God commanded the Israelites, “These words which I have commanded you today shall be upon your heart. And you shall impress them deeply on your children and shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise (Deut. 6:6-7).”
We believe that God has designed the home as the ideal environment in which to train children. Further, God intends parents to be the primary agents in training their children. Schools should exist simply to assist parents in fulfilling that responsibility. The problem is that most schools simply occupy too much of the child’s time. By age eighteen most students will have spent most of their waking hours for the last thirteen years away from their homes in school or school-related activities. Yet most people who come to Christ do so by age eighteen—the very years that are best spent at home, where parents can teach their children their values.
In all its courses the Academy seeks to involve parents actively in their child’s education. We do this by teaching less than five days per week and assigning work to be done at home under the parent’s supervision. This parent partnering is not only more efficient, allowing the student much more time at home, but also draws the parent actively into the educational process. The Academy exists to assist, not to replace, parents in fulfilling their responsibility to train their children.
The question rises as to whether teaching less than five days per week is adequate academically. In a word, it is. We provide a college preparatory curriculum. A student who enrolls full time will complete twenty-four of the twenty-six credits required for the Texas Education Agency’s Recommended High School Program. (The only credits that the Academy does not provide are one credit of physical education and one credit of fine arts, which we leave to the parent’s discretion.) We believe in excellence in education.
The highest pursuit of the Christian’s mind is to think the thoughts of God. Since academic training is designed to develop one’s understanding, academic training for the Christian should focus on teaching who God is and how man should live under His authority. As Solomon summarized, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecc. 12:13b).
Of all academic disciplines, biblical and theological studies alone pursue this goal, since they alone study the Creator rather than the creation. Therefore they are the queen of the sciences, which Logos Academy seeks to make the heart of its curriculum. To this end, all graduates of the Academy will have spent three years studying every chapter of the Bible, will have read the entire Bible and will have memorized select passages. They will have spent another three years studying systematic theology topics and will have studied two years of New Testament Greek. Our goal is to make all of our students competent in biblical and theological studies.
The Academy recognizes that mastering any academic discipline requires specialized training. This need is quite apparent in biblical and theological studies, since the Christian faith rests wholly on a body of ancient literature, our Bible, which is far removed linguistically, culturally, chronologically and geographically from twenty-first century America. One need only thumb through the Greek New Testament to realize that its authors wrote in a language and a culture very different from ours. It is because of this gap that Christianity has always been a religion of education.
Wherever the gospel has spread, there has been the need that its recipients be trained in the Bible formally in order to understand, live and teach its truth faithfully and to pass this heritage on to their children. Logos Academy exists to meet that need.
A major drawback to most Christian schools is that they are simply too expensive. We make Christian education affordable and therefore accessible to most Christian families. By parent partnering we not only involve parents actively in their children’s education but also keep our costs to a minimum. Students may enroll part time and are required to pay only for the courses that they take. Our goal is to teach the Bible and theology to as many students as possible. We do this by making education affordable.
Doctor of Philosophy in Old Testament Studies (1995), Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
Masters of Divinity (1983) and Theology (1984), Capital Bible Seminary, Lanham, MD; Old Testament major.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Applied Mathematics (1974), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA