Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Interview with Ronald Kirk, Author of Thy Will Be Done
Jesus Christ confronted Ron with His salvation late in his college career at the University of California, Berkeley. Graduating in 1974, he became a professional landscape architect. In entering his first church ministry, a lack of a Biblical material on education led him to the Christian History Movement and the works of R.J. Rushdoony. Since 1980, Ron has studied and taught the Biblically and historically identified applied-faith theology and philosophy outlined in this book. Its principles have now long proven themselves in the curriculum and methods of pioneering day and home schools founded and administered by Ron. His work has been published internationally and translated into Spanish. Gloriously married since 1971, Ron and Christina have five children, five more sons- and daughters-in-law, and eleven grandchildren, all walking with Christ. American Heritage Christian Church ordained Ron as a minister of the Gospel in 1984.
Ron and Christina are now staff members with New Hope Uganda Ministries. According to Jay and Vickie Dangers of New Hope Uganda Ministries, “Through what you have imparted to us, your lives have touched thousands of people on at least four continents, probably five, and the ripple effect is continuing.”
Professional website: www.getwisdom.us
TWBD Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThyWillBeDoneKirk
Nordskog Publishing TWBD book page: http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/book-thy-will-be-done.shtml
Where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, and moved to Simi Valley in 1960. Ventura County, after various moves around the country, remains my favored home.
When did you begin writing?
I first thought of writing in college, but had nothing to say. Much later writing grew directly out of a passion for learning and teaching. Intensive curriculum development in every school subject and grade over about 22 years led finally to sharing what I had learned in magazine articles. My first published work came through Chalcedon Foundation’s Faith for All of Life magazine and various online essays, beginning in 2002.
What is this book about?
Imagine God’s ways for man highly fulfilled in the earth in anticipation of eternity, as the prophets at least hint!
My life’s work is about envisioning the mature Christian and his place in God’s Providence—Christ’s kingdom, and then designing an educational curriculum and methodology to that end.
I ask what would happen if the Father answers Jesus prayer, Thy will done on earth as it is in heaven. If we will accept it, God’s Word bridges the gap between theory and practice in everything!
Thy Will Be Done demonstrates how God’s Word applies to every area of human concern under Christ. The book also demonstrates how to think Biblically, using a simple set of principles, about every subject toward that good life.
The problem with a topic so large is how to communicate it and its significance. I thought the best way would be to illustrate how a few fundamental historically identified Biblical principles can produce great fruit when diligently applied to many very specific subjects.
I hope that by the end of the book the reader will be encouraged to think Biblically about everything, possess at least some basic tools to do so, and be inspired to further study and personal application.
Since Western civilization with its relative liberty, justice, prosperity and generosity grew of Biblical thinking, we must again think Biblically if we will ever see a godly society restored.
How is it similar to other books in its genre? How is it different?
Although there are many books on Christian expressions in history, and even of Biblical worldview, I know of no book such as this that combines the inspiration of Biblical thinking with such simple but rigorous demonstration of it.
What is the most important thing readers can learn from your book?
Nothing is more important than attempting to please God by faith, as every blessing flows from deep relationship with Him, in this life and beyond.
We know Biblically, historically and in personal experience that in seeking God on His terms all flesh will be blessed.
As Christ’s redeemed people, we owe Him nothing less than life designed to glorify Him in all things.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
Until the book goes into general distribution, readers can find Thy Will Be Done at the Nordskog Publishing website http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/book-thy-will-be-done.shtml and at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Thy-Will-Be-Done-Blessed/dp/0988297655
What is up next for you?
My life’s work has been to develop practical and spiritual Biblical thinking applied to everything. In my remaining years, I continue to work hard to bring this concept through sharing Thy Will Be Done to as many people as possible.
Then, I pray my work with New Hope Uganda ministries, a work that promises to help bring a thoroughly Biblical culture to Uganda through a new teachers college to serve the nation’s schools. The best way to break the cycle of cultural degradation is to intervene through education.
Is there anything you would like to add?
The United States was one of the highest expressions, however imperfect, of Biblical thinking and action in society. I pray Thy Will Be Done will help to restore and extend that heritage—here and in every place that calls on the name of the Lord.