Christian Ed’ Wed(nesday) Christian Education Videos, with a Christian Reconstructionist Flavour

Every Wednesday: original videos challenging your thinking on education from a Christian Reconstructionist perspective. If you don’t like it, tell me. If you do, share it with your friends.

 

How Should Chrisitans Reach the Developing World? Prayer Update for the Puebla Learning Center

I recently had the privilege of going to the dairy state, Wisconsin to share the work I’m doing at the Pierre Viret Learning Center in Puebla, Mexico, and Vision Mexico, Now Vision America Latina.

It is a great, Biblical, holistic work, and is steadily growing in scope and influence in Mexico, in this video I share what we have been doing in the last few months, and its potential for the future, as a model to be imitated.

Learning Centre Update

First of all, thanks so much for your support, Roger, Marcy and I, and the families at the learning centre, all appreciate your faithful giving.
A lot! has changed since Roger’s last visit.
We have moved from the grounds of the Seminary to our own premises.
We have started a new paper-based, self-paced curriculum.
We’re also replacing the old study-desks with new, purpose-built, adjustable ones, designed and made by one of the fathers.
Two or three new families have joined the centre, too.
We now have 81 students, 90 have enrolled for next year, a far cry from the four students we started with four years ago.
We have new academic links, with New Geneva (Christian) Leadership Academy, enabling us to offer tailored degree courses, and credits for our high school program.
Degrees aren’t everything. We are also forging business links between the learning centre and its families and Christian enterprises north of the border.
Two Christian furniture businesses are talking with Roger and one of the fathers, about supplying Mexican pine furniture to the U.S.
Providing employment for both the fathers and the older students too.
Further, another entrepreneurial parent is working with Roger to develop a catering van business.
This is, of course, simply what people with a Christian WORLD AND LIFE VIEW do.

Problems and Opportunities

Sadly, what is being preached across Mexico and throughout the developing world, is a truncated gospel of the soul alone, and Sunday alone, the body and mind and life outside the Church building are resigned to humanism.
Despite this, the Church is growing dramatically in Mexico, and throughout the developing world.
Mexicans may have precious little Biblical world-view, but neither have their hearts been hardened to the full-orbed Chrsitain faith by generations of compromise with humanism as is the case in the Western Church.
Mexico and other Developing-World countries are ravaged with the symptoms of the humanist disease; violence, tyranny and poverty.
Only strong medicine will cure these ills.These symptoms are not nearly as pronounced as they are in the relatively prosperous and peaceful West.
As a result, when families hear the Bible-truth of the ‘faith for all of life’ they embrace it, this is the strong medicine they need.

Trends in Mexico and Throughout the Developing World

The middle class is growing.
The government schools are deteriorating, and middle-class parents are looking for better, safer alternatives.
Private schools abound, even in the poorest countries.
There is also a tremendous drive for children to learn English

The Developing-World ‘Learning Centre’ Recipe

The ingredients are;
  • A tremendous growth in Christianity,
  • A truncated gospel that isn’t giving answers to pressing problems.
  • An acceptance of the tough answers.
  • Parents desire for a bilingual, private education for their children
Why can’t Christian family-orientated ‘learning centers’ meet the needs of the burgeoning Christian middle class?
What we are doing in Mexico can be a model for the entire Developing World,
In the meantime, we are working hard to meet the needs of the growing number of families in the learning Centre
My job is to teach English to the whole school, plus a lot more.
I receive no salary for my work, and need $2000 per month, plus a one off $2000 so I can continue to teach in the learning centre.
I have made a five-year commitment to the school, but cannot continue without help from the body of Christ.
You can support this work by making a tax-deductive donation at;
cten.org/rogeroliver, mark the donation ‘for the ministry of Nathan Conkey’.
Contact me at Facebook.com/Christian.education or at nfconkey@gmail.com
Your support really makes a difference!

Should Christians Obey the Law of God in Exhaustive detail?

This post was written, and the video recorded in response to a two Ministers of the Gospel who have rebuked me for my adherence to and promotion of Theonomy.
One of their first questions was “Should Christians Obey the Law of God in Exhaustive detail?”
Here’s my response

  1.  Emphatically yes!
  2. Absolutely not!
    and…
  3. What’s your alternative?

    1. Emphatically Yes!

    It is the principles embedded in each of the laws, whether in the decalogue or case law, which must be applied to all aspects of life, including, but not limited to, the civil realm.

