When Christian Leaders Fall – MBFLP 231

What do we do when Christian leaders fall?

What to you do when prominent Christian leaders walk away from the faith? How do you think this through, and how do you talk about it to your kids?

In the past month, author and former pastor Joshua Harris announced the end of his twenty-year marriage, and almost “by the way,” renounced the Christian faith he preached for longer than that. It’s a tragedy for his personally, his family, and for many who have read his books or heard him teach. But it’s also a tragedy for Christ’s church, and it will have an impact on your own family to some extent or another.

This episode, we look at Harris’s departure from the faith and how we should think and respond when a Christian leader has a public fall – and how we need to talk about it with our family!

Who is this? 

If you’re new to homeschooling, ,you may not have heard of Joshua Harris. He is the son of Gregg and Sono Harris, two of the earliest leaders of the modern Christian homeschool movement. In 1997 their son Josh, then 19, wrote a book called I Kissed Dating Goodbye where he questioned the wisdom and morality of modern dating culture and proposed a very formal, parent-led courtship process. The book sold over 1.2 million copies and influenced thousands of families in the evangelical community. Other books on relationships followed, and for several years Harris was pastor of a megachurch in Maryland. A few years ago, he stepped down from the pastorate to pursue formal theology studies, and he also retracted his earlier thinking on courtship, apologizing for the hurt his earlier teaching had caused.

More could be said but the gist of it is, Harris came from an influential family in the homeschooling movement. He was embraced and celebrated within the movement from a young age, and he had an outsized influence in the community as a young adult. Now in his early forties, he has stepped back from the things he once believed and taught. Whatever we think about his teaching (then or now), we need to consider the broader impact of his new direction.

How should we respond when a Christian leader leaves the faith?

 

Some issues we address

  • As Christians, how should we think about and respond to this kind of news?
  • How is seen by the world outside the church?
  • Does it affect what we think of their writing, teaching, or music?
  • What are some personal implications for one who falls away?
  • How can we avoid following a popular teacher into a deadly error?
  • How we should explain this to our kids–and why it’s important that we do
  • Most importantly, where are we focusing our hope and our faith?

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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.

Easter Message: What Do You Deserve?

This Easter Sunday, KT and MB chat a bit about the philosophy of getting what you deserve.  The philosophy in our culture teaches us that the harder we work, the more we deserve. Whether it’s a daily latte, a luxury car, that big house on the hill, or the annual fancy vacation, we believe that we are deserving of these fine things.

But, God’s Kingdom is a topsy turvy world in that we all fall short. We are all sinners and yet, we are saved by grace. While our sins earn us separation from the Lord, our Father created a way for each of us to have eternal life. Through faith, we are saved. This is not what we deserve.

This reward system is a contradiction to the everyday American idea that you work hard so you can play hard. Our culture is built on the idea that if you work hard enough, you will be rewarded with the things you so deserve. God doesn’t teach this idea. As a matter of fact, God doesn’t issue a ticket to heaven based on your work ethic. Everlasting life in His kingdom is based on one simple action. Believe.

You can’t work your way into heaven. At the end of the day, the end of your life, God does not tally up the hours you toll. He doesn’t measure your worth by anything you do at all! Instead, he gives us the opportunity to have everlasting life by believing in Him. No work involved. No merit pay. No time card needed. Your eternal vacation has already been booked! God sent his only son to pay the debt. We earn it by a following this one single command. “For whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

In this special Easter message, Kimberly and Mary Beth encourage you to do these two things:

  • Practice grace daily
  • Show love one to one another

For this is how you will receive exactly what you do not deserve. Click play now for an inspiring Easter message from your Roadschool Moms.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard. Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 100 podcast replays that contain episodes for encouragement from wherever in the world they are.

Losing Religion, Finding Grace – MBFLP 161

 

What happens when you do everything right and it turns out terribly, awfully wrong? Do you doubt God’s love? Does it shake your faith? Or does it drive you to a closer walk with your Lord and Savior?

This episode, we talk with Kendra Fletcher, the author of the new book (affiliate link!), Lost & Found: Losing Religion, Finding GraceKendra and her husband Andy Fletcher (hosts of Homeschooling IRL on this network) have seen both sides of the coin, as God brought them from a cold, rule-based religiosity, to a living faith in a living Jesus day by day. You’ll find it both challenging and encouraging as we talk about this crucially important distinction!

 

RSM: Quiet Your Soul: Worry Less!

