Passing the Faith


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 […]

Putting in the Big Rocks: Priority Management

Why is it that something like discipling our children is not as important as we know it should be? Mismanaged priorities. Stephen Covey illustrates putting the first things first in this video: (HT. Michael Hyatt)

8 More Benefits of Memorizing Scripture


1 Memorizing Scripture will help me be prosperous and fruitful. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth but meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8. And on his law he meditates day and night…whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:3. Sin leads us to fruitlessness and failure. God’s word within leads to spiritual prosperity and fruitfulness.
2. Memorizing Scripture will help me parent better. These commands that I give you today are to be on your heart. Deuteronomy 6;6 God says the way to love him and influence our children is for us to have the words on our heart. […]

How to Increase Faith in Your Children: Standing Stones

“Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:5-7

There are some events that can only be explained by God’s supernatural intervention. Many times God graciously smiles on us […]

Interview with David Helm Author of The Big Picture Story Bible

David Helm talks about how the Big Picture Story Bible came about. at Between Two Worlds

My notes below:
18:04 – How do we energize the body to make home ministry a priority?
The church, which is the buttress and foundation of the truth, has a foundation of the family.

23:30 Raising Gospel kids not good kids.
Raising good kids and gospel kids is a matter of life and death.
Not just raising them to answer the phone correctly. OT is not Aesop fables. Moses, there is more going on that God took care of Moses. Graham Goldsworth – Gospel and Kingdom
Devotional preaching of OT is killing us. These stories are not Aesops fables but about God’s redemptive story and kingdom.
Also, how are we dealing with their conscience? They […]

Teens Too Busy for Church?

USA Today highlights  dropping attendance at some youth events. As I read this, pertinent comments are:

Sweet 16 is not a sweet spot for churches. It’s the age teens typically drop out.
Teens say, “We don’t see the church as relevant, as meeting our needs or where we need to be today.
Kids are overcommitted.
Parents are not communicating a ‘church is important’ culture.

Good observations by a current youth leader saying:

I cannot compete with my students’ culture in the area of entertainment.
I can offer students the real gospel of Jesus Christ and they can handle it.
Growth happens not by entertaining but by equipping.

I love the comments but again conspicuously absent is the mention of calling parents to their role to disciple their children! Oh well, good observation for us […]

Bits and Pieces from Around the Web

Great Article arguing that older Christians should be able to say to younger Christians, ” Imitate me.” Can you say that? Dads and Moms we should be able to say to our children, “Imitate me.”

Great Article on the Biblical Sluggard –
1. He will not start things.
2. He will not finish things.
3. He will not face things.
4. Consequently he is restless.
Read the whole thing to put biblical labels on something you might be facing in your  parenting.

An article on disciplining and identifying with your child talks about drawing out your child so that they can look at their own heart.

Souls in Transition is reviewed in this link. The author looks at the spiritual lives of 18-24 year olds. Smith proves convincingly that nothing has a greater […]

What is the major influence in the religious lives of young adults?

Sociologists have backed up what the Bible has long said, and evangelical Christianity has not figured out how to harness. In a 2007-2008 study, sociologist Christian Smith and Patricia Snell found that, “one of the most powerful factors was the religious lives of their parents – how often they attend religious services, how important religious faith was in their own lives.”

Other research finds exactly the same results. One of the strongest variables associated with young people being “religious” was that same behavior in their parents.

Bottom line for readers of this blog. This Father’s Day be reminded that you are the most important influence in your children’s lives. And that sociological finding merely reflects the wisdom of God’s commands.
Read the whole thing.

17 Teen Resolutions from John Piper

17 Teenage Resolutions in Honor of Mom and Dad

John Piper in A Godward Life, p 273-275

1. Resolved: I will obey your instructions and do what I know you expect of me, even when it is not mentioned. I will not force you into repeated reminders, which I sometimes call nagging.

2. Resolved: I will not grumble or complain when I do my chores but remember what a great thing it is to have a family, a home,clothes, food, running water, electric lights, and central heating in aworld where millions of teenagers have none of these.

3. Resolved: When I think your demands are unfair, I will move to do them first, and after showing an obedient attitude, I will ask if we can talk. Then I […]

A Father’s Intercession

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”  So Jesus went with him. Mark 5:21-24

This week we read of Abraham’s intercession for the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He is our example of pleading with God for the souls of those around us. Although we overcome no reluctance in God, God has designed spiritual reality […]