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Editorial: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children

To have a biblical worldview is to interpret every aspect of our lives—including our relationships with children—within the framework of God’s story. At the center of God’s story stands this singular act: In Jesus Christ, God personally intersected human history and redeemed humanity at a particular time in a particular place. Yet this central act…

“So many voices”: The Piety of Monica, Mother of Augustine

In The History of St. Monica, Émile Bougaud (1823–1888) introduced his subject with the lofty claim that readers should sing such a biography rather than read it.1 Believing Monica had possessed “the most beautiful love that perhaps ever existed,” Bougaud encouraged mothers to look to her example and recognize “how divine is the strength with…

John Wesley on the Formative Reading of Scripture and Educating Children

In the last decade, research has demonstrated that today’s Christian teens believe in the Word of God. For instance, a 2005 Gallop Youth Survey reported that 39% of Protestant and Catholic teens surveyed said that the Bible is the “actual word of God” and should be taken literally; 46% said that the Bible is the…

The Pastor’s Home as Paradigm for the Church’s Family Ministry

As a young, newly-married man with no children yet, I listened intently to what sounded like a helpful idea for the small congregation where I served at the time. “I really want to see our church minister to families,” my pastor declared, “and I want my family to connect with families as well!” To meet…

JDFM FORUM: A Brief Interview with Jim Hamilton About His New Children’s Book, The Bible’s Big Story

1. You are a seminary professor, theologian, and the author of many scholarly articles and books; why did you choose to write a children’s book? Because I love my kids and I love the Bible! The project started out as something that my oldest son and I were doing together. I would tell him about something…

Book Reviews (Journal of Family Ministry Spring 2014)

Brian H. Cosby. Reclaiming Youth Ministry From an Entertainment Culture. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2012, 160 pp., $12.99. For years the model in youth ministry was to pursue the shock effect, eat copious amounts of greasy pizza, play games, and if possible connect Jesus through that with a simple message. Attendance in youth ministries was…

Book Reviews: Think Orange by Reggie Joiner: A Review Article

Reggie Joiner, Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2009), 261pp. $21.99. A Landmark Book on Family Ministry Around the time Reggie Joiner was drafting copies of his second book (his first was a co-authored effort entitled, Seven Practices of Effective Ministry), a noticeable trend was taking…

Book Reviews: Review of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos

“Family worship” is an archaic phrase—and an increasingly archaic practice. It sounds austere and intimidating, like an outdated tradition for über-conservative, tightly sheltered, hyper-Christian families who care more about spiritual solemnity than family warmth. Pastor Jason Helopoulos, assistant pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, puts the lie to these misconceptions and seeks…

Equipping the Generations: Don’t Segregate the Youth

This article originally appeared at The Gospel Coalition. Used by permission. I was enjoying brunch at a local café with my wife after church. It was before we had kids, so it was just the two of us. Across the room I spotted one of the students in my youth ministry, sitting with his parents.…

Equipping the Generations: I Don’t Remember Chemistry and I’m Not Homeless

This article originally appeared at TheBlazingCenter.com. Used by permission. Is it just me or is there a lot of pressure on parents to provide their children with the absolute perfect environment for growth? We are told that our children need to be breast fed, need listen to classical music, need to be able to read…

Equipping the Generations: The Needle and the Joy

“You’re so young,” my anesthesiologist commented as he prepped my back for the ever-so-long epidural needle. I was in the delivery room preparing to give birth to our second daughter, Evangeline. “I just can’t believe you are already having your second child and you’re only twenty-six,” he continued. “Yes,” was all I could utter through…

Equipping the Generations: Children: A Blessed Necessity for Christian Marriages

Last month, Time ran a cover story on “The Childfree Life.” It raised the question: Are children necessary for having a full and meaningful life? This month, Emily Timbol has picked up that question and stirred the pot again. In her article, “The Fruitful Callings of Childless By Choice,” she makes the case that she…

Equipping the Generations: Words of Grace for the Repentant Parent

You have read the books, been to the conferences, favorited the latest tweets, and perhaps even received a degree declaring that you are a “certified” expert on how to minister to families. Now, if the parents in your ministry will just follow your advice, their home will be overflowing with Bible studies and wonderful times…

Equipping the Generations: Freed to Make Jesus Famous

This article originally appeared at DesiringGod.org. Used by permission. In the months leading up to my daughter’s birth, I contemplated what it would be like to raise a child. I thought, if I can barely remember to put deodorant on in the mornings, how could I possibly steward another life? More importantly, how will I…

Equipping the Generations: Adoption is Bigger Than You Think

This article originally appeared at DesiringGod.org. Used by permission. “Adoption is greater than the universe.” So says John Piper, and as sweeping as the statement may sound, it is absolutely true. Because the eternal communion of our triune God is behind, beneath, beside, and above the universe and is the ultimate reason and cause for our…

Equipping the Generations: How Pornography Works

This article originally appeared at AlbertMohler.com. Used by permission. We are fast becoming a pornographic society. Over the course of the last decade, explicitly sexual images have crept into advertising, marketing, and virtually every niche of American life. This ambient pornography is now almost everywhere, from the local shopping mall to prime-time television. By some…

Equipping the Generations: Pornography: The New Narcotic

The new narcotic. Morgan Bennett just published an article by this title. The thesis: Neurological research has revealed that the effect of internet pornography on the human brain is just as potent — if not more so — than addictive chemical substances such as cocaine or heroin. To make matters worse, there are 1.9 million cocaine users,…