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Spring Branch Academy
Bob Snyder  |  Jonesville, Michigan
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Why Should a Church Have a School?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
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As you may know, Spring Branch Academy is a Christian high school sponsored by Countryside Bible Church. It has an ambitious curriculum and aims to prepare students for their life vocations by instilling wisdom and inspiring worship. That is our heart! These things you may know, but do you know why the church should have a school?

Personally, I’m not a big fan of the negative reasons. Yes, it is true, the public schools have (literally) a God-less curriculum and the youth culture and its social media can be toxic, but surely we can aim for goals higher than merely protecting our kids. After all, what is the purpose of protection, if we have no higher purpose to protect them for?

Ultimately, we want them to live free lives in Christ and for Christ. To do so, we aim primarily at their personal liberation through “the sacred writings, which are able to make [them] wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). We love the Bible and use the Bible in class. We teach twelve courses in Theology to show students why and how they can trust this Book and its Author in everything, including language, society, marriage, finances, parenting, history, and salvation. We also seek to love each student and their family. At its heart, our Christian school is an extension of our pastoral ministry to families.

Granted, but math? Greek? What do such things have to do with our spiritual lives?

To live free lives, we need empowerment. Anyone of us are “free” to dunk a basketball, but few are us are empoweredto do it. I want our students empowered to do all that Christ has called them to do in this world for His glory, and to do that, our school makes use of the liberal arts—literally, the skills (arts) necessary for free men.

Just think of our Bible. What is necessary to understand it? Well, in the Reformation, William Tyndale knew it needed to be translated from Greek into English in order for every plowboy in England to read it for himself. Empowerment! But is that it? Martin Luther knew that the biblical languages were the sheath for housing the sword of the Spirit, and therefore, he encouraged the German princes to sponsor schools. Extending his metaphor, we might say that knowing English well is necessary for understanding an English Bible. One half of the liberal arts empowers students in the skills of language through training in grammar, logical argument, and rhetorical forms of speech, especially poetry.

The other half of the liberal arts empowers students to listen to God’s other “book,” the world of nature, a world formed by the same divine word and obedient to His laws (Psalm 119:89-91). To speak this language, students must speak math, the language of science. If it is God who teaches the farmer how to farm as part of His wondrous counsel (Isaiah 28:23-29), then true science learned and applied from the book of nature is also part of His glory. I want students to be empowered in both the books of God as free individuals in Christ.

Do you see? What an opportunity would be missed if we only focused on what a Christian school keeps students from, without thanking God for what a Christian school prepares students for. God be praised! I'm thankful to the church for sponsoring a school and making it available for any of our families, and for our country and community.

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Spiritual Advice on the Coronavirus
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020
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"Should I flee or not?" That was the question posed to Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, during the bubonic plague. His answer bypasses the question and goes deeper. Sometimes it right to flee and sometimes it is not. The real dangers are...
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Welcome to our Website!
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We are an educational ministry excited about serving the Lord through expository messages from the Bible and church history. Here are some highlights for your edification: Sermon Series - The Book of Revelation: The Map of Church History! American...
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Once Saved, Always Saved
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020
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The conversation is classic. I’ve heard it many times. The Baptist claims, “I know my loved one’s in heaven. He prayed the prayer as a child to receive Christ.” The Wesleyan responds, “But how can you be so sure?...
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Secular Education in a Noisy Universe
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
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“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” --Psalm 19:1-3 Ponder...
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The God of Yosemite
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019
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Recently, I have told that riding a motorcycle into Yosemite Valley in California can be a philosophical experience. On your left is El Capitan, one of the world’s largest granite cliffs, rising off the valley floor to a height of three...
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Contextualizing the Gospel
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019
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The idea of contextualizing the gospel is not new to me. In his book Center Church, Timothy Keller cites a wonderful example of contextualization from the gospel narratives. In Matthew, the sower casts his mustard seed in a “field”...
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Strength Rejoices in the Challenge...and Fails
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019
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Three times the apostle Paul says that the Law was added to increase sinning. Now let that statement settle in. To increase sinning. Not stop it. And added. As if tacked-on to God’s program. Really, the Old Testament and New Testament...
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Psalm 147 - Sand and Stars
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
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Astronomy is one of the traditional disciplines of a liberal arts education. And yet, how many of us were actually taught about the stars or have given them much thought? This is sad, because the stars have a lot to say. The Bible says that the...
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The Story of Job: Gratuitous Evil, or "Bad Grace"
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
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Fast forward: Job is the greatest man of the East. God boasts. Satan accuses. God allows. Job loses. First, his riches and his children. Then, his health. Heart-stricken perhaps, his wife tells him, “Curse God and die.” But Job...
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