Here 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.
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.
Here is a short audio review of the excellent book, War, Peace and Christianity.
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.
In 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.