When thinking of the famous Greek scientist and great man of physics, Archimedes, (287 B.C.â€”212 B.C.) you might recall the historical account that has him running naked through the streets of Syracuse in Sicily crying Eureka,
On the homeschooling front there’s some hot-off-the-presses good news from the Department of Education. I’m guessing it was news that went down hard for bureaucrats in residence at the DOE. Since 1999, homeschooling in the U.S. has grown by a significant 74% with total numbers of children estimated to be in the 2.5 million range. The key incentives that convinced parents to pass up government education were desire for religious and moral instruction, poor school environments, negative peer pressure, safety, drugs and dissatisfaction with academics.
The fairy tale of evolution tries to explain how species-improvement works. Whatever species is in question, we’re told that the wholly self-oriented yet purpose-free critter is always striving, though unknowingly, to make the species better and better by means of natural selection/survival of the fittest. The supposed process – which is not open to scientific testing – depends on “favorable” chance mutations and random chemical-electrical events within the “accidental sack of molecules.” But mutations, as millions of lab-sacrificed fruit flies will attest, only cause reduced, not improved, function.
If not for God’s providential, merciful, purposeful, intervention in all things, you could be excused for thinking 2008 was a year to regret and forget – speaking economically, politically and spiritually. In 2009, hang on to the fact of God’s constant, and dare I say, mighty, sovereignty. It’ll help get you through until negative trends reverse and sanity is once again seen by Americans as a sensible public trait. Pray.
Merry Christmas. The wind is blowing and the snow is falling here in the upper Midwest and it looks like we’ll have a white Christmas for sure, and I wouldn’t trade it for a Caribbean vacation even though my snow blower blew a key (plastic) part recently. The snowmobiling crowd is happy again, and I didn’t hear any stories this season about deer hunters trekking the woods in T-shirts as sometimes happens. "Global Goring," as Al Gore has led me to pun it, looks more and more the myth. And why not? It is a myth. But you never know. About ten years ago, Fall was so warm here in Michigan that we played tennis outdoors in perfect weather until December 14. I remember the date because I didn’t shake the tennis elbow miseries that hit me that sunny but cold day until the following August.
Patience and more patience are your watchwords since you know that he’s (she’s) the semi-naïve, hyper-indoctrinated victim of humanist-centered schemes. (And be more kind than necessary. Remember that everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.) You’ll do well to pause and listen often; something that will get easier with time and the confidence that comes with experience. Here’s the core issue: You say God exists; your humanized victim disagrees, and you both have reasons for your convictions. So where to start?
Presuppositional apologetics (PA) is a powerful tool and arguably the best one going for evangelizing (see Part 1), among others, two special groups. Hard-core unbelievers super-secularized, "sure hope he actually is a Christian," teenager. Polls show that thousands of young public-schooled church-goers are weak in the faith. For youth who seem solid, even one semester at Humanist State U is often all it takes to cut down their faith for years if not forever. But when a program (of what can be very enjoyable) parent-child teamwork is applied at home in the honing of PA skills, it nearly guarantees they won’t fall between the cracks at Secular U.
Wanting to pay frequent visits to a friend, a little boy is regularly impeded by a small stream. Though not wide and with only a minor current, it’s too deep unless he’s carried across. Only by placing helpful stepping stones can he cross alone. But, with time and growth he’ll make it on his own. The same is true when defending the faith (1 Peter 3:15) using the presuppositional method of apologetics.
Because of a recent column, "It’s Your Serve," a reader questioned how the task of achieving societal reformation and transformation could happen by the voluntary-based, "bottom-up" plan that I proposed:
The season of thanksgiving and goodwill is with us once again here in the land of the Pilgrim’s pride. At this special time it’s good to recall that the first settlers did not sail, settle and die premature deaths in the wilderness for the right to be free from "religion" or to be governed in the civil sector by the odd secularist who might happen along.
Shortly after the election, Rev. Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va. proclaimed his hopes and concerns about the future. He asked that all of us pray diligently for the new administration, but wisely stated that Conservative Christians are concerned that President-elect Obama’s worldview [runs counter to] our own on some key issues, specifically in terms of our pro-life, pro-traditional family principles.
Now that what some might call the "unthinkable" has actually happened, it’s certain that a vital remnant in the Church will wake up and realize that, it’s time to start paying attention. Had McCain won, the Christian Right likely would have given another overconfident sigh of relief, hoping that the other side would somehow not be able to advance its anti-Christian offensive in 2012. (It would have advanced anyway.)
The newness of blogging means it’s still a novelty. Newcomers like it for many reasons and that’s fine. But, it’s also worth questioning what the long-range potential of blogs will be when it comes to advancing the Christian culture transformation strategy that motivates American Vision. In lives already over-clogged with internet info, digesting boatloads of blogs (and comments) can be daunting, so part of my purpose here is a plea to readers to ponder before commentingâ€”please!
Parents: Be sure you home school for the right reason. Just because the public schools have failed spiritually, morally, and academically is only a minor part of the reason. God desires that you do it. In addition, only in the loving, dedicated environment of a home will the great leaders (as youths) be nurtured; those who’ll be re-supplying a world devoid of leaders.
Pretend I’ve been chosen as a special select committee of one with authority to fix the financial crisis. The following is my plan to bring you the most effective U-turn possible. I’ve taken the best of the remedies as suggested in recent weeks by various experts and merged them for your information into a single, all-inclusive […]
George W. Bush, by missing many a golden chance at greatness that came his way, is almost certain to go down in honest history as mediocre rather than what he could easily have been. I personally liked what I saw of him on TV and could envision him as being a good neighbor or even […]
Let me share with you my take on American Vision’s exclusive Mandate 28 program. M28 is an exciting, innovative new strategy that will assist the Church in America in reversing the trends that have caused U.S. culture to suffer an obvious spiritual and moral meltdown. This societal implosion was always preventable yet the Church let […]
After last week’s article, “American Vision’s Vision”; I was brought up on charges by “Jim,” a fellow Christian. Here’s a slightly edited account of his criticism: I agreed with most of the article, but being Reformed in theology and former member of a Presbyterian church, your criticism of those of us who believe in the […]