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“Charlotte Christian is like a family." 

Many people from alumni to current students to employees to parents describe Charlotte Christian as a family.  In all of our surveys to those same constituents, they overwhelmingly state the community atmosphere of campus to being a positive experience.  So what does that essentially mean and how do we continue to foster those positive feelings?  

We should begin by asking, what are the attributes of a healthy family?  It is a place where…

  • Christ is at the center
  • relationships are built upon unconditional love
  • one feels the freedom to act and speak without fear of judgment
  • one feels truly known and understood
  • forgiveness is granted quickly and freely
  • history trumps the present
  • laughter is frequent and crying is comforted
  • accomplishments are celebrated and disappointments are used as learning opportunities
  • authority is accepted and all are held accountable 

If these are indeed how we would describe a healthy family, then I would hope and pray that our school community can be described the same way.  A good number of our students, and thus their families, will be a part of the Charlotte Christian community for 10, 15 or more years.  Those years of dealing with 5 year olds learning the alphabet to 18 year olds learning advanced calculus provide many opportunities for us to practice these traits and characteristics.

I also believe that a family and individuals who are honest about their flaws will thrive in the midst of difficult times.

I am thankful that we are a family.  I am thankful that my own children have experienced all of the above during their time at Charlotte Christian.

Most importantly, I am thankful that we are part of a larger family - the body of Christ.

God Bless, 

Barry Giller

Head of School

Posted by regant on Tuesday April 28 at 02:48PM
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The Rest of the Story

Do you ever wonder what the shepherds did the day after Christmas?

Can you imagine being in the fields with them that night?  The shepherds were probably young men in their late teens or early twenties.  These were young men with little wealth and certainly no social standing.  One dark evening the skies opened and an angel proclaimed “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:11)  The shepherds were rightfully scared so the angel told them to not be afraid.  One angel speaking these words would do it for me, but next we read “and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”

In your mind’s eye can you picture being one of those young men?  What would you have done?  They gathered together and went to find the baby.  Most of our nativity or manger scenes in our homes and churches will have a shepherd.  What I wonder about is - what happened next?  I assume they went back to care for their sheep, but did that night change their life?

Maybe, 30 plus years later, one of those shepherds saw Jesus speaking in the Temple courts.  Maybe one of those shepherds was on the road watching as Jesus carried his cross to Calvary.  Maybe one of those shepherds was in the crowds when Jesus fed the 5,000.  We just don’t know, but we do know they were part of history and something miraculous that first Christmas. 

I remember growing up and riding in my dad’s car while he listened to Paul Harvey on the radio.  I can still hear that classic radio voice announcing “the rest of the story.”  We all long for the rest of the story; we want to know what happens.  We do not like to leave movies when the plot does conclude with telling us that everyone lives happily ever after.  Unfortunately in this life we often do not know the rest of the story.  Likewise we do not know what happened to the shepherds nor will we ever while on earth.

In Christian schools too often we become overly focused on the rest of the story.  We deeply desire for all of our students to commit to Christ and walk securely in their faith while being 6 years old, 11, and/or 17.  The truth is that we do not know the rest of the story for each of our students, we only know the present, and more importantly we can only control the environment of the present.

So for us as a school what this means is proclaiming the gospel loud and clear, just like the angels did that first Christmas.  We can declare the love of Christ and the truth of the Bible, we cannot control what the students do the next day just like we do not know how the shepherds reacted in the weeks following Christ’s birth. 

At Charlotte Christian we will continue to loudly proclaim that more than 2,000 years ago a baby was born that came to save the world and He is Christ the Lord.  We will also pray that this message finds root in all our students’ hearts and then one day, not on this earth, we will hear the rest of the story and how God used Charlotte Christian to prepare those students to impact the culture for Christ.

God Bless,

Barry Giller
Head of School

Posted by lgoodyear on Friday December 19, 2014
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Mixing Faith and Reason

Having children in college has increased the number of road trips I enjoy each month.  Between move-ins, family weekends, birthday visits and of course home football games, my wife and I have made numerous trips this fall to Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.).  I am pleased and proud to report that both of my college kids are doing well and feel that they were well-prepared by Charlotte Christian for college life - academically, socially, and spiritually.

As we have logged many hours on I-85, I have discovered the wonders of QT or QuickTrip.  These large gas stations have an expansive store with a myriad of food items, and importantly clean bathrooms.  One item that QT carries is Dr. Pepper Twizzlers.  Yes, you read that correctly - Dr. Pepper Twizzlers – a combination of a great soft drink and an already amazing candy.  Sometimes things come together that are unexpected, and the result can be tremendous. 

In the early development of Christian education in our country, many people unfortunately believed that faith and reason were exclusive of one another.  Like Dr. Pepper and Twizzlers, many wrongly believed that faith and reason could not be combined or even co-exist.  For far too long, Christian education suffered from this false premise and created below average schools when it came to academic measurements.  Christian schools were great at evangelizing and mentoring students, but we did not prepare them for the next level of education or more importantly for the culture’s intellectual arena.

Charlotte Christian believes that faith and reason do co-exist, and we strive to model this on a daily basis.  We believe that anything God calls us to, including education, should be done with excellence.  We want our students to wrestle with God’s word both through the lenses of faith and reason.

In Isaiah chapter 1, verse 18 we read, “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord.  ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel you will be devoured by the sword.’”  The prophet Isaiah is speaking to his fellow Israelites during a difficult time in their country’s history.  He speaks on behalf of the Lord and asks them to reason together or in today’s vernacular - stop and think about it.  This is the gospel message succinctly stated in one verse, consider God’s plan for us past, present, and future.  Notice it is the Lord that calls on us to think.  He does not say follow blindly but rather use the mind that He has blessed you with.

In the Gospels, Jesus never gives His followers a simple list of do’s and don’ts.  Sometimes, like me, I assume you wish that Jesus did that very thing - just tell me what to do and how to do it.  Rather, Jesus told stories and utilized the parables to force the disciples, and now us, to think.  Jesus wants us to draw conclusions after pondering the meaning of His message while placing His words into context with the Old Testament as well as the culture that surrounds us.  Jesus consistently asked rhetorical questions to those around Him in order to force them to deal with His teachings on an intellectual plane.

Christian education should borrow from both the example in Isaiah and Jesus’ earthly ministry.  We must wrestle through the Truth.  I want our faculty member to follow the example of Jesus and ask our students rhetorical questions that force them to consider all angles of a particular topic or dilemma.  The risk is that things can become messy.  Look at the disciples, they were often wrong or misguided.  The reward is the blessings of God’s plan.  The disciples worked through their faith, and God used them in a mighty way. 

At Charlotte Christian, I want our school to be one that takes on the risk of mixing faith and reason, and then watch God reward us in ways that are currently unimaginable.

God Bless, 

Barry Giller

Head of School

Posted by regant on Monday November 10, 2014 at 07:26AM
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