Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Lord willing, I will be conducting several posts
on the subject of education,
particularly primary education.
For now though I want to share one quote
I came across...
“Non-Christian education puts the child in a vacuum…. The result is that child dies. Christian education alone really nurtures personality because it alone gives the child air and food…. Modern educational philosophy gruesomely insults our God and our Christ. How, then, do you expect to build anything positively Christian or theistic upon a foundation which is the negation of Christianity and theism?…. No teaching of any sort is possible except in Christian schools.”
“Foundations of Christian Education"
(Presbyterian & Reformed, 1990)
“It is not the will of God that parents shall … corrupt their children. Let their conduct towards their children be … to guide them in the fear of the Lord, and correct them also when they go astray.”
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I was reading this pastors blog and stumble across an article in which Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell. The article was written under the title Is the Era of Age Segregation Over?
I'm glad to see that people are beginning to see a problem with the way we do church, especially the way we view and organize "youth ministry." However there is a difference of presupposition that Shelley, O'Brien, and Powell are missing. Voddie Baucham points out something really interesting in his blog post titled Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions .
He says this...
presuppositional differencebetween a study like
this and the reformation God's Spirit is working
in churches around the nation. Instead of a concern
for a biblical pattern of ministry, the basis of the study
seems to have grown from a sociological and
psychological concern. This certainly seems to be
the case for many churches as well.
In so many ways, our church culture believes
it has more relevant messages and methods than Scripture.
Friends, we couldn't be more wrong.
Our enslavement to novelty is nothing short of idolatry.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This article stated that a majority of these individuals are young, politically independent minded males. This really rubs me the wrong way, because I start thinking about how all these young men are going to be our next generation. They will replace us. My biggest concern is How will I set an example to Wake Men up from this slothful pit they have so easily slipped themselves into??? My answer to that would be to point them toward Christ. Because it is only by Him that their eyes can be opened and His truth can change their hearts. So I must shout it from the top of my lungs....
WAKE UP MEN, TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SKEPTICISM AND HUMANISTIC THINKING, REPENT, AND TURN TOWARD CHRIST!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to read all of these exciting books yet. I do however hope to read them within the following year (God willing). I also hope to post up some new updates so keep checking for new updates.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
and the borrower is servant to the lender
Monday, June 1, 2009
I've heard this verse numerous times, but only part of the verse has been emphasized. The part I'm referring to here is "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." It sounds great and even can make someone feel good, yet it is so far from what Jesus is getting at. It is interesting to note that Jesus is giving an "if, then" statement. If you do "x," then "x" will occur. It's a simple statement yet we ignore the first half of Jesus statement to hold to his teaching. I wonder why?
Are there any sayings you thought the Bible said something, yet when you read them into context with the Scriptures it was something totally different? Let me know, I'd love to hear them. God Bless
Saturday, May 30, 2009
It is not the judgments of the courts, but rather the moral judgments of the masses of men and women which constitute the chief defense of life and property. It is public opinion that moulds our laws and institutions; and one of the greatest forces for moulding this opinion has been the church with its Bible. In fact, Christianity is today the most deep-seated and powerful influence in its formation. Thus it is that Christian principles, by slow degrees, are helping toward divine justice as the fundamental basis of all human law.
Versions that Have Played Their Parts
in the Making of the Republic
(New York: Wilson-Crickson, 1936), 294-295.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
- Gary North, Foundations of Christian Scholarship, (Vallecito, CA:
Ross House Books, 2001), p. 33
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Theology is a scary word to say in most churches today. I know there are many reasons as to why this is the case, however, I'd rather focus more on ways to reform this type of thinking. My purpose isn't to shove some theological perspective down ones throat, but rather to strive to be as God honoring as possible, by His grace. I don't want to settle for some 3 ways to make me a better Christian. We can't just stop at salvation, because there is more to it than just salvation. What happens after salvation? What about sanctification? Uh oh I'm using terminology that the average joe doesn't understand....what's a minister of the gospel to do? I encourage anyone who is reading this to take a look at this post: Kingdom-Centered Theology
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tough times call for tough measures. The buzz words right now are "bailout," or "economic crisis" and in light of their popularity it is imperative as Christians to be able to give an account of the hope with us. The advice given in this three part series speaks volumes to the way we handle our finances. I hope if you have spare time you will take a look at these. Watch Life, Money, Hope.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I was digging up dirt around the pompous grass and several times during the process I came across several earth worms. I immediately scooped them up and place them in my garden for good plant growth. However, this little guy wasn't what I expected to find. For all you animal right activist and snake lovers out there, this was an accident I was digging and chopped the poor guy in half. Personally I'm glad he is gone cause I don't want these little creature around my girls. Hope everyone is having a great day
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"My son, if your heat is wise, my heart too will be glad."
We find in Proverbs a father talking to a son. He encourages his son to have a "wise" heart, and in doing so the father will be glad. I was thinking about how this verse applies to our relationship with God, our Father. When our hearts are turned toward His wisdom he is glad. Let us strive today to have wise hearts that "seek first the kingdom of God."
Friday, April 17, 2009
I did the normal routine this morning of waking my daughter up and getting her ready for the day. We fixed breakfast and as we began to eat I noticed she didn’t want me to feed her but she wanted to feed herself. I don’t look at this as most people would as a step of independence, well maybe you could say that, but I look at is as a sign of maturity and growth. I hope you enjoy these pics. Daddy loves you Abigail!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
First I am thankful for my wife. She is the greatest woman in the world. My dearest friend, treasured helper, and wonderful companion. I love her so much and have learned so much from her that has truly impacted my life. Love you Sarah!
Second, I am thankful for my 3 beautiful girls that God has entrusted me with. Although they are under 17 months old, God has taught me many things through my children. Daddy loves you girls!
Finally, I am thankful for my books. This is our growing library at our home. Although I've only read less than one third of the books on the shelf, I am thankful that I have such a strong arsenal of reading material available.
Maybe this can encourage you to enjoy the simple blessings that God has given to you. Have a great day!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I came across this verse in one of the most difficult chapters I've ever read. In Foundations of Christian Scholarship, Gary North writes about Max Weber and his influence in Sociology.
Just as I was thinking that I would not gain anything from this chapter, this verse shone as a beacon of light. I do not believe it was the author's intent to focus this chapter on this particular passage, however this verse caught my attention. I've heard it said many times that "Where there is no vision, the people perish" Unfortunately, the latter part of this verse is left out. The more I read Scripture the more I am convinced and convicted that God's Law Word is the only standard to live by. Government won't save me, free health care won't satisfy me, nor will the crumbling public schools educate me. Only God's Law will make me happy. That's something worth considering.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
We slept outside in cardboard boxes
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Coming March 6th and 7th the students from New Covenant in Greenwood, SC will be going without food for 30 hours. They are "starving for food" as a means to get a glimpse of what it is like to truly be hungry. Fasting will take you on amazing journeys. God in is awesome wisdom, stretches you and challenges you to grow more in Him. For more information about the 30 Hour Famine visit their website at www.30hourfamine.org