Not worth the cost when we have public schools Absolves parents of too much responsibility Schools are not outreach LES children are not challenged to be “salt and light” LES cannot offer important “extras” LES education does not insure church faithfulness “Familiarity breeds contempt” syndrome Demographics
O my beloved Germans, buy while the market is at your door; gather in the harvest while there is sunshine and fair weather; make use of God’s grace and word while it is there! For you should know that God’s word and grace is like a passing shower of rain which does not return where it has once been. LW 45:352
It is highly necessary, therefore, that we take some positive action in this matter before it is too late; not only on account of the young people, but also in order to preserve both our spiritual and temporal estates. If we miss this opportunity, we may perhaps find our hands tied later on when we would gladly attend to it, and ever after have to suffer in vain the pangs of remorse. LW 45:371-2
But if children were instructed in schools, or wherever learned and well-trained schoolmasters and schoolmistresses were available to teach the languages, the other arts, and history, they would then hear of the doings and sayings of the entire world, and how things went with various cities, kingdoms, princes, men and women. (cont.)
Thus, they could in a short time set before themselves as in a mirror the character, life, counsels, purposes – successful and unsuccessful – of the whole world from the beginning ; on the basis of which they could then draw the proper inferences and in the fear of God take their own place in the stream of human events. LW 45:368-9
I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God’s word becomes corrupt. LW 44:207
If I could leave the preaching office and my other duties, or had to do so, there is no other office I would rather have than that of schoolmaster or teacher. For I know that next to that of preaching, this is the best, greatest, and most useful office there is. LW 46:253
When schools flourish, then things go well and the Church is secure.... The youth furnish recruits for the Church, they are the source of its well-being.... God preserves the Church through schools, and schools are the conservatories of the Church. They may not have a fine appearance, but within they are most useful and necessary. Kretzmann, Luther on Education, 93
Why was Luther passionate about Christian education?
How do we attract students to our schools? Why are parents and students attracted to our schools? Is there any subtle shift in the mission of our schools? Is the school more private than parochial? Is the vision for the school more “glorious” than is consistent with the cross?
Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus....
Do I love teaching? Do I love my role as a teacher? Why... or why not? Which aspects of teaching to a particularly enjoy? Which do I dislike? Am I a different person in the classroom than I am in other school settings? Am I a very different person at home than I am in the school setting?
What attitudes are students learning from me? Why do I teach? What is the purpose/mission of the school I represent? Does my attitude encourage students to follow in my footsteps? Put another way: Does my example encourage students to devote themselves to full- time service to the church?
Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Brothers, sisters, let us gladly Give to God our all, our best – Service hearty, thorough, honest With a living love impressed. All our duty, all our striving, All our time to him belong; Praise him, then, with true devotion; Come before him with a song. CW 484
Gracious Lord, accept our service For the sake of Christ, your Son; Lo, our hope abides now only In the righteousness he won. Bless and save us; help and guide us; Watch to comfort and restore Till in heav’n we rest rejoicing Praising you forevermore. CW 484
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.