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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Genesis 1 - "plainly" or "straightforwardly"

I'm already behind in my attempt to read through the Bible in a year this year.

It doesn't help that I'm trying really to read it (rather than simply skim; see my last post).

So I'm reading Genesis 1, the part of the Bible that Ken Ham and company warn we must interpret "without compromise," in "a plain or straightforward manner."
Reading the Bible “plainly” means

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Attending to details

I have to get my "sea legs," as it were, with this new blog. Forgive me if I don't start with a bang. As I said in my first post, I'm simply interested in getting ideas out there for consideration. And I will look forward to feedback from whoever feels "inspired" to reply to . . . whatever.

I hope this will become a fairly long-term, drawing-room kind of conversation. No pressure. "Just" a relaxed and thoughtful interchange.


So this one struck me a few days ago.

As I was finishing my second annual complete read-through of the Bible, I hit

Saturday, January 1, 2011


I don't want to make this an overly long post. I expect to be blogging for months and, perhaps, years to come on this subject. God willing, I will have plenty of time to develop themes and streams and rivers of concern that have plagued me for years. I imagine--indeed, I'm quite confident--that many of the issues I raise are of concern to others and, though not all, many of them will be of interest or concern to you.

I expect that some of my readers here will be very familiar with me. I am known in Evangelical Christian homeschooling circles because of my relationship to Sonlight Curriculum.

My wife and I founded the company 20-some years ago. I used to be the chief spokesperson for the company until I resigned from active, day-to-day participation. (That resignation occurred going on 3 years ago, now. (Wow!))

I still identify strongly with the larger homeschooling community, and I know that many Sonlighters "follow" me to one degree or another.

I also know that--or maybe I should say, I am confident that--a number of Sonlight detractors "follow" me as well, hoping to find something with which they may beat on Sonlight.

I don't know why others may be familiar with me. Twenty years ago I published a book called Dating With Integrity. It's still in print today. So you may have heard of me through that.

I was editor of Mission Frontiers magazine published by the US Center for World Mission for several years. I wrote a number of articles that gained fairly wide circulation.

But, overall--and I am writing this paragraph in anticipation of it being read two or three years in the future!--I expect the most likely reason someone will find this blog--the most likely reason you have found this blog!--is because they have (you have) Googled one of the topics we will have discussed within the blog itself.

I have decided to create this blog because it feels to me as if Christians are "not allowed" to ask the deepest questions.