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Aug 22, 2013

Helping Our Children Stand Strong in a Changing World – Teaching Your Kids a Biblical Worldview, part 2

Tracy Klicka

Some weeks ago, (see post HERE) I made the case for why we need to teach our children biblical worldview as part of their homeschooling experience. Not only do they need to stand strong in a changing world around us, but they need to THINK strong to be effective in their world for Christ.

The value of this kind of instruction cannot be overestimated! All you have to do, moms and dads, is look around you--media, art and culture, and politics, not to mention the public education system are marching through your towns and villages with messages and values that are clearly in opposition to what God says we should believe and what He wants us to value.

Not only do we need to know what His Word, the Bible says about all of life, our children need to understand the various belief systems throughout history and how they impact polity and culture. Giving our children a biblical worldview education trains their minds to evaluate and expose the myths, lies, and errors of the world's thinking.

Of course, if we don't have the hearts of our children, little of what we teach is going to have a lasting, positive impact on their minds. Without hearts soft toward God and His Word, our children may actually run AFTER the very values and beliefs we desire them to run AWAY from!

Our number one priority is always to give our children the gospel, live lives before them that reflect the reality of it, and woo the hearts of our children through our love, prayers, and commitment to them. I believe this has the effect of softening and preparing the soil of their hearts, so that when we give our children the truth, the Holy Spirit can impress it on their minds and bring forth much fruit in their lives!  (John 14:15-17, 26)

To help us in our efforts to provide our children with solid, biblical worldview training, I have compiled an extensive (though not exhaustive) list of materials you can use with your children from elementary age on through high school and college.

Resources for helping you and your children develop a strong biblical worldview -- Educational courses, resources, and programs

 

Curricula

  • Apologia Educational Ministries (worldview curriculum for ages 6-14) - http://www.apologia.com
  • David Quines (Cornerstone Curriculum) Starting Points Worldview Program (a one year introductory course on world views, ages 13-18) – http://www.cornerstonecurriculum.com (I have used this curriculum with several of my kids and  really like it)
  • Philosophy Adventure (explores the history of ideas while teaching students to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately; for 6th-12th grade) - http://www.homeschooladventure.com

 

Programs, Camps & Other Resources

  • Free Think U. (high school age) -- http://freethinku.com (promoting multi-media resources that make the case against politically correct opinion, rewarding students with points toward scholarships by completing courses)
  • Josh McDowell Ministries (author of more than 120 books on the essentials of Christian faith and apologetics) – http://www.josh.org/
  • Summit Ministries (Jeff Myers), (12th grade through college summer camps) - http://www.summit.org/ (my oldest daughter, Bethany attended a Summit two-week camp after she graduated from high school and loved it)
  • The Truth Project (a ministry of Focus on the Family), (good for the whole family, church or Bible study group) - http://www.thetruthproject.org/ (My kids love this video course!)
  • Worldview Academy (weeklong summer camp, ages 15-18) – http://worldview.org (helping students think and live in accord with a biblical worldview through course teachings at camp; NOTE! Your kids will not come home the same! This fun camp both challenged and inspired my kids, and fueled a deeper love for evangelism!)

 

Partial Book List--junior high and up (This is just to get you started; my kids have read several of these books)

  • The Deadliest Monster, J.F. Baldwin
  • Escape From Reason, Francis Schaeffer
  • How Should We Then Live?, Francis Schaeffer  (L'Abri 50th anniversary edition available)
  • Kingdom of the Cults, Walter Martin
  • Knowing God, J.I. Packer
  • Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
  • The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell
  • Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World, by J. Mark Bertrand
  • Thinking Like a Christian: Understanding and Living a Biblical Worldview, David Nobel & Chuck Edwards
  • Understanding the Times, David Noebel

 

May the Lord help you, moms and dads, as you prayerfully consider how and purposefully plan to help your children stand strong for Him in our changing world! 

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