Holding on to Faith While Homeschooling: an Interview with Kendra Fletcher

Holding on to Faith While Homeschooling: The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast

Many of us began homeschooling because of our faith. I know I did. Homeschooling wasn’t my idea or even my preference. But somewhere along the way we can get confused about the promise of homeschooling. Today my guest is Kendra Fletcher of the Homeschooling in Real Life podcast and we will discuss Holding onto Faith While Homeschooling. I loved this interview so much that I’ve been telling everyone about it. I think you’ll love it too.

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Links

Homeschooling in Real Life

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Help for Homeschooled Teens with ADD

EnrichmentStudies.com

Smart but Scattered Teens by Richard Guare and Peg Dawson

Preschoolers and Peace blog

Preschoolers and Peace book

Circle Time

Lost and Found: Losing Religion and Finding Faith

HomeschoolingIRL on Facebook

Next Week

The topic is Homeschooling Boys: Is it Really Different?

Have a happy homeschool week!

MBFLP – Two Vans, 300 Fans, and One Great God

Two Vans Etc

We’re just back from a 3600-mile trip to North Dakota and back. It wasn’t our longest trip but it was certainly one of our most eventful …

When we lost oil pressure in Wisconsin, we wondered if God was sending us a message.

When the engine seized in the middle of an Iowa intersection, we didn’t know the outcome.

But when we returned home with a “new” low mileage van, thanks to a providential God and the generosity of His people, we realized the message was – KEEP GOING!

Hear the whole story in this special edition of Making Biblical Family Life Practical!

MBFLP – Millennials, Church, and Family

MBFLP - Millennials, Church, and FamilyStudies and research on the Millennial Generation, those in their twenties and thirties now, can pretty disturbing. Indications are this group of young adults is moving away from their parents’ values and institutions in ways we haven’t seen since the sixties — and in some areas, making a radical shift in the nation’s culture. What does this mean for Christian homeschooling parents? Can we gain insight into our parenting and educational process by looking at the results of the families just ahead of ours? You may be surprised at what we learned from the Gen2 Survey released at the Gen2 Conference in late January!

MBFLP – Boy Question Free-For-All

Another of our popular sessions answering your questions about raising sons —

  • How can you encourage sons to pursue their individual gifts?
  • How do you keep rough-and-tumble from coming fighting and bullying?
  • How do you teach your sons not to look down on their sisters for being girls?
  • How can you help make your faith their own?
  • What do you do about embarrassing behaviors in public?

And more!

Destination: Inspiration Episode 12- Who was Maya Angelou? A Tribute to The Phenomenal Woman

Hey, Friends!

If you can get through the echo (I’m working on it- LOL)  in my latest podcast, I know you’ll be blessed to hear the words of this phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou. I’m sure you’ll find her life and words inspirational for you and your homeschool! Scroll below for some inspiring video footage of Maya Angelou. Click the little grey arrow at the bottom to listen!

Outside of scripture, my grandma, my fourth grade teacher Mr. Freesman, and my friend/ fellow poet and co-author of my new Words With Wings Poetry Curriculum,  De, Maya Angelou is the biggest inspiration for my words. Ever.

What is the craziest is how she had SO many roles- like me. I guess it’s the life of a poet. Or a Renaissance Woman. Funny, a friend gave my that title of Renaissance Woman years ago, and it’s just stuck. Felt right. After I visited her website after her passing, diving deeper into Who Was Maya Angelou, I see those words. Right there. Global Renaissance Woman.

Here’s a screenshot and link straight to her page.

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While my words are not known globally  like hers, I pray that someday they will impact as many as hers did. And I pray you find a bit of inspiration on today’s poetic tribute to the life of a truly Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou. Global Renaissance Woman.

As promised, I’ll share some of the links I mention in the podcast below. Here’s a link and a free download to the poem, #Reset  I read and wrote just a few weeks before her passing.

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Blessings for your journey, and may your words take flight.

Jen

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An except from the 1993 Inaugural Poem of President Bill Clinton, On the Pulse of Morning:

(Courtesy, William J. Clinton Presidential Library.)

“Here on the pulse of this new day

You may have the grace to look up and out

And into your sister’s eyes,

Into your brother’s face, your country

And say simply

Very simply

With hope

Good morning.”  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59xGmHzxtZ4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqQzjit7b1w

“The People’s Poet”- CBS News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykKoPCOMSto

Phenomenal Woman- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeFfhH83_RE

And Still I Rise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqOqo50LSZ0

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