Three Failure Philosophies to Destroy in Your Life

No doubt there are many phrases regularly quoted in your home.

“If it’s not yours, don’t touch it.”

“Think before you speak.”

“It’s not done until it’s down right.”

One of the concepts repeatedly quoted in my ministry is:

“If your philosophy doesn’t work 100% of the time, you need a new philosophy.”

I spend a lot of time fleshing out the concept of “Failure Philosophies” with the boys I work with at Victory Academy, and I’d like to take a moment to do the same for you.

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Valentines, Communism, and Communicating Biblically

Valentines, Communism, and Communicating Biblically

I was twenty-seven when I took ownership of my first class of impressionable sixth graders. Those twenty-three minds were a veritable blank canvas ready for my pedagogical feather to tickle their intellects and break up the ground of their mixed metaphors.

Everything progressed perfectly until Fate took a sick day during second semester. One of my fellow elementary professors broke the news to me like this:

“All of your students have to give a valentine to everyone else in their class.”

Even now I think my response was genius.

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The Best Reason to Homeschool is Not What You Think

The Best Reason to Homeschool is Not What You Think

Perhaps you’ve read the articles and are pumped about the possibility of donning professor robes and providing advanced tutelage in biochemistry and British literature to your eager two year old.

Maybe you’ve already started homeschooling and realize that preparing your kids for college by the age of twelve is proving to be harder than you thought.

Whether you’re new to the idea or a veteran home educator, I’d like to ask you to reconsider your reasons for homeschooling.

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10 Ways You’re Making Your Family Life Harder Than It Has To Be

10 Ways You're Making Your Family Life Harder Than It Has To Be

On June 29, 2014 Tim Hoch wrote “10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be.”

It didn’t take long for it to go viral, and it has made many appearances on my friends’ Facebook walls. Though I don’t know if Mr. Hoch is a Christian, and can’t agree with everything he wrote, I do know many of the observations he made are not only applicable to the family . . . but are biblical.

Using Tim’s 10 ways and God’s infallible Word, let’s see how we can stop making our family life harder and start glorifying God with it instead.

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Your Emotions are “Inside Out” – Part II

Your Emotions are Inside Out

How to Destroy Your Family in 2:10 Minutes

Let me say again that I will give this movie a chance, and I don’t want to pass too strong a judgment on a mere 2:10 minute trailer. However, there is far too rich a collection of truths here to let dissipate into the mist of forgotten entertainment.

In Part I I discussed the nature of emotions. Their real purpose and practice is very different than with what our modern culture has indoctrinated us.

My desire for Part II is to systematically explain how the following scene all too accurately depicts the modern American family (Christians included) and how much more deadly the reality is.
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Your Emotions are “Inside Out” (how to detroy you and your family in just 2:10 minutes)

Your Emotions are Inside Out

Obvious Observation 1: Our society (Christians subcultures included) has no idea how emotions work. We’re like a child with a gun – we know nothing about what it is, how it works, or what it does, but we don’t care because we really want to play with it . . . and it will likely kill us.

Less than Obvious Observation 2: I love Pixar. I do. Seriously, they are seemingly the only massive movie company dedicated to producing genuinely wholesome content. Much of their work even conforms to God’s revealed truth. But this does not stop me from having some serious concerns about their new movie Inside Out. If you haven’t already seen the movie, please watch the trailer before continuing:

This one scene beautifully illustrates many of the most deadly misconceptions about emotions all tied up with a tragic bow of sex-stereotypes, served with some death-of-a-family fruitcake.

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“‘5 Ways to Fail God’ by Miley Cyrus”

5 Ways to fail God by Miley CyrusWhen the world thinks an entertainer has slipped off the deep-end, you know it’s gotta be bad.

How does a sweet, “Christian” girl from “good” family pull an Anakin Skywalker?

The answers were always there.

For years, Miley has been teaching us exactly how to fail God.

Let’s take a look at one of the chapters from her “book” entitled How to Fail God.

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Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful?

Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful

A number of Christian authors recently spent the night at a friend’s house, made some bad choices, and decided to write about sleepovers.

Either that, or yet another group of authors have children getting old enough to be invited to one. Either way, the articles are posting, the questions are swirling, and the opinions are fluctuating. Should we let our kids sleepover at other people’s houses? If so, which houses are okay and which aren’t?

Lisa Cherry’s article, “What To Do About Sleepovers” is tremendously helpful because it provides a great list of considerations that not everyone thinks about. I would also like to share three additional observations I believe will be beneficial to the conversation because they come from a sphere of experience that not a lot of parents have access to. Continue reading “Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful?”

The Most Destructive Thing about Hollywood is Not What You Think

 

The most destructive thing about Hollywood is not what you think

Sex.
Drugs.
Vulgarity.

There are more objectionable elements in modern entertainment than there are movie titles, but none of them are as disturbing and destructive as this one practically invisible plot line.

Hollywood

For the purposes of this post, “Hollywood” will represent the companies, individuals, and organizations that create the stuff Americans are daily stuffing into their ears and eyes. Nearly all of the movies, shows (both TV & internet), books, and music that fill iTunes are the topic of this conversation. Of course, Hollywood (and the American entertainment culture as a whole) are by no means the only culprits. The most destructive force in entertainment today is the same in every living room, culture, and hemisphere.
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#TBTB #TBT – Here I Stand

ThrowBack Thursday

What is education? School? Teaching?

Read this valedictorian address from Erica Goldson to see fantastic answers springing from maturity beyond her years.

Imagine an educational system where teachers and students learned the way God created them to for the reasons God created them to.

Imagine that.

Please enjoy “Here I Stand.”

Here I Stand