Welcome from the President
Thank you for visiting our website! As you browse through our site learning more about life at ETCA, let me pose a question for you: What is your “So That”?
The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language of the day, a very expressive language with a large and creative vocabulary. In the NT, there is a little three-letter conjunction typically translated as “so that.” The idea of this little word carries with it the force of purpose. In fact, it was a rather dramatic way of expressing purpose. Sometimes it’s even translated as “why.”
This “why” strikes back to our very nature as human beings (especially evident in adolescence): “Why do I have to do that?” “Why is that important?” “Why do I have to do what you say?” An education that seeks relevancy will be conscious of this need for students to understand why they have to do certain things; moreover, this relevant education strives to fill the hole that asks “Why am I here? What is my purpose?”
I believe quality education in a Christian environment looks at the whole student and addresses the whole life – not just the head but also the hands and the heart. For instance, 2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” [Note the translation of our little Greek word.] We can all acknowledge that we want children to receive a quality education so that they can have opportunities to pursue their dreams, to have a full life, to get a good job, to have a fulfilling career. I like this passage because it reminds us that our lives are not about us but rather our purpose; our “so that” is about being of service to others. Even more than that, our “so that” is serving others in a way that results in thanksgiving to God.
Now that’s a purpose; that’s an answer for when we (young or old) ask “Why?” I invite you to join us at East Texas Christian Academy as you seek to answer “What is my so that?”
Dr. Michael E. Weimer