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Secondary Principal Blog

Janie Niswonger

Over the last few months, I have had the honor of observing our teachers at work in their classrooms. I wish you could see what I see. Cornerstone's mission of "partnering with parents to build within their children a firm foundation of academic excellence and Christian discipleship" is being carried out in tangible ways with passionate intention.

We talk a lot about approaching life from a Biblical Worldview, which really means we allow the truth of the Bible to shape our views on religion, politics, education, science, economics, art, and so on, rather than allowing the world to tell us what to think about those things and then trying to fit God's Word into it.

In Colossians 2:8-9, the Apostle Paul admonishes us, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority (NIV)."

Cornerstone Prep  Guitar Class

Mrs. Simmons and her guitar class.

The teachers in our classrooms are deliberate about presenting their subject matter from a Biblical Worldview. Their life's work is to uphold the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ in all things, especially in the importation of knowledge and the application of it on the world around us. I want to assure you that your kids are in good hands at Cornerstone!

Our students are making connections between the principles of math and the One who set those principles in order. (Ask your high school student to share one of his or her math journal entries with you.) In health, they are making the distinction between abstinence (a behavior) and purity (a virtue) in choosing to honor their bodies as God's temples. In science, they are discovering that God made provisions for man's needs in nature, even in his creation of fungus! In guitar class, students are considering how their spiritual attitude influences their musical expression. In entrepreneurship, they are learning that God has a unique call on each of their lives to glorify Him and bring them joy. In literature, students are quickly and easily making biblical comparisons to the themes and characters in their novels. I could truly go on and on. You can open any door of any classroom in our building and you will find teachers instructing from a biblical worldview and students giving thoughtful consideration to the nature of God and their place in His world. 

I encourage you to ask your student how his or her understanding of God and His Word informs their perspective on literature, math, science, history, health, art, music, etc. Remind them of Colossians 2:8-9 and pray together, thanking God for Cornerstone and the blessing of an education from a Biblical Worldview. And, always remember, we are in this together. You are loved and prayed for.