Puritan Board Freshman
I've come out of churches that have the youth programs. My family has been in an integrated worship service for 3 months now (with age-appropriate Sunday School before the service) and I will never put them back in a youth program.
I am glad to hear that. It does seem the majority on this thread believe that age-segregated (appropriate--I like that usage) Sunday school is, well, appropriate. Presumably if used rightly and in a church that fosters parental authority.
But what do the readers think about:
a) The "desert island test"
b) That family-integrated churches and homeschoolers are "almost by definition" part of a revival?
thanks again for reading my essay,
I'm sorry pastor Shawn for my late arrival and ignorance into this debate-but what is the "dessert test"? Having read through different articles on your blog I was so relieved to read the practical, thoroughly biblical, common sense of them.
On Home Schooling: I public educated my kids; home schooled them; private schooled them-and used various public programs in educating them- I even founded 2 public programs that allowed parents who wanted more structure to assist them in home based education. I have experienced well meaning, but nonetheless legalistic families who openly fought against programs I started/supported. They have directed at me, sometimes fierce hostility, at public policy meetings. I have witnessed first hand how disapproval directed at anyone who did not tow the home school line, has had tragic consequences on fellow believers, who are over burdened with guilt because they did not home school. So my proverbial hat is off to you for this much needed discussion.