Leave Parenting to Parents (guest Michael Farris)

Leave Parenting to Parents (guest Michael Farris)

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A 13 year old boy told a school counselor that he felt he should not have to go to church three times a week with his parents.  The counselor called for an “emergency removal” of the boy from his home.  At a subsequent hearing the judge mandated that his parents only take him to church once a week to retain custody of their son.

This scenario occurred not under a communist regime or in a George Orwell novel, but in modern-day America.  It is just one example (albeit an extreme one) of the government undermining parental rights.  This week Kevin talks with Michael Farris, President of ParentalRights.org and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association.  Michael is a constitutional lawyer (and the litigator on the above case) devoted to the issue of parental rights.  He explains how the government has given itself the ability to take rights away even from responsible, non-abusive parents, and what we must do to correct this injustice.

When our nation was founded, the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children was so obvious that it didn’t require mentioning in the Bill of Rights (c.f. the 9th Amendment).  Today, however, this sense is not as common.  That is why Michael is leading the charge, and garnering support from people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and political affiliations, to add a parental rights amendment to the Constitution.

For more information and to sign the petition for the amendment, visit ParentalRights.org.  You can learn more about this issue from two free 30-minute documentaries: Overruled and Building the Machine.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” -2 Corinthians 3:17

This episode first aired on April 23rd, 2016.

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Keep Your Kids on God’s Side! (guest Natasha Crain)

Keep Your Kids on God’s Side! (guest Natasha Crain)

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Ultimately, it’s not up to a church, youth pastor, Christian school, or anyone else to make sure that your kids are strong enough in their faith to face the world’s challenges: it is your responsibility.

Many parents feel that when it comes to teaching their children to answer the faith’s more difficult questions, either they don’t have time, or they don’t know how to bring up the topic, or they don’t feel up to the task themselves. That’s why Natasha Crain, a Christian mom and blogger turned apologist, wrote her book “Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith.” In this episode of Educate For Life with Kevin Conover, Natasha and Kevin discuss her book and the importance of parents training up their children in the ways of God. “Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side” can help any Christian parent introduce some of the most difficult topics to their children, from the problem of evil to slavery in the Bible. Check out Natasha’s website, ChristianMomThoughts.com, to buy the book and read her articles on many Christian parenting topics!

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

This episode first aired on April 16th, 2016.

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Healing Hurting Families (guest Dr. Julie Hayden)

Healing Hurting Families (guest Dr. Julie Hayden)

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This week Kevin talks to psychologist Dr. Julie Hayden, Dean of the Graduate School of Behavior Sciences at Southern California Seminary.  Julie is trained not only in psychology, but also in religious studies (in which she has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s).  This dual focus enables her to approach psychology from a Biblical perspective, in order to best understand how God has designed humans to function.  It also allows her to understand how certain behaviors, such as pornography abuse, are harmful to both individuals and families.

Maintaining a family is never easy, but it’s much harder when a member struggles with something like addiction (whether drugs or pornography), PTSD, or infidelity.  However, as traumatic as they are, even these issues can be overcome: with the proper methods, there can be healing.  But how do you confront a loved one about something so sensitive, and how can you be sure that they will make a lasting change instead of just ending up back where they started?  To answer these and other questions, Dr. Julie Hayden is hosting the second annual Family Conference at Mapleview Baptist Church, from April 22-23.  For more information and to sign up in advance, visit FamilyConference.info).  You can also check out Julie’s website, GoRhombus.com, for information on other events and training opportunities.

This episode first aired on April 9th, 2016.

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Join the Covenant Against Porn (guest Luke Gilkerson)

Join the Covenant Against Porn (guest Luke Gilkerson)

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One of the most dreaded responsibilities of any parent is that of talking to their child about sex.  Aside from the general awkwardness of the topic, it feels as though bringing it up will spoil a child’s innocence.  However, if parents aren’t proactive in teaching their children a biblical perspective on human sexuality, the world will be all too eager to fill their heads with harmful misinformation.  And with children having more and more internet access from increasingly younger ages, they will almost certainly be exposed to the worst teacher of all: internet pornography.

