Friday, June 17, 2011

Classical Dads

My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
Proverbs 3:11-12
To conclude this week's fathers day theme, today I want to introduce you to two great articles from the CC Writers Circle by dads who are actively involved in their home schools.

Dads Who Dare is by Matt Bianco, a Classical Conversations dad who tutors in our local community and loves to spend time with his kids. Here's his call to fathers of families who homeschool:

"Fathers ... go to work for eight to ten hours a day and find that mother does a superb job of caring for the home and raising up godly children. That mothers do this is to be commended and celebrated. Indeed, it is not my intention to undo or change this. Rather, it is, my intention to call fathers to a deeper awareness of the awesomeness of this task and to call attention to their part in it." (...Keep Reading...)

Confessions of a Homeschooling Dad is by David Bailey, another Classical Conversations dad, who shares his initial reluctance, and growing joy, as a leader of his home school:

"My wife plugged in as a Challenge tutor and tapped into her passion for learning and teaching. Gradually I have come along, too. I am learning that the education of my children is not just my wife's responsibility - it's mine, too. In fact, it's mine primarily. God gives dads the role of spiritual leadership. He commands us to teach our children. That's a key concept of Deuteronomy 6 and in many other places through the Scriptures." (...Keep Reading...)

As we celebrate the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, surrogate fathers, and other mentoring men in our lives this weekend, let's be deliberate about looking for ways to affirm their commitment to educating their children, supporting their families (in whatever shape that takes), and seeking the Lord's guidance in their leadership.

Happy Fathers Day!

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