Each Friday we share a handful of links to family discipleship resources. We pray these articles, podcasts, and books help your family grow in the gospel.
Here's what we've been reading lately,
January 15th, 2021
1) Staying a Team Through Tough Transitions by Jessi Robichaud. This post at Fierce Marriage is incredibly relevant to the myriad of transitions we are facing as couples today. “It’s not about the situations we find ourselves in, but in how we handle them as a team. Times of transition and unmet expectations can be trying and stressful… but they’re also an opportunity to cultivate a deeper, more intimate, more Christ-exalting marriage.”
2) Help! My Kids Don’t Like Church by Megan Hill (The Gospel Coalition). “When it comes to church, our kids don’t always have a taste for what’s good either. It’s our job to instruct them.”
3) Q & A About “God Made Me for Worship” by Jared Kennedy (Gospel Centered Family). This is an interview with the Jared Kennedy, author of “God Made Me for Worship.” This is a story meant to teach kids about the importance of worship with the church. Check it out!
4) Telling Your Child the Truth in a World of Sorrow and Pain by Sam Luce (Ministry Spark). “Tell your children the truth, even when it is hard. They like to be told.”
5) Podcast Pick: Practicing Hospitality in a Pandemic by Rosaria Butterfield (Crossway). You can read or listen to this interview with Rosaria Butterfield, author of The Gospel Comes with a House Key. She shares an inspiring story of creatively loving neighbors during the worst of the pandemic. There may be some ways we can follow her example even up here on the Peninsula.
Grace and Peace,
January 8th, 2021
1) Helping Your Child with Jealousy by Good News for Little Hearts (New Growth Press). “Does your child struggle with jealousy from time to time? The best time to talk with children is when they are not actually jealous.”
2) Family Discipleship Made Easier… and Better by Brian Dembowczyk (Gospel Project for Kids). If your child is in our elementary- age class on Sundays and Wednesdays, check out this great resource that goes along with the Gospel Project for Kids curriculum we utilize.
3) Marriage Advice from Oxen by Costi Hinn (For the Gospel). “One Sunday a teaching-pastor dared to go where few pastors are willing to go. He called marriage, “work”, and had the audacity to compare a delicate bride and handsome groom to two dirty, bulky, yoke-pulling oxen. Of all the nerve!”
4) Podcast Pick: Parenting in Weakness with Alasdair Groves and Mike Emlet (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation). “There’s a fine line between godly anxiety that’s a godly concern and godless anxiety that pushes away from God and toward man.”
5) ‘Soul’ is the Anti-Disney Disney Movie by Dustin Crowe (The Gospel Coalition). “Even if we don’t agree with everything in Soul, we can affirm its primary message: life is precious, valuable, and purposeful.”
January 1, 2021
1) Someone Will Catechize Your Kids in 2021. Don’t Outsource it. By Collin Hansen (The Gospel Coalition). “Catechesis [helps] your children escape the tyranny of self and the urgency of now.”
2) Three Testimonies we Need to Share with our Children by Jonathan Williams (Gospel Family). “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done…so that they should set their hope in God” (Psalm 78:4, 7).
3) When Saying “I’m Sorry” is Selfish by Alasdair Groves (CCEF). “Sadly, I can assure you that it is indeed quite possible to spout humble-sounding words of apology more in self-protection than in real repentance aimed at real reconciliation.”
4) The Truth about Expressive Individualism by Carl R. Trueman (Crossway) “…expressive individualism in some ways overturns a lot of the notions of the self that previous generations may have held to.”
5) Common Barriers to Family Worship by David Murray (Crossway) “Don't let perfection be the enemy of progress. Sometimes it will go badly, but it doesn't matter. Do it the next day.”
December 18, 2020
1) How to Make Christmas Traditions Meaningful for Teenagers by Jana Magruder (ERLC). “…as the years I have with them under my roof start to grow fewer and fewer, I don’t want to miss the chance to deepen their affections for Jesus.”
2) Annual Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens (2021) by Redeemed Reader. The Redeemed Reader Reading Challenge is the gourmet salad of the reading challenge world: fun and rewarding with books for everyone.
