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A Word From the Head


September 25, 2014
Mr. Rod Gilbert, Head of School

Fire Words, Marriage, Wine, and Being the Man

Parenthood and mentorship reside at the core of our classical, Christian model of education because our style of education animates our human existence in profound and lovely ways. This model of education intertwines the Word of Christ and the experience of this beautiful world that Christ created. 

So, when I see words on a screen that express the delicate balance between love for our Creator and love for His created order – I just stop and rest. I reread the words and I say a prayer like Amy Carmichael from long ago. “Dear God, I do not care if I can ever write fire words for others to read. Just please, please give me the gift of recognizing FIRE WORDS.” 

If you haven’t already, subscribe to Craig Doerksen’s School of Rhetoric Blog on our website. It’s new. And, with a dozen posts from our teachers, it is full of fire words. There are more posts coming in every week from staff, teachers, students, and alumni, with topics ranging from academics, arts, and athletics, to faith, teenage issues, and culture.  The selection that captivated my soul very early this morning comes from Mr. Pope’s chapel address to our high school students. Titled "Between Two Weddings", it is based on the first miracle of Jesus when he turned water into wine. Pope describes how the wedding in Cana is an image of God’s love for us, and how through his involvement, Christ wants to bring overwhelming joy to our lives.

Upon reading this blog post, my thoughts turn to our dads – partly because today is Dads’ lunch at Matt’s and we are expecting a good crowd. Men, turn off your new iPhone for 15 minutes and read the entire address. Then ask yourself this question:  “As the man of my household, how can I live this “Miracle Life” in front of my children and teens?”

Here are four “how-to” tips for being the man of your household. 

First, take in a regular diet of websites like www.artofmanliness.com.  Second, go tell an older man that you want to get better at being “the man.”  Mr. Wood, our COO, leads a men’s group every Friday at 7:30 a.m. on our campus.  As the sagacious grandpa, he can be that mentor for you. I have found Mr. Wood to welcome my personal transparency as he patiently welcomes me into his wisdom.  Third, take your child/teen on a “date” and see how much they gush out -- if you do not give them immediate, quick-fix solutions. Sometimes, oftentimes, they just need you to listen. Fourth, please go to www.regentsschool.com/sorblog and take in Daniel Pope’s sermon. 

And, even if you didn't reserve a seat for Dads’ Lunch for noon today at Matt's El Rancho on South Lamar, just be a man and show up and push your way in. 

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Rod Gilbert
Head of School

B.S. Economics
M. Divinity, Mid Amer Sem
Ph.D. (candidate) S Baptist Sem
Interests: soccer, Alpine dairy goats

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