Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Great Summer Read


I met Sean McDowell a couple of years ago when I asked his dad, Josh McDowell to talk to the church about godly families. What a great evening to have Sean and his mom and dad share about life at the McDowell home and how Christian principles were infused there. I was especially impressed at how Sean could so clearly articulate truth principles. His passion, especially for his generation is remarkable and needful. This book "Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World" is targeted at youth and is designed to equip them in a world of moral relativism. I'm enjoying this read and learning a great deal from the next generation of McDowells! 

4 comments:

caliana said...

May I please post something on this topic? Our kids, being college age and pre-college, this a great concern of ours as well. If you can't, no problem.

There are home school get-togethers and activities at EMCC. But we do some services for education that are for both for the public educated, private and home schooled families. It has been suggested by some parents that we might add several classes for home school families. Classes that would be better taught together with other students. Bio labs, etc.

It has been on my mind in the last year that one of the classes ought to also to be college prep philosophy. (or “Philosophy 100”) Maybe taught by Bob Jones curriculum or other comprehensive, conservative Christian curriculum, and this so we can properly teach and prepare our 14-18 year olds on the range of topics that they will be confronted with when they enter college. It seems to me that is where many Christian kids either get picked off, or just begin to struggle with doubt and compromise. (I know that one of my nephews nearly was. He is now an environmental biologist.) We know that new college students are often introduced to ideas and issues that they have possibly never heard of before and can be tricked (by lack of exposure and experience) into making decision in a particular direction before they have all the facts.

thanks so much for caring about this.

Leah said...

I enjoy reading to learn more about living a holy God pleasing life from those who are walking that way themselves. That's why I was glad to see your thoughts on this book! My hearts desire is to prepare my two youngest, middle-schoolers, for the world they face. I'm thinking that the absence of any absolute truth also goes along with the "emerging church" movement as well. Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

Skip Heitzig said...

caliana,
Great comments. We are doing a course on "Worldviews" at out church to specifically designed to equip people for this and give them a grid to process their environment. It is comprehensive and useful. Justin Marburry heads this up and would love to help.

Skip Heitzig said...

leah, right on! The emergent church movement, though multifaceted and non-monolithic, is fraught with dangers especially the concept of truth as non-absolute. Their initial concept to engage unbelievers in conversation is good, but their approach of being non-specific and non-dogmatic only leaves its constituents unsure. God bless you!