3) How to Establish a Devotional Routine with your Toddler by Jared Kennedy. This short video, produced by Sojourn Kids, part of the Sojourn Collective (now Harbor Network), contains 5 really practical tips for starting a family worship rhythm with young kids.
4) A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Your Child About Gender by Jared Kennedy (ERLC). This booklet is longer than most of the resources I normally recommend, but it is extremely worth it! Your child may never experience gender dysphoria themselves, but they will be confronted with the cultural wave of transgenderism and the sexual revolution under the LGBTQ+ movement. We can walk with truth and love, grace and Scripture, patience and prayer.
5) Plan to be Interrupted: Slow Love in a Busy World by Scott Hubbard (Desiring God). “Those who trust deeply in the sovereignty of God learn to leave enough margin in their days for sovereign interruptions.”
December 11, 2020
1) Five Popular Lies about Family Discipleship by Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin. “A well-behaved child isn’t the same thing as a discipled child.”
2) Why Advent is a Time to Build on Family Traditions by Jared Kennedy. “Here’s the thing. I’m not always consistent with family devotions throughout the year, but the Advent season always seems to draw our family back to time in the Word together.”
3) A Dad and His Doctrine by Jason K Allen. “We will be the first to admit that we are far from accomplished. On the contrary, we just keep plugging away, seeking the Lord’s grace in our children’s lives, as in our own.”
4) Helping Your Child Handle Peer Pressure by Good News for Little Hearts (New Growth Press). “Since we all struggle with “fear of man,” you should have plenty of stories to tell your child about your own struggles. How did God help you? How is he helping you now?”
5) The Future of Masculinity by Greg Morse. Here we find a biblical vision of masculinity worth pointing our sons to. And not only this, but we also find great comfort in the hope that one day the true Man, the Groom, will come for his Bride. “Biblical manhood, many have escaped. But the Masculine to which all of Scripture points, none of us can escape.”
December 4, 2020
1) Check out the 2020 Peninsula Grace Advent Reading and Devotional Guide. The readings each day (except Sundays) progress through the grand storyline of the bible, highlighting passages that foreshadow the coming of Christ and his incarnation. We begin in Genesis and move through God’s promises to Adam, then Abraham, Israel, King David and the prophets. Finally, in the New Testament, we will read that God himself took on flesh for us and for our salvation. There are devotional questions to consider each day as well.
2) Helping Your Child Deal with Stress, by Good News for Little Hearts. Good News for Little Hearts is a series of hardback illustrated children’s books for three-to eight-year-olds—each centered on an animal family—bringing gospel help and biblical counsel to families. The animal characters, colorful illustrations, and the real-life issues each animal family faces will captivate children.
4) When Mothering Feels Boring by Ann Swindell (TGC). “When we’re bored by our mothering responsibilities and, yes, even drained by our own children, it reminds our wayward hearts that only Jesus satisfies.”
5) The Oldest (and Best) Christmas Traditions by Marty Machowski. “This Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, take some time to join with the traditions of the angels; the oldest and best Christmas traditions there are.”
November 27, 2020
1) “What Quarantine Rhythms Should Families Make Permanent?” by Will Anderson (The Gospel Coalition) “Our kids don’t need us to be A-list coordinators or chauffeurs. They need us. Present, available, unhurried.”
2) “The New Milestone of Adolescence” by Drew Hill (New Growth Press).
3) “Inspiration for At-Home Schooling” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (Crossway). “Life is education.” Wise words from a wise woman.
4) “4 Ways Christians Can Navigate Cultural Confusion around Gender in the Coming Decade” by Carl Trueman (Crossway). “The church needs to be a strong community where people feel a deep sense of belonging and where, therefore, the deepest sense of self is shaped and fostered.”
5) “We Used to Ask Institutions to Form us; Now they Must Affirm Us” by Brett McCracken (The Gospel Coalition). This is a really helpful analysis of how the way we view fundamental institutions has changed. We must always be aware of the cultural waters we swim in.
Podcast Pick: “Making Christmas Happen: An Interview with Laura McCaulley” – This episode is from the Seeing Jesus Podcast with Paul Miller. Christmas preparation can put so much pressure on parents, looking at the person of Jesus can reorient our hearts and minds.