surrounded by little ears. Usually, we would follow this up shortly after with a walk when our children […]

Unity Is Not an Accident 

One of Margo’s latest hashtags is #VeritasUnited. I got to thinking about that. This is definitely our goal and something our enemy works non-stop to prevent. He would love to destroy the best parts of Veritas — our caring, supportive community. He sneaks around in our minds, sowing seeds of division, since he knows that […]

Communicating When Things Are Hopping

Over the weekend, we have had a drill of our emergency response system with a possible COVID contact on campus. At 7:41 AM Sunday morning, I got the email I was both expecting and dreading — “I am your teacher and I have a fever of 105.” Immediately, my brain was scrambling through all of the […]

Giving Our Children a Robust, Resilient Theology

Have you been stunned by any of the recent defections from the faith? I was stunned to learn that Joshua Harris of I Kissed Dating Goodbye fame and nationally known pastor and speaker had renounced Christianity. I also learned recently of a similar falling away by Jon Steingard, the frontman for the Christian rock band Hawk […]

Am I Discipling Myself?

We often think of parents discipling their children. But have you thought that discipling our children begins with discipling ourselves? In Deuteronomy 6 God starts with the parents: “These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Teach them diligently to your children…” Deut. 6:6-7 It starts with each one of […]

I Have a Plan, God Has a Will

One friend of mine was always ready with a comment when things would not go as planned — “If you want to make God laugh, make plans!” I often did not appreciate her snarky sense of humor, especially when major adjustments had to be made in very important plans. But, I began to see the wisdom […]

Unintended Lessons during COVID-19

As we continue through this pandemic environment, I sometimes wonder what the long-term effects this will have on all of us. The other day I had a meeting of adults, everyone wearing masks, and I went around and squeezed out a little hand sanitizer for everyone. They all dutifully rubbed it on their hands thoroughly. […]

VAT Biosecurity Proposal

Please see our VAT Biosecurity Proposal for information about our plan going into the 2020-2021 academic school year in light of COVID-19.  

Diligence in the Right Direction

Often we work hard at many things. We also fight mightily against earthly and spiritual forces, and even fight our own internal battles between the flesh and the Spirit. Unfortunately, while working hard and fighting battles, we often box aimlessly beating the air. (1 Corinthians 9:26) One place that God tells us to strive diligently is for “the […]

Ready for Anything

2020 has proven to be a challenging year and we have not yet hit the halfway point. Not only have we had COVID-19 and nationwide unrest, now our families and others in our area have been on high alert due to the Big Horn Fire! I have tried to sit down and wonder what this […]

Crisis in America: Scripture and Clarifications

I’m an old guy. That might come as a shock, but I have been around the corner and back. I grew up in the Sixties and Seventies. I attended integrated schools before that was a thing. It was just a fact of our neighborhoods and our Junior and Senior High. My Mom and stepdad were […]

A Time to Mourn

A Time to Mourn — As the country is still reeling from a pandemic, streets are aflame and our state and others are in a state of emergency due to the brutal killing of a helpless American at the hands of police officers. This killing of a black man has been roundly condemned by everyone […]

Training to Fear

When I was a pastor doing counseling, I often said — The good thing about human beings is that we are creatures of habit. The bad thing about human beings is that we are creatures of habit. After a parishioner would give me a polite laugh, one usually said, “Wait! What?” I would go on […]

A Word to the Wise, Building an Ally Within

A Word to the Wise, Building an Ally Within — When people think of parenting, they often focus on two main things — nurturing a child’s self esteem and making sure that they confront the will when necessary, especially with consistent consequences. Much can be said about both these issues, but often another of great […]

Anchors for the Soul

In recent weeks I have had opportunities to chat with various people and some have testified of their own fears or have noted that they have mature Christian friends who are being overwhelmed emotionally by this crisis. Others are going through inner turmoil, anxiety and depression due to the isolation or due to an increased […]

A Chat With Mr. Barnes

Take a moment to watch this video address from Head of School Christopher Barnes.  

A Letter of Encouragement

Hello, I wanted to take a minute as we head into our second week educating our kids remotely with a little bit of encouragement. If your house is anything like mine, we are enjoying the extra family time together, but we are also impatient and a little stir crazy. More time together equals more opportunity […]

Questions Set Expectations:

Questions Set Expectations: Have you ever wondered why there is such a big difference between the educational performance of various ethnic groups? The outcomes of various students seem to defy concrete measurements of things like IQ. Even for children with similar IQ scores, students in particular ethnic groups still outperform their peers of other groups. […]

Encouragement Is the Oxygen that Vitalizes Everything We Do

Encouragement Is the Oxygen that Vitalizes Everything We Do: Parents, thank you so much for your show of support to all of us on staff through your Christmas cards, treats and gifts!!  You can’t believe how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. These signs of encouragement lift our spirits and the burdens of the semester-ending […]

The Limitations of the Golden Rule

The Limitations of the Golden Rule… Jesus taught in Matthew 7:12 — “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” This is so basic that it resonates with almost any audience — adults and children alike, the very wealthy and […]

Raising Children in an Insane World

Raising Children in an Insane World: Do you ever wonder how things in our culture/country have drifted so far from our Judeo-Christian heritage? Do you ever struggle to know how best to prepare your children for the moral anarchy that is all around us? What is going on out there?  For many of us, we have […]