Saturday, July 24, 2010

How to love my future Family?

I had been writing this a while ago, but I thought I would finish it tonight. I was thinking a lot about the fact that, as my family lovingly reminded me (:P), I'll probably have a family within the next decade. Even though that scares the heebie jeebies out of me, I figure I might as well start thinking about the way I would raise my kids/ maintain a God honoring home. I so deeply want to raise my kids in an environment where they will be free from the attitude of our culture. I don't want them to be sheltered, no, not in the least. But I hope that they would be something like this:

"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."


I think it's a problem when many parents hope to shelter their kids from the poisoning secular atmosphere for as much of their life as possible. Of course, there I go saying that, and I'm heading off to a Christian college for three years. But it might redeem me that I'll probably be getting my masters at a secular college haha :D. Rather, it is best that parents raise their kids, first in a good environment where they can learn to counter the secular ideas such as post-modernism, and then to allow kids to see and be submersed in secular culture. I think you should train your kids up in the ways of God, teaching them how righteousness and goodness is the most wonderful and joyful way to live- not even worldly righteousness-(recycling) (ok no just kidding haha, but rather worldly goodness), but heart satisfaction in the Glory of Christ.

As John Piper emphasized, "Don't let your kids leave the house with the attitude, 'How far can I go before I have to stop, because God is watching?', but rather let them leave your home with this attitude:'How, by any means, no matter what the cost, can I make God look glorious in my life? How can I serve the most high God?"

To sum it up, I think its best to train kids to counter secular ideas and pray that their hearts would find satisfaction in God, and then turn them loose in secular culture, in order that they, pure in heart, can love those who are lost and destroy the ideological strongholds of secular culture.


3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.


That being said, how are you to train your kids up? That's the main thing I've been thinking about. You can talk about all this stuff, but in what ways can you contribute to your kid's spiritual formation while raising them? I'm just going to blahh a bunch of stuff out here and hopefully change it if necessary, but these are a couple things that I think are good honest goals.

The only way you can hope to accomplish anything for the hearts of kids is to first make changes/resolutions for yourself. So, here are my ideas:

Resolve to know and study every worldview within reach. Study the most formidable opponents to Christianity: (Atheism, Post-modernism,etc..), and be prepared to "give an answer" to each philosophy and show it to be faulty. Understand the emotional objections to Christianity. (suffering, emotional doubt, self-doubt, etc.) and have a heart for any and all who deal with them. Refuse to be ignorant of anything. Accept anything which is true, an maintain a high regard for all that is true, including scientific data which may prove something contrary to your worldview.

Love your family as Christ loved the church. Give yourself for your wife in every way- in mind, heart, and body. Hold nothing back. Any moment you find yourself trying to save part of yourself instead of giving it up to your family, take these thoughts and desires to God and make them captive to Christ. And, most of all, love your family with all your heart! Let no part of you become corrupted by sinful desires, but rather be renewed by "the renewal of your mind" and the truth and reality of Christ's love.

Pray/read with your family. Every day. Now, a family's devotion time together should never be the only devotion that they do, just as a husband and wife's time together in devotion should never be the sole time spent with God for each individual, but a family should ALWAYS have devotions together every day, if possible.

Forget Cable. Yes, it's important to know world news and stuff, but you can read that stuff on the internet. Of course, TV's for watching movies are awesome and a great thing to do, but cable leads to massive amounts of wasted time, and the stuff on cable these days, and likely in 20 years, will not be worth watching.

Talk to your family. Be open and one hundred percent transparent. Let all things you do be open for all to see, and keep no secrets. Have family talks (I suppose that would go with devotions)and speak to each kid in the family individually and ask them how their hearts are doing. Confess your failures (oh, and I'm sure my failures will be countless) with humility and work to start anew. Fight for your family's heart. If there is any sin in any person in the family, just as Paul said, gently bring them to repentance for their own joy.

How many times can one repeat it?? Love your wife! With everything you are, give your heart to her. Set an example for your kids! There is no end to the emphasis that could be put on this. Flee addictions to anything which would lead you away from her. Pursue her heart, adore her, give your whole heart to her. Enough said.

EDIT: Practical Additions:

1. Friday Night Dates
2. Confessing sins and shortfalls out loud.

Be Joyful. See the glory in everything. Sing and whistle and clap and make noise and make yourself look stupid and let your family join in! Be mindlessly, deliriously, goofy with your family and have fun in this wonderful world God has created!

Worship God with heart and mind and word and deed. What else is there to be said?

Those are the personal commitments that I would hope to have for my family. Now, there are further some things I would hope to do with kids, and I'll put those here:

Gradually introduce them to doctrine.

