Here are some pictures from the NCFIC conference finally (I took my time about getting them up here, but I’m going to use Thanksgiving as an excuse).
This is the entrance to the conference room in between workshops.
This is the sign to the room we were in at the Marriott in Birmingham for the conference.
It took more than one Mountain Dew to make it through the weekend.
But Boaz didn’t even try to make it through the weekend without a nap or two.
Notice that the Drapers account for the largest portion of people at this table!
Claire needed some sutainance.
This is the conference room all emptied out at the end of the weekend.
Elise is holding Noah Burton.
You knew she would be in here somewhere!
This is one cute group of girls!!! All except the one on the far right is from our Church. I think we should have had the conference in Nashville, there were a lot of people from Nashville.
Why the Church Needs the Family and the Family Needs the Church
Comments on Jeff Pollard’s Why the Church Needs the Family and the Family Needs the Church from the NCFIC Uniting Church and Home Conference.
Jeff reminded us that there are two uses of the word church. One use is when it means the universal Church, or all those who have been, are, or will be a part of God’s salvation, or God’s elect. Then there is the usage which means the local expression of the universal church, or the visible church. I usually differentiate in writing by using a capital “C” for the Universal (or invisible) Church, and a small “c” for the local church. Being a member of the visible church does not equal election/salvation. In other words, you can be a member of God’s covenant and not be elect.
This was a part of his introduction to the definition of the church. He said very little I disagreed with, but I found myself wishing he would use more scripture to back up the assertions he made, especially since I agreed with him and knew that the scripture was there. Even when you are preaching to the choir you need to use scripture.
He talked of the family’s need of the church for discipline and fellowship and support which I agree with. And he also did mention all the commands in scripture that talk of relating to one another in the body. That is impossible to do if you are not part of a local body of believers.
One funny story he told was of a man that he was talking to in a restaurant. Jeff asked the man if he worshiped, and where he worshiped. The man replied, “O I worship.” Jeff noticed he hadn’t answered his question so he said, “Yes, but WHERE do you worship?” The man replied, “O, I worship in my living room. I watch this preacher on TV every Sunday morning.” Jeff said, “Then you aren’t part of a local body of believers?” The man replied that he was not. The problem with this is that he can’t go look in the mirror and say to himself, “I rebuke thee!!!” It doesn’t work that way. We all need accountability and discipline and fellowship and comfort.
Anyway, all in all I really enjoyed the message. I can’t think of anything I really disagreed with.
I hope all my readers (all 2 of them… haha) have a wonderful thanksgiving. We rejoice in this special day when we can remember what the Pilgrims went through and the fact that they were so thankful.
The Pilgrims were thankful to be alive. They certainly didn’t have a lot of food to be thankful for as is often believed. At that first thanksgiving, each plate had only 5 kernels of corn and yet they were so thankful to God. I think we could learn a thing or two from the Pilgrims.
The Sufficiency of Scripture
Here is a few of my comments on Scott Brown’s – The Sufficiency of Scripture from the Uniting Church and Family conference.
Scott affirmed the doctrine of Sola-Scriptura which is a very good thing. It’s not God’s word plus something, God’s word is sufficient. He said his wife liked to say that the Word of God is like water, it is totally sufficient. You can try coke and tea and all kinds of other drinks, but water is sufficient and necessary. As opposed to the Roman Catholic doctrine of scripture plus tradition. And I would add that tradition is not bad if it is biblical tradition. Tradition is defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. That is good and healthy as long as it is biblical.
I would also like to add that generally drinking other things besides water is not bad, but you must have the proper water intake. And I think it is the same with scripture. You need scripture, you don’t need anything else. But there are other things that are good for your spiritual health. It’s not wrong to read works published by someone else, and can be very beneficial to your spiritual health, but you must have the intake of scripture.
He also mentioned that most churches are moving away from the practice of reading the scripture. One Pastor he talked to said he has started showing movie clips in place of the reading of scripture because people would start to zone out while he was reading the word.
I think that is pretty amazing and an indicator of the church, a thermometer if you will, and the church has the signs of a sickness. It’s a famine for the word of the Lord.
