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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 […]

A One Word Response to the Mayans

(1 Corinthians 16:22b)

Here’s a song I grew up with that combines the Incarnation and the return of Christ! Maranatha!

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a Virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He

Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He

Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails […]

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How We Handled Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy


We are past this stage in our parenting but I thought it might be interesting to post how we handled Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy.

This issue is not at the heart of the gospel (Romans 14:4, 17). I was brought up on Santa until age six. One Christmas Eve night we were driving home from my grandmother’s house. As I looked out at all the homes in my city, I just knew  that there was no way Santa could visit every house in the world in one night. And I am following the Lord today.

However, anytime we talk to our children about someone who knows if we are sleeping or awake (omniscience) and who knows if we’ve been good or bad […]

A Parenting Goal to Pray for: Backbone and Courage

Adam Griffin writes that a goal for a parent is that their child stand against the world. As a result, they will be hated. (HT: Challies) Shocking! But biblical.

If God graciously saves my Oscar, people will call him a bigot and a homophobe. Some will ridicule him as a male chauvinist as they scorn his “sexist” beliefs. He’ll be despised as closed-minded for saying that Jesus Christ is not only God but the only God. He will probably meet a girl who insults his manhood or considers him old fashioned for waiting until marriage to have sex. His peers will think him a prude. Bullies will call him a coward. His integrity will draw insults like “goody two shoes” (I don’t even know what that […]

For Our Young Men: A Teachable Moment in the News

Unfortunately, in our national scandal of General Petraeus, we have a teachable moment for our young men.

Solomon specifically warned his sons about this situation and the consequences:

Now, then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.
(Proverbs 7:24-27)

Time to lead our young men in prayer for themselves, for ourselves, for our church leaders, and for our nation’s leaders. (And for General Petraeus’ family). And run the other way.

By the grace of God, let us pray that we will stay true to the end.

“There’s Gotta Be More Than This”

Found an old video. Seemed relevant as we start up the football season. Tom Brady six years ago.

Skip the intro and news story begins at 32 seconds. Key line is at 2:29.

To remind our young people about the emptiness of worldly success apart from the Christ.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything ….. Everything – Jesus = Nothing

A Judo Reply for Hot Social Issues

In judo, one takes the energy of the opponent and uses it as an advantage. As we descend into a new dark age, we (and our children) will have to be wise as snakes and innocent as doves.

One current entrapping subject is for Christians is be asked about our views on homosexuality.  The new tolerance is becoming increasingly intolerant of any other view. To handle this, Stand to Reason ministry published an excellent question to turn the situation on its head.

If asked about your view on homosexuality, say:

You say:  “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking, and I’d be glad to answer.  But before I do, I want to know if you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person.  […]

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Guys Are Flaming Out – A NonChristian Alarmist Speaks

HT: Everyday Theology.

Guys are flaming out academically, they’re wiping out relationally with girls, and sexually with women. Other than that, there’s not much of a problem. says psychologist Philip Zimbardo.

Zimbardo argues this comes from arousal addiction because of:

1. Excessive internet use
2. Excessive video gaming
3. Addiction to pornography

Christ brings hope to any and every situation. And for those given to fear, this should not warrant faithless fear. But it is good for our young men to realize how the culture will seek to conform them (Romans 12:2). We want to men and women who understand the times so that we know what the people of God should do (1 Chronicles 12:32).

Read the whole thing.

The article by Dr. Russell Moore references his book and in his own way […]

Idol Worship?

I love having fun on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon like everybody else, but…….. something to think about around this time of year.   Our kids will pick up on what we are truly excited about….and that better be the gospel. Just sayin’.

Teach Your Child That True Love Doesn’t Wait

Excellent post here about why true love does not wait.

The author remarks that the subtle message she received was something like this, “Stay pure and God will provide a husband.” But when he doesn’t provide a husband, the young women are confused and may walk away from the Lord. Rather than seeking the Lord during that time and being all that God wants them to be, they are waiting.

I have argued here that we ought to give all of our children a high view of singleness. Traditionally, more women follow the Lord than men. If I want to prepare my daughters to follow the Lord to the fullest, I need to prepare them for the possibility of life-long singleness. Besides, unless we marry them off at […]