The Puritans – Why We Need Them

There is a saying that winners get to write the history. The Puritans didn’t win much in the struggles they were engaged in during their day.  If you were looking for a particular historical example to prove the saying that begins this paragraph, you could look no further than the Puritans.  There might not be another example in history of a people that have been so misrepresented and misunderstood as they have been.

Yet, there remains a small part of the body of Christ that continues to mine the wealth that is contained in Puritan writings. The Puritans have been both a direct and an indirect influence on MHA. Many of the early leaders of the C&C school movement were influenced by Puritan writings and they’ve been influential in the lives of many of the early MHA families. In fact, our confession of faith, the Westminster Confession of Faith, is one of the enduring legacies of the Puritan movement in England.

I’m linking to an article titled, “8 Reasons We Need the Puritans”. I would encourage everyone to read it. But, don’t stop there. Read one of the books recommended at the end on the Puritans. The books by Packer and Ryken are particularly good. If you get through one of those, hopefully, you’re palate will be whetted and you will pick up a book by one of the Puritans. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, referred to in the article, is a great first read.

Here’s the link: 8 Reasons We Need the Puritans.

 

 

MHA Gala Speech Part II – Today and Into the Future

[See the prior post for Part I of this speech]

For 20 years, we’ve been striving, by the grace of God, to faithfully do these things. We started with 27 students in grades K-6 and we now have over 350 students in grades K-12. We rented 4 different facilities in the early years and now we have our own campus and facility and, a week from Monday, our own Gym! We’ve got basketball teams, volleyball teams, CC & Track teams, soccer teams, jump rope teams, a thriving music and choir program, a theatre program that’s second to none, and much more! We’ve graduated 13 classes and now, a number of our graduates are having their own children! We’re looking forward to the day when our first MHA legacy will be enrolled in Kindergarten! It’s not too far away. Continue reading “MHA Gala Speech Part II – Today and Into the Future”

MHA Gala Speech Part I – Why Start a C&C School?

As the primary founder of the school, I was asked to reflect back on the founding of the school, to provide some observations on where we are 20 years later, and to peer into the future to see what the future might hold.

In 1995, we were homeschooling our 2 oldest children, Tom & Abby, when we read Doug Wilson’s book, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. It immediately rang true to us and soon, we were on our way to starting a C&C school in Cincinnati. Why would a couple with 4 young children, a very busy professional career, and a “normal” suburban life, decide to start a school? Continue reading “MHA Gala Speech Part I – Why Start a C&C School?”

Christian Faithfulness in a Disordered Culture

Ken Myers, of Mars Hill Audio, is a great gift to the church today. He’s able to stand outside our contemporary culture (and church culture) and, with a view toward history, see it in context and provide a critique that hits the target. His book, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes, originally published in 1989, is part of the Board education program and has had a shaping influence on Mars Hill’s understanding of the challenges of living faithfully in the midst of contemporary culture.

In the introduction to his book, he says, “The challenge of living with popular culture may well be as serious for modern Christians as persecution and plagues were for the saints of earlier centuries.” Continue reading “Christian Faithfulness in a Disordered Culture”

Never, never, never let them near your television set …

Building on my first post, below is an excerpt from Ronald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. In the same vein as Neil Postman, his concern is not just the “bad” content on television but the medium itself and the kinds of habits and character it builds. This is due to the very nature of the medium. Neither Postman nor Dahl were Luddites, eschewing all technology, but they were thoughtful users of technology who saw both its blessings and curses … and they were calling us to be the same. Of course, their criticism of television applies all the more to the explosion of devices in our day: smart phones, tablets, etc.

Enjoy …

“The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all. Continue reading “Never, never, never let them near your television set …”

Amusing Ourselves to Death

My first blog post! Given my stated desire to stimulate Christian spiritual formation and worldview growth, you might expect me to begin with something from the Bible or perhaps a meditation on a book by a Christian author. Instead, I’m introducing a short book written in 1985 by a secular Jew, Neil Postman. The book is “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business”. Continue reading “Amusing Ourselves to Death”