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"My life is given to me..."

“I am Coram Deo, my life is given to me to honor Him, and I will honor Him with it. I will be a gentlemen/lady, and a blessing to those around me. I will not lie or cheat, or tolerate those who do. I will strive for excellence, and should I fail, I will do so nobly, and with grace. I am Coram Deo.” These are the words of our Coram Deo Shout. Our students repeat this shout every week in our Monday morning all school assembly, as well as at other times during the week. Words are&nbs...
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Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

Dear Parents and Partners, In the Fall of 1994 I was in a Psychology 101 class at Southwest Missouri State University (the university became Missouri State some years later). For our final assignment of the semester, we were instructed to write a paper on “What is truth?” As the professor provided the class instructions for length, formatting, and deadlines, he also covered the requirements for the number and type of sources we could use to write the paper. When the professor fini...
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"What is Classical Christian Education?"

Dear Parents and Partners,   This past Tuesday evening, parents, teachers, and Board members came together to discuss Classical Christian education. Our goal was to continue working toward a common understanding and definition of Classical Christian education. It was an encouraging evening, and I am grateful for the good number we had attend on what was a cold January weekday evening. If you have ever struggled with defining CCE for friends or family, perhaps the following (from the A...
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The Blessing of Growing Older

The Blessing of Growing Older

Dear Parents and Partners, When December rolls around each year, I am always reminded of just how fast time goes. 2015 is nearly in the record books. The work that we set our hands to during the year is now settled in eternity. As another year slips through our fingers over these last weeks of December, we will have lived another year of the life God has given to us. It has been said that the value, and worth of something is largely determined by its rarity. Precious metals are highly valued ...
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Coram Deo and a Biblical Worldview

Coram Deo and a Biblical Worldview

Dear Parents and Partners, We gathered together Tuesday night November 17th, 2015, at our 8th annual Coram Deo Academy Community Meeting. Mrs. Fetters (Academic Dean) shared thoughts on our philosophy and guiding principles related to our curriculum. Several members of the Board of Directors spoke on a number of administrative and strategic topics. I was given some time to speak to the mission and vision of our school. Our desire is that our mission will permeate all that we do as a school. F...
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5 Worldviews Compared

5 Worldviews Compared

Dear Parents and Partners, For today's Parent Memo, I wanted to share with all of you about a topic we have been covering in our Systematic Theology class. We have been studying the doctrine of God over the past several weeks, and this week we looked at God's work in creation. As we began our study, we paused briefly to simply be thankful that we can freely discuss and study this topic at Coram Deo. Under the heading of stating the obvious, one's view of creation has a major impac...
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Our Infinite God

Our Infinite God

Dear Parents and Partners, We are told in Scripture that God is infinite. He has no boundaries and is contained by nothing. All that God is, He is infinitely, and without measure. While our finite minds struggle to grasp the infiniteness of God, we are able to gain, at least in some small measure, the wonder of God’s infiniteness. We are quickly overwhelmed though when we consider that the vastness of the created universe is nothing next to the infiniteness of God. We think of the unima...
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2015-16 Chapel Theme: Love in Action

2015-16 Chapel Theme: Love in Action

Dear Parents and Partners, Though difficult to believe, we have arrived at the mid-point of the first quarter of the school year. We continue to be grateful to God for His ongoing provision for our school. I wanted to let you know what we will be focusing on in Chapel throughout the year. Our Chapel Theme this year is "The Nature of Love, and Love in Action". During the first month of school we covered the Code of Student Citizenship in the Upper School, and the Four Habits in th...
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2015 Spring Banquet Speech

2015 Spring Banquet Speech

Thank you, it is a great honor to speak to you tonight on our vision of a graduate at Coram Deo Academy. Before I do however, I would like to take the opportunity to share something with all of you that I shared recently with the Board of Directors. I share in the hope that it will help you know me a little better. When I was 6 weeks old, I fell off a dresser and broke my skull open. The doctors used a metal plate to fuse the bone back together and I was in the hospital for 8 weeks. The docto...
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