Why the Arma Dei Academy School of Rhetoric?

Admission to the School of Rhetoric is Open! When defining paideia (παιδεια), words such as education, training, and culture are often used. Other frequently used phrases are “Christian worldview” or “good character,” but paideia involves much, much more. It shapes what “a person loves, what they enjoy, and how they think and act.” Paideia is the ingredient in our hearts and minds that motivates the choices we make, determines how we see the world, and sustains our culture. Education is about soul formation, not just information. And this formation builds a culture. At Arma Dei, parents and teachers partner together to…

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The Culture of Arma Dei Academy by Dr. Aaron Denlinger

As we began this year, Dr. Denlinger offered a vision of Arma Dei as the doors of the Wardrobe into Narnia. He reminded us that the goal is to “prepare students to live in that big, bad, beautiful yet broken, created by God [to be fundamentally] good yet fallen world.” We would like to propose that there is no better time than now - in the midst of a pandemic - to be teaching our children how to live purposefully and intelligently in service to God and others. In Narnia’s The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, as the Pevinsie children…

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Surviving The Pandemic At Home with Kids: 5 Tips To Avoid Chaos ~ Keith McCurdy (BaseCamp Live Podcast)

As schools lock their doors and families stay home together, parents are asking urgent questions: How do we survive in this world turned upside down due to COVID-19? How do we make the most of it? How do we help our children not fear what is going on? Counselor Keith McCurdy shares his top five tips for thriving – not just surviving – during our new reality of being together 24/7. Redeem the time! Find out how by listening to Mr. McCurdy’s most recent BaseCamp Live podcast. Your family will be stronger for it! Listen here.


How to Stick Your Tongue Out at Suffering By Dr. Aaron Denlinger

Suffering is part of life in a sinful and fallen world. We instinctively try to shield ourselves, our children, and other loved ones from hardship and difficulty. But we never fully succeed in such efforts. And, in our more lucid moments, we perhaps even realize that suffering, in God’s providence, serves a redemptive purpose, conforming us to the image of Christ (Romans 3:3-5), who himself endured ultimate suffering with joy because he knew his suffering accomplished our salvation (Heb. 12:2). Equipping ourselves and our children with a biblical perspective on suffering is critical to navigating it in a way that glorifies…


Life Outcomes of Classical Christian Education Graduates

Good Soil - A Comparative Review At Arma Dei Academy we aim to graduate students who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in light of the Scriptures; and who do so in joyful submission to God. Over the past eight years we have successfully prepared and launched graduates into their high school and college years, where they are actively becoming intelligent and thoughtful leaders, continuing their pursuit of a purposeful life marked by Truth.  Not only have we witnessed the fruit of…


Before You Give Moral Advice To Teenage Crowds: 7 Tips By Joshua Gibbs

“For a job, I talk to teenagers all day. I read to them, lecture them, ask them questions, listen to them talk. I stare into their faces all day and gauge their interest in what I am saying based on their eyes, their mouths, and their posture. I rarely gauge their interest based on what they say, for teenagers like talking to each other, but do not much like talking to adults (I know, your teenager is different).” Continue Reading


Kingdom Values Are Upside Down From The World’s Values By Principal Jen Wenger

Kingdom values are upside down from the world’s values is a statement that is often made by the pastor of our church. This has also become a mantra in the Wenger home. As believers, the Christmas season highlights this truth and the countercultural nature of our faith. While the world tells us our desires can be fulfilled by abundance, the Lord declares, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Lule 6:20). As our students (and sometimes we) feverishly write Christmas lists, Jesus reminds us that, “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts…