How Would God Handle A Rebellious Child?

WE WERE IN A MCDONALDS PLAY AREA for lunch after church. Next to me was a young mother with two sons, about age four and six. The four year-old was in trouble. “Sit on this chair,” his mother said. “Your punishment is time-out for ten minutes.”...

To Spank or Not to Spank, Part III

IN PREVIOUS POSTS we established that the Bible commands corporal punishment.  We also established that children must be controlled, and that the best way to do this is with loving, compassionate corporal punishment.Hebrews twelve tells us that “God disciplines...

The Politically Incorrect Solution to Poverty

BERNIE SANDERS AND other politicians on the left have noticed the growing disparity in income between the rich and the poor. They blame it on capitalistic greed, but greed is not the problem. Fatherlessness is the problem.  and the solution is moral and spiritual, not...

Teaching Children Gratitude

LUKE, AGE FIVE, wants to go to the playground, but mom has another plan, so Luke throws a temper tantrum. He complains. He grumbles. He wallows in self-pity . Mom knows her son should be grateful. She has spent hours lecturing him on the virtue of gratitude, but the...

Give Them Grace!

          JUDY AND I JUST FINISHED READING Give them Grace a book on parenting by our fellow laborers in the gospel, Elyse Fitzpatrick and her grown daughter, Jessica Thompson.     The book has several strengths. It emphasizes the centrality of the gospel in...