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Philip Graham Ryken. Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 2nd 2006. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read a book that lays the foundation for a Christian view of art?  This is a book worth reading concerning this topic.  It is written by Philip Graham Ryken.  Ryken is the president of Wheaton College which has been compared to as the Evangelical Harvard.  In under a hundred pages Ryken establishes a Christian worldview of art.  I read this aloud with my wife as part of our night’s devotional read and we both enjoyed it.  In addition I enjoyed it enough that half way through the book I had to order it online as a gift for an artist in our church.

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We finished our 7 part Christian home school series on dinosaurs!

These are meant for first graders.

Since we have finished this series I thought I put all this series linked in one post as a table of contents.

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I know I love learning about the Bible, theology, apologetics and philosophy.  But the last few years I discover I love learning in many other academic sphere because of my beliefs of the Christian worldview, knowing that this is the world that God has created and allowed man to flourish with insights and understanding.

A great introduction to a Christian worldview of various academic sphere is The Faithful Learning series published by P&R Publishing (one of my favorite publishers).  They bring Christian scholars from their respective field and have them write about their discipline and they write it in a way that’s friendly to the general reader and yet also insightful of its relationship to the Christian faith!  One of the things I learned from reading Cornelius Van Til both directly and indirectly is the fact that this is God’s creation and a right interpretation of God’s creation involves His revelation of His Word and both are compatible and needed.

While looking up to find more of this series I discovered I actually finished the booklets in this series.  So here below are links to my review of the seven titles in this series.  I highly recommend them.

 

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Jay D. Green. An Invitation to Academic Studies.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, July 14th, 2014. 36 pp.

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

The introduction to the series.  The author has a point in balancing between worldview foundation and actual knowledge and skill of the academic disciplines.  Link to my review here.

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Matthew S. Vos. Sociology Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, July 10th, 2014. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Does it benefit Christians to study human behavior in terms of groups?  Can Christians gain insight from it for both their spiritual and daily life?  The answer is yes!  One would think so if one read Scripture and see the interactions between groups of people.  This booklet is an introduction to the academic discipline of sociology that involves the study of human behavior in terms of prioritizing the dynamic of individuals within a group and interacting as a group with other groups.  I’m glad that the editors and publishers for the Faithful Learning Series had this booklet that survey sociology as an academic discipline from a Christian perspective.

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Finally after months since our last Christian homeschool lessons we are back to sharing teaching outlines every week on Wednesday again!

This is a five part Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on plants that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

Lesson 1: What is a Plant?

Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of plants.

 

Book(s) read:

David Burnie’s Plant.

Other tools:

Paper

Pencil

Crayons

A picture of a plant (including leaves, flower and root)

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about what is a plant.
  2. Learn the vocabulary concerning plants.
  3. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about plants.
  4. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of plants.

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Note: This is a guest post somehow I miss scheduling for when I am overseas.  This is by our dear brother Josh Niemi.  Sorry Josh!  He is an author of the book Expository Parenting and the website can be found here.  The book’s Facebook page can be found here and he also tweets here.

When Education Lacks a Telos (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18)

What’s the point of education?

For many, the answer is purely materialistic: learn so you can have a good career; get a good career so you can make a lot of money; make a lot of money so you can buy and do a lot of “stuff.” Obviously, this perspective is fraught with danger. With self-indulgent consumerism as the ultimate pursuit, ethics are often just an obstacle to be overcome.

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This is a Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on the Solar System that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

Lesson 2: Mercury

 

Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Mercury.

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We must be careful that just because something is made into a “meme” doesn’t mean it is logically sound.  For instance here’s a meme on social media:

Of course this question is trying to make a case against Christian cake shop owners’ refusal to be involved with a wedding ceremony that they disagree with.

So here’s my quick serious answer to this “serious question:”

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Business Insider has an article titled “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey forced to apologize for eating Chick-fil-A during Pride Month.”  The reason why Twitter CEO apologized for eating Chic Fil A is because the company’s owner supports biblical Christian value concerning marriage and family.  These days Christians who believe in what the Bible has to say about marriage, sex and family are demonized as the equivalent of Klansmen and Nazis.

But we must not miss the totalitarian nature of what the Left and our culture is becoming.  What do I mean?

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This is a Christian Home School Lesson Series for 4-5 year old children on earth science that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

 

Lesson 6: Glacial Valley, River Valley and Submarine Valley

Purpose: To know the final three of six kinds of valleys.

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As I’m going over this with a group of guys from my church I thought the following questions might be helpful for individuals and small groups to facilitate discussions and learning based upon the apologetics’ book “Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Jason Lisle.  It is a book that teaches Presuppositional apologetics that engages apologetics at the level of worldview.  Cornelius Van Til was instrumental in beginning this form of apologetics and others have developed and applied it.

For discussion questions for previous chapters click on the following:

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

The questions in this post will be for chapter 8 of the book.  Each question is followed by page numbers in parenthesis where the answer can be found.

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Note: This is the second installment of a seven part series we will feature on Sunday on the important topic of a Christian Theology of Health by Dr. Joshua Trock.  His Twitter account can be found here.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.                       -1 Corinthians 10:31 

 

The Theology of Eating 

By Dr. Joshua Trock PT, DPT 

 

“I’m hungry, but I probably shouldn’t eat that.” I have no doubt that all of us have uttered that phrase at some point in our life. Whether it’s because we weren’t feeling well and the food may make us sick or we have some sort of weight-loss goal and that second slice of wedding cake would for sure derail our diet. There seems to be an intrinsic “ought” behind our decisions to eat or abstain from certain foods but are these “oughts” merely pragmatic in nature or is there an underlying theological impetus driving these decisions? My goal in this article is to develop a theological framework that undergirds how we approach food and how and what we choose to eat on a regular basis.  

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(Note: This is the final lesson for this Home School Lesson series on Ants for 4-5 year olds!)

Purpose: In this lesson we will introduce various interactive ways to learn and to reinforce what we have learn from the previous four lessons about ants.

 

Supplies:

Youtube videos (link below)

Blankets

Perfume/spray deodorant/scent spray

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Watch various videos on ants.
  2. Acting out as an ant
  3. Review all caterpillar’s lessons.

 

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Note: This is the second installment of a seven part series we will feature on Sunday on the important topic of a Christian Theology of Health by Dr. Joshua Trock.  His Twitter account can be found here.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

 

The Theology of Our Bodies 

By Dr. Joshua Trock PT, DPT 

 

“It’s my body and I can do whatever I want with it!” How often have you heard this as an underlying reason for a person’s autonomy to make whatever health choice they want? I regularly hear this in my career as a physical therapist as a reason for individuals to make horrendous choices regarding their health that have real world implications. For instance, I care for many people that have Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/type-2-diabetes#1) and despite being given a plethora of cause and effect data regarding how to manage their disease with diet and exercise they continue to eat poorly and remain sedentary as the disease ravages their bodies. However, while most of my patients are not Christians, are we followers of Christ any different? Is there any reason or divine responsibility for us to take care of ourselves regarding our health or are we free to do whatever we want as long as it isn’t sin? My hope in this article is to give a biblical framework for how God views our bodies and the responsibility He has given to us. 

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This is my fourth and final part of my series of lesson plans that I outlined to teach my daughters on caterpillars for the subject of life science and also to stir within them the wonder of God’s creation.  This is for kids ages 4-5.

Purpose: In this lesson we will introduce various interactive ways to learn and to reinforce what we have learn from the previous three lessons.

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