Worldview - Statement of Faith, author bio, book choices

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Lucy
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Worldview - Statement of Faith, author bio, book choices

Unread post by Lucy » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:09 am

ariasni wrote:Since MFW is so well integrated with the Bible, I was wondering if anyone knows if they have either a statement of belief or if they tend to lean one way theologically. Does anyone know?
Nicole :)
Hi,
Here is what David Hazell had written sometime back.

My Father's World Statement of Faith


We believe that this world and all of its inhabitants were created by our
loving God for eternal fellowship with Him. Man, by his sin, has become
separated from God, and only through personally accepting the gift of
reconciliation purchased by Jesus at the cross can he regain his fellowship
with God. We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light, and
only through Him may people find peace with God.

We believe that the Bible is the truly inspired word of God, that it is
fully accurate, and that it contains the wisdom of God that we need for our
lives. As we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit enlightens our hearts and minds
to understand God's eternal truth and shows us how to apply that truth to
our lives today.

We rejoice that God has adopted us as his children. We know that when we die
we will be with Him in heaven forever. We look forward to worshipping Him
with the multitudes from every tribe and nation. We believe that He has
given us the task here on Earth to enable others to hear the Good News (in
their native language), that their Creator longs for them with an
immeasurable love, and that He has made a way for them to be reconciled to
himself.


On a personal note, after using their curriculum for 4 years I have found the bible to be something that you as a parent talk with and discuss with your children. We read certain portions of scripture as given in the T.M. as well as scripture they suggest for memorization but as far as them telling you what to tell your kids it is left up to each family to hear from God and to share together as a family. We have also greatly enjoyed the book to help us pray for people around the world, Window on the World, Victor Journey Through the Bible for study help, as well as stories from the various books that have been provided in the curriculum for bible.

Lucy
wife to Lee and mom to Twila 18 (girl) and Noel 16(boy). Happy MFW user since 2002.

Julie in MN
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Unread post by Julie in MN » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:20 pm

Lucy has given you the complete answer, but as a 3-year user of MFW I wanted to agree that I find MFW to be neutral. They schedule the Bible, but you read your own Bible to your own children. Many times you are reading whole books, line-by-line (Matthew in ECC; Genesis & others in CTG). Occasionally there are specific verses to look at, for example, in RTR we compared the OT prophecies of Jesus to the NT fulfillments. But they are for you to look up in your own Bible, with your own family, leading your own discussion, and reaching your own conclusions.

I think their missionary experience has taught the Hazells that we are brothers & sisters in Christ, not a house divided. I think it is for these types of reasons that you did not find a prominent statement of faith, lest it be a tool of division. However, they have thought about the comfort & concerns of their users, & do kindly offer the statement Lucy shared.

Julie

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:34 am
Here are a few more threads that may help you. I, myself, really like that you read from your own family Bible, and not from someone's story *about* the Bible -- that is huge for me.

Does MFW promote a thirst for Christ?
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=3149

Christian Worldview training & MFW?
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=3254

Exposing children to other worldviews
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=1275

What Translation is used for the memory verses?
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=1208

Bible - A question about ECC
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=2049
Julie, married 29 yrs, finding our way without Shane
(http://www.CaringBridge.org/visit/ShaneHansell)
Reid (21) college student; used MFW 3rd-12th grades (2004-2014)
Alexandra (29) mother; hs from 10th grade (2002)
Travis (32) engineer; never hs

SandKsmama
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Unread post by SandKsmama » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:09 am

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:30 am
In 3 years and using 5 different MFW programs, I think they are VERY careful to focus on Christ and not on any kind of denominational stuff at all. Usually if one of the resources chosen has something that varies from that (that doesn't line up with a Christian worldview), it is mentioned in the teacher's manual so we can glaze over it, or read it ahead of time and discuss it with our kids. But I can't think of any resource right off that had any kind of denominational view at all.

hth!
Amanda

cbollin

Unread post by cbollin » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:10 am

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:38 am
It’s a great question to ask and a common one too. And the “other side of the coin” question from it is also asked from time to time. That question is “if I am reformed, can I use MFW.” It's a welcomed question. There is a thread with the MFW statement of faith [above] and on that thread, I want to echo Julie’s answer.

