Archives For September 2005

State Champions

September 30, 2005 — 1 Comment

The homeschoolers I did video reporting on a few months ago won the State Championship for the state of Maryland. So give them a big hand–homeschoolers are physically fit!

Congratulations everyone!


Marriage is going downhill–in America and worldwide–and it seems to start in the land my great-great-grandfather came from: the Netherlands. I’ve always had a little place in my heart for that country built by the hands of my ancestors. They made it–they conquered it.

But today, as many of those Christians have left the country, it is a horrible and sinful country. As reported in the Brussels Journal two days ago, polygamy has been legalized in Holland.

The Netherlands and Belgium were the first countries to give full marriage rights to homosexuals. In the United States some politicians propose “civil unions” that give homosexual couples the full benefits and responsibilities of marriage. These civil unions differ from marriage only in name.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands polygamy has been legalised in all but name. Last Friday the first civil union of three partners was registered. Victor de Bruijn (46) from Roosendaal “married” both Bianca (31) and Mirjam (35) in a ceremony before a notary who duly registered their civil union.

“I love both Bianca and Mirjam, so I am marrying them both,” Victor said. He had previously been married to Bianca. Two and a half years ago they met Mirjam Geven through an internet chatbox. Eight weeks later Mirjam deserted her husband and came to live with Victor and Bianca. After Mirjam’s divorce the threesome decided to marry.

That’s just totally and completely w-r-o-n-g. God created marriage in the beginning–one man, one woman. Not Adam and Steve. Not Adam and Eve, and Eve Squared.

Also, Dr. Mohler looks at Sociologist James Q. Wilson’s view on marriage on his website, and it’s worth taking a look at. Wilson’s article “The Ties That Do Not Bind” is very interesting to read.

This speech by Davey Crocket is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

As Spunky said in her post “Not Yours To Give”, “This speech is worth re-reading every once in a while just to remind us of how it all is really supposed to work.”

“I am afraid that the schools will prove [to be] the very gates of hell unless they diligent ally labor in the explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of our youth.”

In an older post of mine on the Public Schools, former homeschooler and a friend of mine, Amanda, posted an interesting comment worthy of consideration, thought, and a response.

“Personally, I am all for Public Schooling, and I fully plan on putting my children into public schools! (I bet you’re having a heart attack right now [I did in Tennessee--thanks Amanda...appreciated that. Lost some sleep over this one.] I went to public school for elementary and I would never change that–I loved it! I believe it really did help make me who I am. I had amazing teachers (many of whom were Christian ladies, just like many other schools across the country.) I also believe that the Public Schools area mission field. I regret not going to Public Schools because of that. I believe I missed a HUGE chance to witness to many of my teen peers. I think of being out in California again, when you saw that group of guys, one of whom was wearing a big hat. After talking to them you realized they were Christians [or new believers I might add]. I think the same thing could be very much applied to the Public Schools. You see a group of guys and you get to know them, then you throw out Jesus. There you go–pure witnessing at it’s best…among peers. Heck yes, it would be hard because people would think you were stupid and would hate you…but what about those few, that because you went to Public Schools, became Christians because of the example you set? Public Schools are our mission fields sitting right in our backyards!”


I’ll be honest–and nice. I’m afraid that Amanda is mistaken in numerous points of her argument above. The following examination is not an attack, but an exhortation to follow the Scripture and to do what God says–not the Public Schools, not the government, and certainly not me personally. I’m basing this on God’s word, quotes, facts, lists, and statistics.

By the end I hope you’ll at least send your children to Christian school.

I won’t go too deep into examining the first part of your comment, but I did notice you inserted that you had many teachers who were Christians “just like at many other schools across the country.” That’s a somewhat general statement, without a lot of backup evidence. But it may point to the fact that a Christian teacher can have a whole lot more impact on students that a Christian student can have among his or her peers.

It’s a myth to say that students are “missionaries” in public schools. Nowhere in Scripture does it point to teen missionaries–they were always adults.

