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Different movies, same template. Different characters, similar design. Why can’t this apply to intentional parenting? Parents from different cities with the template of God’s Word as their guide.

What is your template for parenting?

My prayer is that God raises up a generation of intentional parents from different cities, states, and countries that seek to raise their children for the glory and honor of God!

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Tribute

This a part of Patrick Schreiner’s tribute to his dad on his birthday:

I want to encourage imitation of my Dad by telling three stories.  I could praise him for his knowledge of Greek, or his numerous books, or his pastoral heart, or his hospitality, but I want to focus on things that few people know.  I want to focus on the things that happened after he came home from work.  The things that are done at home, these things make men who they are.

1. Family Devotion

The game started at 7:30.  But I heard my Dad calling for everyone to pile in the car.  It was only 6:15.  I mumbled something about having to leave so early.  My Dad looked at me and said, “I don’t like to miss warm ups.” John my younger brother was in his Senior year at Christian Academy of Louisville playing Varsity Basketball.  My Dad did not miss a game.  And for that matter he never missed one of mine, or my older brothers.  He is on the same streak for my sister who is currently running track and cross-country.

2.  Humility

My Dad is interviewed a lot in front of crowds.  Many want to know what he is like.  One time someone in the crowd stood up and asked him, “Tell us one unique thing about yourself?” He laughed and said, “I am a remarkably ordinary man.”

3.  Loving Wisdom

Knowing that he has written a couple of books that are over 700 pages some of you might think that I mean, “He loves wisdom.”  But what I mean is that he uses his knowledge in a loving way and communicates it to help others trust in Jesus.

The full tribute can be found here.

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I was reading over my notes from a book I read several months ago and I ran across some things that I think we can apply as parents. The book is Ordering Your Private World by Gordon Macdonald. I was reading over my notes about living as a called person. I thought we could use Macdonald’s list and apply it as we seek to be intentional parents.

A called person (insert parent):

  • Understands stewardship
  • Knows exactly who they are
  • Possesses an unwavering sense of purpose
  • Practices unswerving commitment
  • Submits to God’s ways, God’s methods, and God’s criteria for success
  • Embraces littleness, hiddenness, and powerlessness

Thinking in terms of modeling this to your family, how do you measure up?

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Seminary for Kids

Here is a question and answer from author Bruce Ware on why we should teach theology to our kids:

I suspect that most parents are more comfortable teaching their kids Christian ethics (love God, don’t love the world, tell the truth, don’t cheat or steal, etc.) than they are teaching them Christian theology (how can God be three and one? How is Jesus God and man?). Why is it important for parents to learn good theology and pass it on to their kids?

The Christian faith is not moralism. Yet, we can (wrongly and dangerously!) pervert the Christian faith into this, in our homes and our churches. Our lists of “do’s” and “don’t’s” can become the sum and substance of our understanding of the Christian faith, and in this self-esteem saturated culture, this ends up redounding to the glory of the “self,” not the glory of God. So, we need (all of us, Christian parents and children alike) to understand glorious theological truths —

  • who God is in his eternal fullness as the triune God,
  • who God is as Creator of all that is,
  • who we are as created in his image,
  • what sin is and has done to us,
  • why Christ came, who Christ is,
  • what he accomplished,
  • how we receive the benefits of his work on the cross,
  • what God provides for us to grow as his people,
  • what these communities of faith called “churches” are and what they contribute,
  • and what hope we have for life now and forever

— to provide the substance for what the Christian faith is, the faith that then is to be lived out in ways that reflect the character of God and his claims on our lives.

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Ephesians 5:15-17: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

One question: Did you do something of value today?

Add one phrase: Did you do something of value with your kids today?

I think that is enough for us to think about today! Be Intentional!

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My wife Carrie went with Bennett on a field trip yesterday. The class took a trip to Lichterman Nature Center here in Memphis. They had a great day together.

After Bennett’s explanation of the trip, Carrie mentioned to me something very interesting that she observed. As they were walking along, they came upon some geese. As the group of boys and their moms approached them, the pair of geese began hissing at the group and became very agitated.

The tour guide told the group that geese are very protective (can’t say I blame them with a group of 6-7 year old boys around). Since I was not familiar with the habits of geese, I decided to do a little research myself to see what the big deal was.

Here are a few statements that I found to be noteworthy:

Because of their strong family attachments and pair-bonding between adults, geese will vigorously defend both nests and chicks—a species characteristic that often leads to conflicts with people.”

Pairs of Canada Geese stake out a territory early Pin the spring and begin the construction of their nest. They will defend their nesting territory and young with vigor against other geese, animals, and people. Woe to the nonobservant walker who gets too close to the nest.”

Unlike the unfaithful drake Mallard, the male Canada Goose sticks around to help defend and watch over the young. This is why you often see a family of geese strung out single file, with a parent at each end.”

WOW! As I read this info, I began to look at how I lead my family.

  • Do I allow a worldly vision to creep into our home or do I defend against it?
  • Do I take initiative and show them daily a life that is lived out for God’s glory?
  • When worldly visions are put in front of them, do I take the time to discuss it with them and show them how God’s Word speaks to that particular issue?
  • Have I become so passive in my parenting that I allow too many things to slip in without any defense?
  • Are Carrie and I on the same page and parenting together with one of us “on each end” of the line?
  • Am I giving my boys a Godly picture of manhood by leading my family and rejecting passivity?
  • Am I willing to defend my family with vigor or simply settle into  a life of mediocrity?

I am ready to see a new generation of parents that are willing to stand up and create a New Normal for their family!

Let’s take a parenting lesson from the geese and start taking initiative for the benefit of our families!

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I have heard from some of you saying you could not subscribe to the blog. The problem should be fixed now thanks to my friend Winston Baccus here at PDS. Sorry for the problem.

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