What makes a man? That’s not an irrelevant question for a day in which gender is so widely misunderstood and misused. It’s also not irrelevant to ask in the wake of Father’s Day. While opinions of manhood, fatherhood, and gender abound, I have found the four qualities of mature manhood in Titus 2 to be […]Read More Four Questions to Examine a Man’s Character
The Good Gifts of the Good Father Matthew 7:7-11 June 16, 2019 Approximately 80 years ago, the Germans started bombing England in what was known as the Blitz. Over the course of eight months, the Germans dropped 30,000 tons of bombs on Britain, more than half of them on London. While many had nowhere to […]Read More Sermon: The Good Gifts of the Good Father
Each month Christian Audio makes a book available for free and this month’s book is an excellent title by John MacArthur, Being A Dad Who Leads. This is a perfect book this month for fathers, as Father’s Day is in a little more than two weeks. If you are a Dad, why don’t you listen […]Read More Free MacArthur audio book
As believers we acknowledge that God is our Father, but that reality too often feels inadequate to us. We would rather have a loving father with flesh — a human daddy — than a heavenly Father. I have heard it said on multiple occasions, “I know God loves me, but I want my dad…” Yet […]Read More The blessings of having God as our Father
Today is Father’s Day. What kind of father do you have? Did he mentor you? Did he offer good advice? Did he take an interest in you and give you direction and wise counsel as you considered major life decisions? Did he provide financially and physically for you? Did he protect you from harm? Did […]Read More What kind of Father do you have?
Some helpful articles from around the Internet. This week’s articles focus mainly on the topics of technology and counseling: Timothy Raymond has a list of “20 Things Pastors Hear in Counseling.” How many of these are you equipped to help people address biblically? John Piper reminds us why the Psalms are so significant in counseling […]Read More Grab bag
When we read Paul’s words to the Ephesians carefully, his instruction to fathers makes us shake our heads and wonder, “Did I hear that correctly?” The word for “bring them up” in 6:4 is the same word as “nourish” in 5:29 — it has the idea of tender care and feeding, like a mother providing […]Read More Dad, the family nurturer
Thinking about Sunday and beginning to prepare my heart for the message from the Word of God, I remembered this statement from John Piper about the responsibility of a father to his family: A famous cigarette billboard pictures a curly-headed, bronze-faced, muscular macho with a cigarette hanging out the side of his mouth. The sign […]Read More One thought to prepare for Sunday
When I was in seminary, I had a professor who regularly would abbreviate or even forgo the Greek lesson for the day and offer some form of pastoral advice. One day, the advice went this way: “When you get in a church, spend your time with men. Be a man’s man and work to build […]Read More A father’s role
Thabiti Anyabwile’s friend Fred Zaspel has an insightful funny bone when it comes to thinking about dating his daughters. First, Dad has some rules about life and the young man who might want to date his daughters (click the picture): And then he has a helpful application (click the picture): Amidst the humorous manner […]Read More Wanna date my daughters???
I didn’t have time to develop this thought fully in my sermon yesterday morning, but here are some Scriptures to stimulate your thinking about the kind of Father God is to His children: He is compassionate toward our needs (whether it is sin or difficulty; 2 Thess. 2:16-17) We are recipients of His mercy — […]Read More The kind of Father God is
Al Mohler always has keen insights into cultural issues and how a believer should view new happenings as they occur. Yesterday he responded to a report from England that many single women are now becoming mothers through artificial insemination — and at much earlier ages (20s and early 30s) than ever before. The entire blog […]Read More Singleness and Children
Here, in no particular order, and with little comment, are a few articles and blogs that I’ve come across this week that were of varying kinds of interest to me. They all triggered thoughts that warranted more extended discussion, but I just haven’t had the time to think them all through yet… John Ensor, “Magnifying […]Read More A small grab bag
Galatians says much about the Fatherhood of God, but not everything. One more truth that is found elsewhere is this: God loves and is (and always will be) “well-pleased” with His Son (2 Pt. 1:17); we are in His Son (Eph. 1:17; Col. 2:20) — therefore He loves us with a Son-like love! The pleasure […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (6/15/08)
In his sermon, “The Pastor as Son of an Earthly Father,” D. A. Carson says this: “The worst kind of home to be brought up in is the one with many pretensions and low performance.The best kind of home to be brought up in is the one with few pretensions and high performance.” The entire […]Read More What makes a good home?