MORE ADDED AT THE END, Sunday Aug 6.
I read an article recommended by two of the bloggers I read. Its an article about homeschoolers and failure. I recognized a great deal of truth, but I found that, IMHO, basically his attitude is "Get rid of your pious convictions, because they are externals, and your kids will ditch them as soon as they can"
You can read it for yourself if you want to.
Now I'd like to recommend a series of articles by Michael Pearl called "Jumping Ship"
I personally love the Pearls and their ideas. If you don't like them, at least read this article and tell me why you disagree with it.
You know what Michael Pearl believes is one of the most important things a parent can do to tie strings of fellowship with his kids? Become the master of joy. A joyful parent can be what she needs to be to pass on her faith to her kids.
More thought on this:
The biggest difference in these two articles is the focus. The first seems to say, we've been wrong, too sheltering, too blind, too hipocritical. Change, lose your legalism or you'll lose your kids.
The second seemed to be more positive, praising God for the good that has come for many, many homeschoolers, and a warning to the true pharisees and legalists, not to change what they do, but change their attitude and focus.
You see, pharisees did all the right things, for the wrong reasons. We must still do right. We must not become desensitized to sin. We must not give in to worldly pleasures. But we must do it for the right reasons. Holy means set apart. Believe me, if you start to dress like the world, and watch what the world watches, you will start to think like the world, talk like the world, and act like the world. Bradley would have us become desensitized. He said so. I think we should constantly work at keeping our senses sensitive.
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