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Raggant Standard

January 2019


Letter From The U.H.


Raising...and Being the Cool Kids

 

I don’t know about you, but growing up, the “cool” kids in my school were the ones whom everyone wanted to be.  They were the best-dressed, the richest, the best at sports, or the most self-assured.  

 

Years later, with the relentless assistance of Facebook, we see that - in many cases - the life that looked so great in junior high became a sad existence later on. There’s no guarantee that the person with the most alluring life in the eyes of the world is the person who is happiest.  

 

The same holds true when we get older.  Everyone wants to be a rock star, but there’s a disproportionately high suicide rate among rock stars, too, and we don’t hear people clamoring for that. 

 

In reality, striving for celebrity status provokes the wrong kind of jealousy.  Striving for a blessed status provokes the right sort of jealousy. 

 

Paul was unapologetic when he said the following: 

 

“Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:13-15).  

 

All of Paul’s ministry had a telos of jealousy.  He was working hard (as a Jew!) to make Jews jealous of the glorious blessings the Gentiles were enjoying….and there were plenty of blessings to go around!  All the Jews needed to do was repent and embrace their Savior, and they would share those glorious riches with their Gentile brothers.  It would then complete the salvation of the full number of the elect, and usher in the end of the age.       

 

Likewise, I make no apologies when I say that we wish to provoke the world around us to jealousy.  We want them to want what we have, because what we have been given in Christ is absolutely glorious.  We didn’t manufacture it, and we don’t deserve it.  

 

It takes deep humility to boast in the cross.  Those who do so proclaim that they have been bought by Christ’s blood and adopted as sons though we were spiritually dead and haters of God.  And so when we are happy about our identity in Jesus, we are the cool kids.  

 

As we shepherd young hearts, we see this in a microcosm.  The cool kids on the playground are the ones whose happiness is not dependent on anyone else.  This is an interesting phenomenon.  The kids that are the most fun to hang out with don’t need you to hang out with them to be happy.  They’re happy playing by themselves or happy playing with others.  The celebrity is rarely content to be left alone; he’s beefing up his Instagram following and “Likes” count.  The cool kid can jump rope by herself or play tag with the others with equal contentedness.  

 

If we have been bought by Christ, we don’t need the approval of anyone else.  At the same time, we should be conscious of showing off the gracious goodness of God in how we live blessed and happy lives.  The sad and relationally-malnourished world around us is watching with curiosity.  And by God’s grace our blessed living will make them jealous in all the right ways…and it’ll make our enemy pretty cranky.  Laughter is war. 

 

When I think about what I want for our students to become like, I want them all to be the cool kids whose life is actually worth wanting because it’s a life of blessing that they didn’t earn and that any can have who will live in happy submission to Christ and in fellowship with others.   

 

Risus est bellum!

 

Jonathan 

Field Trip #2: Spark Museum

Field Trip #2 will be to the SPARK Museum in Bellingham on Friday, January 18th for the whole school! Cost is $8/student, and more information will be forthcoming via email.
Information Night
 
Please invite your friends, family, and anyone you know interested in classical education to our Information Night on January 31st at the school. The Raggants will be featured in the program and should arrive by 6:40pm in event uniform.
Microwave Schedule

By way of reminder, we are limited to two microwaves because of the electrical wiring in the Rec Room and kitchen. Accordingly, please pack microwave food on your child's assigned days: Barnts - Higgins are T/Th and Kozorezov - Yerina are W/F. Thank you!  
Rhetoric Tournament
 
The Rhetoric Tournament will be on Friday, February 22nd for grades 7-12. Students will be competing in Impromptu, Single and Duet Literary Interpretation, and Persuasive Speech. Parents, friends, and family are heartily invited to the finals, which will be from 1-3pm in the Sanctuary.
Spelling Bee

ECS has been invited to compete in an Inter-school Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 28th at Cornerstone Academy in Monroe. We will tentatively have in-class Spelling Bees on Thursday, February 14th. More details to come! 
Upcoming Events
  • 1/8: School resumes 
  • 1/11: Assembly at 2:15pm with Board Member Mr. Martin speaking
  • 1/18: Dress Uniform & Field Trip #2 to the SPARK Museum
  • 1/25: Last Day of Quarter 1
  • 1/31: Information Night at the School. Students arrive by 6:40pm in Event Uniform.

January Birthdays

  • 1/5: Mr. Sarr & Mrs. Mills
  • 1/12:  Abigail Sarr & Olivia Barnts
  • 1/18: Veronika Yerina
  • 1/23: Kaitlyn Hall
  • 1/24: Malakai Jones
  • 1/30: Abigail van der Beken
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