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Friday, November 10, 2017

Down Under

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Since the year 2000, I have traveled the globe extensively, speaking on topics related to Christian education, from Europe, to South America, to Africa and Asia, as well as crisscrossing North America. What never ceases to amaze me is the number of like-minded Christians who are quietly and diligently working toward the same ends. The Spirit is moving all over the world, stirring the Body of Christ to fulfill its responsibility to pass on a “Christian mind” to the next generation.

One such tireless Christian school advocate is Dr. Richard Edlin, Director of Edserv International, a worldwide educational service organization based Down Under, in the kangaroo capital of the world—Australia.

Richard is originally from New Zealand, but has lived in various places around the world, including a stint in Bolivia as principal of a Christian school there. He is a well-known international speaker on topics related to Christian education. The Cause of Christian Education, now in its 4th edition, is his most popular book. In my opinion, it is one of the best and most thorough treatises on Christian schooling available today. His recently published little book for Christian parents, Thinking About Schooling, has been enthusiastically received.

At present, Dr. Edlin is focusing on “train-the-trainer” strategies, particularly between countries across the Asia/Oceania region, as well as speaking on "imagination and the Christian school," and mental health issues in Christian school communities. 

I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Edlin will be doing a speaking tour of the US in 2018.

The passion that Richard and his wife, Annette, share for Christian education is born out of their deep desire to see young people celebrating the Lordship of Christ over all of life, interacting humbly yet boldly with the world around them in all its dimensions, in every vocation. It’s a passion we both share.

Richard is also concerned about how Secularism is increasingly capturing the public space in Western countries. What is currently happening in the US is also happening Down Under. Last week, Richard sent me a stunning speech by a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, expressing in no uncertain terms his serious concerns about the direction things are going (and at such a rapid speed) toward shutting up Christians in the West. Check it out here.

You may contact Dr. Edlin at redlin@edservinternational.org.

Richard Edlin, Director of Edserv International.