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Preacher John Lennon? July 15, 2008

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Evidently, John Lennon wasn’t total anti-Christian. Newly found interview reveals that John Lennon was actually “on the side of Christ”

“I’m one of Christ’s biggest fans,” the Beatles’ songwriter is heard to say in a 1969 interview with Ken Seymour of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “And if I can turn the focus on the Beatles on to Christ’s message, then that’s what we’re here to do….”If the Beatles get on the side of Christ, which they always were, and let people know that, then maybe the churches won’t be full, but there’ll be a lot of Christians dancing in the dance halls. Whatever they celebrate, God and Christ, I don’t think it matters as long as they’re aware of Him and His message.”

Of course, the real question is what did Lennon believe Christ’s message was? Lennon said.

“I haven’t got any sort of dream of a physical heaven where there’s lots of chocolate and pretty women in nightgowns, playing harps,” he said. “I believe you can make heaven within your own mind. The kingdom of heaven is within you, Christ said, and I believe that.”

Christian Worldview Training for Students

1. Can a person claim to be a Christian and believe anything they want about Christianity?

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New lesson: Patriotism does not belong in your State Capitol July 15, 2008

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Students on a tour of California’s state Capitol received a new lesson: singing the national anthem in the state capitol is strictly prohibited without a permit. It is nice to know the powers in Sacramento know how to really crack down on teen trouble makers.

It is reported that armed guards were called to stop a group of students from City on a Hill Conference from singing without a permit ,

In comments published on FlashReport, she elaborated: “A few years ago the students started the tradition of singing our national anthem in the rotunda at the end of the mock legislative session. While they were at the capitol today, the students wanted a practice run before their legislative session on the Assembly and Senate floors this Saturday. One student suggested singing God Bless America as well as the national anthem, and the other students enthusiastically agreed.
“Just moments after the students finished their impromptu patriotic expression, no less than four CHP officers descended upon the rotunda, along with two sergeant-at-arms. They confronted our staff and demanded to know why our students were singing in the rotunda without a permit from the rules committee. Apparently in the five minutes it took to sing the two patriotic songs, someone had called security and complained,” she wrote.

Fortunately, these students did not give up and actually applied for and received a permit. Hopefully, the powers in Sacramento will be appropriately embarrassed and change this silly rule.

Christian Worldview Student Training

1. Is singing covered in the first amendment?

2. What would be the possible reasons for placing these restrictions on singing patriotic songs in the capitol rotunda?

3. Should these students be allowed to sing in the capitol rotunda?

Conclusion; While there may be good reasons to restrict some singing activities in the rotunda, singing our national anthem and “God Bless America’ should certainly be exempt. These songs are almost universally accepted by patriotic Americans and no group should have to apply for a permit to sing them. Certainly the first amendment protects this act.

Who decides when a child should die? July 3, 2008

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This sad story from England gives a glimpse of what may happen if socialized medicine takes hold in the United States. A couple is told that because their daughter has a terminal illness, they may not be able to treat her in the future.

“The parents of a terminally ill girl face a battle with the NHS to keep their six-year-old daughter alive. Infantile Tay-Sachs is an incurable condition which attacks the nervous system. Victims usually die before the age of four. It is thought that, given Amber’s prognosis, doctors believe the suffering caused by treatment outweighs the benefits.”

Christian Worldview Training- Questions for your students

1. What is your first gut reaction to this story?

2. Should a person’s quality of life be assesses when determining whether or not medical services(expensive as they are) should be rendered?

3. Who should have the final say in determining treatment for the child, the hospital or the parents?

Conclusion: Under a biblical worldview, our value comes because we are made in the image of God, not in what we do. Because of that we care for the sickest people, even if it is expensive, because they are valued by God. However, under a strictly Darwinistic evolution view, it makes no sense to spend a great deal of money on a child who will not live, nor contribute to society. Once again, biblical worldview thinking carries the day.

ACLU-Keep your religion to yourself July 3, 2008

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An outrageous new law passed by the Colorado State legislature has conservative Chrisitian groups such as focus on the family worried that their religious objections to homosexuality could land them in jail.

“The Focus analysis of the plan, according to spokesman Bruce Hausknecht, shows that besides the obvious impacts of opening restrooms and locker rooms statewide to members of either sex, depending on a perception of their gender, “the biggest danger this law poses is to the religious or moral consciences of small business owners who may object to doing business with people whose lifestyle they do not want to promote.”


Cathryn Hazouri’s, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in her testimony before the Colorado House Judiciary, said religion is a private matter and should be curbed in public life. She said, “One may practice one’s religion in private; however, once a religious person comes into the public arena, there are limitations in how the expression of their religion impacts others,” she had said.

Christian Worldview Training for Teachers- Questions to ask your students

1. What do you think the American Civil Liberties Union meant when they said “keep religion private”?

2. How should what we think or believe when we are alone as Christians connect with what we do publically?

3. Is it possible for politicians to leave out their private religious beliefs from their public political decisions? Is it advisable? Explain.

4. Should a private business owner be allowed to decline service to those whom he believes are acting immoral(family restaurant with gay couple kissing, not being a DJ at a gay wedding, not taking pictures at a gay wedding)? Explain.—Remind your students that this applies to Jews, Muslims as well.

