Patriarchy Has Got to Go

Like most homeschoolers, my world overlapped with Doug Phillips. He found a much-too-welcome home among homeschool communities across the United States. Late last year he admitted to an affair, and yesterday the story broke that gave its dastardly details.

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You can read the entire WND article for yourself. In a nutshell, Phillips is being sued by his former nanny, someone he knew for over a decade and was very close to the Phillips family. Her lawyers have graphic details of Phillips forcing himself sexually, and Phillips’ lawyers are denying little of it, claiming “consensual” contact between adults.

For those of us in the Christian homeschool community, this is just as bad as guilty. Phillips is a married man and father of eight children. This behavior is inexcusable.

The courts will figure out what to do with Doug Phillips himself. I’m more curious with this thought: What will the homeschool movement do with Doug Phillips’ signature ideology of “patriarchy”?

Great Homeschool Convention: Cincinnati

Wendy and I are super pumped to be a part of the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati in a few weeks. Let me tell you of the four speeches we’re preparing because we believe they hit in key issues within the homeschool movement.

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First, let me make this observation: homeschooling is changing. Big time. You may be new to the idea of home education, but for those who have been around for the last couple of decades, the changes of late have been incredibly significant.

You Made It to Nationals, Now Let’s Talk NITC

There are two reactions to debaters who make it to Nationals: (1) Whew! I made it. Now I can relax. (2) Awesome! I made it. Now I need to take full advantage of the opportunity to compete at the most exciting tournament of the year. This post is about the latter, of which I hope you’re a part of.

Take your nationals opportunity seriously by joining the NITC Society of debaters.

Take your nationals opportunity seriously by joining the NITC Society of debaters.

Noah seems to be the perfect opportunity to show the Bible as much deeper than the childish Sunday-school interpretations that are thrown at us as “biblical.” I’m looking forward to this.

Three Thoughts About the Obamacare Penalty

Good news for you: The Obama Administration has been found to be extending the deadline for compliance to “mid-April” (see Washington Post article). Order your Samaritan Membership Kit today!

I get a lot of questions about Samaritan Ministries, the alternative to insurance that my family has been members since 2004. We are waived of the Obamacare penalty that many will be filing next year, though self-employed people are starting to pay the tax now.

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Here’s a question that came in today to my wife:

Hi Wendy! My husband and I are looking into Samaritan Ministries. I heard that everyone has to have insurance by March 31 with the new Obamacare laws. If Samaritan Ministries is not considered an insurance then how is it going to work under the law? We really like the idea of SM but are trying to get all of the details down. Hope you don’t mind my asking.

I have three points that I would like to make for this person’s questions, and I encourage you to listen into my advice.

But the Cold Does Bother Me

Christian friends are telling me Frozen is an evil movie. I saw it — I gave an honest effort to discover the devil in the details — but instead discovered a most profound truth embedded in Disney’s story, one that every Christian can (or should) identify with.

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Wanted: Virtual Assistant

Last year was an awesome year for the work that I do. I streamlined a number of business processes and set up my professional platform to make things much more doable and profitable. There is one soft spot that I very much want to develop in 2014, and perhaps you can help me.

I've got a lot of great work going on, and you may be a great help to that.

I’ve got a lot of great work going on, and you may be a great help to that.

The soft spot is what is becoming a popular fad for platform builders like me: virtual assistants. My friend Michael Hyatt speaks to this quite a bit and I even bought and read his very helpful book, The Virtual Assistant Solution (available on Amazon for only $2.99). I get it: I need someone who will take care of my most remedial tasks. As the subtitle suggests, I need to come up for air, offload the work I hate, and do what I do best. 

Hyatt offers some great ideas, probably his best being contracting through a VA firm. That may be in my future, but I’m running into a few problems with this solution.

Reminded Why We Do Camp

I’m at a national open tournament in Minnesota this weekend. I was reminded of this article that I published last year of why we do camps. Share this with others whom you feel would benefit from this activity.

Last year my wife, Wendy, attended a tournament early in the year. A new debater took the podium, knees shaking, voice barely audible, and she ended up crying. She was 14 years old and had a terrifying experience.

This is a picture of a scrimmage at camp. The coach guides the students through the arguments to help train the students to think and persuade.

This is a picture of a scrimmage at camp. The coach guides the students through the arguments to help train the students to think and persuade.