Al Mohler invites Bruce Ware onto his radio program. Ware has written a book that encourages and guides parents in teaching their children systematic theology, called Big Truth for Young Hearts. Mohler and Ware have a very enlightening conversation about Ware’s conviction and practice of teaching children systematic theology. Al observes this is one of those books that is unusual in the market, and when you see it you can’t believe there aren’t more like it. Mohler and Ware talk about the need for adults to give more credit to the ability of children to learn challenging theological concepts rather than watering them down to moralities.
Al Mohler interviews Col. Shane Blanton, the president of a Christian boys school. While most of the conversation surrounds this school that Blanton oversees, Mohler discusses some of the current challenges parents face with raising boys.
David Michael of Children Desiring God brought a very timely message for parents and Children’s ministry leaders. Michaels provides a sober look at what should be the operating principle of any children’s ministry, and that is primarily to teach parents how to be godly parents. We need to hear these kinds of messages over and over because we so easily forget the foundation God laid for ministry inside the family.
One thing Michaels said that stood out (just to whet your appetite) is that children should be taught to remain in the entire worship service beginning at age 4. If we don’t, then we are training little Johnny to check out mentally everytime the preacher stands up to preach. Michaels relates methods that help the child to pay attention, and gives testimony to the success he has seen at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
A great message that you have to hear if you are a parent.
David Michael presented an intriging biographical sketch on the life of John Angell James, an English preacher of the early 19th century who wrote many helpful books such as ‘A Help to Domestic Happiness’, ‘The Christian Father’s Present to His Children’, ‘Female Piety’, and ‘An Earnest Ministry.’
James is well known for his instruction in the home, and it is this focus that David Michael takes in his biographical sketch of James which he presented at The 2007 Children Desiring God conference. Biographical sketches allow us not only to learn good habits and ways of thinking, it helps us to learn from failures. There are many rich gems in this address that will challenge any parent in the way they daily lead their children to a life dependant on God.
John Barnett’s series, both in book and audio sermon form, covers a much neglected part of the Christian life in relation to family spiritual leadership. I have spent many hours listening to his messages from this series and combing through this excellent book. You will want to purchase this book because you will want to refer to it again and again. If you are a father, don’t pass this series up. Highly Recommended.
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