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Grand Rapids Christian Middle School Principal's Corner

Eric Burgess

Eric Burgess


Build the Kingdom Here

Our school theme for 2018-2019 has been "Build the Kingdom Here." Throughout the year-in classrooms, in chapel, in individual conversations-we have been challenging our students to be agents of healing and renewal to build God's Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. This is our calling in a broken and hurting world.

Yesterday our nation recognized and remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work and legacy for promoting equality and justice and the impact that he had on the Civil Rights movement and beyond are concrete examples of someone who made Kingdom-building his life's work. We are grateful for Dr. King's faith, leadership, and example.

On Friday morning in chapel, we will remember and celebrate the life and work of Dr. King and commit ourselves to sharing God's love and light in His world. We want to be members of inclusive communities that represent the body of Christ in its fullness-communities where all are valued and all know that they belong. We do this by sharing God's love through our own actions and words.

A key focus of our chapel will be this famous quote from Dr. King:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

We want our children to understand that they can be Kingdom servants sharing light and love in their own relationships and the communities of which they are apart. In this way, they can be integral agents of building the Kingdom here at GRCMS and throughout God's world.

-Eric Burgess


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