You brought up the group of guys that I witnessed to out in California. Pretty good point–the only problem was that it was I, the homeschooler, who witnessed to those guys. I’m not bragging, just pointing out that we must remember who went up and talked to them. It wasn’t a public school student. I wonder why?

“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.”

Students may have good intentions, but being around bad character DOES corrupt good morals. It’s easier to pull someone into the swimming pool that it is to pull someone out. As I stated above, Scripture points to adult missionaries–hence Christian teachers, Christian board members, etc. Christian adults must be the missionaries in the Public School system.

You may still heartily disagree with me. So let’s move on to the 6 or more hours when you’re not “evangelizing.” Your curriculum.

It’s time for total immersion in the socialist and humanistic curriculum that you and your family is fighting and teaching against. It’s teaching your peers atheism–reversing whatever you share with them. And who is able to change that curriculum? Adults. Not you.

You must deal with all of this:

CHRISTIANITY vs. HUMANISM

1. The Sovereignty of the triune God is the starting point, and this God speaks through His infallible word.

1. The sovereignty of man and the state is the starting point, and it is the word of scientific, elite men, which we must heed.

2. We must accept God as God. He alone is Lord.

2. Man is his own god, choosing or determining for himself what constitutes good and evil.

3. God’s Word and Person is Truth.

3. Truth is pragmatic and existential: it is what we find works and is helpful to us.

4. Education is into God’s truth in every realm.

4. Education is the self-realization and self-development of the child.

5. Education is discipline under a body of truth. This body of truth grows with much research and study, but truth is objective and God-given. We begin by pre-supposing God and His Word.

5. Education is freedom from restraint and from any idea of truth outside us. We are the standard, not something outside us.

6. Godly standards grade us. We must measure up to them. The teacher grades the pupil.

6. The school and the world must measure up to the pupil’s needs. The pupil grades the teacher.

7. Man’s will, and the child’s will, must be broken by God’s purpose. Man must be remade, reborn by God’s grace.

7. Society must be broken and remade to man’s will, and the child’s will is sacred.

8. Man’s problem is sin. Man must be recreated by God.

8. Man’s problem is society. Society must be recreated by man.

9. The family is God’s basic institution.

9. The family is obsolete. The individual or the state is basic.

Talk about heresy alert.

“I am afraid,” said Martin Luther, “That the schools will prove [to be] the very gates of hell unless they diligent ally labor in the explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of our youth.”

It’s kind of hard to compete between 40 hours or so of humanistic teaching versus two hours at church. Who’s going to win the battle of the mind? Even those who seem firm in their faith are at huge risk. No matter what, they will come out tainted by the teachings. Anyone can be convinced a lie is truth if the lie is told enough times.

And that’s not all–if you send you kids to school they encounter drugs, violence, tolerance, possible abuse, sexual promiscuity, evolution, no absolute values, and the degrading of Christianity, which you teach them at home and at church.

Who to believe? You or the School System?
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Inside Nashville

September 25, 2005 — 1 Comment

“We’re on our knees begging you for the info…we abhor the thought of not knowing what kind of excitement you had in Nashville. Why are you withholding “the goods” from your dear friends and family?”

Well, you as readers have spoken–loud. You really, really, really want to know what I did in Nashville and who I met, and you want to see all five of my pictures. As an imaginary emailer said:

“We’re on our knees begging you for the info…we abhor the thought of not knowing what kind of excitement you had in Nashville. Why are you withholding “the goods” from your dear friends and family?”

So, I shall attempt to convey to you what went on during my residence in the beautiful city of Nashville, Tennessee.

My first day, my Grandpa and I flew to Nashville from Baltimore. You can read my post about that flight here (sorry about the mispellings–I was typing fast. Thanks to they guy who allowed me to borrow his computer! I’m forever thankful!) After arriving, we traveled through Nashville to the hotel. I saw the stadium where the Titans had walloped the Raven’s earlier, and stared into the sky above to view the Batman Building (otherwise know as Bell South or Wayne Tower).

We arrived at the hotel, and met Mr. Carroll Reynolds in the lobby. After checking in, we rode one of six elevators to the 15th floor, and walked down the hallway to our room.

Two beds–cool. Fox News–double cool. Cool View–Nice.

