News Archive

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  • April

    Easter Sunday

    Rev. Jon Jordan
    It is a silly notion for us to believe that modern, scientific society is the first to be skeptical of the claim that Jesus was raised from the dead. We are often guilty of—quite arrogantly—thinking that it was somehow easier to believe in the resurrection in the 1st century than it is in the 21st. “They didn’t have access to the scientific research that we do,” we might think, “so of course they thought humans could be raised from the dead.” 
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  • Good Friday

    Rev. Jon Jordan
    In a cold, dark, room somewhere abroad a small group of naked, tired, hungry, and defeated captives are huddled in the corner.
    They’ve lost count of the hours, days, weeks, and years since they've experienced anything close to a normal life.
    One night, in the middle of a monsoon, an explosion sends a wooden door, now shattered to pieces, across the room. Light floods the room in the form of half a dozen headlamps. Over the ringing of damaged eardrums, the captives hear shouted commands and see choreographed responses. In the blink of an eye, a row of uniformed men approach the huddled captives, shouting something familiar, but forgotten.
    The soldiers are shouting, but the captives don’t budge.
    “We’re here to save you,” the soldiers scream in as many languages as they can muster.
    Still no response.
    Maybe it was the shell-shock. Maybe it was miscommunication.
    Or maybe, as another prisoner of war once recounted, these captives have been tricked before. Others have come, claiming to rescue them. Most of them have been defeated. Some of them were nefarious; disguising themselves as Navy Seals before beating their captives senseless for attempting to leave with the enemy.
    Time is running out, but the captives have been down this road before, fooled by a would-be savior, and this time, they don't budge.
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  • Maundy Thursday

    Rev. Jon Jordan
    In first-century Galatia, a small but powerful group of teachers insisted that anyone who wanted to become a Christian must show that they are truly Christian through some outward sign. A very specific outward sign, in fact: circumcision.

    After dismantling this argument throughout his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul proposes his own outward sign of the Christian faith. In what has since been dubbed the “Fruit of the Spirit,” he lists several outward signs (fruit) of a life indwelled by the Spirit. 
    According to this list, what is the very first thing you should outwardly notice in the life of a Christian?
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  • March

    How At-Home Days Build Your Child's Character

    Jacque Younger
    Breakfast on the porch. Meaningful devotion and prayers to love and respect each other. Woohoo! This is what the CDA model is all about! Yet here you are in a gridlock with your child. Your insides are rubber-band tight and your temper is simmering. You addressed this behavior last week, and the week before that, and the week before that. Why does it keep repeating! Does anyone else relate?
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  • Ash Wednesday Letter

    Rev. Jon Jordan
    I read the story of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) for the umpteenth time in my life a couple of weeks ago, and something new clicked. As those who spend regular time in Scripture over a sustained period of time can attest, this is a common occurrence. The familiar finds a way of becoming pleasantly unfamiliar again and again.

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  • February

    Musgrove Family

    I've Been Dancing with Her Ever Since

    Mr. Jared Musgrove
    A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children… Proverbs 13:22

    Stories are powerful. They have a unique way of speaking to us and shaping who we are. Stories are indeed a means of discipleship. That is why I believe storytelling is essential to the flourishing of marriages and families. I have found this to be increasingly true in my own life as I have grown from boy to man and from to husband to father.
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  • Coming Up for Air

    Mrs. Mandi Gerth
    I have spent countless hours poolside while my kids received swimming lessons. It takes a serious amount of time to teach five kids to swim. But I willingly committed my time and energy to this purpose because, to put it bluntly, you cannot breathe under water.
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  • January

    Vowell Family

    In the Valley of the Shadow

    Mrs. Shannon Vowell
    “Yea, thou I walk through the valley...”

    Choosing a school for one’s child rarely begins with questions of life and death. When our family settled on Coram Deo for our daughter’s middle and high school years, our decision was based on the combination of rigorous academics and Christ-centered pedagogy offered here. Veteran parents who’ve invested in a broad range of diverse educational options with our older children, we saw in CDA a special blend of intellectual excellence and spiritual integrity.
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  • Alynda and her family

    Home-School Days: There's No One Right Way

    Mrs. Alynda Long
    The 2018-19 school year at Coram Deo Academy is halfway over, and we are all probably settled into our schedules by now. For some, it’s a well-oiled machine after several years of tweaking, but others are embarking on this journey for the first time. We all have something to learn each year.

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  • You Are Special In The Lord's Eyes

    Mrs. Shannan Needleman
    "The teacher quickly corrected the group, but with gentle encouragement reassured the group, “Don’t get discouraged, you are all special in the Lord’s eyes.” The class uses this mantra to support one another when they make mistakes, and this has even spilled over to our home.  When I asked my daughter if she had taken her laundry upstairs, after several requests, she replied, “No mom, but don’t forget I am special in the Lord’s eyes.”
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