S&S Podcast 2016.32~The Inner Ring

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The audio is not that great on this podcast. Sorry about that. 

C.S. Lewis’ address titled The Inner Ring, which he gave at King’s College in 1944, is one of the more important essays for our day. He describes how the lust to belong to an inner circle makes scoundrels of us all. With the advent of the Internet there are all these inner rings we can belong that were previously inaccessible. All of the sudden we can belong to Facebook pages, Instagram groups, websites, and other groups that even 25 years ago we would not have even known about, much less been able to join. The lust to belong it stoked daily. In this podcast I discuss this address and why it matters for Christians today. Here are two quotes:

Of all the passions, the passion for the Inner Ring is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.

We are told in Scripture that those who ask get. That is true, in senses I can’t now explore. But in another sense there is much truth in the schoolboy’s principle “them as asks shan’t have.” To a young person, just entering on adult life, the world seems full of “insides,” full of delightful intimacies and confidentialities, and he desires to enter them. But if he follows that desire he will reach no “inside” that is worth reaching.

S&S Podcast 2016.31~Parents Be All There

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Parents all have the temptation to either look to the past when their kids were little and cuddly or look to the future when the kids will be bigger and can help out more. We have a hard time enjoying the present, the place where God has them. In this podcast I encourage parents to be all there and not spend time, energy, or worry on where they were or where they wish they were.

 

S&S Podcast 2016.30~Family Worship

man-leading-family-worshipHere I address the why and how of family worship. Why: so children learn God’s Word. How: It varies quite a bit, but should include Bible reading, prayer, and singing.

 

Here are  a couple of blog posts I wrote on family worship.

A primer on family worship.

Questions about family worship.

 

S&S Podcast 2016.29 The Blame Game

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In the podcast I reflect on how we use our good deeds, such as prayer, tithing, teaching our children modesty, going to church, catechizing, etc. to buy favors from God. What effect does this type of thinking have on our relationship with God? As always comments are welcome.

S&S Podcast 2016.27 Spanking

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Here are the eight main points I covered in the podcast. If you have you questions or comments put them in the comment section. The verses I  mentioned are Proverbs 10:14, 13:21, 14:3, 22:8, 22:15, 23:13-14, 26:3, 29:15, and Hebrews 12:3-11.

First, the rod should be used when words do not work.

Second, as a general rule a rod, that is some implement should be used, not your hand.

Third, in our culture I would recommend against physical force in public.  .

Fourth, your discipline should not leave long term marks. If you are bruising your child there is a problem.

Fifth, do not spank in anger. If you are not in control of your emotions you should not discipline.

Sixth, spanking isn’t the only form of discipline, but it is often the most effective one.

Seventh, study your child to learn what type and what level of discipline works best for your child.

Eighth remember your child’s frame. If you have had them up till midnight the night before have some compassion on them. You would want the same done for you.

Ninth, repent to your children when you sin against them. As they get older acknowledge God’s rod in your life.

 

S&S Podcast 2016.26 Parents Exercise Authority for the Good of the Child

blue_yeti_microphone_review-1In this podcast I look at the last basic principle concerning parents and authority: Parents are not to be selfish when exercising authority, but are to do it for the sake of the child. Parents have authority. Parents are under authority. Parents exercise authority for the good of the child.