A Word From Mr. Satterly—March 4, 2021

A Word From Mr. Satterly—March 4, 2021

Dear WA Community,

Since 1971, the formation of a biblical worldview has been at the heart of Westminster Academy’s mission. It is the aim of our 16,000 hours. A fundamental element of worldview is a right understanding of the nature of God and man. To be clear, that foundation is not determined by populism, media, or the whim of the current age. It rests, rather, on the Scripture.

Matthew 25 contains three different parables, all describing the Kingdom of God. The Parable of the Talents correlates with our mission. First, this parable is primarily about the Master. We learn about his nature from the interaction with the servants, but more importantly, we see that He is the owner and that we are not. Secondly, we see that the work of the servants is defined by their relationship with the Master.

The Master entrusts talents (an amount of money) to three servants. Two of them invest and earn a return, double in fact. The other buries the talent. When the Master returns, the servants give an account. The two are rewarded and the other punished. Two of the servants took risks. The other did not. What explains their behavior? What allows one to take risks? It seems to me that the two servants understood the nature of the Master. They invested without explicitly being told to do so, and they sought the good of the Master over their own. The other made false accusations and was motivated by self-protection.

Earlier in Matthew, Jesus said, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” The great missionary Jim Elliot famously said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” I think the two servants understood that well. At Westminster Academy, we want to produce students who understand this reality and are motivated by it. We challenge students to take risks, try new things, and use their gifts and talents for God’s glory—in academics, the arts, and athletics.

One way you can support our mission is through the Annual Auction, Rockin’ into the 50s. The event will be held on Friday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Fellowship Hall. I encourage you to purchase your tickets early, as capacity is limited due to COVID-19 guidelines. This is our largest fundraiser, raising over $200,000 for the annual fund the past few years. Whether you solicit items, bid on items, or underwrite costs for the events—you play an instrumental role in the success of the event.

To God be the Glory!

Joel Satterly
Headmaster