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October 31, 2005

The Film Festival proved to be a highlight in my life, and most certainly is forming a key element in the development (or reviving) of Christian culture in the west.

Weak theologies produce weak art. Whatever we have seen from Christians tends to be an anemic synthesis on the one hand, or a very superficial artform derived from a weak theology/worldview on the other. This is changing, not thanks to 98% of the Christian world. But, there is something happening in San Antonio with Doug Phillips and the Vision Forum gang. Give them another five years, and we will have something really significant. They might even earn themselves a World Magazine or Christianity Today article on page 67 towards the bottom of the page.

The Awards Ceremony on Saturday night announced the following winners:

Best of Festival - "No Greater Love"
Best Narrative - "No Greater Love"
Best Documentary - "Finally Home"
Audience Choice Award - "Growing Up"
Best Young Filmakers - "Bluestate"

"No Greater Love," produced the story of a journalist who was deeply affected by the love-in-action demonstrated by a Hungarian refugee family escaping into Austria in 1958. I spoke to the producer/director, and he would like to move ahead with a full length feature film. The technical elements of his first film were flawless, the acting superb, and the story and script unbeatable.

The runner up for best of festival was a powerful, yet simple black and white documentary film from India capturing the final days and the final words of a devout Christian grandmother.






October 28, 2005

The 2005 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) has officially begun! It was my privilege to work with some of the best minds in Christian film as we judged the films presented to the SAICFF. We were holed up in a hotel conference room for 4 hours until we agreed upon a winner for the $10,000 2005 Jubilee award. (This is the only Christian film festival in existence offering a $10,000 reward.)

In deliberation with two of the judges

New Section

During this film festival I have been able to spend some sweet time of fellowship with Scott Brown and his family. Scott is a Vision Forum Board member and director of Vision Forum's National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC).

Scott attended the festival with his father, Bill Brown (pictured below)



October 26, 2005

On Wednesday night, we spent a special evening with Doug Phillips at his home. There were many guests, some from as far as Romania and New Zealand, but we all had one thing in common: a vision to honor God in the important area of filmmaking.

I was honored and blessed to spend time with many great men who I admire and respect - men like Howard Phillips of the Conservative Caucus, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, NCFIC director Scott Brown, and many others. May God bless these men who have taken a dynamic stand for His truth in today's culture.







Kevin Swanson with Howard Phillips

Sharing some thoughts with Scott Brown, director of Vision Forum's NCFIC

Enjoying American folk music with Doug Phillips and balladeer Charlie Zahm (right)

October 26, 2005

Remembering the Alamo

Arriving in San Antonio this afternoon at 3:00 pm, my assistant Chad Roach, my son and I had a few hours to spend at the Alamo. What an inspirational moment to walk into such a monumental time in American history.

There are moments in history that are far more defining than others. It is the character of the men who make the appearance at such moments which makes the definition.

When 250 men take a stand that is sure to result in their total rout, many would see their sacrifice as a waste of time. But occasionally it takes such sacrifice to secure liberty and independence from a tyrannical state.

That is the story of the Alamo, and that is the story of the modern struggle for faith, family, and freedom.

We may be holed up in our Alamo, but future generations will look back at our time as a truth-defining moment in history.



Kevin and Daniel Swanson at the Alamo

October 24, 2005

Teen Pact Media
I just finished a week of worldview in the arts with TeenPact Media, with a little help from my friends - Dave Buehner, Chad Roach and TeenPact Staffers. One of the highlights of the week included a visit with Dr. James Dobson down at Focus on the Family. But even more exciting are young people equipped with a biblical worldview, eager to make an impact on their culture for Christ, and as unsocialized as you can imagine. (Most of the students this year were homeschooled.)

Throughout the week, the students helped produce several episodes of "Generations," and participated in the production of several television "shorts."


On to San Antonio

We are looking forward to participating in the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival this week. I have had the privilege of judging a number of excellent films produced by Christians, including many produced by young film makers, 12-18 years of age.

This exceedingly important event will mark another key moment in the comeback of a biblical worldview in the war of the worldviews. Between the 1880s and the 1950s, Christians had basically abandoned the battle. In 1960, several scientists re-entered the battle, challenging the reigning epistemology of those who compromised the faith in the area of origins. That was the day we were back in the battle. Now, Christians are sweeping into all of the other fields, including education and culture, to reclaim EVERY AREA OF LIFE FOR JESUS CHRIST OUR KING.

I'm thankful to the Lord for the visionary leadership of Doug Phillips with this Film Festival. Take a look at the press release below, just issued from Vision Forum.


Controversy and Hope:
San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival
Expected to Draw more than 1,200 to Second Annual Event

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- October 27, 2005 -- Vision Forum Ministries is pleased to host the Second Annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and Jubilee Awards be held on October 27-29, 2005 at the Lila Cockrell Theater and Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The 2005 festival will feature more than forty independent Christian films on four screens over a three day span. The Best of Festival winner will receive the $10,000 Grand Prize Jubilee Award.

The mission of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival is to encourage Christian filmmakers to neither retreat from society, nor to synthesize with paganism -- but to do Gods work, Gods way, from the ground level up, explained Doug Phillips, the festivals founder. We are urging filmographers to force the antithesis between cultural righteousness and cultural evil.

Last years inaugural festival drew more than seven hundred attendees, including filmmakers from England and Scotland. More than twelve hundred are expected to attend this years event.

We are pleased that the call to take a stand for Christ in the critical arena of film has resonated with filmmakers across the globe, remarked Phillips, What this festival showcases is a groundswell of interest on the part of aspiring Christian filmographers to chart a new path and to define success using a biblical criteria -- not to except the scraps from Hollywoods table.

Our film festival is controversial, continued Phillips, not because it seeks to be avant-garde or push the envelope of visual acceptability. It is controversial, because it dares to proclaim that the Lordship of Christ applies to our methodologies as well as our ends. It is controversial, not because of the offensive things you will see, but because of what you will not see.

In addition to the film screenings, the festival will offer workshops with seasoned filmographers, including veteran producer Geoff Botkin, adventure cinematographer David Rasmussen, and composer Ron Owen, who wrote the score for Beyond the Gates of Splendor. Bible teacher R.C. Sproul, Jr. and radio host, Kevin Swanson, will also address the gathering.

Festival attendees will be treated to outdoor entertainment at the Riverwalks enchanting Arneson River Theatre with dramatic presentations by narrator and actor, George Sarris, and rousing ballads with maritime balladeer, Charlie Zahm.

While some may not agree with the standards advanced at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, organizers believe the event provides a forum for hope for Christian filmographers, Those who take part in the festival you will not only hear a message of hope, explained Phillips, but they will witness the fruits of the hopeful -- men and women laboring to advance the crown rights of Christ in a medium of defining significance for twenty-first century Christians.

Festival passes are $125 for adults, $100 for students. Passes allow access to all the festival events. Space is limited. For more information on the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and Jubilee Awards, please visit the festival Web site at: www.independentchristianfilms.com.

October 13, 2006

Vision Forum's Doug Phillips asked if I would join himself, Dr. George Grant, and Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. for the second annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival on October 27th-29th, 2005. What a privilege to serve as a judge for this culture-renewing effort to take every motion picture captive to the obedience of Christ!

Check out more info on the film festival at www.visionforum.com.




October 12, 2005

When back in Philadelphia, I was struck by the common use of Old Testament Bible verses in the founding of this nation. Unfortunately, I could only find these references on old beat-up bells with cracks running down the side. Took a few pictures of this historical legacy that is quickly dissipating from the consciences and minds of our people.

The Liberty Bell and a Guy Who Likes Liberty alot

That Says Leviticus on it Doesn't it?

October 5, 2005

Homeschool Legal Defense Association drew leaders from across the country together last weekend for a conference in Philadelphia. My wife Brenda and I participated.

I had several meetings with international homeschool leaders. What a blessing to see families loving their children in countries like Puerto Rico, Japan, and Hungary! These people are actually raising their children with a biblical worldview, instead of sending them to state schools for a thorough indoctrination in a materialist-humanist and socialist worldview.

These homeschool movements represent bare minorities, but for the first time (in some of these countries) the gospel of Jesus Christ is actually penetrating into institutions and generations. The results will be phenomenal.

These leaders are courageous, principled, rooted in a biblical worldview, and they are self-conscious of what they are doing. True leaders in the 21st century for the cause of the kingdom of Christ contra mundum.

My wife and I took a few snapshots along the way.

Imre Szoke (Heads up the Hungary Homeschool Movement) - A Great Man of God for the 21st Century

Truly A Mighty Man of God - Chris Klicka with Brenda

Our Friend and Fellow Laborer Hiro Inaba (Japan CHEA)

Getting into it with Doug Phillips and Eric Wallace

September 26 2005

Occasionally, we have to remind a listener that we reserve the right to keep tongue in cheek. We have had phone calls from concerned Christians who didn't realize we were using a little humor to make a point.

Although we do our best to keep our satire a couple of weeks ahead of reality, it's getting tougher all the time. The minute we try to create an outrageous scenario of some liberal policy or judicial decision in a satirical piece, some leftist judge or legislature comes up with the idea as a logical implication of a faulty worldview.

I don't have the time to give a full apologetic for the use of humor. But suffice it to say that we can eat our bread with rejoicing because God accepts our works. (It's in Ecclesiastes somewhere.) Christians can be humorous. Interested parties might tune into our program on humor this week.

If you caught our Roadkill Dissections program, here is the closing piece to the program.


Homeschool Curriculum Were Still Waiting For

Roadkill Dissections - Double the Learning Experience at Half the Cost

Your Home Appendix Operation Kit - by the Numbers

Build Your Own Nuclear Reactor Kit (Using Radon strips from Smoke Detectors)

Character in a Box (Theyll get it in a year, or double your money back)

Full Contact Speech and Debate (from a Biblical Worldview of course)

Hands-on Civics - Front Yard Booby Traps for Social Services Visits

Medieval Weaponry Practicum



September 24, 2005

Homeschooling Under Attack

Over family worship this morning, I shared with my family the attacks that we are seeing within our home schooling movement across the nation. Several major conflicts have ruptured home schooling ministries in a number of states. At the same time we are seeing state control of home schools across the nation continuing to grow. This is happening primarily through the state-sponsored, government-funded programs growing increasingly popular among home educators. In a recent interview I conducted with several home school fathers and legislative aides from Alaska, these men told our radio audience that 90% of the movement was now dependent on government funding. Once hooked on the funding, the state began to restrict all Christian content (while requiring a thorough-going humanist religion in the educational content). Now, the Alaska school districts are moving towards more home visits to make sure that there is no cheating, and to assure that their students are progressing to the states expectations. All of which confirms the age-old maxim, what the government funds the government controls. As we estimated several years ago, fully 1/3 of our movement in Colorado has moved towards a government funded and controlled program. The home schooling movement is under attack.

During the 1990s, our precious movement grew in leaps and bounds, as our state and national leaders fought hard for home school freedoms. For the first time in over 120 years of American history, fathers and mothers were bringing God back into education. But did we think that the devil could leave well enough alone? Would all of that which opposes Jesus Christ, parental rights and responsibilities, and freedom from state control, sit back while we entered this gigantic war of the worldviews? Of course not! We should fully expect every possible attempt to unravel freedom for the family and God-centered, biblically-based education. The devil doesnt want to lose the next generation any more than we dont want to lose it!

The text we read from this morning in our family devotions was Ephesians 6. I told my children, it is by faith we will quench the fiery darts of the wicked one. It is by faith we will continue to fight against all resistance for godly education, godly science, history, and literature. It is by faith we will continue to lead this movement into the 21st century of the year of our Lord.

We are also thankful. While we hear of other state organizations have seen incredible internal conflicts rip them apart, we have been graced with a united board and staff who are committed to the vision of a Christ-centered, parent-driven education program for our children. The outstanding unity promoted by a servant-like humility of each of my co-laborers really blesses the socks off of me. But, of course we are not immune from attacks. As we have grown by a factor of 300% over the last six years, we have had threats to the integrity or unity of the organization. During times like these, members of the board and staff meet together and we pour out fervent prayers to God for his renewed blessing and strength. And God always answers our prayers! We have seen miraculous healing in relationship and organization.

We are confident that a ministry that is working among tens of thousands of people to restore a vision for godly education, renew family relationships, and improve education is not going to please the other side of our worldview battles. As long as evil is opposed to good, we will face opposition. But thanks be to God we have the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Whatever the opposition, we are going to continue on with the mission that God has given us. We are going to encourage home-centered, Christ-centered education every way we can. Last month, we held our first Single Mom Homeschoolers Encouragement Banquet at our offices in Parker. I think it was a greater blessing for those of us who served than it was for the served! We hope to continue this encouragement banquet on an annual basis in the future. I think we are finding out what kind of ministry we want to be.

With this short article, I wanted to give you a peak into the ministry we call CHEC, the challenges we face, and the faith that upholds us. I know that God has blessed CHEC and continues to bless CHEC. But it is through the support of families like yours that we are able to do everything that we do. Please consider supporting the Casterline Widows Fund, or our Foundations Building program, or you may even wish to become a CHEC Founding Family. Any family donating at least $10 per month, receives a regular monthly newsletter as well as the quarterly news magazine. We also share the vision daily with a statewide and national audience through our radio program called Generations. You can support this by making your donation out to CHEC-Generations. Send all correspondence to Christian Home Educators of Colorado, 10431 South Parker Road, Parker, CO 80134.




September 16, 2005

The Beginning of Wisdom and Knowledge

When our family heard the news about hurricane Katrina that ravaged 90,000 square miles of southern Louisiana and Mississippi, we were deeply moved. It was hard to believe that a natural disaster such as this could do as much damage as a 100 megaton nuclear warhead. It is being touted as the greatest natural disaster, in material damage, in the history of our country.

Of course, many families like ours, have been pressed to contribute resources to families who lost their homes in this horrific disaster. But what is the message? What do we tell our children about such disasters? In the past, such events would have renewed a healthy fear of God in the minds and hearts of millions, but not so in a post-modern world. There was hardly a mention of God in the newspaper reports, the television interviews, and the political spins taken on the event. Most of the pundits that I heard comment on what took place in New Orleans blamed George W. Bush or some organization called FEMA for it all. As far as I could tell, God was a non-issue.

This is not the way it has always been in our country. At the founding of the nation, it was common for newspapers to refer to the providential hand of God in the events of the day. Pastors in the 18th century would preach sermons on these natural disasters, interpreting them exactly as Jesus saw them. Every disaster signaled another wake-up call to repentance. Except you repent, says Jesus about a Trade Center Tower that fell in Siloam, You will all likewise perish (Luke 13:1-5).

Our first president, George Washington, saw the hand of God in the heavy fog that enabled the critical withdrawal of Continental troops from Long Island, even as he saw that Hand bring a heavy snowstorm on December 26, 1776 during his last ditch assault on the Hessian troops at Trenton. Addressing the American people at his inauguration on April 30, 1789, Washington acknowledged the sovereign God over the United States with these words, No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency...We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained." Washington was a man who had an overwhelming sense of Gods presence and His hand in the events of the day. He was a man who feared God and it was a God-fearing nation.

Now two hundred years later, we dont hear much about the powerful, providential hand of God anymore. God is hardly real to anybody, and as the psalmist says, There is no fear of God before their eyes. The worldview relentlessly hammered into us for at least the last one hundred years of our history is one that will not permit God to enter mans experience and act in his world. When a newspaper begins with, A hurricane destroyed New Orleans, it is already betraying a worldview, and that is that these are random events taking place in a chance universe, without any ultimate first cause. A newspaper, writing from the point of view of a Christian perspective, would acknowledge that God destroyed New Orleans.

Nevertheless, the Bible is clear on the matter of Gods absolute control over the elements and all things. Here is a smattering of verses to illustrate the point.

Jehovah does his will in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Nah 1:3
He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. Mt. 5
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny and not one of them shall fall to the ground without your heavenly father? Mt. 10
Shall evil fall on a city and Jehovah hath not done it? Amos 3:6
A mans heart deviseth his way, but Jehovah directs his steps. Prov 16:9
A mans goings are established of Jehovah. Ps. 37:23

Now, what does the fear of God have to do with education? Some schools will tell us that they are religiously neutral. But neutrality on basic issues like ones theory of reality, ethics, and truth is impossible. If public school curriculum presents God as if he were not a factor in geography, in the weather, in history, and science, then we already have a religious perspective, dont we? We get the message. God doesnt exist, or he is not important in these areas of life.

When I was very young, I can remember reading religiously neutral materials produced for public schools. I spent several years with Dick and Jane, and Alice and Jerry. Characteristic of childrens readers in the 1960s was a clear avoidance of God. That is, God was not a conscious factor in the lives of any of the protogenists. But I couldnt help but notice that they still lived happy lives without God. There was no God who held moral expectations over them. Therefore there was no sin and no need for atonement. Of course it was all a cheap lie. But as a young child, I was tempted to believe that the world created in these readers was a better world then mine. A worldview with transcendent moral expectations and a concept of sin, and a God who cares about such things can be traumatic to one who has sinned and knows it because he has felt the discipline of his parents over the years! Wouldnt it be nicer to live in a make believe world where God is not a factor?

Over a hundred years of our recent history, the high priests of the modern naturalistic worldview have taught us faithfully (or religiously) through their newspapers, through their public school textbooks, and through other ministries that God is not a factor. And, there is not much on the fear of God in any of it. After all, why should we fear a God who doesnt exist? Why fear a God who is at the mercy of hurricanes, dictators, and the press? Why fear a God who could not create a world, but had to rely on chance events to bring it about? Why fear a God who has no righteous standards, no absolute, moral expectations, and did not need to atone for sins by the blood of his Son?

Even as I write about the fear of God, there seems to be something strangely awkward about it. I wonder how many of my readers will relate to such a concept. Will they read this article? Will they relate? The fear of God is such a distant concept to our present reality, the worldview we have been swimming in for most of our lives, that few people are able to relate to it.

Let me explain the connection between the fear of God and education. It all starts with a book, written a long time ago on the incredibly important subject of how to educate a child. It is a very old book and comes with terrific recommendations. Of course it is the book of Proverbs. If you were to read the book of Proverbs, right away you would discover (by the 7th verse of the 1st chapter), that the beginning of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of God.

If you, like many parents, hope to give your child a little education before he leaves the house and gets on with life, I would think you would be interested in the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. The word beginning, found in Proverbs 1:7 means the foundation or the fountain. If your child is going to receive a true and genuine, lasting and effective, fruitful and life-blessing education in knowledge and wisdom, those lessons must be rooted in the fear of God. There are many pseudo-wise people in this world that have multiple doctorate degrees, but they do not know the first thing about wisdom and knowledge. A person, a family, or a society that refuses to build their education and lives upon the foundation of all wisdom and knowledge (which is the fear of God), will not survive. As Jesus put it, when hurricane Katrina comes and when the wind blows, that society will come down.

Now how does this apply to parents who must choose an education for their children? Let us say, for example, that you were considering delegating a significant portion of the education of your child to somebody else. I would suggest that you ask two very simple questions. The first question is this. Are you in the business of knowledge and wisdom? If they come back with, No Maam. We change oil and tires here. But we dont provide knowledge and wisdom, then go somewhere else. But if they do happen to be in the business of providing knowledge and wisdom, then ask them the second question. What do you teach as the foundation of all knowledge and wisdom? There is only one right answer to this question. If they do not answer, The fear of the Lord, you must leave immediately and dont forget to take your children with you.

The fear of God starts with recognizing his existence. It should go without saying that teachers and curriculum presenting the fear of God are not going to go out of their way to ignore his existence. But the fear of the Lord, it is more than that. It is a healthy fear. Not the cowering fear of a dog that has been kicked too many times, but a healthy, constant fear of offending God and breaking his law.

Fear is a concept largely lost to children who have never learned to reverence, fear, or stand in awe of their parents. And respect for parents is lost with children who have learned to reverence, fear, or stand in awe of God. A society that does not respect and honor their parents is a society that doesnt fear God.

Why would I write an article on the fear of God? Only because I am in the business of knowledge and wisdom as Executive Director of an education organization in the state of Colorado, and the beginning of all wisdom and knowledge is the fear of God.

Parents, teach your children the fear of God. When you read the newspapers and watch the newscasts, teach them the fear of God. When you study science, point out that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. When you study history with your children, point out the acts of God in his story. When you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you rise up, and when you lie down, teach the fear of God. That is true education and nothing less than that will do for us.


This article serves as an overview to one of the chapters in Kevin Swansons new book Upgrade The Ten Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child.






September 9, 2005

The Last Four Weeks
After four busy weeks, we are finally back on a regular recording schedule with "Generations," not to mention Family Worship in the confines of our home.

But in review...

Oregon
The OCEAN Oregon Home Educators Conference was a huge blessing to my son and me. We joined Vision Forum's Doug Phillips to minister to these homeschool families over the weekend of August 19th and 20th. It was a delight to get to know the Karmans, the Lights and the other board members of OCEAN in Oregon. These are humble servants of God who are being used in an important way to breathe life and truth into homes and hearts across that great state. Oregon is a beautiful state, controlled by the left. By the grace of God, a generational vision and the right worldview, we will change that state.

New Mexico
We also spent a week at Teen Pact Survival down in Glorieta, New Mexico. It was a blessing to have my whole family with me during this ministry. I presented a series of messages called, "Bringing it all to the feet of Jesus." As Christians, we bring our attitudes, our hearts, our lives, our calling, our politics, our art and movies, and our leadership to the feet of the King of Kings and Lord of lords, and submit to his law-Word in all areas of life.

I explained to these young people and a number of parents, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ includes acknowledgements that...

we have sinned very much (which means we have broken his laws)...
we have been forgiven very much...
therefore...
we love very much...
and we keep his laws very much, because if we love him we will keep his commandments.

In this way, I demonstrated that there is a marriage of grace and law, faith and repentance, something that has been largely missing in the presentation of the Gospel message for the last 150 years in the west.

One young man came up after the week was over, and told me that the Lord had worked in him radicallay through the week, and his relationship with God had been profoundly impacted.

Family Camp
Our first family camp, sponsored by Reformation Church in Castle Rock, Colorado, was, by all reports, a blessing to those who attended. Speakers, R.C. Sproul Jr. and James and Stacey McDonald provided some great teaching, and combined with the terrific Glorieta Retreat Center, I think we were able to capture a "perfect" family vacation.








September 4, 2005

God Destroys New Orleans

You can imagine my shock when I saw this headline in the Rocky Mountain News announcing the devastation brought on by the recent hurricane.

Or did I see it in World Magazine?

Actually, come to think of it, I havent seen a news source that writes its stories and headlines from a biblical worldview, in the fear of God, in my entire life.

Of course, an American newspaper in 1790 may have headlined the story in this way.

The problem is not with the newspapers. It is with the churches, that utterly refuse to teach that God is absolutely sovereign in mans epistemology (truth), metaphysics (reality), and ethics. The worldview that is taught by the churches and encouraged by the newspapers (even many purporting to be Christian), is not that Gods hand is behind everything that happens, but that these are random events taking place in a chance universe.

If God is not sovereign, in the end, he is not worth fearing. So America does not fear God.

Nevertheless, the Bible plainly presents God as sovereign. Almost every page of the Bible presents God as absolutely sovereign, and only those who are beholden by the worldview that insists on the ultimacy and absolute independence of mans will, would be blind to this fact. Here is just a small sampling of texts.

