Monthly Archives: November 2012


Leading the Way

Regents Academy was very glad to welcome Leadership Nacogdoches to campus on November 15. The group toured the campus and heard student presentations in the Great Room. Also, the Regents Orchestra performed.

Sponsored by the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Nacogdoches is a “nine-month training program that develops new leaders in our community. Class members are recruited from the Nacogdoches County business community. Participants learn more about their personal strengths, meet current community leaders, develop valuable skills through group dynamics and build lasting bonds within the class.”

The group visited Regents on their education day and learned about classical Christian education and the Regents difference. Thanks to our board members, teachers, students, and parents who made it such a wonderful visit!


Proper Thanks

It’s the season of Thanksgiving, and of course Thanksgiving makes no sense without someone to direct our thanks toward. So it’s the season of Thanksgiving to the Lord God. As you thank Him this year, for your family, your friends, your possessions, your home, your freedoms, your job, your health, your church, your school (on and on we can go!), remember to thank Him for who He is and what He has done for you. God Himself is the greatest gift, who gives Himself away to us freely and generously through His Son Jesus Christ.

I love the hymns and psalms of Isaac Watts. I have found few other human creations that inspire such devotion and thanksgiving. Here is Watts’s metrical rendition of Psalm 147. I hope it inspires in you the same thankful frame of mind that it does in me.

Psalm 147, Part 1
Praise ye the Lord; ’tis good to raise
Our hearts and voices in his praise;
His nature and his works invite
To make this duty our delight.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem,
And gathers nations to his name;
His mercy melts the stubborn soul,
And makes the broken spirit whole.

He formed the stars, those heav’nly flames;
He counts their numbers, calls their names;
His wisdom’s vast, and knows no bound,
A deep where all our thoughts are drowned.

Great is our Lord, and great his might;
And all his glories infinite:
He crowns the meek, rewards the just,
And treads the wicked to the dust.

Sing to the Lord, exalt him high,
Who spreads his clouds all round the sky;
There he prepares the fruitful rain,
Nor lets the drops descend in vain.

He makes the grass the hills adorn,
And clothes the smiling fields with corn;
The beasts with food his hands supply,
And the young ravens when they cry.

What is the creature’s skill or force,
The sprightly man, the warlike horse,
The nimble wit, the active limb?
All are too mean delights for him.

But saints are lovely in his sight,
He views his children with delight;
He sees their hope, he knows their fear,
And looks, and loves his image there.


Slaying the Beast

On a mild and sunny day, Mr. Vermillion’s 7th and 8th grade Omnibus class recently went outside to read. The class is immersing themselves in Anglo-Saxon culture and literature through their reading of the epic Beowulf, the classic tale of adventure in which the warrior Beowulf conquers the horrible monster Grendel. Even young students can read and enjoy the Great Books when they are led by a skilled teacher, given the tools of learning, and expected to reach a higher standard. They also get to go outside and sit in the sunshine!


Temptations for a Classical Christian School

A recent edition of the online edition of First Things featured an article titled “Five Temptations for Classical Christian Schools” by Brian Douglas. The article was so good I shared it with our faculty. I wanted to share a snippet of the article with you and then encourage you to go read the whole article.

[One temptation classical Christian schools face] is to believe that academic rigor plus disciplined behavior equals a good education. It is easy for a classical Christian school to become known more for its uniforms, homework expectations, strictness, and the like, than for its gracious, loving environment. Yet we ought not treat education like a simple input-output situation, in which the right learning environment can program our students to be Christians. While students do need high expectations for their work and conduct, focusing on order becomes hazardous when it overtakes the joy of experiencing God’s grace. When this happens, students may learn to jump through the hoops, obey the rules, do the right things, but they do not learn to love God and others. That is moralism, the worst enemy of true Christianity.

Creating a truly gracious classroom is much harder than creating an orderly classroom. It is a challenge that requires spiritual preparation far beyond classroom management techniques. But the only Christian education is a thoroughly gracious education. It sounds so basic, but it remains true: Without God’s grace, we can only produce narcissists who are more focused on their own successes and failures than on the eternal reality of God’s love for his people.

You can read the whole article here.