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Five Reasons Not to Put Your Children in Public School

April 23, 2014 | Author:

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Every bit of this is remedied by homeschooling. Can be done and has been done and done well. If when you look around you see the norm and this article describes it, it’s time to start looking elsewhere. If you’re unfamiliar with homeschooling, how to make the transition from public school, worried about the outcome and how to handle it, well there are plenty of resources and plenty of help and plenty of experience to draw from. Don’t let any excuse be your excuse for leaving your kids in public school.

Here’s number two because it seems to me to be the most obvious even if you’re not a christian. Dead kids don’t unwrap Christmas presents you bought them. There’s no wedding to plan in their future nor the joy of grandchildren. Make the obvious choice, homeschool.

Two: Public schools have become dangerous places

They are dangerous philosophically, as we’ve already mentioned but they can be, in addition, dangerous physically.  Public schools have now been used as the location for random mass shootings with increasing frequency around the country.  Your “oops” may be too late.  It can happen anywhere.  Homeschooled children are not in graves made by mass violence—because they are not corralled in public areas, caged like sitting ducks.  Because of ever-possible lurking dangers, even en route to schools, parents around the US now routinely personally escort their children to the front doors of their schools.  Gone are the days of letting your children walk a mile to school in the big cities, like many used to do in the good old days.  In addition, schools are now routinely, daily, locked tight—i.e., the windows don’t open and all the doors except those at the front entrance are locked—showing that the school’s personnel themselves are afraid of what could happen.  And to make matters worse, teachers are unarmed.  They don’t carry guns—so in contrast to a public mall where someone might be carrying a concealed weapon and could in a moment protect the whole place against a crazy man/teenager shooter—schools are not so armed and haven’t a prayer.  They are defenseless.  Your child is safer in your own home.

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Recommended Resources

Curriculum Advice, Vol. 1: Practical Help For Intermediate Home Educators
Curriculum Advice, Vol. 2: Practical Help For Intermediate Home Educators
When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling
Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-First Century

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Discussion on Patriarchy and Theocracy with Kevin Swanson & Dave Buehner

April 23, 2014 | Author:

Patriarchy and Theocracy. Are they nasty words or great ideas? Listen to Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner discuss concerns about patriarchy and theocracy.

Here’s a snippet:

Kevin: And let’s look at patriarchy problems. Now, this woman started elucidating the problems relating to the folks that maintain a patriarchal view of things. She developed some of the problems. She says, “Hey, these people come into the church and they just kinda mess things up and they are divisive. They don’t want to submit to the elders in the church. They disrupt the worship service, they you know, on, and on, and on…” I thought to myself, “That is not the patriarchy movement. That’s the rude worshipper movement. That is the refusal to submit to elders movement.” That is certainly not a biblical movement.

Dave: That is Autonomy Anonymous.

Listen the the rest here.

Recommended Resources
Building a Godly Home, Volume 1: A Holy Vision for Family Life
Husbands Love Your Wives Webinar
Christian Love (Puritan Paperbacks)
The Heart of Christ (Puritan Paperbacks)

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Stacey Bradshaw on Kickstarter for Polycarp Film – 2 Days Left!

April 23, 2014 | Author:

Follow the production of Polycarp on facebook.

Be a part of the creation of this film by visiting the kickstarter page here.

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2014–Now Available for a Limited Time for 95% Off!

April 23, 2014 | Author:

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Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

Check out the over $850 value at 95% off (plus bonuses) for a limited time at The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle HERE.

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Are we ready for the “grey tsunami”?

April 22, 2014 | Author:

Traditional family has the most to offer. The investment in building your family is done for a number of reasons. The time you take to build the solidity, functionality, and unity means more resources, flexibility, personalized care, and privacy as the family takes on caregiving for their own as they age.

Mercator reports:

The situation in the USA seems to be a bit different to the UK in that more of the care for the elderly is done by family.  In 2013 about 40% adults identified themselves as “family caregivers”. This level of caregiving provides “most assistance to support chronically disabled older people (aged 65 years and older) to live in the community rather than in specialised care facilities”.  However there is real concern that this system is not able to continue as the baby boomer generation approaches retirement age.

Finally, in China the trouble is that it is getting old before it gets rich. This means that expensive support systems for the elderly may be out of China’s ability to provide. On the other hand, the traditional family structure which provides support and care for elderly relatives is breaking down (as we’ve seen before on this blog).  Lancet reports that a more Western style of care (entering into a rest home) is becoming more common as a result of the one-child policy and massive urbanisation.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Christian Love (Puritan Paperbacks)
Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in Calvin’s Geneva
What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad: How a Man Prepares His Daughter for Life
Grandma’s Moving In! (Learning to Care Series)

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Alabama Supreme Court Ruling Could End Legal Abortion In America

April 22, 2014 | Author:

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In a case unrelated to abortion, the Alabama Supreme Court rendered a decision that could topple the legal spires of unholy abortions here in the United States.

