Author Archives: Erik Konsmo

Forgiving Those Who Hurt Others

What can we teach our kids and students about forgiveness in this atmosphere of conflict that seems worse than ever?  Anyone who has been married for more than an hour, or is the parent of a teenager, understands there will be disagreements and hurt feelings in life because we all want our way.  What can be even […]

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Should We Be Raising Monks or Daniels?

“I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God and enduring forever, and his kingdom is on which will not be destroyed, and his dominion will be forever.” -King Darius Many parents today are scared […]

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Setting the School Climate: Bring the Energy!

As a school leader, one of my most essential responsibilities is to bring a positive attitude and demeanor as I sit in meetings, speak in public settings, or walk around campus engaged in one-on-one conversations. Next, I seek to hire joyful, and generally optimistic teachers and staff. Why is this such a priority for me? […]

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The 2020 Pandemic and the Future of Remote Learning

Here we are together, enduring the pandemic of 2020. We exist in a no-man’s land, a wilderness, as we wait expectantly for the conclusion of the stay-at-home orders, and when life will return to normal, with shopping, eating at restaurants, youth soccer games, and school back in session on campus. This reminds me of the […]

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Don’t Bow to the Idol of “Safety”

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). After the Hebrews escaped Egyptian slavery and wandered in the wilderness toward the Promised Land (see the Book of Exodus), they were given many laws to be obeyed as the people of God (Exodus 20:1-17). One of the most egregious sins listed in the Law […]

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What Makes a Christian School Distinct?

One of the most common questions I receive from prospective parents is “how is Renton Christian school different from the local public schools?”  Typically, the conversation revolves around how our standardized test scores compare with the students from local government-run schools.  The answer is not quite that simple.  Private schools do not take the same […]

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The Low Bar of Tolerance

“Tolerance” has become one of the cornerstone virtues of an “enlightened” and “compassionate” person, according to secular culture in America. Public schools aggressively teach students “tolerance” and present it as the ideal for someone who doesn’t believe in silly notions such as God, or even definitive right and wrong. The irony of the proponents of tolerance is […]

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“The One Who is Unwilling to Work Shall Not Eat”

Reading from the Book of Proverbs is a smart way to start each day, especially since it contains God’s wisdom that can be applied easily to our lives today.  One of the subjects addressed repeatedly is hard work vs. laziness.  It is universally accepted that a person who works hard is more admirable than a […]

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Online Schooling: The Educational Wave of the 21st Century

What an exciting time to be a Christian school administrator! This fall, Renton Christian has launched a new online high school. The effort to bring this to fruition was difficult and took a couple of years, but we are now operational. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington initially denied us permission to […]

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Are You a Saul or a David? Do You See the Future with Fear or Faith?

As a Christian school administrator, the summer grants me time to reflect on the successes and failures of the past year.  But it also allows me to ponder the next school year and beyond. The burden and responsibility of so many students, staff, and the finances of Renton Christian can be daunting if I put […]

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