    The Law of God is a perfect reflection of his eternally just character.
    God is eternal and unchanging. “I am the Lord, I change not” Malachi 3:6, There is no variableness in Him James 1:17.

    God makes no attempt in scripture to distance himself from His law, to the contrary, the law is a mirror-image of who God is.
    God alone is holy Rev. 15:4 and good Mark 10: 18.
    Likewise, God’s law is holy and good Rom. 7:12, 16; 1 Tim. 1:8,

    God is perfect Deut. 32:4; Ps, 18:30; Matt. 5:48, and his law is perfect  too Ps. 19:7; James 1:25.
    Like God, His word, including the law, is
    righteous, true and eternal.
    “The word of our God shall stand forever” Isa. 40: 8,
    Old testament law is no invention of Moses, but, is  part of the every word from God’s mouth by which we must live Matt. 4:4.”

    Righteousness, like God, and unlike our money, does not fluctuate in value.
    “All His precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness”
    Ps. 111:7-8

    The Son of God himself forbad the altering of not even a jot or a tittle of the least commandment in the law  Matt. 5:17-19

    Can we relax the law in the Civil realm?
    Rom. 13:1-4 makes clear that all magistrates are bound by this standard, including every punishment  Heb. 2:2
    Deuteronomy 17:18-20
    Tells us that the civil ruler’s devotion to God is demonstrated, not in Church attendance and private prayers, but rather in his diligent application of the law of God, to his governmental calling.
    John 10:35 says
    If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
    The ‘gods’ here are the civil rulers, whose political office is to mirror Christ’s rule.
    Civil government cannot be exempt from its duty to obey Christ.

    Picking and choosing

    The alternative to applying the law of God, as the whole Bible explains it, in exhaustive detail, is picking and choosing what applies today, according to our own notions of justice.
    Scripture forbids this approach.
    James tells us that if one keeps all of God’s law, and yet disregards, or violates it,  in one single point, one is guilty of disobeying the whole law.  James 2:10.
    Consider this,
    Do we take the ‘pick and choose what we do and don’t like’ approach in Theology? Evangelical Christians rightly criticises the smorgasbord approach to the doctrine of the last judgement, the rôle of women in the Church and gender issues.  Why, then, do we blithely cherry-pick God’s laws in like manner?
    Matthew 5:19 reveals that picking and choosing from God’s law, according to what we find just or workable, or compatible with democracy or pluralism is not a sign of spirituality, or of a sensitive conscience, or of a superior intellect. It is,rather a wilful self-demotion in God’s order. The highest rank in the Kingdom  goes to those who obey and apply God’s ordinances.
    Furthermore, Scripture condemns those who stray from the law ‘to the left or to the right’ as a men-fearers who pervert justice.

    2. Absolutely Not?

    In addition, there are clearly certain administrative laws which no longer apply.
    The location of the capital city, the cities of refuge, laws relating to the land, have  passed away.
    Rules about Clean and unclean food, mixing crops and fibres. Have an altered meaning in the new Covenant.
    No published Theonomist advocates a simplistic ‘copy and paste’ approach to understanding and applying  the Law of God to life.
    Critics of the application of the law in exhaustive detail must  explain how they will fill the gap left by their excisions from scripture.

    3. What’s your alternative?

    The burden of proof lies, not with those who advocate God’s law, in exhaustive detail, but rather, with the opponents of God’s law. They must provide a morally and practically superior alternative.
    Good luck with that!

    What will fill up the gaps?

    Anything… but the law of God?

    What we feel is right, or would work, or seems  reasonable?
    By what standard, superior to God’s holy and righteous character, do we judge his law?

    The Puritan Ralph Venning wrote
    “To find fault with the Law, were to find fault with God”
    Can a Christian really accuse God of being unjust?

    How can fallen, sinful men become wiser and more just than Jehovah himself?

    Or, has life become so much simpler today that we can jettison certain arcane portions of scripture.

    No, this is clearly a trivial, foolish, and empty argument.

