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Is is all about Worldview

November 12, 2019
By Emory Latta

As we have looked at the topic the last few weeks in our teacher TEAMS of integration of the biblical Christian worldview into teaching, I think it is wise to pause and ask the question, “Why is this so important?” For me, the answer, however, is not necessarily obvious.

Douglas Wilson states that every day in the classroom, the Christian teacher teaches on the dawn of eternity. The impact of what takes place in the theme of each lesson, both the planned and the spontaneous, is the uncovering FOR the student the discovery and shaping of their own worldview--and these beliefs impact one’s view of eternity. In a Christian school faithful to scriptural truths, projection of worldview reflection into each of our hearts should be the goal of every lesson every day.

 I do not believe that anyone plans to live a pluralistic lifestyle, but we all tend to do it. The dichotomy that we all experience in life is described eloquently in Paul’s words in the passage of Romans 7, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do” (v. 15). We have all experienced that. The battleground is a lived-out, spiritual, real-life battle between ourselves and allowing Christ to lead us. It is a battle between wills—our prideful hearts vs. the humility of letting Christ rule.

Certainly, our sin nature is the cause of the pluralistic, double-life Paul experiences and describes so well. But, it is much deeper than our thoughts and what we profess as belief. It is the true north of our “heart-set,” or the direction of what we feel in our hearts is the “good life” (Smith, 2013). And that view of the good life is driven by our worldview.

The most essential part of any rifle or missile-system is the aiming mechanism. If the aim is off by even the smallest of margins, the longer the target of the projectile, the more off-target the aim will be. A person’s worldview is their aiming mechanism. One’s worldview is the presuppositions that they make about a topic or a truth. It is a pre-programmed perspective someone holds toward something.

Moreland (2018) suggests that the most substantial negative influence of the past 150 years on the Christian worldview has been the presupposition that science, especially natural science, is the most important part of human learning. This is supported by the thought that science is the most authoritative, serious, or beneficial part of human learning. Moreland says that as such, this view he calls “Scientism” directly challenges Christianity’s claim to be a knowledge tradition.

A Christian worldview sheds light on the creator through the created—science is the tool of the Creator (Psalm 19:1). Science as a subject is part of God’s created order; As a worldview, science becomes something it cannot support- a philosophy (Moreland).

One’s worldview is a matter of the heart and soul of a person and is expressed in behavior. The critical feature occurs when a person aligns his personal world-and-life-view with the biblical truth of scripture (Smith) and applies it to every encounter with creation and every principle, law, or opinion.

That is the purpose of the Christian school and it is why we exist.


Betty Thomas

November 06, 2019
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past?

I am currently teaching physical education (Grades 1st-12th) and I am the track and field coach.  In the past, I taught preschool for 5 years.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence?

What attracted me to teach at PCS was the Christian atmosphere.  

What inspires you to teach year after year?

Teaching year after year gives me the opportunity to watch my students grow into successful individuals that believe they can one day change the world.

Tell us about your family?

My husband, Alan-Michael, is from Mobile, Al. He went to college to play football at Ole Miss. We are both leaders in our church.  We both have a passion to teach and train kids to become successful individuals.

What is something interesting about your family?

My husband and I are both knowledgeable about athletics. The both of us competed in the southeastern conference. Once I graduated from college, God gave me the opportunity to train for the 2012 Olympics.

What school / universities did you attend?

I attended the University of Mississippi (OLE MISS) on a full athletic scholarship for women’s track and field.

Where have you lived?

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I lived in Coney Island.

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching?

I am an arts and craft designer. I love painting and carving fun projects out of wood.

Three adjectives you aspire to: Peace, Love, and Perseverance

What is a favorite passage of Scripture?

My favorite two scriptures are Isaiah 41:10 and 1 Peter 4:10

“Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: “1 Peter 4:10

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Andrea Tew

October 30, 2019
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

I am currently teaching Chemistry (11th grade) and Earth Science (7th grade). I have taught chemistry, physics, earth science, life science, and biology in the past.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence? 

I was attracted to teaching at Providence by my experiences from tutoring Providence chemistry students over the past 2 years.  It was evident that there were good things going on at Providence and I am thrilled to be able to join this family!

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

I love chemistry! And I love the relationships that are forged with my students each year.  Seeing them grow as a student and as young individuals encourages me to continue what I am doing.

Tell us about your family?

My family and I are from Headland.  My oldest daughter, Beth, is a RN.  She and her husband, Aaron, blessed me with my first grandson this year!  His name is Steadman.  My middle daughter, Emily, will graduate from Troy University in December with a degree in Communications/Public Relations/Marketing.  She works for a public relations/marketing firm in Montgomery.  She is getting married in December, just a few weeks after her graduation.   My son, Ben, is a freshman at Troy University. He is majoring in Business. We lost my husband to cancer in 2003. He was a wonderful husband and father and is waiting for us to join him in Heaven at our appointed time.

What is something interesting about your family? 

After my middle daughter marries in December, she and her sister will both have the last name Jones.  Beth is married to Aaron Jones.  Emily will marry Brannon Jones. Aaron and Brannon are not related.  Who would have ever thought that they would both end up with the same married name?

What school / universities did you attend? 

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Troy University in Troy and my Master’s degree from Troy University in Dothan. Both were in Comprehensive Science, Secondary Education

Where have you lived? 

I grew up in the Midland City area but have lived in Headland for the past 30 years

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

My favorite thing to do outside of school is to spend time with my family

Three adjectives you aspire to: 

Trustworthy, honest, and kind

What is a favorite passage of Scripture? 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Meet Sonja Shepard

October 23, 2019
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

I currently teach pre-algebra and algebra.  Previously, I taught 7th & 8th grade math, pre-algebra, and algebra. For the last four years, I was an instructional coach at Carver Magnet School.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence? 

I loved the thought of teaching at a Christian school.

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

I love the students and love math. My heart is in the classroom.

Tell us about your family?

I have been married to Lance Shepard for 25 years. He runs Southern Heritage Funeral Home. We have two sons, Auborn and Hayes. Auborn graduated from Troy University.  He is currently interning at our home church, Ridgecrest, with our youth minister.  Hayes attends Wallace College and hopes to enter the physical therapy assistant program there next fall.

What is something interesting about your family? 

We really are not interesting. We are boring.

What school / universities did you attend? 

Bachelor’s degree - Auburn  / Master’s degree- Troy Dothan

Where have you lived? 

I grew up in Guntersville, Alabama. Then, moved to Auburn for college. After college, I moved to Dothan.

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

I love watching my guys participate in sports. Also, I enjoy reading.

Three adjectives you aspire to: kindness, caring, thoughtful

What is a favorite passage of Scripture? 

Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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