Thursday Book Club: Preparing Young People For Baptism

Preparing Young Children for Baptism: Mentor’s Guide and Pastor’s Supplement by David Michael (Children Desiring God, 2011).

Baptism is a significant act of obedience, and an important milestone in the life of a young believer. These  booklets outline a process, objectives, and sessions for leading a young person through the meaningful process of baptism preparation. Used together, the Pastors’s Supplement and Mentor’s Guide (designed particularly for fathers) outline a thorough church-sponsored youth baptism process.  The Mentor’s Guide provides outlines for six “faith talks” for use by mentors during the preparation time, and it includes two appendices, which provide theological justification for the suggested process. The Pastor’s Supplement contains instructions for church’s wishing to implement a youth baptism process (see below) along with a CD with forms (Microsoft Word 2007) that you can customize for your church. Continue Reading…

Making “March Madness” quality Father-Son time.

It’s that time of the year where dads everywhere are glued to the television watching every dramatic basketball moment unfold.  It’s also a time where many dads zone off into TV land, not to return to real life for hours.  But for those lucky dads who have the privilege of having boys old enough to enjoy sports – this can be some great quality time.  The Scripture tells us to “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Just spending time with your kids while watching basketball is great, but it’s also a great time to have some Spiritual conversations.  Here’s a couple examples of conversations that you could have in order to make the most out of your time with your son:

Ask questions such as, “Who’s the fastest kid in your class?”  “Who’s the best at basketball?”   “Is there anyone on your team who guarantees your victory?”  Then explain how in life we would never win if left alone against sin.  But when we have Jesus on our team, he does all the work and we always win against sin!  It’s like we ride the bench while he’s the star player, but we still get the championship ring because of how great he is!

Another example is to talk about how we identify with the team that we’re rooting for.  If UofL wins the national title this year, I’m going to tell all my friends that “we won” even though I didn’t have anything to do with it.  This is how it works with our spiritual lives too.  When Christ wins, we win!

These are just a few examples, but hopefully it will point you in the right direction!

2011 Children Desiring God Conference

Children Desiring God Conference Notes

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2011 Children Desiring God Conference in Minneapolis, MN.  Ryan Golias blogged through the conference and posted the session notes at

This year the conference theme was “Holding Fast to the Word of the Truth.” We live in a culture that doesn’t take truth for granted–doesn’t believe it is necessary for life and faith. What place should truth, and the Word of Truth, have in our ministry to young people? What is our job in bringing truth to children, and how do we do it? We are here to think through these questions.

John Piper, Russel Moore, Kempton Turner, and David Micheal spoke at the conference this year. Visit the Children Desiring God website to find out more about the conference as well as CDG’s excellent materials.  Here are some links to Ryan’s notes on the main sessions.  I’ll includes some notes from two of the break-out sessions I attended later this week.

Notes from the Conference

  1. John PiperThe Sum of Your Word is Truth
  2. Russell MooreNo Longer Tossed To and Fro
  3. Kempton TurnerYour Testimonies Are My Delight
  4. David MichaelChildren Who Will Stand Firm

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Helping Your Kids Deal With Doubt

Great article  over at on helping your kids deal with doubt.

Here is a great Keller quote from the article

Tim Keller offers an important observation:

A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.

HT: Sam Luce