We unpacked, and headed down to Damon’s for dinner. On the way we passed people (go figure), a weird bus with obnoxious people, and more people. Oh yes, we also passed CTV (Country Music Television for all you non-country listeners like m….oh never mind.)

Anyway, dinner was great, and so was my sleep that night. We slept in the next day, and headed down to the Southern Baptist Executive Building so I could have a tour.

I guess at this point, I’ll quickly tell you who I met (or saw or heard from), then move on to what went on during the meetings.

I met Robert J. Anderson, Jr., Conley J. (C.J.) Bordeaux, Sr., Martin F. Davis, Bryan Easley, Terry L. Fields, Melissa C. Gay (ate dinner with her), Kevin J. Hamm, Charles L. Hollingsworth, Randall L. James, Martin (Marty) Johnson, Randy A. Johnson, Martha B. Lawley (New Reader!!!), Nathan R. Luce (I believe I ate breakfast with him), Nancy W. McGuigan (ate dinner with her), Sing Oldham, Carroll Reynolds, Ida South, Clark Stewart, Royce Sweatman (breakfast), and Rob Zinn.

Quite a list. And that’s not all.

I also got the honor to meet Morris H. Chapman, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee.

I met A. William (Bill) Merrell, the Senior Executive Adviser at the very end.

In addition, I met Will Hall, Editor of the Baptist Press. That was quite an experience and opportunity.

And, as you all know, I got the amazing opportunity and privelege to meet, and talk to Dr. Albert Mohler, one of my favorite bloggers and radio show host. That was one of the best parts of the whole trip.

Now, on to the way things work.

First, the Southern Baptist Convention sends their resolutions to be approved by the Executive Committee. The executive committee then has very small committees called workgroups (if I’m correct). Whatever is approved by them then goes to a larger committee called a sub-committee. Whatever they approve goes to the full executive committe during the plenary session.

The plenary sessions were the best, becuase you were able to see everything that went on earlier in the day play out before the crowd and before the senate-like committee.

I think that the first night was best described by fellow writer Erin Curry who was present during the first night.

“The chief executives of Southern Baptists’ national entities stood across the stage behind New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley to show their support when he reported to Executive Committee members Sept. 19 on the condition of the institution he leads.”

“We believe that if we give Baptists an avenue, Southern Baptists will rise to the occasion and do whatever we need to do to take care of our seminary, our three state conventions, our churches and our people,” [Rob] Zinn said.”

“In another sign of solidarity, Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, presented a check for $147,282 to Kelley and New Orleans Seminary for recovery efforts. The money was given by students and staff at Southeastern Seminary. Students at the other four Southern Baptist seminaries are doing the same.”

“You will never have an opportunity to promote the importance of the Cooperative Program perhaps again in decades like you’ve got right now,” [Robert E. (Bob) Reccord, president of the North American Mission Board] said. “Young leaders who look up to many of you need to hear you say why the Cooperative Program is important, that without that when this disaster hit, without the superstructure of the Cooperative Program provides, we couldn’t have done squat. But because it exists, we could be there within 48 hours.”

“And when Southern Baptists walked into the headquarters of American Red Cross, they got a standing ovation. I’m glad I’m a part of a people like that.”

As I look back on that night, it was awesome. I really was impacted by the words of those men who spoke. I was proud to be a Southern Baptist, and really saw the benefits of being part of a denomination: the cooperative program. We Southern Baptists talk about it all the time, and it was getting old to me–but after my visit I heard and saw first hand the benefits of thousands of churches working together for a common goal. It’s powerful.

I was able to meet all of these men without pre-conceived prejiduce. I only knew them for what I saw and heard at that meeting. I believe that was a good thing. They were all honest there. I was looking from behind the scenes, and I liked what I saw.

I saw men of integrity. I saw a system of thorough orderliness. And I saw Jesus at the center of everything that was done.

Each meeting was opened by a short devotional and prayer. Those devotionals were really awesome, and were great to listen to. I really enjoyed them. I wish you could have been there to experience it.

