Wouldn’t it be great to quit the mindless job you have now and do what you love with your family, 24/7? It doesn’t really matter what your “thing” is. You can most likely make a living at that which you love, as my family has done for the last decade. Let me give you some background and explain more.
It’s quite liberating: no more microwave popcorn, air popper, or specialized kitchen appliance. Our family’s favorite snack comes from good, old fashioned stove top popcorn.
Public and home educators aren’t as different as they think in respect to fads. They each have their own silver bullet idea that is promised to miraculously pump out perfect test scores and most holy adult children. Experienced educators see through them, and the most experienced can tell stories of the merits and flaws of the fads they walked through. I’d like to explore (and sort of confess) three of them.
I love learning from young people, and I learn a lot from Luis Garcia. He is somewhat of a legend in homeschool apologetics competition. In 2012 he competed all the way to winning the national championship, never losing a tournament.
So of course I hired him. He joined us in Estes Park, Colorado, to coach a room full of apologetics speakers. This week’s Training Minds Podcast is taken from the first of his sessions training new apologetic competitors what they need to do to prepare for competition. (Listen to Part I and Part II)
I used to think apologetics was all about doctrines, and I got rather bored with it.
Call me weak in my faith if you want, but I wasn’t much concerned with what the ancients said about detailed theological precepts. In my Christian walk, I left it to the headstrong and stubborn to squabble in the temple. You know, the ones Scripture called “stiff-necked” and Jesus called “hypocrites.” Much more interesting to me was the relationship of my faith, the deeper contours of understanding relationships and love for one another. Life is complex, and I didn’t like the tidy boxes theologians put together for God.
But, after listening to Luis, I’m seeing apologetics as a way to bring the complexity to order. Simplifying life to better understand it all.
“Defense” sounds, well, defensive. Like you’re on your heels, a debater. But apologetics digs deep into understanding why you believe what you believe. Refusing to give a defense to your faith is refusing to give time and effort to understanding your faith. You are letting go of that which could bring you to better understanding of God.
I had never thought of the activity of defensiveness as bringing more understanding.
I presupposed the defender as already knowing it all, sort of proud and haughty. “Be prepared to give an answer” is assuming you have all the answers. Much like those “head strong” theologians I had in my mind.
I don’t consider myself an expert in apologetics by any means, but I don’t doubt my genuine desire to seek out the difficult answers to life’s most difficult questions. I bet you’d agree: this life is a fascinating journey. Listen to Luis’ podcast today. You will be inspired.
I am quite excited for this movie. You?
My publishing cycle has come to an end for another year. I’m feeling festive and generous, so I came up with a 50% deal, and you’ll want a piece of the action.
I’m offering a 50% off deal to celebrate my business life’s wildly busy-but-successful publishing cycle. It came to an end last night when I released our October Addenda — hundreds of pages of additional content to our five signature sourcebooks. I cannot truly explain how awesome that feels!
You know the idea behind pruning, don’t you? To grow a tree or bush, cut back a portion of its larger branches, even fruitful ones. I’ve been doing a lot of pruning lately, and I already see the healthy benefits.
Heartache isn’t something I enjoy parading to the world, and to tell you the truth, I’m somewhat ashamed of it. It shows I’m vulnerable, I’m in pain, and perhaps I’m being overly dramatic. But we all deal with heartache, and of three responses to heartache that I notice most of us take, only one ever makes any difference at all.
Here we are in September, moving forward into a new year of speech and debate. If you want to maximize your year’s competitive success, you will make sure you have in place two routines, and they’re fairly new this year. Let me explain.
Routine #1 (I’ll explain more below) is your sourcebook, and I’m nearly completed with all of them in two major releases. Here’s my yearly publishing routine: (1) Round up the best editors, (2) launch the print edition sourcebooks, (3) release the October Addenda. These are my sourcebooks (Blue, Red, Gold, Silver and Bronze) for all debate and speech events.
Routine #2 (and I’m most excited about this one) is your podcast, a specially tailored weekly broadcast I personally design and edit just for you. We’re already four weeks into the sessions and my listenership has skyrocketed. When you hear more about it, you’ll see that subscribing and listening every week is a fantastic routine to keep in order to be successful.
Okay, let me explain more on how these two routines are going to make a champion speaker and debater out of you…