HEADMASTER'S CORNER

January 18, 2018

CAN'T BEAT EXPERIENCE! ACS has been providing a highly competitive, college-prep education for 48 years. Our graduates are in colleges and universities all across the Country - including the Air Force Academy, UMass, UGA, UVA and Baylor - to name just a few.

One reason that our graduates are prepared for college is our highly experienced faculty. Our teachers average over 20 years of professional experience, and an impressive 65% of our full-time faculty members hold advanced degrees.

If you want your child to learn in an environment with experienced, loving teachers, check out ACS. You can meet our highly qualified faculty during our next Open House on February 2.

January 11, 2018

CONGRATS TO THE DAWGS! - Growing up in Athens, I remember the large banners that went up outside the Sears store in Alps Shopping Center every time Georgia got a win. They would show a Bulldog clamping down on an LSU Tiger, or smashing a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, or dismantling some other mascot.

This season brought back those childhood memories. It was great to see the Dawgs go 13-1 and play for the National Championship. I was 17 the last time they played for one.

So, congrats to the Dawgs on a fantastic year! Even though they came up a little short, it sure was a fun ride, and one that many of our kids will remember for decades to come.
 

January 4, 2018

NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC - The first Saturday of January is always a special day at ACS. This is the day that we host the annual New Year's Classic Bible Quiz Tournament - one of the largest tournaments in the Country.

Bible Quizzing is one of the unique extracurricular activities offered at ACS. Bible Quiz students memorize large portions of Scripture and then compete in tournaments where they are asked questions about the passages they have committed to memory.

This year's teams are memorizing the Books of Mark, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude. These students are hiding God's Word in their hearts and meditating on it often. We wish them the best in this weekend's competition!

December 28, 2017

LABELING - More and more these days, it seems like people are labeled. The label is rarely positive. Instead, the label is usually meant to promote prejudice against the person being labeled.

If you oppose homosexual marriage, you're a bigot. If you criticized Susan Collins for her tax vote, you're sexist. If you considered voting for Trump, you're a deplorable. If you voted for Bernie Sanders, you're a socialist. Yep, the labels go both ways.

In the era of instant information, it seems there is less and less reasoned judgment. Instead, in order to get the first headline, people jump to labels. Before we label, maybe we should think more about how our label affects those we are labeling.

December 21, 2017

WAS HE THE MESSIAH? Not many people dispute the fact that Jesus was a Jewish historical figure who lived over 2000 years ago. The controversy over Jesus is whether He was who He claimed to be - the Messiah, the Savior of sinners.

Some claim He was a great teacher, or even a prophet, but not the Messiah. But if he was not the Messiah, then His claim to be the Savior was a lie. How could Jesus be a "great teacher" if He lied about what He was teaching?

If He was not a liar, then He is who He claimed to be. He was and is the Messiah, and we can joyfully celebrate His birth again this Christmas!
 

December 14, 2017

ME, ME, ME! - In our society, most of us take a "me first" approach. Our actions are often dictated by "what's best for me."

But Scripture says we should be concerned with others. In Philippians, Paul tells us that we should not act in accordance with selfish ambition. Instead, with humility, we should esteem others better than ourselves.

I practiced law for 20 years and worked in Washington, DC for 2 of those years. I saw a lot of selfish ambition in Washington. You can read about it every day. Too bad so many politicians have a "me first" approach. What would our Country look like if more politicians put the interests of others ahead of their own.

December 7, 2017

OPEN HOUSE - On Friday, December 8, we will host two Open House sessions at ACS at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. We would love to have you join us.

When people ask me what is unique about ACS, I tell them it is the way we love people. We are proud of our rigorous academic program, our 100% college acceptance rate, and our successful extracurricular activities, but if we are doing an excellent job and not sharing the love of Christ, then we are not fulfilling our mission.

If you are considering a private education, we hope you will compare ACS to other schools. When you do, you will find that we offer the best value in private education in Northeast Georgia.

November 30, 2017

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - Each year, Samaritan's Purse sponsors Operation Christmas Child. Those who participate pack shoeboxes with gifts that are sent to children in need in more than 100 countries around the world.

Included with the shoebox gifts is a Gospel story booklet, The Greatest Gift. This booklet tells recipients about the greatest gift ever given to mankind - the gift of salvation offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Recipients can also learn more about Jesus through a discipleship program known as The Greatest Journey.

ACS has participated in OCC for several years. This year, we packed 971 shoeboxes with gifts and with the Gospel. May many come to know Christ through the efforts of OCC.

November 16, 2017

THE WILDS - Every two years, our high school students take a 4-day hiatus from school and travel to a scenic outpost in the mountains of North Carolina called The Wilds. This rugged youth camp offers a wide variety of activities perfectly suited to entertain teenagers.

While the kids have a great time, the real purpose behind this retreat is to promote a time of spiritual renewal. The breath-taking views and rushing waterfalls offer an inspiring backdrop for kids to draw closer to God.

Another benefit of this week is that the kids unplug from their technology. Just imagine - 3 days of hanging out with friends minus the phones and other devices. Yes! it can be done!

November 9, 2017

ONE ACT WONDERS! - Congratulations to the Athens Christian One Act Team, as they came in 2nd place at the recent GHSA Area 4 One Act Competition. The ACS team finished second behind eventual State Champion, Lakeview Academy.

