CDA Blog

List of 20 news stories.

  • Easter Sunday

    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.” 
     
  • Good Friday

    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.
  • Maundy Thursday

    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?
     
    Love.
  • How At-Home Days Build Your Child's Character

    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?
  • Ash Wednesday Letter

    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.

  • Musgrove Family

    I've Been Dancing with Her Ever Since

    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.
  • Coming Up for Air

    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.
  • Vowell Family

    In the Valley of the Shadow

    “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.
  • Alynda and her family

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

    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.

  • You Are Special In The Lord's Eyes

    "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.”
  • The Domestic Church

    The late Pope John Paul II once said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” Wow! What an insightfully true – and humbling – statement made by a man who poured his life into spreading God’s love and teaching us about the beauty of the human family. As a mom or dad just trying to get through the craziness of each day, we oftentimes forget that our little group is truly a reflection of God’s design for humanity. This is where love is shared, norms are taught, foundations are laid, and, most importantly, our faith is handed on and lived. The family truly is the Domestic Church.
  • Coram Deo: An Answer to Prayer

    Coram Deo Academy is a place where Christians from different churches can come and learn and grow in Christ together. It is my first schooling experience where knowledge of Christ is connected with everyday learning. We not only learn how to use algebra, but how to use algebra for the glory of God.
  • The Power of God's Word

    “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

    Most of you have probably heard this verse. You may have even used it recently to encourage a friend. Have you ever pondered how God’s Word does not return void? How it accomplishes what He pleases and why it prospers? Come ponder with me as I share my contemplations.
  • We Believe: Conclusion and Links to Entire Series

    Throughout this series I hope you have seen glimpses of why the Nicene Creed has been used in Christian worship for over a millennium. It is beautifully composed, and in it we affirm things about the Triune God that ought to lead us to praise. 
     
    As I mentioned last week, part of the point of reciting a Creed regularly is to engrain the truths presented in the creed into your mind, body, and soul. 
  • We Believe: We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

    So far in this series, we have explored why Creeds matter and why CDA has chosen the Nicene Creed to be our statement of faith. We have participated in a bird’s-eye overview of the history of the Creed, and have hopefully explained some of its more tricky phrases. 
  • Salvation in the Car Seat

    "I believe the Lord used those “as we go” conversations spurred on and supported by his school and church curriculum. These moments happen in our car through conversations about Genesis creation, about why we celebrate Christmas and Easter, singing the Apostle’s Creed (over and over, Track 7, if you’re us), talking about what we see out the window in God’s great big world. These is our efforts at making disciples as we go."
  • We Believe: Catholic and Apostolic

    "The Body of Christ is made up of all God’s faithful, both living and dead, from all of human history. Catholic means that you an I actually belong to the same Church—we make up the One Body of Christ—and so do Christians across the world, and so do those who have died and entered into glory."
  • Our Prayer Filled Journey To CDA

    "I feared that classical education wouldn’t provide the practical skills needed for future success. In listening to Mr. Jordan’s recent lecture, his explanation resonated with my heart as he emphasized the focus on who you will become versus what you can do, with the goal of Christlike wisdom and virtue."
  • We Believe: One Baptism for the Remission of Sins

    The fall of 2018 brought record rainfall to North Texas and hurricanes to Florida and North Carolina. Roads became rivers, homes were flooded, and thousands of people were evacuated. Stories of dramatic high water rescues filled the news. 

    Stories of water rescues also fill the pages of Scripture. Noah and his family float safely in an ark on waters that bring both judgment and cleansing to the earth. Moses is cradled unharmed in a basket on the Nile. He later delivers God’s people by parting the Red Sea and crossing on dry land through waters which bring death to the Egyptians. The prophet Jonah survives three days in the sea carried in the belly of a great fish. These stories point to the ultimate rescue provided by Jesus Christ, and the waters of judgment and cleansing foreshadow Christian baptism.
  • Michael Perrone - CDA Flower Mound

    Coram Deo Has Been A Blessing To My Life

    "With this great gift comes a great responsibility. God has given us at Coram Deo an immense opportunity to carry out His plan for us. It is our job to properly use the tools he has given us in this great working environment. But what does that mean? Although we often fall short, we must do everything with God in mind and for His glory. One of the best examples of this at CDA is how Mrs. Bowen leads the band. She always reminds us that we are playing our music to glorify God. Whether we are winning awards, putting on concerts, or having fun playing music, she reminds us that glorifying Him is the emphasis."
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