Jay’s Blog

Jay’s Blog

The latest news and posts from Jay Ferguson, Head of School at Grace Community School.

Jay Blogs – Listen, Connect, and Love

Jay Blogs – Listen, Connect, and Love

On May 22, Grace held the commencement exercises for the Class of 2022. The 66 graduates were awarded $6,206,339 in academic scholarships from colleges and universities, an average of $94,035 per student, our highest average ever. The following is my charge to our...

Jay Blogs – Summering Well

Jay Blogs – Summering Well

In his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, one of the most iconic of Stephen Covey’s truisms is begin with the end in mind.  When we embark on a venture, project, or strategic plan, it’s most effective to know where we’re headed, where we want to finish, as we...

Jay Blogs – The Light of Babel

Jay Blogs – The Light of Babel

I appreciate much of the work of Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist from NYU. He’s not a Christian, but he has some really keen observations of the world around us that make a lot of sense. In an article in this month’s Atlantic entitled, After Babel: How Social...

Jay Blogs – All for Another

Jay Blogs – All for Another

That moment will hum in my memory, and resonate into eternity forever. Twenty-eight years this past week.  April 23, 1994. Perkins Chapel on the SMU campus, 11 a.m.  I’m standing at the front in my goofy morning suit, looking like I’m heading to Pippa Middleton’s...

Jay Blogs – Navigating Success and Pain

Jay Blogs – Navigating Success and Pain

In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus has to navigate twin threats as he guides his ship through the Strait of Messina. Scylla, mythologized as a sea monster, was a rocky shoal on one side of the strait. Charybdis, a whirlpool, was located on the other. To avoid one...

Jay Blogs – Golgotha Gentleness

Jay Blogs – Golgotha Gentleness

As I think about Easter and Holy Week, I reflect on the film, The Passion of the Christ. It’s hard to believe it was a 2004 film, almost 20 years old. It was a great movie, but I have to admit, I only saw it in its entirety once, in the theater, nearly 20 years ago....

Jay Blogs – Curious Minds

Jay Blogs – Curious Minds

Curiosity may kill cats, but it breathes life into human beings. One of the greatest virtues we can cultivate in our children is curiosity. Curiosity is key to being a great student. There are, of course, pragmatic learners, those who say, “I don’t really care to...

Jay Blogs – On Suffering

Jay Blogs – On Suffering

The most challenging question in humanity, certainly of our faith, is “Why is there suffering in the world?” I’ve come to learn that this is the right question. For Christians, the wrong question is “Why do good people suffer?” Thinking of the question that way...

Jay Blogs – A Bright Sadness

Jay Blogs – A Bright Sadness

I was a cradle Episcopalian, christened as a child, confirmed in middle school, and faithfully attending the Church of England in America until I was in my early 20s. Practices like liturgy and following the Church calendar were old hat to me. After a dry season of...

Jay Blogs – A Generation of Hope

Jay Blogs – A Generation of Hope

This week, I had the opportunity to attend an extraordinary conference of Christian educators from all over the world.  Leaders involved in Christian schooling from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America gathered in San Diego to encourage each other and discuss...

Jay Blogs – The Father and the Beloved

Jay Blogs – The Father and the Beloved

It’s funny how the Lord takes His own sweet time in revealing things to us that we feel like we should have learned a long time ago.  The way I viewed God, and how that perspective affected the way I viewed myself and interacted with Him, was one of those things for...

Jay Blogs – Come to the Table

Jay Blogs – Come to the Table

There is a sacred space in your home, potentially as important to the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of your family as your local church.  It is your table. “The table is the place of intimacy,” Henri Nouwen says, “the place where we discover each other,”...