    God is our King, His laws are to be obeyed in detail because we love him, and his commands are better in every conceivable way than the laws of men. God’s laws are ways of life, anything else is a ticket to the graveyard. You can do what you like, but I chose life, I suggest that you get wisdom and do likewise.

The Key Motives Driving LRNteach and my Work with Vision Mexico and Fundación Pierre Viret

500px-Red_Silhouette_-_Tractor.svg

‘Educate’ comes from the Latin ‘educare’ meaning ‘to draw out.’ In this brief blog I want to draw out the purpose of LRNteach and related websites, and my day-to-day work teaching at the Fundación Pierre Viret. I have to write something in preparation for an interview on the Colin Gunn show that will be aired tomorrow, and I want to be clear in my mind the rationale behind what I do, so that those who want to support me in these ministries, can have a clear idea whether it’s for them or not. So, in a few short sentences, here is the core of what drives my ministry, such as it is.

Christian Education

I believe in freedom of education

I come from a country, like your own, perhaps, where education is free at the point of delivery at the Primary, Secondary and Kindergarten level, more of less. In fact, the cost of my university education was funded by other people’s tax money, better than that, I got paid a stipend to cover my expenses. Free at last? No! My education, from my first day of primary to my University graduation was not free, but, on the contrary, was in near complete slavery to the anti-Christian religion of humanism. Christian teachers in the classroom, Christian prayer in the school, Bible reading and even Christian clergymen teaching state-sanctioned religious education only served to sanctify this engine of enslavement of the Christian heart and mind. A whitewashed grave still stinks at its core.

Humanistic statism is the number one idol which must be destroyed in the hearts and minds of everyone, particularly in the members of the Church of God.

I believe that freedom is found in Christ alone

Freedom is never found in anarchism, nor political formulae, nor correct Church government, but in Christ alone. In his blood atonement for our sins he opens the door to freedom in him. In his holy law of liberty, he calls us to walk in freedom. The only free school is a Christian school. That school must accurately teach the Law and Gospel of God or it must relinquish any claim to be ‘Christian.’

Teaching the law of God and the gospel of God is a key goal of any Christian school.

I believe that man was born to rule, under God

Man was created in the image of God, in knowledge, holiness and righteousness, with dominion over the animals. Man was born to rule the earth. Man, in Adam fell into sin and became slaves to the creation. In Christ, man is restored to that original dominion task. Man’s life will be frustrated if he is not to find his dominion calling, and exercise it, to the glory of God.
The Christian school must prepare the Christian man to be himself in Christ, that is,

the Christian school is a dominion-orientated school.

I believe that knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord

Nothing can be known about anything, in principle, unless the existence of the only true God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost is presupposed. Our starting point in every subject area must be in God and in his Word.

Christian education, to be Christian must address each subject area presuppositionally. Its educational theory and practice must also be tested presuppositionally and built on the only true foundation, Jesus Christ.

The Ministry of LRNteach

My calling, in Christ, is to become a Christian educator and promoter of Christian education. In our callings

I believe we must be productive

The command to “…be fruitful…” still stands, God’s will for us  is that we should bear much fruit. We are to use whatever godly means we can to be as fruitful as we can.

  • Today, this means, working on the internet. That is why I am active on Facebook, YouTube and with my own websites.
  • Furthermore, that is why I am working over the next three years to produce a digital ‘English as a Second Language’ curriculum, accessible to all with an internet connection.
    That is also why I have committed myself to learning Internet marketing.

I believe that Levitical work requires Levitical funding

God set apart an entire tribe, the Levites, who were responsible for health, welfare, education and some were dedicated to temple service. The tribe received 100% of the tithe, the priests received a tithe of the Levitical tithe. God’s Kingdom work still needs funding today, as it has always needed funding. You are responsible under God for the godly distribution of your tithes and offerings. We are called to be productive, let’s use our tithe strategically, to fund and support productive Kingdom work.
The Levites also owned their own land, and were able to sell what that land produced. It is my goal to own a productive language-teaching business, and free up funds for other strategic kingdom works, but that will take time. In the meantime, have a look below.

Check out more about the ESL Project Here

Your monthly gift of $30, $50, $100 or $200, or a one-off donation will make a tremendous difference, give today, in the way that suits you best.

Give Through PayPal – Monthly

Select the monthly amount and click the “Become a LRNteach sponsor”.

