Religious faith is the major motivating force in human life and yet it is excluded from the affairs of state. The Ten Commandments are God's law, imperatives for Jews and Christians, and yet they are barred while pornography, abortion, and homosexuality are legal.
The chief means of kingdom advancement is covenant faithfulness, and a prime aspect of covenant faithfulness is proper training of the covenant seed. Families and churches interested in kingdom advancement should concentrate the bulk of their energies there.
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadedth out the corn. And, the laborer is worthy of his reward. (1 Tim. 5:17-18)
Business justice is not what most economics professors believe and teach. To the businessman, justice means something entirely different.
In the early period of American history, home schooling was the primary means of education. As Christopher Klicka notes, "From the founding of this country by the Pilgrims in 1620 and the Puritans in 1630 to the late 1800s, most education took place in homes, with either the parents or a tutor (usually a pastor) providing the instruction."
During the past few years much has been written about the breakdown of the American family. Unwed motherhood, single-parent families on welfare, rampant divorce, child abuse, and spouse abuse have just about put the American family on the endangered species list.
Our motto is "Reaching the world where the world's within reach." At no time in our brief history was the propriety of this motto more evident than at our 1997 Christmas party for Urban Nations students and their families. Nearly 200 immigrants from 22 different nations crammed into the small parish hall of the church used by Messiah's Congregation. Atheists, Hindus, ancestor-worshipers, Jews, nominal Christians and "others" arrived, decked-out and decourous, ready to eat, mingle, and celebrate.
"Would you please ask her to read that again?" This was the almost incredulous question asked by a young pastor and former public school teacher. He had just witnessed what he had been confident, up to five minutes earlier, was impossible.
The very wise men at Edinburgh who issued this Directory for Family-Worship in 1647 were endeavoring to accomplish many things, not the least of which was this: they were endeavoring to get Dad to open his Bible, and teach his family the Word of God.
Have you ever wanted something so badly that you said you would do anything to get it? ...In the Bible it says that [God] has glorious gifts for us if we'd only ask for them in prayer.
In the November issue, Rev. Gentry's article, excellent in content, sets a new height to his legendary gentleness in his treatment of the Free Church of Scotland.
Rationalism is either indifferent or hostile to history, and some historians see history as irrational. This judgment is revealing, because for them all things are divided into either the rational or the irrational, as though the universe can be so divided. Reality, though, is not limited to these two categories, nor is rationality the criterion by which reality is to be judged.
In a little book of Table Graces published by Peter Pauper Press in 1986 are these two lovely ones...
A small group of Orthodox rabbis made the news recently when they held a press conference to declare that the Orthodox alone are true Jews. It was the fact that they would say such a thing that made it news. For, traditionally, every Jew looks on every other Jew as equally Jewish, though not equally faithful.