…the job of raising a son is a noble and important task. It is a job many men abdicate, leading to what is now a full-blown crisis in our country: a crisis of fatherhood. Look up the statistics when you have time and you will see that a very high percentage of young men in prison experienced little or no involvement from Dad. In my pastoral role, I’ve seen the devastating effects of a father’s absence or lack of leadership in the life of his son.
Fathering your sons is a serious job, men. And so in that spirit, I’d like to offer five things every son needs to hear from his father.
The hardcover edition of one of our favorite kids’ books, Sammy and His Shepherd by Susan Hunt, is featured in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Also on sale:
- Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching by Sproul, MacArthur, Ferguson and others (ePub download)
- Thus Says the Lord teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio download)
- The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven Lawson (hardcover)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 Eastern.
Once there was a church that loved God and loved people but had a difficult time showing it because the image they gave of God was rather one-dimensional and so then also was the way they attempted to love people. The church believed in a holy God, a just God, a vengeful God, and so they preached wrath very well, pushing the hearts of all who darkened the church doors with the imminent foreboding of their eternal damnation. They did their best to scare the hell out of people, and when that didn’t work, they cried and pleaded and begged. Wretchedly urgent, the church regularly reminded its people of the dire importance of obedience to God, of being holy as God is holy. And the church grew vividly aware year in and year out of the “thou shalt not”s of the Bible. And they came back for more. But fewer and fewer did. When some began to suspect this god was not quite love and that this god could never quite be pleased, they stopped trying. Some kept trying, fearful and diminished.
God’s Love: A Bible Storybook by Champ Thorton and Positive Action for Christ app is available free on the iTunes store through this weekend.