Jehovah does his will in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Nah 1:3
He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. Mt. 5
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny and not one of them shall fall to the ground without your heavenly father? Mt. 10
Shall evil fall on a city and Jehovah hath not done it? Amos 3:6
A mans heart deviseth his way, but Jehovah directs his steps. Prov 16:9
A mans goings are established of Jehovah. Ps. 37:23


Why did God destroy New Orleans?
This is probably the worst disaster in the history of this country. At least 90,000 square miles have been devastated, far worse than any damage a 100 Megaton Nuclear Bomb could have done to the southern tip of Louisiana. If Gods hand was involved in this horrible devastation, why would he have done such a thing? Although it may be hard to identify all the reasons or the primary reasons, here are a few suggestions:

1. By sending a hurricane, He cancelled Southern Decadence," a celebration of immorality scheduled for the week following the destruction of New Orleans. Here was an event, officially recognized by the mayor of the city, in which 125,000 homosexuals and other deviants would flaunt their wickedness (not to exclude sex acts in the street) before the mayor, the police, and other state officials.

2. To judge this nation. The Bible tells us that all of Gods works are judgment. If God were to judge a nation, what would it look like? Let me suggest a few clues (that happen to come from his revealed Word.)
a. You would be in debt. Deut. 28:44
b. Natural disasters. Deut. 28:60
c. Enemies will increasingly attack you. Deut. 28:52
d. Your birth rate will fall from 5.0 to 1.9. Vs. 18
e. Women and children would lead the nation. Is. 3:12
f. You will not even know you are being cursed. Vs. 28

According to Deuteronomy 28, these judgments come on nations that will not pay attention to Gods commandments, or serve God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all his blessings. Does this sound like America?

3. To give us an opportunity to repent. When the tower fell at Siloam and killed a number of folks in Jesus day, Jesus interpreted the event rightly when he said, Except you repent, you will all likewise perish. That is the message every God-fearing man, woman, and child should take from our horrible disaster.

4. To give the Christian church an opportunity to exercise charity towards those affected by the devastation. Galatians 6:10 reminds us to do good to all men, but especially to those of the household of faith. Our first priority is to help those who are of faith who have lost their property and belongings in the cataclysm, and then secondly we can use this as an opportunity to bring the Gospel of faith and repentance to the lost.

To contribute to any of several funds... let me suggest two:

www.visionforum.org (click on Katrina Relief Fund)
or
www.homeschoolingtoday.org



August 22, 2005

Review of The Island

Over the years, I have grown painfully disillusioned with the Christian movie review industry. From counting cuss words to superficial analysis of the story line without any care of the deeper issues of worldview and ethical theories propounded through the scripts, it has become almost impossible to find anything that would defend the hearts and minds of ourselves and our children.

I have benefited greatly from the works of Gene Edward Veith, especially in the area of culture. For example, I would recommend his book Reading Between the Lines, an excellent little tome on a Christian view of literature. Nevertheless, I am pressed to part ways with his recent review of the movie the Island in World Magazine..

The movie presents a creative story that hangs together well at the beginning and then sort of disintegrates throughout the movie. The story is set in the mid 21st century, and immediately we are met with scenes of grown adults who live in a sterile, institutionalized world, complete with twenty-four hour health monitoring, nutrition, and care. They are told that they have been rescued from a contamination in the outside world, presumably a nuked-out world filled with radiation. But every day, someone wins a special lottery, where they get to go to an island. As it turns out, the island is a hospital where their organs are harvested for their sponsors. They are all clones that have been made for rich people as an organ factory for rich clients served by the corporate bio-tech firm. In short, two of the clones clue in on what the island is all about, and they escape the institution into the real world. Eventually, they return and blow away the bad guys.


The Superficial Analysis

The pro-life theme in the movie is unmistakable. The executives of the firm are justifying themselves using Nazi-like rhetoric such as, Hey were just saving lives here. In the climax scene, the evil director of the clone factory calls his business, The holy grail of science, and pointing to the clones says, These people dont have souls! The fact of the matter is that, in the analysis of the persons considered as bad in the movie, we find them to be really bad. They really do kill innocent people, and that makes the bad guy, bad. What makes this particular movie satisfying to people like us is that it points out the true evil character of the pro-death, pro-euthanasia, pro-kill Terri Shiavo crowd.

But that is not the whole story. What is the real message lying underneath the rhetoric and story line?

Incidentals

The action scenes were so unrealistic, you had to laugh. But laughing didnt seem appropriate in a drama of that intensity. Although, after one fall from a 60 story building, where they land in a net some worker on the high rise looks down at them and says, Jesus must love you. (Another reason why some Christians might have turned ga-ga over the flick.)

Naturally, the movie serves up the typical equal opportunity violence, where both men and women kick the living daylights out of each other.

We begin to get a clue as to the worldview of the movie as the escape scenes play out. For example, the good guy who actually rescues the two clones, turns out to be a sexual pervert, with pornography hanging around his place. Finally, at the emotional climax of the movie, the two clone escapees commit fornication. So what should we as Christians conclude about this movie? Jesus loves and blesses fornication?

The Worldview
In order to find the true worldview that undergirds the movie, one must ask the question, Why are the bad people bad, and why are the good people good?

What we find in this movie is that these two people do obtain freedom from the social planners, out from under the control of those who control every aspect of their lives and death. But they are delivered into a libertarian world - where they make their own choices based on what they want. They commit fornication, and then take the law into their own hands, and blow up somebody elses property, and kill the bad guys. (I couldnt help but wonder if the producers of the movie were suggesting one way to end abortion.) So on the one hand, the movie condemns Playing God on a social level, while the heroes play God on an individual level. The bottom line: God doesnt exist, and there is just a battle over who gets to play God.

A Warning
The PG-13 warning on the movie warns us of sensuality and intense violence. For the record, sensuality is not a peck on a cheek anymore. What you get in this movie is a full fornication scene, about 95% of an X-rated movie, roughly 99% of the human body. Anybody with an ounce of modesty would instinctively turn their faces in an attempt to cover such shameful exhibitions. Scenes such as these are as helpful to the movie as a 3 inch black stroke would be over the face of the Mona Lisa.

I am not going to recommend this movie, and I am not going to say that it would be a sin to watch a movie such as this. Choosing good family entertainment is a personal matter, and it is one of the most dangerous things in the world to produce a list of good movies and bad movies for others. What one family finds edifying is not always what another family would find edifying. Yet, it is safe to say that there is a devastating lack of discernment on the part of Christians today in their artistic expressions and experiences.





August 16, 2005

Doug Phillips and "Little Bear" Wheeler joined us at the beautiful Crooked Creek Ranch over the weekend for a great Father/Son Retreat. What happens when 450 fathers and sons get a boatload of vision and make commitments to follow God's order of fathering and sonship? Cultures change. Period. Families, churches, and cultures will never be the same. In one of his presentations, Doug showed what happens to cultures that turn their hearts away from God and their sons, and contrasted it with the converse. Powerful message.

I preached on how much water to use in a baptism last Sunday at our church in Castle Rock. For those of you that are curious, you can visit reformationopc.sermonaudio.com to download the message (it should be up tomorrow). It is a relatively minor issue that has split the church right down the middle (east and west, or presbyterian and baptist) for thousands of years. That, in itself, should be an astounding consideration.


August 15, 2005

My father sent me a few pictures of our homeschool in the early 1970's. Here are homeschool pioneers. We were in a remote area on the southern island of Japan. Notice the doors are paper and the floors are straw mats.

Nevertheless, homeschooling is still homeschooling. The generational legacy continues in 2005.


Homeschooling in Japan

One Busy Homeschool Mom

August 8, 2005

The euphoria over Bush's Supreme Court nominee on the part of conservatives appears to be wearing off slightly, especially after the attorney that succeeded in overturning Colorado's Amendment 2, which would have restricted special rights for homosexuals, admitted that the nominee (Roberts) provided the ammuinition necessary to overturn it.

Listen to our program on pragmatism and supreme court appointments. Our problem with the appointment, was the criteria used for the appointment, not the appointment itself. I told our listening audience that Roberts may turn out to be a good appointment. But 9 times out of 10, using pragmatism (the win-ability of a contest) as the fundamental basis for making ethical choices, will enable our slide into Gomorrah.

Dr. James Dobson, Dr. D. James, Counselor Sekulow! Cool the euphoria. You're not winning this battle, as long as pragmatism reigns over principle.



August 6, 2005

If you missed our Renewing the Family Camp in New Mexico this year, make plans now for next year.

We had to cap attendance at 650 due to a limitation on accommodations at Glorieta. We will work with Glorieta to expand our accommodations for the 2006 camp.

This year, we look forward to some great presentations from Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., and James and Stacy McDonald. And speaking of the McDonalds, we have arranged a trade out with the McDonalds for further publicizing of the Generations Radio Program. Beginning in September we will be advertising the program to over 100,000 homes around the USA and the world. Already the program is heard in 46 states and about 25 countries. With partnerships with Family Reformation ministries and Homeschool Legal Defense Association, we hope to see further expansion for our ministry.

July 26, 2005

Pornography and Lust
Writer: Kevin Swanson, B.S., M.Div.

(Warning: Children should not read this article without parental supervision. What follows is a candid discussion on the incredibly prevalent and relevant issue of pornography and lust. It is, as one fellow put it, "Every Man's Battle.")

The problem of pornography has become a pervasive evil in this culture, and more and more Christian counselors are confronting it in the evangelical church. This paper will address the problem of pornography, developing a biblical approach to it, and then it will follow up with a test case in which a suggested modus operandi will be suggested for the Christian counselor.

Definition
The definition of pornography is in itself not without controversy. Even the courts of the country have struggled with its definition, drawing a distinction between obscenity and pornography, a somewhat arbitrary distinction not based in Scripture.
I define pornography as any live performance, video image, or printed material that is the means by which men or women commit the sin of sexual lust. The biblical term lust is simply defined as desiring what God has forbidden (1 Cor. 10:6, Rom. 7:7). If God has put a Not for You sticker on something, and you say, I want it anyway, you are committing the sin of lust. Sexual lust is then wanting something in a sexual way that God has not given to you. This definition of pornography is very broad. Obviously there are some pornographic scenes that are carefully constructed such that a vast majority of men would readily succumb to lust. Other scenes may not be intended to be pornographic and they may be taken that way by a few. The issue of creating pornography then is a distinct ethical consideration from that of viewing or reading it.
A second definition that is probably more narrow and perhaps a little more helpful is this. Pornography is the suggestion, encouragement, or invitation to sexual lust. In other words pornography is exactly what is described as provided by the temptress in Proverbs 5:3-7 and Proverbs 7:10-17. It is the intentional invitation or temptation to sexual lust. This definition is more helpful in establishing the ethical immorality of the production and marketing end of pornography.
Both of these definitions would suggest that pornography could extend well beyond pictures of nude bodies to such things as suggestive looks described in Proverbs 5:3 or suggestive words (Prov. 6:23, 7:21).

For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil (Prov. 5:3).

With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him (Prov. 7:21).

The Ethics of Pornography
The question of pornography offers somewhat of a challenge to the Christian ethicist, and this writer has seen a good deal of disagreement on the topic even among conservative scholars. First, is the question of the ethics of its creation. Second, is the question of the ethics of viewing it. And thirdly, is the question of the ethics of legal action by means of legislation and enforcement towards its creation, distribution, or possession.
First is a consideration of the ethics of creating pornography. The only way to establish the immorality of a thing is by divine law, and so what follows is a short review of the biblical principles relating to this. Uncovering ones nakedness for public viewing is presented in the Bible as an act of shaming oneself, and as such this is a sin. (Gen. 9:21-22, Is. 20:4). In the case of pornographic photography or motion pictures, the producers are encouraging the shaming of the protagonists in the pictures. Secondly, those who create pornography by pen or camera are also viewing it and in most cases would be committing those sins associated with viewing pornography. And thirdly, if pornography is defined as intentional invitation or temptation to sexual lust, then there is also here a violation of the seventh commandment in the encouragement of others to violate the seventh commandment, an example of which Paul is describing in Romans 1:32. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. The Westminster Shorter Catechism captures this violation precisely in its description of the thing required by the seventh commandment as the preservation of our own and our neighbors chastity, in heart, speech, and behavior.# The creation, manufacture, and distribution of pornography certainly does not work to preserve the chastity of our neighbor. After all if the pornographers were not going for maximum titillation, their products would sell no better than a medical journal on treating STDs!
Secondly, the ethics of viewing pornography is a problem because of lust. Jesus clearly identifies lust or the looking at a woman to lust for her as a violation of the seventh commandment (Matt. 5:28). How could a red-blooded male not study pornography for a time without developing an erection? Some would argue that they can view pornography without lust. I would agree that that may be the case on the first viewing. But viewing pornography constitutes, what the Proverbs calls coming nigh her door. I would even say that the prolonged viewing of the pornographic images of those of the same sex as the viewer could result in homosexual thoughts and actions.

Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger (Prov. 5:8-10).

The command here is plain. One is not to intentionally draw near to the tempter. The application of this is going to be somewhat subjective, only that some things produce a temptation to some, while they do not to others. An excellent way to determine whether something is a potential stumbling block or temptation to one, is found in whether a similar situation was found to be tempting to him in the past. For example, if gazing at certain well-defined or uncovered features of the female body has led a male in the direction of lust, then that would constitute the door of Proverbs 5. Also, if pornography or any potential source of temptation has been known to tempt a very large percentage of people (and is presented that way), that would be another excellent clue that this is the door that Proverbs 5 is addressing.
A second principle that applies here is found in that the study of evil is not to be what the Christian spends his time doing (Ps. 101:3). When it comes to the opportunity for lust, Paul plainly encourages Timothy to flee those youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).
The sin of pornography is not only found in the intentional subjection of oneself to temptation, but also in an improper motivation or purpose in viewing that pornography. Phineas comes upon a man and a woman copulating and is commended for his reaction to the scene (Num. 25:5-8). He acts in righteous (and deadly) justice, not in some kind of voyeuristic pleasure. Ezekiel likewise describes a wicked scene in sexually descriptive terms, but couches it in thoroughly condemnatory language (Ezek 16:25-27, 23:18-21). How do these examples relate to the viewing of pornography? All of our actions must be properly motivated and targeted to a proper end, which must be to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Whether eating, drinking, or viewing pornographic or obscene scenes, all of it ought to be done to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). So the question that must be laid before the man gazing at pornography (or reading pornographic books), would be, How are you glorifying God in this activity?
Moreover, evil deeds of men, in terms of literary description or pictorial presentation, require of us a certain reaction. A reaction of sexual pleasure or excited curiosity is not a right reaction. To the point that ones reaction against sin becomes anything less than disgust, hating the things that God hates, is the point at which his perspective has been corrupted and he falls into sin (Rom. 1:32, Ps. 97:10). When the Christian happens upon the unfruitful works of darkness, his only proper response is one of reproof (Eph. 5:11,12). Here Paul also warns against speaking of those things, which presumably would be where reproof is unnecessary. There comes a point at which even the speaking of certain things are unprofitable and unedifying. Where the Christian reads about the evil works, views the evil works, or thinks upon evil, is where he is mostly likely to succumb to some level of acceptance of it, unless he is unavoidably faced with it. And it is at that point where his only reaction must be disgust and reproof.
The Christian is to continue to put to death the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13), along with fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire... (Col. 3:5). Resistance to tempters that appeal to those fleshly desires must continue as long as the body has desires contrary to the law of God. Moreover, the Scriptures commands a husband to be content with the wife of his youth, and not to seek other means of fulfilling those sexual desires (Prov. 5:15-21).

The Civil Governments Role
What is the role of the civil magistrate in the manufacture, distribution, and possession of pornography? According to Gods law, I believe that there is at least one point to which the civil magistrate's jurisdiction extends. The civil government may consider pictures and motion pictures as evidence in crimes such as adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, rape, and child molestation. The producers of the films may be held accountable in part for the crimes. Certainly the protagonists in the films or pictures would be accountable for their crimes if they willingly engaged in the acts. If our society returned to a just system where the crimes of incest, rape, and adultery were properly adjudicated, pornography would be far less of a problem.

Problem Cases
In the consideration of the ethics of pornography, there are several other complex questions that are often raised in theoretical discussions or counseling situations which must be addressed.
First what about the creation of nude photographs of ones own wife? In this case, I would say that again there is a distinction between the image itself and the wife herself. One can lust after a picture or an image, and it is not the same thing as desiring and loving ones wife. How can one say, I love this picture, so I will sexually desire it! People are loved, and images are lusted after. There is inevitably a separation of love from desire in the viewing of the picture.
Secondly, what about the case of the eunuch who views pornography, or the accidental viewing of it? The principles aforementioned still apply. What is to say that the first glance wont lead to the second? Accidental viewing of pornography is not a sin per se, however a second or a third glance is either sin or extremely unwise (according to Proverbs 5:8-10). Also, as mentioned above, the Bible warns us against fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness as well as a dwelling upon it in conversation (Eph. 5:11,12). The only proper reaction must be a reaction of disgust and reproof, but if there is nobody to reprove than why should one sit there and look at the material? Also, God holds each accountable to redeem the time in the evil days (Col. 4:5, Eph. 5:15,16), and certainly the viewing of pornography by anybody for more than a second or two would quickly violate this principle.
And finally, what about the doctor who views pictures of nude bodies in his medical books? In this case, I believe the principle maintained by Shem and Japheth in Genesis 9:23 applies. The principle is that the rule of necessity governs. Modesty ought to prevail as much as is possible. This applies to the undressing of the patient as well as the view of nude pictures and diagrams. The pictures may be viewed only to determine what is necessary for medical purposes. Even so, the person ought to be uncovered only as long as it is necessary to address medical needs.

The Evils of Pornographic Lusting
Having established the immorality of pornography, now we will proceed with a brief summary of the assorted evils that attend the sin of pornographic lusting. Sexual sin will burn. It has a destructive quality to it, evident in so many ways (STDs, divorce, etc.). Sexual sin bears consequences, some mental, emotional, or spiritual. Inevitably sexual sins will negatively affect relationships and often will result in generational problems (Ex. 20:5).

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. (Prov. 6:23-29)

Guilt
The most basic and damaging effect of this behavior is guilt itself. There is no man without a conscience. Even the man in Borneo who eats his enemies has a conscience, however compromised his conscience may be. Yet he has a conscience and that conscience will always demand a response when it is violated. It is instructive that even the most godless of the pagan philosophers and psychologists cannot deny the existence of guilt, since it is an ever-present reality.
The all-pervasive power of guilt is noted in the behavior patterns that result from attempts to ameliorate its cries, which include self-atonement through masochism, and various forms of escape. Many times these efforts will be characterized by self-destructive habits.
The best explanation for the power of guilt is a biblical explanation. Man knows that there is a God to whom he is morally responsible (Rom. 1:21, 2:15). That knowledge is inescapable for it is part and parcel of any true knowledge. God has placed his mark on his creation both externally and internally within man and man cannot escape it. Therefore, man is continually faced with this terrible problem the dimensions of which he can only estimate and which he refuses to face head on. It is the problem of an infinite God who is dissatisfied with him. If it were only himself (his inner ego) that was dissatisfied with him, science could address this by re-programming him and changing his own expectations of himself. If it were only society that was dissatisfied with him, again science could address it by changing his stimuli, giving him new expectations that would be achievable, or by simple and constant positive affirmation. But the problem runs far deeper than that and science is unable to comprehend, let alone ameliorate the problem. It is God, the Creator of the universe, the original Knower, the Ultimate Determiner of human ethics, the Covenant-keeping God from which there is no escape. It is this God with whom mans conscience has to do.
1. The natural and immediate response to guilt is, what Rushdoony refers to as an intensive and unhealthy introspection and self-absorption ("Revolt Against Maturity", Ross House Press, P. 160). Natural man will not of himself look to Christ for the satisfaction of justice and the amelioration of his guilt. He looks inwardly at his guilt and often this introspection begins to dominate his thought patterns and results in anxiety and depression. Adams links this depression to inactivity and irresponsibility in other parts of life.
2. Self-deception. There are various ways in which one may respond to the cries of conscience, the signals of guilt that transmit from the conscience. His response is primarily characterized by self-deception.
As man turns away from the God he knows, he turns inward, establishing a pattern of self-deception especially in the realm of ethics. First he might attempt to change the standards by which the conscience judges between right and wrong. But his standard of what is right and wrong shifts and changes constantly in attempts to justify his own behavior which is true to no standard. With that comes the inevitable slippery slope and the escalated forms of sexual aberrance (when it comes to pornography). What he requires of others does not comport with what he requires of himself. His ethical thought and life are nothing but a mass of confused contradiction and hypocrisy.
The conscience then is the target of these continual attempts to re-program. Over time it can be forcefully weakened and de-sensitized to its original code. We should be very clear that the original code never completely disappears, but may sink deeper into the consciousness. Therefore, every man must inevitably deal with his guilt. Whether it is conscious and before him constantly (as with David in Ps. 51:3,4), or lower in his consciousness, he is still faced with the God with whom he has to do and his own irresponsibility to that God. The state of conscience itself will then determine the manner of response the man will take to attempt to meet the demands of the guilt that he inevitably must face.
3. Lying is the third response to the emanations of guilt from an offended conscience. Some might be a little surprised that we draw a distinction between self-deception and lying. The difference is subtle but nevertheless important. Self-deception occurs when one has convinced himself of the truthfulness of a false proposition, and therefore has come to believe it. He covers not only the belief but his deceiving intent. Lying occurs when one presents something to another person as true which he knows to be false. The lying itself may result in a searing of the conscience and encourage self-deception. It is extremely helpful for counselors to be aware of ones attempts to ignore or cover his guilt by outwardly denying what he inwardly knows to be true.
4. Self-Atonement. As man attempts to deal with his guilt on his own, he moves from introspection to self-deception to efforts of self-atonement. This is the natural progression of responses taken by the natural man to the insistent demands of conscience. Inevitably man will work towards atonement, because his efforts to ameliorate by introspection are of course unsuccessful, as well as his efforts to deceive himself. So he turns to atonement, but never of his own will he look for atonement from the God whom he has offended. Man seeks atonement on his own terms. Autonomous man seeks to define the terms of justice, and assigns the atonement value earned by his sins.
a. Scape goats. The first form of autonomous atonement we will consider is the atonement of scape-goating. The term scape goat itself originally had a biblical connotation where the priest would transfer the sins of the congregation upon the goat (symbolically) and send the goat out into the wilderness. The term is now commonly used in a variety of contexts as in families, businesses, churches, and any where there is human community. Scape-goating is very simply casting the blame for your sins on another, or it may be assigning an inordinate amount of blame for sins upon another person in comparison to that which you place on yourself.
We see this phenomenon in our society as a widely accepted practice. For example, Adolf Hitler is still the epidome of evil in the consciousness of most people today whether they are conservatives, liberals, abortionists, homosexuals, and perhaps even convicts and ax-murderers. Most people see a wide gulf between the morality of an Adolf Hitler and themselves. They shudder at the sins of Adolf Hitler and smile at their own mistakes. An abortionist may be wiping the blood of a small child off of his hands while he decries the immorality of Auschwitz. The covetous materialist excuses his own sin and guilt by leaning heavily upon Adolf Hitler or some other favorite scape goat.
There are several fatal mistakes made by the one who engages in this blame-shifting. First, the one leaning on his goat forgets that there is no goat capable of carrying anybody's sins. The second problem is that the blame shifter is trying to wash out his sins by the dark colors of another, and in doing so, is again attempting to ignore something that is still there. He has done nothing about his own sins. The final mistake is his mis-conception of the heinousness of all sins in the sight of God. Even our righteousnesses are filthy rags, says the prophet, and God cannot bear to look at any of it (Is. 58:6, Job 15:15, Hab. 1:13). If you set side by side one hell-deserving sinner with another hell-deserving sinner, it is hard to distinguish between one who is less hell-deserving than the other. Both are guilty of an offense of infinite and unfathomable severity, and despite the fact that one sin may more heinous in Gods sight than another, that is little comfort to the one whose conscience accuses him of sin and announces his due as nothing less than eternal separation from God - hell. The activity of blame-shifting or scape-goating can be seen as a lesser expression of sadism, which we will consider next.
b. Sadism. Another form of autonomous atonement is acts of sadism which can range from a pattern of harsh words to violent sexual behavior to murder.
c. Masochism - The third form of autonomous atonement is masochism which can range from self-deprecating language to suicide. Mowrers telling of his story is a painful experience for him, and according to Adams, he believes suffering pain helps to take away the feeling of guilt.

Loss of Masculinity
The second evil that results from the sin of pornographic lusting is what I shall call, for lack of a better term, loss of masculinity. Although some men would like to think that the ease by which they are seduced turns them into a sexual machine, the true effect is just the opposite. Doug Wilson writes on this, calling it effeminate slackness:

The essence of masculinity is initiative and authority. . . when a man is seduced he is being led, and when a woman seduces she is leading. So when a man is seduced (whether by a living woman or a pornographic woman is immaterial) he is relinquishing and abdicating his assigned role. While he may still perform the male role in intercourse, he is no longer masculine in the relationship. (Douglas Wilson, The Ungarbled Word, Straight Talk to Christian Men on the Problem of Porn, (Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 1997))

The Scriptures warn men not to give their strength to women. The capitulation to the temptress in Proverbs 5 and 7 yields the following:
1) He gives up his honor to others and his years to the cruel one.
2) He loses the value of his labors and wealth.
3) His body is consumed.
4) He becomes as an animal and a fool.
There he goes at the end of a rope to the slaughter. In the words of Chesterton, free love is the direct enemy of freedom. It is the most obvious of all the bribes that can be offered by slavery. The man is created to be the leader of his home, a free man. But he does not act as a free man when he subjects himself to the bondage of illicit sexuality.# A man who yields to the temptation of illicit sexual experiences, he will over time consume himself in the sin, sacrificing his initiative and motivation to work, lead, and live. This is the nature of sin, and this is why the wise man called it the way of death (Prov 5:5, 7:27).

Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

Undermines Sexual Pleasure
Sex was designed by God to be personal and fulfilling within a properly cultivated marital relationship. Since man has perverted it, it loses both qualities. It becomes neither personal nor fulfilling. How easily men will trade the best for a mess of pottage! This is exactly what happens when men seek pleasure from pornography.


Escalating Evil
Seasoned family counselor, George Scipione, testifies his many years in Christian counseling that he has always seen pornography attended with other sexual offenses (such as adultery or incest).# A man usually does not succumb to the sin of incest or adultery over night. In a recent adultery case with which I counseled, a church elder confessed to me that he had first watched R-rated movies, then pornography via the worldwide web, and then finally committed adultery all over a period of about 3-4 years.
Face a young married man who has just purchased his first copy or two of Playboy magazine with the question, Could you imagine yourself molesting your children or could you imagine yourself raping a young teenage girl in a cheap hotel down in the red light district? His response would no doubt be horror, but he does not understand the potential of the human heart. The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately evil (Jer. 17:9). Nor does he take the statistics seriously, for there is hardly a rapist or molester existent in the state prisons who did not get his start in the skin magazines. Sin is sin, and once a person willingly and habitually throws off restraints and rebels against Gods law order, all bets are off as to where he will stop.

Biblical Help
There are effectively two situations that need to be distinguished in the counseling of those who have been taken in the trap of pornography. There is first the case of the married man and then the case of the single man. This particular article will be focused at those men who are members of a Bible believing church and who have professed faith in Jesus Christ. Although there are cases where women are entrapped in the evil of pornography, these cases are far less common than with men, so the focus of this paper will address the case of men.
The first step for anybody trapped in the velvet jaws of pornography is to seek counseling immediately, honestly, openly, and wholly (preferably before an elder or pastor or faithful member of a Bible-believing church). This should initiate a series of regular counseling sessions, and the following items summarize at least in rough form, the content of such counseling.
In the case of the married man, the counseling should focus more towards the marital relationship itself. Ideally, both husband and wife should be part of the counseling. Here are a number of steps by which a counselor might address the problem of pornography.
1. The counselor should first of all address the sin of pornography and the associated evils that are connected with it as has been laid out in the first part of this paper. The idolatry of addictions should also be considered.
2. The counselor should then encourage a confession of sin on the part of the counselee to both God and to his wife. The counselor should encourage honesty and take note as to how the man is dealing with his guilt based on the short review of that subject above.
3. Then the counselor should deal with the issue of hope, pointing out that by Christs sacrifice he has delivered his own from the bondage and power of sin as well as the guilt of it. He should point out that through the proper exercise of the means of grace and the work of the Spirit, the Christian man will overcome his sin.
4. The counselor should also point out that a married mans body does not belong to himself. It actually belongs to Christ, first and foremost (1 Cor. 6:12-20), and then it belongs to his wife (1 Cor. 7:4) in the sexual context. Therefore he should be made aware of the fact that he cannot do what he wants with that body. Christ has redeemed our bodies and therefore our bodies must be part of the sanctification process.
5. The counselee needs to come to grips with the fact that the Christian life is a battle, a cross, trials, and suffering (Eph. 6:10-18, 1 Pet. 4:1-3). For some reason, Christians in our world today find it strange that they must live with a little sexual discomfort or frustration from time to time. This misunderstanding must be radically altered by good preaching and good counseling. Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, while others fought to win the prize and sailed through bloody seas?
6. The counselee needs to learn how to flee the occasion to sexual sin. The example of Joseph is preeminent in this counseling. Extensive discussion regarding the whole area of fleeing temptation and sin would be appropriate.
7. An analysis of the counselees daily schedule would be very important. The basics of daily family devotions, individual devotions, prayer, church attendance, and so on should be verified. In the case where much time is consumed in entertainment and self-indulging activities, the counselor should counsel him in the area of serving others (his family, his church), physical exercise, sufficient one-on-one time with his wife, and so on. Where the means of grace are being neglected, appropriate homework assignments should be instituted. Usually the lack of self-control in one area only means a lack of self-control in others.
8. The counselor should focus in on the marital relationship. Either as a cause or result, men who are tangled in pornography will have other problems relating to their marriage, both sexual and non-sexual. Communication problems (including lying, mistrust, bitterness, etc.) may have to be considered and addressed. Misunderstandings and sinful attitudes and habits in the sexual relationship may have to be addressed. He needs to learn how to make love with his wife in a biblical manner (see Song of Songs). He needs to understand that intercourse is a personal, loving act, and must be surrounded with other personal, loving acts where he is meeting her emotional, physical, and spiritual needs throughout the day. I would recommend Dr. Scipiones course on Marriage and Family Counseling as a good basis for working through these issues.
9. Establish accountability structures with both his wife and the counselor or elder in the church on an on-going basis for at least 1 year.

The Single Man
1. The counselor should first of all address the sin of pornography and the associated evils that are connected with it as has been laid out in the first part of this paper.
2. The counselor should then encourage a confession of sin on the part of the counselee to God. The single man should recognize that his experience with pornography as a single man could affect his sexual life with a future wife for years to come by way of mental images and the way the body is conditioned for arousal. In this way he is not being faithful to his future wife (if God will provide him one). Therefore, not only is he sinning against God, but also he sins against his future wife.
3. Then the counselor should deal with the issue of hope, pointing out that by Christs sacrifice he has delivered his own from the bondage and power of sin as well as the guilt of it. He should point out that through the proper exercise of the means of grace and the work of the Spirit, the Christian man will overcome his sin.
4. The counselor should also point out that a single mans body does not belong to himself, but to Christ (1 Cor. 6:12-20). Therefore he should be made aware of the fact that he cannot do what he wants with that body. Christ has redeemed our bodies and therefore our bodies must be part of the sanctification process.
5. The counselee needs to come to grips with the fact that the Christian life is a battle, a cross, trials, and suffering (1 Pet. 4:1-3).
6. The counselee needs to learn how to flee the occasion to sexual sin. The example of Joseph is preeminent in this counseling. Extensive discussion regarding the whole area of fleeing temptation and sin would be appropriate.
7. An analysis of the counselees daily schedule would be very important. The basics of daily individual devotions, prayer, church attendance, and so on should be verified. In the case where much time is consumed in entertainment and self-indulging activities, the counselor should counsel him in the area of serving others (especially those in his church), physical exercise, and so on. Where the means of grace are being neglected, appropriate homework assignments should be instituted. Usually the lack of self-control in one area only means a lack of self-control in others.
8. The counselor should point to the Scripture targeted towards single men who struggle in the area of sexuality. It is better to marry than to burn (1 Cor. 7:9). Perhaps the counselee should put as much initiative into preparing himself for marriage and searching for a bride as the sexual energy he has put into his lustful sin. Often, those who have given in to the vanity of the world in this way have taken up unrealistic, narrow, and superficial standards for what would make a good bride (roughly only about skin deep). The counselee should be discouraged from these worldly standards and focus on at least two biblical standards:
a. She must be a non-married, human female.
b. And she must be a committed Christian.
9. Establish accountability structures for the single man. It is highly undesirable that young singles like this live alone and this should be underscored in the counseling. With the exception of those who know that they are eunuchs, or those that take a vow of singleness for a time (which I would not generally recommend), I would question the value of those men living alone and outside of the family context for any length of time. My own single years between leaving home and marriage was a wasteland of spiritual slothfulness, loneliness, and decline. Accountability in the Scriptures is absolutely crucial to the Christian life.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb. 3:12,13)

The counselee must be posed with this simple question. Where is the opportunity for daily exhortation, if you do not live with a Christian?

Homework Assignments
The following is a list of suggested homework assignments that might be varied depending on the nature of the counseling case or counselee(s).

1. Burn or throw away all pornographic materials in your home, car, work place, or any other secret place in which you might keep them.
2. Identify all of the places where you have viewed or purchased pornography over the last 5 years.
3. Establish a simple rule in your home that nobody watches television or movies alone. Write the rule and post it where the television is located.
4. If you cannot control the television, get rid of it.
5. Install a web filter or get rid of web access in your home.
6. Business trips can be the worst possible situation for Christian men. Here are some possible solutions to the potential problems connected with business trips.
a. Take your wife with you.
b. Agree not to watch television or movies alone, and to call your wife at least 2 times per day (for married men). For single men, establish firm accountability structures with family members, elders, or other brethren in the church.
c. Be sure that you have something scheduled in your down time (such as studying Scripture, reading a profitable book, or some job duties.)
d. Change jobs where business trips are not likely to be required.
6. Read The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall
7. Read Heaven Taken by Storm by Thomas Watson
8. Read Fidelity by Doug Wilson
9. Read Holiness by J.C. Ryle
10 Read Proverbs 5 and 7 on a daily basis for the next 14 days. Develop several Bible study lessons on these chapters.
11. For Married Men - Establish a regular pattern of sexual intercourse with wife. For the first 4 weeks, read a chapter from Song of Solomon beforehand and pray. Work to control the images in your mind as you do so. Be prepared to report back as to how well you were able to control your thoughts.
12. For Single Men - Get a room mate, move in with an elders family, or move back with your parents.
13. Exercise the means of grace (Bible reading, prayer, morning and evening service), especially those areas that are easiest to neglect.

Conclusion
Pornography dominates our society. It is in the work place. It is in the video stores, the worldwide web, the television, the magazine stands, the movies, and the bill boards. It is paraded before us on the beach, in the department stores, at work, and at school. Immodesty and unchaste behavior and speech is so common, a man must practically walk about with his eyes on the pavement and his fingers in his ears to avoid all temptation. There is hardly a more relevant subject affecting Christian men that is crying out to be addressed by leaders in the church today. Gods kingdom will suffer as long as fathers, husbands, and sons will compromise in this area of sexual purity. In so doing they undermine their own strength in godliness and male leadership. May God deliver us from the cursed evil of pornography.



July 19, 2005

Harry Porter - To Read or Not to Read

The latest Harry Potter is casting more spells. Sales hit almost 9 million in 1 day. He studies Potions, Divinations, and Charms, all used in witchcraft. The biblical word for witchcraft comes the Greek word for hallucinogenic potions or drugs. This is one way that witches open themselves up for demonic powers. This girlfriend, Hermione, is referred to as a good witch, playing with semantic autonomy. Harry even experiments with a little black magic, in which he uses his demonic powers to hurt a friend. Several chapters on puppy love, lots of teen kissing, emotional hitching, and divorces (or breakups). Harry Potter is a Warlock or a Wizard and his girlfriends are witches.

Have you heard of the new series? Harry Porter, the Ax Murderer?
Here is an apologetic from the left on the Harry Porter series.

"Christians often fear Harry Porter, the Ax Murderer, because they just dont understand metaphor.

Why all the controversy about Harry Porter? Harry Porter cant be a threat. The Porter stories give us largely moral Ax Murderers, ax murderers who have fully absorbed Christian ethical categories, love, kindness, hope, loyalty, hierarchy, community, and more.

It is true that Harry Porter is known for his bloody ax murders, but the theme of the plots are always redemptive. He is saving the world from evil (whatever that is), and his violent behavior only contributes to his power over the evil.

Authoress Miss Rowling in the Dough may not be a Christian, but she is careful to redefine the term of Ax Murderer so that it does not exactly identify with those nasty ax murderers in our world. These fictional ax murderers are not ax murderers in the true sense. Were not really sure how exactly they are different than regular ax murderers, but, for Petes sake, get over it, you fundamentalist narrow-minded, ignorant Christians. This is metaphor! These are not ax murderers that cause their victims harm per se. These are ax murderers that act out of love. Well maybe not for their victims or for God But they have a strong value system. They believe in themselves. Just as there is a difference between white witchery and black witchery, there is a difference between a white Ax Murderer and a black Ax Murderer. Only occasionally does the young Porter fall into black ax murdering.

Just as Potter does everything that witches do, but is not bad witch, this Porter fellow does everything that Ax Murderers do, but is not an ax murderer."

Have we redefined the terms now enough to cross the boundaries? Can you spell a-u-t-o-n-o-m-y?


July 18, 2005

Daniel and I just returned from a weekend conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

What a blessing to spend time with Jerry and Susan Chrisman, and the other homeschool leaders from the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Association!

As leaders in a movement of 2,000,000 across the nation, it is essential that we know who we are and where we are going. We are, in short, reversing Rousseau. The implications are powerful and extensive and will eventually touch every human relationship. Homeschooling is an attempt to renew the concept of human relationships in family. But the economic, ecclesiastic, and political implications resulting from such bold steps taken by families, are practically breathtaking.


July 17, 2005

A Moment of Decision

Every great social movement will see its great moments of decision. I believe that moment of decision has come for home education in America.

After the first 20 years of healthy growth in home education in America, a new threat is developing on the horizon. Over the last several years many schools and school districts across the country have launched a plethora of programs specifically targeting homeschoolers. One school district provides a web-based program for homeschoolers. Another school district offers free curriculum, a home computer, and other benefits, as well as regular home visits from public school teachers... and all of this is free! Another school district opens up any and all classes for homeschool participation.

Whether the government-funded schools offer these programs to the homeschoolers out of pure altruism, a desire for more control over the education of our children, or merely for the state money that they would receive is sometimes difficult to tell. Nevertheless, the pressure is growing. The public schools will continue to pursue homeschoolers, advertising their programs to those families who have filed their notice of intents with the school districts. Then the carrots of computers, curriculum, and cash undoubtedly will be placed in front of us. Now this may appear like good news to many home educators who resent paying twice for their childrens education. But, before accepting the whole carrot, I would urge my fellow home educators to consider the following important principles.

First, let us remember the reasons why we homeschooled in the first place. Many of us homeschool in order to change the content of education. As our society drifted away from a Christian basis for education and more into a humanist system, the content of education changed. As the ideas changed, the consequences did too. There is a reason for the 550% increase in the rate of illegitimate births, the 200% increase in teenage suicides, and the 500% increase in violent crime rates just over the last 30 years. Many Christian parents have concluded that the ideas generated by our major cultural institutions (the schools and the media), are creating consequences that would be unacceptable for their families. So they have turned back to a biblically-based education. In general, the government-funded schools will not provide a Christian education because they have adopted a self-consciously, secular-humanist worldview, and most certainly do not endorse a Christian value system in their moral instruction.

Furthermore, the homeschool can provide a purely individualized instructional program, in which we fit a curriculum, teaching methods, and courses to each childs individual giftings. Inevitably, government schools will be constrained by regulations that will inhibit flexibility which is essential if we are going to maximize academic effectiveness for each individual child. Government systems are (by definition) built for centralized control and therefore, standardization of process and content.

We also homeschool because we, as parents, recognize our obligation to administer and control the education of our children. The government-funded schools operate on the presupposition that professionals ought to be educating, testing, training, and counseling children. Fundamentally, government education systems challenge parental responsibility and violate the rights and obligations that lie in the sphere of the family. When a parent volunteers to assume responsibility for the education of their children, a major part of this responsibility is the funding of it. Using an oft-stated truism, freedom is not free!

These are some of the basic principles at stake as we consider government involvement in home education.

Secondly, may we never forget the inimitable principle that what the government funds, the government controls. A number of private colleges have had to turn down all government grants and loans for their students for the very reason that the federal government moved to control the policies of the schools.

Many of the government-funded homeschools will include visits from a friendly public school
teacher or administrator. Let us say for example that the government funds the homeschool program. After a while, an administrator for the program finds that the environment of the homeschool is negatively impacting the education of the student. Why then wouldnt the government remove the ten commandments from the wall of the homeschool or dictate the kind of discipline the parents should use in the homeschool? This may not happen at the outset of the program, but inevitably the controls will come. There have been so many legal precedents authorizing this trend, one can hardly argue the inevitability. I think of the Pell Grant vs. Grove City College Supreme Court decision and the more recent West Virginia State Court decision, concluding that the public school has the right to put conditions such as enrollment upon homeschoolers if they wish to participate in extra-curricular sports or take supplemental classes.

Thirdly, remember that government-funded schools are a relatively new historical invention. The public schools are funded by a system of wealth redistribution, an inherently socialist political principle. Until the mid-to-late 1800s most of education was private, local, and based in the home. Free government-controlled education came on the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto, published in 1848. The Bible, on the other hand (published well before that date), put the control of education (and therefore the funding of it) squarely in the lap of parents (Eph. 6:4, Deut. 6:7).

Finally, there is the principle of the camels nose. This comes from the Arabian fable of the camel who felt awfully cold one night outside of the tent. He asks his master if he might bring the tip of his nose into the tent. His master acquiesces. Then he asks if he might just slip his head into the tent, and, before you know it the entire camel is in the tent, and his master is sleeping out in the desert sand. In my brief 35 years of experience with government, one thing I have learned is that big government tends to grow incrementally into our homes, businesses, churches, and personal lives.

This is indeed a moment of decision for every homeschooling family in this state. Will we allow the camels nose into the tent? Will the reasons why we chose to homeschool in the first place be blurred and will we gradually merge back into the government school system? Will we lose the distinction between a fundamentally humanist education and a godly education based on the principles of Gods Word? The future of homeschooling, to a great extent, will be determined by what the homeschoolers in this state will do with the carrot of government money. Homeschooling has brought a great blessing to many families, and, I believe, it is the brightest light in Americas future. This is because it represents a radical shift in how we teach children, what we teach children, and who is in control of it. Undoubtedly the government has the power to destroy it, but only if we acquiesce.

In closing, I would simply caution each homeschool family that would consider participation with the government school to ask a few questions first. Is there any part of this program which could oppose my basic spiritual and moral values, and undermine my homeschooling program? Since I will strengthen the programs that I support, is there any way that I can supply an equally effective program through support groups, enrichment programs, or other community or church groups? Is my participating in this program going to lead to participation in more programs? Is there any way that new regulations and controls may be placed on the program that could either curtail my freedom to homeschool or otherwise compromise my basic spiritual and moral values? Could involvement in government-funded programs lead to interference from the government in other parts of my familys life, or an invasion of the privacy of the family and homeschool? In other words, is this just the camels nose under the tent? May God give each of us the courage and the wisdom to make the right decisions for our families and for our country.


Kevin Swanson - July 17, 2005

July 8, 2005

We were blessed with a visit from my father last week, as he drove out to Colorado to help us with the raising of our garage. My vision for all that I do is rooted in what my father taught me. The books he wrote in the 1970s had a profound impact on me, and my work is derivative from the foundational issues he introduced to me 30 years ago.

I'm convinced that the resurgence of a biblical worldview was due primarily to leaders like Henry Morris, Francis Schaeffer, R.J. Rushdoony and others in the 1960's. My father played a part in the Christian school movement and the Creation Science movement. He wrote one of the first books re-introducing a biblical epistemology as pertaining to science in Japanese (where we lived on the mission field.) The book: "The Bible and Modern Science," by Ralph Swanson.

We are now the second generation in this great worldview war. May we be worthy of filling our fathers' shoes (biological or spiritual) and moving the line ever forward!

Dad took this picture of the family while he was with us.



July 7, 2005

We thank the Lord my sister, Heidi is safe. She was flying in from London tonight, and we were planning to pick her up from the airport. First time we had seen her in five years.

She never made it to the airport.

Here's her story in her own inimcable wording:

"Heres the story of how I missed my flight.

It turned out to be an exhausting morning. As I stood waiting on the crowded rush-hour platform at 8:30, two trains passed, too packed to admit me and my purple rolling duffle. I realised that the delays on the underground were going to make me late, especially when the lights dimmed at 8:50, so I headed with some irritation for a minicab office. Another woman came running up as the moustachioed Turkish driver was stowing the purple bag. She desperately needed a lift, but didnt have cash. We waited impatiently while she used the nearest ATM. By the time the cab got us to Finsbury Park where I could get another train that would hopefully get me to ! the airport on time, precious minutes were ticking by.



I paid for the cab, and as the other woman and I haggled over how to split the fare, off drove the cab, with my purple bag in the trunk. I ran after it, throwing my free copy of the Metro (didnt even get to finish reading it) at the back window to catch his attention. Some Turkish men standing in front of a shop noticed the cab with a frantic white woman in hot pursuit. They shouted at the driver who suddenly remembered my bag. Phew. Another delay, but at least I should arrive with all my gifts for my family. Now the Victoria line platform was ten people deep all along with commuters from the delayed Piccadilly line. I looked at the train pulling in and prayed for a miracle. It happened, and somehow I squeezed on, purple bag and all. I was mentally calculating how many stations there were to go when an announcement came that Kings Cross and Euston! Station were both closed. Good, I thought. Less time wasted stopping at stations. Ill make it on time after all.

Then the train slid into Highbury and Islington station and waited. And waited. Nobody complained, but a man behind me was sighing heavily. Finally an announcement came that there was an electrical failure affecting the whole underground system. We were asked to leave the station as it would be closing, and continue our journeys by bus. I was stunned. Id never had a trip go this haywire before. And I knew that there was no way I could get all the way across London by bus in time to catch a plane, especially during peak commuter time. Somebody helped me carry the purple bag up all the steps and as I stumbled out of the station, everyone was using mobile phones, snapping up the last few taxis, and crowding onto already crowded buses. There must have been a thousand people pouring out of the station, some irritated, but most shaking their heads good-hu! mouredly at the unpredictable London transport.



