Great stuff from Brian:
I think that is how many parents feel when it comes to discipling our kids. We know that we should disciple our kids—it is one of our primary ministries as parents (Deut. 6:4-9)—and we want to, but when it comes to actually doing it, we feel lost. Where do we begin? What do we say? Do I really know enough myself? And so, because of our overwhelming feeling of inadequacy, we tell our kids to listen to their leaders at church and do what they say.
This is understandable, but it doesn’t have to be this way. It can’t be this way. Discipling our kids is far too important to hand off to others—as godly and loving as they may be. And that takes us back to our primary concern—we know we need to disciple our kids and we want to do it, but how do we actually do it? Here are eight tips to help you disciple your kids.
Hi, I’m Emily, and I’m an anomaly. (Hiiii, Emily.) I’m a Millennial who’s staying in church. I understood (and believed) the gospel when I was just 4, and I’ve been going to church ever since. Sure, I’ve thought about leaving more than once. But let’s just be honest—we all have, haven’t we?
So what’s keeping me, a Millennial—The Generation of Lost Sunday School Boys and Girls—in church? Three things, really. While I can’t speak for all Millennials everywhere, I can tell my story.
Ed and I were friends before I moved to Nashville. When I served as an executive pastor in Miami, I brought him to our church several times to teach and train our staff. We wrote articles together and enjoyed meals together in different cities where we happened to be speaking alongside one another. Ed was also one of the vice presidents at LifeWay, so when I joined the team there, I was excited to be working alongside him.
But we clashed early on. Pretty hard. I could tell he was frustrated with me, and I was frustrated too. There was tension in the air and it was not fun like I envisioned it being.
The desire to alleviate pain and suffering is, of course, laudable. My family (and yours) has experienced the common graces found through medicine, surgeries, and therapy. For centuries, curious doctors and scientists, many of them Christians motivated by a desire to help people, have explored the causes of disease while searching for cures. Ultimately, human subjects must be part of these experiments.
HB Charles Jr:
On the other side of leadership challenges over the years, I believe that you have not really learned to preach until you preach through a storm. Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits. Preaching through a storm anchors the pulpit to the tried and proven word of God.
The internet hate and bigotry that gained mainstream attention in the 2016 presidential has existed for years in the deep, dark corners of the internet. But its newfound fame has drawn attention toward the matter of free speech and the internet. What is permissible, what is not, and how do we proceed into the future?
A favorite from the archives:
One should quickly and easily see the problem with this kind of thinking. Whether we’re using this concept in thinking about our own growth in godliness, encouragement to fellow believers, or in ministry to the lost, it is a failure to recognize that everything does depend on God, both in prayer and in practice.
Praying as though everything depends on God is right and true—but we also must work as though everything depends upon Him. Because everything does.