Evangelical Pastor Offers Lessons Taught by His Dad
San Antonio evangelical preacher Matthew Hagee’s new release Response Able: What my father taught me about life and making a difference (Charisma Media) offers the insights of a lifetime on parenting, self-reliance and affecting societal change. The key to any significant transformation, according to Hagee, is a refusal of the sense of entitlement often associated with Gen-Y and Millennials.
Instead, Hagee argues that readers should embrace self-reliance and acknowledge the individual’s God-given ability to respond in a positive manner, regardless of the circumstances.
“One of the most valuable lessons my father taught me was to focus on what I can do, rather than what I cannot,” says Hagee. “If your life is on a course that you would indeed like to change, you can change it. No matter what.”
With some parents working two jobs or both parents working more than 40 hours a week, Hagee wants to help parents break the cycle of shrinking family time in America. To do this, he has issued a provocative challenge to the parents in his flock. He calls it the 707 Challenge and, beginning this month, he wants parents to sign up for the 707 Campaign that requires moms and dads to commit to spending at least seventy minutes per day with their children, seven days a week, for seventy days.
“The time has come for this generation to take responsibility for tomorrow,” says Hagee, “and the response begins with you.”
Hagee’s book offers faith-based insight and guidance on initiating powerful change in personal, social, financial, educational and political arenas. Hagee bases his premise on a conviction that principle should be the compass by which to guide one’s life, and not passion.
“Principles are powerful,” says Hagee. “They will make men out of boys and instill a foundation in future generations that cannot be shaken.”
Other foundational concepts offered in the book include:
• Responsible people submit to authority, namely God
• Declare war on the status quo
• Invest in others, primarily children
• Patience rewarded
• The joy of giving
And many more concepts chiseled into his character by his father’s loving guidance. For more information on this remarkable man and his new book, visit: www.response-ablethebook.org — get a free digital copy of the first chapter.
Matthew Hagee, the son of global evangelist John Hagee, serves as Executive Pastor of the 20-thousand member Cornerstone Church founded by his father in San Antonio, Texas. The elder Hagee launched the church more than three decades ago, growing it into one of the most influential and charismatic Christian communities in the country.
The companion TV ministry now reaches almost 100 million homes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and New Zealand. Matthew Hagee, the heir-apparent to the church and TV ministry, uses many lessons taught by his father as the framework of Response Able.
Part of Matthew Hagee’s rich legacy from his father John, included practical wisdom rooted in Christian principles. As Pastor of a large church in Texas, Matthew now applies this wisdom in a challenge to his congregation to responsibly change a disturbing trend in our country today – the shrinking window of family time at home. In his latest book, Response Able, Hagee offers workable solutions for five key areas that he believes are all connected, and encourages us to make the necessary changes in order to bring about a lasting transformation in our lives and the lives of loved ones.
Earlier this month Diane Flynn Keith penned an article titled: Rites of Passage, in which she says in part:
It’s hard to escape the school calendar and its associated events. I am always surprised when homeschoolers follow the traditional school year, and even more miffed when they engage in the ritual of graduation (for each and every grade level) in June. We have shunned school, so why do we embrace this very schoolish tradition?
The idea that kids are automatically ready to advance to the next grade (or head out into the big, wide world) because the calendar says “June” is bizarre. Not once in my homeschool experience did the Graduation Fairy thump me or my kids over the head with her wand and proclaim they were ready to move on to the next “grade.” The kids simply moved on to a new or more challenging area of interest when they were ready. It didn’t matter if it was June, December, or March.
The school calender is unfair to many children, namely the younger students. I know as a child I found myself struggling to grasp some concepts, while at the same time I was bored to tears with the annual months-long review of material we had covered the prior year.
I still have to laugh about finding myself in a remedial reading course, reading wasn’t my problem — I was the 2nd youngest child in my grade throughout my school years and I had to work very hard at times to keep up with my older peers. Yet, while in the 6th grade, I was tested at reading on a 12th grade level.
Malcolm Gladwell points out the problem in his book Outliers: The Story of Success.
“It’s just like sports,” Dhuey said. “We do ability grouping early on in childhood. We have advanced reading groups and advanced math groups. So, early on, if we look at young kids, in kindergarten and first grade, the teachers are confusing maturity with ability. And they put the older kids in the advanced stream, where they learn better skills; and the next year, because they are in the higher groups, they do even better; and the next year, the same things happens, and they do even better again.
The only country we don’t see this going on is Denmark. They have a national policy where they have no ability grouping until the age of ten.” Denmark waits to make selection decisions.
Gladwell, Malcolm (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success (pp. 28). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.
Many public school children find themselves held-back in their early school years due to the recommendation of a teacher, but what does this do to a child? It stays with them their entire lives. Instead of school building their self-esteem and creating a self-confident individual, it begins a pattern of failure.
We’ve all talked to children in our area.
An adult asks the child, “So, what grade are you in?”
The child responds, “I was supposed to be in 4th but I’m in 3rd grade.”
The student will repeat this over and over again during his school years, so that it becomes a part of who he or she is. Each time the statement is made, it cements the feelings of failure inside. We aren’t grading eggs here. Why do schools bother assigning grades in the early years?
The older children in school classrooms have a distinct advantage over the younger students, not because they are necessarily smarter but because they are more mature. It creates an unfair disadvantage for the younger children in a classroom that only continues to grow throughout their academic lives.
I can understand why Diane would be concerned about following the traditional school model. If parents recognize that children aren’t being given a fair shake in schools across the country, why would they follow their flawed model of instruction? We never assigned a grade to our son and I never understood why a homeschooling parent would pigeon-hole their child into a meaningless grading system.