Jamie Soles

Our family has enjoyed Jamie Soles’ music from the day we were introduced to it around 15 years ago. He has produced albums for adults and children but I enjoy his children’s music as much if not more than his music for adults. In fact, I almost always have at least one of his children’s CDs in my car.

His music flows directly out of the Bible and will even challenge your knowledge of the Bible at times. For instance, he has songs for every judge in the book of Judges, often focusing on what might appear at first to be obscure details. The children’s songs are fun but not shallow and will increase your knowledge of the Bible, especially the historical Bible stories.

His website (www.solmusic.ca) allows you to listen to his songs and purchase an entire album (CD or MP3) or individuals songs. Following are my favorite children’s CD (The Way My Story Goes) and my favorite adult CD (River).

The Way My Story Goes

The River

Family Worship

If I could recommend one thing to parents seeking to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, it would be regular family worship. Throughout history, reformations of the church have been accompanied by revivals of family worship. Determining cause and effect is often difficult but that they are mutually reinforcing, there is no doubt.

I have linked two books below. Both are exhortations by contemporary authors to practice family worship. Don Whitney, professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of one of the books, has this to say, “Without some regularity and structure and purpose, it is one of those things that we assume we are doing but never actually do. Consistent, father-led family worship is one of the best, steadiest, and most easily measurable ways to bring up children in the Lord’s discipline and instruction.” Continue reading “Family Worship”

Property Rights & Religious Liberty

Following is a good article by Larry Arnn, the President of Hillsdale College, on the relationship between religious liberty, property rights, and all other rights. This is a connection the founders of America understood and it served as a guiding principle in the construction of the new constitutional republic.

This type of thinking grew out of hundreds of years of Christianity slowly, like yeast, working its way into the civil realm, first in Europe and then in America. For a variety of reasons, we’ve lost both the biblical literacy and the historical consciousness that characterized the founders of America. For America to survive as a free nation, we need to recover both.

Property Rights and Religious Liberty

The Value of the Old Liberal Education

“The value of the old liberal education was not that it made men ‘well-rounded,’ like a ball-bearing, but that it gave them the freedom of the height and breadth and depth of human experience, including man’s mysterious encounter with his Creator. To be free is not to live in no place and at no time but to live in one place as in the shadow of all places, and to live in one time as in the morning twilight of eternity.”

Anthony Esolen; Life Under Compulsion, Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child