Do you believe the Biblical concept of covenant undergirds every aspect of our lives? What if I told you that a proper understanding of covenant is imperative for living a life of obedience in accordance with the Scriptures. Does such an understanding affect the manner in which we should educate our children? Yes. Does it define our stance on topics such as gay marriage? Absolutely. What about our involvement in local politics? Check. These are just a few of the countless questions answered by … [Read more...] about Covenant Theology, now explained with Cartoons!
Occasionally, life ushers in unanticipated insights from unexpected sources. This is exactly what happened recently at my office with my youngest son. When I am not travelling, he sometimes joins me in daily business life so he can glean unique lessons and I can augment my productivity in unique ways. I talk about this in detail in this blog post. On this particular day, I was running behind on a few remaining tasks and asked that he sit quietly while I focused. He was relatively compliant until … [Read more...] about Babysitters and Taxes
Get out your calendar! We have made it to the final component of the recipe for a highly focused family. If we stick with the symphony analogy from yesterday, this last step is the rehearsal schedule. The orchestra will have their complete scores in mind, their notes and experience from prior sessions in front of them, and that day’s section practiced and prepared for. The rehearsal will reveal the progress that has been made and set the … [Read more...] about Focus In the Family (Step 4)
We have crossed the halfway point in our practical recipe for remarkable focus in the family. You know where you want to go (the Future Picture has been painted), and you have decided where to apply the greatest amount of energy right now (the Game-changer Goals). The symphony has been conceived. The opening sonata is the priority. The third step is the factor that will enable the priority to be accomplished. This is the writing of the notes. You can rest assured that if … [Read more...] about Focus In the Family (Step 3)
This is Part 2, in a multi-part series. Read Part 1 here. What do you want your family life to look like? Yesterday’s article introduced a four-step, practical recipe for gaining a laser-like focus, and honed in on the importance of memorializing a future picture for your family. As a reminder, the four steps are as follows: 1) Future Picture 2) Game-changer Goal 3) Drivers 4) Focus Talks Painting the detailed future picture will provide the irreplaceable vision for … [Read more...] about Focus In the Family (Step 2)
“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow we would now be able to have multiple “first things”.[i] We live in a world where the attempt to make noticeable progress in countless areas of our lives holds us … [Read more...] about Focus In the Family (Step 1)
Last week I read one of the most astounding articles that I think every reformed Christian should read. Why? Because I believe that as the theology espoused by a group within the reformed community becomes more consistent with its base presuppositions, it also becomes more dangerous. The article was in the widely known First Things magazine, the flagship program for the Institute on Religion and Public Life. That such an article would appear within this publication is no surprise. That … [Read more...] about Prepping for Exile – A response to Carl Trueman
“Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!” I came across this quote again as I was reading through The Hobbit with my seven-year old. It was underlined from the first time that I read it years ago. I underlined it along with another phrase that has stuck with me since first reading it. “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” There embedded within this mythical adventure was some very practical instruction: Don’t deal casually with … [Read more...] about Radical Islam: Coming to a Theater Near You?
The Southern Baptist Convention is in a pickle. Baptisms are down and the “Calvinist” contingency is up. In the minds of some within the denomination this would be more than enough to sound a red alert. I would guess the rise in “Calvinists”(soteriologically speaking) will continue. There is no way to confessionally bar the windows or judicially lock the door. As for the decline in baptisms, those of young children seem to be holding back a steeper decline. I don’t write these comments in … [Read more...] about Toddler Baptism and the Sinner’s Prayer
Because the immigration issue is viewed as an invasion issue, it will always be a hot topic. No matter our chosen news source, we are inundated with a constant stream of recent developments as well as familiar headlines on illegal immigration. Just this past weekend I ran across a Fox News story reiterating the need for a solution backed with funding. On the border-immigration issue, House Republicans appear to want a $1 billion emergency-spending plan, as an alternative to President Obama’s … [Read more...] about Open and Closed Borders: Let’s Have Both