Encourage Underage Thinking!



If you have any experience at all as a parent of a teenager, you have learned that “Why?” is not a question! Much of the time this interrogative word is a statement reflecting disagreement or challenge to some boundary or some principle espoused by the parent to the teen. It may be an invitation to dialog at best or an expression of protest at worst! We all want our young people to grow up to be critical thinkers. They need to learn to question beliefs, to challenge alternate world views, and to emerge into adulthood equipped to engage skillfully in the marketplace of ideas. To do this effectively, they must operate from a foundation of Truth.

The issue is not unanswered questions, the issue is unquestioned answers.

As one means of facilitating our high school students’ growth in these areas, LCS will host a team from AXIS ministries February 19-20. What is AXIS?

“AXIS creatively teaches a post-literate generation via the medium of current popular culture. In the midst of today’s often confusing marketplace of ideas,we interview different worldviews and narratives by peering through the lens of media and asking the question “Does the Gospel of Jesus stand firm when compared to other counterfeit gospels presented in the world?” The AXIS speaking teams are intentionally relational and exist to awaken the next generation and resource their parents to follow Jesus. We translate the intersection of ideas, media, and generations.”

AXIS encourages underage thinking, critical examination of both questions and answers, and strives to move students from apathy to action. That is:

From:                                                                           To:

“Somebody else will do it.”                                        “Why don’t we…..?”

“I don’t want to get involved.”                                   “What would happen if we…?”

“Why doesn’t somebody…?”                                       “Why not us? Why not now?”

“Whatever….”                                                                  “What can we do?”

The team will engage our high school students for three hours each day on February 19 ad 20. They will be at lunch and in classes the balance of the day involved in follow-up conversations and question/answer sessions. On Wednesday afternoon, the team will present an in-service training to the faculty on the impact of technology on how students learn.



Sex, College, Beer, Technology, and Jesus: What students think about and Tools for Effective Family Discipleship.

This one-hour workshop will be provided for parents of high school students or soon to be high school students. The goal of this session is to help equip parents with the information and tools they need to understand students better and educate them to think wisely about the ideas that are influencing them. This session will be held Thursday, February 20, 7:00-8:00 in the cafeteria.

Please pray that God will use this effort to continue to shape the hearts and sharpen the minds of our students, staff, and parents to bring “every thought captive to obey Christ.”(2 Corinthians 10:5) For more information about AXIS, visit www.axis.org.

We are grateful for the financial support of the Burnetti Family Foundation that makes this program possible for our students.

Dr. Mike Sligh, Headmaster, has served at LCS for more than 40 years. To contact Dr. Sligh, email him at msligh@lcsonline.org.

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