You Might Be An RPer If…

If your child hears the tune to Amazing Grace and thinks 3A, you might be an RPer.

If your pastor refers to John Calvin at least twice in a sermon, you might be an RPer.

If your idea of a family vacation is going to a homeschool convention, you might be an RPer.

If you’ve never read the Left Behind series, you might be an RPer.

If your two year old knows the chief end of man, you might be an RPer.

If your family has outgrown their minivan, you might be an RPer.

If a teen weekend involves fixing up the church building, you might be an RPer.

If 30% or more of your congregation can read Latin, you might be an RPer.

If you’ve ever stayed at church until 4:30 pm in the afternoon, you might be an RPer.

If you don’t think there’s anything particularly odd about staying at church until 4:30 in the afternoon, you might be an RPer.

If you drive 40 or more minutes to go to church, you might be an RPer.

If you’ve ever blown a fuse at church due to a superabundance of crock pots, you might be an RPer.

If a sudden power outage wouldn’t affect your morning worship service, you might be an RPer.

If you’ve ever had a pitchpipe in your pocket, you might be an RPer.

If you’ve ever tried tracing your genealogy back to the Scottish Covenanters, you might be an RPer.

If you didn’t know that Jeff Foxworthy has already done something like this, you might be an RPer.

And if Gentle Reformation is your favorite website, you might be an RPer.

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous November 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    This is so freakishly true it’s not even right…I can’t believe how many of these have actually been true or at least partially true for my family…oh boy.

  2. Kurt And-Shelley Fiech November 7, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    “If your idea of a family vacation is going to a homeschool convention, you might be an RPer.” Sadly, increasingly not true anymore as there is no encouragement from the pulpit.

  3. Vaughn Ohlman November 7, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Well, I’m a RB instead of an RP. but we score pretty high here.

  4. Anonymous November 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    @Kurt and Shelley Fiech

    So, are you saying that RPers formerly encouraged homeschooling from the pulpit and that they should continue to do so?

  5. Kurt And-Shelley Fiech November 11, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    That’s a good point, Anonymous. If we wrongly implied home-educating was formerly encouraged from the pulpit, we stand corrected. We never heard it encouraged from the pulpit in our relatively short tenure in RP, as we sadly noticed the decline in home educating. We wrongly assumed that it had been encouraged previous to our attendance due to the large number of families who were home educating when we first started.

    So, we checked today with someone with much longer tenure than us who said that he never heard it encouraged from the pulpit. Maybe it’s time that we begin doing so before we lose any more covenant children in the God-denying government school or religious school with government-curriculum-baptized-with Bible-verses systems.

    • Jared Olivetti November 12, 2011 at 7:22 am #

      Perhaps you haven’t heard it encouraged from the pulpit because the pulpit is the place to proclaim God’s Word, which nowhere commands homeschooling (at least not in the modern sense of that term).

  6. Kurt And-Shelley Fiech November 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    “You can’t have a student meditating on God’s law both day & night (Psalm 1:2) if they’re in a government school. It just can’t happen.” ~ Israel Wayne

    ‎”Blessed is the [child] that [listens] not to the [teachings] of the ungodly, nor [hangs out] with sinners, nor sits in the [classroom] of the mockers [of authority, teachers, & parents]. But his delight is in the [teachings of God]; and in his [teachings] does he [think on them, learn them] day and night.” ~ Psalm 1:1-2

  7. Kurt And-Shelley Fiech November 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Colin Gunn and his family travel in a big yellow school bus across America shooting a new documentary film that explores the origins of the American education system, the effects of public schools on the Christian family, and the turning of the hearts of parents to their children through home education. indoctrinationmovie.com/​

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