Last weekend we went to a conference in Columbus, Ohio on Christian education and small business. It was done by the Stelzl family: raisingentrepreneurs.net. We camped Friday night at Alumn State Park. However, we didn’t get much of a chance to explore, seeing we set our tent up during a lunch break. After tearing our tent down at sunrise, we went to the church where the conference was located, and set our tent up again to dry.
The Stelzl family had some excellent points. A couple of these that I found interesting were:
- The present day education system is set up in a manner similar to the Greeks. It is designed to create autonomous individuals who rely and support the democratic state. The Hebrew system was based on discipleship – those who had the knowledge would teach those underneath them. It had a firm authority structure, with God at the top.
- The Greeks desired to give all responsibilities related to children to the government. God gave the responsibility of raising up children to their parents.
- The current system is designed to create a large majority of C students. Standardized tested encourages quick but temporal memorization of the facts without requiring actual understanding of the concept. Those who memorize the best get the best grades. This means only a small percentage get a A grade. In fact, this was even what President Woodrow Wilson envisioned: “We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” – Woodrow Wilson.
- Many corporate business require extreme loyalty. This type of loyalty should only be given to God and a family.
I had to get a picture of Mom and her… Er… Hammer?
Happy Birthday Mom!
We celebrated mom’s birthday recently with home-made pizza! I made the crust, and mom, Christi, and Libby assembled the toppings.
Thank you Mom for all your service to us as people, and together as a family! With dad, you patiently train us, act as a sounding board, and encourage us in righteousness. While thinking about the past year, what stood out to me most was how you have been working to stretch out your hand to the world around us. Keeping God and your family first, you have put an increased emphasis on encouraging others outside our family.
The words of king Lemuel, the prophesy that his mother taught him.
– Prov. 31:1
A mother’s words can have great effect on the future! Thousands of years later, we still study the words of king Lemuel’s mother! Matthew Henry, a Bible commentator, thought that “Lemuel” might have been a name Bathsheba called her son Solomon. He valued this relationship enough that he chose to use this name in this public written admonition to young men. All of us, your children, similarly call you blessed (Prov. 31:28).
Thank you for your investment into our lives! We love you!
Last night, we went to our church to meet with our homeschool group for a Bible quiz. With several levels of difficulty, all ages of students were tested; although, some of the younger kids needed some assistance. 🙂 The passage for the older group was Genesis 1-8.
A correct answer
“Concentration” – it wasn’t easy
Snow is not common in Indianapolis. However, when it does snow, it is thoroughly enjoyed at Verity Institute. My parents and Christi left to go back to Cleveland after church on Sunday, leaving Andrew and I to spend time with Matthew and Libby and to do various projects around Verity. When the snow sculpture contest was announced, we, being Clevelanders, quickly joined. After rolling five massive balls of snow, we started creating a bigger than life 4-wheeler. There were two other teams in the competition, and we received 2nd place for our creation. The #1 team specialized in detail and creativity. They had a sculpture of Jesus walking on water symbolizing life, and across the road they had a graveyard symbolizing death. In the graveyard, they even had a tombstone for a resident adviser who had just resigned. That certainly was creative! 🙂
Libby was one of the Clue Characters
Andrew and I have been needing to take a certain CLEP test, so we decided to combine our test with a visit to Libby and Matthew at Verity Institute. On Friday evening, we took part in a fun game of Clue – using Verity rules. We ended up travelling the main building many times in search for clues. It was a fun time; although, I still have a while before I will understand exactly how to play clue. 🙂
My Clue team in deep thought
The snow followed us from Cleveland. 🙂
Last night, in an effort to give the parents quality time together alone, several of the older homeschool kids at our church taught the younger children while the parents went out together. Since Andrew and I (Daniel) have done the Children’s Institute several times with an organization called IBLP, it was fun to practice some of the skills we had learned. We worked on memorizing a verse, as well as learning a lesson from the parable of the Good Samaritan. Hopefully, by God’s grace, we were able to be a blessing to both the parents and the children.
It was a cold and windy day…but Daniel wanted to go for a hike and try out his new camera. We headed out to the nearby metro park after layering up with thick coats, heavy gloves, and warm hats. Evidently others thought the same about the weather as we saw few other people. Trying to find interesting subjects to photograph during a Midwestern January is a tough challenge, especially when there’s no snow and slight sunshine. The colors around us were largely monochromatic browns and greys, mud colors, but as you can see, Daniel did find some spots of beauty. As for me, I enjoyed spending time with Daniel and seeing the hidden loveliness of God’s creation.
Having a great church family adds so much to our lives! The bond we share in being brothers and sisters in Christ goes beyond Sunday morning worship services. We just plainly enjoy being together! In fact often many of us will stay after the services are over to talk. Well, that’s if you’re an adult. The children have just as much fun as you can see from the picture.During the cold winter months we get together for theme lunches then have our Sunday “evening” service afterwards (around 1:30pm). You can see the enthusiasm these meals generate in the third picture 🙂
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – I Thessalonians 5:18
We had our family Thanksgiving Saturday evening. It was a great time to spend time together, especially since we have Libby and Matthew here for the month from Indianapolis! Mom made the cranberry salad; Libby made the mashed potatoes; Matthew made the stuffing; Andrew did the turkey, and Dad carved it; I [Daniel] did the salad, and Christi did the pumpkin pie. We all enjoyed the food, and afterwards we played some Dutch Blitz. So much to be thankful for, family, food, a place to live, and most of all, eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.