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Don’t Segregate the Youth

Here is a continued appeal not to segregate the youth on Sunday morning. In it the author describes a couple from his church out to eat who thoroughly ignored their child.

And then he describes how the young people were deliberately included in the church service including service and relationships.

Simply put, we do teens a disservice when we segregate them from the life of the church. When we build youth ministries that don’t fold students into the life of the congregation, the unintended consequence is a future of empty pews. Pew Research reports that 20- to 30-year-olds attend church at half the rate of their parents and one-fourth the rate of their grandparents. These young adults were teens a decade or two ago, and many of them were […]

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Do You Have Children’s Church?

Tom Ascol answers a question I answered multiple times as leader of New Covenant.

Do you have children’s church?

You can read his funny reply in his article. But his rational for keeping the children in worship is summed up:

The Bible recognizes that believers occupy a wide range of life stages and that there are particular needs worth emphasizing for particular age groups. We should note the ways the Bible specifically instructs these groups. Adults, both married (Eph. 5:22–33; 1 Peter 3:1–7) and single (1 Cor. 7:25–38; 1 Tim. 5:3-8), youth and young adults (Eccl. 12:1; 2 Tim. 2:22), and children (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20) are addressed with respect to their ages.

A church that is given to an expositional ministry cannot ignore these and other age-sensitive passages in Scripture. The real challenge […]

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Why New Families Should Sing Old Songs

This article entitled, Why New Churches Should Sing Old Songs, is also helpful for parents. It could also be reentitled, Why New Families Should Sing Old Songs.

His main point?

teaches. It forms us.

We don’t need scientific studies to know that music and melody fuses truth into our memories and intellects. We can all observe how melody infuses meaning, emotions, affections, and experiences into words. It takes lyrics to new heights and depths that they couldn’t go on their own.

As a church musician, I’m not trying to downplay the formative importance of preaching. But I couldn’t tell you the take-home point of two sermons I heard growing up, no matter how clever the preacher’s alliteration. But I still sing “Holy Holy Holy” word for word. I […]

When Should Your Child Be Baptized: Three Criteria

Over at the Gospel Coalition there is an excellent article about when to baptize young, professing children. This is an area fraught with blessing and danger. No parent should take the issue lightly.

Trevin Wax has an article that I really like. If churches really are throwing tiny children into the water that certainly is not honoring the Lord. I love the comment,“If your child still believes in Santa, he’s probably too young for you to know just what he believes about Jesus.” 9 Marks posts an article that is on the other end of the spectrum. Smith argues against a young age and for an older age. (I believe they baptize in the late teens.)

All in this discussion are arguing for believer’s baptism. None are […]