Eight Observations from the Church Leader’s Luncheons

Posted by Scott Brown on Mar. 04, 2015

Last week, Tom Ford, the NCFIC’s Regional Facilitator for the Southeast, arranged three meetings for the two of us in Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; and Alabaster, AL (near Birmingham). There were about 40 men total that joined us. We were extremely encouraged to be with men who seemed fully devoted to the sufficiency of Scripture for their church and family life. During...


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What is the Remedy for Dying Religion?

Posted by Scott Brown on Mar. 03, 2015

Here is the third article from the first chapter of A Theology of the Family, titled, “A Remedy for a Decaying Religion,” written by Oliver Heywood. If you prefer, you can also download this article in pdf or epub form. 

For your sakes, dear Friends, I presume again to appear upon the public stage to be your faithful monitor,13 to prompt you to your duty, and to...


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See You at the Shepherd’s Conference

Posted by Scott Brown on Mar. 02, 2015

This week, I’m headed to John MacArthur's annual Shepherds Conference held at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. If you are available to meet with me,  Mike Cox has organized us to meet out at the food tables by the catering trucks during the Wednesday dinner break.

Please call or text Mike's cell phone at that time if you need help finding exactly where we...


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I Cried Over This - Must See

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb. 27, 2015

This “Pampers” commercial is a vivid and beautiful picture of what happens when a baby comes, and the “Firsts” that we experience.

 

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Request for Prayer

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb. 26, 2015

This week I will be traveling with Tom Ford to three cities in the South to meet with church leaders - Thursday: Orlando, Fl. Friday: Atlanta, Ga. Saturday: Alabaster, Al. I believe there will be 35-45 FIC elders distributed between these three meetings.

As you may know, our staff at the NCFIC includes seven men working part time - "Regional Facilitators” - like...


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God Will Not Underwrite My Worldliness

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb. 25, 2015

In Ray Ortlund’s commentary on Isaiah 40:31, he speaks of the strength that comes from the Lord that makes us mount up with wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. He makes this observation,

"It will not do to put my faith in God while I keep my heart on this world. God will not underwrite my worldliness with his power. He never promised the...


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Have You Forgotten His Sovereign Control?

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb. 24, 2015

Have you lost touch with the ever-present sense of the absolute control and majesty of God? Have your thoughts become too earthbound for your earthly good? 

Isaiah 40:21-24, shows us the majesty of God and how refreshing and invigorating it is to get above the fog and dust and clouds in order to get God’s view…a view from the circle of the earth. There the...


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Husbands: Love Your Wives, Because They Are Your Wives

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb. 23, 2015

Why should a husband love his wife? William Gouge provides much wisdom on the matter:

“The cause of Christ’s love was His love, as Moses noteth, He set His love on you because He loved you (Deut. 7:7-8)…In imitation hereof, husbands should love their wives, though there were nothing in wives to move them so to do, but only that they are their wives. Yea [they...


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Interview With Jason Delgado

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb. 20, 2015

I was recently interviewed by Jason Delgado from The Confessing Baptist on A Theology of the Family, as well as other topics. You can listen to the audio here: “Interview #80 – Scott T. Brown – A Theology of the Family [Audio Podcast].”


Lessons of Manhood from Iwo Jima

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb. 19, 2015

Today is the anniversary of the World War II Pacific battle of Iwo Jima. It is important that we remember this historic battle and draw lessons from it for our sons to teach them about manhood. Here are twelve lessons of manhood that I wrote about in a book called Preparing Boys for Battle:

1. Quiet fathers impoverish their children. (Psalm 78:1-9).

The experiences on Iwo Jima should warn us about the effect of clamming up. The common story of the Iwo Jima veterans is that they kept silent about their experiences and denied their children an understanding of their heritage. This pattern, which was almost comprehensively followed by Iwo veterans, is a warning to fathers about the consequences of clamming up and keeping stories of God’s faithfulness inside by not telling their children the praises of the Lord.

2. The knowledge of the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is the most important knowledge one can have (Daniel 4:34, Psalm 103:19).

The stories of Iwo Jima teach me that the knowledge of the sovereignty of God in history is empowering. A providential view of history is critical for perspective in the midst of difficult moments in history. My experience with hearing the stories of Iwo Jima is that confidence fills the hearts of children who understand how God has worked in history. I also observed that the sons and daughters we met on Iwo Jima were strengthened by their understanding of what their fathers went through.

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