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Boy Playing Guitar

EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE POWER OF MUSIC


Music has an amazing ability to influence our moods, which, in turn, can influence our actions. That’s powerful.

We would be wise to educate our children on the power of music.

Do you have a soundtrack for your life?

Songs you listen to when you feel victorious?

Songs that bring comfort when you’re feeling blue?

Songs to give you energy when you clean house or exercise?

MUSIC IN OUR STORY

My husband is a guitarist. The first time I met him, he was backstage getting ready for a concert. The second time I saw him, he and his brother joined a mutual friend for a jam session at my house.

I quickly fell in love with his music. A few months later, I fell in love with him.

After we married, he pursued a career as a studio guitarist, and I began writing “The Great American Novel.” We didn’t plan to have children.

Our plans changed when I became pregnant.

However, five years into our marriage I became pregnant—and our plans changed.

My husband loves playing guitar, but when when he became a dad, he set aside his musical aspirations and dedicated himself to supporting our family.

I’ve never met a more dedicated father.

MUSIC IN OUR HOMESCHOOL

Music has “played” an important role in our homeschool.

When my sons were big enough to hold my husband’s travel guitar, he began teaching them how to play it. As they grew a little older, he bought them their own guitars and taught them music theory, techniques, and how to care for their instruments.

They quickly became competent guitarists.

We often talk about the most significant purpose for music: “Music is made for worship!”

Today, both my sons are equipped to lead worship on guitar. One of my favorite memories is pictured below when Ryan and his dad led worship at my dear homeschool mentor’s farm.

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(BTW: We’re working on a new resource designed for beginning or aspiring guitarists. Click here for more info!)

Listening to music together and asking questions has sparked some lively discussions:

  • What attracts you to a particular piece?
  • What mood does it inspire?
  • What story is told by its lyrics? Is it edifying?

MUSIC IN OUR CULTURE

We seize every chance we can to develop critical thinking, so we talk about how music impacts our culture.

(I firmly believe that critical thinking is one of the most valuable tools we can put in our children’s toolbox. That’s why I created Philosophy Adventure and other critical thinking resources.)

The late atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950, made this sinister statement:

Education should aim at destroying free will so that pupils thus schooled, will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished….and in order to condition students, verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective….

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When I first encountered Bertrand Russell’s comments about such dangerous objectives and blatantly manipulative methods, I was shocked. But his words only deepen my resolve to help my sons and other students develop critical thinking skills.

MUSIC IN YOUR HOME

Music is a tremendous gift. However, as Bertrand Russell demonstrates, it can also be tremendously destructive.

Given the powerful nature of music, I urge you to be proactive and engaged.

Do you have guidelines for the music your children are allowed to listen to?

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It's not about the bunny; it's about the Lamb.

THE EASTER CHRONICLE


Unbelievable as it may seem, I was 30 years old before I learned that Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.

I grew up thinking Easter was all about jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate bunnies.

Nothing compares to the love God showed us through Jesus.

As I approached my 30th birthday, I began searching for the answers to the most profound philosophical questions

“Where did I come from?

Why am I here?

Is there hope for my future?”

That’s when I learned…

It’s not about the bunny; it’s about The Lamb.

I was a “doubting Thomas.” It took nine long months of prayer, study, and exploration before I decided to place my trust in Jesus.

God is so patient and gracious.

There are so many stories I could tell of how He met me in the midst of my search….

But today, I want to share with you a little fictional piece I wrote about the first Easter weekend.

I hope you enjoy it!

(Get a FREE download of the “It’s not about the bunny” printable and The Easter Chronicle.)

the sky grew dark

3 P.M. FRIDAY

From the foot of the cross, you look up into the battered face of the man you left everything to follow. He cries out a final prayer; His body goes limp.

A Roman soldier raises his sword and plunges it into your Leader’s side—blood and fluid pour out. The sky grows black and the earth beneath you trembles.

Your chest aches, and suddenly it’s hard to breathe.

Go back to fishing

6 P.M. FRIDAY

A finely dressed man arrives. He speaks with the soldier’s captain, and the order is given to take your Leader’s lifeless form down from the cross.

As the rich man carries the body away for a proper burial, you observe from a safe distance.

How could the Son of God be put to death?

Surely Jesus was different from all the religious leaders before Him. You were absolutely certain that He was the true Messiah!

But, right before your eyes, He is laid in a tomb.

Not only was Jesus your friend—you were counting on Him to be your Savior. Now what will you do? Go back to fishing?

Is this really how it all ends?

The tomb is empty.

NOON SUNDAY

Three women chatter excitedly about angels and an empty tomb. “Jesus said He’d raise His temple again in three days. Now we understand what He meant!”

Can these rumors be true?

Jesus…alive?

You run to the tomb; it’s empty.

Amazed, puzzled, and more than a little frightened, you return home.

Fish for Jesus.

6 P.M. SUNDAY

Two men burst into the mourning room.

“The women were telling the truth! We saw Him!” As the men tell you and His other followers about their encounter, Jesus suddenly appears.

“Peace be with you.”

You recognize that voice!

“Why are you troubled? Why do you doubt? Look at my hands….”

He reaches out nail pierced hands, hands responsible for so much tenderness and healing. He slips off his sandals.

“Look at my feet.”

The marks are undeniable.

“It’s really me. Go ahead and touch me; a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones like this.”

Your hand trembles as you touch Him. His flesh is warm and substantial.

“Do you have anything here to eat?” He asks, laughing kindly.

Awestruck, you serve the King of Creation a piece of broiled fish.

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How shall we escape?

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT SALVATION?

How Shall We Escape?

Although muted by the blind’s wooden slats, enough natural light filters in through my bedroom window to sustain my vision as I read and reflect upon Hebrews 2:3.

“[H]ow shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

Salvation.

What does that really mean?

What’s so great about salvation?

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Thales with the astronomers

Meet Thales — The Father of Western Philosophy

Stunned by Darkness

Our adventure opens upon a battlefield. The year is 585 BC. Lydian soldiers clash with Medes. Blood flows; men die.

After six grueling years of engagement, weary families wonder whether the fighting will ever end. An ominous rumor ripples across the field. The philosopher Thales had made a frightening prediction. Suddenly, the sky grows dark. …

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C.S. Lewis Original Recording

Before Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis Vintage Broadcast Talks

Imagine you live in a flat in London, and it’s 1941.

It’s night. As you hear the now familiar drone of propellers, you brace yourself. Within minutes, bombs drop from the skies and explosions erupt. You feel helpless, hopeless, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.

When at last it’s quiet , you fumble your way to the radio, your hand shaking as you turn the dial. A calm, reassuring voice fills the room, delivering the first of what will be a series of radio broadcast talks. This one is titled: “Right and Wrong: A clue to the meaning of the universe.” …

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Why study philosophy?

Why study philosophy?

Philosophy impacts us in unexpected ways…

Most of us underestimate the relevance of philosophy. But whether we realize it or not, philosophers’ ideas have a profound impact on our daily lives.

In fact, philosophers are the world’s idea men—and their ideas are the real movers and shakers of history.

Today, there is a form of philosophy that has effectively undercut freedom and dignity within our culture. And that philosophy creeps into our lives under our radar, without us even detecting it. …

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