Brian Croft talks about the long-term commitment to church revitalization and the hurdles that come along with it.
We welcome back Eric Weathers to the Inner Revolution Podcast for a discussion on the coming persecution against the church in America.
- 03:20 What does a Christian home look like when family worship is taking place?
- 12:15 What do you do with pre-school age children?
- 15:10 Why is family worship directed to husbands and fathers for leadership?
- 16:45 What would you say to the guy who wants to do this but feels like he’s way behind and its too late to start?
- 20:34 Can you tell us about the urgent need for family worship?
Review of “Family Worship” by Pastor Andy Lynch
Family Worship, two words which very likely send shivers down your spine. If you are like me your thoughts probably go immediately to preparing a Sunday School type lesson with your family as the intended audience. What’s more the thought of doing so for each day of the week brings feelings of overwhelming inadequacy, for from where will time be carved out to accomplish such a feat? Well fear no more, as Professor and author Donald Whitney must have had folks like us in mind when he penned his newest work aptly titled Family Worship.
In case you are unfamiliar with Whitney you should know he is the current Professor of Biblical Spirituality at the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to authoring several books on biblical spirituality, Whitney maintains a personal website at www.biblicalspirituality.org which offers not only blog articles on the subject but also a variety other helpful resources. As family worship is an activity one might rightly recognize as a spiritual discipline it should be no surprise someone with Whitney’s background and current ministry would undertake to write upon the same.
The book itself is less than intimidating coming in at a mere eighty pages including endnotes, Scripture index, and short author’s bio. However, this little book is packed full of useful arguments, examples, how to instructions, answers to objections, and encouragement. As a matter of fact each of these topics is covered in its own chapter all which support the goal of teaching Christians how they might grow in this particular area of worshiping God in the context of the family home.
The first of the chapters addresses the biblical support that family worship is an implicit principle of life for those who would be counted among the people of God. Whitney takes into account both Old and New Testament passages in order to draw this principle from the pages of Scripture and not the wrinkles of the human mind. He leaves the reader with the understanding God has always intended for His people to worship Him in daily life which rightly includes family worship.
Whitney backs up his conclusions by taking the reader on a journey through history visiting men from the 2nd thru 21st centuries to demonstrate how this principle has been implemented specifically within the church. Even as evangelicals rightly understand history to not be an authority it does serve as an example and such is the case in Chapter 2. The examples provided prove that family worship is not only a biblical principle but also a principle put into practice throughout the life of Christ’s Church and is no invention of the twenty-first century.
In Chapter 3, Whitney turns his and our attention from principle to practice. Or in other words from what to how. The chapter’s title is the answer to how in three words; Read, Pray, Sing. That’s right folks! All you need to do in order to implement or conduct family worship is Read (the Bible to/with your family), Pray (with and for your family), and Sing (Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs come to mind). If the question coming to your mind is, “Why these three things?” then you are not alone. However, Whitney provides an excellent response with, “only three things … are equally appropriate in family worship or in private worship as in congregational worship. Those activities are reading the Bible, praying, and singing.” (46-47).
Whitney demonstrates his grasp of the subject of family worship by providing answers to frequently heard objections and questions in Chapter 4. As a matter of fact, you may want to start with this chapter when taking up the book the first time. Then after your objections have been answered turn to the beginning in order to be discipled in this area of Christian life. Furthermore, this may be an excellent way to disciple others in this practice using the book as an aid.
Chapter 5 serves as the book’s conclusion and an encouragement to the reader to act upon what has been learned not in order to be made right before God but because the Lord has made one right thru His Son – Christ Jesus.
When I first obtained this book I wasn’t very sure I would like it, and I was right for I have fallen in love with it in a very short time. Because of this you cannot trust me to give an unbiased recommendation as to whether you should read it or not. Therefore, I encourage you to get a copy for yourself to see of my high view is deserved. Until then take an opportunity to sit down with your family to Read, Pray, and Sing.
David Mathis, author of Habits of Grace, talks to us about developing a life that walks in the grace of God.
Three seemingly unremarkable principles shape and strengthen the Christian life: listening to God’s voice, speaking to him in prayer, and joining together with his people as the church. Though often viewed as normal and routine, the everyday “habits of grace” we cultivate give us access to these God-designed channels through which his love and power flow—including the greatest joy of all: knowing and enjoying Jesus.
- 02:45 What was your angle on the spiritual disciplines in Habits of Grace?
- 09:58 Tell us a little backstory on forming the content for Habits of Grace.
- 19:20 Robert talks about putting habits in terms of opportunity rather than obligation.
- 21:45 Can you talk to us about Christian meditation?
- 28:47 What are different ways we communicate with God and how do different seasons of life take us down different pathways of prayer?
- 35:48 What are we underestimating about gathering together as the body worship?
We scheduled Dr. Bruce Ware, author of Big Truths for Young Hearts and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for a podcast weeks before the Trinity debate ripped through the blogosphere, but as providence would have it, we were able to talk to him about his Trinitarian views on the tail end of this polarizing Reformed conversation.
