Latest Articles

Family Devotion - Memorization

The family should work together on memorizing passages of scripture.  You can memorize sections of scripture up to a chapter or more in length by simply taking a verse at a time. Memorize a phrase or sentence, making sure not to start the next phrase until everyone has the current phrase well memorized.

Before going on, be blessed and motivated by this video of captivating "preaching" straight from the scripture: Ryan Ferguson presents Hebrews 9 and 10

[More...]

Robinson Curriculum

Some of our methods are inspired by the Robinson Curriculum (RC), though we do not use RC directly. RC is a set of CD's containing the complete pages of various older books and classics. The books are in the public domain so are not copyrighted. The CD's contain photocopies of all the books which you read directly from the computer or print at home. A complete K-12 education is provided as the books span all the way from first grade primers up through college level classics...

Encouraging New Homeschoolers

At this point early in the school year, new homeschoolers can panic if they feel they've "gotten off to a bad start".  I've visited several of the online homeschool forums and have seen this common occurence.  I've replied to several in hopes of encouraging those who are overly worried.  One recent example is this discussion thread over at Homeschool.com.

Here's a copy of my reply - I hope it helps others who are new... [More...]

Mozart Harp and Flute Concerto

Just now listening to Mozart's Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra on KMFA - Classical Music for Austin. I first heard this incredibly beautiful music about 10 years ago and it's been on my all-time Top-10 list ever since. Click here for more information on the KMFA selection. I don't have this performance, but it sounds very lovely. If you are new to the world of classical music, you cannot go wrong with this wonderful concerto which is appropriate for all moods and settings.

Jonathan Edwards' Leadership

I'm finding George Marsden's biography on Jonathan Edwards to be quite a page-turner. I've read about half, up to 1742 when the Great Awakening has faded into schisms between various "Old Light" (conservative) and "New Light"(pro-revivalists) factions.   So far, I'm most intrigued by Edwards' church leadership even more than his theological understanding. Here's a leader who presided over two outpourings of God's Spirit in 1735-36 and again in 1740-1741. A deeply spiritual man, deeply biblical, gloriously dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, these revivals were not sustained and led to more trouble than blessing. Were they authentic? They seem to be. Did God intend a blessing that somehow became a burden? Could this have been prevented? Could the blessing have been sustained?...

International Students Learn to Square Dance

The annual event to welcome new international students to the University of Texas continued for a second weekend.  ISFM and other campus ministries hosted a Square Dance in the Texas Union ballroom.  Several hundred students from 27 countries experienced a true American tradition.  Our "square" included students from Spain, Germany, Japan, and Lithuania...

Pre-World War 2 Europe

I just finished reading Chesterton's The End of the Armistice, a collection of essays from the 1920's - mid 1930's.  Chesterton foresaw the coming revival of barbarian paganism in Prussia, and the devastating effect it would have on a continent unwilling to face the reality of this evil worldview.  He distinguishes "Prussia" from Germany, indicting Prussianism as a barbaric pride that will twist everything to its own selfish ends.  Chesterton's foresight unfortunately proved true in the horrors of Nazi Germany.  This is a great "period" historical document helpful in understanding the turbulent, confusing days that were the first half of the 20th century...

When Less is More

In recent years, our family has been part of a large church and now a small church of about 15 families. The dynamics of relationships in these two settings is interesting. One example is when a family in the church moves to a new house.  The response to requests for help with the move illustrate a principle, I think....

Great Book: Home Educating with Confidence

Most of us have said at one time "Why doesn't someone write a book about _______ ?"  Having read dozens of books on parenting and homeschooling and experiencing fatherhood first hand for 14+ years, I felt there was still a need for a book that better combined the principles of parenting with practical ideas that worked.  The book would reflect parenting as a whole, but necessarily focus heavily on discipleship and education.  All with strong biblical emphasis and a winsome readable style.  Having begun to wonder if perhaps I should try to write such a book, I am elated to find that the book is already available! ...

Golf with Dad

Dad and I played golf at Augusta Pines golf course near Houston.  This is the site of the annual Administaff Small Business Classic tournament on the PGA Champions Tour.   Last year we worked on the Golf Channel team during the tournament and were given free vouchers to play the course...

Riding the Creek

The recent rains have made just about any stream or creek in the Austin area a delight for swimmers.  We took advantage of a sunny day to shoot the rapids on a nearby creek...

Austin Farmer's Market

We visited the weekly Farmer's Market in downtown Austin last Saturday, dropping by the Ardoin family's booth...

12 Weeks To Go

Tiffany had a sonogram yesterday. Praise the Lord, all is well from what they can see. The office had a new sonogram machine that makes a 3D photo of the baby...

Pirates of Penzance - CCSA Summer Musical

Grace performed in CCSA's summer musical, The Pirates of Penzance...

Biblical Church

Books I found helpful as I began a more serious study of the Bible's direction on church leadership, structure, and function...