Bearing the Sword is a curriculum teaching the basics of discernment through intensive Bible study and the analysis of film. Targeted toward students in high school, this curriculum is broken into six parts, each part consisting of fifteen weeks of study.
The first part covers the basics of what is discernment, how we practice discernment, and the basic attributes of good. The basic pack ($40) consists of a lesson manual and a training workbook. Additional materials include an answer key, a log for media analyses, and a 2-disc DVD set with all necessary film clips for the course.
The ABC's of Discernment
Discernment in more than a gift. It is a spiritual discipline which every believer must learn. Without it, full maturity is not possible.
So using the alphabet, this short guide covers the basics of discernment and provides a foundation for teaching this vital skill to the next generation.
Includes bonus essay, "Practical Discernment: Ten Questions to Ask about the Fictitious."
The Arts & Discernment
Worlds Beyond & Beyond the Cover
Science fiction and fantasy can be a difficult genre to navigate, especially for Christians. So at home school conferences, I often encounter parents who don’t know where to find books for their kids. In Worlds Beyond, I’ve collected over 500 titles on the Christian speculative market and separated them (when possible) by recommendation. ($15) Beyond the Cover is a collection of my reviews of over 150 science fiction and fantasy novels, analyzing both the craft and the content of each book. ($30)
To many people, the study of art is optional: A nice extra if you have the time, but hardly a necessary study for a serious student. Yet it is through art that the heartbeat of life is found. Here we discover not only the facts, but also the emotions and opinions of a culture or era. Here we discover what we crave, what we fear, and what we believe are the answers to our questions. So through the consistant exposure to the arts, we broaden our perspectives of the world, deepen our understanding of history, and increase our awareness of the surrounding culture. Yet because the arts are frequently dismissed as irrelevant, we often do not even know where to begin. So Artful Exposure seeks to provide a jumping off point, a basic list with which to begin your study, covering the main areas of the arts: visual art (from painting to costume design), music, dance, film, theater, and literature. In addition, artwork is organized both by genre and date to accommodate a variety of study styles. Finally Artful Exposure includes discussion questions, suggested projects, and a series of essays on art and discernment as well as additional resources for further study. ($30)
Mini-books created from workshops I have taught in the past:
Why Story? Why Speculative?
Life in the Twilight Zone: Handling Life's Gray Areas
Developing Discernment: 10 Questions to Ask about the Fictitious
The Other Side: Broadening Perspectives through Secular Media
Guarding the Good: The Principles of Philippians 4:8
50 Flavors of Fiction: Understanding Literary Genres
($6.00 ea or $30 for the pack)