The effective discipleship of our kids means they have to listen to and trust us. Pastor or parent relational equity is non-negotiable. Creating that relationship starts with understanding how current cultural trends affect them and how they affect our ability to disciple them.
A few months ago, I wrote a post about the opportunity to create a new normal, to lean into time with family, and to take advantage of the time we are given. Now there are a few new questions on the horizon that I think we need to consider before we get sideswiped when we weren't looking.
Don’t trade the truth of convenience. But teaching our kids to be smart and stubborn when it comes to truth will not only preserve the gospel but also move it forward and introduce others to real freedom and real hope.
The unrest, hate, and division we see in our world is cry for help. It's a cry for hope. But there is no legislation, no erasure of history, or admittance of privilege that will satisfy our culture's longing for goodness, truth, and beauty. Only the Gospel can do that.
A strong intellectual faith, coupled with parents’ and students’ desire for emotional moments, became the beginning of a formula that I soon required anywhere I taught. I had four specific goals I was after to make my students more mature Christians who think “Christianly”: