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Finding Suitable Films

Posted by Administrator on 12/31/2013

Film Suitability

Of course, when considering adding movies to your educational diet, age suitability of any given film is important to consider. Not every film is appropriate for every age group. Furthermore, each parent might deem certain topics or film styles as inappropriate. When selecting a film, you should carefully consider the film relative to your children age, emotional maturity, and your educational goals. Each family has a different standard as to what they feel is appropriate to view in regards to language, violence and sexual content. It is wise to check out relevant film reviews, clips and more before committing to a particular film. There are many resources on the web that offer insightful reviews for families.

The Questions of Christmas

Posted by Wilcox on 12/25/2013 to Homeschooling
Consider all the questions surrounding the holy-day we celebrate on December 25th: The Jews questions how long it would be until their much-anticipated Messiah would come (Dan. 9:25; John 1:41). Since the conclusion of the Old Testament, God had been silent for four centuries. When was the Anointed One coming? Mary questioned how it could be that she would bear a son when she had known no man (Luke 1:30-34); yet, she magnified God for regarding her for such a role (Luke 1:47-55).

Naming the Lenses: Part 1

Posted by Wilcox on 12/23/2013 to Critical Thinking
This entire series of articles on worldviews must be credited to James Sire. His book, The Universe Next Door, is the best work we have ever found to summarize the main worldviews recognized in our world today. Using a series of eight questions, similar to the seven questions posed in the previous article (“Focusing Lenses”), Sire clearly distinguishes and compares each of the nine major worldviews evident in society. His answers are much more detailed and expansive than the brief summaries that follow will convey, so please consider reading The Universe Next Door on your own to get a more comprehensive discussion of these worldviews.

Focusing Lenses: What Is a Worldview?

Posted by Wilcox on 12/16/2013 to Critical Thinking
In his work, How to Read Slowly, James Sire describes a worldview as a map of reality upon which we act. Another author, Boris Uspensky, defines a worldview as “the framework of beliefs, expressive symbols, and values in terms of which individuals define their world, express their feelings, and make their judgments” (Quoted by David Noebel, The Battle for Truth, pp.) It encompasses ideologies, philosophies, theologies, movements, and religions that provide an “over-arching approach to understanding God, the world, and man’s relations to God and the world” (Noebel, The Battle for Truth, pp.)

The God of Music

Posted by Wilcox on 12/9/2013 to Homeschooling
Our God is a God of music…and music appreciation. He ordained Jubal, one of Cain’s great-great-great-great-grandsons, to be the “father of all those who play the harp and flute” (Gen. 4:21). God gifted Moses, David, Asaph, and others to write psalms and music for His glory and our edification. Zephaniah proclaims our God is a singing God (Zeph. 3:17). And we know Jesus sang with His disciples at the Passover feast before going out to the Mount of Olives (Matt. 26:30). Bible scholar Warren Wiersbie points out that Jesus also sang after His triumphant resurrection from the dead (Ps. 22:22 and Heb. 2:12). Moreover, today the Holy Spirit sings through the hearts and lips of believers who praise God (Eph. 5:18-21).
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