Here’s another thread where 4Truth (Donna A) and a few others help flesh some of this out with some specific books.
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=3203

and a post where David Hazell chimed in about approaches to teaching history
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=1362

MFW is careful to not teach doctrine. You can even choose which translation of the Bible that you want to use.

I rub elbows in cyber space with a lot of MFW customers and have noticed a wide variety of denominations among us. I think it’s great!

-crystal

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a certain "brand" of Christianity?

Unread post by my3boys » Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:25 pm

I did chat with Scott at MFW today. He was reassuring in the fact MFW does not promote a certain "brand" of Christianity but the focus is Biblical worldview.
I had this same concern when I first looked at MFW. We have now used K and ECC and I have read through the First and CTG IGs - I have to say that I have been very pleased at the balance that is provided in the notes and with the variety of materials used. It is also very easy to add a little something or subtract a little something if need be and still stay completely within the program - this can't be said for all curriculums!
Alison
Mom to 3 busy boys ages 11, 8, and 6
finished K, First, ECC, and CtG - currently using RtR

4Truth
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Re: a certain "brand" of Christianity?

Unread post by 4Truth » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:55 pm

Totally agreeing with the others. Their non-doctrinal position is exactly what we were looking for when we found MFW, and they've most certainly met the test on that! ;)

If there's any "doctrine" at all to be found in MFW, it's the Hazell's heart for missions and love for God's Word that comes through in each and every program.
Donna, with two MFW graduates and the "baby" in 11th grade! %| Using MFW since 2004.

cbollin

Bios on Marie and David?

Unread post by cbollin » Thu May 14, 2009 11:40 am

mom2h wrote:Bios on Marie and David? I know I have seen these before, but I cannot find them on the site. Can anyone point me to them?
I think it's the back cover of last year's catalog.... but here's 2009 catalog p. 10 for reference until you get to convention this weekend! Have fun! and forgive my typos... I scanned it and copied and pasted it. Then, my dh and I had to proof read it for conversion errors. some things may not have converted from the scan.

  • Meet the Author of My Father's World (R)


    Marie Hazell is a speech and language specialist with a master's degree and teaching credentials.

    After completing her degree, she taught in a special language kindergarten where her interest in teaching children and adapting to their various learning styles developed. She then taught kindergarten and first grade in a Christian school, which challenged her to develop a program that focused on both strong and weak learners, often at different levels. With her background in the educational system, and then becoming the mother of six children, she realized the importance of the family in the educational process. Combining her experience and knowledge, she developed a Bible-based program for both homeschools and classrooms. Writing from her deep desire to further God's kingdom, she continues to develop curriculum that is a unique combination of her own observations, Charlotte Mason's ideas, and classical education, providing an international focus and Biblical worldview.

    About the Author's Family

    David and Marie Hazell lived in Russia for eight years working on Bible translation. In 1992, shortly after communist walls began to fall, they moved their family to the depths of Siberia where they assisted with printing the first Scripture portion in the Evenki language. David and Marie also served in Moscow, coordinating translation projects in 70 minority languages of the former Soviet Union. The Hazells have six children.

    The family's move back to the United States in 2000 marked a new era in their support of international missions work. They now devote the majority of their time to the development of My Father's World curriculum with the dual goal of raising up generations of families who see the world through God's eyes and live according to that knowledge and providing support for Bible translation through God's Word for the Nations.

    About ~ God's Word for the Nations


    This Khakas woman prayed for 40 years to have God's Word in her language. (picture is in catalog, sorry)

    It is amazing to be a part of seeing God's Word become available to people who have never had it before. To have the Bible in your heart language-the language you think, pray, and dream in-is invaluable for gaining a true knowledge of God. This woman's daughter shared her story:

    "My mother was a devout Christian and went regularly to church in the village where we lived, but she always came home very disappointed. With a deep sigh she used to say; 'How I would like to understand what the pastor says in church, and how I would like to read the Bible in my language! ' My mother knew only Khakas and very little Russian. I was a teenager at that time, and I felt so sorry for her. She used to come to me with her Russian Bible and I tried to help her translate passages into Khakas. For 40 years my mother prayed that the Bible would be translated into Khakas.