The sub-committee meetings I attended included discussion the salary structure, the bylaws, whether or not one woman should be required to be on every committee (declined by the way), the next convention location (Greensboro), the cooperative program, public relations, administration, and I believe a few others that were minor (if you memorized all the decisions and told me what they were, I can probably recall the meeting it was discussed in.)

It was all very fascinating. You would think that I would be bored going to formal meetings, but this was different. It was interesting, and made me want to listen. I had planned on taking notes, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I just wanted to sit back and take it all in for my first time. And I’m pleased that I did that.

So there you have it. About as much as I can tell you.

(If you’d like to know what exactly the Executive Comittee does and like to read formal documents go here Also on that site you can find the pictures of all committee members.)

“Nearly as many men are behind bars or on probation and parole (5 million) as are in college (7.3 million).”

I found this article interesting and intriquing. Is it true?

Where the Boys Are, released in 1960, is the quintessential college spring-break movie. Today, visitors to college campuses can’t help but ask: Where are the boys?

Currently, 135 women receive bachelor’s degrees for every 100 men. That gender imbalance will widen in the coming years, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education.

This is ominous for every parent with a male child. The decline in college attendance means many will needlessly miss out on success in life. The loss of educated workers also means the country will be less able to compete economically. The social implications – women having a hard time finding equally educated mates – are already beginning to play out. [That's a big "Ouch."]

But the inequity has yet to provoke the kind of response that finally opened opportunities for women a generation ago. In fact, virtually no one is exploring the obvious questions: What has gone wrong? And what happens to all the boys who aren’t in college?

Some join the armed forces, but the size of the military has remained steady, at about 1.4 million, for the past decade. For the rest, the prospects appear dark:

The workforce. Thousands of young men find work as drywallers, painters and general laborers, but many have troubling landing jobs. The unemployment rate for young men ages 20-24 is 10.1%, twice the national rate. As for earnings, those who don’t graduate from college are at a severe, lifelong financial disadvantage: Last year, men 25 and older with a college degree made an average of $47,000 a year, while those with a high school degree earned $30,000.

Prisons and jails. Nearly as many men are behind bars or on probation and parole (5 million) as are in college (7.3 million). [Hold it...we're throwing out a lot of statistics here, are we not? Who is struggling? What types of men? Backgrounds? Race? Etc.?]

“Lost.” Young people who aren’t in school or the workforce are dubbed “non-engaged” by the annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But “lost” sounds just as accurate. About 3.8 million youth ages 18-24 belong to this group, roughly 15% of all people of that age. Though there are no gender breakdowns for this group, the pathways leading to this dead end – dropping out from high school, emerging from the juvenile justice system – are dominated by boys.

While demographers and economists have a pretty good idea where the boys end up, educators are largely clueless about the causes. Some say female teachers in elementary and middle schools, where male teachers are scarce, naturally enforce a girl-friendly environment that rewards students who can sit quietly – not a strong point for many boys, who earn poor grades and fall behind. Others argue that a smart-isn’t-cool bias has seeped into boys of all racial and ethnic groups.

Solutions are just as uncertain. Hiring more male teachers would likely help, as would countering the anti-intellectual male code. But it’s not that simple. Many boys leave middle school with pronounced shortcomings in verbal skills. Those lapses contribute to the low grade and high dropout rates.

Surely, a problem that creates crime, increases unemployment and leads to hopelessness deserves attention. Where are the boys? Too often, going nowhere.

According to Education Watch:

The lack of boys on campus just means that boys are wising up faster than girls to the uselessness of many degrees. And none too soon. Ivar Berg demonstrated the uselessness of most tertiary education 30 years ago — and educational standards have certainly not risen since then. Unsurprisingly, the article also fails to mention race differences. It notes the large male population in jails as if it were a problem for all males when in fact it is mainly a problem for black males. The article is basically a sanctimonious attempt to scare young males back into college by way of gross misrepresentations of what a lack of college education generally leads to. Read Berg’s book (now out in a 2003 edition) for the real facts of the matter.

