Gifts God Gives: Music

We hear music all the time. In our cars, elevators, offices, lobbies and virtually everywhere else. We hear it so much that we often lose sight of how incredible this gift is until we see someone experience it after being isolated from it for a long time.


What I learned From Sentence Diagramming

hate grammar. There is no way around it. I despise it! I am not good at it. I don’t have a big desire to work harder at it. I hate it. I hate it so much that I don’t bother to proof read my posts, but rather, send them off my wife or to an editor to proofread. That being said, I learned something amazing from sentence diagramming.


While in between teaching classes at Artios Academies one day, I stumbled across one of our amazing teachers tutoring a 9 year old child in sentence diagramming.

Educating Morality: A Matter of the Heart

Absolute morality exists and is knowable. This is the first thing we must acknowledge when attempting to educate morality. The second thing we must understand is that God and His Word is the standard for this absolute morality. This is one aspect of educating that though often considered, the approach is too often ineffective.


C.S. Lewis writes in The Abolition of Man:

“Education without values only serves to make man a more clever devil”

This is absolutely true. Man is born fallen and with the natural inclination to sin. Any ability taught to man through education, apart from the biblical way to use that ability, only gives man another way to sin. When we educate our children and students, we must do so in a way that not only teaches them how to do something, but also the biblical reasoning and biblical way to do it.

Educating Creativity

The very first thing that we learn about God is that he is a Creator. “In the beginning God CREATED…”. He formed the world in all its diversity, colors, simplicity, and grandeur. And then He declared it all to be good. This profound attribute of creativity is something that we, as image bearers, possess. We see this attribute displayed in the art we create, the concepts and ideas that we envision, the businesses we form, and so many other ways. However; in our educational settings we often squash a child’s creativity.


Educating the Mind

Rationality is an essential aspect of God’s character. We see this in the creation story. Creation was made in a very rational and thoughtful process. On the first day God created the heavens and the earth. On the second day God created separated sky and waters. On the third day God gathered the waters into […]


Desiring God and Apple Pie

Almost daily I visit the Desiring God website. It is a great source of encouragement and edification for me. This morning I stumbled upon this video. It is a video of Noel and Talitha Piper, John Piper’s wife and daughter. John Piper rediscovered an incredible theology called “Christian Hedonism”. It is essentially the idea that […]

John Lane

My name is John Lane. I’m a student, teacher, disciple of Christ, and husband to the lovely Windy Lane. (yep, thats her real name!) My wife and I live in Atlanta, GA where we both work and teach at Artios Academies. We love our work and love our students. In my classes, I often teach about living with purpose and […]