Subscription Options


Give a One-Off Gift

Click the button below to give a one-off gift.

Give through CTEN “Commission to Every Nation”

Give to the work of the LRNteach ministry via my colleagues Roger and Marcy Oliver

Give through my colleagues Roger and Marcy Oliver
Give through my colleagues Roger and Marcy Oliver

South Korea or the United Kingdom

Find my bank details here.

Here’s a Tour of the Learning Center

Three years forward and Three years Back, Consider YOUR WAYS, Don’t Navel Gaze Aimlessly

“Consider your ways” KJV
“Give careful thought to your ways.” NIV
“Carefully consider your ways.” ISV

Woman Thinking
Consider Your Ways, Don’t Navel Gaze

You get the idea. One of the dumbest things that evangelicals have done for years is ‘navel gaze.’ They bow their heads and, instead of praying, they gaze at their navel and marvel at how full of lint it is. “Woe is me! For I have an unclean bellybutton!” At the other extreme, they look at their navel, and exclaim “my navel may be dirty, but I’m accepted just the way my bellybutton is, so, stop judging me for my excess lint quotient!” Those who are more astute theologically may offer an equally silly diagnosis; “stop looking at yourself and look to Jesus!” Actually, this is great advice… up to a point. We are commanded to consider OUR ways. Or, to put it another way, to consider our WAYS. If we ONLY look to Jesus we are disobeying a direct command, and take ourselves and our mind out of history and off our job, which is on the earth.

Navel gazing, of whatever variety, focuses on our being, our selves, and usually without any frame for objective judgement outside our existential selves. To “consider our ways,” is a call to look at ourselves, the course of our lives, in terms of God’s word, with particular reference to our unique God-given callings. With this in mind, I want to riff off a recent title on GaryNorth.com “Three Years Back, Three Years Ahead” to consider my life. My aim is to do some constructive navel gazing, I hope this inspires you to do some constructive poking around with your bellybutton too, to the glory of God and the advancement of his kingdom.

Three Years Back

CELTA, The ESL Journey Begins

August 2011 was a significant milestone for me. I had just finished taking  a professional qualification CELTA, for English Teaching. This would prove pivotal for the following three years. It’s only a month-long course, costs around $1500, but it is, believe it or not, one of the premiere ESL teaching qualifications and, should your calling be education, will open the doors to thousands of teaching opportunities around the world. I started doing volunteer teaching amongst immigrants of all hues, in Belfast, Somalians, Eritreans, Poles, Lithuanians, Chinese, the usual suspects. This was good, but was never going to be feasible long-term, so I looked for opportunities around the world.

Ethiopia: Not Very Bright, But Not the Worst Idea

I am not that bright, I must admit. What I had known for a long time was the missions life. So, I thought “CELTA + Missions contacts, I could do something here!” The Church I was attending at the time were sympathetic, but not quite as missions focused as previous Churches, the result was that I had to pay most of my own way to teach. I taught English for three months at Evangelical Theological College, Addis Abeba, which was mostly a pleasant experience, but did not give me the teaching experience I needed, nor the money to live on, and their internet was RUBBISH! Plus, the immigration control people turfed me out of the country after three months.
I had a project I was working on, an E-Library of theological books. I spent thousands of hours collecting, categorizing and naming theological books, and preparing them in such a way that anyone with a computer on their intranet could access it. This was a good idea… but not the best.

  1. Because the denomination that contributed to some of my expenses would only contribute if I were to remove all Reconstructionist/Theonomic books from the eBook / audiobook collection.
  2. Because, Ethopia’s main language is Amharic, not English.
  3. Because theological students are constrained in their reading, their reading is assigned, if the college was not theonomic, I was whizzing in the wind.
  4. The curious few may delve deeper, but they are very… few.

The conclusion to that episode was, if your funders are in opposition to your core mission, the application to the Word of God to all of life, then you need to fund yourself in a different way. Also, you should really think more strategically about how you spend your time. We are called to be fruitful, not just busy busy.

