The winners of the April 19th contest are: (more…)
This Thursday begins CDG’s National Conference, “The Splendor of Holiness.” As you can imagine, the final days before a conference can be quite hectic for everyone involved. There are a myriad of details. And what better place to take all these cares than to our gracious heavenly Father, who is good and sovereign over all! Would you please join us in asking God to do the following this week?
So what’s the missing word here?
dad and mom?
their financial stability?
their scholastic achievement? (more…)
A few years ago, we took some time to evaluate the scope and sequence of our curriculum in light of the “big picture.” In other words, we wanted to see if we were including the “whole counsel of God” in our teaching. We made some interesting and helpful discoveries along the way. But our first challenge was understanding what Paul meant in Acts 20:27 where he states:
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
We found these words by D. A. Carson, as included in Preach The Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughesand cited on The Gospel Coalition website to be very helpful: (more…)
In his excellent book Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting, William Farley offers these thoughtful and challenging insights that every parent and teacher should consider:
I have heard many fathers say, “I teach, but my teaching is informal. I teach when we are fishing. I teach when we are in the car or at the ball game.” Bible teaching should be informal, but we shouldn’t use this as an excuse to ignore formal teaching. Some fear formal, structured teaching. If I make my children sit down to rigid, formal instruction, they will reject the faith. (more…)
A must read for every parent and teacher is Tedd and Margy Tripp’s book, Instructing a Child’s Heart. I wish that my husband and I had had this book in our “tool-belt” when our children were young. But even now as I teach in Sunday school, this book has been a valuable resource in shaping how I teach – especially in understanding the importance of looking for opportunities to apply biblical truth to everyday life.
Children need instruction to apply Scripture to issues of authority, obedience, conflict resolution, and God-given roles in relationships. Everyday life affords scores of opportunities to connect Scripture to life – from lost book-bags to broken friendships and poor test grades. Scores of training opportunities evaporate without notice as we hurry through our days thinking that devotional time with our children is enough. Our responses to the circumstances and crises of everyday life make our theology real. (2008, page 28)
The surest way to teach children to apply God’s truth to life’s circumstances is to model it for them. Parenting that exhibits a vital relationship with God in all the joys and storms of life is irresistible to children and young people. Conversely, the surest way to harden our children’s hearts to God and his ways is “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5) (Page 29)
When I was first learning to drive, I made a typical mistake—I was constantly fixated on the road right in front of me…as in only a few feet in front of me. Now, if you are only planning on going a few feet, this works just fine. But if you are driving down a highway this “immediately-in-front-of-me” fixation can soon steer you right off the road. You need to set your eyes at a point or object in the distance, and then adjust your steering to that point. It makes all the difference! (more…)
As you may already know, CDG is hosting our biannual National Conference soon. You may be thinking that it’s too late to register (it’s not). Or you might be thinking that it’s only for people who use our curriculum (it’s not—the plenary sessions and most seminars are not curriculum-specific). Or, you might simply feel that this type of conference is not your “cup of tea.” Before you decide, you may want to read these comments from attendees at the last conference in 2011: (more…)