The Renaissance World–an online class for Middle Schoolers

The Internet is a gift full of potential for delivering information efficiently. It is changing the shape of education at a breathtaking speed. Several years ago MIT announced that material from all of 1800 of their courses would be made available online. That project is now fully operational and known as MITOPENCOURSEWARE.

A desire to harness the power of the Internet to reach people all over the world and to provide helpful materials for ministerial training is what inspired the Founders Study Center. Through that center, more than 200 students from many different countries have taken classes on preaching, historical and systematic theology, worship and the like.

Some members of the church I serve are exploring the possibility of launching a school that will provide access to classes via the Internet. The desire is to provide educational assistance to parents in teaching their children from a Christ-centered worldview. The first class that is being offered is geared toward students around 11-15. I say “around” because children and young people mature and learn at different rates. The topic is “The Renaissance World” and the class will last 8 weeks, meeting Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-5:00 PM Eastern Time. It will be accessible via video livestreaming anywhere that has highspeed access and a computer. All course materials will also be made available online.

Sarah Ascol will be teaching the class. She is a few weeks away from completing her BS in history from Florida Gulf Coast University and, if I may be granted a little paternal indulgence, she is one smart cookie. She has always had an interest in history but that interest has become more of a passion the last couple of years. More importantly, she loves Middle-Schoolers and they love her. She has taught that age group in various capacities through the ministries of her church and has assisted parents with educating their children at home. Most importantly, Sarah loves Christ and gladly serves His kingdom purposes.

I think it will be a great class. If I weren’t so old, I would take it myself! If you want more information on the class, contact Wayne Morosco via email at
wayne dot graceschool at comcast dot net.

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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