Christian Homeschooling: Am I Teaching My Children the Right Things?

Even the most avid homeschool family stops periodically and asks, “Are we teaching our children the right things?”  Heavily swayed by outside pressures and our own influence by the state’s agenda, Christians easily lose focus of our educational responsibility before the Lord. R.C. Sproul Jr. has written one of my favorite books–a book I think every family needs to read and then revisit several times a year. When You Rise Up “cuts through the haze surrounding the educational debate by offering a […]

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Why Higher Math is Unnecessary. And the Alternative.

Ah, math. It’s a subject we worship, we hate, we love or we just tolerate. Because, well, we have to. Everyone knows we have to teach our kids higher math because, college, and good test scores, and good jobs, and success and…. John Bennett, a high school math teacher, has a radical, logical, wonderful alternative to requiring higher math. I think you’ll love it. Please let me know your thoughts. As a homeschooling mother, seeing that some of my kids […]

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Why We Must Be Theology-Loving Christians

“I don’t really get into ‘theology’ or ‘doctrine.’ I mean, I love Jesus. That’s really all that matters.” Have you heard this? Have you said it? The opposition to theology has caused a great number of problems in the Church. Maybe it’s that our terms have not been defined or understood. But theology informs all our decisions and thus, our whole direction in life. Theology matters because theology tells us how to live. Theology is the study of the nature […]

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Modern Moms: We Need To Get Over Ourselves (The Testimony of Sarah Edwards)

I have been reading about possibly, one of the most amazing women who ever lived: Sarah Edwards (better known as wife to Jonathan Edwards). What made her so amazing? Was she an accomplished musician, a politician, a doctor or a prolific writer? No, though she could have been any of those things (and those things are great), having received the privilege of a high education (her father was one of the founders of Yale) and a wealthy family with all […]

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Being a Woman Who Builds Her Home Instead of Tears it Down

“A wise woman builds her house; but a foolish one pulls it down with her hands.” Prov. 14:1 This verse is so convicting to me…how often do I contribute to the pulling down instead of building? Interesting, don’t you think, that despite the efforts by the feminist movement and Marxist thought to belittle the role of women at home, the Bible gives us such a strong job?  BUILDING. (Not to mention that we are to wear “strength and dignity” while […]

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Dear Christian: You Can’t Be For the Great Commission & Against Growing Families

When you’ve written at the same spot for 11 years, sometimes you think you’ve said all the things. But then again, unless people are digging into the archives, some things bear repeating. So hear goes part of my heart… I recently listened to a Voddie Baucham sermon that reminded me of the Christian’s double standard when it comes to the Great Commission. (Totally worth the listen–at least the first 13 minutes.) He reminds us of the story of Jim Elliot […]

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Parents: It’s Time to Be Nice to Our Kids & Tell Them to Do Hard Things

I think deep down, we all really know: we (collectively, as a culture) are hurting our children with the notion that the teen years are nothing but a time to have fun “while you still can.” Implying, of course, that growing up and all the things that come with it, really stinks. It’s so deeply ingrained that none of us is exempt from feeling it, even if we inherently know it’s not the way it should be. Reading Do Hard […]

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Helping Our Children Stand In & Influence an Ungodly Culture: It’s All in The Balance

We aren’t living in a new era, where suddenly the culture is hostile to Christianity. It feels a bit like it here in America, because our country has seen a shift over the last several hundred years from heavy Christian influence to increasing godlessness. But sin is as old as the earth and the Christians in the Bible faced far more hostility than we face when it comes to standing for righteousness. As a parent in this generation, one of […]

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What Mothers (Women) Really Want (Not Just on Mother’s Day)

If you’re a young mother just starting out, forgive me in advance. When I was a young mother, and held those first few babies in my arms, I had no way of knowing (and thankful for that) that because of the depth of my love, my heart was now capable of feeling pain like I had never known before children. If you’ve been a mother for a while, you know what I mean. I don’t think husbands can even identify to what […]

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Living a “You” Life in a Me-Centered World: The Secret to Real Joy

A young, Christian woman, about to be a mother for the first time, made the following comment to me: “I haven’t decided if I’m going to quit my job or not when the baby’s born. I may…I think I would like it.” For this woman, the consideration was not about affordability; it was simply about preference, giving little thought to the impact her decision would have on her baby. It’s so much a part of our existence, we hardly notice it’s […]

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