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February 2021

February 2021

The Changing Christian School

Navigating Change

By Steve Tuit and Abby Zwart A Psalter Hymnal on the piano bench. Delft plates or tiles on the wall. Lace valances over the windows. Wilhelmina peppermints during church services. Roast beef and mashed potatoes for Sunday dinner. Banket (or butter letter, depending on where you live) as a Christmastime treat. For some of us, […]

The Changing Christian School

When the editors of CEJ decided to produce an issue on “The Changing Christian School,” it seemed important to start by describing that change with a snapshot of what’s happening in constituent schools. It wasn’t possible to do a comprehensive survey of Christian schools in the Reformed tradition, so we contacted over a dozen school […]

Our Beginnings

Surrey Christian School (SCS) was founded in 1964 by a group of Dutch immigrant families who were part of the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). They held a conviction that their children, and all children of Christian families regardless of denomination, should be trained up in “the way they should go” (Prov. 22:6). […]

Remodeling Suggestions from the Builders: Ideas for Rethinking Christian Schools

by Bill Boerman-Cornell, Steven Harrison, and Neil Okuley When we taught in various Christian schools, there were moments when each of us thought, “What must it have been like for the founders of our schools to start afresh, with no preconceptions, no established traditions, no tried and true ways of doing things?” You may have […]

Covenant versus Mission

I grew up in San Jose, California as the first American-born child to parents whose families immigrated to the US from the Netherlands after World War II. My dad’s family helped start the Christian Reformed Church in San Jose, and my mom’s family helped plan and launch a Christian school there. You’ve got to hand it […]

Re-Tooling for Anti-Racist Christian Education

As a carpenter’s son, I spent a lot of time on construction sites. Over time, I picked up a few skills and even acquired some of the tools of the trade. More than anything, though, I picked up a fair number of workplace aphorisms like “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and “Use the […]