Andrea Schwartz, Chalcedon’s resident homeschooling analyst, has likened today’s college admissions scandal to the old, corrupt practice of “indulgences” sold by the Church to get the buyer out of being punished for his sins.
Only Christianity offers healing and forgiveness to sinners–and we’re all sinners. We don’t have to scramble to rack up good works, only to fall short by one or two. Jesus Christ has paid our bill: paid it on the cross, paid in full.
What would the world be like, if everybody lived according to God’s Word? God has promised that we’ll all see that, someday. For the time being, personal sanctification is a gradual process, never-ending–might be kind of hard on us, if the Holy Spirit did it all at once.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year to all of you, from Chalcedon.
It was eight years ago, but I think this is still the best interview I’ve had–largely due to the thoughtful questions asked by Chalcedon’s Andrea Schwartz. Here’s the audio for the whole thing, about 23 minutes long. I apologize, in advance, for my slow way of talking. As for my voice, it’s ideally suited for mime.
At the time, I had three Bell Mountain books in print, with No. 4, The Last Banquet, ready to go to press. Here in 2018, I’m waiting for No. 11, The Temptation, to come out, and writing No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever.
In this latest installment of Chalcedon’s (www.chalcedon.edu) Homeschooling Help, Andrea Schwartz and Nancy Wilk tackle a question that’s a lot stickier than it looks: Does the word of God instruct us to love our children unconditionally? It’s about 30 minutes long, and I guarantee you’ll find it thought-provoking.
The stumbling-block is the word “unconditional,” which presupposes something that does not, in fact, exist: “All love is conditional love,” as Andrea and Nancy make clear. Like, my wife loves me; but if I did certain things, you can bet she wouldn’t love me anymore. So I don’t do those things!
I find myself on tenterhooks (what exactly are tenterhooks? anybody know?) because Andrea and Nancy do not rule out the occasional spanking as a legitimate, appropriate tool of parental discipline. Ooooh! To think it actually takes courage to say that…
Andrea is Chalcedon’s homeschooling mentor. You wouldn’t believe how hard she worked, trying to teach me to perform certain computer functions. I can personally testify to her patience!
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:
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.
I’m going to be mighty busy today. My esteemed colleague at the Chalcedon Foundation, Andrea Schwartz, has organized a webinar with me as the perfesser–young people from all over the country who want to be writers, who are going to ask me all about writing. The questions will be live, and I won’t get to see them in advance, so who knows what they’ll spring on me?
I’ve got to hustle now and get the decks cleared for this. You know, the one question I never fail to hear–I mean, if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times, literally–is “How long does it take you to write a book?” Well, that depends on whether you’re writing Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire or Jonathan Livingston Seagull, or something in between.
So, if you’re new to this blog and are looking for something to read, today would be a good day to browse the archives–’cause I don’t know how long the webinar will take. I’ll be back as soon as I can.