I searched frantically for an alternative route at least to Victoria station where I could catch a high speed train to the airport. There were no taxis, and no buses headed where I needed to go. I stood in the 65 degree drizzle in my flip flops and aloha shirt, with tears running down my face watching my trip crumble before my eyes. Lord, what is happening, I prayed. Youve always helped me arrive safely before. The only answer I could think of was All things work together for good to those who love God. I saw a taxi parked across the street and dashed across through a break in the traffic. But the driver only shook his head at me and turned his keen attention back to his radio and mobile phone. I prayed for wisdom- theres got to be some for moments like this. This time the answer was, You need to go back home. What?! Ive got a plane pois! ed and ready, my bags are packed, my good-byes are said, I cant go back! Again the impression was strong. You need to go home. I stopped at a phone booth to call a colleague and ask for a second opinion but BT informed me that the system was unable to connect my call.



The purple bag slumped and started to drag a bit as I walked several blocks to a bus stop where I could find a bus going toward my home. I rode a couple buses, zigzagging my way northwards and on one bus I noticed that an announcement was being blasted over the drivers radio to be very careful to examine his bus once he reached his destination, and if he found something, he should ring 999 at once, but not from a mobile phone on the bus. Perhaps somethings happened, I thought. Changing buses, I overheard a man ask a police officer what had happened in Central London. Theres been an explosion, she explained, and the tube lines are all closed at least for today. Then I realised I should get home at once and let people know I was OK.



The last bus dropped me a couple miles from my home and by the time I dragged my battered purple bag up the steps of my building, I was exhausted. Bruna heard my voice in the apartment foyer and popped out of the flat exclaiming, Thank God you are safe! She immediately disappeared to ring all my frantic colleagues with the news. When I saw the TV set with the images of a mangled bus and bloodied commuters, it dawned on me how much God had protected me. I dropped into the nearest chair, shaking, and put in an order for a strong cup of decaf tea. On the double."

July 5, 2005

Ramblings
We are experiencing unprecedented growth in the radio broadcasting end of the ministry. Our download statistics show that our web radio listenership doubled in size just over the last month. We will begin airing Home School Legal Defense Association spots as part of an annual agreement completed today. This should increase our listenership beyond our Colorado borders. Our most popular program last month? The Ten Worst Books in History.

Our Father-Son Retreat scheduled for August 15th-18th is within 3-4 days of being full. You won't want to miss this life-changing, generation-changing, relationship-changing event. We typically sponsor this Retreat on an every-other-year basis.

President Bush's appointee to the Supreme Court and his aptitude and fortitude towards the fight will be the true indication of the fiber of the man. For Republicans everywhere, this will be a true test as to whether he was worth voting for in the first place. My bet - he will start with the best he can find, and the Senate fight will be monumental.


June 24, 2005

Today, my son and I spent two hours on a networked radio program with Chuck Bates. Apparently the News and Views Program reaches about 70 markets. Thanks Chuck for allowing us to share a homeschool vision with the nation!

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of the United States claimed deity, otherwise known as eminent domain for the state. There is a word for this - Tyranny. Our forefathers went to war with England over far less.

Thanks Brad for the great quote from George Washington: "The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness..."

Yes George. The time is here.

Do you think there are a few freedom loving people who would pull their children out of the statist schools which give a thoroughly statist and humanist education void of the fear of God? Tyranny begins when tyranny indoctrinates the each generation of voters to passively accept tyranny.

When you take "Thou shalt not steal," off the walls of the Primary School and the Harvard School of Law that Anthony Kennedy ended, look what happens. The state turns into the thief!

Change the worldview. Remove education out of the hands of the state, or at the very least remove your children from the hands of the state schools.





June 23, 2005

How Somebody Winds Up Supporting Homosexuality, or Musings on the Path to Hell

I present a stereotypical case of a professing Christian, a real conservative, a home educating father, orthodox to the core in his theology, even supporting conservative political causes. He seemed to embrace the truth of the Bible, and stood with courage against the great antithesis of humanism, and the humanist state.

It all started with a refusal to repent of the sin of bitterness.
As the years went by, his friends encouraged him repeatedly towards repentance. But for the life of him, he couldn't do it. The problem with repentance is that it requires faith!

Piece by piece, he started throwing off important doctrines like the centrality of God, the sovereignty of God, the law of God, and he began attending a church that rejected the law of God and repentance as relevant, and he called it "Grace." He started to see repentance as set against faith. As the years went by, he dipped into progressively autonomous and man-centered teaching. Watching the flow of e-mails over those years, we would see more pop psychology and always interspersed with more bitterness about years gone by. He would take on any abberrent humanist teaching, whatever he could to help him shift blame and avoid the real issue.

In the end, he turned into an all-out humanist. Of course, he attends church faithfully with his family. But today, he doesnt understand why homosexuals need to repent, because he doesnt understand why he needs to repent.

As his brothers from his first church continued to encourage him to repent bitterness, year after year after year, he steadfastly refused to take his sins to the cross of Jesus Christ, and while there drop everybody elses sins too.

So finally, he embraced all out man-centered humanism. Anything to avoid confronting the sin in his life. Theologically, even politically, the man of today would not recognize the man of 12 years ago.

(Incidentally, this is called the path to hell. It is stark, frightening, even painful to watch.)

But what was the real problem? Was the real problem - the Anti-nomianism? Or the humanism? Was it theological? Or a Heart Problem? Or the fact, that this was a man who stubbornly refused to take his sins to the cross of Christ and leave them there.

Could it be that the real problem with our churches is not primarily theological, as much as it is a heart problem? It is a people in whom there is no faith, and therefore no repentance, and no real life of joy in suffering and power over sin.

Where there is no life, there is no faith. Where there is a spite for God's law, there is still a stubborn heart that refuses to take sins (which is a breaking of God's law) to the cross of Jesus Christ in faith and leave them there.

Thus, you see our theology is linked to our character, and it is wisdom that brings them together.

The DIRECTION of our thoughts, and the DIRECTION of our lives... are inseparably linked. - Thats why intellectual pride is the most dangerous trap for all thinkers.




June 20, 2005

Dr. Brian Ray's note to Dr. Albert Mohler (Southern Baptists)
This just came in from my good friend Brian Ray via e-mail this afternoon re: our exit strategy out of the public schools. On Brian's permission the full text is noted below. (KPS)



Open Letter to Albert Mohler, Ph.D., President

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary



from



Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., President

National Home Education Research Institute



June 20, 2005



Dear Dr. Mohler,



I am thankful for your article entitled Needed: An Exit Strategy (Retrieved Friday, June 17, 2005, online http://www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2005-06-17). I am appreciative for your conclusion that now is the time for responsible Southern Baptists to develop an exit strategy from the public schools.



I agree with many of your assessments and statements, and I am grateful that you have made them. For example, you told your readers: Dewey, the most influential shaper of the public schools in America, understood that the success of his effort would require children to be liberated from the prejudices and values of their parents.



You also, fortunately, told readers that As a rule, schools in more rural areas, with local political control more concentrated in the hands of parents, the effects of this educational revolution are less evident. Your implication is that educational revolution is still active in these rural areas and doing harm, but it may be less evident there.



On the other hand, I think it is important to recognize a few things about the past and present state-run (i.e., public) schools of America that you did not mention or are somewhat contrary to what you did write.



First, from the very beginning, one of the main reasons for the founding and existence of common schools was the control of one group of people (or one groups vision) over another group of people. For example, Dr. Charles Glenn wrote: In the United States, as in France and the Netherlands, the mission of the common school was defined largely in terms of the creation of convictions and loyalties, of shaping a common mind or soul for the nation. (Glenn, Charles L. (1988). The Myth of the Common School. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts, p. 261). (See also, treatises such as the following: Ball, William Bentley. (1994). Mere Creatures of the State?: Education, Religion, and the Courts, a View from the Courtroom. Notre Dame, IN: Crisis Books.)



Second, you wrote: A look at the historical background is instructive. The public school system in America has been controversial at various turns in our national history--but never as now. My reading of the history of education in the U.S. indicates that this is not true. There has been just as much controversy, or more, at various times during the past 160 years. See, again, historical treatments such as those by Glenn and Ball mentioned above.



Third, you wrote: In some school systems, the majority of teachers, administrators, and students share an outlook that is at least friendly and respectful toward Christianity and conservative moral values. I would like to have you refer me to 3 or 4 of these public school systems. I am not convinced that they exist today. More importantly, even if the majority of the personnel are friendly or respectful toward Christianity, they are generally not allowed to teach anything very truthful or proactive in favor of Christianity due to the state-selected/dictated curriculum and law.



Fourth, those who continue the home-based education of their children (i.e., they began it at their childs birth), otherwise known as homeschooling, or send their children away to Christian schools instead of away to state-run schools, are not exiting something, they are moving toward something. That is, they are continuing in or putting their children under the tutelage of those who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ.



Fifth, Dr. Mohler, I think it is time for American Christians to admit a few things that most have wanted to ignore. The first is that our states public (government-run) schools were never designed to lift up the name and truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to lead children and teens to enjoy and serve Him forever, and teach students that all persons, including those in government-run agencies, should bow their knee to the King. Second, Gods word, in a reading from beginning to end, clearly prescribes that parents, fathers in particular, are responsible for the teaching, training, and indoctrination of children that is, their discipleship not the civil government, and the church is to support parents in their educational/discipling responsibility, not do the majority of it. Third, God never prescribes for the civil government to be engaged in the compulsory redistribution of wealth for the education (or clothing or housing) of people; as Frederick Bastiat explained in his 1850 classic, The Law, forced taxation for schooling is simply legal plunder. Finally, we need to admit that many of those who were or professed to be Christians and promoted (white/Anglo, Protestant-looking) tax-funded and compulsory common schools in the 1800s and later were mainly interested in molding childrens minds according to their view of what man should be, not Gods view, and were bigoted and arrogant.

--Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.



My Exit Strategy: A Resolution for the Church
Most conservative denominations (Southern Baptists and PCA denominations) are rejecting resolutions to remove children from the public schools. Upon the recent failure of the PCA resolution at their General Assembly, I thought it would be good to attenuate the resolution a little more and begin discussions within my denomination (the OPC) on similar points. I have not been entirely satisfied with the wording used in these other denominations. Therefore, I doctored the PCA resolution a bit, added premises 1 and 2, and modified the conclusion. My wording is noted below.

At this point, I know of no other leaders in our church considering such a resolution, but I thought I would post this note on the Wittenberg Door Blog to see if I could get a little support.

I believe that this is a major consideration in the church today, as the teaching of our children in the law of God as a constant frontlet before their eyes is closely associated with love for God in Deut. 6:4-7. I suggest that there is little love for God where a church cannot see to it that these precious sheep receive a Christian education.

Any interested in supporting such a resolution, please contact me at kevinswanson@peoplepc.com. Thanks.

Resolution

1. Whereas, Pastors have a duty under the Chief Shepherd to protect his flock (including his lambs) from the teaching of wolves, and

2. Whereas, millions of Christian families send their children into classrooms where the beginning of wisdom is not taught to be the existence and reverence of almighty God,

3. Whereas, The Bible commands fathers to bring up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4), and all parents who have had a child baptized in the OPC have taken a vow to strive by all the means of God's appointment to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and

4. Whereas, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), and in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3), and any instruction that does not teach the centrality of Jesus Christ for understanding all of life cannot impart true wisdom and knowledge, and

5. Whereas, The public school system does not offer a Christian education, but officially claims to be "neutral" with regard to Christ, a position that Christ Himself said was impossible (Luke 11:23), and

6. Whereas, The public schools are by law humanistic and secular in their instruction, and as a result the attending children receive an education without positive reference to the Triune God, and

7. Whereas, Some courageous teachers in our congregations disregard this law. Obeying God rather than men, they try to give their students a truly Christian education (Acts 4:18-20). This resolution should not be construed to discourage these adult believers who faithfully labor as missionaries to unbelieving colleagues and students. However, these rare exceptions should not lead anyone to believe the public schools are regularly giving children a truly Christian education.

8. Whereas, Sending thousands of our children as "missionaries" to their unbelieving teachers and classmates has failed to contribute to increasing holiness in the public schools. On the contrary, the Nehemiah Institute documents growing evidence that the public schools are successfully converting covenant children to secular humanism, and

9. Whereas, We are squandering a great opportunity to instruct these children in the truth of God's word and its application to all of life;

Therefore, be it resolved that the General Assembly of this denomination encourages all her officers and members to only delegate the day school education of their children to day school teachers and day schools that will at least verbally subscribe to an education rooted in the fear of God.




June 15, 2005


Over the last week, we were privileged to be joined by two Japanese homeschool leaders - Pastor Haru and Pastor Josh. Both have lost pastorates because they refused to send their children to pagan schools for a thoroughly pagan and humanistic education. The end result - their grown children are serving God, a rarity in Japanese churches today, as Christianity in Japan has a hard time penetrating into the generations (as it does here too!)

These good brothers stayed with us at our house. They showed us how to make really decent Curry Rice (which is practically a third sacrament for most Japanese church fellowship meals) and absolutely, terrific Tempura.

It was a time of great encouragement for both sides. We had opportunity to introduce them to several thousand home educators at the recent conference, and I interviewed them on Generations last Monday. The pic below is one of the men, Pastor Haru, with my son and producer Dave in the basement radio studio out on the eastern plains of Colorado.


Basement Studio Shot with Japanese Friends

Pastor Josh and Pastor Haru

June 14b, 2005

More Ponderings on the 5th Commandment and Reformation

Without question, there is a strong potential for a reformation in our day. And nobody has more of a desire for this reformation than I do. In fact, I have been riding a wave of reformation since 1974. But I perceive some percentage of the present reformation force of little long term import in the kingdom of our Lord.

Thus, my motivation to write this short essay.

There is a tendency in the polemics and life of reformers to divorce truth from life.

Some divorce theology from character.

Truth is done. Some would think that, as they slice and dice the thinner theological issues intended to serve as a definition for a modern reformation agenda, they can do it without repentance, humility, honoring fathers, peacemaking, and a few of the basic principles of 1 Cor. 13.

In this reformation, I would not listen to a man who has never learned to honor his father and mother (nor considers this an important element in his teaching), despite the apparent soundness of an occasional speech he gives at a conference (2 Tim. 3:1-7). How easy it is to create a theological/ideological faade or crust of a reformation, while denying the power of that reformation in the true knowledge and the doing of the truth (James 1:22,23)! On the other hand, we could take on a few outward applications of some biblical principle (adopting a certain style of education, or a certain style of courtship, or becoming a pro-life activist), and still be void of a true heart of love for God and the principle of Gods Word that should under gird such reforming activities. Thin-coated hypocrisy has been with us since Eve took the fruit.

I have been amazed at the powerlessness of reformation efforts in a number of circles that I would have called promising. Could this be this issue? They divorce ideology and character, and do not have the character required to properly spell out the antithesis and the relevant truth? Our reformation must be just as much evident in our lives as it is in our theology/ideology as we honor our parents, lovingly disciple our own children, and in short, do the truth (John 3:21).

Recently, I suggested that any reformation must include honoring the instruction of my father and the law of my mother, (the applications of our parents as far as they incorporate the principle of Gods law into culture, since culture is a law-system or a religion externalized). My suggestion seemed to meet with a bit of unexpected resistance. I confess that I could have better attenuated my comments, but I still stand by the thesis. No reformation will ever occur if we cannot honor our biological fathers AND our church fathers enough to build our theology on the principle down-payment they left for us. Any other form of reformation will yield revolutionary fruits and hurtful error. Our reformation must be solidly rooted in the 5th commandment, in the obedience to the Word as well as the knowledge of the Word.

We live in exciting times, reforming times. But remember the time of the first reformation produced Erasmus (the seed of modern humanists) and Thomas Muntzer (the man quoted extensively in the writings of another famous revolutionary, Frederich Engels). Honoring our fathers will prevent a culture of perpetual revolution spawned by Muntzer and the other devilish, autonomist Marxists and teenage rebels, and will produce a culture of perpetual reformation. May God bring this to pass in our generations!

"Honor thy father and thy mother...that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Eph. 6:2-3

P.S. On this my 41st birthday, I thank God for my father, and my grandfather, both of whom have been godly examples to me and have set me on a life of reformation.


June 14, 2005

My next book comes out on January, 2006 from Broadman and Holman Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee.

Title: Upgrade, The Ten Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child

This book provides a scholarly, yet practical summary of the principles that undergird a good eduation for children. These are age-old principles. There is nothing new in this book. Every teacher worth his salt would admit that these principles are absolutely necessary to be successful in education. Yet, they are principles that are largely missing in the institutionalized system that is destroying education today in America, Japan, and the west. They are the principles that have been renewed in just about every homeschool in America.

Please plan on getting your copy in January, 2006 from checbooks.com. Plan on picking up 10 copies for your family and friends.


Hanging out with Mike Farris at the Conference

June 13, 2005

"It was the most spiritually encouraging day of my life." That was the testimony of our Japanese homeschooling guests on their attendance at the 21st Home Educators Conference in Denver last weekend.

Tears rolling down his cheeks, one father confessed to me that God had been working on his life through this conference. Over the last few years of messages about fathers, shepherding hearts, and a biblical worldview, God is changing his life and his family in dramatic ways.

Thanks to Mike Farris, Norm Wakefield, James and Stacy McDonald, and a conference staff of about 400 volunteers, this conference was a success!

There is a paradigm shift happening right now in the way home educators are viewing the whole area of relationships and programs. I gave a talk to the support group leadership in the state (of about 125 leaders) on this topic. We are seeing paradigm shifts across the board that will radically impact the way that we view every institution from education to economics to ecclesiology. Here are several excerpts from my notes for a speech called "Herding Cats - Paradigm Shifts in the Leadership of Homeschooling Families."

Running the World by Relationships vs. Programs
Programs Usually larger groups or a heavily segregated group united on a narrow interest. Relationships are smaller groups united on a broadly defined interest.

A Program is 3000 people united to build a missile at Lockheed Martin. A Relationship is 2 people (a man and a woman)united to take dominion over God's Creation together, and extend the Kingdom of God into Generations. A Program is 30 people united in a Homeschooling Seminar learning how to choose curriculum. A Relationship is 30 people united around God's Word to discuss children, and...well...just about everything.

The pre-requiresites for programs narrow. You have to be 25-30 years of age, divorced, etc. etc. to participate in this divorce recovery workshop. Pre-requisites for relationships are not narrow at all. Just love. You have to love God and your children. You can be a 65 year old grandparent, a 30 year old Hispanic woman, and a 13 year old child - all gathered to love Jesus and love each other.

After 300 years of Rousseau's orphanage and programs that think nothing of relationship, and 6000 years of Cain's destructive murder and city/program building, we are re-introducing the concept of relationships to education and to every other institution. The transition will not be without challenge.

The goal of a homeschool support organization and a church is to develop relationships and to develop a united focus that can be defined as broadly as possible.

There are dangers and blessings in relationships. Here are a few:
a. Relationships always pave the way for conflict.
b. Relationships are time-consuming.
c. Payback for relationships is long term.
d. Relationships hurt and tend to introduce vulnerability.
e. Relationships are not strictly economic.
f. Relationships empower others to serve, rather than motivating by coercion and threats.
g. Relationships only prosper as we cultivate our relationship with God.

It will take two things to transition from program based families and institutions to relationship-based families and institutions: Time and Hearts.

If the transition is never made the group will be short-lived or caught in a cycle of perpetual revolution, rather than godly reformation and change. Programs are short-lived. Relationships are generally permanent.

The life God wants for you is a life of true relationship. With God vertically, and with families, and brothers & sisters in the Lord. Here we strike at the very heart of the Gospel itself.



May 28, 2005

What this Ministry is All About

Last month, my heart broke when I saw George Barnas latest survey of Christian parents. According to Barnas studies, only three out of ten born-again parents included the salvation of their children in the list of critical parental emphases. And only one out of every five parents identified instilling a set of religious beliefs as an important part of raising children. Almost double the percentage of parents ranked a good education as a more desired goal for their children than having a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.

Is it any wonder why 70-80% of children from Christian homes leave their parents faith, (whatever that is)? The fact of the matter is most Christian children will not carry on their parents faith, only because their parents really didnt place their childrens salvation as a value.

If parents do not consider their own faith worth passing on to their children either they do not love their children or they do not love God (Deut. 6:4-9). But this should not be all that surprising. Children are hard to love. I didnt love my children very much at the beginning.

After many years of personal struggle with this issue, I have concluded that loving our children has a lot to do with loving God. Thats why Jesus tests Peter with the question, Do you love me, Peter? And when Peter insists that he loves the Lord, Jesus tells him to feed his lambs (John 21). You need to love these little children enough to teach them Gods Word is you sit in your house, as you walk by the way, as you rise up and as you lie down.

Finally, loving God has a lot to do with being loved (1 John 4:19). People who do not love God and do not love their children are people who have never really received the love of God in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. And if they have not received the love of God by faith, they are unable to love God and love others. Therefore, being loved, loving God, and loving our children are all tied together in one indissoluble bond, and together they constitute the Gospel. The minute you begin to separate any part of this, you have abandoned the true Gospel taught by Jesus and John.

This is what makes Christian Home Educators of Colorado such a powerfully relevant ministry for such a time as this. Here is a ministry that presents a vision that encourages people to love God in at least one penetrating, poignant, and objective way - by loving their children and teaching them Gods Word while they sit in their houses, while they walk by the way, while they rise up and while they lie down (Deut. 6:4-9). It is nothing more or less than the full-bodied, life-giving, life-receiving Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I know this ministry is having a profound influence, because it has changed my life and my family's life. Has this ministry changed your life at all?

If so, would you consider supporting Christian Home Educators of Colorado? Our vision is simple. There are not enough people loving God and loving their children in the state of Colorado. We want more people loving God. We take our vision to every corner of the state, and across borders to as far as Japan. We share this vision every day through a networked radio program. We publish news magazines that we provide free of charge to 15,000 homes, not to mention our conferences (where lives our changed for generations), seminars, introductory seminars, a full service resource center, support group leadership encouragement, and a hundred other projects.

Those who contribute more than $120 per year to Christian Home Educators of Colorado receive a regular newsletter with updates on the ministry and the wider home schooling movement. You may wish to support the Casterline Widows Fund, where we help the single mom who is desperate straits, but wants to love God by disciple-ing her children under overwhelming adversity.

Please send all tax-deductible donations to:
CHEC-Generations
10431 South Parker Road
Parker, CO 80134


Note: CHEC's ministry extended to Japan last year, when we spoke to three different conferences in Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima. In the pic below, I am standing next to a nationally-known attorney that helps to defend home educators in a country where there is little legal protection. The caption reads - "Do you love me?... Feed my lambs" from John 21.


Pic from Recent Japanese Article on our (Kevin, Emily & Daniel's) Ministry Visit to Japan to Encourage Multi-generational Faithfulness, Family Discipleship & Home Education

May 27, 2005

Yesterday, we covered the short list of what to look for in a church.

Our intention in this program was to impress the importance of a church. You're never going to find a perfect church, so our advice: pick your bunch of sinners and hang with them on the vine. But it is important to establish a basic list of requirements for a good church, because there are dysfunctional churches out there.

I think you will find our list surprisingly broad and surprisingly narrow and the same time. But try it out for size. Ask these questions, next time you have moved into a new area and are on the search for a good church. Here it is in brief.

