Representatives and Their Duty

As I watched the news last evening, I was contemplating events taking place in my home state, as well as several states in the Midwest. Several thoughts came to mind:

As our representatives were elected, they were sent to “stand in our place” to make decisions according to their conscience. When difficult choices are to be made, what are the expectations of those they represent? Do we anticipate that they will take their place and make decisions, even when they are difficult? I reflected on the fact that our young men and women are facing hard decisions on a field of battle. That battle is life threatening and yet they go forth with courage each day to protect the liberty for each of us. Can we not expect that our representatives will have the same courage when all they are facing is a war with words? How can they leave the state and go into hiding rather than be about the business they were elected to do?

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American Christian Education – The Principle Approach

American Christian Education
The Principle Approach

• Restores Biblical Character and Scholarship
• Values America’s Providential History
• Nurtures the Rising Generation for Leadership
• Builds the Capacity for Self Education

    Christian educators and parents, awakened to the necessity of genuinely seeking Biblical truth in every aspect of life, are discovering that the Principle Approach effectively achieves their educational goals. Restored to American consciousness by Verna Hall and Rosalie Slater, the Principle Approach is “America’s historic Christian method of Biblical reasoning which makes the truths of God’s Word the basis for every subject. . . ”
    This unique philosophy and method considers every academic discipline as a reflection of the nature of God, and emphasizes the principles which enlight the student’s understanding and enables him to master his academic subjects. This historic method of Biblical reasoning is built upon a recognition of the Providence of God in history and the Biblical principles of government upon which our nation was built.
    Equipped with the tools of lifelong learning, students are prepared to reason independently and govern themselves by Christian principles.

  • Challenges the student to develop Biblical reasoning
  • Cultivates individual scholarship by mastering the tools of learning
  • Equips the student for American Christian citizenship
  • Develops the Biblical discernment necessary to address issues of neighborhood, city, county, state, and national government

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How The Mighty Works of God Came to Be

My journey in producing The Mighty Works of God series goes back many years. It begins first with a personal journey of internal heart change when, as a Christian, I realized the Providential Hand of God in history, past, present, and future.

I have partially told this story on our Pilgrim Institute blog and if you are interested you can go to the articles on An Individual’s Journey with the Principle Approach. There are five parts written so far, and I haven’t finished telling the story.

The Mighty Works of God

But, here, I want to share the story of these volumes. In 1973, when I began to teach at the Christian school in Iowa, we quickly realized that there were no history books available which taught a Providential view of history or the Biblical principles of government, which we desired the students to learn.

I was challenged to develop a plan for teaching these ideas to our students in the elementary school. To me, there were two over-arching themes which I knew must undergird each year’s teaching: 1) that God has a plan for all of History and He is working out His plan in each nation and uniquely in America to produce the first nation built upon Biblical principles and 2) that the Bible in the hands of the people is causative to the events of history.

Having studied the two big red books, The Christian History of the Constitution and Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History, I identified nine major links of history which were essential links on which all of history could be related. Week by week I studied and prepared materials which I could teach in the classroom, and then I would teach the other teachers, so they could teach their students. This was the first baby steps in developing the curriculum.

However, the same material couldn’t be taught each year. The next step was to expand those nine links. Miss Slater had taught the idea of expanding principles and from this was born the chart of the expanding nine links. Each year the main link would always be referred to, but it would be taught with different individuals or events, but always retaining the main ideas.

The chart was refined and shared with individuals such as James Rose, Verna Hall, and Rosalie Slater, who encouraged me in their development. It was expanded with further details and suggestions for how to teach this throughout the elementary grades.

In 1979, when we founded the Pilgrim Institute, I began to share this overview with teachers, administrators, and homeschoolers, in conferences and teaching sessions around the country. When James Rose published A Guide to American Christian Education in 1987, this work was published as a section American Christian History for the elementary school.

It wasn’t until a number of years later that the impetus came to expand the work into what is now The Mighty Works of God series. My daughter had just had her fourth child, was homeschooling, and was feeling very overwhelmed. I lived one hundred miles away, but I wanted to help, so I offered to help with her history for her daughter. I said, “Let me prepare history lessons for you,” and, so the series began. As you will note in the first volumes, they are dedicated to my grandchildren. All eight of them studied from the volumes before they were published. Also, all eight of their pictures have been included by the artist somewhere in the volumes.

The series title came from Psalm 78 where we are commanded to teach the generation to come his wonderful works that they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God.

The Teacher’s Guides have been written with the particular purpose to guide you to not dwell upon the facts of history but to teach your student(s) ideas which will change their hearts and minds and help them to remember God’s mighty works. I want to express my particular appreciation to my daughters Jeanette Whittaker, Lynn Meier, and Charlene Trowbridge, who have given countless hours to make these volumes a reality.

If you find The Mighty Works of God series a blessing in your life, to God be the glory.

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