Principles for Raising Boys Five-year-old Gabriel snuggled deeper into covers, his arm protectively cradling something. Granny, to whom the task had fallen to tuck him into bed, shifted the blanket back revealing not the teddy bear she expected, but a machete. Raising boys to be men is not a task for the faint of heart. In God’s (sometimes humorous) sovereignty, He has given us eight of these creatures to rear for His glory. Life with boys is often noisy, dirty, and physical. Crazy exploits, wrestling matches, and inventing unsafe structures define my boys’ days. Guests to our home chuckle at. . .
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He had been complaining of nausea all morning and the night before, but without any incident. But soon after the family had settled in for worship, he seemed to be in distress so I asked him if he needed to head for the restroom. Bravely, he said no. I put my hand on his back to let him know that I was aware of his discomfort, and if he changed his mind, I was ready to help. The church that we were visiting that day was on our route home from vacation and was known for great doctrine and beautiful. . .
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Perhaps the Apostle John said it best, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” This should be the heart cry of the Christian parent, this should be the motivation that inspires our prayers and our actions as we invest in the lives of the children that God has given to us. Sadly, in many evangelical churches the promises of God with respect to our children are often ignored. For instance, we read in Psalm 103:17 that the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His. . .
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Children’s Bible Stories In the Sunday school classrooms in which I taught years ago, each weekly lesson had a main idea that we repeated over and over. Platitudes such as “God loves me,” “I am special to God,” and “We are kind to one another” filled the teacher’s manual. Curiously, we did not see “God is angry at the wicked every day.” Unfortunately, twentieth century American Christians more often take our cues from Frobel and Montessori than from the Word of God. If we are to train up a generation of God-fearing Christians, we must change both the methods and. . .
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GENERATIONS CONFERENCE, TALK #3
Everyone has a path to the good life. God has one too – honor your father and your mother. With this conference two sons seek to honor two fathers, and four men seek to honor their heavenly Father as they consider together their calling to future generations. Join the Honorable Howard Phillips and his son Douglas, and Dr. R.C. Sproul and his son R.C. Jr. in this special event as they discuss a return to honor, and a future filled with blessing. Our prayer is that this conference, and these recordings will encourage and provoke parents to both instill and inspire honor in their children, and that all of us would better honor our heavenly Father, and all those He has placed in authority over us.
In the Greek, Economics means Oikos (Household) + Nomos (Rules). The goal is the establishment of guidelines for how something should be done. In this conversation we look at money, chores, responsibilities, gifts, labor, opportunity costs and entrepreneurial activities in our attempt to understand how best to run our households.
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“I believe in husbands having the responsibility to lead in their homes. I think that is the basic definition of patriarchy.” RCJR
It’s been 108 weeks since we last talked about the subject of homeschooling our children. Our tykes have grown into teenagers. What have we learned in the past nine years? What has changed? What remains the same is that homeschooling means discipleship; passing down your most important convictions to your children and teaching them our holy religion.
It is indeed good to be the king. It is terrifying and bone-wearying, joyful and rewarding.
Jesus is our one High Priest, and praise Him, His atoning work was finished at Calvary. If we seek to imitate our Lord and Savior, then in what way are we in turn called to fulfill a priestly role?
KNOWLEDGE PUFFS UP
Join us as we seek to know what we ought, how to do rightly, to love wisdom, and to walk humbly with our God.
What is courtship? How should it be done? Is there a biblical process we can follow? How do we best prepare our children to marry wisely, and how ought we to lead them through this process? God gave us marriage, and tasked us with raising godly seed. We in turn want our own children to marry wisely, and raise up the next generation of soldiers of the King. Join us as we consider courtship and some fundamental principles of wisdom along the path to the joy of seeing our children marry in the Lord.
Please join the conversation; you may not only find something of value, but also something to leave with your children.
This conversation looks at the calling of a man to protect hearth and home from danger, and the folly of delegating the defense of one’s home.
Like the world around us, we see our families not as a single unit, but as a temporary arrangement of individuals. The family is never more temporarily together than when they come to church. Our programs have programmed out of our minds the very notion of the family. Dad has his Men in the Gap meeting, mom her Women’s Circle. Princess goes to youth group and junior is in the basement watching vegetables on tv. Where did this madness come from, and what is it doing to the kingdom? This conversation seeks to answer those questions, talk about family integrated worship and learning, and to turn the hearts of fathers back to their their children, and to their calling.
This conversation looks at the delight of a job well done, arguing that craftsmanship isn’t simply a calling, but a reward in itself.
This conversation looks at adoption, both as sons and fathers; both our adoption by our heavenly Father, and our adoption of His covenant children here on earth.
This conversation looks at this disturbing trend, and seeks to lay down a vision for raising young men who will be men first, and young only coincidentally.
Don’t look now, but I’m afraid we’re eager to have people look at us. Modesty is a concept that is all but forgotten in the church. On the rare occasion that it comes up, It is usually reduced to how much skin we’re exposing. Both bare midriffs and blogs, however, are most often the same thing beneath, a desire to draw attention to ourselves. In this conversation we consider modesty both as it relates to clothing, and how it relates to our hearts. We hope you’ll join us in this conversation.