Kim Shay, interacting with Richard Baxter’s The Godly Home:
Baxter devotes a lot of words to why one should not get married. He’s not trying to be a killjoy; he was, after all, married himself at some point. However, he cautions people to be prepared for the very difficult work ahead. My mother used to say that the issue wasn’t the ease of divorce; it was the ease with which people make the commitment to marry in the first place.
Baxter comments about not making outward appearance, and what he calls “fancy and lust” a reason for marriage. In finding a spouse, men are cautioned to think about their future spouse.
Until July 24, you can get the entire Puritan Treasures for Today set (four volumes) for $18 at Westminster Books. The set includes:
- Triumphing Over Sinful Fear by John Flavel
- Stop Loving the World by William Greenhill
- The Fading of the Flesh and the Flourishing of Faith by George Swinnock
- Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory by Jeremiah Burroughs
You can also buy the individual books for $4-5 each (they’re regularly $8-10 a piece!). I just bought them and am really looking forward to digging in!
The hardcover edition of Surprised by Suffering by R.C. Sproul is on sale in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Also on sale:
- Twelve Challenges Churches Face by Mark Dever (hardcover)
- The Mighty Weakness of John Knox by Douglas Bond (ePub)
- The Parables of Jesus teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio and video download)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.
The command here, given to the second generation of Israelites (after the Exodus) on the verge of entering the Promised Land, is that parents must actively and consistently disciple their children in the truth—being faithful to teach them the things of the Lord as a regular part of life. It is a call to lifestyle discipleship, as parents bring up their children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).
But does it provide a mandate or a model for the modern convention of homeschool?
Despite the good intentions of many well-meaning homeschool-only advocates, this passage is really not the end-all proof text that some might suggest. In thinking about this passage, here are a few things to consider.
Youth ministry is easy to criticize, deserved or not. Many youth pastors who serve out of a gospel-fueled desire to see the emerging generations find their identity in Christ while growing as faithful disciples. So as churches and parents continue to prayerfully seek faithful ways to minister to teenagers, we must resist stereotypes.
I offer the following comments to begin dialogue around dinner tables and staff meetings to help us think constructively and positively about youth ministry.