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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Passion: To Equip and Educate

How did a former atheist end up writing Christian curriculum at Sonlight? That's a long story that I can't answer completely in one blog post. Fortunately, every now and then I'll contribute a post here and can fill in details as we go. Let's start with who I am.

My name is Robert Velarde and I serve as a curriculum creator on Sonlight's product development team. I'm also father to four wonderful homeschooled children.

Although my bachelor's degree is in music, after I became a Christian I pursued ministry-oriented interests, being especially interested in anything relating to comparative religions and apologetics—the reasoned defense of Christianity. This resulted in many years of service with Christian ministries, graduate studies in philosophy, and a master's degree in religion. As I matured as a Christian, I had a desire grow to write books—something I've had the joy of doing repeatedly now.

At Sonlight I work with a gifted, creative team of dedicated people. I meet with Sonlight's president, Sarita Holzmann, regularly as we discuss ideas, refine products, edit content, and do the best we can to make homeschooling easy and edifying. One of the products I had the pleasure of working on recently is What Good is Christianity?

My passion is to equip and educate Christians so they know what they believe and why they believe it, and are able to understand and articulate their own perspective, as well as opposing viewpoints. In short, every believer needs to develop their view of the world. A robust Christian worldview is integrated into all of life and is capable of intelligently interacting with any ideas and challenges it encounters.

In future posts I'd like to explore in more detail some of the ideas brought up here. I'd also love to hear from you.
  • What would you like me to blog about?
  • Would you like to hear about my life as a homeschool dad?
  • Do you want to know more about Christian apologetics?
  • Is some Bible problem or question about your faith troubling you?
  • What are you doing to equip your homeschooled children in their worldview?
Let me know!


Stephanie C said...

Hi! Nice to "meet" you. :o)

What do you mean by, "every believer needs to develop their view of the world." It sounds like it could be getting into the postmodern sort of "what does this Bible verse mean to you?" kind of thing. Do you just mean how that person expresses a Biblical worldview in their own terms?


Robert Velarde said...

Thanks for your comment, Stephanie! No, I don't mean anything postmodern. In fact, I've written against subjective postmodern views of truth and reality.

What I mean is that Christians need to develop the biblical Christian worldview in their lives so that it permeates all of life, not just compartments like "sacred" or "secular."

Stephanie C said...

Good to hear! Thanks! :o)

I'm Erin. said...

I'm always interested in learning more about apologetics.

Robert Velarde said...

Thank, Erin. I'll look into posting some apologetics-related content. If you have any specific topics in mind, let me know!

The Reader said...

Nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you via this blog space. I've missed discussion like this, such as John used to engage in, and I hope that's the void you are planning to fill. Though maybe on a teensy bit less intellectual level, for my sake ;-) Looking forward to anything you care to share in this space.

Robert Velarde said...

Thanks, The Reader. I enjoy engaging all kinds of intellectual ideas, so I look forward to more posts along those lines.


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