To What End?

Randy Kroll FBWelcome to the Calvin Christian School website! We hope you see on these pages the qualities and multi-faceted dimensions of a Christian education at Calvin Christian School.

Let me tell you a parable that has been around for a long time.

Once upon a time, a traveler came across three stone cutters and asked them what they were doing.

The first replied that he was the most miserable person on Earth, and that he had the hardest job in the world. “Every day I have to move around huge stones to make a living, but I barely have enough to eat!” The traveler gave him a coin and continued walking.

The second stone cutter did not complain and was focused on his work. When the traveler asked him what he was doing, the stonecutter replied, “I’m earning a living by doing the best job of stonecutting in the entire county. Although, the work is hard, I’m satisfied with what I do and I earn enough to  feed my family.” The traveler praised him, gave him a coin and went on.

When the traveler met the third stonecutter, he noticed that the stonecutter had sweat and dust on him, but he looked happy and was singing a cheerful song. The traveler was astonished and asked, “What are you doing?” The stonecutter looked up with a visionary gleam in his eye and said, “Can’t you see? I am building a cathedral.”

At CCS, we encourage each other to “go out and build cathedrals.”

James K.A. Smith’s words are instructive for cathedral-building educators: “What if (Christian) education is not primarily about the absorption of ideas and information, but about the formation of hearts and desires? …What if the primary work of (Christian) education was the transforming of our imaginations rather than the saturation of our intellect?” (Desiring the Kingdom, pp 17-18)

At CCS, we are building cathedrals. The cathedrals we build are God’s image-bearers. They are disciples of Jesus Christ. They are Christ-animated kingdom workers. They are community-builders, beauty-creators, justice-seekers, creation-enjoyers, idolatry-discerners.

Our education, aimed at the heart and desires, is great preparation for the next stage of life and learning, as we hear again and again from our graduates and their parents.

We hope you enjoy learning more about CCS!

Randy Kroll


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