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The Book of Mark Art

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The Gospel of Mark is such a unique book in the Bible! It is a quick tour through the life of Christ. We have been using this text in Sophomore Bible as a way to find out more about Christ and hopefully begin to let His life change our own.

We have been reading the text, summarizing the text, acting it out, and yes, even drawing it! Local scholar Tim Mackie from The Bible Project says that drawing the Scriptures is a great way to remember the Scriptures. So as we have been reading through Mark’s Gospel I have asked the students to draw what they are learning. Here is the fruit of their labor!

Sophomore students reading, studying, and then acting it out!

Sophomore students reading, studying, and then acting it out!

 

Some impressive artistic profiles of student drawings from Mark.

Some impressive artistic profiles of student drawings from Mark.

 

Junior Bible: Socratic Seminar

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Junior Bible recently participated in a Socratic Seminar. The topic? Moral Relativism. Over the past few weeks we have discussed various arguments for the existence of God. This led to a fruitful conversation where we were able to share ideas and our own personal convictions. We discussed all sorts of ethical conundrums to see the major difference between the Christian worldview and the Atheist worldview. We are learning that presenting the Truth can be challenging in a world where morals are relative.

In contrast to Moral Relativism strongly stands The Moralistic Argument. This argument actually functioned as one of the reasons why C.S. Lewis became a believer. He said, “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

Where do objective moral standards come from? This is a question we have been seeking to understand better as Christ followers in 2017.

Bible Class Bonding

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Today the Bible classes experienced the fun of putting together puzzles and acting out Christmas movies while bonding with classmates from different grades. The object lessons and activities invited students to consider how God fits all the pieces of our lives together for our good and his purpose, as well as how our lives are to imitate Christ in humility.

Fun was had by all!

 

The Gospel of Matthew

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Gospel of Matthew skits in action!

Gospel of Matthew skits in action!

Sophomore Bible is currently studying through the Gospel of Matthew. Split into groups, each set of students was assigned five chapters, and they had to perform basic inductive Bible study skills to make observations, interpretations, and applications. They also had to present this material using Prezi, and as a group perform a skit to help the information sink in. At the end of the presentation they led the class in a Kahoot quiz to see what stuck!

This was a big project that the students put a lot of work into, with great results! It is the Word of God that shapes the whole person at Westside Christian High School. What a joy to be a part of raising up this next generation of believers!

 

Prezi time.

Prezi time.

Christian Foundations

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In Apologetics and Evangelism the Juniors have been discussing foundational abstract concepts in Christianity. Why? Because Dallas Willard said that without a proper foundation in these core truths we won’t be good apologists. What are these core truths? Loving God Completely, Loving Self Accurately, and Loving Others Compassionately. These are also mere abstract ideas if we don’t act out on them. They are simply confessional statements that may sound good in theory but if not acted on remain an ethereal truth statement.

Our Juniors were challenged to think outside the ‘rubric’ box and do this assignment not simply for a grade. The projects that we submitted show that Westside students really do understand what it means to love God, self, and others in very unique ways.

Aly Larson

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Senior Bible Leadership Project: Yejin Han

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Yejin Han - Senior Leadership Project

Yejin Han – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“I worked with the organization CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project) after looking into the purpose and meaning behind art therapy. They serve kids with disabilities and those with parents who are undergoing medical treatments, both who often have a hard time feeling in control of themselves and being a part of society. When kids come into CHAP, they are not judged by their disease or disability, they are acknowledged for their creativity. I helped prepare for the hospital program, outreach program and art clubs. I came up with art activity ideas for kids, where I focused on being interactive and creative with the program participants.”

Welcome Carrie Adams

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Below a bit about Carrie Adams, our new Bible 9 & 12 teacher. Welcome Carrie!

Carrie Adams is a local girl whose explorations led her back to the place that she started from: she grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated from Hope Christian in Aloha. Dr. Debbie Miller was her English teacher and profoundly influenced Carrie, remaining in her memory as the first teacher who really spoke into her life.

Carrie’s mother, Gwyn Pitts, works at West Hills as an Educational Tutor. Carrie’s younger sisters, Aimee and Shauna Pitts, graduated from Westside in ‘98 and ‘01. Carrie is married to Jeff Adams and they have two children: Gabriel, 8, Isabelle, 5. Gabriel loves soccer; Isabelle loves gymnastics; Jeff loves the Oregon Ducks. Carrie and Jeff met after Carrie attended the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) School of Biblical Studies in Lakeside, MT where she inductively studied the entire Bible for nine months.

Together Jeff and Carrie traveled to English L’Abri in 2008, living in Hampshire for six months before joining the ministry of L’Abri Fellowship on Bowen Island, Canada. L’Abri is a ministry of hospitality which offers spiritual prodigals a place to come and stay and learn. It functions as a study center, offering lectures, tutoring, film discussions, and engagement on all matters of faith and culture in a context of apologetics. Upon returning home from this mission field with two young children, Carrie returned to teaching, taking a position in Newberg, Oregon. She loves the Word of God, loves teaching, loves high schoolers, and loves learning. She plans to have completed her Masters of Christian Leadership (MACL) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2021.

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Lilie de la Motte

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Lilie de la Motte - Senior Leadership Project

Lilie de la Motte – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior project, I helped improve the music ministry within my youth group at church. My goal was to help volunteering student musicians grow in relationships (with each other and the Father), grow technically (regarding their specific instrument), and grow theologically (asking the questions of ‘what is worship?’). All three of these things were accomplished through a bi-monthly group called Youth Worship Community, where I held meetings, musical workshops, and meals together for those involved within the music ministry!”

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Mia Cywinski

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Mia Cywinski - Senior Leadership Project

Mia Cywinski – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior project, I sought to alleviate elderly loneliness by meeting weekly with an elderly lady named Antoinette. During our visits, I would help her with household chores like vacuuming and mopping, and then we would chat. Antoinette doesn’t have many visitors because she lives alone in a small mobile home, and her family is very busy. The purpose of my project was to create a genuine friendship with her so that she would feel important and valued, instead of feeling forgotten.”

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Kylee Wiseman

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Kylee Wiseman - Senior Leadership Project

Kylee Wiseman – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My belief in the comforting power of beauty was the foundation for my senior project. I created a few series of artworks which were framed or printed and given to Meridian Park Hospital, where they can be displayed with the hope of giving patients ‘moments of comfort.’ I created watercolor paintings of birds which are colorful and whimsical, to help distract patients from their pain and let their imaginations carry them to better times, if only for a moment.”

 

Birds of Oregon

Birds of Oregon