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In my opinion, Prager’s last argument at the end is the one to really consider. He asks “Is there ever a situation where it is immoral to abort a fetus? If you knew the fetus was going to be a girl rather than a boy? Or if there was a way to determine if the fetus would grow up to be homosexual rather than straight?” I would encourage friends to watch this video. I appreciate the thoughtful way he laid out his arguments. It’s also a disarming way to discuss abortion with people.
Today a friend and I had lunch with an attorney. During the meal we chatted mostly about his legal services. He wanted to give our church a place to refer families if/when they needed legal assistance. He was a Christian who was more than just knowledgeable about the law but an expert. He has earned three different graduate degrees and is a adjunct professor of law at a local school of law. When we asked him a question, he would give an articulate response with qualifications that each had qualifications. The man was clearly an authority in his field that had come from his education and experience.
Later in the conversation he commented on the importance of a lawyer over a paralegal. It was at this point I made the connection in my mind to education for pastors. He commented that when people are in legal troubles, sometimes to save money, they go to a paralegal. Paralegals are fine when they are under the supervision of an attorney but when they aren’t, as he pointed out, “It’s like going to a nurse for heart surgery.” I nodded my head in agreement, but in my mind I was making a connection that he couldn’t have intended. (more…)
The season of Lent is coming upon us. I’m reminded of Lent annually when those who are enamored with perhaps a higher liturgy of worship because it connects them to a historical faith inquire about it. Calvin has a section in the 4th book 12th chapter of his Institutes labelled “The use and purpose of fasting, private and public: principles to be guarded in it, 14-18” in which he treats the subject of Lent. (more…)
The relationship children have with parents is not simple and there is concern that too much blame is placed on corporal punishment when it is unlikely responsible for how a child develops and behaves. Additionally, findings of correlation do not prove causation, Gershoff warns.(1) It is difficult to find causation, however many advocates against corporal punishment will make statements confusing causality and correlation. Thus experts and non-experts must speak with caution when making conclusive statements while the field is far from conclusive on finding causation.(2) The current position by Gershoff is that till the effects of corporal punishment is seen by researches, clinicians, and parents producing positive effects not just the absence of negative effects, it cannot be recommended by psychologists.(3) Recent research found that reasoning “backed-up” by a form of corporal punishment is effective at preventing future misbehaviors but this may tend to verbal abuse.(4) (more…)
What is Happening?
With a robust doctrine of Common Grace in place, what are we to understand about corporal punishment and its effects on our children? An attempt to discover what is happening inside our children when they receive corporal punishment must be sought out. For this Christians must differ to expert psychologists in the areas of parent socialization and punishment of children. Christians must listen to those in the common kingdom who have studied the effects of corporal punishment on children and published in peer reviewed journals. Christians must also understand humanity’s proclivity toward rebellion and therefore while appreciating the expertise of those in the common kingdom, Christians are called to guard everything they receive and recognize bias.(1) (more…)
Part of the disagreement would be the purpose of parenting, which gives considerable insight into the materialist cause-effect bent in secularism. A secular parenting model has a goal to bringing about healthy, emotionally stable citizens. Christian parents desiring those same goals however realize short-sidedness, for the Christian parent the desire is eschatological life. The discussion is centered around a primary question, “What is the anthropology and eschatology of all humanity?” Both of these parts in of themselves are large questions that certainly deserve careful and thoughtful answers. (more…)
What to Do – The Christian Mandate
There is no disagreement that parents are to discipline their children. Rightly understanding and interpreting the call from Scriptures such as: “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24) “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15) “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.” (Proverbs 23:13–14) “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” (Proverbs 29:15) How are people of the Book to reconcile verses such as these with their understanding of discipline? Corporal punishment is clearly commanded yet there must an understanding that prevents arriving at an absurd conclusion, the hermeneutic must be carefully considered. (more…)