The case involved Sarah Janie Hicks who used illegal drugs while she was pregnant.  After her baby was born, the infant tested positive for drugs and Hicks was charged with a crime and ended up pleading guilty to violating Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute.  Her conviction was challenged and ended up before the Alabama State Supreme Court on the basis that the term ‘child’ did not include the unborn.

In an 8-1 decision, the court upheld the conviction of Hicks.  Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore wrote in his concurring specially part of the ruling (excerpts below taken from full document):

“I concur with the main opinion and with Justice Parker’s concurring specially opinion, which rightly notes that ‘[b]ecause an unborn child has an inalienable right to life from its earliest stages of development, it is entitled … to a life free from the harmful effects of chemicals at all stages of development.’ ___ So. 3d at ___. I write separately to emphasize that the inalienable right to life is a gift of God that civil government must secure for all persons—born and unborn.”

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Recommended Resources
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BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue
A Biblical Worldview On Abortion

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On Being A Victim

April 20, 2014 | Author:

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I know that everyone in the world right now is freaking out about the Doug Philips scandal, and to be honest, the whole thing grosses me out so much that I don’t even want to read about it. And given that I don’t even want to read about it, I’m certainly not going to pull up my socks and start writing about it. But the whole situation has given me some food for thought, and that is on the question of how to raise our daughters so that they don’t fall prey to the manipulations of that kind of man – because those kind of men are found the world over, not merely in patriarchal conservative groups. Is your daughter ever likely to encounter more than three men in the course of her life? Then she will encounter this kind of man. So how do we teach our daughters to be submissive but also strong? To be gracious but also quick to say no?

I have three daughters, all of whom are are now closer to “young lady” than “little girl,” so this isn’t a hypothetical question for me! Here are some of the things that have been bouncing around in my head on this question, in no particular order – things that are very much at the front of my mind as I watch these lovely girls grow up.

Read the rest here.

Recommended Resources
Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault
Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperbacks)
Sinfulness of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks)
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
The Sovereignty of God
Humility
If You Bite And Devour One Another

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Husbands Love Your Wives -Webinar

April 14, 2014 | Author:

Husbands-Love-Your-Wive---Landing-PageHusbands, This is for you! Would you like to sit under the instruction of the foremost voice on family life during the Puritan era?

Have you ever needed some detailed, practical counsel for your marriage? Have you ever wished someone would speak to the everyday matters that pop up in your marriage and family life? Have you ever heard sound teaching, but wished for more than broad theological principles? You needed someone to speak frankly. You wanted someone to show you exactly how the biblical principles applied in the real situations you are experiencing.

Christian leaders understand how important it is to win the consciences of people so that you are not pressuring them to act against what they believe is right, and the husband’s leadership in the home is no exception to this rule.

Gouge shows concern that husbands not misuse their authority. They must not be harsh. They must not become too demanding in hospitality and the labors that go with it. They should make sure they are not being too suspicious or controlling. Their use of authority should not discourage their wives, but encourage them.

Love speaks many languages, and Gouge calls the man to use them all, from a kind and cheerful facial expression to giving her special gifts. He strongly emphasizes the husband’s responsibility to provide for his wife’s financial needs. He urges men to show their wives tenderness and compassion when they are sick, especially when they face the travails of pregnancy and childbirth. At every turn, Gouge summons husbands to the high calling of loving their wives—as Christ did the church—with sacrificial, affectionate service.

For more information or to register for the webinar, click here.

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Feminists Go Bonkers Over Kirsten Dunst’s One, Simple Comment

April 12, 2014 | Author:

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The left seems to count on Hollywood stars to toe the ideological line, reacting harshly whenever a celebrity shows any sign of independent thought. Actress Kirsten Dunst was among the latest targets following a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

By embracing a view that was almost universally shared among Americans just a few generations ago, she faced cruel ad hominem attacks from numerous media outlets and feminist leaders.

She said feminine qualities that were once celebrated have “been a little undervalued” in our current society.

“We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created,” she continued. “And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor.”

Perhaps sensing the forthcoming deluge of negative comments, she apologized for what came next.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman.”

Read the rest here

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The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can’t Say
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective
It’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way

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Rachel Held Evans has a rude awakening

April 11, 2014 | Author:

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This is one reason there was such confusion and misunderstanding in the World Vision flap. It was not, as RHE and many others mistakenly claimed, “financial pressure from evangelicals” which forced the change of decision. A confidential inside source has told me that what really happened was that a small liberal faction in one corner of leadership tried to leverage the current political climate to pull a coup within the organization. They gained a lot of support immediately from the liberal media, and liberals like RHE shouting with glee, but the majority of the leadership reacted quickly, regained control, and squashed the coup.

