How would you prefer to spend your money? Option A: 1 week in sunny Mexico, finishing with a weekend in one of the nicest hotels in the West Coast or Option B: 1 overpriced night dancing in a gym?
It has been a fascinating Fall for us here at Chicago Hope Academy. On Sunday night, our Facilities Manager received a call from the Secret Service. The President of the United States, some Cabinet members, and friends wanted to play basketball in Chicago Hope’s gymnasium on election day. Out of utmost respect for the office, our manager, a former MarineObama Corps Sergeant, approved their request.
It is difficult to maintain a spirit of thankfulness in a consumer-driven world. Chicago Hope is blessed by its status as an Independent Christian high school in that we can practice and teach an attitude of gratitude and giving back. Thanksgiving is an important time of the year to focus on these character traits. At Hope, we celebrate this season by taking a half-day, having chapel, and eating a potluck together before breaking for the holiday.
A magnificent experiment has been undertaken in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A group of anonymous donors have made a promise to “pay the tuition at Michigan’s public colleges, universities and community colleges for every student who graduated from the district’s high schools.”
For all of the hoopla surrounding spoken word artist Jeff Bethke’s venture into the pandemonium that is Christian theology, it can be incredibly refreshing to find that his “keep it simple” theology is not merely nominal. For an entire afternoon in January Jeff Bethke spoke to the students of Chicago Hope Academy about life, purity, and faith. Without going into the heavy hermeneutics that often accompany his infamous “Jesus vs. Religion” argument, Mr. Bethke found a way to preach his message to young Chicago teens who do not always respond as favorably to speech as they do to action.