Category Archives: religion

The Future of Christian Education

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Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Chalcedon founder R.J. Rushdoony campaigned tirelessly for Christian education, homeschooling, and Christian schools. He traveled all over the country, testifying as an expert witness in many homeschooling trials. When he started, Christian homeschooling was forbidden in many districts. Today, it has spread from coast to coast.

Chalcedon continues its work for Christian education, with our own homeschooling mentor, Andrea Schwartz, at the helm. For example:

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-future-of-christian-education-and-why-it-matters

It’s hard work, traveling to conferences, networking with homeschooling parents all over America, blogging and writing about it, spreading the word and walking the walk. We’re proud of Andrea’s unceasing efforts for the cause.


‘Christ of Contention’?

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Yesterday a couple of you discussed the suitability of posting a hymn sung by Willie Nelson, who has a reputation as one who does not exactly live according to the Gospel. Of course, if any of us could really do that, we wouldn’t need a Savior.

Anyway, that brief exchange got me thinking that St. Paul had already addressed this issue, somewhere in the Bible. My Strong’s Concordance soon led me to Philippians 1: 15-18.

Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Paul seems to be saying that one way or another, Christ is preached and God is glorified. So I think by that standard we’re okay with a hymn by Willie Nelson.

Who knows? If the man needs conversion, he might sing it often enough to get one.


Encore, ‘Jesus Saves’ (Amen!)

We’re all caught up on hymn requests, which means it’s time we got some more; but for the time being, Jesus Saves–by the kids from Fountainview Academy, during their visit to Prague. (Our class trip was to the Bronx Zoo.) I love this hymn, and it was many years before I was able to learn its name.


By Request, ‘Just Go By’

We have one more hymn request today, and I think posting it now will do us all some good: Just Go By, sung by Carroll Roberson, requested by Erlene.

You just can’t count on princes, leaders, really smart people: “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils,” said Isaiah.

But we can count on the finished work of Jesus Christ Our Lord.


‘A Game Show from Hell’ (2015)

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You’ve gotta love it when the foaming-at-the-mouth atheist clashes with the wishy-washy liberal churchman. Who’s going to fall deeper into the pit?

https://leeduigon.com/2015/03/25/a-game-show-from-hell/

Both of these invasive species have moved into America’s religious environment, to hog space and choke out faith.

Tares among the wheat.


‘Holy God, We Praise Thy Name’

“TheWhiteRabbit” thought we might enjoy this hymn, which they sang at his church this Sunday: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name. This one goes all the way back to the 4th century, when it was sung in Latin as Te Deum. German lyrics came only in the 1700s, and English later, so now it’s sung in churches the world over.

I can’t think of any older hymns than this, still being sung. Can you?


By Request, ‘Are You Washed in the Blood’ (Willie Nelson)

We have this request from Joshua, Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb, by Willie Nelson.

Somehow I always associated this hymn with the Salvation Army. Actually, it was written in 1878 by Elisha Hoffman–who also wrote Leaning on the Everlasting Arms… not to mention another 2,000 or so.


By Request: Keith Green, ‘Oh, Lord, You’re Beautiful’

I was going to do some news today, but never mind, it’ll keep. Still thundering, cats under the bed, rain coming down… but the Lord is on His throne.

Linda requested this one: Oh, Lord, You’re Beautiful, by the late Keith Green. We lost him in a plane crash: but by the loving and almighty providence of God, he’ll sing again someday–if he isn’t already singing somewhere in Christ’s Kingdom.


‘Light of the World’ (We Need You!)

It’s a dark and stormy morning here today. Let’s have some Light: Jesus Christ Our Lord, “the true light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9); the light that this world’s darkness can’t put out (v. 5).

Yes, I know I post this hymn pretty often–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

But we take hymn requests, too, so if you’ve got one, let us know.


The Age of Total Surveillance

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We keep hearing and reading stories about how your “smart” phone and your “smart” TV–beware the word “smart”!–spy on you for this or that government agency or private corporation. They see what you do and hear what you say.

And there are other headlines, scattered all over the Internet, about spy technology that can be placed in your furniture, light bulbs, food, clothing–even sprayed onto your skin without your knowledge. I have no way of knowing how much of this is true.

Now all this information, collected by “smart” devices, is way too much for any number of human beings to store and process: your head would explode. So they pass it on, instead, to a bigger computer and design Al Gore Rhythms to govern how the big computer handles the information. At no point is there an actual mind involved–just this misleadingly named “Artificial Intelligence” that simulates some of the operation of a mind without having any consciousness of what it’s doing–let alone anything we might call a “thought.” There is no intelligence in Artificial Intelligence.

We saw earlier this month how Facebook’s Al Gore Rhythm decided, on the Fourth of July, that our Declaration of Independence  was “hate speech.” That was mindless. The computer had no ability to take into account the historical context of the document, or to weigh the intent of its content against the current Political Correctness value of its language. Humans eventually had to override their own computer’s brainless simulation of a decision.

The point is, computers and their Al Gore Rhythms are bloody stupid–and so are those who put their trust in them. Just like those who put their trust in idols: see Psalm 135: 15-18 (“They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them”).

Our idols today are fancier, but they’re still just idols.


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