Paul Hastings | Episode 029

Compelled to Homeschool

episode description

Compelled by his own experience of growing up in a family passionate about homeschooling, Paul Hastings and his wife homeschool their three children. In this lively conversation, Zan and Paul discuss his time serving with THSC, the benefits of internships, and Paul’s own podcast “Compelled,” where he shares exceptional testimonies of God transforming the lives of his guests. You’ll love hearing how Paul’s dad decided to homeschool before he ever had kids or a wife!

About the guest

Paul Hastings is an award-winning podcaster, filmmaker, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the host of “Compelled,” a podcast sharing unique stories about God transforming Christians around the world. His work has been featured by Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, World Magazine, American Family Association, and more. Paul, his wife, and their three children live near Austin, Texas, and attend Redemption Hill Church.


Things you'll learn from this episode

  • The 1980 two-part broadcast on Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson and Raymond Moore started a nationwide movement inspiring many families to homeschool, including Paul Hastings’ own dad before he had kids or even a wife. 
  • Many statewide homeschool organizations across the country host a Homeschool Day at the Capitol, Legislative Day, or Rally Day. These events are designed to gather homeschool families together at the State Capitol and help them learn about the legislative process, celebrate the freedom to homeschool, and meet with legislators.
  • Protecting parental rights is crucial. If you as the parent don’t have the right to control the upbringing and education of your child, then you don’t have the right to homeschool either. The freedom to homeschool is closely linked with parental rights. 
  • Internships are invaluable for high school and college students. They are a great way to gain a variety of experience and develop a broad array of skills the student can benefit from for the rest of their lives.

Mentioned in this episode


At BJU Press Homeschool, we’re committed to providing children an education from a biblical worldview that is academically sound and challenges them to advance, think critically, and live like Christ. This type of education is not often possible in public schools because of the number of children taught in a classroom, a difference in worldview, and peer and societal pressure to conform. Homeschooling allows parents to instruct and disciple their children without daily fighting messages from an opposing worldview taught in the classroom. And with tuition costs and fees for private schooling or tutoring, homeschooling may be the only option for parents who are concerned for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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