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Welcome from the President

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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

ETCA President