Family Friday Links 9.2.2016

I'm summarizing these articles today while waiting on a train to go by near our office so I can get out of the parking lot and off to carpool. I know those are the times that parents and pastors read blogs too, so I'm praying for you as you think through what we've been reading this week:

  • Danny Franks (@LetMeBeFranks) wrote "10 Mistakes You're Making When Recruiting Volunteers." He writes, I hope you’re polishing your weekend systems at every turn. But don’t be so polished that people think, “There’s no way they can use me.” This article is a gem for those who manage volunteer teams in equipping churches.
  • Dr. John Piper (@JohnPiper) reposted an article entitled "The Family: Together in God's Presence" about parents brining their kids into the main worship gathering. He wrote, "The greatest stumbling block for children in worship is that their parents do not cherish that hour." I think there are good reasons for churches to offer children's ministry up through elementary ages during the main gathering, and I'll write about them on Monday. But I also think there is value in kids seeing their parents worship God. I'm grateful for Dr. Piper for giving a clear picture for parents of what it can look like to worship in the presence of your kids.
  • Finally, I want to point to a really helpful book review by Todd Wilson at The Gospel Coalition (@TGC) of Michelle Lee-Barnewell's book Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian. This appears to be a thought-provoking volume that will further Christian thinking about gender relationships.

What are you reading this week? What would you recommend?

Family Friday Links 7.29.16 on Trinitarian Theology

Over the past month, there has been a less than gentle but revealing debate about the nature of the Trinity on social media. In one corner were those who believe in the submission of the Son to the Father in eternity past (Bruce WareWayne GrudemDenny Burk). And in the other corner those who don't and believe this idea is a new movement away from Christian orthodoxy (Liam GoligherCarl TruemanScot McKnight).

While this may seem like a debate for nerds in the academy, the dispute is important for Christians to think about. It impacts what we believe about God and his gospel. Moreover, because 1 Corinthians 11:30 connects submission in human relationships to Christ's submission to God the Father, this debate has implications for what Christians should think and teach about gender.  

Here are some of the best resources I've come across: 

Family Friday Links 4.8.16

Here's what we've been reading online recently:

Jason Helopoulos wrote a post on threats to the Christian family. He writes, "Western hemisphere Christians have awakened to this reality in recent years as Western nations embrace everything from homosexual union as marriage, to legally forbidding parents from disciplining their own children, to restricted parental rights regarding health care. As serious as these issues remain, some of the deadliest enemies of the Christian family come from within rather than from without." He goes on to list 6. Parents, this requires serious consideration.

Sam Luce wrote a post on the topic of partnering with parents. It's what every Children's, Youth, and Family ministry should want to do. But do we? Sam says, "Partnering with parents primarily requires a church that sees the value of families and provides resources and programming that make that value an experienced reality." Pastors, take note and be ministered to by a fellow pastor.

Jason Helverston wrote a post entitled "Why We Teach Our Children to be Christian" He wrote, "By telling our children all faiths are possible and powerful and personal, we have also told them that no faith is really true." Parents, it's important to teach your kids your faith. Learn from this pastor and parent.

What have you been reading online lately? Leave us a link in the comment section for us to check out.