Senior Henry Heydinger won the award for Best Lead Actor, and Senior Daniel MacDonald was chosen as Best Supporting Actor. Senior Andrew Stephenson and Sophomore Raegan Reinking were also named to the All-Star cast.

This year's One Act Play was William Shakespeare's, A Comedy of Errors. The ACS Team adapted the original play to a wild west setting, which provided a fun and unique twist. Thanks to Director Jack Bamford and to all those who put together this fantastic performance.
 

November 2, 2017

LUTHER, 2 - October 31 marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On this day in 1517, Martin Luther published his 95 Theses, sparking a break from the Catholic church.

In his writings, Luther raised questions about the selling of indulgences. An indulgence was a piece of paper issued under the authority of the Catholic church in exchange for a payment of money. By purchasing an indulgence, a person could be released from the punishment of his sins. Likewise, a person could purchase an indulgence to pay for the sins of loved ones who had died.

Luther taught that salvation came not through the purchase of indulgences, but through faith. This teaching was at the foundation of the Protestant Reformation.

October 26, 2017

LUTHER - October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It was on this date in 1517 that Martin Luther hung his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, sparking the debate that would lead to a break from the Catholic church.

Luther was one of the most influential figures in Western history. He was a monk with a doctorate degree and a professor of Biblical studies. After several years of study, Luther reached two conclusions that started the Reformation: (1) the Bible was the central religious authority, and (2) salvation came by faith and not by works.

Next week, I'll write more on the events that caused Luther to formulate his 95 Theses.

October 19, 2017

FOCUS ON THE GOOD - Are you depressed after reading the news each day? Why is it that much of the focus in the media is negative? Why do we place so much attention on what's wrong instead of on what's right?

I guess it's true - Bad News Sells.

Instead of putting all of our focus on the negative, Scripture calls us to take a different approach. In Philippians, we are told to meditate on those things that are pure, noble, lovely and good. While there is a lot of "bad" in the world, there is also a lot of "good." When we choose to focus on the "good" things, we come away with a new outlook on life.

October 12, 2017

WAX MUSEUM AT ACS - Our 5th grade classes will present the annual History Wax Museum at ACS this week.

All kinds of famous people from the past - including inventors, Presidents, artists, sports figures, authors and world leaders - will make an appearance. And, each historic figure will be ready with a short speech that will inform us of his or her significant contributions to society.

The History Wax Museum is a great academic tool because it gives students a hands-on way to learn history, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn how to speak in public. Thanks to our wonderful 5th grade teachers for putting together this special event.

October 5, 2017

SO MUCH HATE - Violence continues to be on the rise in our Country and around the world. One report I read counted 1,011 terrorist attacks resulting in 5,851 fatalities so far this year. That report did not include deaths caused by other violent attacks not labeled as "terrorist" attacks.

What causes so much hate? Psychologists offer a number of possibilities, but Scripture offers this: "Whoever hates his brother is in the darkness [and] the darkness has blinded his eyes."

If you hate others, you are walking around in spiritual darkness. The only way out of the darkness is through the light offered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May we be found helping others find this true light.
 

September 28, 2017

CONGRATS TO FFA LAND JUDGING TEAM! Congratulations to our High School Land Judging Team for winning the Area 2 Competition this past week. With the win, the ACS Land Judging team qualified for the State Competition and will compete against the top teams in the State on November 17-18.

Land judging develops skills in determining the best land use and treatment practices to conserve soil and water while utilizing the land for its most intensive use. It is one of many FFA competitions held each year.

Team members include Matt Kierulf (1st place individual), Nich Hopper, Allie Marchman and Blake Taylor. A big thanks to FFA Supervisor Jerry Taylor for his excellent work with these young students.

September 21, 2017

SOCIAL MEDIA WARNINGS! - Every week we hear another story about social media impacting someone's life in a negative way. Unfortunately, the internet can be a very dangerous place for children - and for adults.

We wanted to thank GBI Special Agent Haylee Peacock for coming to ACS and talking to our students and parents about the myths, misconceptions, and dangers of social media. Officer Peacock told a few chilling stories and offered some good warnings.

As parents, we need to be vigilant in monitoring the activities of our children on social media. According to Officer Peacock, kids should have a zero sense of privacy when it comes to what they are doing on the internet.
 

September 14, 2017

EVOLUTIONARY FLAWS - Gerd Muller, a highly regarded Austrian evolutionary theorist, recently gave a presentation in which he concluded that Darwin's theory of evolution largely avoids explaining how life originated or how complexity developed.

He also said this: "A rising number of publications argue for a major revision or even a replacement of the standard theory of evolution, indicating that this cannot be dismissed as a minority view but rather is a widespread feeling among scientists and philosophers alike."

As hard as they've tried, scientists have never been able to prove that one species can evolve into a totally different species. That's why evolution is just a "theory." The true answer to the origin of species is found in Genesis.
 

September 7, 2017

FOOTBALL PRAYERS - When someone complained about a pre-game prayer at a West Laurens football game two years ago, the school superintendent changed the pre-game prayer to a moment of silence. Now, even a moment of silence may be in jeopardy.

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a football coach does not have the right to pray silently at the 50-yard line after a game. According to the Court, the coach "took advantage of his position to press his particular views upon the impressionable and captive minds before him." Wow.

At ACS, we start every game - and every day - with prayer. How long will we continue to be able to enjoy this freedom?


 

 

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