I’m very happy to announce to you that Dr. Max Lyons has come “home” to FACE to serve as our Director of Teaching Services. The director’s focus is giving Principle Approach support to schools, churches, and homeschools by providing training and inspiration, giving practical individual consultation, and directing conferences.
While these times most definitely "try men’s souls," they offer extraordinary opportunity and possibility for Christian education. Please know that you have true friends and a strong support system at FACE. I’m writing to invite you to call upon Max with your questions, concerns, or other needs. As you will see in the following letter of introduction and bio, Max has been associated with the Foundation for many years and has an impressive depth of practical experience in the Principle Approach.
The Foundation for American Christian Education
Dear Principle Approach School Administrators,
I believe that God has prepared me to assist Principle Approach schools, homeschools, and churches to develop enduring, exemplary programs. I am available for consulting, teacher training, and sharing of practical tools that I have developed. I look forward to partnering and serving you as you serve the precious children and families in your care.
I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Director of Teaching Services for the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE). I began as a teacher, then an administrator in Christian schools. I’ve served as principal, board member, and head administrator. I served on the Board of FACE for fourteen years. My wife Margie and I homeschooled our four children using the Principle Approach teaching grades K4-10 over a twenty-year period.
We have had the privilege of developing a number of resources over the past three decades for use by Principle Approach teachers and homeschoolers. These include several books, Bible curriculum and numerous smaller “adaptable samples.” I have created many materials to assist in the administration and development of Principle Approach schools, many that are now available through FACE.
My personal life mission statement is: to master the dynamic principles and precepts of Scripture, practice them and impart them effectively, inspiring others to walk in God’s liberty by practicing Christian self-government.
Decades ago God began to show me that His Word applies to all of life and I have discovered that a diligent application of its principles brings liberation from the curse of sin and Satan and freedom to enjoy God’s goodness. This is true liberty. I desire to share these essential truths and principles with other God-seekers.
Hosea lamented that, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” We live in a time when knowledge has been greatly multiplied but Biblical knowledge is diminished or rejected. We have moved from a period of illiteracy, not being able to read and understand, to a-literacy, being able to read and understand, but not having the desire to do so. This is especially true of any sort of Biblical truth. How can we walk in God’s truth when we don’t know it and love it? What little Biblical truth we obtain in church, at home, and in Christian schools (for only 10% of Christian youth) is soon swept away by anti-Christian “truth” taught and “caught” by the culture, i.e. internet, television, movies, music, literature and friends, all the entrance “gates” to our children’s lives. If we truly want to know God’s truth and walk in it, we must exert Herculean efforts every day, for the gates of hell oppose us.
The problem is compounded as most Christians do not understand and embrace the Biblical worldview. In most churches Christianity is taught and embraced as a religion, not a worldview. Therefore its teachings are usually limited to basic doctrine, salvation and issues such as personal finances, marriage and family, etc. However the vast majority of churches would never venture into the topics of government, economics, psychology, sociology, education, science, arts/entertainment, and other subjects. With no teaching in these areas, the assumption is that either the Bible does not address these subjects, or worse, that what God has to say on these subjects is not important.
My desire is to help believers sharpen their “sword of the Spirit” to defeat their personal enemies and the enemies in our culture. This happens as they embrace the applicability of the Word of God to every aspect of their lives and implement it, advancing the kingdom of God personally and societally.
Please mark your calendar for our Principle Approach Summer Training Series. These four inspiring days are designed to unleash the love of learning! This Series will be offered August 11-14, 2014 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Details will be published soon.
Please feel free to contact me just to say hello or to see how I can assist you and your ministry.
Max Lyons, Ph.D.
Director of Teaching Services
The Foundation for American Christian Education