I recently reread an article that is several years old by Al Mohler. The concern he had then is an even greater concern now. The concern was the great divide between boys and reading. I can relate to this in a number of different ways. The first being that when I was younger I wanted to do everything else but read. I would find every excuse I could to avoid any kind of reading. Now, as an adult, this isn’t the case. I am constantly reading articles and at least a couple of books. The next way I can relate is that just this past week, while working with children on a Sunday night, I asked the question to a group of children if they like to read. Just about every girl raised their hands affirming their love of reading. The boys were less enthusiastic, to say the least. In most cases, boys interact more with video games than they interact with a book. It is of vital importance that parents start from an early age instilling the love of reading to boys. The Bible is often overlooked when it comes to reading because the excuse is made, “It just has so many words and not enough pictures.” The Bible has a tremendous amount of boy related stories. Stories of war, of battle, and of adventure. Sadly, most boys are fulfilling that need of adventure in video games and not the Bible. Boys need to be taught that the real hero they are seeking after is not themselves as the defeat enemies on a video game but Jesus Christ who defeated the real enemy of this world. No matter how many times you read the Bible, Jesus always wins. Their is no greater hero we need than Jesus. Whether it’s video games or sports or anything else, we tend to try and make ourselves the hero. When this is our intent we set ourselves up to be an idol. It’s time for us to step away from whatever it is that is separating us from God’s Word and realize that all we need is Jesus Christ.
I recently had an opportunity to read a few articles that I found at Gospel Centered Discipleship. These articles are on a number of different subjects, but all apply to growing a gospel centered home. The articles are list below.
- Raising Gospel Centered Children by Luma Simms
- Gospel Centered Parenting by Will Walker
- Developing a Pattern for Family Discipleship by Greg Gibson
- Discipleship is for Young Parents Too by Melanie Yong
- A Child’s Gospel by Ben Connelly
- Gospel-Saturated Family Discipleship by Matthew Sims
These are just a few examples. Many more can be found on the websites “Articles” page.
This recent blog post from William Boekestein is an excellent reminder of how we are to use the resources God has given to us. He mentions and eludes to many of the principles taught by Dave Ramsey. This post, and the principles taught by Dave, help us to prioritize our resources and use them in a way that take the pressure off of our family life, and gives glory to God. Take the time to check out both of the links and begin today to be an excellent steward.
This is a great article by Will Walker entitled, Gospel Centered Parenting. It is definitely worth your time to read and think through how these principles could have a lasting impact on your parenting.
I saw this video a few months ago and it never get old to see the excitement of these people over God’s Word.
Video via http://www.desiringgod.org
Raising kids to live radically for Christ requires a radical way of thinking, living, and believing. I Tim. 1:5
Dennis Rainey (via Twitter, 2/24/13)
Over the years, many things have been written about Tim Tebow. Some people applaud the stance me makes concerning his Christian life while others make it their mission to run him into the ground. Yesterday, Al Mohler discussed on his radio show, The Briefing, Tebow’s recent decision not to speak at the historic, First Baptist Church of Dallas. Denny Burk also writes about the significance concerning Tebow’s decision to cancel his appearance. In the next few days I am sure that Tebow will be in the news, not for his play (or lack thereof) on the field, but for his decision to make a stand, a stand that will no doubt have a lasting impact on his life, on and off the field.