Balancing the Sword - A comprehensive study guide to life's manual
Perfect to frame the discussions of your family worship or a church-wide study.


Buy Now


Reading Planner

Vocabulary Tool





Study Support








Tell a Friend


Bookmark and Share

Dennis Gundersen:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Gundersen, Dennis

Grace & Truth Books
3406 Summit Blvd.
Sand Springs, Oklahoma (OK)  74063
United States of America (US)

Dennis Gundersen's personal Facebook Page
Training Children with Grace and Truth Facebook page
Upward: the blog of Dennis Gundersen (Under construction)
Keynote PresentationsDennis has been the keynote speaker at homeschool conventions in Missouri, Connecticut, West Virginia, Georgia, California (Fresno), Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and the Province of Alberta.
Featured PresentationsDennis has been a featured speaker at numerous homeschool conventions: several each year for the past 18 years.
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Omaha (2013, NE)
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Nashville (2013, TN)
2013 29th Annual Home School Book Fair (2013, TX)
2013 SHEM Home Education Convention (2013, MO)
2012 28th Annual Home School Book Fair (2012, TX)
2011 SHEM Home Education Convention (2011, MO)
2010 SHEM Home Education Convention (2010, MO)
Workshop Presentations2013 MPE Conference & Curriculum Fair (2013, MO)
2012 Teaching Parents Association's Homeschool Conference (TPA) (2012, KS)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Don’t Scare the Children! Homeschooling and the Fear of the Lord
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” the Proverbssay – often. And since our children start at “the beginning,” it’s more than clear that they must learn the fear of the Lord from us. But most Christian parents have little idea how to impart this biblical perspective to their children. We want to raise children who trust and love God, certainly not children who withdraw from Him in terror! Where’s the balance? Dennis shows how you can communicate this vital subject to real life and find that children who learn the fear of the Lord need not fear anything else!

Doing Family Worship without being a Bible Scholar
More and more godly fathers are becoming aware that, as the family shepherd, they should be leading their households into a habit of family worship – that is, consistent time in the Word of God and in prayer together. But many are overwhelmed and tremble at the idea! How on earth am I going to lead my children into understanding God’s Word when I’m just a simple Christian man? Dennis Gundersen presents simple, practical, doable ideas that any Dad can make work. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar! You just have to be an eager learner yourself and find some help communicating what you discovered - just the very type of help you'll get from this workshop!

Building Godly Character With Older Books 
When our family began the homeschool journey back in the early 1980's, we heard many seasoned, experienced parents telling us: "The older books, from the 19th and 18th century and even before, are so much better and richer in content! Find as many as you can and use them in your homeschooling!" As we began to ask ourselves why this is, it became increasingly clear that many of the books Christians wrote in those eras for the education of their children were based on more biblical thinking, and perhaps even more importantly, a biblical view of children. This message explains what we have learned in almost three decades since then about why books from those eras are so often better, richer in content, and make a more lasting impact when it comes to character-building. Not only will your family be enriched by a deeper acquaintance with literature from past centuries, but this message by Dennis Gundersen also explains how parents can make wiser selections from among the literature of today for children.

Helping Your Child Build A Good Conscience
What the Bible calls “a good conscience” is vital for our children to form during their youth.  Parents can strengthen a childR23;s conscience, so the child is an individual of strong convictions, compelled away from sinful living and towards righteous choices, even when parents are not present.  Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1:5 that one of the goals of his instruction was, "a good conscience."  A practical plan for achieving this is the subject of this presentation.

Courtship or Dating: So What's the Difference?
We hear much about "courtship" these days, but judging by the conversations we have with families, many parents are quite in the dark as to the real differences between a "dating" approach to relationships and the "courtship" concept. We want to spare our children the pitfalls we experienced in the 20th-century "dating" tradition; but too often we lack clear ideas about what we are leading them to, and end up being more of a barrier than a door! This message cites 7 easily-understood principles that will help any family apply ancient wisdom to a new era, and without artificial, Pharisaical rules that stretch Scripture.

Go for the Goal: Shepherding Your Child With Eternal Aims
What are you aiming for? This motivating message is based on the Apostle Pauls summary of his goals in teaching, found in 1 Timothy 1:5: The goal of our instruction is, love from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and a sincere faith perfect goals for godly parents! The work of pastors and parents have this in common: both are "shepherding" souls. This message designs to train and equip parents to raise up children whose lives overflow with love, from inner personal purity; guided by the moral discretion of a good conscience; and built on a sincere faith.

A Hebrew Boy's Curriculum in the Time of Christ
The first message in our "Historical Perspectives on Education" (the 2nd is "A 17th-Century Puritan Curriculum), to help parents of today re-examine their curriculum goals and what we think of as keys to a good education, by comparing our goals and orientation with prior generations of godly parents and what they sought. No, we don't have elaborate boyhood accounts of the life of Jesus, but we do know what the central elements of the education He would have received in His times were. This studies those and asks us to consider whether what we're passing on to our children is of comparable value.

A 17th-Century Puritan Curriculum
Our second historical study (A Hebrew Boy's Curriculum in the Time of Christ is the first) designed to help parents of today re-examine their curriculum goals in light of what godly parents of past generations regarded as most important to a good education. Puritan thinking about education was, at many points, 180 degrees from where 20th-century man places the emphasis! Some major areas where the differences stand out and where to look for significant alterations of direction are covered in this seminar..

Deadly Weaknesses in the Strong Man: Moral Lessons Fathers Must Teach Their Sons
An entertaining but challenging look at a bizarre and remarkable life: Samson! Learn why Samson failed big in relationships, and most of all: learn how not to repeat Samsons mistakes! This peculiar man, mighty and strong where it mattered least, and weak where it mattered most (character!) makes for a fascinating story, full of truths that fathers must pass on to our sons.

Dennis's Achievements
  • Owner: Grace and Truth Books
  • Author: Courtship or Dating: So What's the Difference?
  • Author: Your Child's Profession of Faith
  • Senior Pastor: Grace Bible Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Gundersen's Bio
NotesDennis can tell you much about quality homeschooling products, but his true passion is shepherding God's people as a gospel preacher and local pastor. Dennis is a strong proponent for righteous character, which is reflected in many of the products sold through Grace and Truth Books.---Allen Wolfe
Own Balancing the Sword?Yes
Date Created11/3/2008 11:44:12 PM
Date Modified7/22/2013 6:17:06 AM
(click here if map not visible above)

My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Dennis Gundersen and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.


Buy Balancing the Sword!

Balancing the Sword is a structured study guide for every chapter of the Bible.