Seminary President Speaks of Church and Family Life

Posted by Scott Brown on Apr. 24, 2014

Here is a discussion with seminary president, Jason Allen of Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary speaking of how families fit into the culture an the church. You will find that his thinking represents the very positive and dramatic shift toward biblical thinking that has taken place in the past few years regarding family life and how it intersects with church life. The interview was conducted by  of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

 

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Excited to Preach

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 23, 2014

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2014 Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 23, 2014

From the 2014 Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference, April 25-26 in Redmond, WA

Watch the preview video at www.LiveHomeschoolConference.com

Dear Friends,

I invite you to join me via live stream at the 2014 Family Discipleship & Homeschooling Conference, April 25-26 in Redmond, WA. My friends at Christian Heritage are offering all of you $5 off the Live Stream Pass, so you can join thousands of other homeschoolers for two full days of hope, encouragement and inspiration-for just $24.95. That’s not a bad deal!

 

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What Does Biblical Headship Look Like?

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 22, 2014

Tonight at 9pm Eastern time, Joel Beeke and I will begin our six week book discussion of Husbands Love Your WivesThere is much chatter about biblical headship in the blogosphere these days. Patriarchy, headship, submission and all things regarding manhood and womanhood are on the chopping block. William Gouge is a blast from the past, taking us beyond the confines of our feministic culture and speaks clearly and biblically on what it means that, “The husband is the head of the wife,” and “husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church,” and Wives submit to your own husbands in everything.” 

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Great Lines from our Austin Leaders Meeting

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 22, 2014

We met on Saturday with church leaders from around the region to speak of shepherding. Don Hart, Steve Hopkins and I gave messages. Steve Hopkins spoke on protecting the flock from wolves, Don spoke on shepherding the flock through prayer and I walked us through Ezekiel 34, which exposes and condemns unfaithful shepherds, and explains how the Lord desires His flock to be cared for.  Here are two helpful statements I heard: Steve Hopkins, speaking of protecting the flock from wolves said, “If we do not warn them with tears today, we will shed tears for them tomorrow.”  Don Hart, speaking of shepherding through prayer focused us on the importance of the simple ministry of the word and prayer, “Consume the Word and Commune in prayer’

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Eli - The Father Who Would Not Restrain His Sons

Posted by Scott Brown on Apr. 22, 2014

There is much to be learned from the life of Eli. In the first few chapters of 1 Samuel we see the glory of God departing from Israel in part due to Eli’s failure as a father. His orthodoxy was good, but it didn’t carry over into orthopraxy. He verbally warned his sons that they should not continue to do wickedly, but he failed exercise his God-given authority and physically restrain them from evil. 

Craig Houston gave a message on Eli at our Master’s Plan for Fatherhood conference last year in Anchorage, Alaska.  Here is an excript from his message, you can listen to the entire message below:

Eli was a high priest, he was, if I could translate into New Testament venacular, he was a minister, he was the man of God, he was the preacher, and he was more than that in the sense that in the Old Testament, he was the one responsible for bringing the sacrifices before God on behalf of the people. He was a man of the Word, he knew the law and the prophets, he knew what God desired for His people. We have to come to that place becasue it’s too easy to look at fathers who fail and say “Well they really just didn’t know the Lord.” or “They really just didn’t know the things of God.” And here’s Eli who was the high priest, appointed and ordained by almighty God, and yet his desire to please his sons, his desire to have peace with his rebel sons caused him to lose all authority, both as a man of God, and as a father. He loses his authority as being an example to the people of God ...

What was Eli’s sin? I believe Eli’s sin was not walking in obedience to the Lord. Losing spiritual discernment and discipline in his life, and his walk with God. The Scripture says that (and this is very important) it was specifically in regards to the fact that when it came to his children, he wanted to please them more than pleasing God. He honored his sons more than he honored God, and because of that sin, judgment and the end of the line and liniage of Eli occurred, and the glory of God departed.

 

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Training Your Children in Family Worship

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 21, 2014

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Lake Geneva Church Leaders Meeting

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 17, 2014

This year, as I am traveling to different geographies I will be meeting with small groups of local church leaders in order to be together for fellowship, discussion, and prayer, I will also be giving a message on shepherding. On May 3rd I will be traveling to Lake Geneva Wisconson. This will be a lunch meeting sponsored by <a data-cke-saved-href=” />Geneva Lakes Church. Come join the NCFIC and other church leaders in your area for a gathering of fellowship, encouragement, prayer and instruction. Please feel free to bring your sons or other men you might be discipling for leadership…

The meeting will be held at the following address:

W2906 Willow Rd, Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Scott T. Brown



Gary Powers



Steve Grutzius

The registration price is $10 which covers the cost of lunch as well.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

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The Most Important Thing We Ever Do

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 16, 2014

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Attendance of Children in Public Worship - Jeremy Walker

Posted by Scott T. Brown on Apr. 15, 2014

Here is an excellent article by Jeremy Walker on the matter of children in church:

ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN IN PUBLIC WORSHIP SERVICES.

The church is not exempt from responsibility: we should declare with David the fear of the Lord to the children of the church, and seek to manifest the same tender regard for them, and insight into their upbringing, as Christ and his apostles

by JEREMY WALKER

“Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” (Ps 34.11) “From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim 3.15).

The constant presumption of Scripture is that children were present in the worship of the people of God. In Nehemiah’s time, men and women and all those who could hear with understanding gathered to hear Ezra the scribe read the Law (Neh 8.1-3; Ezr 10.1). Moses certainly anticipated the literal ‘children’ of Israel to be present when the Law was read (Dt 31.12-13). Paul’s letters, intended to be read to the churches, assume the intelligent presence of children (Eph 6.1-4; Col 3.20), and children were present when the Lord Jesus taught (Mt 18.1-5; 19.13-15).

Observe that this is an intelligent presence. It is neither a merely formal nor a distracted attendance. Moses’ desire was that ‘the children may hear . . . and learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law’ (Dt 31.12). In Neh 8.1-3 ff., there is active participation and response in hearing the reading and explanation of the book of the Law. The children present are intelligently involved in what is going on. Moses wanted parents to be ready to answer knowledgeable questions from their children arising from the worship (Dt 6.20-25); Joshua wanted Israel to take advantage of the natural inquisitiveness of children (Jos 4.5-7)...

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