Archive for September, 2013

The Evolution of the Swimsuit

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Within the last few weeks, I’ve noticed all over social networking sites the link below. It is a 10 minute youtube video by a woman named Jessica Rey that is titled “The Evolution of the Swimsuit.” It is a helpful history of the swimsuit throughout history and her basic argument is that the ways women present their bodies either emphasize their dignity and value or that their worth is found in their bodies. When the latter is the focus they tend to be looked at as a thing or an object and not a person made in the image of God. What a helpful truth to speak! Modesty is consistently a biblical standard given from God and a way to serve others instead of ourselves, but it is also a battlefield where convenience and fashion lead many to run away from modesty and towards worldliness. Jessica Rey, and hopefully others after her, have created a swimsuit line that seeks to pursue feminine dignity while not doing so at the stake of good fashion sense. More importantly than that, she speaks truths that men and women, young and old, children and parents need to hear: that what we wear says something about who we are, what we’re living for, and who we are serving. Check it out.

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In this video, pastor Kevin DeYoung gives us parents a helpful reminder that, as much as we want to, we can’t be in control of our kids spiritual lives. Instead, we must be faithful to God’s word and trust in His mercies day by day. I look forward to his new book titled Crazy Busy and am sure it will speak truth into my life in many ways. Check out the link.

Timothy Paul Jones is a professor at Southern Seminary and a pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. He came to Calvary last year to preach and to speak on discipling your children to parents and grandparents. I have counted it a privilege to listen to him lecture, preach, and have a few personal conversations about family ministry and I think that he is spot on in this article on ministry and parenting. This is a MUST READ for parents who are serious about leading their children spiritually and ministers serious about equipping parents to do just that.

http://www.timothypauljones.com/2012/09/17/making-time-for-what-matters/

Have you ever caught your child in a sin and felt you responded poorly or unbiblically to the situation? Even with a toddler, as we seek to faithfully discipline my daughter, I find myself in this spot often. The link below provides a helpful example of how to show love to your child in the midst of a situation like this.

The age is getting younger and younger at which the average child views pornography and given our culture’s nack for selling sex and pushing boundaries and letting you decide what is right for you, this trend will only continue. A harem full of sexually explicit pictures can be viewed with any internet connection and your kids know that. In the midst of this, we still must parent our children and raise them in the fear of the Lord, seeking to protect their purity as they mature. This article provides some helpful tips on ways to do just that.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/02/27/raising-kids-in-a-pornified-culture/

We hear statistics all the time about kids leaving church. Many have experienced the pain of watching their children or those they know not walk with the Lord when they have gotten older. We wonder why so many who grew up in our children’s ministries and youth groups aren’t around anymore or plugged in to any local church anywhere. I wonder why the majority of the folks I grew up with in church and youth group aren’t walking with the Lord. These questions have answers and here is an article taking a stab at how to answer that question (I think he’s spot on!). Hopefully, we parents and youth leaders and pastors will do our part to avoid allowing our kids to become a statistic. Enjoy.

http://marc5solas.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/top-10-reasons-our-kids-leave-church/