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Homeschool Mom in AZ

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    I began homeschooling in 2000 when my oldest was 4. I have 3 daughters.
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  1. It's a rarity. I've never been around other evangelical churches like that in 40+ years of attending them. I do know there's been a change in leadership, so I can't say that that's still how it's going as it's been 3 years since I was there. I hope it is. I lived in PHX (very cosmopolitan) for 45 years and Raleigh for the last 3. It's really shocking how little diversity of thought there is in evangelicalism here, and it's more cosmopolitan than rural areas. My daughter's homeschool discussion group teacher at our local Christian co-op spoke to me privately about how glad she was that da
  2. You seem generally uncomfortable with things that can be vague, open to interpretation, and practiced in varied ways. I'm not. No, no one other than God can know for absolute sure who is sincerely a believer, but Jesus said we'd recognize believers by their fruits. So God knows with certainty all along and we'll get sometimes get a sense of it later when we can't see any fruit long term. He also said there would be tares among the wheat. So at some point we'll run into people who seem to believers and aren't, but God will sort them in the end. In other words, we don't need to know with cert
  3. Easy here in the greater Raleigh, NC area. Everyone over 16 is eligible now and has been for a couple of weeks. There's been a county based app then lets you know when and where a mass vaccination site will be open and when it's full. You can use the vaccine finder link at the CDC, tell it which vaccine you want (Moderna or Pfizer right now) put in your zipcode, and go to a local Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and get a shot within a day or two. The location through the link lets you know which shots are in stock and which aren't. We got our Pfizer shots at our local Walmart last week and could p
  4. Another take on high demand denomination is one that teaches that all aspects believer's life should be thoroughly dominated by, integrated with, and informed by their faith and its teachings: habits of mind and their resulting emotions, what actions to take regarding relationships with God, people, money, material goods, the physical world, etc. Their faith is the lens through which they see everything about their lives and the foundation on which rests all of those aspects of their lives. A low demand denomination sees faith as more compartmentalized and separate aspect of life. Their fai
  5. If you don't view the gospels as accurate to or at least containing the essence of Jesus's teachings, then there's no point in discussing it further. I believe in a sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient God who is and was able to inspire and preserve through various means enough scripture and provide enough accuracy in translation to give the world at least the core of Jesus' teachings so we can generally function according to His will. What's the point of Jesus being the Truth, the Way, and the Life if it's impossible to know what He taught? I also believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
  6. On behalf of the United States, I'd like to formally apologize for Tex Mex existing and being inflicted on innocent people. May God send you some New Mexican, Sonoran, Baja, and Mexicali Mexican food to heal your injured souls.
  7. Jesus' teachings don't contradict each other, so I'm not sure I understand some your questions. Which ones? All of them. I don't find reading what He said in the gospels hard to understand. And how is that any different than the doctrinal issues that have been around that people have decided which matter most and set people up for potential guruism? Doctrine and liturgy haven't solved that problem. But when God in human flesh shows up in person and starts teaching the people directly, that's more important than election vs. free will or sprinkling vs. immersion and such. Jesus is the Logos-t
  8. My oldest is 25, married, and still needs us for a lot of support and isn't currently fully functional. She has just been referred to a neuropsychiatrist for an 8 hour evaluation that includes MRIs, brain monitoring, and lab testing. According to her (I take her statements with a grain of salt) it will go through every possible neuropsychological disorder and give a definitive answer as to what's going on and what treatment to use. We'll see.
  9. I'm wondering if the replacement theology and prosperity gospel are just reaching their inevitable conculsions in front of us right now. (Obviously I don't agree with either.) I think very conservative mainline branches of Christianity tend to manifest their replacement theology in a more collective way and Evangelicals tend to manifest their subset of replacement theology, which is the prosperity gospel, in more individualized ways. When I say replacement theology I mean the doctrine taught by branches of Christianity that "Spiritual Israel" is this thing they made up that means Christian
  10. I've been looking into why people leave and where they go and have a found a few resources that I think address and articulate the problem well. Thanks for the link above and please post more related links. Faithful Christians leaving organized religion, not their faith and focusing on following Jesus: Documentary: When God Left the Building https://wwv.group.com/whengodleftthebuilding/ Book: Church Refugees https://www.amazon.com/Church-Refugees-Sociologists-reveal-people/dp/1470725924/ref=sr_1_1?crid=Z6X7L6EAPS0U&dchild=1&keywords=church+refugees+by+josh+packard&qid=161866
  11. You might find this book interesting: https://www.amazon.com/Speaking-Jesus-Not-Evangelism-Carl-Medearis-ebook/dp/B0052DYEUW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=INQ6PBNTS6U8&dchild=1&keywords=speaking+of+jesus+by+carl+medearis&qid=1618662066&sprefix=speaking+of+Jesus%2Caps%2C177&sr=8-1
  12. You're swamped. Saying you're swamped is true. Tell her you're swamped. Later (like after daughter is married later) when you have time you should consider why it is you're so uncomfortable with this and address it.
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