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Brittany and I went to Great Homeschool Conventions last week and had a wonderful time! ♥ Texas really is a great place, y’all (see what I did there?). It was lovely to meet so many of you — you are amazing people with such wonderful, interesting thoughts.
Funny story: people seemed to think that Brittany and I spent our evening hours discussing Important Educational Things, but really I just read her the news headlines — the more outrageous the title, the more likely I read it aloud, and the more likely we laughed. One mustn’t be serious all the time!
If you missed the game we invented, Find Your Homeschool Speaker will be running on Instagram all year! When you go to your local GHC, act like the paparazzi and post your favorite speaker, using the #findyourhomeschoolspeaker hashtag. We can’t wait to see your photos, and we’ll be playing again when we’re back at GHC in Ontario in June.
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The Scholé Sisters Sistership was given a major upgrade this past month! We are thrilled about it. I mean, have you ever asked yourself, “What if there was a social media app just for classical and Charlotte Mason homeschool moms like me?” Um. Now there is!
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I read You Who by Rachel Jankovic on the plane to and from GHC and I was definitely a fan. It’s a message that’s needed in this culture of ours where we’re pretty mixed up about identity.
There were a couple places where I was concerned, however. The biggest one was probably this quote:
Jesus Christ came to this earth, struggled, suffered, and died so that you might die. Let that sink in. It was not His death that gave you life — His death gave you death in Him. But what happened after His death? His victory over death. The resurrection. Jesus Christ died so that you might die, and He lives so that you might live. Your life in Christ is what happens after your death in Him.
I get the gist of what she’s trying to say here. I really do. The problem is that she didn’t use enough Scripture to nuance it and so she sounds like she’s contradicting I Thessalonians 5:9-10:
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
And also I Corinthians 5:14-15:
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
I read the quote above (without the Scriptures) at lunch the other day and asked my children what they thought. A-Age-Fourteen said, “Well … Pastor Chad always says that Christ died for me that I might live.”
Ah, yes, so there’s that. I think what ties the whole thing together is that life abundantly is death to self. Which is probably what she was trying to say.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.Jesus, John 10:10
This isn’t a caution against reading the book. I highly recommend the book. It’s just a reminder to mix it with brains and much Scripture reading — which is what we ought to do with all things, no?
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Peter Nimble is an interesting character — I was convinced when reading the first book that he was a Christ figure, but then certain things didn’t fit. It was only when reading Sophie Quire and the story about Peter being found as a baby floating in a basket was revisited that I realized he didn’t quite fit because he was supposed to function as Moses, not Jesus. That really cleared things up.
Sophie Quire is delightful for a number of reasons, but the best thing is that it’s written by someone who obviously understands the power of stories and why they matter.
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This month in 2015:
I gobble a book every now and then with the best of ’em, but I’m so glad I finally learned to slow down in my reading — there is a difference between consumption and seeking wisdom.
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The first of the two episodes you’ve all been waiting for!!
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