Ask them questions. J.P. Moreland constantly asks his daughters questions like, "Why should you be good to people?", or, "What makes humans unique?" (To which his daughters answered, "we all have belly buttons!!" HAHAHAH!!! ok ok,,) But the main goal here is to make them think about life, question basic assumptions, and get their brains in gear.

The next thing is to tell your kids to ask questions to YOU about Christianity and life in general. Have them write down all the questions that ever come to their mind, and talk with them about all of them.


I'll add more stuff to this as it becomes clear to me, but for now, this is my springboard.

I know all of this seems INCREDIBLY hard. And yes, just looking at it scares me. But what other kind of life would you want to live? Why not strive for the best and fall somewhere short of it than not strive for anything, and fall short of nothing? I know I'll fail multiple times. I know I'll mess up. But you can gradually introduce this stuff to family life, and I can absolutely guarantee you- just wait, and see the joy creeping into all of the family member's lives.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Podcast - Sermons

I decided to create another podcast mainly focused on sermons. While the other podcast contains sermons and mostly apologetics, this podcast will consist of sermons and perhaps an apologetic in sermon form. It will probably have a lot of sermons from Sermon Audio.com, and also anywhere else that looks good!


Here's the link to subscribe to the podcast: Itunes


Here's the link to the feedburner audio:RSS feed

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Love

1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

This has perhaps been one of the most challenging passages in the Bible for me lately. I want to have more love for people. I want to genuinely care for each and every person. I want to be able to see clearly the amazing value of every human heart, and be moved to give everything I am for every single person. Sure, you can be a Billy Graham, or a William Lane Craig. You can be a genius, an evangelist, very generous, helpful, iconic, or very good at discerning the truths of the Bible, but if you do not have a genuine love for all, you have nothing.

It can be seen easily here that Paul counts everything a person is worth in their effectiveness towards sustaining God's Kingdom as nothing if it does not first and foremost result from love.

I want to be heart-broken and convicted about this. I want to care for every person deeply, but honestly I haven't been feeling that lately. Thus, I shall pray. I know that freedom awaits in Christ's love.


Here is a list of sermons by John Piper, concerning love. I hope that everyone would take time to listen to these and allow them to change your heart just as I'm hoping they, with God's help, will change mine!

The Greatest of these is Love - Intro - John Piper




Link to the list.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Apologetics Mega Page by Bryan Auten, from Apologetics 315

I just wanted to make any readers aware that I've placed a link to the Apologetics 315 blog's MP3 MEGA page.

This web page is stocked with perhaps thousands of MP3's (some college courses) on philosophy, apologetics, counseling psychology, theology, and every realm of knowledge surrounding the Christian Faith. It is HIGHLY beneficial to listen to them!

The link is here. But it is also on the right hand side of the page, underneath the list of other apologetics websites. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The LAST one! Sentential Logic Rule 9 - Constructive Dilemma

The Constructive Dilemma is a bit of a tricky one. But, once learned, it can be useful for some either-or situations and discerning their consequences.

Everyone has gone through one hard situation in their life in which he or she was required to make a difficult decision. For example, have you ever had to decide between what your parents said and your friends said? Or have you ever had to choose to do one thing over another, based on the outcome of each? If so, then you have set up a constructive dilemma and chosen the most favorable outcome.

Say I am on a road trip with a jazz band, and we just happen to be running seriously low on cash. We pull up into a town that has two jazz clubs looking for a gig. They both want us! If we go to the St. Louis Jazz Club, they will pay us three hundred dollars, and if we go to the Skylight Jazz club on the other side of town, they'll pay us five hundred dollars. This is our situation-- we either go to the St. Louis Jazz Club or the Skylight Jazz Club. That also must mean that either we'll be payed 300 dollars or 500 dollars! Being low on cash, we chose the latter, the Skylight Jazz Club, because it more efficiently met our needs.

That was a constructive dilemma ^^. (or, CD)

1. Situation P leads to situation Q, and situation R leads to situation S
2. Either situation P will happen, or situation R will happen.

3. Therefore, Either situation Q or situation S will happen.

1.(P -> Q) & (R -> S)
2.(P v R)

3.(Q v S)

This type of logic draws on modus ponens, of course, because it logically makes sense that if P means Q, then if P is true, Q is true. It simply takes two situations which would logically follow according to modus ponens and puts them into an either or situation.

So, a more complicated argument.

1. (P->Q) & (R->S)
2. (T->P)
3. (U->R)
4. (P v R)
5. ¬ T

6. ¬ T (given)
7. (Q v S) (CD 4,1)
8. ¬ P (MT 5,2)
9. R (DS 4,5)
10. S (MP 9,1)

Try and see if you can follow that. It's a little complicated though.

That's it! There's still more to come, but that's it for the rules!