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Dads: Know the Difference Between What the Gospel Requires and What it Produces

Family shepherds must know the difference between law and gospel. We must know the difference between committing ourselves to leadership in our families because it’s “right,” and looking to Christ as the Good Shepherd who, by his grace, will conform us to the will of his Father as we trust and obey him. We must also know the difference between condemning our family with the law and shepherding them with the gospel. We must know the difference between what the gospel requires and what the gospel produces. WHAT THE GOSPEL REQUIRESAll the gospel requires from us is repentance and ...

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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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April Walk in Truth Newsletter

  Walk in Truth Newsletter April 2011   In This Issue Featured Article Question of the Month Baucham Family News Event Update Family Discipleship Corner Special Offer   Featured Article:  The Church, The Family, and Discipleship:  Part Two,  by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. (From the upcoming book, Family Shepherds, due out in October from Crossway)   Biblically Functioning Homes The third and final leg of the discipleship stool is the biblically functioning home.  This is seen directly in Paul's warning in 1:10-11 concerning the urgent need for rebuking those who contradict sound doctrine: "For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers ...

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Question of the Month: April 2011

"How does the doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture mesh with Paul's acknowledgment of disputable matters (Romans 14:1) and Jesus promise that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth (John 16:12-15)? To give specific application to some of the issues you frequently address: Is it possible that God has led, and will lead, some parents (based on a myriad of factors that only God can truly know, judge, and specifically address) to send their child to the local public school? Is it possible that the Holy Spirit actually does call some men into Youth Ministry ...

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Daddy’s Little Girl (February ’10 Edition)

“STRENGTH AND DIGNITY ARE HER CLOTHING” By Jasmine Baucham   Last summer, I spent a week in Louisiana with a dear friend of mine who was there for the summer nannying for her aunt and uncle. I had never been to New Orleans before, and hadn't seen my friend for several weeks; also, it was my first time away from home alone (my family had to leave me in Houston with friends once, when a spur-of-the-moment sinus and double-ear infection kept me from hopping a plane to Georgia with them, but that was the closest I'd gotten until then ...

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Sam Waldron’s Open Letter on the FIC

Back in September, Sam Waldron wrote an article on the Family Integrated Church that set off a firestorm of criticism of the “movement” within Reformed Baptist circles and beyond.  Many of our opponents relished the thought of a respected scholar taking the FIC to task.  As a result, many linked to the article, drew unwarranted conclusions, and/or used it as validation for their criticisms.    Recently, Dr. Waldron wrote an open letter commenting on his blog post.  I am heartened by Sam’s words, and more so by his pursuit of truth, clarity, and charity in this discussion.  His letter ...

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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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The Continuing Collapse: December 2009

WELCOME TO THE CONTINUING COLLAPSE!    By Bruce N. Shortt, J.D., Ph.D. Warning! This Month’s Continuing Collapse contains links to objectionable information about Kevin Jennings.  While we would prefer not to link to such material, it is important that our readers understand the critical nature of the current issues, and what kind of things Jennings promotes.  If you think it is inappropriate to provide said links, keep in mind that this trash is being served up to school children!  We apologize in advance for the offense, but the truth must be told. -VB   Exposing Government Schools: The Youth ...

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Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question (Part 2 of 2)

5.I Respect Your Spouse/Parents   A woman once wrote, “My husband doesn’t want me to homeschool my kids.  Instead, he’d rather me send them to public school where their faith will be destroyed, and I’ll lose their hearts.  What should I do?”  Besides being a ‘loaded’ question, this one (and dozens just like it) puts me in an untenable position.  If I were to answer, I would be faced with two possibilities.  I could agree with this woman, or I could agree with her husband.  In turn, each of my possible responses would leave the women ...

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December Question of the Month

The questions continue to pile in.  Most of the questions are fantastic.  However, some of them are a bit, shall we say, off target.  In fact, I’ll be doing a post later this month on “The Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question.”  Remember, the goal here is to honor Jesus Christ by “Equipping Believers to Walk in Truth.”  As such, I try to pick questions that are broad, related to the nature and scope of my ministry, and common to a large cross-section of my audience.  Therefore, don’t look for your specific question about ...

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