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?

August 31, 2017

ANTHEM KNEELING - With pro football just around the corner, the Anthem kneelers are back in the news. What's the answer?

One issue that gets lost in the debate is that these players are employees. If your employer says you need to stand for the National Anthem, then that should settle it. I applaud the Dallas Cowboys for taking that "stand."

I have a constitutional right to carry a weapon, but if my employer tells me I cannot bring a gun to work, that settles it. I can exercise my constitutional right on my own time. And, so can the Anthem kneelers.

At a time when we desperately need unity in this Country, one thing we can unify around is our flag.

August 24, 2017

MOB RULE - Last week, 100 protesters in Durham, NC cheered as they toppled the statue of a confederate soldier that had been in place for nearly a century.

I don't want my children growing up thinking that if they disagree with something, it's "ok" to go tear it down. I don't want them to believe that if something offends them, they should vandalize it.

This article has nothing to do with political views. Instead, it's about the process. Mobs vandalizing property should have no place in our Country - or our County. We have a democratic process to enact change. We should all speak out against mob rule, regardless of where we are on the political spectrum.

August 17, 2017

DO UNTO OTHERS . . . In Matthew 7:12, Jesus told his followers to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, treat people the same way you want to be treated.

We have adopted this "Golden Rule" as our school theme for the year. Our goal is to instill this Godly teaching into all of our students.

Too many times we treat people the way we think they deserve to be treated. Or, we do unto others as they have done unto us. But Jesus calls us to a different way of living - a way in which we actively go out and treat other people exactly the way we want to be treated.

August 10, 2017

A GREAT, EXPERIENCED FACULTY - We are blessed to enter our 48th year with one of the best and most experienced faculty we have ever had. Our faculty averages over 20 years of professional experience, and more than half of our teachers have a Masters degree or above.

We are thrilled to add a seasoned veteran to our high school Math department and a former head of school to our Middle School faculty.

But the most important thing about our faculty is not their experience or degrees. The most important thing is they are 100% committed to serving the ACS families as they minister in God's Kingdom here in Athens. We are really looking forward to this year!

July 27, 2017

YOU CAN AFFORD IT! I often run into people who want their child in a Christian school, but think they cannot afford it. If this describes you, I would encourage you to check out ACS.

Athens Christian provides the best value in private, Christian education in Northeast Georgia. One of the things that makes ACS such a great value is the incredible family discount that we offer. If you have 3 or more children enrolled at ACS, you only pay tuition for the first 2 and a half children.

In addition, we offer need-based financial aid. So, if you are ready to move to a private school, come see us. At ACS, your dollar will go further than you think.

July 20, 2017

ACS Grads In The News - We wanted to send our Congratulations to two Athens Christian alums who are making headlines.

Earlier this summer, 2008 grad Alan Busenitz made his Major League debut for the Minnesota Twins. Alan was taken in the 25th round of the 2013 draft, and realized his childhood dream when he came in to pitch against the Cleveland Indians on June 17.

2009 grad Samantha Crawford is also making news at the UGA Vet School. Earlier this month, Samantha was the featured student in the Vet School's Annual Report. Samantha is currently completing a large animal internship in Salt Lake City.

Way to go Alan and Samantha! We're so proud of you!

July 13, 2017

EAGLE BASEBALL CAMPS - Starting this week, Coach Osborne and his staff will hold 3 weeks of baseball camps at ACS. You can check out the ACS website for more details.

Coach Osborne is a former college coach who served as the Head Coach at Wingate University in Charlotte, and as an assistant at UGA. Our pitching coach, Jake Westbrook, was a 1st round pick in the 1996 Major League draft and picked up 105 wins in his 13-year career. He also won a World Series with St. Louis in 2011.

A big thanks to Coach Osborne and Coach Westbrook, and to all those helping. I'm confident the next 3 weeks will be a great experience for these kids.

July 6, 2017

FCA Challenge - We were honored to once again host the FCA Northeast Georgia 7-on-7 Challenge this past Thursday. This great community event is sponsored each year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Thirteen area teams - including ACS, Clarke Central, Cedar Shoals, Athens Academy, and Monsignor Donovan - participated in the competition. Over 400 athletes and 100 coaches took part.

The best part of the day was the timely message given by former professional basketball player and UGA Chaplain, Tony Eubanks. After Tony's challenge, several young men stood up in a call to dedicate their lives to Christ. Praise God for the work He is doing with our high school athletes through the FCA!

June 29, 2017

ACS MISSION TRIP TO THE DOMINICAN - Next week, ACS will be taking a group of 15 students and adults on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

Our group will be helping build a wall around The Ark - a residential children's facility that hosts 65 Dominican children in 7 different homes. The purpose of the wall is to deter theft that has been a problem at The Ark.

