Month: February 2009

Sharing the Bread by Gladys Schaefer

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.  (Isaiah 61: 1-3) As I reread these verses tonight, I was reminded anew of the beauty and joy of a Charlotte Mason education.  We are offering our students the very best and we receive so much in the giving. The world can be a cruel place and students, parents, colleagues, indeed our own tired souls …

Flesh and Blood by Art Middlekauff

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) What did Charlotte Mason believe about sanctification? How, according to Charlotte Mason, does one become more Christ-like in thought, word, and deed? Is it a “natural” process or a “supernatural” process? Does it begin with the divine miracle of regeneration? Or does sanctification begin with something else? One might think that these questions are answered in Volume II, Parents and Children. In this volume, Charlotte Mason writes the following: And now, at last, the miracle of conversion is made plain to our dull understanding. We perceive that conversion, however sudden, is no miracle at all––using the word miracle to describe that which takes place in opposition to natural law. On the contrary, we find that every man carries in his physical substance the gospel of perpetual, or of always possible, renovation; and we find how, from the beginning, Nature was prepared with her response to …

Living Books

I have had a slow start with the blog for 2009.  There are a number of interesting writers lined up for you this year–I would give you names but I am sure I would leave out someone. May peace and good health be yours during this year.  If you have topics or ideas you would like to see someone discuss on this blog or in the journal, please don’t hesitate to contact me at info@childlightuusa.org.  Hopefully, very soon we will have all conference information out for you.  The conference will be June 10-13, 2009.  Many thanks to all of you for your continued support and encouragement.  Now to living books: Living Books When we look at the feeding episode (the crowd that followed and wanted more and its desire to have a king who would feed it), we are reminded of Frederic Engels’ program that people need bread, not ideas.  With Marx, the revolution promised to provide not only bread but also cake for all.  But the Bible’s directive is the opposite, as found in …