1. Do they take the Bible seriously? Do they teach the whole Bible, Old and New Testament?

2. Does the church subscribe to the basic doctrines of the Christian church - the Trinity and the two natures of Christ? Do the leaders even know how to formulate these basic doctrines?

3. Is God the center of worship or is man the center of worship? If man is the center of worship, youre wasting your time just turn on MTV. MTV gives you much better worship if you want man-centered worship.

4. Do the leaders rule their households well? If you want to see how a pastor is going to do in the church, then take a quick look at his family.

5. Does this church serve the orphans and widows?

6. Do the Elders take an interest in you?

7. Do they equip the fathers?

Incidentally, the items that were not included on my list:
1. Are there cup holders for my cappaccino in the pews?
2. Speaking of cappaccino, does the coffee shop provide the proper amount of foam?
3. Do they have a service with worship music dialed into my taste - sort of a mix of Lyle Lovett and the U2?
4. Is there a program for divorced hispanic women between the ages of 24 and 28? How about a program for middle aged men going through mid-life crisis who don't really want to be there anyway?
5. What's in it for me, me, and me?


May 26, 2005

The Irrelevance of Schools
May 20, 2005

A few years ago, my sweet wife, homeschool mom extraordinaire, suggested that I try homeschooling our son. After all, I had been traveling the countryside doing seminars on homeschooling for six years. Our oldest son was 11 years old at the time, and she had had a go at it for. . . well. . . 11 years. Of course I could not argue with such impeccable logic. So that was the day I started homeschooling my son. And that was the day that we stopped homeschooling our son. On the first day my son showed up with his school books, I immediately realized we had a problem. How could I make a living for my family and raise my son at the same time? How does one balance these things?

After two years of doing whatever I do with my son, here is how it shakes out. As we drive from county to county and from state to state to minister in various ways across the country, we listen to a set of lectures on World History from a Biblical Worldview. Occasionally, we are forced to shut off the tape, and for twenty miles, we talk of the development of modern empires or the persecution of the Christians under the Romans. One time, as we were speeding down one of the dirt roads out in Elbert County approaching our home, he hit a snag while factoring a trinomial. I worked the problem for him over the emergency brake, and I could see he was getting it. . .except that I forgot who was driving and had to hit the brakes a little hard, and we almost wound up in the ditch at the intersection of Roads 17 and 98. I spend a few hours at the office hammering out a message for church on Sunday, so he takes the time and works on an exposition of 2 Samuel 6 for our family worship time in the morning. He is constantly interrupted in his academics to do some research on a radio program I am working on or to order a part for our computer system off the web. While Im deep in a business conversation with a client over lunch, he sits next to me and monitors the cell phone, taking a few messages for me.

I have to admit that this is not a classroom. It does not take place in a home. Its a little disorganized and Im not sure you can call it education in the modern sense of the word. Im not sure you can refer to me as an educator. Am I an educator or a mentor? While my son at 13 years of age, may be working through Algebra II and may write like most college students today, his academic advancement would be the least of my concerns. Where is his faith and character? How is he developing towards the calling God has on his life? My concern is hardly academics. Im concerned with my sons life.

All of this has brought me to question whether I am a teacher. I know that I am a pastor, an executive director, a radio broadcaster, a husband, a father, and a writer. So what is this role of teacher?

The major problem with modern education is that educational institutions have separated themselves from faith and life. Of course, faith and obedience are inseparable, though distinct. Nevertheless, a teacher is not one who merely bequeaths knowledge. He does what Jesus did. He trains the faith, character, and life of those that he teaches. Therefore, when you ask an educator what he does for a living and he responds, Im a Latin teacher, he has given something less than a Christian response. He ought to say I disciple in faith and life, and I teach Latin.

A biblical epistemology (study of knowledge) always includes a life-integration element, and this dictates the environment for education. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, says James, the brother of Jesus. Therefore, a teacher cannot be one who knows and doesnt do. As Jesus did, we must mentor in faith and life, and do it by example of faith and life. If we have never learned to plug knowledge into life, we have failed in the communication of that knowledge, and it becomes stagnant and rotten.

As an elementary example, I would apply this to my seven-year-old daughter Bethany. She is learning to read for the first time. But she learns to read for a purpose, and it is not so that she will be able to read the great philosophers of Aristotle, Plato, and Rousseau. It is so that she will be able to read the Bible, and be a doer of the Word and not a reader only. Within days of her being able to read her first sentence, she joins the rest of the children around the family circle in our Bible time in the morning, reading her own verse in turn. This in itself motivates her to be a fine reader! She sees that there is a purpose to her reading lessons. She can join in with the others in family worship, and be a part of the Christian life of the home as we read Gods Word, discuss it, and apply it together. We want our childrens education to be instantly meaningful and purposeful, which means that it is applied. They will learn to write, but they will write letters to Grandma and letters of encouragement to an elderly widow in the church. They will learn to sing, so that they can sing worship to God on Sundays, and I can hardly think of a better life application. Can you?

Thus, even in a liberal arts education, children must learn the Word and the Word must not be stagnant. In the process of learning grammar, logic, and rhetoric, they must minister to others in word and deed, which includes all sorts of service and dominion work.

American High Schools Obsolete
American high schools are obsolete. Those arent just my words. That is a quote from Bill Gates, the most successful businessman in America today - a comment that attracted the barest attention from the media and academia. Speaking before an assembly of US Governors in February, 2005, Gates said, By obsolete, I mean that our high schools even when they're working exactly as designed cannot teach our kids what they need to know today." Interestingly, the billionaire recommends rigor (character), relevance (life integration), and relationships, all three are fundamental to a Christian view of education, principles dealt with at length in my new book, Upgrade.

A common adage in the entrepreneurial world has been used so often it has become a truism. A students will end up teaching, and B students will work for C students. This is because schools are in the business of being well schools. Therefore, those that do well in schools will grow up and work very well in the business of well schools! But schools are not life! Schools are not homes, churches, and dominion work, and as far as they are disconnected from these areas of life, they have denied a true, biblical theory of knowledge. Those who take the sterilized class seriously become teachers and perpetuate the school mill.

There are three contexts for mentoring and none of them include what many think of as a school. The first is the home, the second is the church, and the third is the business. In a Christian world, it is the ministers, priests, elders, or pastors that mentor in the church. This was common from 400 AD to 1300 AD, a period when Christian thinking dominated culture in Europe, prior to the humanist renaissance. Fathers and mothers mentor in the home. This has been common for about 6000 years, more or less. Masters (doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, carpenters, and firemen) mentor in dominion work. This was the education received by most Americans until the early 19th century, with the exception of those that would go into the ministry (who were taught by other ministers in seminaries like Harvard and Yale). Ministers, fathers, and masters. None of these are teachers and yet all of them are teachers! Could it be that God intends all of us to be teachers (Titus 2:4, Deut. 6:7, 1 Thess. 2:11)? Could it be that the development of a teaching class and teaching colleges (a relatively modern phenomena), is a product of a deficient epistemology (theory of knowledge) and an improper understanding of what a teacher does?

I still remember the sardonic comment used by one of my better teachers in my undergraduate days. If you cant work, teach, He would tell us, If you cant teach, write a textbook. Maybe James was right after all, For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he behold himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

We are not eliminating the notion of schools entirely, only the modern conception of schools separated from home, church, and vocation. Of course a mentor may wish to assemble 12 students in a room and talk to them of a vine, an unfaithful servant, and the deep love he has for them. As I recall, Jesus did something like this. But this teaching reaches the heart and intentionally touches the deepest issues of faith and life. Classrooms have become increasingly sterile places where everything is allowed except faith, useful dominion work, and life in Gods law order.

As we bring fathers, mothers, pastors, and master artisans into education, we will see a relevant curriculum for the life of the student emerge because the principles of individuality, relationships, and life integration are necessarily realized in that education. The content of the educational material will be driven by the work that must be done in the life of the student and by the worldview of the mentor, not by some government agency with its concept of statist life.

The Increasing Irrelevance of Colleges
On graduating from college with an undergraduate degree 18 years ago I was amazed at how useless I was for the corporation that hired me. Immediately the company enrolled me in highly useful classes of their own making, classes like Experimental Statistical Design Techniques or Advanced CAD Design (as they did for every new recruit), just so I could be functional at a basic level in the engineering design work. Conversely, there were few (if any) classes that I had taken in one of the best engineering schools in California that were relevant to the design and process engineering work assigned to me in the workplace. Dennis was the best process engineer I ever worked with in 14 years of engineering. He told me once that he spent his off-hours during his college years repairing small engines in a rental shop not far from the college. But while there are some excellent partnerships between business and school (eg. cooperative education or medical school hospitals), the marriage is still unnatural and contrived, and the university struggles to maintain any level of relevance whatsoever. But Prof. Ward Churchill still needs to earn $100,000 a year doing whatever he does at Colorado State University, Boulder.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, home education has revived this vitally important element of life integration to produce a wildly successful education. Lets not stop there! As your children graduate and move on to college, continue to apply these time-tested, God-established factors that produce excellent education. Seek out teachers that are doing the Word whether in music, engineering, or life. Seek out universities that work as closely as possible with the marketplace. Moreover, ministry training will best occur in the context of the church itself. If a young person is taking classes in the medical field, he should be working at a hospital at the same time. Or, if he is studying law for three years, he should be working in a law office at the same time. While the connection of his classes to his work (knowledge and application) may not be seamless in the training process, hopefully he will learn how to take the classes he learns in the morning and apply them at the law office in the afternoon.

This is how a young person becomes highly productive in the field into which God calls him. Success in life is finding the calling that God has given each person, preparing for it, and doing it to the glory of God.



This article addresses one of the ten secrets in Kevin Swansons new book coming out in January, 2006: Upgrade - the Ten Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child.




May 13th, 2005

The "Contemporary Music" Question

With the Contemporary Service, the Nose-Ring Service, the
Children's Church, and the the Old Fogies Service, it is pretty clear to me that there has been little generational continuity going on in the liturgy of the church since the perpetual Generational Revolutions began decades ago.

But with the revolution occuring in music, I have seen little good analysis and critique from any corner of the Christian church.

I reject the "Rock 'n Roll" is of the devil theory, because I can't find "Rock 'n Roll" in my Bible concordance, nor a condemnation of certain "ungodly rhythms."

Most books on this topic are frighteningly (and embarresingly) simplistic on the topic. I won't humiliate the authors by mentioning the books.

Nevertheless, after much observation and "chewing of the cud" on the issue myself, I thought I might wade into the issue a bit.

While, I am not going to condemn any one church for choosing a certain "style" of music for their church, I would say that we all should bring God our very best. One person's very best "singing" might not be quite as good as another's.

There is an essential biblical commandment that directly applies to the development of our culture, our face decor (such as nose rings), and our music. That is the 5th commandment.

Part of honoring parents is to build on your father's theology and music. This is NOT HAPPENING in our revolutionary culture that insists on re-inventing music every 3 years. The Generation X, Y, Z, L,MMNOP is in the church with a different form of service every 1.5 years. This is especially true for Christian churches where men like me were raised in solid Christian homes. My father, bless him 1000 times, taught me the centrality of God in epistemology (the creation story is true), metaphysics (God is sovereign over all), and ethics (he wrote a book on the ten commandments and taught me through each one of them). I will carry that heritage with me to the end.

But the same thing applies to music. As a Christian son, raised in a Christian home, I must receive my father's cultural heritage and work to expand it. Of course, there are nuances of change that come over time in both theology and music. While we are required to multiply the talent, WE MUST use the theological/aesthetic principles provided by our fathers. This is essential for honoring our fathers. It provides generational continuity and growth - which is essential for a reformation. Sadly, it is missing from much of the "contemporary" reformation crowd today.

May 8, 2005

When My Mother Prayed
Kevin Swanson 2005

I remember from my earliest day,
The voice of my mother when she would pray,
She would address her heavenly father,
Praying for me, my sisters, and brothers,
Her voice seemed to quiver just a little,
Fragile and worn from years in the battle,
She would pour her soul out like a river,
Thats when wed hear the gates of hell quiver.
When my mother prayed.
The devils were afraid.

Just how I survived my 23rd year
Still remains a mystery to me.
What stands between love and fornication
Heaven or hell as a sons destination,
The patterns of causes are far too complex,
To find the true cause of all fatal wrecks.
But God from the beginning predestined,
That all those days, in faith she never rested
For my mother prayed,
Ten thousand prayers.

As the years of my life go rolling by,
I find the temptations just multiply,
The path more narrow, and the ditches are wide,
The stakes far higher, the demons more wise,
The arrows come faster, the horses run wild,
Far greater men have never survived.
Each time I emerge from another valley,
I know for certain that two rode with me.
My mothers prayers.
And my Lord was there.

When Gods armies are routed, the philistines rule,
The devil in full command with tyranny cruel..
Gods kingdom on a thin thread hangs,
Sitting between the wolves slavering fangs,
Then, a mothers prayers, appear a mere token,
But, what? The bows of the mighty are broken,
The tides are turned when her horn was raised,
For the one thing the devil failed to calculate,
One mothers tears..
One mothers prayers.


May 5, 2005

My son and I visited the capitol today, where I joined other leaders from across Colorado to make petition to our God in heaven for our state and country.

My Prayer for our country at the Denver Capitol for 2005 National Day of Prayer:

Almighty God!
Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Creator of me and every person standing here.

You are acknowledged in this building behind me and elsewhere across this land. But you die the death of 1000 qualifications in the minds, hearts, and the policies of our nation. We have used your name, over and over again in political speeches. But it seems that your name is used more often when it is taken in vain.

Your presence is ignored.
Your truth is subverted.
Your law is rejected.
Your image is defaced when it is crinkled up and flushed down the sinks of clinics across this state.

We have not trusted your Word. We have not trusted your Son.
We have not loved you.
We have not feared you.

It is hard to find anyone who teaches and lives in the fear of God.

And we are the worst for it. We are impoverished! We are dying! Our families are devastated. 35% of our children are born without fathers, half of our marriages end in divorce. We are reaping the tornado.

But today, we turn back to you, with all of our heart and soul!

Turn your face back to us. Have mercy upon us, oh God.
A humble and contrite spirit you will not despise, and that is all we bring to you today.

May the power of our risen Lord and Christ fill us with truth, conviction, courage, and righteous action in this building behind me, in our schools, our churches, and homes.

In the Name of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the Risen and Victorious Christ, Amen.




April 29, 2005

A big thanks to World Net Daily and Ron Strom for posting my speech below on the WND site. It seems to have generated a good deal of interest across the nation.

Don't forget to sign up for CHEC's 21st Home Educators Conference to be held at the Denver Merchandise Mart on June 9th, 10th and 11th. I will be handling several workshops. Norm Wakefield and Mike Farris will keynote.

Praise God for the $8000 commitment to the German Home Educators Legal Defense fund. A few faithful families (at least 300) have stood up against the tyranny of godless humanism in the nation of Marx, Hitler, and the 300 year old Prussian statist school system. The incredible faith of these parents has become one of the most powerful testimonies that I have ever witnessed. Listen to our program airing on Monday, with HSLDA's Chris Klicka. Then, consider providing a matching donation of $10 or $20 to supplement our $8000 commitment! Call 877-842-CHEC to donate.

April 27, 2005

Here is my dream vacation. A cozy cabin for a week surrounded by 3-4 feet of snow, some cross-country skiing, and nothing but family all week long. Preferably north of Steamboat Springs.

That's the way it went for us in March. Plenty of time to study the Word and write. No cell phone coverage, no phone lines, and no restrictions of the time we spent in the Word together as a family, and. . . did I mention, plenty of time to write?

A special thank you to the McKinney family for their kind hospitality.

Below is a picture of the whole family.

We Love Steamboat Springs

April 26, 2005

My Letter to the Governor
I'm hoping thousands of letters are pouring into the Governor's office this week, encouraging him to veto the bill that has received the dubious award of being the worst bill of the year. SB 028. Here's my letter:


The Honorable Governor Bill Owens
Colorado State Capitol
200 East Colfax
Denver CO 80203

Dear Governor:

As one of your supporters, as a host of a networked radio program in Colorado, and as a leader in the homeschooling movement, I want to encourage you to veto SB 028. While I would like to encourage you to veto a good many other bills that would extend big government socialism into every area of our lives (via funding and regulation), I am especially concerned about this one. Tyranny by way of taxation is one thing. But violating the free market choices of employers and forcing Coloradans with consciences against the moral attrocities of the sexually deviant, holds an even more frightening prospect for the future of this state.

This nations founders understood the concept of freedom. Ben Franklin put it succinctly, Either youll be governed by God, or by God youll by governed. Freedom will not survive with an immoral people, and the left knows this. Will government continue to contribute to a concomitant decline of morals and freedom across this state? Will you stand by and watch it happen? Our nation stands in the balance, and the decisions made by leaders such as yourself will determine the course of history for our precious liberty.

Sincerely,


Kevin Swanson


April 11, 2005

Homeschool Day at the Capitol 2005
A Summary by Executive Director, Kevin Swanson

The message came across loud and clear.

We are home education. And we love our families and we love our freedom!

It was a beautiful spring day on Friday, with Homeschool Day at the Capitol sandwiched between a few snow storms. Throughout the 12 years I have attended rallies at the Denver Capitol, I have never seen a crowd as large as the one that graced the west steps
of the Capitol building on Friday. At least 2200 homeschoolers were registered for the event. Appearing on the steps to greet the homeschoolers were about 12 legislators and our state treasurer, (now running for the office of governor), Mike Coffman.

About 1000 homeschooled youth participated in the Future Statesman program, and attended our basic civics seminars at the Pillar of Fire Church 1/2 block south of the Capitol. This year we covered the relationships of family, church, and state, the principles of life, liberty, and property, the biblical constraints for taxation, and the differences between a Marxist system of economics that redistributes wealth and a biblical view.

At the banquet in the evening, we enjoyed a powerful and inspiring speech from Representative David Schultheis. I was so pleased that my son was there to hear testimony of a modern day Daniel, in a position of influence, but heavily outnumbered; a man who stands like a rock in a day where we have all but abandoned the principles of liberty upon which this nation was founded. Dave shared an image that is helpful. He sees himself as a rock in a stream. What we need are more rocks, He told the crowd, to divert the stream that runs madly towards total government and a total abolition of our liberties.

I was blessed with the 2005 Ruth Beechick Award for a contribution made to home education in Colorado. Im still pouring over the hundreds of cards and letters of encouragement sent in to me from dear friends from all over our state. What a blessing that was for my family!

There is no question in my mind that homeschooling is growing in both numbers and influence in our state. May God use this movement to change the direction of our nation back towards the principles upon which this nation was founded.


Excerpt from April 8th Speech

Here is an excerpt from my speech at the 2005 Day at the Capitol Banquet:

One hundred and twenty years ago, when Laura Ingalls Wilder walked into her 1 Room School House, there were no police officers in the hallways, and not a single arrest made
the entire school year. A police officer in Colorado Springs recently told me that he makes an arrest a day at a high school in that city. One hundred years ago there were barely 3-4% of children born without fathers. Today that rate has grown to 35%. One hundred years ago, 24 year old men had no idea what transsexuals were. Today 6 year olds know what transsexuals are. We saw one at the restaraunt the other day. Two hundred years ago, our forefathers went to war over 67 cents of taxation.. The federal governmnet taxed the average citizen $1 in 1787. Today each citizen pays $6000 a year in federal taxes, an increase of 9000% adjusted for inflation. The government takes
almost 50% of our income in taxes, whereas in 1913, that number was just under 10%.

Our nation has changed profoundly. And the worst part of it is that most people have no idea what they live in. We have perfectly patterned our lives after the Benjamin Franklin
quote, Either youll be governed by God or by God youll be governed.

The agenda of the left is plain. They want 70% of children born without fathers. 35% is not good enough. They want 75% of our income taken in taxes, not just 50%. They are not satisfied with 50% of marriages ending in divorce. Lets make that 80%!

But thank God, there are 30,000 homeschool moms and dads in Colorado, who have turned to a burgeoning government and said, NO! Thank God, there are some who see the battle as the destruction of the family by means of a government that would control and displace the family.

The Pilgrims of a previous century saw the danger of a government that wanted to control the church. They boarded a ship, and sailed to America.

There are roughly as many Pilgrims in this room today as there were Pilgrims on the Mayflower. The Pilgrims today have boarded and ship, and taken their families away from government insitututions that are hell-bent on destroying the family.

Can we turn the tide with a mere two million pilgrims that have pulled out of the harbor? I think so. It has been done before. It can be done again.

Two million strong in this country are willing to say: Maybe Karl Marx was wrong on his 10th plank... Free Public Education for all. Maybe Rousseau, the father of the modern statist, humanist world, the father of the modern godless state, the man who envisioned a world without family, a world without parents, maybe he was wrong.

Of course two million students are a mere drop in the bucket compared to 60 million public schooled students.

They tell us sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week... or next year... will it be when we are totally disarmed... and when a guard is stationed in every house... to check on your vaccinations... and your standardized tests?

Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope until our Enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature
hath placed in our power. Two millions of people armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a coutnry as that which we possess are invincible by any force which our enemy
can send against us.

Besides sir, we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery.

It is in vain sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace peace, but there is no peace. Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentleman wish? What would they have? Is life, so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.



March 30, 2005

Homeschool Evolution
Isn't it amazing how our homeschool has evolved over the years?

First Year:
- Desks are bolted to the floor, and school starts promptly at 9:00 am in the morning.
- 172 days and 4 contact hours are planned out to the minute
- Somebody asks your child what grade he is in, and he responds brightly, "I'm in the first grade."
- And everything comes from Bob Jones University Press.

Eighth Year:
- The children would rather lay on their beds and read, or slumped over the arm of the sofa the blood flows to the head better that way you see
- Nobody really knows when school starts and ends.
- Somebody asks your child what grade he is in, and he just gives them that blank stare, and answers, "I'm 12 years old And you have to jump in quickly and remind them But hes in Saxon Algebra 2!
- Science? Didnt we gut a deer last week?
- Records? You've learned how to block copy 4 hours on an Excel spreadsheet 172 times and e-mail it in to a Satellite School at the end of the year.
- Curriculum? Well were sort of a mix of Classical, Unschooling, Unit Study, and whatever happens to be laying on the coffee table

March 29, 2005

Congratulations Josiah Hamill!

Several weeks before the CHEC spelling bee in February, Homeschooling dad, Brad Hamill dropped by our office to pick up a spelling bee application, and he told me, Josiah thought it would be fun to enter the spelling bee.

With very little preparation, 12-year-old Josiah not only captured second place at the CHEC spelling bee, he went on to win first place at the Rocky Mountain News Scripp Howard Bee on March 19th, and he will represent Colorado at the nationals in June. Out of 262 contestants at the state-wide bee, four out of the top six winners were homeschooled, another outstanding testimony to the sterling excellence achieved through parent-provided education.





March 28, 2005

On the starvation of a woman in Florida

Here are a few observations on my part.
1. This woman is not on a life support system that would cost the family $1000 a day.

2. Some people cannot eat by themselves. They have to be spoon fed. If you get tired of feeding that person or if that person told you "Since you're getting tired of feeding me, just kill me," then should you kill them by starving them to death?

3. The major problem is Florida laws. The laws on the books have
become increasingly pro-death for the last 30-40 years.

4. Living wills are a problem. You should never allow somebody to
commit suicide, which is what Judge Greer is doing. Of course he is assuming that 15 years ago, Terri had told somebody she wanted to commit suicide. The laws in Florida regarding the termination of human life are immoral and should be changed by the legislature.

