At the end of 2019, the women of my most recent Institutes of Biblical Law Online Study (CTTI) completed the study program that we began in the spring of 2016. It is quite a commitment to show up every Wednesday morning with women from different time zones. The class began with fifty women who expressed interest after I posted an invitation to join the group. By the time we finished, there were about eight regulars on the call with the rest listening to the recorded discussions afterwards. This marked the sixth online class that I have conducted, the first one in 2007. It is a testimony to the godly use of technology that women have joined in these internet studies from Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Cayman Islands, South Africa, and all time zones in the U.S. I have also engaged women one-on-one by phone or video conferencing whose schedule did not accommodate the regularly scheduled classes. Before I moved to online studies, I conducted my first IBL class in my own living room. How blessed I am that I remain in contact with all of these women.
Over the years, I have become very familiar with R.J. Rushdoony’s seminal work, and have not only read it twice, I have listened many times to all the lectures that he gave prior to the book being in print. With each new class, I have learned from those who were studying the material for the first time and been blessed by the insights of those who just wanted the opportunity to discuss weighty matters with other Christian women.
Most, but not all, of the women involved have been wives of men already well-versed in Rushdoony’s works who wished their wives would delve into his Institutes. Some of my biggest fans are the men who are grateful that their wives are now on-board with theonomy and Christian Reconstruction. The best part is that now we have women warriorsall over the globe who know that God’s law-word gives us the weapons of our warfare and can teach it to others, especially their children.
Three and a half years is a big commitment and I felt that this most recent IBL group would be my last official one. In preparation for its conclusion, I laid out the course of study on my chalcedonteachertraining.com website with every section from every chapter outlined with a short summary of the salient points to be used after participants read the section in the book and/or listened to Dr. Rushdoony’s lectures. I have also included the questions for thought and discussion at the end, with an opportunity for those who wish to write out their thoughts to share with me for comment.
So what’s next? One of the women who was an integral part of this most recent study and I are conducting an online study using Rushdoony’s book Revolt Against Maturity. This book provides an important and useful understanding of modern culture and the assault on the application of our Christian faith. This course is also available on the ctti.org website and can be accessed there. Anyone interested in joining this ongoing study (at this writing we are ten chapters into the book) may contact me at [email protected].
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- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].