We had our first student protest last week. Now when I say protest, do not hear pitchforks and torches. Remember these are classically trained students who are learning to be persuasive with humility and grace. They are learning that they have the potential to affect real change with well reasoned proposals.

That being said, I must admit I was not ready for this. As a matter of fact, I was totally caught off guard by the issue they raise. What was the reason for their protest? Study hall. That’s right. Our seniors did not like having a study hall. They could study later. Now they want to learn. So they asked for another class to be added to their already demanding load. Thus instead of having study hall, they will learn about Anthropology, creative writing, the history of denominations in America, and Christian perspectives and practices in art along with various other topics they requested.

I am humbled and encouraged to witness the formation of a godly work ethic. These bright and accomplished students “have a mind to work (Neh. 4:6).” And I personally cannot wait to see what he does when he unleashed them to work in this world.

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