5. This idea that if somebody doesnt want to feed his wife and
children, he can just starve them to death, even though somebody else is more than willing to do the job is ridiculous.

6. The Executive Branch - the Legislative branches in Florida and in Washington have kowtowed to the Judicial branch for a long time. The reason: They are afraid of public opinion. Jeb Bush could exhibit just a teeny bit of leadership, but unfortunately leadership involves risk, the risk that he might be impeached for his actions. Even Bill Clinton exhibited more leadership when he risked the executive office on Monica Lewinski. Hopefully, the Bush boys will take a risk, and exhibit a little leadership. Its doubtful the legislatures will ever do anything to change the laws.

7. The pro-death crowd have delighted in every decision made by Judge Greer. It amazes me how much these people love death. Why get so excited about death?

The socialist, anti-god left has always want to exterminate other people. This has been one of their favorite hobbies for a long time. One things of that National Socialist party member, Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and all of the rest of their heroes.

The Bible says, the feet of the wicked are swift to shed blood. They run to death.

Christian ethicists draw a distinction between palliative care and
extraordinary measures.

1 Tim. 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let
us be therewith content.

8. The only protection from euthanasia is going to be relationships. The path to euthanasia is socialism. If you can get government to cover health care, you are paving the pathway to euthanasia. Government is not based on relationships. It is based on power. Sheer power. Dangerous Power. As George Washington said, Government is like fire. A dangerous servant
and a cruel master.


9. There arent enough husbands loving their wives... their arent enough families loving their children... enough to teach them Gods Word.

There arent enough people loving God... because if there were... we wouldnt have as much murder and divorce going on. People wouldnt kill their wives... murder little babies in their mothers wombs. If they loved God, according to Deut. 6, they wouldn't kill their children, rather they would count their children a blessing, and teach their children Gods Word as they sit in their house, as they walk by the way, as they rise up, and as they lie down.

And thats the bottom line.


The 5 most intelligent things Ive heard from the Left side of the dial, about Terri Schiavo

1. Shes already dead. Why are they torturing her by keeping her alive? (Some guy from Vanity Fair last Friday night) - As my 11-year-old daughter Emily put it, How can you torture a dead person?

2. Its really not that bad being starved to death. Its the natural way to die. (Per some doctor on CNN last night)

3. I mean, I mean... Why would this husband want to kill his wife? (Outside of the motives of the money, and the other woman, you mean?)

4. I would want to die if I was Terri Schiavo. So Terri Schiavo would want to die too. (With logic like that, who needs enemies?)

5. The most intelligent thing we have heard from the left on the Terri Schiavo case is



March 19, 2005

A Legislative Rout

While this legislative season has not seen any bills fronted that would immediately threaten homeschool rights, Coloradans who are favorable towards school choice, parental involvement in education, privacy, and the respect for human life will be
disappointed. In short, we are getting killed. My prediction - If you believe in life, liberty, and property... if you are ANYTHING like the founders of this nation in your worldview and your love for liberty, YOU WILL SEE MORE LOSSES this year in Colorado.

What follows is a short summary of the progress to date:

SB 05-087 - Reporting Immunization Information. This bill has passed the Senate and moves on to the House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill takes steps towards more tracking of immunizations.

HB 05-1258 - Rep. Lundberg's property tax credits to support ducation bill, HB 1258, was killed in the House Finance Committee in early March.

SB 05-088 - The bill that mandates kindergarten to districts by codifying it passed the Senate, and is slated to pass the House shortly. Although the bill does not widen the compulsory attendance law, that would be the next logical step in the process towards more government involvement in education.

HB 05-1235 - Parent Directed Drivers Education bill (HB05-1235) killed, by a vote of 5-5 in the House Transportation committee. This bill only affected the 4 hour training class, but sets a precedent for other parent-directed programs.

HB 05-1155 - Definition of Pregnancy - A bill presented by homeschool father, Kevin Lundberg proposed to change the definition of pregnancy in Colorado Statute. Current
law states that pregnancy begins upon implantation: the intent of this bill was to change the statutory definition to beginning at conception. It was defeated in the House The Judiciary Committee killed the bill on February 10th by a vote of 4 to 7 vote, with 1 Republican voting against the bill.

SB 05 -028 - Employment Non-Discrimination Bill. This bill has passed one Senate committee. The bill would add "sexual orientation" and "gender variance" to an existing state discrimination law - - and prevent discrimination in hiring, firing, promotion, demotion and compensation based on the sexual orientation or gender variance of the employee or applicant.

HB 05-1042 - Emergency Contraception. Requires Pro-Life (private) Hospitals to provide contraception that could abort a child. The bill has passed the House, now before the Senate.

HB 05-1106 - Fetal Pain Awareness Bill - A bill that would have required information to expectant mothers on fetal pain prior to undergoing abortions was killed in the House Judiciary Committee.


March 17, 2005

Some of the most dangerous opposition to homeschooling we have seen yet is coming through television programs and political cartoons, one of which came from Pheonix, Arizona and equated homeschool freedoms to a license to child abuse. Those who understand social trends are reading the writing on the walls and seeing that the fight for homeschool rights has only just begun.
The struggle for freedom for the family to homeschool has been a long struggle and it is not over. Every day men like Kevin Lundberg and Dave Schultheis defend our freedoms by opposing dangerous language in bills and providing a general discouragement to the opposition from coming any further into our freedoms.

Thats why we have introduced a Statesman of the Year award. This year, it will be presented to Representative Dave Schultheis at Homeschool Day at the Capitol on April 8th. We are honoring Representative Schultheis with a banquet at the Red Lion Hotel in Denver that evening. This banquet is our opportunity to celebrate our freedoms and encourage those leaders that courageously defend these freedoms every day at the capitol. Please consider seriously attending this once-a-year event and include the banquet in your itinerary. We have done our best to keep the banquet cost as low as possible to include as many people as possible. While this is not a fundraising banquet and event for Christian Home Educators of Colorado, it is a time to encourage all of us to keep standing for these God-given freedoms, without which society would languish.

Call 877-842-CHEC to join myself and others at the CHEC Statesman of the Year Banquet - April 8th.

March 13, 2005

Here is the study I prepared for our family devotions this morning. I trust you will find some encouragement, as we did.

Psalm 44

Category: Faith
Occasion: Corporate Oppression
Author: David

The Point: This psalm describes the relentless faith of a people that holds on to God despite all of the storms of trials that he sends against them.

How do we feel in the recitation of this psalm?
We feel small and despised. This psalm is for a congregation, a church, or a nation that is faced with severe trials: war, disease, or dissension. Some psalms confess to God, I am under attack. But this psalm is corporate. We are under ttack. Often the church is faced with demonic attacks. Divisive wolves work to split the congregation. Heresies (false teaching) rip the church to shreds. In some countries, government officials persecute the church of Jesus Christ.

Even in this country, the church of Jesus Christ is despised. The world does not see that Jesus is sovereign over all things to the church. So as we recite this psalm, we sense are weakness and our ignominy in the face of the world around us. We are a ragtag band. We are despised.

What does this psalm say?
1. Verses 1-8. This psalm begins with a confession of faith and a history lesson. Do you remember what God has done in the past? Faith looks at Gods record in the past. He has protected his people, his church for 6000 years. The people of God took the land of Canaan, not because they were strong. Far from it! They took it only because God took it for them. Any progress we have made for God as we bring his Kingdom into every country and every area of life, is because God gave us the power to do it.
Faith also counts on Gods help for the future. Faith is optimistic. We will overcome in future battles in the name of our God. Where is our trust? Most certainly it is not in our bows and our swords. It is not in our military might or in our own skill and wealth. For that is worthless in this battle. The people of God will boast with confidence in God. Here in this psalm, faith brings God back into full center. We will praise God forever and ever.

2. Verses 9-16. Now the psalmist describes the plight of Gods people. Things are not going well for us. Note that the psalmist clearly sees the sovereignty of God behind his trials. Everything that happens to the Christian happens because God is ultimately behind it. God has brought about defeat for his people. God has given us over like sheep to the slaughter at the hands of our enemies. God has turned the church into an embarressing, fragmented, seemingly powerless mass of dirt. God did all that. But you say, I thought the enemies are doing that? But the enemies would not have done it, if it had not been
part of the sovereign plan of God.

3. Verses 17-22. At this point, the psalm crescendoes into a confession of intense faith in God. Even though God has broken his people down to a small, despised number, we refuse to give up on him. We are still true to the covenant he made with us. Our hearts are still inclined towards God. We refuse to rebel against him, even when he has dealt such a severe blow to us. You will not find a better picture of faith anywhere in the Bible.

What are the other options? Are we going to let go of God and go to some other god? Everybody knows that the gods of the heathen are idols. If we turned to an idol, we still have the problem with the living and true God. He will know that we have turned
away from him, and we will be subject to his judgement. The Christian has only one option. Trust in God, even when things are really tough.

Verse 22 is one of the most famous verses in the Bible. We are counted sheep for the slaughter. Romans 8:36 gives a clear explanation of this verse, when it reminds us that we are more than conquorers by our trials and suffering. This is the way God
chooses to bring about victory in our lives and in the life of the church. It should not be strange to us. Jesus went as a sheep to the slaughter too, and that is how he won the victory for us (Is. 53:7).

4. Verses 23-26. When we are under attack, it is not always clear that God is with us. The Christians prayer to the Lord is, We cannot do this alone. We will not survive with
you, Jesus.

It might seem a little disrespectful that the Psalmist complains that the Lord has forgotten us but he has not forgotten the Lord. Obviously, he does not mean that God has forgotten us in the sense that God doesnt know that we exist or that God doesnt know about our troubles. Nevertheless, he is dealing with Gods lack of favor towards his people. There are times when God does not show his favor to his people. He may be chastising them because of disobedience. This is a prayer of a people who are coming back to God and renewing a relationship with him. This is the kind of prayer that we should pray.

The psalm ends with a cry for God to awake, get up, and save his people in this time of trouble.

How do we apply this psalm?

1. Let us not trust in our own wealth and strength. We may have some special gifts like intelligence or persuasion. But we should never trust in ourselves. When a church or a country begins to trust in its own strength, that is the bginning of the end of that body.

2. No matter how tough things get, we should never give up on God. He may be testing our faith by holding out on us. But we should hang in there through the trial and trust in Gods delvierance. He will deliver us in the end.

How does this psalm teach us to worship God?
Almost every psalm contains a different pattern of human emotion. The psalms give us a string of thoughts for our worship. We look at the world around us, we look God, and
we yell, HELP! This psalm begins with a confession of faith, continues with a description of the opposition that we face, and ends with a cry for help. Worship swims in faith. Even when it seems God has abandoned us, WE WILL NOT GIVE UP ON HIM.

Questions:
1. How does the psalmist betray his faith when he speaks of Gods works in history?
2. How does the psalmist speak of Gods sovereignty in this psalm?
3. What does the psalmist say about forgetting in this psalm?
4. Give an example of an occasion when we might want to use this psalm in worship.
5. Does this nation trust in God or in its own military might?


March 11, 2005


We are still reeling from the results on the latest George Barna latest survey. The study was on Christian parenting. The conclusion: "Only three out of 10 born-again parents included the salvation of their child in the list of critical parental emphases.

Only 30% of Christian parents, think that their children going to heaven is an important value?

Only one out of every five parents identified instilling a set of religious beliefs as an important part of raising children. Almost double the percentage of parents ranked a good education as a more desired goal for their children than having a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. When asked what makes a parent successful, only 4 percent identified prayer as an integral part of parenting and a scant 1 percent pointed to good
character.

Im not surprised by the results.

The fact of the matter is, most Christian children will not carry on their parents faith (whatever that was).

Parents by the millions across this nation have been indoctrinated in the wrong worldview. They have their priorities upside down. They are living their lives the wrong way.

The Root Problem?
If a parent doesnt consider their own faith to be worth conveying to their children... either they do not love their children or they do not love God...

We could not help doing a program on this study. The program airs on March 13th, 2005, and as always interested parties may hear the program at generations.sermonaudio.com..

March 4, 2005

Here is my devotional I prepared for my family this morning:

Psalm 42
Category: Deliverance
Occasion: Depression
Author: David

The Point: Whether in time of trouble or in time of prosperity, our greatest need is God and we need to hope in God.

How do we feel in the recitation of this psalm? Discouraged. Have you ever felt like you were drowning in troubles? Maybe you are overcome with your own limitations, or you have just received six reports in row bearing bad news. You are overcome with your own sinfulness, your own weakness, but in this psalm you begin to feel the strength of Gods hands wrapping around you while you are
sinking in deep waters.

What does this psalm say?
Verses 1-4. Davids Longings. David confesses his souls deepest longings. Some people long for a million dollars, some people long for another person, and some people long for vacations. But David desires God. Even as a deer in the desert runs to the waterbrook for water, David thirsts for God. His real desire? He wants to be in the presence of God. We are created to have fellowship with God. When a married man is apart from his wife, he begins to sense that something is missing. Even so, there are times in our lives when we are apart from our God and our souls begin to cry out for Gods presence.

The load is heavy on Davids soul. How much does David miss his God? He has been weeping for God both day and night, even as a wife might weep for her husband who turns up missing in battle. The root problem is found in verse four. He has been away from Gods house for too long. We are not given an equal measure of Gods presence every minute of the day. For there are times when God is closer to us than others. It is when we are in the temple of God, which is the church of God that we are closest to him. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus tells his disciples, the first elders of his church, For where two or three [of you] are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. We are closest to God when we are with the congregation of the saints, and we worship God with a voice of both joy and praise. Mans greatest joy, therefore, is to be in the presence of God, singing his glorious praises. That is why we were created.

Verses 5-8. Davids Comfort. Now David reasons with his soul. Hey soul, why are you so depressed? The solution to depression is obvious and he puts it simply, Hope in God. Put your hopes in God. Even though his presence may not be real for you right now, you need to believe that he will not let you down. The woman whose husband is lost in battle may give up hope that he will ever return. But we should never give up
hope that God will return to us. God is good for it. He does not dash our hopes. For he is a God that comes through when his people put their hopes and their trust in him. Why is it worth it to put our hopes in God? For two reasons. First, he is our salvation. He saves us through Jesus Christ. And secondly, even if we are in prison the rest of our lives and never get another chance to go to church, we know that we will have the opportunity
to praise him forever and ever in heaven. David ends this comforting message with a statement of conviction. I will praise him in the congregation again someday. It WILL happen.

After encouraging his own soul, David turns to God in prayer. He tells the Lord the state of his soul in plain and honest words. Lord, I am cast down. Im depressed.
Even though he cannot go back to the house of God in Jerusalem, he can meditate on his God anywhere he goes whether it be the valley of Jordan, the hill Mizar, or the land of the Hermonites. A husband away from his wife can study her love letters to him, and think of her.

Moreover, David finds comfort in the lovingkindness of God. In verse 7, he describes what it is like to be caught in the throes of depressions. Wave after wave tumbles him in the waters. He feels like his circumstances are out of control. But even in these conditions, David can say with confidence, The Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime. God is both powerful and good. His goodness will break through all of my troubles. This is the cry of faith! In these conditions, he can both sing and pray.

3. Verses 9-11. Recap. One more time, David goes over his souls troubles with God. Why have you forgotten me? Why do I suffer under the oppression of the devil and his helpers? Even his enemies are taunting him, See if your God will help you now! This passage is reminiscent of the taunts that Jesus received in his passion. But the answer to Davids horrible predicament, is repeated one more time in the last verse. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. This is the comfort for every Christian every time he is cast down.

How do we apply this psalm?
1. How much do we long to be in the presence of God with the congregation of the church? Sometimes Christians look for excuses for not going to church. I think I have a few sniffles, today. Oh! I must skip church. But the sad reason why people do not long to be in the presence of God in his worship, is because they have forgotten about their need for God himself. Their hearts are far from God. Let us pray that God would help us
see our need for his presence every day. We should put our hope in God and not in our wealth or our worldly comforts and entertainment.

2. When you are discouraged, you need to hope in God. Get your eyes off of yourself and put your hope in Gods salvation. When you feel like you are under water, you can still sing Gods psalms and pray to him.

How does this psalm teach us to worship God?
The pattern of worship in this psalm begins with a confession of our discouragement. Moving on to directing our souls, we tell ourselves to fasten our eyes and pin our hopes on God. It continues with a prayer to God. Finally, the worship psalm finishes with more reasoning with ourselves, and a statement of conviction and hope that God will come through for us.

Questions
1. What does David long for in this psalm?
2. Who do you think this psalm could really help?
3. What picture does David use to describe his depression?
4. When are we closest to God?
5. What is the answer to Davids predicament?




March 1, 2005

In the worst decision since Roe Wade, and Lawrence vs. Texas, the
Supreme Court of the United States struck down executions for murderers! The ruling disallows executions for young men who murder others with foresight and malice!

The distressing part of this is that the majority based its opinion on two things.
1. International Pressure
2. And Opinions Poll

Goodbye Rule of Law! Now we have leadership by Opinion Polls! Wow! What kind of ethical authority is this? So whats next? When we get international pressure from (Germany, perhaps) to kill all Jews or to outlaw homeschooling, do we cave in and follow suit?

In case, anybody is curious about what the Bible actually has to say about this? For those who wear a "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelet. In case there is anybody actually cares about what Jesus would say or do about teen executions... Look it up! Matthew 15:4. See what Jesus has to say about executions for teens who murder their parents.

The agenda for the civil government in a nation that has abandoned God's law is as follows:

1. First the civil government encourages the murder of the innocent through abortion.
2. Secondly the civil government rewards the most perverse of lifestyles in homosexuality.
3. And thirdly, the civil government shirks its duty with the one thing God wants it to do. Put the murderer to death (Gen. 9:6).

The political agenda of this country has plainly become: kill the innocent and reward the wicked. Prov. 17:15 "He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD."

I can think of only one, sole cause for this wholesale rejection of God's standards of morality - God's law is hardly ever taught in Christian churches. When was the last time your pastor preached a message to the teens from Matthew 15:4?


February 22, 2005

Every year, about 2000 home educating families converge on the Denver Capitol for a Homeschool Day at the Capitol... This year, on Friday, April 8th... you can participate in this free event. Informative Seminars! A Noon Time Rally! Historical and Legislative Tours. Sign your children up for the Future Statesman program. But most importantly, this is your opportunity to send a message to your Legislators. We love our homeschool freedoms! This year we are honoring Representative Dave Schultheis with our Statesman of Year award! Dont miss... Homeschool Day at the Capitol. April 8th. Sign up today at www.chec.org. or call 1-877-842-CHEC. Click here for Info on Day at the Capitol.

Be sure to sign up for the banquet. We priced it low enough that it would not exclude anybody. You will hear from Rep. Dave Schultheis, Representative Kevin Lundberg, and other heroes to the cause. I'm counting on showing up for the full day.

There's very little signs of life in support of our cause - the cause of liberty and family - the cause that our founders would have died for. But there is one rally at the capitol each year (on the side of the good guys), that registers the loudest ring on the bell of liberty. Homeschool Day at the Capitol. And, here's the most encouraging part of it. Our Young Statesman program usually includes 700-800 young people! Watch out Colorado! Armed with a generational vision and the principles of liberty, we will make a difference.

Kevin Swanson




February 21, 2005

Here's the wrap up from today's program.

A Few Bills for the 2020 session if good men do nothing in Colorado for the next 20 years...

1. SB1 - Government Boarding School for 6 week olds...
2. SB2 - Mandatory Jail Time for Homeschool Parents
3. HB1 - Non Discrimination in Hiring Act for Pedophiles, the
Character-Challenged, and Racists
4. HB35 - Viable Life Defined by the Wanted Child Test -- Extended to 9th Trimester... (As it turns out some children are not always wanted children when they reach "terrible twos").
5. SB 38 - Religious Speech Non-Discrimination Act of 2020. Otherwise known as the Read from Leviticus in a Public Pulpit and Youre Dead Bill.
6. HB 666 - Cost-Effective Social Security... Euthanasia... for the elderly.



February 19, 2005


The speaking schedule is filling up for 2005.

Here's where we will be:

March 12, 2005 - Parker Introductory Seminar
March 18, 19, 2005 - Loveland H.I.M. Conference
April 8, 2005 - Homeschool Day at the Capitol
April 15, 2005 - Grand Junction Homeschool Conference
April 16, 2005 - High School Seminar - Parker, Colorado
April 15,16, 2005 - KGFT Family Expo - Colorado Springs (Producer Dave Buehner)
May 5, 2005 - National Day of Prayer at the Denver Capitol
May 13, 2005 - Gilette, Wyoming
July 15, 16, 2005 - Oklahoma City Leadership Conference
August 12,13, 2005 - Father-Son Retreat - Frazier, Colorado
August 19,20, 2005 - Oregon Home Educators Conference
August 22-26, 2005 - Glorieta Teen Pact Survival Camp
August 30-Sep. 2, 2005 - Glorieta Family Camp



February 10, 2005

From the Program on Terrorism

Kipling chronicled the end of the British Empire... these words are exactly applicable to what may be the end of the American Empire as well.

Far called our navies melt away
On dune and headland sinks the fire
Lo all our pomp of yesterday,
Is one with Ninevah and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

If drunk with sight of power we loose
Wild tongues that have not thee in awe-
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law-
Lord GOd of hosts be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget.

For heathen heart that put her turst
In reeking tube and iron shard
All valiant dust that builds on dust
And guarding calls not thee to guard
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on thy People Lord.


"When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." The Proverbs

Conclusion:

A Few practical things you can do -- to teach your children how deal with the bombs, the blood, and the destruction that comes with terrorism.

1. The solution to fear -- is the beginning of wisdom... the fear of God. If we live in the fear of GOd... of course we are not going to fear men.

2. Teach your children to walk pleasing to the Lord...

3. Teach them to respond to trials correctly.... Pray with strength and confidence... out loud.

4. Teach them the psalms... Most of the psalms are written as statements of faith... and trust in God... during times of great tribulation.

February 9, 2005

Be sure to catch the "Will the Circle be Unbroken" series on www.sermonaudio.com for the Generations program, if you missed it on air. There is no more important series of programs I have ever been a part of, or heard of in radio. What parent wants to see his child go to hell? Yet, many do.

Here's my wrap up for the third in the sequence.

How to really make sure your children wind up in hell.
Im serious... if you want your children in hell.. this is what you do.

1. Dont do anything. Just ignore them and do your thing... whatever that is. Just let them go to hell.

2. Give them 12 years, 9144 hours of teaching in an education that self-consciously rejects the beginning of all wisdom and knowledge-- which is...which is....?the fear of God.

3. Be a proud hypocrite around them.

4. Dont protect them from ungodly influences.

5. Let them hang around fools for hours or even days without any oversight from wisemen. Foolishness is bound in the heart of children.

6. Let them get addicted to computer games, television and other corrosive, uendifying, mind-deadening habits.

7. Dont read the Bible to them.

8. Buy them a walkmen with earphones, and let them buy their own CDs. And while youre at it, give them the car keys and a bottle of whiskey.

9. Forget God and the Proverbs when it comes to doscipline. Follow Dr. Spock, the expert whose kid committed suicide.

10. And whatever you do, whatever you do, dont you dare pray for them.

Raising Godly Children - has a lot to do with Loving Your Children and Loving God.

I lament the fact... there are so few people that love God in our country. May God fire the hearts of parents everywhere with love for their children and love for God.


January 17, 2005

We have finally reached and agreement with KLTT in Denver for the daily Generations program. They graciously provided us with a 7:00 pm time slot. We will start airing the program on January 24th (Next Monday).

