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What Parents and Marriage Have to Do with Resilient Faith

I don’t have time to dissect this great post and this article today. Ironically, I am putting the final touches on my Fully Convinced seminar for tomorrow. But this article could be a press release for The Apollos Project.

A key paragraph:

Not surprisingly, homes modeling lukewarm faith do not create enduring faith in children. Homes modeling vibrant faith do. So these young adults are leaving something they never had a good grasp of in the first place. This is not a crisis of faith, per se, but of parenting.

I will take some time in the future to see if it is also a crisis of our understanding of conversion as.

In the meantime, read the whole thing and pray for our churches that they might become better […]

Losing is Good for You (and Your Child)

Ashley Merryman in The NY Times has some advice on the cultural drugs we are fed. (HT David Murray)

The author argues that we are teaching our children something wrong when everyone wins. In fact, she argues, we need to teach them how to lose:

In life, “you’re going to lose more often than you win, even if you’re good at something,” Ms. Twenge told me. “You’ve got to get used to that to keep going.”

When children make mistakes, our job should not be to spin those losses into decorated victories. Instead, our job is to help kids overcome setbacks, to help them see that progress over time is more important than a particular win or loss, and to help them graciously congratulate the child who succeeded […]

A Godly Church’s Statement on the Boy Scouts

This link takes you to a resolution adopted by the elders of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. I know this church personally, having attended one summer as a college student. It is a godly church and a flagship church in the PCA movement.

The resolutions in this link helpfully spell out the foundation shaking change in the Boy Scouts of America. This document clarifies how it has put men and women who love the Boy Scouts and submit themselves to the word of God in a position where they must choose between the two.

The news media loves to obfuscate the truth. This resolution by Briarwood is clarifying.

Read it with tears and prayers.

Identical Twin Studies Prove That Homosexuality is Not Determined by Genes

A constant stream of articles cite the link between homosexuality and biology. The common understanding now is that homosexuals are born this way and cannot change. As a result, we are told, “They need to accept themselves and we need to accept this lifestyle.”

But is homosexuality genetically determined? If that were the case, then when one identical twin is homosexual, the other should be also.

In fact, this is not true at all. See this study here.  (HT: Aquila Report)

Dr. Whitehead summarizes his article:

In summary:

1. No scientist believes genes by themselves infallibly make us behave in specified ways. Genes create a tendency, not a tyranny.

2. Identical twin studies show that neither genetic nor family factors are overwhelming.

3. Conclusion 2 will not be altered by any research […]

Listening to Young Atheists

Very interesting article in which the writer reveals interviews with those in Atheist Societies in universities. Among his surprising observations:

1. The had attended church.
2. The mission and message were vague.
3. Their churches gave superficial answers to life’s difficult questions.
4. They expressed their respect for ministers who took the Bible seriously.
5. Ages 14-17 were decisive.
6. The decision to embrace atheism was often an emotional one.
7. The Internet focused heavily into their conversion to atheism.

He ends with this observation:

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this whole study was the lasting impression many of these discussions made upon us. That these students were, above all else, idealists who longed for authenticity, and having failed to find it in their churches, they settled for a non-belief that, while less […]

Courage and Grace in a Debate Like Daniel

This is courage. This is grace under fire. This is where the debate is now.  This is no time for Christians to be silent.

Read this to your children. Christian young people need to be given the words to articulate the debate. Read the blog transcript and quotes or watch the video (if you can).

The new dark ages have arrived. Which just makes the light shine brighter!

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Reasons Young People Are Leaving the Church – A Good Rant

Marc@5solas has a post on why he thinks kids leave the church. He has taken the time to interview some kids who have left the church. It seems like he lives in a culture of large squishy churches. Those of us in small, Northeastern, missionary churches wonder what he is talking about but here are his findings:

Here are his top 10 in reverse order:

10. The Church is “Relevant.” – The church is trying to be “cool” like the world. But we are not. Favorite quote “The minute you aim to be authentic,” you are no longer authentic.
9. They never attended church to begin with. – They have been coddled with fun rather than introduced to the multigenerational nature of the church.
8. They get smart. – The […]

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The Real Effects of an Affair

Hollywood portrays affairs as exciting. God’s word forbids adultery. But Jesus said that he his commands give abundant life. It is the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Who is right? Though our teens may want to believe Jesus, Hollywood sure makes it sound glamorous. I have argued in my booklet, The Power of Apologetics, that we need to show our children the goodness of Christianity. God’s commands lead to blessing.

This article shows the real effects of breaking God’s commands.

The writer comments:

What you don’t know, or perhaps what you don’t allow yourself to think about, is that your life will become an unbearable mix of yearning and regret because of it. It will be difficult if not impossible to be in any one […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Just yesterday, we celebrated Martin Luther King’s birthday. At one time, one-half of the Unites States embraced slavery and it was the law of the land. Today it is an anathema in our country.

Today, a larger portion of our country still embraces abortion on demand. But I believe that one day, our country will also look back on this time as a period of barbarianism.

But today the fight must go on. And that means preparing to educate for another 40 years. And there is no better way to educated than a picture. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. On this, the 40th anniversary, of Roe v. Wade, you can and should educate yourself as to what his happening in our country.

At this […]

Take Their Questions Seriously – A Seven-Year-Old Wonders About Suffering

Very interesting article where a woman proudly proclaims to be an atheist. An initiating factor seems to be her mother’s inability to explain the problem of suffering.

The pertinent paragraphs are here:

Now when students ask how I came to believe what I believe, I tell them that I trace my atheism to my first encounter, at age 7, with the scourge of polio. In 1952, a 9-year-old friend was stricken by the disease and clinging to life in an iron lung. After visiting him in the hospital, I asked my mother, “Why would God do that to a little boy?” She sighed in a way that telegraphed her lack of conviction and said: “I don’t know. The priest would say God must have his reasons, but […]