Thoughts? Is this just “girls are better than boys so you guys need to get back into college to show them up” or is it “we’re worried about boys today.” Or could it possibly be that it’s completely true, and we need more male teachers or whatever? I’m sure my female readers were heartily agreeing that they’re having a harder time finding males with the same brain capabilities. But let’s not get into that debate–guys are always smarter, right?

Of course, the best solution would be to homeschool your kids. That would solve a lot of problems.

Transcript

September 23, 2005 — 2 Comments

If you weren’t able to download the radio show, you can check out Smarthomeschool’s radio transcript of the show.

I’m in the process of catching up in school, so blogging will be light until this weekend.

Demon Child

September 21, 2005 — 8 Comments

“When you’re essentially told you have a demon child, you feel like you’ve failed yourself and your kid,”

As I sat in Dr. Mohler’s studio the other day he mentioned that one of his most popular shows that he’d done in the past–spanking. Of course, I had an idea for a post, which quickly flashed, through my mind. But I also quickly put it away. I wouldn’t steal controversy.

But much to my surprise this morning I picked up USA Today and glanced at one of the front page articles: “Out-of-line preschoolers increasingly face expulsion.”

My first thoughts were “who is the one who is supposed to keep kids in line? The teachers? Are they the ones who must put up with kicking, fighting, screaming, biting and the six-year-old and his dirty underpants? Are parents dumping their kids off expecting the teachers to take their jobs as parents while the mom and dad head off to make money to pay for three cars and a million-dollar home?

Today, 7 our of every 1000 preschoolers are expelled for not sharing, acts of anger, throwing mulch, running ahead of the group, and other instances of blatant disobedience. Is this treatment too harsh for preschoolers?

“This is an issue that cuts across (demographic) settings,” Walter Gillian says regarding expelled children, “We’re talking about the educational equivalent of capital punishment being handed down to the very young.”

So what’s the problem? How can we reduce the amount of children expelled on a regular basis? Could the problem be that we do not have enough teachers in the classroom? Or could it be poor parenting?

“When you’re essentially told you have a demon child, you feel like you’ve failed yourself and your kid,” says Claire Lerner, director of parent education at the non-profit group Zero to Three.

Maybe they ought to feel that way if the discipline of the child has been neglected. I’m not going to rush in right here a push for one type of discipline technique or anything (though the counting “One…two…three” is the worst technique ever invented), but I will support obedience. That’s basic. Discipline for obedience.

Yes, I was spanked, and I can tell you that I do not remember that much about it (no, my parents are not forcing nor telling me to put this in the post). I believe I’m better because of spanking. It’s not necessarily the most pleasant thing in the world, but it’s worked for generations, and if used correctly, is a great tool in parenting.

But when we have parents who give their children far too many choices, we have serious issues. I’ve seen at associate with kids who’ve been raised with too many choices of what they wanted for breakfast and what they wanted to wear to school. They are never ordered to do anything. The parents may attempt to negotiate with them, but will basically allow them whatever they want.

Most of these kids are the “monsters” expelled from school because they think only of themselves, and may “behave” only if they get their way or it will be of benefit to them. How in the world will these children be able to relate and act properly in society when they have never learned to obey and follow orders?

For some though, it may be special needs, and I understand that. Betsy Tores said that they are “seeing kids now from fractured families with no ability to bond.”

Every issue really boils down to the base of society–the family. When that breaks down, everything else follows, and we’re seeing the repercussions.

The family: Dad, Mom, and kids. It’s a fact of life that’s getting torn apart–and we as a society are reaping the consequences in the government, in our schools, and in every place we go.

Let’s pray that we return to the foundation of all society.

Back In Action

September 21, 2005 — 3 Comments

I’ve got an article entitled “Demon Child” (or something to that degree) coming up here on Agent Tim Online. The only problem is that I must head on out to my church to help lead worship, so I don’t have time to type anything up. But stay tuned folks…Agent Tim is back on the blogoshpere.

Agent Tim On the Radio

September 20, 2005 — 11 Comments

In just a few minutes, Agent Tim will be a guest on the Albert Mohler radio show live from Nashville, TN. Listen here, or I believe the direct link might be this.

Of course, you can listen to it at a later time as well.

Enjoy!