Here is the final airing schedule for Generations:

Colorado Springs/Pueblo
Mon - Fri - 8:30 pm - KGFT, 100.7 FM


Most of Colorado and Wyoming
Mon - Fri - 7:00 pm - KLTT, 670 AM

Please tune in...

Programs you may have missed are still available on sermonaudio.com.

Last week's programs you may have missed:

1. A survey of the 2005 Legislative Agenda in Colorado, and what's happening in Montana. Will they outlaw homeschooling in Montana?

2. Seven families in Germany to lose their children due to their commitment to homeschool.

3. My school. Why we don't have planned parenthood do our sex education classes, and why we don't have homosexuals elected as class presidents, and why we have never had a stabbing or a shooting in my school.

4. Nuts and Bolts Friday - Why homeschoolers score consistently 25-35 percentile points above their counter parts from public and private schools, on nationally standardized tests.

5. Interview with Bruce Shortt, author of a hot new book "The Harsh Truth About the Public Schools", as we continue the "eternal" search for parents who care about their children's education.

6. Why Bush is doing the right thing about Social Security... and my five social security programs.

Listen on KGFT, KLT, or Sermonaudio.com.




January 15, 2005

Where I will be.
Here is the schedule for the next month or two:

Sunday, Jan. 16, Colorado Springs - Springs Reformed Church
Friday, Jan. 21, Aurora - House on the Rock Support Group
Saturday, Jan. 22 9:00 am - Colorado Springs - New Life Church Introductory Seminar
Saturday, Jan. 22 1:00 pm - Denver - March for Life - State Capitol
Monday, Jan. 31, 7:00 pm - Loveland - Homeschool Support Group
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7:00 pm - Greeley - Homeschool Support Group
Friday, Feb. 4, 7:00 pm - Fort Worth, Texas
Friday, Feb. 11, 9:00 am - Denver - Christian Ministries Conference - Speaking on "The Heart of Homeschooling"

January 7, 2005

This mock conversation between a scientist and a theologian demonstrates how theologians have gutted a biblical worldview of its ability to address the pagan worldview at the root.

Scientist: Evolution is a fact, because I said so.

Theologian: Oh... Well... I have some good news for you. I have shown that God is unable to speak authoritatively and perspicuously concerning history and science at least in the first chapter of Genesis. Now you can reason autonomously in the areas of history and science. So you see... now you can have your evolution, even the evolution of man, even a big bang.

Scientist: Thank you so much. You are so helpful to me. But does that leave a
God who could still guide the process by a sovereign providence?

Theologian: I have some more good news for you. Gods not sovereign either... Weve been teaching that for 120 years. In fact... he doesnt even know whats going to happen next. God is taken by surprise. He is the greatest learner of all!

Scientist: That is good and well... Evolution is accommodated... God is not connected with the creation as a sovereign providential guide of these things. This is helpful. But one more question for you... Does that still leave me with a God to whom I am accountable?

Theologian: I am more good news for you. I have reduced ods Law to subjectives... such that he cannot speak objectively through his Word, and give you any form of direction in the various areas of your life. In fact, you can start by loving your neighbor, and end by loving his wife. And, it really doesnt matter, because there is no objective definition for love.

Scientist: Why must you bring up God at all. Remember, my goal is to remove God out of the picture entirely. Please help me to suppress the truth in unrigheousness!

Theologian: Oh... Could you wait another 60 years? Im sure that my seminary will allow for more deistic interpretations of the Bible... It will take me a few more years to accommodate you.

Scientist: I can wait.

Theologian: There is one question that has been bothering me. How do you know Scientists and/or Rocks tell the truth?

So, by imposing faulty theological systems over Scripture, by proud hearts, and a hundred other machinations, autonomous man wins. And God dies the death of a 1000 qualifications.

Why does man want naturalistic mechanisms for creation?
1. He doesnt like God as the Source of Reality. He distances himself from the Source of Reality. God Himself.

2. And he certainly doesn't like God as a Source of Truth. He wants to start with Rocks. He doesnt want to evaluate Rocks by Gods Word. He wants to evaluate Gods Word by Rocks.

Why do theologians try so hard to accommodate scientists? Could they be children in whom there was "no faith?" Deut. 32:20.



December 31, 2004

Today I received a fund raising letter from a seminary which shall remain nameless. Here's the first para: "As fairly new grandparents, my wife and I were recently discussing the multi-generational effect of a godly minister of the Gospel. Children and grandchildren can be reached through the simple faithfulness of a man consumed to preach God's Word in all of its authority and splentdor. But these future ministers must be well trained..." Therefore, support our seminary... is the synopsis of the rest of it.

This man writes from the wrong sociological perspective. He still assumes the wrong worldview in the area of human relationships and development.

What does the Bible say about passing on a generational heritage? Even the most cursory review of Scripture would come up with a very different vision.

The church has been pursuing this plan of professional discipleship of children long enough! And, it has failed at reaching the generations. Over and over again. So, is it better training of the professionals? Or, should pastors be training parents to do what parents are created to do? "Teach YOUR children my words as you walk by the way and as you sit in your house." Deut. 6:7

Paul's child evangelism program was very simple. Eph. 6:1-4 -"Fathers - bring your children up in the nurture of the Lord. Children - honor him, obey him, listen to him." No Sunday Schools. No Youth Groups.

The entire book of Proverbs models this discipleship of a father and a son. It is rare to see that kind of relationship between father and son anywhere today.

Sure, we should get good preachers and good preaching, but not so that they will create the wrong social environment for the discipleship of a child! We've inherited the model of Rousseau, the man who abandoned his children to professionals at an orphanage, before he even took the time to give them a name or discern their gender. . . the man who wrote the book on the philosophy of modern education. But it's the wrong sociology.

Biblical reformation comes when the hearts of fathers turn to the sons...(Mal. 4:6) Much as though this seminary president wants to believe that it will happen when the hearts of pastors turn towards the sons... that is not what the Bible says.


December 30, 2004

The "Generations" program airs daily on Monday. We are confirmed for KGFT 100.7 FM Mon-Fri at 8:30 pm. KLT 670 AM has not confirmed our time slot yet. We are currently looking at 7:00 pm air time... which means we will not simulcast.

The program will be virtually live. You will be able to interact with the program by calling 877-842-CHEC or my e-mailing kevin@chec.org.


December 20, 2004

American Households Teetering on Disaster?
Per recent article in the Rocky Mountain News:
*The national foreclosure rate has more than tripled in the last 25 years!
*Current bankruptices at 5 times the rate it was in 1984 before our debt-crazed society ran over the cliff
*Forty years ago - a typical family had about 5% of its average income going to nonmortgage bills... Today it is about 35%.
*Almost 70% of families today are a paycheck away from bankruptcy.

We're right on target with the anti-biblical economics promoted by Marx, John Maynard Keynes and others.

What happens when you abandon the old principles: "The debtor is servant to the lender" and "Owe no man anything?"

What happens when you refuse to build your economies on Jesus' teachings in the Bible? The old principles of God's law?

Your house WILL come down. Every time. It may not be right away. It may be in 40-80 years. But your economy will come down. Count on it.

From Kipling's greatest poem:
"Then the Gods of the market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew,
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true,
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four -
And the gods of the copybook headings limp up to explain it once more."



December 18, 2004

Reversing Rousseau
(Here is my recent article describing the sweeping worldview changes brought on by a rejection of Rousseau's sociology, and the embracing of Deut. 6:7 vision for family relationships.)

On one chilly winters day in 1746, a child was born to a couple in Paris. The father took the child from the arms of his wife and against her protestations delivered the baby to the steps of an orphanage. Without even taking the time to note the childs
gender, he abandoned the child to what would have been almost certain death. Subsequently, his wife had four more children each of whom received the same
treatment.

Incredibly, this man went on to unprecedented fame, becoming the most influential philosopher of modern times, the thinker behind all modern revolutions. His name was Jean Jacques Rousseau. What makes this story so poignant and yet so sad, is
that it exactly captures the spirit of our times.

Fifteen years after abandoning his first child, Rousseau began writing on the subject over which he would have the most profound influence of all - education. His famous book, Emile, was entirely devoted to the subject of educating a child. In his book Rousseau and Revolution, the famous historian Durant summarizes the philosophers thoughts on education: Rousseau wanted a system of public instruction by the state. He prescribed many years with an unmarried tutor, who would withdraw the child as much as possible from parents and relatives. According to my Encyclopedia Americana (1958 edition), Rousseaus work was precedent setting. Highly debatable though these propositions [in Emile] are, they have had immense influence on educational theory, including the progressive education formulated by John Dewey and his followers.

Paul Johnson is one of the most respected historians on the modern world. In his landmark book, Intellectuals (a work which should be a part of everybodys library), he struggles to explain the thought processes of the interesting madman, Rousseau, What began as personal self-justification... hardened into convictions, into the proposition that education was the key to social and moral improvement, and this being so, it was the concern of the state. By a curious chain of infamous moral logic, Rousseaus iniquity as a parent was linked to his ideological offspring, the future totalitarian state. The Bible
uses fewer words and puts it clearer in Proverbs 23:7, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Rousseaus thinking was wrong. Dead wrong. But the modern world would follow this man who abandoned his own children on the steps of an orphanage, a man
who insisted that children should be raised by professionals.

The modern world began that day in 1746. A new sociology stepped into place. In just about every area of human life in the modern world (from America to Europe to Asia), licensed professionals, technicians, bureaucrats, and psychiatrists eplaced the old-fashioned concepts of parents, mothers and fathers, grandmas, friends, neighbors, and pastors. The far-reaching effects of this bad worldview would capture the institutions of family, school, church, and state.

Several weeks ago, my wife was shopping at a local department store, five children in tow (as is customary for the homeschooling family). A woman, noting the entourage, deployed the usual question, All yours? To which Brenda answered with a
cheery, Sure are. Five blessings!

Without skipping a beat, the woman replied, Ive got two. You want em?

What a heart breaker! My wife was stunned. Undoubtedly this mother was a product of the age, the thinking espoused by a world that has lost a sense for what things are of real value. If you understand the worldview in which the modern world operates, you would at least be able to explain such a baffling response.

Rousseaus worldview is alive and well in our world and his orphanage is expanding. Consider what has happened since 1746. In this country alone, from 1973, forty million children have been cruelly murdered while still in their mothers wombs.
To put it simply, there are many more children unwanted and unloved by their parents at least to one degree or another. The state (civil government) presses that worldview with more vehemence every year. Many states have widened the compulsory attendance law just over the last ten years in our country. Rousseaus ideas roll on. Closer to home, the pre-school next door to my office has just doubled their space. The effects of Rousseau have impacted business, politics, economics, church, and family. Indeed, these effects are more than statistics. They are devastating. There is hardly a family anywhere that has not been impacted by the worldview of a madman who abandoned his own children on the steps of an orphanage. Today, 35% of children are born without fathers in America, a rate that has increased by a factor of 7 since 1960. By the year 2000, 80% of women with
small children were in the workforce, a rate that is finally eginning to decline. How would one best summarize the 20th century? It was the century when fatherhood and motherhood faded and the familys importance, influence, and purview gradually
dissipated. The worldview ideas of the intellectuals of the previous two centuries have given birth to new social architecture, and the destructive effects of this new world are now painfully obvious, especially in Europe and America. For many parents, it has become too high a price to pay. Of course, there will always be those who continue to hold tenaciously to the worldview of the intellectual madman and the social structures he recommended.

Home Education Introduces A Different Sociology
I am sure that every homeschooled graduate has heard the question, What about socialization? When I graduated from my homeschool high school in 1980, I used to wonder why people would ask a question so asinine, especially when many homeschool
graduates I knew were some of the most successful leaders in any context. But after twenty years of thinking about the question, Im now convinced that it is the most intelligent question to ask. Home education is bringing sweeping changes into modern
society in the area of sociology, and not everybody is excited about that. We are replacing peer pressure, group think, and statist, big government social relationships with a different sociology. Of course this will be of deep concern to those with a different worldview. It isnt the academic strengths of homeschoolers that is of concern to the opposition. It isnt even the fact that homeschooled children are able to interact with a wide variety of people from varying social contexts with ease that bothers the opposition. It is the fact that these children are raised in different social relationships, nurturing
relationships that will inevitably produce well-rounded, influential leaders of change in future generations. It is the fact that home education is poised to change worldviews, the
social relationships of the modern world, the way we live and the way we interact. We are re-inventing what it means to be a father who walks beside his son, what it means to
be a mother who actually nurtures her children into confident, loving, faithful, world-impacting children of God. We are re-inventing social relationships in Rousseaus world. We are reversing Rousseau, a 300-year precedent!

When a family who has learned to live with each other in peace and unity walks into a restaraunt, they are treated with stares and an occasional complement. One day, we were sitting in Country Buffet, our favorite restaurant when a family with six children entered.

My son, whispered to me, Dad, thats a homeschool family.

I asked him why he thought that was the case, and I was amazed at his answer.

He told me, Its the way the children are talking
respectfully and lovingly to their parents.

Later I walked up to the father intending to ask him if they were home educators. He beat me to it. Do you folks homeschool? He asked.

The Domino Effect
It would be one thing, if homeschooling only affected family social relationships and perhaps then home educators would be tolerated. But indeed that is not the case! Once you have rearranged social relationships on the basic level, you will inevitably find a domino effect taking place, and all other social relationships will be affected.

Last week, I took a call from Barna Research, an organization that surveys Christian ministries. (Ironically, the call came in while I was working on my Bible lesson I was preparing for my children that morning.) The gentleman on the other end of the line was surveying Christian pastors on childrens ministries in their churches. He asked me if we had any Sunday School programs for children in our church. I told him, No.

Any mid-week youth groups?

Not exactly, I replied.

How about childrens church?

Nope.

There was a pause. What kind of church are you? Dont you have anything for children?

I told him, Well, we were reading the Bible, and we found Deuteronomy 6:7, Ephesians 6:4, the book of Proverbs, and all of the other passages on childrens ministries. In practically every passage we found that it would be a really good idea if parents would disciple their own children. We couldnt find any more powerful ministry program for children, than for their own parents to show them Jesus every day as they sit
in their house together, as they walk by the way, as they rise up, and as they lie down. We thought that would be a pretty neat system of disciple-ing children, and we decided to
go with it.

Wow. Thats not even on my list here. Thats pretty weird.

Yeah. Christian parents were doing that sort of thing for about 1800 years, until the Sunday School movement started up and family discipleship virtually disappeared. By 1820, Archibald Alexander wrote his book lamenting the decline of families actively disciple-ing their own children.

Many homeschooling families are meeting resistance in their various other associations in life, whether it be extended family or church, and they wonder why. It is because they have made a worldview shift at a foundational level, a change in social
relationship and there is no way to avoid a domino effect in other social relationships. Were reversing Rousseau, and its going to be a struggle.

This change in social relationships at the basic level of the family will produce a reunification of the family and empowerment for the family. Inevitably, this must affect economics, especially as families begin to see the household (and not the individual) as the basic economic unit. The word economics comes from the Greek, oikonomia, which means the law or vision of the household. As homeschooling re-introduces a re-integrated family, de-centralized family businesses will replace the large corporations and individualized career tracks. This is a model that bears thousands of years of biblical and historical precedent (Gen. 29:9, 37:12, 1 Sam, 17:15, Acts 18:2,3, Prov. 31:11,27). The changes in social settings at home will change the way we do business.

Yet another domino in the sequence is civil government. If the family once again realizes its God-ordained roles in education, inheritance, and caring for elderly parents,
that will most certainly replace the Rousseau-ian vision of government-provided schools, social security, and generational welfare programs.

The Vision Goes Even Deeper
Indeed, our vision is much deeper than a mere change in social relationships, in business, and in government. Our vision is that people would love God. It is the vision of the Shema, the most famous passage in Jewish tradition in Deuteronomy 6:5-6.
According to Jesus Christ in Matthew 22:37, this most basic summary of a godly life has never changed. God shows us HOW to love Him in the very next verse (Deut. 6:7). Here is how you love God. Teach your children my words as you sit in your house, as you walk by the way, as you rise up, and as you lie down.
Our vision is simple. We want fewer mothers saying, Ive got two. You want em? We dont want booming day care businesses for toddlers. While we wish Gods richest blessings on orphanages and families that take care of the abandoned and ignored orphan, what we really want is more families loving God. We want more families loving God by parents lovingly, tenderly, continually teaching their children Gods Word
themselves throughout the day as they sit in their houses, as they walk by the way, as they rise up, and as they lie down.

Once again, we can hear Jesus question as plain and clear as can be:

Do you love me?

Yes, Lord.

Well then. Do you see those lambs over there that I gave you?

"Yes."

"Feed them.





December 9, 2004

The Generations program will be heading towards a daily format on January 3! We were honored to be placed next to Focus on the Family and Odyssey on Salem's station in Colorado Springs, KGFT.

New Schedule will be:

KGFT FM 100.7 - 8:30 PM Monday thru Friday
KLT AM 670 - 8:30 PM Monday thru Friday

December 8, 2004

Here are my closing comments for the December 11th program:

There have always been fake Christians out there, hypocrites... But in general, there is a difference between the good guys and the bad guys... and has been that way for thousands of years. The differences are usually obvious. Here are a few that come to mind:

While the bad guys kill their babies, the good guys adopt babies.
While the bad guys hate the concept of children, the good guys love their children.
While the bad guys find ways to get rid of the handicapped, the
inconvenient, the good guys care for them.
The bad guys spend other peoples money on this worlds problems,
the bad guys steal other peoples money.
Meanwhile the good guys are spending their own money to help the poor, the widows and orphans.
The bad guys hate God. The good guys love God.
The bad guys are good in their own eyes. The good guys are bad in their own eyes.

Brad Phillips, the Persecution Project, reports intense perseuction against Christians in Sudan... has been working with Voice of the Martyrs to deliver Bibles and supplies to our persecuted brethren in Sudan. In the latest VOM report, there is a picture of Brad standing next to a blind Christian woman of 18 years old. About 9 years ago, she was raped in a raid by Islamic troops. Today she has a 9 year old daughter who is her eyes and leads her about.

Another boy of 7, Damare, was captured by Muslim soldiers and sold as a slave. He sneaked away one Sunday to attend a small church service across the village, as he was raised a Christian. Upon returning, his master nailed him to a cross using several rusty spikes. Eventually God delivered him from the situation, and has been adopted. Today Damare is 15 and lives in
Mario Kong. He is sad that he cannot run like the other boys, but he says he has forgiven the man who nailed his legs to the board. He knows that Jesus was nailed to a cross, so all our sins could be forgiven.

There is probably no area of the world in which there is such severe persecution against Christians. Over the next three weeks (over Christmas), I will be collecting blankets to send to our persecuted Brothers and Sisters in Sudan. Voice of the Martyrs has told us that this is one of the best things we can provide these deeply afflicted Christains. Please think about sponsoring a blanket or several blankets for your family.

I quote from Matthew: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Lets cover our persecuted brothers and sisters with blankets this Christmas.

I will plan on collecting blankets until the first of the year.

Contact our Resource Center if you would like to drop off a blanket. 1-877-842-CHEC or e-mail office@chec.org.

Here are the specifics on Blankets for Sudan:
- Full or queen
- Cotton or synthetic
- No heavy fabrics/ quilts/comforters/afghans/wool/army blankets
- Used ok, but should be in good shape & clean



December 6, 2004

There is life in Cortez, Colorado! We had a great time with about 150 home educators out in the Four Corners area last Friday and Saturday. It was Founders Night for the organization, and the children put on a very nice patriotic presentation on the founding of our nation. It was refreshing to see so many homeschool families in one place at one time. And what an incredible kick to meet so many active homeschool dads, really interested in engaging their families, actively disciple-ing their own children. We spent about three hours on Saturday morning with 6-7 homeschool dads, at our host's home. We stayed with the Lurveys. Chuck has been actively leading the group for 6-7 years. What a commitment from this man of God. We wish God's greatest blessings on the Lurvey family and the whole support group in Cortez. There's a little reformation afoot in Cortez, Colorado.



November 30, 2004

We are heading off for Four Corners area, in Cortez, Colorado on Friday. I will be speaking at the Cortez Home Educators Founders Night. There is a burgeoning movement out of the public schools there, and I want to encourage them on the way.



November 29, 2004

Don't forget Reformation Church's Family Camp 2005 down at Glorieta. It's scheduled for Aug 30 - Sep 3, 2005. I will be there with my family. The pricing is impressive. But IT WILL FILL UP FAST. E-mail camp@reformationchurch.com if you need a registration packet. Here are a few details from the spot we will run this weekend.

"Imagine a summer camp for the whole Family! A camp with powerful messages... that will encourage your family to live and love together the way God has laid it out in the Bible! Imagine a 5 day camp with some of our best nationally-recognized speakers on the family -- a 5 day family camp from $52, only $52! We have obtained the use of one of the largest campgrounds in the west for the Family Camp. It will happen next August 30th through September 3rd in Glorietta, New Mexico. Your family will hear inspiring messages on family, godly womanhood, and how to be a man of God, from great speakers like Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., and James and Stacy McDonald. And there will be plenty of time for relaxing fellowship, hiking, volleyball, softball, high ropes course, paintball, Miniature Golf, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Frisbee Golf, Tennis, Ping Pong, paddlboats and canoeing. We have priced this camp so it will be affordable to the largest families with the lowest income!

This camp is sponsored by Reformation Church, a Family Integrated Church strategically located between Colorado Springs and Denver, in Castle Rock. Call 303-648-9606 for a brochure... or e-mail camp@reformationchurch.com."



November 27, 2004

America passed England in its standard of living in the 1760s! That makes us the wealthiest nation on earth for almost 250 years. To whom much has been given, much is required... much gratefulness, that is. When we as a nation forget the source of our blessings, we lose the reason for thanksgiving. After all, if we are nothing but evolved slime in a universe of chance, why should we be thankful for that... and to whom?

But not so with us. "Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

I hope your thanksgiving was a grateful fest of all fests.

November 24, 2004

Homeschool Townhall Meeting - Denver Area - December 10th

Here's the info on the Homeschool Townhall Meeting on Friday, December 10th at 7:00 pm. We will hear from both Treon Goossen from Concerned Parents of Colorado (who has worked as Colorado's citizen lobbyist for homeschooling rights since the 1980s), and Representative Kevin Lundberg, who will be entering his second term in office in the Colorado House.

With the turn over of the State House and Senate (with the associated education committees) to those who are unfriendly to homeschoolers, we are facing some real challenges. To give you an idea of what we are up against, in the most recent Colorado general election campaigns, Christian Home Educators of Colorado (and website) was referred to in several attack pieces against
candidates that were supportive of home education as an educational option. The next two years will be CRITICAL years for home educators in our state, and a number of parents and homeschool leaders in the state are convinced that better organization and a better flow of information is in order. We will give you some ideas of what specific legislation we may expect, and propose some strategic ways to address these challenges.

Please invite anybody else you think could benefit by this information meeting. The meeting is sponsored by concerned homeschool parents (Kevin Swanson, Treon Goossen, and Rep. Kevin Lundberg). We hope to hear from several other legislators as well.

Our location has been changed due to a large and growing interest in the meeting. Here are the directions to the new meeting place.

New Location: 10439 South Parker Road. From I25, take the Lincoln Ave. exit (on the south side of Denver metro) and turn east on Lincoln Ave. Drive for 5-6 miles and you will approach Parker Road. Turn right (south) on Parker Road, and take another right at the next stoplight (Plaza). There is a shopping center there on the Northwest corner of Parker Road. Take the second right into the parking lot of the shopping center. We will be meeting on the lower level of this shopping center.

