Author Archives: Erik Konsmo

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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Worship the Creator, not the Creation

As I tour prospective parents around the Renton Christian campus and introduce them to our school, questions regarding curriculum inevitably arises.  I summarize our biblical worldview upon which all of our curriculum is based by saying we teach about the Creator and his creation.  As students learn science, history, math, social studies and all the other subjects, […]

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2013: A Fresh Start

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It’s January 1, 2013.  Today, Americans all over the country are setting resolutions for the upcoming year.  According to dictionary.com, the word “resolution” means “the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.”  A “resolution” is stronger than a “goal” because it asserts planning, determination, and action.  I […]

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Debt: The New Normal in America Today

In America today, it is accepted, and even expected, to carry debt.  It is the American way to purchase items, even though the funds aren’t available in one’s bank or investment accounts.  Here is a fact: whenever a person purchases a car, clothes, TV, or a computer by financing it or putting it on a credit card, this […]

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Christians and Politics: Are We in or Out?

In case you weren’t paying attention there is a fairly important election happening in November.  This begs the question, “should Christians involve themselves with politics?”  Should they share their opinions and thoughts about the Constitution, the economy, national security, and the proper role of government in a free society? There is quite a diversity of […]

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