Archive for December, 2013

12/17/13
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Children in Worship by Sue Jakes


Can we teach our children to worship God at the same time they are learning to walk, talk and tie their shoes? After all, worship is the only thing they will do forever!

In many churches today, bringing children into the full hour of congregational worship is postponed as long as possible. Generally, we have decided that we can worship better without them. In their book, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon advocate including children in corporate worship as well as other aspects of kingdom work. They observe: Read the rest of this entry »

12/10/13
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The Lost Art and Practice of Family Devotions by Brad Winsted


In this environment, the idea of family devotions seems to be an anachronism from the “little house on the prairie” era of fireside family discussions. However, if one goes back to Bible-believing pastors who were concerned about the lack of “family worship” in their congregations in the mid-nineteenth century, here is what you would hear:

Along with Sabbath observance and the catechizing of children, family worship has lost ground. There are many heads of families, communicants in our churches, and according to a scarcely credible report, some ruling elders and deacons, who maintain no stated daily service of God in their dwellings. (Thoughts on Family Worship, by James W. Alexander, 1847) Read the rest of this entry »