• 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.

  • Tending Together

    Last year, we dedicated the area behind our school playground to Mr. Ray Brumlow, the founder of Cy-Fair Christian Academy (the school which once owned our current facility). A generous contribution to cultivate Brumlow Preserve enabled us to form trails, build benches and tables and start a garden for each of our four houses. In the spring, our houses gathered for planning meetings to determine a theme for their house garden. The theme determined the plants selected and each house's color was incorporated into the chosen theme. After the plans were made, the houses worked the soil, pulling weeds, adding fertilizer and preparing to plant. Each child planted a part of the garden knowing that as their house grows, so will our gardens.

    Last Saturday, we ventured back into the gardens after a long, hot summer. We felt a little like the Pevensie children in Narnia, visiting their castle gardens hundreds of years later, not recognizing their once beautiful flower beds. The parables that Jesus told about weeds, soil and seeds were confirmed before our very eyes. Weeds grow quickly and choke out the desired plants; it was hard at first to see the shape and design of the gardens. But we were determined to be as persistent as the Bermuda grass! Using the pictures taken on the first day, we were able to find the good plants, those true to the design and we pulled and pulled away the choking grass and weeds to bring out the beauty. In working together, we accomplished our goal: cultivating truth, goodness and beauty once again. In the same way, when the Israelites returned from many years in exile, they needed to resurrect the original building plans in order to re-build Solomon's Temple. In so many ways our gardens provide a metaphor for our work at Covenant. We are a community, doing this together. Challenges come, but together we can make a difference by looking for the beauty and drawing it out through understanding the plans of our Heavenly Father by reading His Word.

    Many have asked if they can help. Absolutely! We will place the original pictures on the back of the garden signs, along with the plants that are part of that design. You are welcome to talk with the house leader about coming out to pull weeds or even add additional plants to the garden that are in keeping with the original plan.

    Folks have also asked about additional donations of mulch. We are gratefully accepting additional donations of mulch to enrich our courtyard flower beds as well. When the weather cools, we plan to add roses to each of the courtyard beds. If you'd like to help prepare the soil for roses, please contact Jamie Noell.

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