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New Series: Parenting & Christian Freedom

Hobbes: Is it a right to remain ignorant?
I don’t know, but I refuse to find out.

Sojourn believes in Christian freedom, and our church has done a good job of staring down some of the legalistic controversies that plague many churches.  Sometimes we really do seem to “get it,” but what do we believe about Christian freedom when it comes to our children?  Is there freedom when it comes to feeding babies, school choices, spanking, and immunizations?  And what does Christian freedom look like when it comes to these kinds of issues?

As careful parents, we certainly have opinions about all of these matters.  We have done our homework, studied the options, read books, consulted with friends and other like-minded parents then made the decision that we believe is best for our kids.  And, since this is the best for our kids, it must be the best for every child, right?  In reality, this logic is flawed.  We are sinners, and our tendency is to become judgmental and self-righteous about our preferences—even trying to justify ourselves (or our children) by the choices we’ve made for them.  We are frail and fallen, and our tendency is to be deceived by the latest parenting fad—thinking it must be the best rather than weighing our options against the Bible’s teaching.

As Sojourn’s Pastor for Children’s and Parent Ministry, my hope is that our church community will learn to approach each of these issues (and others like them) with strength and grace—standing firm on Biblical principles and Biblical wisdom, and exercising liberty where the Bible is not so clear.  Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at these matters in a series of blog posts on Christian freedom.  Joining me in this endeavor are other Sojourn members—parents, medical professionals, and Sojourn leaders.  Stay tuned for what will be a fun journey!

Personal Agency & Childhood Salvation

Check out these two posts where one of LaGrange Baptist Church’s pastors, Doug Wolter, interviews Southern Seminary professor, Dr. Eric Johnson, on the issues of personal agency and childhood salvation:

Part 1

Part 2

Family Worship: Easter Sunday Review

Here are some simple ideas for reviewing the Easter story with your family during the week after Easter. Family worship is getting together as a family to hear from God by reading His Word then responding to Him through asking, praying, singing, and memorizing.  This brief outline will help you lead your family in a short time of worship.  Children should be involved as much as their age allows. This devotion should last around 15 minutes.   If this is a new experience for your family, keep it very simple. Have the whole family gather in the living room or bedroom, or around the table together. Even the very young children should participate. Turn off any radios or televisions that might be distractions. Continue Reading…

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2010 Easter Art Project: Light Painting

This Sunday is Resurrection Day!  This is going to be an exciting day for our kids. The theme verse for this Sunday is Malachi 4:2: “For those of you who honor my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.” Even when there is trouble because of our sin, we have the “Son of Righteousness” who rises to set us free.

We will be doing light painting with the Elementary kids for the lesson on Sunday. Painting with light is a fun technique that gives great results. It is called painting with light because this is what you are actually doing–using a flashlight (or in our case glow sticks) to “paint” while taking a photograph. Continue Reading…