- 02:38 Why did you write Big Truths for Young Hearts?
- 03:48 How are your two daughters doing after being trained up with big theological ideas?
- 04:47 How is the book arranged and what did you seek to accomplish?
- 06:00 What would it look like to talk about the Trinity with our children?
- 08:10 Did your children ever ask you some great questions about the nature of God?
- 11:06 For what age was the book written?
- 12:40 How important is it for believers to read theology books?
- 19:02 How do we see God’s unity and His diversity working together?
- 20:36 Can you show us the Trinity in Genesis 1?
- 23:09 Why do you love the word harmony when it comes to the Trinity?
- 24:04 Can we talk about God’s division of labor in achieving our salvation?
- 27:25 Could you speak to the confusion that has arisen concerning the supremacy of the Father and the subordination of the Son?
- 30:15 How does this form how we relate to God?
- 33:45 Talk about how our complimentarian views relate to the Trinity.
- 38:41 Talk to us about your position on the submission of the Son.
- 46:00 Bruce Ware: “Too much attention in this Trinity debate has been given to traditional statements and less concern toward has been given toward biblical fidelity.”
Did you know God puts you in places where you are expected to fail? It is just one of the many ways He proves His love. Your disappointment and discouragement are the LORD’s opportunities to show His power and love to you.
Rick Thomas joins us on the podcast today to talk about relying on God instead of self.
In the interview, Rick references an article that can be found here.
- 02:44 Rick, tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.
- 10:45 What are some of the cultural lies we’ve been told about our ability to achieve whatever we want?
- 15:22 What does it mean that our culture is Adamic?
- 26:48 What is contentment at the root level?
- 37:17 Hw do we remain grateful even when we don’t have the resources to do what God tells us to do?
Jonathan Leeman, of 9 Marks and author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love, joins us to talk about the reasons for church membership on today’s podcast.
- What God is creating in the local church is so wonderful, so other-worldly, so dynamic, you can’t use any one single metaphor to define it all.
- 06:00 Church membership is more than a Costco membership.
- 08:50 how should we see Christ in the word imperium?
- 10:33 Why is it important we see the church as an embassy of the Kingdom of God?
- 14:38 Expound on submitting to the local church.
- 18:25 What are the qualifications for being a church member?
- 20:05 Why is there such a rich variety of metaphors for the church in Scripture?
- 23:10 What are some practical ways brothers and sisters can demonstrate their loyalty to other church members?
- 27:35 How would you counsel someone who is bummed about the church?
- 33:16 How does submitting to the local church define love for the watching world?
What’s so great about the doctrines of grace? Dr. Richard Phillips, renowned author and pastor, talks to us about a beloved dutch flower, the TULIP. His book, What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace, has proven to be an essential resource for anyone studying reformed theology and is the go to book when you want to buy an easy-to-understand book on Calvinism for a friend who is asking questions.
Karl Heitman also just wrote a wonderful article on why he agrees with all five points of Calvinism that would make a great supplement to this podcast.
Noteworthy Quotes from the Show
- What it means to be Reformed: I believe not what I think should be true, not what I wish was true, but I believe what the revealed Word of God clearly declares to be true.
- If I preach my best Gospel sermon to a corpse, what are the chances it responds?
- The key controversy between Calvinism and Arminianism is not over election or predestination, but rather over total depravity.
- Don’t mistake peace in the Lord for a lack of passion.
- The megachurch and seeker movements act the way they do because they believe they have to persuade the carnal will.
- The objection to Calvinism in a nutshell: Who does God think He is? God, or something?
- Did you say you want fairness? Because I thought we were talking about salvation. If you want fairness, it’s all hell.
- The Arminian view of the atonement is an impossibly wide bridge that only stretches halfway across the river.
- 02:00 Journey from the armed forces to ministry.
- 07:15 What does it mean to be reformed?
- 10:19 A history of Calvinism.
- 12:10 TULIP is the perfect acronym.
- 13:30 Three views about the state of man in the world.
- 21:15 Explain how every human being, because of depravity, has the experience of living a lie.
- 25:29 Can we get into Romans 9? Why is this chapter so crucial to the doctrines of grace?
- 37:50 God will never ungod Himself. God will not, and cannot surrender His sovereignty.
- 40:27 Limited atonement is a higher view of salvation, not a lower one.
- 41:30 Three views of atonement and continued limited atonement discussion.
- 47:33 Discussion on irresistible grace.
- 48:50 Discussion on perseverance of the saints.
- 50:30 There is nothing prideful about Calvinism.
- 51:27 Can someone have true assurance if they don’t embrace the doctrines of grace?
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Dan Dumas, of Southern Seminary, talks to us about the importance of male bonding through three key relationship types: Paul, Timothy, and Barnabas.
This particular episode focuses primarily on the Paul relationship: the bond of mentoring.