On Monday morning I’m heading up north (I know, I’m crazy) to Minnesota for the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference on Prayer. I’m really looking forward to it – not just to hear the great line-up of speakers, but to hear from God and grow in what it means to be a man of prayer. I long to know God more deeply, and as a husband, father and pastor, “devote myself to prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
Would you pray for me this Mon – Wed? And if you’re going to the conference, let me know!
I’m really excited for this ministry of Family Life. My wife and I attended the Weekend to Remember marriage conference a few years ago and were incredibly blessed. Starting in November 2010, you will be able to search for The Art of Marriage locations in your community. Make sure to check out the website for more information and updates on this new video-based, one-and-a-half day marriage event built on the same biblically based content as the hotel Getaway.
I just came across a new blog by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof called Orange Parents. The picture below explains the orange concept. My buddy, Lisle Drury, and I attended the Orange Conference last year and it helped to spur us on to begin a new ministry to families called, S.E.E.D.S. Though the gospel is not always put to the forefront of the 252 curriculum produced by these “Orange Leaders,” there is much good to be gathered from their intentional focus on bringing the church and home together. So I encourage you to bookmark this parenting blog.
Al Mohler recently spoke at the Connecting Church and Home Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. In his message, “Christian Parenting is Combat,” he gives 4 things Christian leaders must do to connect the church and home.
#1 The church must present faithful vision of the family, marriage, and parenting – and equip believers to transfer that vision to the next generation.
#2 The church must overcome the zone of privacy and autonomy that keeps individuals from being accountable to the church community. We need to get into each others face. Our parenting and marriage are not properly ours – but belong to Christ and are the affairs of the whole church. Someone needs to get involved when people struggle in these areas.
#3 The church has got to be a place where brokenness is overcome by the Gospel. We slander the good news when we act like the only people who can glorify God are those who have never experienced brokenness.
#4 The church has to got to be the place where families are rescued and armed for the combat to which we are called. Discipleship is a battle. We come to church because we can’t afford not to come. We need to get together because we need to be equipped by the preaching of the Word of God and the fellowship of the Saints.
I’m getting ready to head out with my good buddy Lisle on a 6th Grade Retreat this weekend. The theme of our retreat is CHANGE. That one word pretty much encompasses what’s going on in the lives of kids at this age. Lots of changes, inside and out! Zits, Braces, and hair in weird places! What an awkward time. Wanting to be liked. Wanting to fit in. All of these changes can lead to confusion and frustration. That’s why we need a change of the heart first. And when we become a new creature the change process has only begun. Justified by grace and then sanctified by grace until we reach glory. Please pray for this weekend. And yes, that’s me as a 6th grader on the left.
One book Lisle and I recommend for parents during these awkward years is The Space Between by Walt Mueller.