A great deal has been written in recent years regarding the need to re-unite the family and the church. This plea should come as no surprise to anyone who has taken the effort to notice how much the modern church has been influenced by secular culture, and how little time is spent by parents to give young people a biblical view of the church. Leaders in the home education community such as Doug Phillips, as well as popular Christian speakers like Ken Ham, have openly addressed the fact that an unprecedented number of children from God-fearing households are electing to leave the church. The growing problem of young people from Christian homes feeling alienated from the body of Christ is indeed real, and this negative development must be addressed by parents as well as church leaders without delay. Continue reading 'Helping Children to Esteem the Church'»
It has been my observation, after working in the field of home education for over thirty years, that most fathers are not really sure how they fit in the puzzle called home schooling. In fact, a significant number of dads that I have spoken to over the years, do not appear to be persuaded that they even have a primary function in the process of home education.
Fathers who find it difficult to become fully invested in the commitment of home education, commonly struggle for the following two reasons: Continue reading 'The Father’s Role In Home Education'»
On May 4, 2011 Michael Oard a researcher with Creation Ministries International spoke at Christian Liberty Academy. In the morning he addressed the subject of a biblical view of the Ice Age. In the afternoon, he spoke on the subject of dinosaurs to the younger children in the school.
I had the opportunity to sit down and interview Mr. Oard along with Walt and Sharon Sivertsen, directors of Midwest Creation Fellowship. We discussed a variety of topics including ice cores, the ice age, and the age of the earth.
To listen to this interview click here.
The following article was written by Pastor Tom Chantry of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in the Milwaukee area. Before pastoring this church, Tom taught 5th grade and US History (12th grade) at Christian Liberty Academy. He continues to be a good friend of the school.
A number of friends have now offered commiseration to me upon the defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Coming as it does from the denizens of Packer Nation, this is either enormous generosity or base mockery. It matters little. I am a follower of football in much the way that many Americans are Christians; I self identify as a “fan” but never watch the games because I have other commitments on Sundays. Continue reading 'Godless Redemption'»
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the most important English translation of the Bible – the King James Version.
Leland Ryken, a professor at Wheaton College, has written an excellent article on the importance of the King James Version. This would be a good article to read with your family. Many have moved beyond the King James Version. Is it wise that this great translation is becoming more and more neglected?
The author of this video has several other very clever videos explaining very large numbers in ways people can more easily understand. How about some CLASS students putting together videos similar to this? Please let us know if you come up with anything. We will post it to this blog.
Hope for the Weary Home Educator
My wife and I have been teaching our children at home for over two decades. Even though we are clearly in the ranks of “seasoned” home educators, it is still common for us to question whether our efforts are truly enriching our family and forging godly character traits in our children. This self-examination process is, in our view, a necessary endeavor for the simple reason that home education is not an end in itself. In other words, we did not start our family in order to enrich a home school program; rather, we elected to pursue home schooling because we sincerely believed that it would help us to establish a Christ-honoring household by the grace of God. Continue reading 'Hope for the Weary Home Educator'»
Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy that shows that God has guided the whole of Israel’s history so that it might climax in the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David and the Son of Abraham. In this genealogy we see the perfect but often surprising plan of God.
1. Verse 1: Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham
Matthew’s gospel is appropriately the first of the gospels. And one way that we see this is in its opening words: the book of the genealogy. These same words in Greek are used in the Septuagint in Genesis 2:4 and Genesis 5:1. And so from the very beginning Matthew shows the connection between the Old and New Testaments. Yes, something new has come and is happening. But what is new is firmly based on what God already has done and has promised.
In the Old Testament the genealogies always take their name from who is first in the list. In Genesis 5, the genealogy runs from Adam to Noah, but since Adam, obviously was first, the genealogy is called the genealogy of Adam and not Noah. But here in verses 1-17, the genealogy is called not the genealogy of Abraham, but the genealogy of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Matthew’s original readers would not have missed this point.
It is estimated that 45 million turkeys, weighing a total of 675 million pounds, are consumed each Thanksgiving day in the US. Thanksgiving may now be about the only holiday that is still safe to mention by name. And judging by the statistics I just quoted, it would seem that most Americans have some sort of celebration with family or friends.
So what makes our Thanksgiving different from most of those in our nation who supposedly are giving thanks? For many the day is simply an excuse to eat more and watch football. So what is it that sets us apart as God’s people? Let me suggest four things that should set us apart as God’s people this Thanksgiving.
1. We are not just thankful but we give thanks to God.
2. We give thanks not just in ‘good’ times but also in ‘difficult’ times.
3. We are not just thankful for physical blessings but even more for spiritual blessings.
4. We are not just thankful but also content.