[Editor? Note: This is the first of two articles on this subject. The two articles together constitute a paper delivered by Mr. DeVries, of the Free Christian School bf Edgerton, Minnesota, at a convention of teachers from the schools of Doon, Iowa, Edgerton, and Loveland, Colorado. We welcome this contribution from one of our Protestant Reformed teachers.] Just what does the word discipline mean to you?
We have seen that God gives us authority; now we must see that that authority is used and not despised. The Christian parent has not only the opportunity to discipline, he also has the calling. He must discipline. Paul wrote to Timothy that a Bishop in the church must have certain requirements, one of which is that he have “his children in subjection with all gravity.” (I Timothy 3:4) Paul meant not just subjection to the parent, but to God.
The history of any Christian school is associated with the history of the church which sends its children to that school. That is true of the Protestant Reformed Christian School in Loveland. Most of this article will deal with the history of our church people and their use of Christian schools in the past. Our school itself is like many other small Protestant Reformed Schools in the West, but the history of its church is unique.