1. Download and read the essay on legalism and wisdom. Write a response to it.

2. Describe the wisest person you have known. Give an example of how that person's wisdom was shown.


After twenty years experience in public school I made the transition to Christian schools. Twenty more years passed, and I wrote my first book, Radical Excellence.

Almost an autobiography of my professional career, this book takes a look at the present state of teaching, learning and leadership in our educational society today. Realizing there are no easy answers, several issues are addressed from the grassroots perspective.

For those who don't keep your library on shelves, but in a Kindle or other reader, Radical Excellence is also available as an ebook.

John Maxwell's Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know is an outstanding information book that is a "must read" for every Christian educator.

I continue to believe Christian schools could provide a necessary educational excellence to education. That excellence will happen as the quality and focused passion of leaders in Christian schools continues to improve.

Get Wisdom

Remember, God said to do this.

The scriptural command to get wisdom might be the most critical component we need in order to live a good life.

Having a mind infused with wisdom not only helps us live productively, but is a prime element that enables us to be of service to others.

Legalism is the antithesis of wisdom.

Blindly following a rule removes wisdom from the picture. We don’t have to make decisions. If the rule is violated, the punishment is applied.

Don’t think for an instant that rules or guidelines are unimportant. They are, and when violated, natural consequences should be part of the system.

Applying wisdom to rule breaking should be an active and assertive part of any Christian school system of discipline. It will take time, energy and effort to seek out motives and underlying issues in a discipline situation, but the results can be life changing.

Adding wisdom to the situation can turn the concept of discipline into the stronger idea of making disciples.

From the words of our students.

It has been my experience that the most vocal criticism from students about Christian education has been the unyielding application of unexplained and arbitrary rules. Conversely, positive responses often occur when rules have logic, are related to scriptural principles and are applied with sensitive wisdom.

Remember, being consistent does not automatically mean being identical. Students understand that. They know that chronic violators are not equivalent to one-time transgressors.

God commands us to get wisdom.

When you have it, use it!