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By The Way

By The Way

By Covenant Christian Academy
A podcast of Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA grounded in the command of Deuteronomy 6:5-7. Join us as we discuss education, discipleship, and books.

S2: Daily Worship
Dr. Jonathan Gibson, from Westminster Theological Seminary, speaks with us about how we can prepare to pass on the truth in God's word through daily time with the Lord. Dr. Gibson recently released a book entitled "Be Thou My Vision", that will be the basis for our discussion. 
January 07, 2022
S2: Why Lessons and Carols?
Covenant's music teacher, Mr. Jesse Maurer, shares about the blessing of celebrating Christmas as a community with a Lessons and Carols service. We invite our listeners to join us for this evening of worship on December 16th, 2021 at Covenant Christian Academy in the Dunlap Center. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:00pm.
December 10, 2021
S2: Equipping Children to Navigate Culture
Listen in on a conversation with Walt Mueller, Founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, as he discusses how we can help children navigate the cultural soup they swim in every day. We encourage our listeners to visit for more resources!  
November 26, 2021
S2: Love to be a Learner: Life-long learning and excellent teaching"
Dr. Robert L. Plummer, Professor of Biblical Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses the joy of being a life-long learner.
November 12, 2021
S2: Help! I'm struggling to connect with my kids.
William P. Smith shares how the way we connect with our kids can reflect the grace God has shown to us in the gospel.  Come hear Bill at an in person parenting workshop at Covenant on Saturday, November 13th from 10am-NOON. Register at:
October 27, 2021
The Road to Maturity
Dr. Chris Walker, Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, discusses with Mr. Hayward how to walk with children on the road to maturity. His insight comes from years of experience as a teacher at a classical school and as a youth pastor.
April 16, 2021
Pushing in the Same Direction: Parent Partnership
Listen in to hear a conversation with Covenant's Upper School Dean, John Hayward, and Katharine Savage, Founder and Head of Philadelphia Classical School. Learn about the importance of parent partnership in educating our children and the role family and discipleship play in Christian education. Check out Philadelphia Classical School's blog here!
March 12, 2021
Created to Care
This week, author, Sara Wallace, is joining us to discuss her book, Created to Care: God's Truth for Anxious Moms. She shares some Gospel-centered tools to help mothers fight anxiety and worry in order to reclaim the joy of motherhood. To learn more, you can purchase her book, check out her website, or follow The Gospel-Centered Mom on Facebook.
February 26, 2021
A Time for Confidence
Covenant's Upper School Dean, John Hayward, has a conversation with Dr. Stephen J. Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic office for Ligonier Ministries. They discuss Dr. Nichols' book, A Time for Confidence - a book to encourage Christians who may be struggling with doubt and fear regarding our current society and pointing them to confidence in the Almighty God. We have 5 copies of his book available. If you'd like to reserve a copy, please contact
February 12, 2021
Upper School Faculty Introduction
Upper School Dean, John Hayward, has a pleasant conversation with two of Covenant's Upper School teachers, David Kemper and Jed Stalker. Listen in to learn a little more about the Upper School at Covenant and get to know some of our wonderful teachers.
January 29, 2021
Parenting with Words of Grace
At Covenant we seek to raise up a generation of young people who have a genuine love of learning, who love Jesus Christ with all their heart, soul, and mind, and who can articulate the Christian message with clarity, creativity, and courage. That is impossible without parents, and having such robust goals means we cannot achieve them without God's blessing and work. To refresh us as faithfully exhausted parents and remind us of God's love and care, Covenant's Upper School Dean, Mr. John Hayward, interviewed Dr. William P. Smith, a pastor, counselor, and former seminary professor. Dr. Smith has written a book called Parenting with Words of Grace which is the foundation of this conversation. If you want a sample of his thinking, he has blogs on the Gospel Coalition and Crossway websites that express his heart and wisdom.
December 18, 2020
Youth Culture
Covenant's Upper School Dean, John Hayward, and Dr. Walt Mueller, founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU), discuss how to raise children to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ in today's youth culture. CPYU is a non-profit organization serving schools, churches, and community organizations in their efforts to strengthen families. Visit for some very helpful parent resources.
December 04, 2020
Why Beauty Matters
Dr. Paul Munson, professor of music at Grove City College, discusses why growing in our capacity to enjoy beauty is essential to the Christian faith and why it is important to educate our students with this in mind. You can read an excerpt of his book here.
November 23, 2020
Preparing for Kindergarten
Covenant Dean, John Hayward, speaks with our Early Education Faculty about how to best prepare your child for Kindergarten.
November 02, 2020