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Kids and Math

In Culture, Current Events on October 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Despite years of federally funded education initiatives, a recent study by the NAEP reports that our children are still performing poorly in basic mathematics.

Steve Demme is the Founder, President and Author of Math U See.  He helps us understand why our kids are struggling and what we can do about it.

In this feature, Mr. Demme mentions the first step in helping our children improve in math is to ascertain what they already know.  The Math U See website has a number of competency exams available.  Information is available here.


Chris Klicka Tribute

In Culture, Current Events, Testimonies on October 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm


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On Monday, October 12th, Chris Klicka—a legal pioneer who fought tirelessly for the rights of home schooling in all 50 states—died in Colorado. This feature is a tribute to honor his life and work on behalf of home schoolers in this country and around the world.

Guests include:

Michael Smith, President of HSLDA
Bernie Beall, Founder of Great Commission Families and U.S. Missions Director for Family Mission International
Doug Phillips, Founder and President of Vision Forum Ministries
James McDonald, Pastor of Providence Church in Morton, IL

In 2008 I produced two features based on Chris Klicka’s book: Home School Heroes.

Click here for Part I: Homes School History (from August 11, 2008)

Click here for Part II: Legal Battles (from August 20, 2008)

If you are interested in making a donation in honor of Chris Klicka or to help his family, information is available here.

Lunar Impact

In Current Events, Science on October 13, 2009 at 3:36 am

LCRoss Mission
photo courtesy of NASA

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Last week NASA intentionally crashed a large Centuar rocket into the Earth’s moon. They were hoping to create a deep enough impact to see if there are significant amounts of water beneath the lunar surface.

Dr. Donald DeYoung, Astronomer and Chair of the Physical Science Department at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN, reports on what they found.

2009 Nobel Peace Prize

In Current Events on October 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm

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All week long the various Nobel Prizes have been announced for achievements in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, and literature. Undoubtedly the most unexpected announcement came today as the Nobel Peace Prize recipient was named.

Guests include:

Greg Clugston, Senior Whitehouse Correspondent for SRN News
Dr. Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-Chief of WORLD Magazine and Provost of The King’s College, NY

Chicago’s Bubble Zone

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Testimonies on October 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Bubble Zone

Tribune photo by Antonio Perez / October 7, 2009

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Yesterday the Chicago City Council agreed to pass an ordinance which creates a “bubble zone” around the entrance of Chicago health clinics, hospitals or abortion facilities; meaning, that prolife advocates and sidewalk counselors must maintain a distance of 50 feet from the front door. The ordinance also creates an eight foot zone around people coming in and out of the clinic.

Guests include:

Peter Breen, Executive Director of the Thomas More Society
Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League
Nora Doherty, Sidewalk Counselor
Shannon Buckner, Nursing Student and Sidewalk Counselor
Sarina Eesa, an immigrant from Ghana who was impacted by Sidewalk Counselors
James Komaniecki, President of Restore American Liberty.

Ardipithecus Ramidus a.k.a “Ardi”

In Culture, Current Events, General Interest, Science on October 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Ardipithecus Ramidus
photo courtesy of Scientific America

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Earlier this month researchers unveiled what is being promoted as the oldest known skeleton of a human ancestor–suggesting that it may be the missing link.

Ardipithecus Ramidus is the official name of the specimen, but her friends can call her “Ardi.”

Dr. David Menton, is a creation anatomist and lecturer for Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum and he takes a look at her story.

The Prayer of the Lord

In Church, General Interest, Scripture on October 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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In Luke chapter 11 and Matthew 6 we read some of the most well known words of Jesus. The disciples had come to him asking how they should pray, and Christ’s reply is what we often call: “The Lord’s Prayer.”  This feature comes from a recent interview with Dr. R.C. Sproul Sr., founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, about his new book entitled: The Prayer of The Lord.

Click here for the complete 30-minute conversation with Dr. Sproul as he speaks much more in depth about each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer:

The Christian Conscience

In Church, Culture, General Interest, Scripture on October 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm


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When society considers “personal responsibility” or our obligations to certain moral standards, it is often framed as “listening to our conscience”—suggesting that we have the power to do what is right (or wrong) and it comes from somewhere within us. What is the conscience?

Also, as believers we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to direct our decisions and actions…so what is the relationship between our conscience and how God directs us as Christians? Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr, founder, teacher and chairman of the Highland Study Center in Virginia, along with blogger Steve Walden help us think about this issue.