    "One day we heard that some foreigners had come to our village intending to translate the Bible into Khakas. When my mother heard this she said, 'God's people have come to help me.' My mother was still alive when the first Gospels were published. She read the new translation and said, 'It is so good, so clear! God speaks to me in Khakas." Her prayers had been answered and her joy was complete. My mother was 82 years old when she died. "

    If you are asking, "How can I make this a reality for others?" consider making a gift to God's Word for the Nations today and visit our website for monthly prayer updates (see pages. 27 - 28).
******************

-crystal, who is just a customer of MFW and a donor to God's Word for the Nations.

Bret Welshymer

MFW Book Choices

Unread post by Bret Welshymer » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:11 am

Our goal is to combine a selection of books, used with our Teacher’s Manuals, to teach a Biblical worldview with a strong academic foundation and to encourage our children to live purposefully for God’s kingdom. We consider each book individually based on how the content helps to accomplish our educational and spiritual goals for the curriculum.

My Father's World develops new programs with the help of pilot families. These families provide feedback on each of the books included in a pilot program. Books only remain in the program when evaluations confirm that a book is helping students grow spiritually and academically. We are committed to our goals, not particular books or authors. We are willing to change a book when we find another book that better meets our goals.

We are committed to providing the best, most interesting, most truthful and God-centered books that we can find. As Bible translators we know the importance of God’s Word. The Bible is the only perfect resource that is fully accurate. We, of course, prefer all of our books to be free of views contrary to God’s truth, but this is not always possible. We regret this, and only use such a book when there is not a more suitable alternative. The reasons for some of our choices are:

1. We want families to see the people of the Bible, including Jesus, in the context of all of history. To do this we may need to choose a secular book that places Jesus and other Bible figures in historical context because a quality Christian book is not available. When the choice is made to use a secular book it will always be taught along side the Bible and other Christian books so that history and all other subjects are taught from a Biblical worldview.

2. We choose high quality books that engage the child. When faced with the choice between a dry, unattractive book with a strong Biblical worldview and a beautiful, engaging book with minimal questionable content, we will often choose the engaging book. Then our Teacher’s Manual explains how to use the book without compromising the Biblical focus of the program.

For instance, if we choose a book that mentions evolution we handle it one of two ways. We may not read all the pages in the book. The pages referring to evolution are often not included in the daily lesson plans. If they are read we include a warning in the Teacher’s Manual, giving the parent suggestions for handling the issue. The only reason we include these types of books is because there is not a book of equal quality (print size, colored pictures, and interesting activities) to engage the child. We prefer to choose a high quality book and use it with limitations or explanation, than use a lesser quality book that loses children’s attention.

3. When given the choice of several books of similar quality, we will often choose the more affordable book. We also choose non-consumable products whenever we can. Our goal is to make our programs as affordable as possible for as many families as possible, while providing strong academics and moral content.

4. My Father's World has no denominational, theological, or doctrinal agenda. We present the Bible in all of our programs and allow parents to interpret Scripture for their families. Whenever possible we choose books with no bias. However some books will include elements of some specific Christian belief system. Our hope is to balance that content with a variety of Christian perspectives from other books included in the curriculum package.

We suggest using a questionable book as an opportunity to teach the student discernment and critical thinking skills. If the parent and the student read the book together, they can identify the message of the book and discuss how that message fits with Scripture and a Biblical worldview.

David and Marie Hazell

Bret Welshymer

MFW Doctrinal Statement

Unread post by Bret Welshymer » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:14 am

Because of recent discussions on the board we wanted to share MFW's Statement of Faith:

We believe that this world and all of its inhabitants were created by our loving God for eternal fellowship with Him. Man, by his sin, has become separated from God, and only through personally accepting the gift of reconciliation purchased by Jesus at the cross can he regain his fellowship with God. We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light, and only through Him may people find peace with God.

We believe that the Bible is the truly inspired word of God, that it is fully accurate, and that it contains the wisdom of God that we need for our lives. As we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit instructs our hearts and minds to understand God's eternal truth and shows us how to apply that truth to our lives today.

We rejoice that God has adopted us as his children. We know that when we die we will be with Him in heaven forever. We look forward to worshipping Him with the multitudes from every tribe and nation. We believe that He has given us the task here on Earth to enable others to hear (in their native language) the Good News that their Creator longs for them with an immeasurable love, and that He has made a way for them to be reconciled to Himself.

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