Monday, January 19, 2009

Leigh and Douglas Wilson

The Israelites had a great wall to rebuild, as do we. We stand in the midst of the rubble of a once-great civilization, and unless God gives us a mind to work, we will all be overwhelmed. We want to build a wall with living stones built into the temple of God.
- Douglas Wilson, The Case for Classical Christian Education
If you missed the show or want to refresh, click here to go to the permanent archive of "A Conversation with Doug Wilson of Christ Church," Wed. Jan. 21, 2009 on Leigh! for Lunch. 

Join me! On Wednesday, January 21st, at noon EST, during my regular Blog Talk Radio show, Leigh! for Lunch, I'll be discussing classical education with Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, ID.

(Click here to go directly to the show.)

Mr. Wilson is a strong supporter of the Classical Christian model. He earned a B.A. in classical studies and a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Idaho. In addition to pastoring, he serves as a Senior Fellow in Theology at New Saint Andrews College, as well as on the boards of several classical Christian schools.

Nancy Wilson, his wife, is also a prominent writer. Among other books, she authored Our Mother Tongue, which we use in Essentials. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been blessed with 3 children and 13 grandchildren.

In 1991, when Mr. Wilson wrote Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, his take on home schooling was initially pretty negative. About 10 years later, in 2003, he wrote The Case for Classical Christian Education, which presents a more positive image of home schooling. In the 6 years since then, I'm eager to ask him how his view of home schooling has continued to develop.

Classical, Christian private schools and classical, Christian home schools have a lot in common. The Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS) was formed because of the response to Mr. Wilson's book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. Their mission statement says,
The primary mission of this association is to promote, establish, and equip schools committed to a classical approach to education in light of a Christian worldview grounded in the Old and New Testament Scriptures.
Through Classical Conversations, we equip parents through our network of tutors, who model learning and teaching using the classical model within a biblical world view. See a pattern?

In a nation where education cries for reform but doesn't know where to find it, those of us dedicated to restoring the tools of learning grounded in a biblical worldview need to figure out how to equip each other to serve the diverse communities where we have the opportunity to impact culture.

I'm excited to use my radio show to talk with Mr. Wilson about ways home schools and private Christian schools can work together.

Other topics we'll try to cover will include Mr. Wilson's upcoming conference, "The Importance of Classical, Christian Education" and his new book, Heaven Misplaced (Canon Press, 12/2008).

Tune in to listen and call in or email beforehand with your questions. Don't forget to tell your friends! Link to this post or directly to the show.

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