How Should Christians observe Lent? What are the major themes present? Rich Lusk of Birmingham, AL and Doug Roorda of Pella, IA answered these questions and addressed the focus of the Lenten season for the Christian.
Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. & Dr. James B. Jordan discuss the treatment of wine in the Bible and how we should view it. This is the first part in this series where we hear sound bytes from these on the appropriateness of wine and alcohol for the Christian today.
As we conclude this series on Classical Christian Education, we continue with Pastor Douglas Wilson and Mr. Edwin Lang focusing on standardization and the fundamental problems with the No Child Left Behind. This podcast is designed to briefly expose you some of the aspects of this mode education and help you shore up your views of education in light of who you are as a Christian.
In this second part of our series on Classical Christian education, we continue to hear from George Grant, Doug Wilson, & Ed Lang on this increasingly popular method of education. Dr. Grant expounds the notion of education as repentence and Doug Wilson and Ed Lang further explain the how Classical Christian education is broken down in the different stages of development.
In a broad sense, “classical education” refers to a particular pedagogical approach together with an emphasis on passing on the heritage of the West. But not all classical schools begin with the same presuppositions. For instance, in his book The Case for Classical Education, Douglas Wilson refers to four approaches to classical education:
The “moral classicism” approach of Mortimer Adler: This approach is geared toward the reform of public schools. In Democratic Classicism religion is important, but its approach is more secular, and its foundational value is democracy (82).
The “elite classicism” of wealthy prep schools: In this model students study the ancient as well as the modern, or the trendiest. For instance, in English class a student may study Maya Angelou alongside Shakespeare. (82).
The “moral classicism” of David Hicks: Hicks finds his inspiration in Plato. He builds his educational theory around a search for a ideal and a conviction that education should be a path to virtue (82-83).
The “Christian Classicist” approach of Douglas Wilson: This system teaches that which can be known with systematic rigor, but it does so with an awareness of human sin and the necessity of God’s grace and sovereignty over all of life (83).
The Christian Classicist approach defended by the guests in this podcast subscribe to the latter. They all believe that education must be specifically and distinctly Christian. Hence, it is more dogmatic and settled than the other approaches to classical education. As Douglas Wilson observes, “…for classical Christian educators ‘classical’ is not enough (82).”
Education has many faces and many approaches. One such approach that is gaining ground and momentum is the Classical Christian method of educating our children. In this series on education we feature interviews and lecture clips from three men: Pastor and Author Douglas Wilson of Moscow, Idaho. Dr. George Grant of Franklin, Tennessee, and Edwin Lang of Monroe, Louisiana. In this brief introductory episode these men soundoff on the importance of education and the distinctives of Classical Christian education with other methods of education.
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Trinity Talk began on June 13th, 2009. We were hosted by blogtalkradio.com. Blogtalkradio provided the right forum for us to begin our venture. We were not sure where it would lead and after almost 30 episodes and interviews, Trinity Talk received a great response. Some of our more popular interviews received over 500 downloads. Blogtalk Radio also provided a Live audience. Many listened to our shows weekly on Mondays from 1-1:45PM (CT). However, the live audience was negligible in comparison to the overwhelming listenership via iTunes and mp3 downloads after the live show.
In order to provide a more concise and information-packed show, we decided to make Trinity Talk into a podcast. This will allow us to edit our interviews and make them easily accessible for all listeners in a 15-25 minute format. The podcast can be downloaded as mp3 or via iTunes. In this fast-paced internet world, time is important. In order to honor your time, we hope Trinity Talk will be a small, but informative and insightful part of your week.
On this episode recorded in October of 2009, I interviewed Tim Challies to discuss what was once the most popular novel in the country. Challies spent significant time analyzing the Shack and offering a solid theological response to its message.
Challies’ A Reader’s Review of the Shack.