Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Resources for Dads (and Moms)

Donald Whitney is the author of several helpful books on spiritual disciplines including one (Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed) for those who think their hectic pace of life precludes the consistent integration of such practices. Brief (usually no more than two pages) chapters offer encouragement and practical steps on how to take steps toward spiritual maturity in the midst of our busy lives. Excerpts from the book and Whitney's other writings are available for free download in bulletin insert format. Since it's only the middle of the week, pastors may want to consider this one on simplifying family worship for inclusion in this week's Father's Day bulletin.

Another valuable resource worthy of fathers' attention is John Piper's recent sermon called "Marriage is Meant to Make Children...Disciples of Jesus." He concludes with the following brief observations based on Ephesians 6: 1-4:
  1. The father has a leading responsibility in bringing the children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
  2. Nevertheless, both mother and father are called to this together.
  3. It is important that both mother and father be united in this effort.
  4. The most fundamental task of a mother and father is to show God to the children.
  5. God has ordained that both mother and father be involved in raising the children because they are husband and wife before they are mother and father.
Finally, Westminster Bookstore is running a sale on children's books, two of which I highly recommend based on my use with my own kids - the ESV Children's Bible and Grandpa's Box.


dconnery2 said...

Thanks for the post. I think I will order Grandpa's Box for my kids. I noticed that R.C. Sproul's book, The Lightlings, is also on sale. I gave that one to my kids for Christmas. They love it. I would recommend it for younger children.

KP said...

You're welcome, dconnery. And thank you for the recommendation.

Meade's book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the unfolding of redemptive history. I think you and your family will enjoy it.