Pressing Toward the Goal
A Letter from the Director
I recently gave my father a telescope, a gift I knew he would love. He’s partial to the era of the great sailing ships, during which the captains would stand on the deck with a magnifying scope in their hands, searching the vast oceans for new lands. Land, ho! they would cry, when they finally caught sight of that for which they’d hoped.
The telescope symbolizes far-sighted navigation, because sailors used it to see the stars and plot their courses. In a similar way, this symbol of looking ahead to navigate is useful for us at BCA as teachers, students, parents, and staff, as we pray for vision to plot our course.
One of our guiding scriptures at a recent BCA administrative Vision Meeting was Philippians 3:14: “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
The Greek word for “goal” is skopós, the root of the English term, "scope," like the zoom-scope on a rifle to hit the target properly, the "end-marker" of a foot-race; (figuratively) the final objective or destination in the faith-life, i.e. the unique glorification the Lord awards to each believer at His return. (cf. Phil 3:11,14). (from Strong’s Concordance).
So, as our school looks forward to certain goals, we can think of a “zoom-scope” on a rifle, or a telescope used by a navigator. Anyone who looks through a zoom scope notices two things: first, the object in your aim becomes magnified, and second, you can’t see anything else.
Paul says to forget that which lies behind you, straining forward to what lies ahead. I don’t think Paul is saying to forget the past, but rather to have a zoomed-in focus on the goals that God has put in our lives. What we look at becomes enlarged in our mind’s eye, and becomes our focus, our goal, our destination.
What are we to focus on?
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:15-18)
We have spiritual telescopes that can see things invisible to the naked eye. Through the lens of the Spirit, we have the ability to see spiritual things, eternal things.
“For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them. But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” (Matthew 13:15)
I pray, at BCA, we can receive the blessing of Jesus, that we may have eyes to see His Kingdom.
Creating Without A Template
An interview with Lori Hancock
What was your first introduction to homeschooling, and why did you decide to homeschool your four children?
My introduction was via my InterVarsity leaders in college. They had little children, and they started homeschooling them. The maverick and creative sides to homeschooling appealed to me as did the lifestyle it afforded. Eventually, as I married and had children, my husband and I felt called to educate them. As we went along, I became more and more tuned in philosophically to the values and benefits of homeschooling. I have never been one of those people who think everyone should homeschool, but it is often an ideal option, especially in Idaho where there is so much freedom and so many resources to do so.
How or why did you branch out to co-op learning?
As my kids reached their teen years, I noticed that they were ready for the input and influence of other adults, so I would search for teachers and mentors who could inspire my children in all kinds of areas. This was easier said than done. But one year - just as my youngest child, Grace, was aging out of a junior high level co-op program with which we’d become involved - one of her teachers, Benjamin Brandon, proposed starting a three-day a week high school. Knowing the keen benefit to the homeschool community that such a program would bring, I was enthusiastic in my support for the idea.
What has surprised you, something you didn’t expect, about the way BCA has developed?
Perhaps the biggest surprise personally is that what started out on my part as a supportive "thumbs up" to Ben, ended up being several years of gratifyingly intense professional work for me. I never imagined myself helping start and run a school. Sometimes, I look back and think, “We sure didn’t know what we were getting into,” but that’s not really true. The reality is that the experiences Ben, I, and the other BCA pioneers had up to that point uniquely prepared us for this endeavor. We often observe that it seems there is one dimension in which we created BCA, and another in which God created it, by bringing all these people together at the right time and place, with the right background and experience to do this new thing.
What is your favorite thing about working at BCA?
All the laughter. Closely followed by the creative challenge of doing something for which there is no exact template. We are unlike any other school in the Treasure Valley.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I have hidden caches of chocolate all over my house and office. Shhh, don’t tell!
Mark Your Calendars
February 4: BCA Ice Cream Social, 7-9:30, Boise Church of Christ—Games, ice cream and fellowship for the whole family! More details to come.
February 18: Presidents’ Day (No School)
February 20: Teacher In-service (No School)
February 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
(Feb. 18-22 will be a working break for BCA students. Homework may be assigned this week.)
Hey You…yeah, You!
A regular feature where we all get to know each other…
(Senior Focus Version!)
From left to right:
What is your most-used emoji? The winkey face with the tongue sticking out, because it’s mischievous and playful and that’s how I feel 90 percent of the time.
What is one of your favorite books? Recollections of Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain.
What’s one thing you’re excited about for 2019? My 18th birthday! (Man, that’s weird to think about).
What’s the best costume you’ve ever had? I dressed as Mr. Furious once: beard, hairdo, trench coat, the whole thing.
What would your dream job be? A children’s bookstore owner!
What advice would you give your younger self? Change is good and keep pushing through hard things. Don’t take the easy way.
Where do you hope to visit? Everywhere.
If you could spend a day as someone else, who would it be? Marco Polo. I’d like to be the first person to discover someplace.
These can be cold months to survive…
A winter pick-me-up, brought to you by the students of BCA.