How’s Everything Going?

I always felt that was a loaded question when I was a senior pastor or the Head of School. Since one of the primary parts of my job was to […]

Taste & See

“Taste and see that the Lord is good,” is the encouragement we receive in Psalms 34:8. Here and elsewhere, God invites us to Himself. He wants us to know Him […]

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

As I network with parents, whether spontaneously on campus or a planned appointment like coffee or a home visit, I often pick up little words of wisdom from all of […]

Planting the seeds of wisdom and cultivating rare flowers

Last week we looked at the overvaluing of knowledge and undervaluing of wisdom in our culture. We saw that knowledge is indeed at our beck and call. While watching a […]

A Common Lack in Our Time

Last week a prominent critic of our current culture was bemoaning the fact that we overvalue knowledge and undervalue wisdom. He thought that our access to knowledge was at our […]

Enjoy the Fruit!

It is harvest time; the time when we can see the results of all the hard work that all of you have done, students and parents alike. This is especially […]

Wait for it… Wait for it…

As parents it seems like it takes forever to find out if what we are endlessly teaching our children is having any impact. So often it seems “in one ear […]

Rounding the Last Lap

Closing in on the final 5 1/2 weeks of school! That’s hard to believe isn’t it. Depending on what grade level your children are in, they are facing smooth sailing to […]

The High Cost of NOT Giving your Child a Christian Education

It is expensive to NOT give your child a Christian education. When I lived in Illinois in the early 90s, there was no such thing as tax credits. (They’re still not […]

We accidentally judge things we don’t understand:

You are walking along when suddenly you see a man running toward you wildly. As he gets closer he is shirtless and barefoot, yelling loudly, and waving his arms erratically. […]

Not Smart, but Heart

Why did you choose a classical education? Was it your goal that your child would graduate with super high academics and outstanding college entrance test scores? These can be dangerous […]

Salting Our Conversations with Grace

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 One Sunday night I dutifully posted the lesson […]

Prayer that Works

When my 9-year-old granddaughter Ainsleigh heard that Aunt Kathy was not expected to live, she came to her mother Hope and asked, “I want to talk to you, but not […]

Wisdom from Mayberry

Over a long break, it is interesting what one might run across on TV. My wife told me this part from the Andy Griffiths Show: When a hobo told Andy […]

A Picture of a Vision Casting Dad

Every now and then I stumble across a movie that resonates with me and makes me see some issues in a new light. One such movie is King Richard, the […]

Staying Off the Rollercoaster

Staying Off the Rollercoaster — Have you ever felt that trying to keep up with your child’s moods and behaviors is like riding on a rollercoaster? I remember the old-time rollercoaster. […]

What Are The Underlying Needs?

When I attended a Trauma Informed Care workshop on Friday, I discovered that I did something very right by accident just the day before. In the morning Virtue Lauds, I […]

Creatures of Habit: The Good News and the Bad News

Like with so much of life, the fact that human beings are creatures of habit is a double-edged sword. My wish to weigh less is outweighed by my habit to […]

Becoming Is a Journey*

In numerous places in the New Testament, it is stated that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29 for example). This transformation is from […]

That Wasn’t So Bad…

I think this statement after my first home visit was meant as a compliment. The Mom quickly added that she had no idea what to expect and wasn’t sure why […]

Dads: The Men, the Myths, the Legends

Dads: The Men, the Myths, the Legends — This idea comes from my sweatshirt with that saying for Grandpas. It is usually good for a laugh, but I think it […]

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

I know that this is such an often used phrase that is almost a cliché, but it is still true. And we saw a great picture of this during Paideia. We had […]

Set Apart Kids

Often our children would question, “Why can’t we do what other kids get to do?” “Why isn’t our family like other families? They let their kids watch ________ or go […]

Give Them Tools, not Just Rules

Back when our church had a summer day camp with 150 children a day from K-8th grade with children from all kinds of homes, rule breaking was rampant. How can […]

VAT 2021-2022 Calendar

Veritas Calendar 2021-22

What Do You Preach to Yourself? 

One might deny it, not wanting to look like one is losing one’s mind wandering about talking to one’s self. But we all do it all the time. The question […]

Living for the Line and Not the Dot

Often when meeting with a student, I draw different diagrams to explain ideas. One of my favorites is a long horizontal line upon which I draw a small dot. I […]

It’s Your Own Dumb Fault

It’s Your Own Dumb Fault  …would often be our parents’ response when kids back in my day would come home crying or complaining about something, whether it be from climbing […]

Character Counts

Man, that hurts! I was thinking after a person blasted my reputation by sending out letters to every person in her current and former Bible studies. This lady’s Bible study […]

The Fallacy of a Neutral Zone

Is there a middle ground between being all in for Jesus and being in rebellion against Him? Is there a place for someone to be just a good, decent believer […]