Home Sweet Homeschool
Elizabeth Bartholet, a Harvard law professor, is concerned that homeschooled children are in a dangerous situation and won’t be able to contribute to a democratic society since they have not attended schools.
In view of the clear educational advantages to homeschooling, the only reason for such a determined attack on it is the existence of a widespread ideological commitment to use the state and state education to bring down historic Western culture and the Christian faith. Homeschooling, whenever possible, may be one of the last remaining ways... Continue Reading
When We All Get Back to ‘Normal’
In the midst of change across society, we must not accept a “new normal” in which the church does not gather.
We all get used to a certain pace of life. For most of us, I venture to guess that our typical pace is anywhere from steady to warp speed. Yet I also suspect that a great many of us have had that pace come to a near screeching halt over the past several weeks. ... Continue Reading
A Brief COVID-19 Analysis and Its Implications for the Church (Part 2)
An Update and Biblical Analysis of the Response to the Pandemic
In sum, the potentially disastrous situation we find ourselves in has come about, in part, by a totally inexplicable desire by our magistrates and public health officials to portray COVID 19 as a monstrous, highly contagious and virulent virus by which one places their life at risk just by being around an infected person. That... Continue Reading
A Plea for Shalom: An Open Letter to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Shalom refers to overall physical and spiritual well-being. Shalom leads to lasting victory in the battle over sickness and death.
Shutting down the economy destroys personal and corporate shalom. Objectively, it entails the loss of employment, income, health insurance, savings, pensions, investments, property, and access to such basic necessities as food, water, electricity, medical care, and safe transportation. Subjectively, it leads to fear, loneliness, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, crime, and suicide. This... Continue Reading
China’s Model: Citizens Work Together to Contain the Virus
How might a social and cultural historical perspective inform our understanding of China’s response to COVID-19?
An argument could be made that containment is easier in China because people there already habitually rely on the government to enforce widespread social measures. But the quick response from China’s citizenry can also be understood as a result of the country’s long history of maintaining a greater sense of community, or as Martin Jacques... Continue Reading
Moral Realism, Public Health, and Truth-telling Amid COVID-19
What’s at stake in society’s consideration for re-opening is a more capacious understanding of “public health.”
What’s at stake in society’s consideration for reI have written previously about the question staring us all down: Do we take all possible measures to preserve human life or do we back off extreme measures for there to be a functioning economy? This seems all the more pressing considering that the disease’s impact seems drastically far off... Continue Reading
Red Diaper Babies for All
A Marxist Re-Definition of the Family
Our culture cannot normalize homosexuality and redefine marriage and family, which it has done in the last few years, without losing the good Creator’s humanizing notions of male and female, and of father and mother and of the natural family. Should this movement succeed, the destiny of our children and grandchildren will be life under... Continue Reading
The Risks of Homeschooling
“We have an essentially unregulated regime in the area of homeschooling.”
Elizabeth Bartholet, Wasserstein public interest professor of law and faculty director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, sees risks for children—and society—in homeschooling, and recommends a presumptive ban on the practice. Homeschooling, she says, not only violates children’s right to a “meaningful education” and their right to be protected from potential child abuse, but... Continue Reading
COVID-19: A Prolonged Sabbath in a Culture of Productivity
Can I allow myself and my children to give up being productive or educated or entertained for even a small amount of time?
In our present moment, it feels inevitable that if we allow our minds to rest, to wander where they will, we’ll be flooded with fear and anxiety. Better to keep busy, better to have something to distract us from the present difficulties and future unknowns. I’ve got my to-do list in front of me.... Continue Reading
Men with “The Guts To Try”: Desert One, Iran, April 24, 1980
A remembrance and tribute on the 40th anniversary of a military event.
“Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people . . . and may the LORD do what is good in His sight” (II Samuel 10:12; I Chronicles 19:13). [Note: The above verse of Scripture – spoken by David’s army commander Joab to his brother Abishai as they prepared to... Continue Reading