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Why is any pastor allowed to preach in the sight of a holy God and in view of our wretched sinful self?  Because of the atonement and imputed righteousness of Christ.

To understand this more and to help your kids understand why the righteousness of Christ is important for their salvation, read The Priest with the Dirty Clothes by R.C. Sproul.  Not only does it convey this reality so well to kids, but the illustrations are wonderful too (The illustrator is Justin Gerard, and he helped illustrate 2 other R.C. Sproul children books, such as, The Lightlings (on the light of Jesus) and The Prince’s Poison Cup (on Christ’s penal substitutionary sacrifice… in “kid” language, of course.)

Joe Holland writes,

They sit there next to you and their feet don’t even hit the floor.  You’re thinking, “What, if anything of this guy’s sermon is sinking into my kid’s head?”  And with that little thought you’ve already decided not to engage your child about the sermon.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Let me introduce you to the most important rule when talking to your kids about the sermon: They retain more than you think they do.  The second most important rule is like it: They understand more than you think they do.  

Read the rest, by clicking this link on 8 tips for talking to your kids about the sermon.  Below are the 8 tips, but read the whole thing as he expands on each one.

1. Remember the outline.

2. Know the one, main point.

3. How is Jesus the hero? 

4. Engage your kids with open ended questions.

5. Make sure the gospel is clear. 

6. Be the first to pray and confess. 

7. Chase rabbit trails.

8. Remember the first two rules. 

Have you ever wondered what the marriage was like for some of those historical figures of the past?  Well, just in time for the annual remembrance of the Reformation (October 31), the guys over at the Resurgence blog have let Justin Taylor write a humorous piece on Martin Luther’s marriage to Katherin von Bora.  It’s a 5 part series.  I guarantee that you’ll enjoy it!  Click on each one to read them…

Part 1: Luther: The 40 Year Old Virgin?

Part 2: When Martin Met Katie

Part 3: The Original Lutheran Marriage: Love and Marriage Aren’t Always Like a Horse and Carriage

Part 4: The Luthers’ Marriage

Part 5: 4 Lessons from Luther on Marriage

My thoughts resonate with Tim Challies on being a dad

In the past few months I have been trying to be a little bit more intentional about spending time with the children, trying to grab the moments that exist and trying to create memories. Mostly I’m just trying to know them and to be known by them. And I know that one of the best ways I can do this is by spending time individually with each one of them.

Read the whole thing here.

We’ll be going on a family vacation some time soon.  An article I found extremely helpful was one written by C.J. Mahaney on how to make the most of them.  I blogged about it a couple of summers ago so I copied and pasted what was written then!  If you haven’t gone on our vacation yet, I hope it will be of use for you.  It’s a must-read for dads!  Here it is below…

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C.J. Mahaney writes some helpful advice on family vacations:

Here’s what I’ve learned. The difference between forgettable vacations and unforgettable vacations is not the location or attractions. Nope. The difference between forgettable and unforgettable vacations is the father’s attitude and leadership. This makes all the difference.

Family vacations provide a unique opportunity each year for fathers to create memories their children will never forget. Memories that will last a lifetime. Memories that will be recreated by your children with your grandchildren. Memories that will outlive a father. But in order to create these memories, a father must be diligent to serve and lead during a vacation. How a father views his role on a vacation will make all the difference in the vacation.

So in this season where family vacations are being carefully planned and eagerly anticipated, I thought it might be helpful if I passed along seven lessons I’ve learned over the years, in hopes that your family vacation will be a God-glorifying, grace-filled, relationship-building, memory-making time together.

Here’s an outline of his advice:

1. A Servant Heart
2. A Tone-Setting Attitude
3. An Awareness of Indwelling Sin
4. Studying Your Family
5. Skillful Surprises
6. Intentionally Together
7. Gratefulness to God

To read more check out  part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Here’s an early Father’s Day idea… Check out Seeds Family Worship and their CDs.   Basically, it’s Scripture set to song to aid in children memorizing Scripture.  It looks like a great resouce to aid in family worship or if you’re driving in the car with the kids.

Click here for some more info and a 20% off discount for Between Two World’s readers (Justin Taylor’s blog).

Below is a sample of a song put to video on youtube.

What’s wrong with “Twilight”?  Pastor Doug Wilson (you may remember him from the Collision movie – a debate between him and Christopher Hitchens) gives an answer.

Ask Doug – What is Wrong With Twilight? from Daniel Foucachon on Vimeo.

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