links for fall reading

I have been crazy busy the past few weeks and it looks like things are starting to wind down now. I spent about 10 days in California visiting our son and his wife, babysitting for part of that time so he and his wife could have some alone time. A few days after I got home, our daughter and her children arrived and I was blessed with another great visit with grandchildren, which included the building and launching of model rockets with Grandpa and a tea party with 4 generations of girls. In the midst, I have been tucking away links to share and today is the day!

Everyone’s favorite homeschool scientist, Dr. Jay Wile, has updated his online presence and his blog is awesome. Check it out!

This is a pretty chilling report and the reasons I am sharing it will not be lost on those who grasp the ramifications of patriocentricity and its dominionist roots.

Here is an interesting article on fear and the state of the church today along with some insights from George Barna on the lack of spiritual depth that plagues the body of Christ.

Long time homeschooling father, pastor,and author, Reb Bradley, has written an article that certainly reflects much of what we have discussed on this blog regarding homeschooling expectations and, thanks to Josh Harris, has made its way through hundreds of blogs and homeschooling websites. I applaud both Reb and Josh for bravely going where many have refused to tread and can so relate to Reb’s personal struggles as he seeks to come out of the legalistic homeschooling lifestyle. As someone who well remembers his original presentations and writings which found wide acceptance in the patriocentric camps, I am so blessed to see how the Holy Spirit is working in his life and at his great humility at sharing what he did. Though there are others who don’t think he went far enough and point fingers at some things he said that show the residue of his former thinking, I think his article should stand as a testament to what we are beginning to see within homeschooling circles….the desire to forsake the paradigm and embrace relationship homeshooling! What an encouragement that should be for those of us who have been singing about “grace” at the top of our lungs!

I am excited that my article on homeschooling families and church has been published in the most recent issue of Home Educating Family Magazine. If you are not yet a subscriber, you can receive a free copy of the issue that includes my article by contacting them through the website. The whole issue is quite good and the magazine is first class!

Now that the heat of summer is mostly behind us, its time to think about new recipes to enjoy during the fall and winter months. I thought this article on using tomato paste was so helpful and the entire website is full of great simple ideas and recipes for healthy eating your family will enjoy.

Finally, I want to encourage you to watch and share this video with your older kids, other homeschoolers, and your church family. As our family has been going through the Understanding the Times curriculum this fall, we are ever mindful of how desperately our world needs truth!

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Comments

  1. Emily says

    Man, that article by Reb Bradley is so refreshing. Imperfect of course, but as a former homeschooler who felt a bit unprepared for real life, I so appreciate his honesty.

  2. says

    I am also using the ‘Understand the Times’ worldview curriculum to teach high school students in our home school co-op. What are your thoughts on the neo-Calvinistic ‘redeem the culture’ aspect of the curriculum and the ‘contextualization’ taught in the Introduction videos?

    Thanks!
    ~Yvonne

  3. says

    Yvonne,

    I am not exactly sure what you mean by neo-Calvinism; I have seen it used many ways. If you are using the Wiki definition, I am in agreement with it. I love the Kuyper quote they use: “No single piece of our mental world is to be sealed off from the rest and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”

    That being said, I believe that cultural change come by hearts that are turned to the one true God and through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. What the world needs in the Gospel message and that is where we ought to concentrate. Unfortunately, this truth is often missing when dominionism is discussed and people dwell on political and societal change.

    I also appreciate the notion that we have to present a clear message of not only the Gospel but the differences between what we believe as Christians and what the competing worldviews teach. And key to this is making sure that believers understand that there are ramifications for what we believe and do; ideas do have consequences. Sadly, this is rarely an area that is taught in Bible believing churches and people do not learn to be discerning.

    Did I answer your questions? Please ask again if I didn’t!

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