This week Kevin talks to Luke Gilkerson, a Christian author, co-founder (with his wife) of the family website IntoxicatedOnLife.com, and an 8-year employee of Covenant Eyes.  Luke is all too aware of the dangers of pornography: he was addicted to it for years.  After countless attempts (many halfhearted) to give up porn left him believing he could never truly change, Luke was finally able to escape its clutches with the help of a godly mentor who believed in him.  A few years later he connected with Covenant Eyes through his wife’s church, and spent the next 8 years helping them achieve their mission.

Covenant Eyes is an internet accountability and content filtering service.  It was created both to protect children and adults from viewing internet pornography, but just as importantly, to start dialogues within families about internet usage and Christian values.  Visit CovenantEyes.com to see how their software can benefit your family!  And at Luke’s website, IntoxicatedOnLife.com, you can find a variety of helpful resources, including tools to help you discuss the important issue of sexuality with your children.

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” –Job 31:1

This episode first aired on April 2nd, 2016.

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Biblical Geology: the Stone-Cold Facts (guest Dr. Steve Austin)

Biblical Geology: the Stone-Cold Facts (guest Dr. Steve Austin)

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Does the geologic evidence really prove an ancient Earth, or can a biblical perspective do a better job of explaining our world’s features?  This week Kevin’s guest is research geologist Dr. Steve Austin.  He may not be a stone-cold wrestler, but he does know a lot about rocks.  You may think geology sounds boring, but Steve could prove you wrong: he recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and has visited many other exotic and beautiful locations for his research (especially the Grand Canyon).

Steve talks to Kevin about some of the evidence he’s uncovered for biblical history throughout his long and productive career.  Where did the Grand Canyon come from, since it clearly wasn’t formed by the Colorado River (as secular geologists are now admitting)?  Why are there so many marine fossils in completely inappropriate places, like deserts and high mountains?  Could there be evidence that there really was an earthquake when Jesus was crucified, as the Bible says?  Steve addresses these questions and more while also sharing about his personal journey, from a rock-loving kid in a secular home to a Biblical Creationist and research geologist.

Steve doesn’t hog all the adventure for himself!  He also runs a program called Creation Adventures, where anyone can sign up to go on a geologic expedition.  In May of 2017 he is leading a 7-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon that will explore the evidence for Noah’s Flood.  Visit CreationAdventures.com to get more information and sign up!

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” –Hebrews 12:28-29

This episode first aired on March 26th, 2016.

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Counting to God (guest Doug Ell)

Counting to God (guest Doug Ell)

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Many people can name a specific reason why they became a Christian, but how many would say the reason is “math”? Probably very few, and Douglas Ell is one of them.  Kevin talks to Doug about his recent book Counting to God, in which he explains how mathematical analysis of the scientific evidence over several decades finally persuaded him to change from atheism to Christianity.  For Doug, it wasn’t moral arguments, spiritual feelings, or difficult life circumstances that brought him to God.  He needed hard evidence, and that’s just what he found.  Kevin and Doug discuss this evidence, from biology (the fact that so many organisms have completely unique and functional DNA code with no evolutionary history) to quantum mechanics (the existence of measurable, physical phenomena that defy the laws of physics) and beyond.  They show that God isn’t just a last resort to cover gaps in scientific knowledge: there are irrefutable positive evidences why He is absolutely necessary to understanding life and the universe.

After graduating from MIT with a double-major in mathematics and physics, Doug earned a Masters in Theoretical Mathematics before entering into field of law.  His long and successful career practicing law, combined with his training in mathematics and science, have made him the ideal person to examine both the evidence and arguments for (and against) God.  After repeatedly finding that the evidence points to God rather than away from him, Doug remarked to a colleague (Professor Peter Fisher, Head of MIT’s Department of Physics) that someone needed to write a book about this incredible information.  His colleague responded, “Why not you?”

The resultant work, Counting to God, is available at Doug’s website (CountingToGod.com) as well as from other booksellers.  It is a great tool for strengthening the faith of believers, as well as prompting unbelievers to think deeply about their worldview and the questions it raises.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1

This episode first aired on March 19th, 2016.

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