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Caught Red-Handed and Red-Faced

As we wait for the blizzard to hit in the Northeast, how about a little fun with a serious message? I am writing a chapter on the gospel and the need of our children for conversion.

This quotation is in the chapter

The fairest child, who has entered life this year and become the sunbeam of a family, is not, as his mother perhaps fondly calls him, a little “angel” or a little “innocent,” but a little “sinner.” Alas! As that infant boy or girl lies smiling and crowing in its cradle, that little creature carries in its heart the seeds of every kind of wickedness! Only watch it carefully, as it grows in stature and its mind develops, and you will soon detect in it an […]

As Iron Sharpens Iron – A Critique of “Factcheckers”

I love the Gospel Coalition. And as I have blogged before, I hate it when statistics about family discipleship are inflamed to create a crisis and sell products.

However, below you will find my critique of an article that proposes that there is no need for concern. In the name of being a “factchecker,” the author rightly wants to calm parents. But in the name of calming them, he swings too far the other way, in effect saying there is no need for concern.

Below is my reply.

I am a long time reader, and strong supporter of The Gospel Coalition and what it stands for. However, this article, in its desire to be contrarian, takes a simplistic and wrong-headed view.

It is true that some wrongly inflame fear […]

Amazing Incarnation by Jonathan Edwards

How astonishing it is

That a person who is blessed forever and is infinitely and essentially happy should endure the greatest sufferings that ever were endured on earth.
That a person who is the supreme Lord and Judge of the world should be arraigned and should stand at the judgment seat of mortal worms and then be condemned.
That a person who is the living God and the fountain of life should be put to death.
That a person who created the world and gives life to all his creatures should be put to death by his own creatures.
That a person of infinite majesty and glory, and so the object of the love, praises, and adoration of angles. should be mocked and spit upon by the vilest of men.
That […]

Holidays|

A One Word Response to the Mayans

Maranatha!
(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 […]

Discerning Culture, Fun|

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 […]

Courage and the Movie Premier

I am going to the midnight premier of The Hobbit tonight with Nate and some of his friends. I’m sure it’s going to be crowded.

My recent post on courage made me think of this video. Not endorsing beer but a good illustration of micro-courage.

Hope I won’t need it tonight.

Fun, Power of Purpose|

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’.

Pithy Sayings That Might Stick With Your Child

Fun, pithy sayings that might stick with you or your child. From Pyromaniacs

Folks who are full of themselves don’t leave much room for anyone else.
Don’t be shocked when unbelievers act like unbelievers.
Do be shocked when believers act like unbelievers. Especially when it’s you.
Men shouldn’t let our eyes rest anywhere our hands shouldn’t.
If nobody else has ever seen what you’re seeing in the Bible, that’s probably because it isn’t there.
The world is far better at being the world than the church ever could be, so don’t even try.
Excelling at anything is a matter of wisely investing odd moments.

See what fun “proverbs” you can come up with to help wisdom stick with your children (and your own soul).

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What Do Christian Teens Actually Believe About Their Faith

VERY interesting interview with the author of The Jesus Survey, Mike Nappa. 

The Jesus Survey was administered during summer 2010 at Reach Workcamp mission sites in Colorado, Indiana, Maine, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. (You can download a reproducible copy of the actual survey used at nappaland.com/tjs.) More than 800 teens, ages 12 to 18, participated in the survey. All teens self-identified as “Christian” and were active in a church youth group at the time of the survey. In all, the survey sample represented 16 Christian denominations from 24 United States, and delivered a 99 percent confidence level with a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.

What he found was how many teens had doubts about the trustworthiness of the Bible and the […]

Latest Statistics – It is a Hard Time to Be an Atheist

This latest graphic (HT Veith) shows some interesting data:

This study seems to show what other studies by Kara Powell  have determined – about a 50% retention rate for Protestants. The Apollos Project exists to change that reality.

The other interesting stat is that athiests are losing their children at a higher rate! It is a hard time to be an athiest.

I take any of these statistics with a grain of salt. Who is surveyed? What are their definitions? Without a careful controlled look at all those factors, it is hard to put a lot of stock in the studies.

Nevertheless it is interesting. And I would not want to be an atheist!