The Hidden Reality of Christian Home Schools

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There have been a few high profile cases about some of the horrors that take place behind the closed doors of some religious homes; we see children locked in their rooms, abusive discipline, girls going uneducated and religious indoctrination on a grotesque scale. It is time to take the lid off and see what is really going on.

The truth is that there are some terrible things being done in the name of Christianity and education, and the parents who are guilty are rightly being brought to trial; but having said that there are parents who send their children to state schools who are simply appalling when it comes to raising their children. A number of teachers have an acronym they use when dealing with the fall out that inevitably erupts when dealing with these cases – PPPS (Pathetically Poor Parenting Syndrome), there are other less polite adjectives that they often use. Read more

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How Can Our Kids Know Christ?

How can we help our children to know God?

 

Every believing parent’s desire has to be for their children to know God for themselves. A few parents may be more worried about their family tradition and or their public standing; but for the most of us we just want our kids to know Jesus.

I have the privilege of having two adult sons who are not ashamed of their faith in Jesus. In this post I want to share their perspective on coming to faith in the hope that it might help some of you with growing children. Read more

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Discipleship shortcuts for kids… that don’t work!

Is Sunday School enough?

It is time to be realisitc in our expectations concerning our ministry to children. Here are some of the shortcuts, all of which in themselves are fine, but cannot deliver on the unrealistically high expectations of parents and many church goers. 

Children’s Church

Children’s Church is not a magic cure for worldliness; there is no Scriptural command where God promises that your children will be on fire for Him if you send them. Children’s Church can be a blessing if used properly, but we cannot expect a weekly session on ‘being kind’ or the story of ‘David and Goliath’ to somehow combat everything the children have learned in school; no matter how dynamic the workers. They cannot be expected to download a proper worldview, correct presuppositions, genuine interpretations of Scripture, a living experience of the risen Christ in an hour, including a break for drink and biscuits; that expectation is to say the least, unfair and totally unrealistic.

If children’s church was enough then our congregations would be bursting, because we have done Sunday School for over a hundred years, and we have had a lot of children in that time. Read more

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How to lose your child to the world

Send him to school

Seriously, this is the most effective method. Not guaranteed, but up to 90% effective.

 

What is wrong with our local school?

As far as schools go it is likely to be quite a good one, but for us it is not about league tables it is about discipleship – do our children know Jesus? When we send our children to school are they being constantly exposed to the wonders and glories of their Heavenly Father through their learning or are they being brainwashed with something very different. It is important for us to understand that our local schools are not safe neutral ground where our children can gain an education without it affecting their faith. Schools are secular, meaning they have nothing to do with religious or spiritual matters, and yet schools have to comply with government legislation concerning children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. To be secular in education demands you take a stand for certain things; for this reason for example, it is forbidden to teach Intelligent Design as a scientific proposition, a potential moral foundation, its potential social impact, or possible cultural influence. In the UK school inspectors are being trained to ensure that government funded Free Schools are not secretly teaching the children the truth of God as Creator. Secularism by definition rejects God; we are sending our children into the care of an institution that rejects God.

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Why Christian Education?

Why do we go to all the trouble, expense 
What makes a good education?

and stress of Christian Education; let alone encourage others to do the same, when the children could go to state schools free of charge?

My wife Sandra and I have been involved in Christian education for about fourteen years. We started by home educating our two sons when they were 10 and 12; today we oversee two schools with students aged 4-16, some will be with us until they are 18, when they will go on to university. In this article I will be talking about Christian Schools, but what I will share also applies to home educating.

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