Those three words, “to begin with,” carry weight. They declare a foundational premise, implying that we must first understand the premise or the rest of the explanation will not make sense. Worse yet, if we ignore the premise we will embrace an alternate "sense" which will lead to nonsense, and nonsense has victims. (I Corinthians 1:18-20)
In the case of that courtroom scene, Tom Robinson falls victim to the nonsense that comes from ignoring the words “to begin with.”
Genesis 1:1 is primarily a chronological statement--as if to say, “Step One: God built a stage before adding scenery, lighting, characters and plot.”
This blog is called “To Begin With” because the essays, anecdotes, poems, etc. posted here each week will reflect the foundational worldview of Christian education. I hope these gathering thoughts will illustrate that the partnership between homes, churches, and the Christian school is the ideal way for instruction to begin and that a foundational K-12 education sets the stage for God-honoring lives of service. In other words...
To begin with, Christian education provides a foundation to begin with.
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