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What is a good catechism?

What is a Good Catechism? You've probably heard it said that there are no bad questions. Well... that's not exactly true. There are bad questions, and one of them is, "What is a good catechism?" Actually, it is not as much of a bad question as it is an inadequate, incomplete one. Asking "what is a good confession" is a bit like asking "what is a good bait?" Every good fisherman knows that a bait is only as good as its ability to attract the fish we're pursuing. In the same way, a catechism is only as ...

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Whitehorse inn on Discipleship and Youth Ministry

You absolutely MUST listen to the White Horse Inn’s podcast on Discipleship!  These guys have talked around the Youth Ministry/Intergenerational Discipleship issue for a while now, but this recent broadcast hit the nail on the head.  I could not believe what I was hearing.  Remember, these are not FIC guys.  Nevertheless, they have identified the problems inherent in age-segregated ministry.  At one point Ken Jones says point blank that “the only place we see [systematic age grading] is in the public schools.”  Again, I am not saying these guys are on the FIC side of the ledger.  In ...

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November Question of the MOnth

The response to our new monthly feature has been tremendous.  We’ve received questions on subjects spanning the spectrum.  Some of the questions have already been answered in past blogs, others were a bit off topic (especially those asking for responses to myths, lies and half truths from attack sites), and others were a bit too personal/specific (Note:  I cannot use this blog to do pastoral counseling, and I only offer such counseling to members of my own church).    Question Of the Month:   What are practical ways to involve and teach your preschoolers during your family devotional times (ie ...

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Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions

By Matthew Hudson   Recently, editors of Leadership Journal, Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell (Ph.D., Fuller). It was so refreshing and encouraging to hear them ask one of the most critical questions effecting the church in our time. The question was asked in the title, "Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over?"   With the opening lines heralding the statistical verification that as many as eight out of ten of the most ministered-to generation are apostatizing, it is clear ...

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What Should Home Educators Do When Grandparents DisApprove?

Anyone who has been involved in home education for longer than a week has probably had to deal with relatives who don’t approve of their decision.  This is always a touchy subject.  However, things get a little more dicey when the skeptical party happens to be your parents.  What is a respectful, God-honoring child supposed to do when the parents who raised them don’t like what they have chosen to do in the education department?  How about this?  Honor your father and mother, hold fast to the word, and hold fast to your spouse.   Honor Your Father and ...

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