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”...

Omaha Beach in the War of the Worldviews

Omaha Beach in the War of the Worldviews (Kevin Swanson interviews Israel Wayne on Generations With Virtue radio show) A Christian Education Manifesto “Whoever controls the ideas contained in the textbooks controls the future of politics, economics, and society in a nation. Who dares enter the conflict of this war? A few courageous souls have taken on the battle since the early part of the 20th century. Finally, after forty years of hard work, a movement has materialized. Israel Wayne from christianworldview.net addresses his “Education Manifesto” he placed on his website several weeks ago, on this edition of Generations.” (Kevin...

Christian Education: A Manifesto – Israel Wayne

Christian Education: A Manifesto – Israel Wayne This document represents a Biblical view of the training and Christian education of children. Since most Christians are unaware of the Biblical instruction on these matters, I have endeavored to lay out the clear direction of Scripture as it relates to the mandate of parents to provide Christian education for their own children in the ways of the LORD. All of this is predicated on the realization that God has given children to their parents (see Genesis 33:5, 1 Samuel 1:27 and Psalm 127:3), and has charged them with inalienable rights and responsibilities. What the Bible says about Christian Education: Exodus 10:2: “That you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your grandson, how I made a mockery of the Egyptians, and how I performed My signs among them; that you may know that I am the LORD.” Instruction of the young is given to parents and grandparents. Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Evolution and Humanism are substitutes for the true and living God.   Exodus 20:12: “Honor your father and mother.” Government schools dishonor parents (and by example teach children to as well) by claiming that the State can nurture children better than the parents.   Exodus 20:15: “You shall not steal.” Government schooling forcibly takes money from property owners (who may not even have children) to pay for the education of other people’s children. This is legal plunder (socialism—taking from the “rich” to educate the poor) and it is immoral. Legal plunder is legalized theft and is a violation of the 8th Commandment. It is hypocritical that schools expect Johnny not to cheat on a test (taking answers from Billy—i.e. Billy’s intellectual property), but they see nothing wrong with taking money from Billy’s dad (i.e. his physical property), to pay for Johnny’s education. Government schools do not operate upon the Biblical ethics that insist that all charity or giving to the poor should be voluntary (See Matthew 6:1-4). “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) While taxation is not Biblically immoral, confiscatory taxation for things that are outside of the proper jurisdiction of the civil government (i.e. abortions, education, etc.) is immoral.   Matthew 5:19: “Jesus said, ‘Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven;...

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