Spiritual Doubts and Your Kids – MBFLP 228

“Mom, I think I’m an atheist.” That was the chilling announcement from the back of the van, from our nine-year-old child. Spiritual doubts may arise at any time, especially with young teens, and this episode we’re talking about some practical things you can do to help shepherd your young person through this stormy time.

 

 

 

 

 

Apologetics Museums We Enjoyed

These are remarkable places to visit, but even if you can’t travel there, they have great websites with lots of information and more resources to offer.

Ark Encounter – Williamstown, Ky. could find practical solutions with the existing technology of his time. It answers boatloads of objections with reasonable explanations – questions like how to house so many animals, how to handle feeding, watering, and waste removal, what to do about lighting and ventilation, and much more. Really impressive and thought-provoking. Said to be the largest freestanding wooden structure in the world!

Creation Museum – Petersburg, Ky.

We first visited the Creation Museum only a few weeks after a family trip to Washington, D.C. We were totally amazed at the professional quality of the exhibits and facility, which were much better maintained than the famous museums of the Smithsonian. Every subsequent visit we’ve found new exhibits and presentations. This is a first class museum, in addition to presenting an evidence-rich argument for creation of the world by an intelligent Craftsman. Ken Ham is the public spokesman, but the museum itself is the work of a huge team of geologists, biologists, archaeologists, historians, theologians, and more. Well worth a journey!

Museum of the Bible – Washington, D.C.

This collection traces the development of the written Bible from the earliest records through the ongoing translation missions of modern times. There are truly remarkable items on display – a Latin Bible signed as a gift by Martin Luther, a beautiful illuminated prayer book made for the Emperor Charles V, pages from the Gutenberg Bible, and a copy of the first Bible printed in America – in the language of the Wampanoag Indians! Exhibits talk of the influence of the Bible on civil rights and social justice, the impact on language and fine art, and more.

Apologetics Books We Recommend

More Than A Carpenter – Josh McDowell

A classic look at who Jesus was, and is, and why that matters.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict – Josh McDowell

A fantastic work that looks at hundreds of questions about Biblical reliability, with tons of references and yes, evidence. A good one to have on hand for those “Wait, what about …” discussions.

The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel

An investigative journalist recounts his search into the Bible’s claims about Jesus’ life, work, and person. A dramatic and personal story of a skeptic’s journey into faith.

Mere Christianity – C. S.Lewis

A conversational but philosophical look at the nature of God, man, sin, and other fundamentals of Christian faith.

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

This week on HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens.

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

What is Apologetics and WHY is it important life preparation for teens?

There is research that shows that 2 out of 3 young people that have been raised in Christian homes will leave the faith by the time they are 20 years old!

Apologetics is the “business of examining and understanding the reasons for the Christian faith”. Our teens need to understand their faith historically and objectively. Apologetics looks at the “provable facts” of Scripture. It encompasses:

  • Archeology
  • Science
  • Cultural Anthropology

Apologetics “removes roadblocks to faith”!

This is important because as teens mature developmentally (see metacognition in Human Development), many begin to question the important areas of their lives- including their faith. This is not a bad thing! In order for them to make their faith their own, they need to ask questions. Unfortunately for many teens, they don’t find answers to their questions and in frustration, they leave the religion of their childhood.

Join Sabrina for a vulnerable and powerful interview with Dr. Gerald R. Culley, Professor Emeritus of Classics at University of Delaware. Dr. Culley is a “homeschool grandfather” (he is the father of 7SistersHomeschool.com’s Sabrina and Allison). His mission in life is to give homeschool highschoolers a solid foundation in Apologetics to help them wrestle with deep questions!

Dr. Culley has developed a FREE Apologetics curriculum that is simple, no-prep, no-background-needed, interesting! These downloadable lessons are video ppts with Dr. Culley’s narration and handouts. They have been a favorite course for our 7Sisters teens! Download them for YOUR homeschool highschoolers!

Apologetics 101 Apologetics course FREE from 7SistersHomeschool.com

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Watch this delightful YouTube video of Dr. Culley and some of his homeschool Apologetics students:

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

 


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HSHSP Ep 77: Christian Apologetics for Homeschool Highschoolers Interview with Dr. Gerald Culley

Homeschool highschoolers need preparation for understanding and defending their faith as they enter the wider culture. That’s what Apologetics is about. Join us for a precious interview with Dr. Gerald R. Culley, Professor Emeritus of Classics at University of Delaware.

Preteens and Spiritual Doubt – MBFLP 177

preteens spiritual doubt

One of the most disturbing, even frightening, experiences of our parenting journey was learning of a child’s spiritual doubts. After pouring love and Scripture into our children for ten years, we may find that it hasn’t taken root – or that the early buds of childlike faith didn’t mature with time! This episode, we talk about a very common passage in children’s lives, how we can prepare for it, and what to do about it when it comes.

preteens spiritual doubt

Resources We Mentioned:

Our workshop on Parenting Preteens

Our online class series, Boot Camp 9-12 (live sessions start August 1o!)

The Gen2 Survey (2015)

Books We (and our kids) Found Helpful:

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More Than A Carpenter – Josh McDowell

Evidence That Demands a Verdict – Josh McDowell

Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel

Walking Teens from Doubt to Faith

Walking Teens from Doubt to Faith, FWRadio Episode #47Walking Teens from Doubt to Faith with Pastor Mike Curtis takes you to our Finish Well Conference. Most of our children, especially teens, experience a time when they must come to grips with who God is. Pastor Mike shares important techniques to help parents guide their children from following Mom and Dad’s faith to embracing a vibrant faith of their own. This workshop will inspire parents to show their children a genuine faith that is real and practical. It will help parents to field difficult questions like, “What assurance do I have that I am actually saved?”. Pastor Mike even lists great resources which answer tough questions like, “How can I know that God really exists?” We hope you enjoy this small sample of the Finish Well 2014 Homeschooling High School Conference.

 

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MBFLP – Teaching A Christian World View

Are you satisfied with a Christianity that stays safe and unthreatening in its Sunday box, or do you believe Jesus is even Lord of math and science, politics and history, philosophy and ethics too? Your framework and lens for understanding things around you forms the basis of your worldview, and it’s important not only to know what you believe and why, but to teach it to your kids. It’s a basic part of being and training a disciple. This episode, we talk about worldview training with David Vogel of Living The Answer.

Resources We Mentioned:

Living The Answer

More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Mathematics: Is God Silent? by James Nichols

Upcoming Events:
April 9-11 – Teach Them Diligently Convention, Atlanta, Ga.
April 17-18 – Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Louisiana Convention, Baton Rouge, La.