Korea: Much Better, Apart from the Hair Loss

The wicked don’t know at what they stumble, so too the foolish. I had imbibed, somehow, the crazy, pagan, evil idea that the only good work was ‘Christian Work.’  This has led me to England, Switzerland and East and West Africa, not bad, but maybe not as good as it looks on paper. It took me ten or fifteen years of reading Reconstructionist and Theonomic literature to realize, practically, in my life, that this was a big fat lie. I finally! Realised that I needed to do more than NOT teaching in state schools, but to actually start teaching in Christian schools. Negation played a big part in my life, I found it hard to tell the difference between doing good and not doing bad. Moving from 21st Century evangelical Christianity to Biblical Christianity is rather like recovering from drug addiction. So, I took a job in Korea, in a Fundamentalist Christian school. I got paid, I had my own 16 square meter place, and had plenty of work to do. I taught the whole range of ages, from Kinder, to Primary, to Middle school to Adults. The food was great, I eventually found a Church and a network of friends, it was, probably, the best decision I had made since I left school. I wonder why I didn’t do it 15 years earlier, but, we must trust the providence of God.
The funding was sorted, but nothing was terribly Theonomic or Reconstructionist about things, apart from the fact that I was in the workplace, actively serving people in my chosen calling.

I don’t know if it was the noodles or the Kindergarteners, but I lost a heap of hair, in short order.

***Health***

Another extremely significant thing that happened to me in Korea was… I started taking an interest in my health. I believe you can, all things being equal, increase your productivity substantially with the right health information. You need to watch this video.

Dead Doctors Don’t Lie

Then You need to Join Youngevity for Free and Order 3 tubs of Beyond Tangy Tangerine, wow! You WILL thank me.

LRNteach.com: One Good Decision Facilitates Another

I subscribe to GaryNorth.com. People think I’m crazy for that, I am crazy, but that’s not the main reason why. He kicks his subscribers around very badly, berating them constantly for not starting a YouTube channel and a blog and doing book reviews in their chosen field. September 2013 I touched base with a friend of mine from Bible college, Khuram, from Pakistan. I was impressed with the mission he was involved with. I wondered how I might best help him, and so, I thought, “why not interview him on Skype, I put the interview on YouTube!” This was the start (revival)of LRNteach.com. Through this effort, humanly speaking, my network was extended to Christian authors, pastors, missionaries, businessmen and more, who were aligned in my camp, theologically speaking, and were all role models for how to apply the ‘faith for all of life’ in practice. Through this one effort, I have found a work place in a Theonomic school in Mexico, teaching English, I have met some wonderful people, and am beginning to secure funding for this position from like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ.

The conclusion for this episode, is “whatsoever you do, do it on the internet,*” *if you can. Also, have the courage of your convictions, and ‘come out of the closet’ as a Christian who believes in the uncompromising application of the Word of God to all of life. You will begin to attract like minded people, and stir up the wrath of the Christian champions of tyranny, homosexuality and other weird things that your Evangelical friends are in to, shudder.

The Fundación Pierre Viret, Puebla Mexico

I teach 6, plus one-ish classes in a school of 81 students in a large city near the capital of Mexico, Puebla. Roger Oliver was my contact for this opportunity, another friend, Laura Vaivada, suggested Roger as a potential interviewee for the LRNteach show. I quit my job in Korea, flew out here, and have been here for almost six months now. I have committed myself, funding permitting, to 5 years here, based on an Observation noted on GaryNorth.com that it takes 5,000 hours to be competent in your profession.
What I have learned here, is that;

  • You can get so much more ‘bang for your buck’ if you are working with like-minded people.
  • Go to somewhere where there is some momentum, where your impact can have an exponential , not just an additive influence.

What enabled me to take advantage of this opportunity was.

  • I had chosen an aspect of teaching that was within my reach, ESL teaching.
  • I had made a choice to pursue opportunities that would be in line with my goals.
  • I had invested in my chosen branch of teaching, ESL.
  • I had started a show, a website and a Facebook page, LRNteach, that gave me exposure to people whom I would never have met, had I still been a closet Reconstructionist.
  • This is a great beginning, here, briefly, are my goals for the next three years and how I plan to meet those goals.