Homeschool Townhall Meeting - Colorado Springs Area - December 9th @7:00pm

We plan to hear from both Treon Goossen from Concerned Parents of Colorado (who has worked as Colorado's citizen lobbyist for homeschooling rights since the 1980s), and Representative Kevin Lundberg, who will be entering his second term in office in the Colorado House.

Our location in the Springs has also changed due to a large and growing interest in the meeting. Instead of meeting in a home in the area, we will be meeting at the East Library at 5550 North Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918 in the large community room. Yahoo (http://maps.yahoo.com/maps) has correct directions to the facility if you are unfamiliar with the location. Or you may call Paula or Mike Anderson at 272-9844 for directions.


Let me close with a few of my favorite quotes:
"The only way for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." Burke

And here's one more.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." John Philpot Curran (an Irishman)

I'm assuming most of those reading this are willing to pay that price. See you on the 9th or 10th.

Kevin Swanson



November 23, 2004

After two months off line, vacation and business reasons, I am back.

While in Washington State at the HSLDA Leaders Conference with my son Daniel, we met Richard Guenther, a man of incredible commitment to the cause of freedom... in Germany.

You think our schools are bad? Paganized? Germany is worse. Public Schools there mandate sex education (even for 3,5, and 7 year old children), Pornography in the curriculum, Sexual Perversions celebrated, New Age Meditation techniques mandated, raw humanism and the youre just cosmic dust evolved out of nothing is the thorough-going worldview saturated through the public school curriculum.

Richard Guenther heads up a Legal Defense association that backs up families who have the faith to pull their children out of these cess pools. Two hundred families in Germany now have said "NO! NO MORE! WE ACTUALLY LOVE OUR CHILDREN! WE ACTUALLY LOVE GOD! And we want to teach our children Gods Word."

Of course they are being persecuted. Ironically, Christians are normally persecuted (not for attending church), but for upsetting the Social Order.

Flying out of Spokane into Atlanta over the following weekend, I reviewed a report on families who began homeschooling in Germany under severe threat of persecution. I had to stop reading at one point, as I was overwhelmed with emotion.

Seven homeschool fathers are in jail today in Bavaria.

One Courageous Father, Horst Schonhofer... took his children out of public school four years ago... and that initiated one of the most incredible stories... They were fined, threatened, visited by officials trying to force these children back into their schools. Finally, in fear that they were about to lose their children, they fled the country... to Austria.

Let me quote a little from this father. Horst writes, By now we are by no means the only family to have left Germany for Austria. Many leave before the whole commotion begins... In 2004 some parents have had to undergo coercive detention, in other cases immmense fines... In Austria, we have found work as tent makers. Back in the 19th century, believers were driven from Austria. Now they are returning to Austria. May the Lord mak the homeschool parents a blessing wherever He places them. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess his name.

There are people that love God in the spirit of the Shema - You shall love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Deut. 6:5

BTW, how do you love God? The very text passage tells us. Verse 7 - By "teaching Gods Word diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and
when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

Thank God a few parents in Germany still love God enough to do Deuteronomy 6:7! Theyre going to Jail for it.

Civilization is dying in Europe. Freedom and Family are disappearing. But there are a few stalwarts digging in for a critical fight. YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM WITH RICHARD GUENTHER. IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE at generations.sermonaudio.com.



November 20, 2004

Our dog disappeared last week for 3-4 days. Trauma for the children. On Sunday afternoon during our church's prayer and share time, one of our children requested prayer. That was about 1:55 pm. Incredibly, 5 minutes later our phone rang. Pretty good response time.

The children were impressed. Does God really care about sparrows and beagles? Guess so.

September 14, 2004

Our wrap up piece last week end took on Existentialism, Socialism, Nihilism, and all of the other cracked worldviews upon which our society is firmly constructed.

Here are a Few Magazines we're still waiting to see hawked on the Magazine Rack at your local Supermarket Check-out Stand.

1. You've heard of Self Magazine? Well how about Selfish Magazine... It's all about YOU! Now there is a magazine dedicated to the selfish pig in all of us. We will pander your pride and itch your ego. You too can be your own selfish pig. Forget love. If youre wondering whats in it for you, get selfish magazine, and be the materialist, selfish pig you always wanted to be. Call 1-800-iamapig. . Call 1-800- IMA PIG for your subscription today.

2. Illiteracy Illustrated Magazine... Lots of Pictures for all of the victims of Americas Education System.

3. Futility Magazine... The magazine that finally tells the truth about life without God. Unfortunately, the first issues were a little scanty, because the staff couldnt think of a reason to live, let alone a reason to sit around and write for
this silly magazine.

4. The Liberal Post... Were not hiding our agenda anymore. We are LIBERAL. Yes. L. I. B. E. R. A. L. We really want big government and we want to destroy the family in America. Get Liberal Today. Get the Liberal Post.

5. Fat Magazine ...Forget bodybuilding and diet magazines.
Heres a magazine for those Americans who cease to make themselves a god... and just want to make a god out of food.


Here are a few more Producer Dave added to the list:

Entitlement times - how to live off the efforts of others without really lifting a finger. Now...if we could just get someone to buy you the subscription...

Victim - you are one even if you don't know it. Just subscribing makes you part of the exploited masses. Not subscribing you are a victim of ignorance.

Postmodern press - We've been destroying civilizations for over 100 years. Subscriptions prices are the same for everyone, truly! Generally, we don't believe in absolutes. But, our pricing policy is absolute. Absolutely.

Infanticide - A magazine of vision and encouragement for employees of planned parenthood and the ACLU.

Conspiracy chronicle - Still trying to distribute the first issue. Unfortunately potential subscribers are afraid to tell us their names or address.



September 13, 2004

Last week, we worked with the next generation of young people that are poised to impact the world of media. Teen Pact Media Week!

The program was based in Colorado Springs, and we covered biblical worldview and media in depth throughout the week.

How do you judge good media or good art?

1. It corresponds to truth, God's truth.
2. It communicates truth at a variety of levels, to a variety of people, across continents, and across ages.
3. The method complements the message.

When analyzing good art, you must realize that any scene or any stroke could ruin the entire presentation.

We concluded that most Christian analysis of art and music is pretty superficial. While the reviews are usually pretty accurate at counting swear words, it rarely pulls out the worldview behind it.

Usually, you will find a central message, complementing messages, and tertiary messages.

Our goal... to produce discerning young people... but more than that, young people who will make a lasting impact on the next generation of art and culture - where the best we can come up with is hopelessly monotonous dribble (at least in popular culture).

Abandoning God's laworder will always produce a destruction of art and ourselves. That is the story of the last 150 years of culture in America. Good artists will eventually have to destroy their own art, or themselves. Hemmingway comes to mind.

Thanks to my friend, Bill Jack (Worldview Academy), Jacquie Lloyd (once the #1 radio personality in Colorado Springs, now homeschool mom extraordinaire), Jeff Caylor and Bob Waliszewski (Focus on the Family), and Salem Gen. Manager Phil Lewis for their contributions in making Teen Pact Media Week a God-honoring success.



August 31, 2004

My son turned 13 on Saturday. We gave him his first 22. We are teaching him the basic importance and elements of gun control. Shoot straight my son. Always Shoot straight.


Turf Battles. Churches have them. Ministries have them... The homeschooling movement has them... Conservative organizations have them... Why?

1. Sometimes there are legitimate disagreements that are handled in a careful and mature way... and that's great.

2. Sometimes we have fundamental differences.

3. Sometimes weve all got great ideas, but we dont have the character to uphold them. Pride, anger, and envy might sell big-government socialism. But it wont work for us. Remember, were on the side of the good guys. Therefore we can not successfully implement our agenda institutionally, if we ourselves dont retain the character necessary to implement it.

Sometimes we forget the basic free market concept of hard work. We think that we spend all of our time cutting down another ministry... then well get ahead of him. Much better to put your hand to the plow, do the work, and in the end youll see that your ministry accomplished a great deal more than the envious, the proud, and the angry. God blesses the faithful with strength.



August 30, 2004

I have just returned from assisting with a week-long camp (providing a little worldview teaching)... with a slew of teens from Teen Pact. God has not abandoned this country, my friends. A new generation of young people, who are making a radical break from the anemia, the complacency . . . theyre not
amalgamating into this culture. Teen Pact is changing lives to change America. Thousands of young people are streaming out of homeschools and good solid, private schools... and they are NOT muddle-headed, half-baked socialists... they are clear-headed, intelligent, motivated, worldview conscious....and THAT in itself is rare for this day...
Five Patrick Henry College seniors, all homeschooled students, being selected for White House internships this semester.
Recently Joel Belz suggested that these largely homeschooled teens - will form a mighty political force - not unlike the labor unions of the last generation.
Theyre getting top notch training through Summit Ministries (weve had David Noebel on this program)... Worldview Academy (Bill Jack helps us out on this program),
and of course Teen Pact.

August 18, 2004

My good friend, Doug Phillips gave us a plug on his blog a day or two ago. Thanks Doug! As Doug Phillips mentioned on his blog, I keynoted at the SCCCS conference at CSU Fullerton on Politics two weeks ago. The SCCCS conference on politics addressed the third party question, and . . . there wasnt a great amount of support for it. Ive been a third party guy since 1988 when I voted for Ron Paul for President. As I recall, he was the only presidential candidate with a pro-life position. I voted for Howard Phillips in 1992, 1996, and 2000.

If I remember correctly, Andrew Sandlin and Rod Martin both spoke against the third party option at the Fullerton Conference. BTW, Rod has been a powerful influence for righteousness in Governor Huckabees cabinet out in Arkansas. Hell be running for state senator in that state sometime soon. Pray for his victory.

Doug P. commented that he thought this non-support for the third party option is a besmirching of the Bahnsen legacy (speaking of Dr. Greg Bahnsen, one of my mentors to whom I owe a great deal of my training.) Which brings up an interesting question, Would Dr. Greg Bahnsen have supported a third-party? Im not sure. Dr. Bahnsen is no longer with us. But he did read my book, The Second Mayflower, and, as I recall, didnt mention that he supported the third-party option (to which I have a whole appendix dedicated in the book). Interestingly, he did mention that the Taxpayers/Constitution party position on drugs was not biblical.

Those who disagree with me on the issue of third party are good brothers in our band of brothers. I look at this as a tertiary issue. Why? Its strategy. Application is tricky, and requires wisdom, which
requires character. Thats our challenge today. BTW, a little graciousness, hoping all things, oil down Aarons beard, and that sort of thing... between those that pick slightly different strategic approaches, I think should be in order. As I see it, the first generation of reformers brought some great ideas to the table. The second generation is having a harder time making application, because application requires wisdom, which requires
character. Ultimately, we will make the most progress as we raise children of faith and character who can carry these ideas to fruition. This will be a generational project, friends. Buckle up. It'll be a long, hard ride.

My own position on third parties has changed over the years. At this point Im not persuaded by Sandlin and Rod Martin, but Im still pondering the arguments posed at the conference. My biggest problem with third parties is that they seem to be making the mistake that I mentioned in my presentation on localism at the SCCCS conference (you should be able to get tapes from the conference at www.cmfnow.com). Our interest for years has focused on the presidency and the governorships (capturing the top), without doing the work at the bottom first. This doesnt agree with our bottom-up, long term vision which should characterize our movement. I believe it was Gene Edward Veith
who brought this out in a recent World Editorial.

Ill support candidates in either the Constitution Party or the Republican Party, able men who fear God, love truth, and hate coveteousness. I wish there were more of this sort running for office in my county, my state, and my country.

I continue to endorse the work of SCCCS and Bahnsen Theological Seminary. In fact, I endorsed their work at a session at the St Louis Unifying Church and Family conference last weekend. Their home study programs are EXCELLENT. Heres their link: www.scccs.org. Im delighted that Doug Phillips and Vision Forum use Michael Butler and Ken Gentry in their courses on apologetics.

BTW, great conference in St Louis, sponsored by Doug Phillips and Vision Forum. Thank you Doug. Brenda and I were very glad we went. Good feeding, esp... from R.C. Sproul Jr., Doug Phillips, and the others.
The high point of the conference came at the end. . .
when somebody asked how baptists and presbyterians could get along in the same conference... one of the speakers on the panel said, Its respect. Then R.C. grabbed the mike... No.... no... no... not respect, said, R.C. looking straight at Doug Phillips, Its Admiration. May the devil tremble. This kind of humility and unity when central principles are at stake will take down the gates of hell.
May God give all of us the humility to recognize the antithesis. Its not our brothers... the antithesis is the denial of the sovereignty and centrality of God over reality, truth, and ethics.





August 4, 2004

Here's my prediction for November Election, 2004.
1. GWB will win.
2. AND, we will continue to see larger federal governments.

In 1988 - Reagan's final budget spent 21.2% of the National Income.
In 1992 - Bush Sr.'s final budget spent 22.2% of the National Income
In 2000 - Clinton's final budget spent only 18.4% of the National Income.
In 2004 - Bush Jr.'s last budget will spend 19.7% of the National Income.

BTW - that number was 2.8% in 1901, and 9.8% after FDR in 1940.

Just for kicks, I wonder if the federal government would shrink if the democrats took the presidency.

The only reason why the fed govmt shrank in the 1990s (as I see it) was Newt Gingrich and a fiery, anti-Democrat Congress. When the Republicans take the presidency and the Congress, they tend to just increase the size of government. When opposite parties hold the branches, the government gets a little bit more gridlock, which is, at this point, the only hope for anybody who likes freedom from big, taxing, tyrannical, endebted governments.


These numbers come from http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2004/pdf/hist.pdf


August 3, 2004

Here's my wrap up for this week's program.

IF ONLY THEY HAD LIVED TODAY

Patrick Henry would have been subjected to a severe social services investigation simply for trying to homeschool 14 children in a 400 square foot home.

Samuel Adams would have been subjected to a six year investigation of all his financial records by the IRS for all that anti-tax rhetoric.

George Washington would have been sued by NOW for not putting any
women in combat uniforms.

The whole US Congress would have been sued by the ACLU for printing 20,000 Bibles for Native Americans as their very first act.

Thomas Jefferson would have been added to the Department of Homeland Defense Subversive list for his incredibly radical statements about the freedom to own military rifles.

First Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay would have been sued by the anti-defamation league for encouraging Americans to prefer Christians for their political leaders.

John Adams would have clapped in the clink for child labor laws - putting his son into an ambassadorship at only 15 years of age.

Benjamin Franklin would have been prosecuted by just about every federal, state, and local agency for experimenting with an unknown substance without a permit.

Radical statement of the day: Thomas Jefferson: It is better to tolerate the rare instance of a parent refusing to let his child be educated, than to [allow for] the forcible education of the infant against the will of the father. Goodbye Compulsory Attendance Laws!

I guess our messed up founders... would have all been in prison...

But now.... the Inmates are running the asylum.

July 26, 2004

We are turning Christian Home Educators of Colorado into a full service homeschool resource center. In lieu of this vision, I'm adding a bookstore to our South Denver Metro office. For those of you looking for deals on curriculum, wholesome quality books, and supplemental reading, we are having a Pre-Grand Opening Sale on August 12th and 13th. You will save 10% on all purchases. We're carrying about 20-30 different major curriculum/publisher's stuff. . . Bob Jones, Rod and Staff, Christian Liberty, etc. The Address is 10431 S. Parker Rd., Parker, CO (One light south of Lincoln Avenue on Parker Road). Call for directions... 720-842-4852.

Our Focus in this Resource Center will be:
1. Assistance for the New Homeschooler
2. The Very Best Books we can possibly find for children and family.
3. The Best collection of Books that Build a Biblical Worldview into all of life, that you will find in any bookstore in Colorado.

We are going to need everybody's support to make this bookstore work. Please shop here, and tell others to shop here. THANKS!

The new store will be called:
CHEC Family Books and Resources.

July 22, 2004

In our family time this morning we studied the issue of self defense. Does a man or a woman ever have a right to shoot anybody to defend his/her home from an intruder? The answer of course, is yes. But there are some restrictions. We were studying Exodus 22:1-3.

In Late August or September, I want to do a special men's meeting on this issue. Protection of our homes is an essential part of a man's role.

BTW, Looks like a busy schedule lined up for me in August.
August 1 - Durango
August 6,7 - Fullerton, California (Worldview confernce - scccs.org)
August 13,14 - St Louis, Missouri (Unifying church and home conf.)
August 20,21 - Fort Worth, TX (Homeschooling conference)
August 23-28 - Glorietta, NM (Teen Pact Survival Worldview Camp)

I take family with me on almost all speaking tours - Rebekah's coming with me to California, Brenda will be with me in St Louis, Daniel with me in Fort Worth. It doesn't work to run around the country talking about God's Vision for Family, and leave your family at home for days and weeks at a time. I took Daniel and Emily with me on my two-week trip to Japan - and found it to be a tremendous addition to the trip. I was still an acting Father for two weeks, even when I spoke to others across the world on Fathering.





July 17, 2004

While I dont speak for CHEC or any other organization besides my own family... Im getting behind two candidates this year for public office.

Im supporting Bob Schaffer for US Senate. I put a sign in my yard and bumper sticker on my car.

Im also supporting Kevin Lundberg for the office of Colorado House Rep.

They are both men of integrity and principle, and meet biblical qualifications. Here are the qualifications (not approved of by the Republican National Convention or the Democratic Central Committee, but approved by God.)
Able men (competent)
Such as fear God (self explanatory)
Men of truth (they tell the truth).
Hating covetousness (theyre not socialists trying to redistribute the wealth by whipping the rabble into an envious mob.)

BTW - This comes straight from Ex. 18:21 if anybody cares to look it up. Bob Schaffer kept his word about term limits, and he told me last Thursday he had promised a lady in a casual conversation 12 years ago that he would not campaign on Sunday. So he hasnt campaigned on Sunday since then. Bob also told me that his
priority in his positions is that he will be biblical. (First time Ive heard a politician use that term.)

My criteria is 1) that the candidate is pro-life, pro-family, pro-small government in his voting record (not just speeches and campaign lit.) This is usually a good indication that
they fear God. And 2) that the candidate is a man of integrity - especially proven by his family relationships

If Im not sure of the candidate, I usually dont bother wasting my vote on them.

Also, there is a lot of hype about the "power" of one vote. If you're going for influence in a campaign $50-$100 contributed to a campaign is 20-100X more powerful (in pure influence) than voting. Check out Rep. Kevin Lundberg's heartfund.com, if you get a chance. I'm on the board of this fund. It's a great concept. You need to join - it's only $50.

July 16, 2004

Here is a Tale of Two Men (I'm writing in allegory here):
There was a man who always spoke eloquently and fought courageously on the floor of his denominational meetings for all of the great standards of orthodoxy. He was the most doctrinally-correct man I ever knew. When election time came around, he voted for right candidate... sometimes even a third party candidate, because he was such a man of principle. He fought hard for lower taxes, because the biblical princple is clear - no
redistribution of the wealth. He was the most politically-correct man I ever knew.
He was finally excommunicated from his fellowship because he refused to repent of his anger manifested in his home with his wife. Still there were many who were very surprised when we heard Jesus tell him, Depart from me, you worker of lawlessness for I never knew you.

Then there was another man who lived a pious and peaceful life. He never once raised his voice to his wife. He fasted weekly and prayed hourly. He spoke at prayer breakfasts. His Bible was well worn. You can imagine the controversy in the church, when the elders excommunicated him for his consistently pro-abortion votes in the Colorado Senate.
Still there were many who were very surprised when we heard Jesus tell him, Depart from me, you worker of lawlessness for I never knew you.

The heart is deceitful above all things and desparately wicked. The ability of the heart to fake religion is unbelievable. The Pharisees did it. Simon the Sorcerer did it. Judas did it for three years.

There are a hundred versions of Pharisaism. Sometimes the Word is good for everybody else in the world except for the man. Out
there is a purist, in here hes a rebel. Some hearts have justified themselves. Other hearts just change Gods standard. The unregenerate heart refuses to bow the Knee to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He will do it by rendering some external obedience to God by compartmentalizing his life. This is not heart obedience.

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and
mammon.

The unregenerate heart compartmentalizes and then holds something back. Take the Rich Young Ruler for example. He had done everything right. Then Jesus told him, "Now sell all your goods and give it all to the poor. Then come follow me." He went away sorrowful, because he did not want to submit his money to the Lordship of Christ.

The regenerate heart is interested in one thing... bringing everything to the feet of Jesus Christ the King. We dont do it perfectly... but thats the direction of our heart.

Our task is to bring EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ. There is not a corner of your life and heart - that is not open season for the demands of Christ!

July 12, 2004

Somebody did a report on how many Democrats are aborting their young vs. Republicans (Larry Eastland - here's the link - http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110005277.) Per this study, there are 19.8 million less Democratic voters, and 13.9 million less Republican voters.
The study of course assumes that Democrat parents will raise Democrat children, and Repub parents will raise Repub. children. One problem with the study.
The political/ideological positions of children ARE NOT SET BY PARENTS!!! That's the beauty of the Rousseau/Dewey/Plato method - of getting those kids away from their parents into the socialist schools early on. They are properly indoctrinated - and the politics of the nation are set by the schools - not the parents. And those schools already are set up with a worldview that is closer to Rousseau/Plato/Dewey/Marx than to God's Word/George Washington/Patrick Henry or any of our other friends.

It's true that the more liberal tend to kill their young. But the rest of us send our children off to schools where they learn that killing off our young is all part of the evolutionary, naturalistic, materialistic model.

My thoughts for Monday, July 12.

July 8, 2004

My wrap up comments with Brig. General T.C. Pinckney on Saturday generated some controversy:

Im not talking to isolated teachers in the public schools here... Im talking to parents.
If you want your children to become evolutionists (they are cosmic
dust, evolved from monkeys, primoridial slime) - give them 16 years of public school education.
If you want to raise your children in a system that produces 60-70% functionally illiterate - then I have just the system for you-- the Public School System.
If you wnat your children to think like materialists, like John Dewey thought, or like Karl Marx and Charles Darwin thought, then Dont Homeschool! YOU WILL WANT TO USE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

If you want this nation to go the way of Marx, Darwin, Dewey, and
the other humanist materialists, then OF COURSE YOU SHOULD send
your children to public schools.

If you have rejected principles on which this nation was founded... then send your children to Public Schools.

If you want to get your children a substandard academic education,
stay in the public schools - where they average 20-30 percentile points below the average private and home school scores.

If you like the fact that American young people are no longer
competing with other developed nations, but are down around thir world nations, in the areas of math and science education -- then by all means, use the public school system that produces this debacle.

If you dont want God integrated into your childrens education --you want God carefully eliminated from science, sociology, literature, and all of life - then may I recommend to you - the American Government Schools.

If you like the values of the culture around you --- 50% divorce rates, 35% of children born without fathers, then by all means keep using the worldview and the education system that built this culture.

Take a look at the average teenager -- the average teenager growing up in public schools --- speaks in one-syllable words, not the paradigm of character, sex savvy, gets drunk or high, listens to rape rap --- if you like that then send your children to public schools where these average kids are being raised.

Dont turn off the radio now.
Parents, I challenge you -- to answer the question. Do you love your
children? Do you really want the very best education, worldview,
preparation for your children?

Or do you NOT want that?
Of course it is your choice... your choice will be based on your
values.

Write to me... Why are they keeping their children in the government schools?

Folks you can contact me through www.Kevinswanson.com.

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