Archive for April, 2014

Sunday is Coming

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Check out this powerful video detailing good Friday and the hope of Easter Sunday!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/39886827″>Sunday’s Coming!</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/ctrmemphis”>CTR Memphis</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Don’t Waste Your Summer

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

With May upon us and the weather warming, it is almost time for barbecue’s, trips to the lake, vacations, summer camps, and busyness. When I was growing up, baseball was the king of my summer, carrying me all over the state for tournaments and keeping me at the ball field daily for practices. I had a nice healthy routine as a middle and high schooler of playing baseball in the afternoon and evenings before coming home and playing video games (or hanging out with friends) until 2 or 3 a.m. Going to bed so late (or technically early) in the morning each day naturally led to my normally not waking up before noon, eating some pizza rolls while vegging out in front of the television for a few hours and making sure I was ready for baseball the next day. A productive and healthy summer this was not and I distinctly remember each year that the week before school started thinking, “where did the summer go?”

Ever since I became a believer as a senior in high school my goal has been to not waste my summer and to not let good intentions remain good intentions. As we near the summer months I would encourage you to make a plan for your Bible reading, spiritual disciplines, and family devotions (and family time for that matter). Whether you are a student, parent, youth leader, grandparent, ball player, or pastor, don’t waste these valuable months of the year.

In the link below, there is a compilation of a ton of blogs addressed specifically with ideas for how to not waste your summer. It is worth a look so check it out at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2013/05/30/dont-waste-your-summer/.

My wife and I regularly have conversations about how to talk with our oldest daughter about difficult things. We live right across from a cemetery and daddy is always going to funerals and Bible passages constantly speak of the wages of sin being death, and death is a hard thing for a little girl to understand. What do you do when your little girl tells you they don’t want to die because you are teaching them the Bible which speaks of it so often? How do you speak to your children about people in your family or neighborhood or in their class about people who are living lifestyles that clearly go against what God’s word says?

This ongoing discussion within our home makes this article very helpful. In speaking about God’s creation, the falleness of our world (and ourselves), and the restoration and recreation that comes through Christ, we are given a paradigm to speak into these things with confidence. It is amazing that the storyline of Scripture can speak into the specific details of our lives in such concrete ways. Check it out at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/04/21/explaining-hard-things-to-our-children/.

God’s Like That

Posted: April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you’ve ever led your young children through a children’s Bible, you will notice that many (well, most) of the stories aren’t there. Anything that could be deemed as “inappropriate” is passed over. The problem is 2 Timothy 3 tells us that all Scripture is God breathed and profitable for our growth in godliness, even the stories about messed up sinners doing what messed up sinners do (every story of the Bible). I remember reading the story of Adam and Eve to a group of pre-schoolers one time and having a conversation a few weeks later because one of the children got upset that night because mommy was giving her an apple to eat for dinner. She didn’t want to eat it because what she pulled out of the story was that eating fruit led to immediate death and she wasn’t ready to die yet. The discussion then turned into why we were teaching children about death in a story bible. I understand this sentiment as a parent. We live across from a cemetery and our girls are constantly being told that daddy has to go help at a funeral because somebody died. It’s difficult for them to grasp what this means and as a parent it can be perplexing when little ones ask these questions. The rub comes here though: we can’t understand the gospel of Jesus without understanding our need for a Savior and we can’t understand our need for a Savior without understanding the penalty and power of sin in our lives and in the world. Should we use wisdom? Of course we should. Are there certain ideas and themes young children aren’t mature enough for yet? I think so. But we shouldn’t protect our kids from understanding the gospel by turning the Bible into Aesop’s fables and moralism for how to live a happy and successful life. They need to hear of their sinfulness and their need for a Savior.

In this article, Trevin Wax gives an example of how exposing his children to a Bible story that isn’t traditionally kid friendly, helped his son understand the character and grace of God in a powerful way. Check out the article here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2014/04/01/gods-like-that-what-my-kids-got-from-studying-hosea/. Also, the video is below.

I’ve had my eyes on this book for a month or so and plan to buy some copies to give to parents who have high-schoolers a few years before they will be graduating. Here’s a helpful interview of the author that gives an overview of the book. Check it out at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/04/01/how-to-prepare-your-teen-for-college/.