The Next Three Years

  1. Read and blog on the principles and practice of language teaching.
    HowToTeachLanguages.com
  2. Build up a repertoire of my own, original, language-learning videos and matching exercises and diagnostic tests up to upper intermediate level.
    LRNenglish.com, LRNenglish on Youtube. Subscribe to LRNteach on YouTube.
  3. Prepare a curriculum for use in other ‘learning centers’ in Mexico that can be delivered 100% through the internet.
    See number 2.
  4. Build up a side business teaching English on the Internet, earning at least 50% of my income from the internet.
  5. Build audience on LRNenglish.com, LRNenglish on Youtube.
    Read and blog HowToTeachLanguages.com and implement marketing, sell other language-learning products through these channels.
  6. Become Fluent in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish, to the level where I can blog and podcast in Spanish.
    By remaining in Mexico and continuing to learn the language.

Summary of my Godly Navel-Gazing

  • We must consider our ways.
  • We are called to be fruitful. Fruitfulness requires planning. So plan.
  • The pagan presuppositions that undermined my effectiveness may be undermining yours and the missionaries you support. Learn and share as much of the ‘Faith for all of Life’ as you can, you can save otherwise wasted lives. Also, consider funding missions that are Kingdom of God focused.
  • Whatever you do, do it on the internet, you can reach out and touch somebody, and be God’s instrument for changing the course of a life. What if Luther had his works hand-copied. Duh!
  • If you really want a free voice, your method of funding is crucial, aim to be self supporting, but, remember, we recovering Evangelicals are rebuilding our lives after decades of pagan dualism, we may need some assistance in reaching our goals.
  • If you want influence in your profession, you got to start thinking, writing and book-reviewing. It’s hard work, but it will give you a fighting chance of steadily increasing effectiveness and influence.

The Great Commission and English as a second language Teaching (Video)

There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who speak English, those who want their children to speak English and… the French.

Hello, My Name’s Nathan and I’m a Christian Educator.

http://lrnteach.com/about-2/donatetolrnteach/

I am the lead ESL teacher in a Christian ‘Learning Centre’ ‘Fundación Pierre Viret’ in Puebla, Mexico
I teach 6 classes; one Kindergarten class, two primary classes, two secondary classes and one adult class.
I’ve been teaching ESL for a while, on three continents, from kindergarten to college level

What does ESL teaching have to do with missions, especially missions discipling the nations?
Christianity is growing worldwide, in Mexico the number of evangelical Christians is as high as 20% of the population, these Christians need a digitally available, Christian curriculum.
That curriculum must include an ESL track. Why?
Like I said, There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who speak English, those who want their children to speak English and… the French.
Christian mothers know that to progress in business or academia, or just about any area of life you must speak English.
There is an even wider opportunity for a TRULY Christian ESL program,
THERE ARE hundreds of millions of middle classes MOTHERS, of every religion imaginable, who want their children to speak English.
There are tens of millions of such Christians, but there is an even wider opportunity for a truly Christian ESL program There are hundreds of millions of middle-class mothers of every religion imaginable, who want their children to speak English, and who spend billions on this, every month.
Humanists see the demand and are meeting it with a torrent of resources, which promote feminism, godless ecology, evolution and other tenets of humanism.
Do you think a Christian ESL curriculum could get a piece of that action to the glory of God? me too.
What has that got to do with you?
I’m asking you to Partner with me, and with the Fundacion Pierre Viret as we seek to meet the needs of the Church, and the wider world, in the name of Christ.
Help Finance this Levitical work, of making a self-consciously Christian ESL curriculum.
What, exactly, will this work entail?
1. Daily classroom teaching in the local learning centre
Number 2. The mastery of the tools of the e-learning trade.
3. The mastery of the theory of language learning and eLearning.
4. The mastery of online marketing.
5. The production of hundreds of short ESL videos and other resources based on this work.

This is not a simple undertaking, it is a pioneer work. I have already committed myself  to 5 years work teaching with the Fundacion Pierre Viret, as a volunteer.
I have also started a new YouTube channel, LRNenglish, and started production of short language-learning videos.
I am asking you who have the vision to see the kingdom grow, to invest in this work.
I have a target of $2000 per month to raise, plus $4000 to buy the tools of the trade.’ and to help with relocation.
If you Can give $20, $50, or  $100 or more monthly, the work can progress  steadily

To give, go here, and click the donate button, alternatively, to give to the Fundacion Pierre Viret, go here and click donate,
Thanks for watching, and remember to donate now.