Dr Nick Lantinga

Nick’s participation in Christian education includes a wide range of roles: student, Christian school board (two as President);Executive Director of IAPCHE (International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education), Associate Professor of International Studies at Handong Global University(HGU), Headmaster of a residential college, Director of international student recruitment, and Principal of Handong International School, a bilingual, Christian school in South Korea. In his spare time, Nick is likely to be found reading about politics, studying with his teenagers, birdwatching, snorkeling and gardening with Sherri, his wife of thirty years.

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Revisiting our Teaching Authority

Scripture overflows with the command to obey God and those whom He has appointed; even Jesus “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death” (Phil 2:8). Like current proposals for educational reform (e.g. Gonski report of 2018) Christian teaching practices minimize the verticality of our relationships with students. This is unfortunate because it turns out that a Biblical approach to authority (1) can transform teaching and learning, (2) prepares students for a life defined by Christian freedom, and (3) strengthens the school community to weather ongoing controversies over orthodox Christianity.

Strand Session:

A Fresh Return to Biblical Civics: Kingdom, Nation, City, Church

Do Christians teach civics and politics just to make students into better citizens? What other important learning goals are we missing? For centuries, Christians in public life closely consulted scripture to direct our politics. Connecting politics and religion in now taboo in Western settings. In this workshop I will introduces new strategies and tools to help students learn far more about how political concepts are an important part of God’s story.

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