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The traditional family was central to the American story. Only recently has it fallen into neglect.The American Way is the narrative of how this happened.
Many history books emphasize American individualism and enterprise, but in The American Way, Allan C. Carlson shows that Americans saw the family as central to their national identity.
Not only did the traditional family shape public policy in the twentieth century, but the American family moved us towards the “melting pot” vision of America. Whether it’s Theodore Roosevelt, the campaign for a family wage, or Life magazine’s ideal of the family, we see that the family has been the heart of the American dream, and it is only in recent decades that we have abandoned it.
G.K. Chesterton once quipped that America is the only nation founded on a creed. This book is the story of how that happened.
George Grant is not one of those historians who is obsessed with facts and dates. He is a seasoned storyteller, and in this short little book he gives the story of the American battle for independence, beginning with the background in the founding of the colonies and the French and Indian War, he chronicles the how and why of the American Revolution, down to the Constitutional convention.
The American Revolution was in many ways not like a revolution at all. Rather than being a revolt against authority, it was a revolt in favor of law and the duty of the lesser magistrate. If you live in America, there is a great story and a great heritage for you to uncover.
Culture is a continuing, forward process — the gradual unveiling of truth as life. But often we get ensnarled. We can only imagine culture as a war, a gritty ideological and religious struggle where every arena is bloody with strife: art, philosophy, cuisine, music, literature, science. But at its foundation, culture is about building, not conflict. The time has come to beat our swords into plowshares.
By realizing the Bible’s vision for a cultivated earth, we can build a more comprehensive, radical, holistic culture, resistant to compromise and dedicated to a Trinitarian aesthetic. What does this culture look like? It is the development of the earth into a global fabric of gardens and cities in harmony with nature — a glorious garden-city.
Our “cultural mandate” finds its roots in God’s command for us to rule the earth and till the ground, causing hidden potential to flourish. The New Testament boldly reverberates this calling. God has given central preeminence to our cultural “plowing,” weaving it into the whole tapestry of mankind’s history, from the very beginning to the consummation and beyond. Plowing in Hope provides a positive, clear, and colorful introduction to this transformational logic.
Plod, don’t sprint. Be fruitful like a tree, not efficient like a machine.
In this book, Douglas Wilson both considers the theology behind technology, work, and mission and advice on how to be productive–and to think about productivity–in the digital age.
We should not rush to buy each and every new iPhone or fancy new gadget, but neither neither should we reject the new technology out of nostalgia for the good ol’ days when people worked with their hands or starved. Instead, we are called to see modern technology as wealth and tools that we can use, whether for good or for ill. The key is wisdom and the ability to create the right habits and the regular discipline to use what we have been given.
Ploductivity: n, 1) the practice of plodding away at a pile of work, instead of frantically trying to sprint through it all. 2) being stable and graceful, like a buffalo upon the plains, not frantic, like a prairie dog or roadrunner.
Published almost twenty years ago, Douglas Wilson’s Case for Classical Christian Education is a call for parents and educators to do more than just teach kids how to read or to do math and science. Instead, parents and teachers need to educate children’s minds, hearts, and imaginations.
Both homeschooling parents and Christians seeking to build schools will find a lot of guidance from this book. Wilson explains the benefits of an education that is both distinctively classical and distinctively Christian, and explains what such an education might look like. He also draws on years of educating and pastoring to talk about how parents and teachers can manage schools well and train their children’s hearts. Education is not just preparing kids for the job market, but should be about instilling discipline, character, and love for God and the world He has made.
Begun as a practical pastoral guide to worship, this book balances theory and praxis to create a compelling case for a biblical, aesthetic, and covenantal worship service as the place where the Triune God and His people renew the bonds of love and loyalty.
Jeffrey Meyers begins laying out a case for a covenant renewal service by means of Old Testament sacrificial liturgics, biblical typology, and covenant theology. He then guides us through the stages of a covenant renewal liturgy, explaining from Scripture the meanings of each step of the service. The final section addresses miscellaneous issues in worship, such as the use of creeds, the “regulative principle,” and ministerial clothing.
Jeffrey Meyers provides not only a compelling biblical, theological, and historical case for covenant renewal worship, but also shows that it is beautiful, profound, edifying, and liberating.
As Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, Gashmu and the enemies of Israel mocked him: “It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel…” (Neh. 6:6).
Too many Christians building communities today take the taunts of every modern-day Gashmu seriously. Community is a buzzword, and it turns out there’s a lot of bad advice about how to build one. In Gashmu Saith It, Douglas Wilson includes forty years of experience for Christians wanting to build robust communities without retreat or compromise on the foundation of the Gospel. This book is full of wisdom: Get calluses. Be loyal. Fight sin. Build walls on the outside and a church in the middle.
This book is published by Canon Press. At Canon Press, we’re gospel outfitters: no matter who you are or what you do, you’re called to be increasing in Biblical faithfulness. That’s because Jesus’s death and resurrection changed everything: All of Christ, for all of life, for all the world.