It’s been a while … forgive me. Here are some things that I have found good lately….
Read, Read, Read, to Your Children – I appreciate this article by Marty Machowski author of The Gospel Story Bible. I’m so thankful for my wife, the mother of our children, because God convicted her before we had children to cultivate this habit in our home. Our children would rather have their parents read to them on most days rather than watch a TV show. I highly recommend the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
Recently I had the privilege to preach on the 5th commandment. I believe this commandment has an important word for parents, not just children. I invite you to listen here.
Forgive me for not posting in a while. Things have gotten pretty busy with having a 4th child, selling a home, and now trying to buy a home. Here are a few interesting things to look at….
How to Miss a Childhood. Thanks to my friends the Jones’ for pointing this out to me. Great reminder of how we need to keep careful watch over our time with out spouses and children.
The Gospel Coalition. If you are not familiar with the Gospel Coalition, let me introduce you. The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical and reformed churches. Their website: thegospelcoalition.org is worth checking almost daily. You will find articles and blogs from some of the leading Christian thinkers and pastors that will encourage you daily in your walk with Jesus.
Speaking of The Gospel Coalition, here is a good article that reflects upon President Obama’s recent support for same-sex marriages: How to Win the Public on Homosexuality
I love children’s books that teach a solid, biblical lesson – there aren’t many out there. There are plenty of books that teach “moral” lessons but not many that teach biblical lessons. Halfway Herbert is one of those children’s books that teaches a solid biblical lesson to children. Francis Chan has done an excellent job of communicating solid, biblical truth in a way that children can relate. My wife and I have enjoyed this book and have referred to it often when trying to teach our children the biblical principle of loving God with your whole heart. At $0.99 for the Kindle edition this is a steel! You might want to also checkout The Big Red Tractor.
How to Read the Bible Book by Book is an excellent resource that I have used through the years to help me navigate through the 66 different books of the Bible. For only $3.99 this is a great deal for this Kindle book!
Give Up the Gimmicks, Youth Pastors! Very interesting book that I’m looking forward to reading. I appreciate a youth pastor who is willing to tackle this subject head-on!
Children in Worship – Let’s Bring It Back. I appreciated this article. My wife and I have recently started to bring our 5-year-old to worship. It has been tricky business for us since I’m a pastor. Several of the points the author makes has turned out to be true in our case – our son really is seeing the means of grace.
The Wisdom of Jerry Bridges emailed to you every day! Jerry Bridges is my favorite author and I have been blessed tremendously through the years by his writing ministry. His book Holiness Day by Day is a compilation of many of his works put together in short, one page daily readings. Sign up for this and you will be blessed!
I cannot recommend CovenantEyes enough for parents who are looking to protect their children online. Please check out there great resource page for parents that will give you some helpful and eye-opening tips for protecting your family online (not just teens but smaller children too!). This company (and ministry) is my number one recommendation for internet filtering and monitoring.
Are you into movies? Please check out my friend John Perritt’s blog called Reel Thinking. This site is a great resource for thinking biblically about film and faith.
Watch Your Conjunctions in Parenting – I really enjoyed and was challenged by this article. The author writes in regards towatching our conjunctions, “This is how parents can be grace-based while insisting on obedience.”
Pastors and folks who have a heart for ministering/counseling in the context of the local church will really enjoy the recently re-release Journal of Biblical Counseling. This is an excellent resource that you can read online for free!
Teach Children the Bible is Not About Them. Sally Lloyd-Jones does an excellent job in this article to help parents read and teach the Bible to their children. She makes an important point that readying and teaching Bible stories to children is not for the purpose of helping them learn some moral lesson but to help them see Jesus!
If you own a Kindle or iPad with Kindle app I highly recommend these cheap works from Shepherd Press for only $3.99! I have read and love Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Time for the Talk, and When Sinners Say I Do.
Don’t Waste Your Sports is an excellent short read, or video, or podcast that I highly recommend to parents who desire “to let a right knowledge of God shape the way we practice and play sports.”
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Don’t Waste Your Sports from Sovereign Grace Ministries on Vimeo.
I’m beginning a new feature on my site that I hope to publish every Monday morning called Wilson’s Weekly. This feature will include things from around the web and other stuff that interest me from the past week. I hope you enjoy!
Simplify-Family-Worship – Donald Whitney has written a very short and sweet article on how family worship does not have to be complicated. Check out this great little nugget of wisdom on what family worship in the home should look like.
While working on a bathroom repair job this week I listened to a great talk by Randy Stinson called, How to Raise Masculine Sons and Feminine Daughters. This is a great talk to encourage dads. I’m teaching a 6-week class at my church on Biblical manhood called Show Yourself a Man – How Father’s Train Their Sons to Be Men of God.
My wife and I had the opportunity to attend a John Rosemond parenting conference at Christ United Methodist in Jackson, MS this past week. It was excellent! The topic was Parenting With Love and Leadership. I have not been too familiar with Rosemond until this past year. After hearing him in person I now love this guy! He is very practical and witty. I must warn you that he is not a Bible teacher although I do believe many of his principles are Biblically informed. Check him out at www.rosemond.com. I plan to purchase Parenting By the Book and The Well-Behaved Child.