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Aug
10

Would You Let This Guy Lead Your Church?!!!

Our church received a resume recently from a man who, in his words, wanted to be the “Head of our church.” I thought I would pass this on to you as it was too good to keep to ourselves! Age: Early 30s. Marital Status: Single. Political party: None. Denominational affiliation: None. Educational Background: Homeschooled. College / Bible College: None. Seminary: None. Previous Church Experience: None. Previous Employment: Carpentry. Current Employment: Unemployed / Street Preacher. References: We were unable to obtain any positive references from this guy. His neighbors don’t like him. Apparently he grew up in a poor, backwards community that has a reputation of nothing good ever coming from that area. We were told by his neighbors that he was homeless and that he has been seen leading what is considered to be a Zionist gang comprised of a bunch of uneducated teenagers and young men from questionable backgrounds (including one former Militia member with ties to some anti-government, terrorist organizations). We were also told that he is an alcoholic, a glutton and has been seen visiting prostitutes. He has a bad habit of name-calling when he disagrees with people. At one point he called some church leaders “snakes” and “rotting corpses.” Theology: He seems to have some extremely heterodox theology that doesn’t fit with mainstream thought or practice. At several previous churches, he was asked to leave for causing division among the members. Family: When we called his family, they said that he is “out of his mind.” Apparently at one time when they tried to talk some sense into him, he even denied to some of his friends that they were his family. He has a cousin who is a self-made religious leader who lives alone in the wilderness on a very strange diet. His cousin seems to look up to him. Psychological Evaluation: Has a Messiah Complex coupled with Grandiose Delusions. We have heard that he vacillates between being a loner and wanting to be worshipped by the masses (Bi-Polar?). Seems to have a very co-dependent relationship with his dad, whom he references often. Criminal History: While charges were never formally pressed, at one former church he didn’t like how things were being handled, so he vandalized some of the church’s furniture and physically assaulted some sub-contractors who worked for the church. So, as you can see, it seems highly unlikely that this man will EVER be the head of ANY church! I mean, would...
Aug
2

Discussing Christian Education with Michael McHugh

Michael McHugh is a man that I have wanted to interview on my blog for quite some time. Mike is a humble and unassuming guy who has worked for many years behind the scenes with little-to-no fanfare or applause. He has served as an Editor for Christian Liberty Press and has edited literally thousands of pages of quality literature and curriculum for Christian students. Very few endeavors are as important as Christian education for children, and Mike has been on the front lines of that battle for over three decades. He is dedicated to promoting the Kingdom of Christ and expanding a Biblical worldview into all areas of life. As a young teenager I was influenced by a number of articles that he wrote for the Home School Digest magazine in the late 1980s and early 90s. His writings helped to shape my understanding of the Biblical basis for Parental Rights, the need for understanding proper governmental spheres (i.e. The Individual, The Family, The Church and The Civil Magistrate), and recognizing the importance of viewing each subject area from a definitively Biblical perspective. For several years as a homeschooled student I was enrolled with CLASS, a distance learning program offered by Christian Liberty Academy, so his work through them influenced me indirectly as well. Israel Wayne: How did you get involved with the Christian education movement? Michael McHugh: In early 1978, I began to ask the Lord to set me upon a new career path. A few weeks later, the pastor who ran a small local church school in the suburbs of Chicago called Christian Liberty Academy offered me a position on staff with their new “home study program“. I came on staff in the spring of 1978, just as the home school movement in the US was beginning to grow rapidly. Israel Wayne: Who were some of your most influential mentors regarding Christian education (even through books)? Michael McHugh: The man God used in my life to give my work direction and biblical focus was Dr. Paul Lindstrom. I was saved by the grace of God as I sat under the preaching of Pastor Lindstrom in 1976, and I had the privilege to work closely with him for many years.  Other key mentors included the writings of Rousas Rushdoony, Cornelius Van Til, Greg Bahnsen,  Francis Schaeffer, and Abraham Kuyper. Israel Wayne: What does it mean to teach a “Biblical worldview” to students? Michael McHugh: Teaching a “biblical worldview”...
Aug
1

What is Community? — by Daniel Gardner

What is Community? Written for HSA National Reunion 2011 by Daniel Gardner Deep within us burning like a fire strobe of light Is a need to keep on learning to keep up the good fight. And as you live life’s moments, somewhere along the line, You discover what makes life meaningful are the meaningful friends you find. Community is what keeps you laughing Even when you’re miles away from home, It’s the sense that you are new here, but in no sense alone. Community is the GLUE that binds the paper, it’s the voice that rises from a choir It’s the WIND beneath our wings That bid our dreams fly that much higher! Community CALLS people from every tribe, It draws people from every coast, It bids the young & and old together discover what they cherish the most! It’s that SWELL in the music, it’s the BEATING in your heart, It’s the fact that we are stronger than anyone of us apart. Truly it can be said: You can break us or beat us, You can conquer or leave us, But you shall not break down You shall not beat back, our beating hearts as one! It’s this group of common people who stick together through best & worse. Who define community and inspire this last verse Was it not Patrick Henry who said, in 1799, “United we stand, divided we fall?” I read in a small child’s story book On another man’s shoulders, I am twice as tall. We know that people are precious and we know that life is short, So we cherish those moments of togetherness Because their made of the happiest sort. Community is SO beautiful because of the people we hold SO dear, It’s the unity in community that makes it worth it, I think you’ll agree: That’s what brings all of us each one of us here! Note from Israel Wayne: Daniel Gardner is a missionary, media professional, comedian, superhero and down-to-earth guy who loves Jesus. He is the author of the excellent blog: www.lifeschooled.com. I highly recommend that you subscribe to his blog. He has a great heart for others and as a young man is a bright light for our Savior in this very dark...

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