Conclusion: Everyone, including atheists, bring their private beliefs into the public arena. Why should those with conservative religious beliefs be punished? Additionally, even those without conservative religious beliefs will have a problem with men, claiming to have woman inclinations, walking in to a girls bathroom behind their 8yr old daughter. The key question is: What are you basing your objection on?

More rights for Apes! June 28, 2008

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The Spanish parliament extended rights to apes, supporting its right to life and freedom. This is no joke.

“This is a historic day in the struggle for animal rights and in defense of our evolutionary comrades, which will doubtless go down in the history of humanity,” said Pedro Pozas, Spanish director of the Great Apes Project.”

It is more like a historically comedic day. However, it is also very consistent with evolutionary thought.

Christian Worldview Training-Questions to ask your students

1. What do evolutionist believe about the connection with humans and apes?

2. What does the Bible say about the connection with humans and animal?

3. What is the problem with humans and apes being considered equal in terms of their rights?

Conclusion- If evolution is true, then giving special rights and priveledges to  humans seems arbitrary and almost discriminatory. After all, according to Darwinists, the only thing that  separates us is time. Only under a biblical worldview does this ruling seem ludicrous

More tolerant or more ignorant? June 26, 2008

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This recent survey sheds a light on how many people view their religion and it isn’t a pretty site.

“America remains a nation of believers, but a new survey finds most Americans don’t feel their religion is the only way to eternal life — even if their faith tradition teaches otherwise. The findings, revealed Monday in a survey of 35,000 adults, can either be taken as a positive sign of growing religious tolerance, or disturbing evidence that Americans dismiss or don’t know fundamental teachings of their own faiths.
Among the more startling numbers in the survey, conducted last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching.
In all, 70 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion.
“The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep,” said D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion.”

Christian Worldview Training

1. Ask students- What do buddhists believe about God?( no God)

2. What do Hindus believe happens to you when you die(Reincarnation)

3. What do Muslims believe you must do to get to heaven( see Five Pillars of Islam)

4. What does traditional Christianity teach about God and heaven?

5. Can all these views about God be correct? What is the problem with the claim that all religions can lead to eternal life?

6. How should these truth claims be investigated?

6. If the Bible is a trustworthy account of what Jesus said and did and Jesus said he is the only way to heaven, then evangelicals who say there are many ways to heaven are wrong.

Parents, you’re grounded! June 26, 2008

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This article from Ontario, Canada may seem like a joke, but it is not. This is however, a logical step for those who do not believe in the biblical authority of parents to instruct their children in the way in which they should go.

“A father in Canada grounded his daughter from a school trip because she disobeyed his orders to stay off the Internet, but a court overturned the punishment…”
“The father had ordered his daughter, who was not identified by the report, to remain off the Internet. She didn’t, chatting on websites her father had tried to block and then posting “inappropriate” pictures of herself online using a friend’s Internet portal.

As punishment, the father refused to let her go on a scheduled school trip, so the 12-year-old went to Canada’s judicial system to get her way.”

Christian Worldview Training
1. Introduce the article
2. Ask them to respond with their opinion
Questions
1. What is the purpose of biblical parental authority, established by God? Why did God establish it?
2.. How does this ruling match up with Proverbs 13:1 and Proverbs 13:13?
3. Have you ever disagreed with a decision your mom or dad made or discipline that they gave you? How should your disagreement be handled?
4. What is the problem if this is the way kids treat their parents?
5 Pray that God will give you the wisdom to listen and obey instruction given by your parents.

IT’S JUST A LITTLE CHEATING June 26, 2008

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Tesoro High teens charged for hacking schools computers

An unbelievable story coming out of an outstanding high school is South Orange County. It’s just a little  cheating, right?

“Omar Kahn was supposed to graduate  from Tesoro High School yesterday, but instead spent the day in jail after getting arrested for hacking into his school’s  computer system and altering his final grades.

But it wasn’t only final grades that Omar had been altering.  Apparently, between the months of January and May, Omar broke into the school several times using a stolen master key. He  then used teacher’s passwords to hack into the computer system and change his grades and test scores.”

Christian  Worldview training for your students
1. Give an overview of what happened
2. Ask them to respond ( they  will undoubtedly be shocked)
3. Have you ever received an answer from another student on a homework assignment or on  a quiz/test?
4. How do you think God views both of these actions
5. What do you think motivated the students?
6. Do you think this the first time they stole or cheated?
7. This is the way the Bible says sin works. Satan, the  father of lies, tempts us to rationalize small sins and then works to ruin our life with big sins.
8. I Corinthians  10:13 says that though we will be tempted, God will always offer a way out.  Under a Christian worldview it matters how  we achieve success. The end does NOT justify the means and our sin will be found out eventually (If not here on earth, certainly  when we stand before a holy God. Following God’s ways may not always lead to worldly riches and fame, but it will help  you sleep at night knowing that you are making God smile.
9. Lead a prayer asking for God’s help to care about  the small sins in our life. Ask for God’s help to guard our hearts that we might not sin against Him.

CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW TRAINING FOR YOUR STUDENTS June 26, 2008

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It is critical that students  develop a Christian worldview. This blog is dedicated to Christian educators in Bible or Social Studies class who would like  quick ideas on how to incorporate biblical worldview thinking into their class. I hope this helps educators develop tough-minded,  tender-hearted teens for Christ. Feel free to copy and paste the questions onto a power point slide and use it for a class  opener with your students or for a current event day. Enjoy!