GUEST LINKS - Every One a Humdinger

Gospel Sermons & Hymns (Download)

from Pastor Paul Naumann

This link brings you to the page of Pastor Paul Naumann. He has done us a valuable service by producing and making available via a free download, 200 HYMNS played on organ and recorded in a midi format. He is an accomplished musician and you will find these to be several cuts above the average midi file download in quality.

As if that were not enough, Pastor Nauman, a long time publisher of his and other's printed sermons for friends and congregations also provides a sermon for each week and, a real treasure, a WHOLE YEAR'S WORTH of sermons for download in a single file. Based upon years of experience using his sermons in our lay-services I heartily endorse them for content and for their consistent gospel approach.

The weekly sermons are directly viewable. The collections are in Zip format which can be converted for use on PCs, Macs and other machines with readily available free/share-ware products.

Goto "Gospel Sermons & Hymns"

The Myth of the Teenager

by Michael Platt

Once in a while you find an idea that is powerful and immediately fills a longstanding gap in your thinking. As a member of the baby boom, I have often tried to put my finger on what makes my generation different from those that came before--particularly, what makes us less disciplined and focused--less grown-up. This essay proposes an intriguing idea--that the development of the concept of "teenager" after the 1930s fundamentally altered the way everyone looks at them and hence altered the way "youths" or "young adults" develop. Goto "MYTH OF THE TEENAGER"

1000 Good Books

by Michael Platt

An excellent essay dealing with the criteria for selecting books for children (or anyone) to read. The author makes several great points, including:
... students need to read the thousand GOOD books before they read the hundred GREAT books. Otherwise in college such students may turn into well-read nihilists, excited by intellectual inquiry (without end or purpose), and contemptuous of moral good, very much aware of their own cleverness and insensitive to the presence of moral virtue in others and its absence in themselves.
On a child's reading list, 50 years ago... "There was a mix between the recent (Newberry awards, Landmarks), the durable (Alcott), the enduring (Bunyan), and the eternal (the Bible). The farther you go back in the history of the English-speaking world the more the balance shifts towards the enduring and the eternal."
"If so, you are likely to avoid the slippery slope so many parents get on, namely of letting the criterion for any new book (video, etc.) be, "Is there anything to object to?" instead of: "What is the reason for reading this book?" Obviously the second is a higher criterion. By asking, "What is good about this book that we should read it?" you set the standard where it should be. If, instead, you ask, "Well, is there anything objectionable in it? you are already on the way to concessions, whose gradual step-by-step character will soon render you vulnerable to "Please, please, please," subject to "Every one else is allowed to," and finally on to the grand parental abdication that says, "Well, kids have to know about the world sometime."
-- and much more -- Goto "1000 GOOD BOOKS"

These two and other education-oriented articles are found at Practical Homeschooling Columnist Page