Our goal is that our team members will learn, fellowship, and encourage this community and its workers. This is a great chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a different culture. A big THANKS to faculty member Lindsay Blackmon for coordinating this effort.

June 22, 2017

ANNIVERSARY MONTH - Happy Anniversary to all of you who are celebrating anniversaries this month! My wife and I had a great time celebrating our 18th anniversary earlier this month.

Athens Christian celebrates her 48th Anniversary this year. The School was started with a vision to provide an excellent Christian education to families in Northeast Georgia. As we look back on how we have been uniquely blessed over 48 years, we look forward with great anticipation to what the future holds. If you are not familiar with ACS, we hope you will pay us a visit. The Lord is truly doing great things here, and we are glad.

June 15, 2017

CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY - I have been unusually blessed to have a remarkable man for a father. He is uniquely gifted, having served as a missionary, a Navy veteran, a pastor, a successful business man, an author, a coach, and the founder of Athens Christian School.

He always made me feel like what I was doing was important. He taught me that, as long as I gave my best effort, I was successful. He also taught me the main purpose of life is to serve others.

But most importantly, he taught me the eternal value of a relationship with my Father in Heaven. And that is what I'm most thankful for. Happy Father's Day, dad! You really are the best!

June 8, 2017

CONGRATS TO CHANDLER PETHEL! Athens Christian Shortstop Chandler Pethel had an outstanding year on the diamond, as he led the Eagles to a 25-8 record and a Final Four appearance in the State Playoffs. Chandler's hard work paid off as he was recently named the Athens Banner-Herald Baseball Player of the Year.

Chandler was also a First Team All-Region selection, and helped the Eagles win their first Region 8A Championship. He had an incredible .973 fielding percentage, and also won 5 games on the mound.

Chandler and teammate Andrew Hayes will be continuing their baseball careers at Columbus State University. We are proud of them and wish them both the very best.

June 1, 2017

FREE SPEECH? - A North Carolina school district has decided to "take up" all the yearbooks that had been distributed at a local high school because a senior used the phrase "Build that wall" as her senior quote. Apparently, this was deemed an "inappropriate comment."

The senior involved said she has been threatened by hundreds of people she doesn't even know "just because I quoted our president."

Whether you want a wall or don't want a wall is not the point. The point is, in America, you should be able to express your opinion, even if someone else does not agree with it. More and more, free speech is being stifled. The district should return the yearbooks and apologize.

May 25, 2017

CONGRATS TO THE CLASS OF 2017! This past Saturday, we bid farewell to a gifted group of Seniors from the Class of 2017. These talented, hardworking young men and women are now headed to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to continue their training.

This unique class was awarded more than $1.5 million in academic and athletic scholarship aid. But even more impressive is the fact that over 70% of this year's class qualified for Zell Miller or Hope Scholarships!

In addition to remarks by our Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Class President, five of our Seniors gave personal testimonies about their relationship with the Lord and their years at ACS. It was a great night for our School!

May 18, 2017 

ON TO THE FINAL FOUR - Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball Team for advancing to the Final Four round of the GHSA State Playoffs for the first time in School history. The Eagles defeated Mt. Paran Christian to advance.

While we are thrilled with the success on the field, we are even more excited by the life lessons that our players are learning every day. Within the context of baseball, they are being taught personal and team responsibility, the value of hard work, and the growth that comes through accountability.

The team will travel to Savannah this week to take on #1-seeded Savannah Christian. Best wishes to the team as they try to advance to the Finals this week.

May 11, 2017

THE MUSIC MAN! - The Athens Christian School Drama Department presented The Music Man this past weekend, and it was fantastic! Close to 750 patrons were entertained in grand style over 2 evenings.

Junior Henry Heydinger portrayed the role of Professor Harold Hill, and Senior Mackenzie Carpenter serenaded us as Marian Paroo. Through this classic story, our talented young thespians helped us understand the importance of finding good in others.

Thanks to the many faculty members and parent volunteers who put in so many hours on this performance. And, congratulations to Play Director Kathy Dickinson, Set Designers Eric and Paula Mixon, and Choreographer Michelle Cummings. You truly outdid yourselves this year!

May 4, 2017

REGION CHAMPS! - Congratulations goes out to Coach Allen Osborne and the Athens Christian Baseball Team for winning the Region 8A Championship this year. Coach Osborne was also recognized as the Region 8A Coach of the Year.

The Eagles finished up the regular season with a record of 21-5, and head into the State Playoffs as the # 4 seed in Single A.

This team has been led all year by Seniors Chandler Pethel, Archie Killian and Terrell Mattox, who were named First Team All-Region., and by Senior Andrew Hayes, who was named the Region 8A Pitcher of the Year. We're proud of this team and wish them the best as they move forward to State!





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