It was internal pressure, not external as much, that righted World Vision.

Christians need to understand, and will probably hear shortly, that World Vision is a massive international organization with offices in over 100 countries and over 50,000 employees. The decision to support homosexual relationships did not come for World Vision as a whole, but only World Vision U.S., the US branch. And only a small fraction of those in leadership in that one branch pulled this stunt. They were out of line, they were wrong, and they got corrected.

And now they have outed themselves to the world as not evangelicals, but the liberals they are. And the great thing about it is that they smoked out Rachel Held Evans along with them. Let them rendezvous and enjoy they’re little party in the wilderness.

Now all that remains is for evangelicals to seize this opportunity. Grasp it, use it, manufacture more like it, and send every crypto-liberal running.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can’t Say
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective
It’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way

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More Moms Staying Home, Reversing Decadeslong Decline

April 10, 2014 | Author:

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After decades of decline, the share of mothers who stay home with their children has steadily risen over the last several years, a new report has found.

In 2012, 29% of all mothers with children under age 18 stayed at home, a figure that has steadily risen since 1999 when 23% of mothers were stay-at-home, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. The share of stay-at-home moms had been dropping since 1967, when about half of all moms stayed home.

Pew attributed the rise of stay-at-home mothers to a mix of demographic, economic and societal factors. The vast majority of married stay-at-home mothers, 85%, say they are doing so by choice in order to care for their families. That rate is much lower for single stay-at-home mothers, at 41%, and cohabitating mothers, at 64%.

The report also found a drop in women working because of the recession, a trend that has lingered as the economy recovers. Pew cited an increase in immigrant families, for whom it is more common to have a mother stay at home with her children, and an increase in the number of women who said they were disabled and unable to work.

A companion public opinion survey by Pew, from 2013, found that mothers are much more likely than fathers to have reduced work hours, take a significant amount of time off, quit a job or, by a small margin, turn down a promotion in order to care for a child or family member. Pew said 42% of mothers said they had reduced their work hours to care for a child or family member, versus 28% of fathers.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Demographic Winter & Demographic Bomb
Three Decades of Fertility
Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?

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Share: This Is How Many Babies We’ve Killed

April 10, 2014 | Author:

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Matt Walsh: Thank God for the Gender Wage Gap

April 10, 2014 | Author:

It’s Equal Pay Day, everyone!

As per tradition, progressives mark the occasion by using fabricated numbers to drive a destructive narrative of division and faux-victimhood.

In other words, Equal Pay Day is just like any other day, except with more hashtags. (more…)

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Is Stay-At-Home Daughterhood Biblical?

April 8, 2014 | Author:

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It’s now a little over three years since I realised, much to my surprise, that the Lord was calling me to a productive life as a daughter at home.

It was a bandwagon I’d never planned on joining. I was headed for a legal career, but then, over a period of six months, my future melted away leaving me to ponder how little I had really wanted a career. I’d chosen law, not because I had any particular vision for taking dominion in that way, but because it seemed the most useful way to mark time until marriage.

Slowly I became convinced that being at home was a better option for me, one that meshed more closely with my identity as a homeschool graduate whose highest ambition was to be a wife and mother one day. There were a number of reasons. For just one, why should I dedicate so much effort to building a career I intended to drop like a hot scone when Mr Right appeared? (more…)

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Sloan, Lahl: Inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy

April 4, 2014 | Author:

piratepigThe Minnesota Senate and House are currently considering two separate bills to legalize commercial surrogacy in the state (S.F. 2627 and H.F. 291).

This is occurring despite that similar legislation was defeated just last year and a bill similar to what has been proposed in the Senate was vetoed in 2008. One would think that since Minnesota has twice rejected the proposal of legalizing baby-selling and creating a breeder class of women that the matter is settled. The surrogacy industry, however, is like a hydra that refuses to respect legislative precedent. As soon as a surrogacy bill is defeated, another one immediately appears to take its place. In action more characteristic of a dictatorship than a democracy, the proponents of contract pregnancy insist on enforcing their will no matter how many times their discredited proposal is rejected.

It’s time for the shenanigans and propaganda to stop and for the inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy to be told. First and foremost, surrogacy commodifies women and their bodies, turns children into products for sale, poses serious risks to women’s health and exploits marginalized women as a breeder class for the wealthy. Recognizing that surrogacy is a fundamental human rights issue, in 2011 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on violence against women that condemned surrogacy as a violation of women’s human rights.

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Brave New World
Eggsploitation: The Infertility Industry Has a Dirty Little Secret
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life
Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges

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