Wednesday, August 7, 2013

All Around the Web - August 7, 2013

The Gospel Coalition - Should I Make My Child Apologize? |

Parents frequently ask me if it is wrong to require their children to apologize when they are disrespectful or disobedient. Usually, they're concerned that they might be training their child to lie. Wouldn't it be better to wait for the child to apologize on his own when he feels genuine remorse, rather than to just repeat an apology he has been taught?

It is definitely commendable to want your child to speak and act only out of right motives. And yes, godly obedience goes beyond just saying the right words; godly obedience is right actions plus right motives, doing the right things for the right reasons.

But how is godly obedience instilled? How is it trained? The answer might surprise you. Unlike adults who typically learn by reasoning, young children learn by doing. Adults must usually be convinced a course of action is the correct one before they will pursue it. Children, on the other hand, learn to perform the correct action before they are developmentally able to assess the reason it is correct. Doing the right thing actually precedes understanding why it should be done.
Parents intuitively understand and employ this "training truth" with young children in many areas:

  • We train them in the language of courtesy before they desire to be courteous (please/excuse me).
  • We train them in the language of gratitude before they desire to be grateful (thank you).
  • We train them in the language of respect before they desire to be respectful (ma'am, sir, Mrs., Mr.).
  • We train them in the language of prayer before they desire to pray ("God is great, God is good," the Lord's Prayer).
In short, we teach our children the language they need to interact with others well before they have any real concept of why such language is necessary and good.


John Stonestreet - Inheriting Pro-Life |

Earlier this month, Fr. Vander Woude got wind of a young couple in another state whose unborn child had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. The couple made the decision close to ninety percent of parents in their shoes make—to abort their special needs baby. Because the pregnancy was almost six months along, they had just days before the legal cutoff for abortions in their state. But Father Vander Woude had other ideas.

He contacted the parents and convinced them to hold off just a little longer, while he and a volunteer sent messages via the church’s social network accounts, pleading for a family willing to adopt the baby and save its life.

The next morning, the calls and emails began—over 900, in fact—some from as far away as England and The Netherlands, ready to make the life-changing decision to adopt a special needs child. As the torrent subsided, three of the families were placed in contact with the expectant parents and an adoption agency for interviews.

You would think this outpouring of love and acceptance for a child nine out of ten American couples consider unworthy of life would impress pro-choicers—especially those who repeat the tired accusation that pro-lifers care only about children in the womb, not after they’re born.
Well, I’m sad to say pro-abortion activists at the blog Jezebel wasted no time in heaping scorn on Father Vander Woude and the hundreds who responded to his call. One Jezebel blogger accused him of pressuring this woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy by “crowdsourcing an adoptive family.”
“[A]nti-abortion folks,” she cedes, “care more about fetuses with fairytale narratives than actual babies.”


Faith and Theology - The Apostles Creed for Liberals |

I believe in God the Father, Mother, Life-Force,
or whatever metaphor tickles your fancy,
fashioner of heaven and earth from the stuff generated by the Big Bang.

I believe in Jesus of Nazareth, a great guru, a good mate,

who was conceived as anyone is conceived,

born of Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilates,

was crucified, dead, and buried (or at least dumped on the city rubbish tip);

I repeat – he died.

On the third day – he was still dead, I’m afraid –
but his disciples had fond memories of him.

On the fortieth day – yep, still dead;

his memory entered into yet more hearts
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Justin Taylor - A Free Bible App for the Deaf | I am deaf in one ear so this is particularly interesting to me.




Philip Nation - Observations From a Water Park in 2013 |  These are pretty funny.

1. The “body mass to swimsuit fabric” ratio is still way too low.
2. Many people believe that if they wave their arm in the air long enough that the family on the other side of a sea of humanity will eventually see them. They are wrong.

4. If you ever needed proof of the sinfulness of man, you need not look any further than the makers of Speedo bikinis in adult men’s size.

5. Teenage girls: “Modesty” is a real word. Please, please look it up.
5b. Middle-aged women: Please see #5.

8. Orlando is the happiest place on Earth. Except for toddlers when it is their naptime and the family has decided to stay out for a little while longer. Then, it is unhappiest place on Earth for the child, the family, and everyone else within a 35-yard radius.

11. No matter how hard one tries, a stroller will not roll through the sand.


An interesting commercial about coming back to church. Though the reasons given for coming to church are not gospel-driven.

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