I think Scott did a fair job with this subject, though it felt like he wandered off topic too often and chased rabbits. He didn’t really say much that I disagreed with, at least not worth noting except for a statement that didn’t really seem to do with anything else. He said that Family integrated churches are not cultic. My issue with that statement is that it is a blanket statement. I think that many, many are not. I am a part of one that is not. But I feel that there are others that are. They idolize the family over God and it becomes their God. This is cultic, it’s the cult of the family.
But that is the only one worth noting, and it’s mostly something that I wouldn’t want someone to take the wrong way.
I had the chance to talk to Brett Harris at the NCFIC conference. In case you are unaware (due to my negligence to post a link to them during the film festival) they covered the goings on at the film festival in detail. They seem to be great young men with a great blog. Please check them out HERE
Uniting Church and Family Conference
We had a great time at the regional Uniting Church and Family conference in Alabama. The topics were:
• The Sufficiency of Scripture – Scott Brown
• Why the Church Needs the Family and the Family Needs the Church – Jeff Pollard
• The Family is the Factory of Church Leadership – Scott Brown
• The Father’s Role in Family Worship – Jeff Pollard
• Establishing Biblical Church Government – Jason Dohm
• If, When, and How We Leave a Church – Don Hart, Esq.
• The Father’s Administration of Christ’s Kingdom in the Home – Jeff Pollard
• How Do You Train Children to Stay in the Worship Service – Scott Brown
• Panel Discussion
• Building God-Centered, Word Centered, Christ-Exalting, Family Integrated Churches – Scott Brown.
I hope to have comments and general stuff coming on most (okay okay, maybe only some) of these topics soon, including what I liked and didn’t like. I’m not going to just lavish the praise heavily and skip anything I disagreed with. I also should have a few pictures up soon from the conference.
As Christians, we are called to deliberately impact the culture in a positive way, for the Lord Jesus Christ. This is seen in the dominion mandate in Genesis, and again in our Great Commission to teach, or disciple the nations. But too often we look like a dim shadow of the world around us. The pagans are creating the culture and discipling the nations and we just sit back and follow suite. This is especially true in the area of education. Most of us Christians are perfectly content to hand our children over to the priests of baal… er ahhh… I mean evolution. And by the way, Darwinism is a religion. If you don’t believe that, why don’t you try to blaspheme against it in public? You will probably be ridiculed, scorned, maybe you’ll even get your face and name in the paper as a loony that belongs on the funny farm.
But the area of education is not the only problem! On Sundays, the one day when the family might get to be together, we are content to send the kids of to Sunday School and Children’s Church while we go to the “Big People’s Church and Sunday School.” Let somebody else deal with the children, never mind that they have to miss out on any good teaching that goes on while they watch over and shepherd and train our children.
And as if that weren’t enough, we have many Christians whose wife works to help win the bread for the family. And if the children are too young to go to school, we must send them to day care. Unless of course you work at the day care… then you take care of all of the other mom’s children so that they can work as well.
The problem is, we are trying to bring the world into the church… and what do we get? We get the world in the church. Big surprise there!!! We are worldly. And what is worldliness? Worldliness to a Christian is that which the world does that is contrary to the scriptures either in practice or in notion. Now I know that someone will take this to an extreme and say, “If the world does it, we can’t do it.” This is entirely wrong headed. However, we must know why we do what we do. Worldly people sleep and so do Christians. Just because they sleep does not mean that we cannot. That is not the point I am trying to make here. Rather, we must know that everything we do is Godly and effective in building the kingdom of God, and at the very least that we are not tearing down the kingdom of God. We must seek to impact our culture for Christ and His kingdom. This means that when the Bible says that we should train up our children in the way they should go that we don’t send them off to the priests of Darwinism. This means that we don’t send our kids off to the little peoples church while we go eat meat and place the spiritual well being of our kids in someone else’s hands. This means that the husband is responsible for making the ends meet in the family.
But let me address any concerns or misunderstandings that someone may have. For us to provide for the education of our children does not imply that we can never allow someone besides mom or dad to train the children. It means the parents are responsible for the training. It means that you cannot send you child to the priests of Darwin without being held responsible. And when I talk of send the kids to children’s church, I am not saying that it is always wrong to have separate activities for the young people. The problem is that we place the responsibility of our Children’s well being upon other members of the body of Christ who aren’t responsible for their well-being. And when I talk of women working outside of the home, I am not saying that a women must never do any work outside of the home. But the women is not the primary bread winner. That is the man’s responsibility.
It seems to me that the pendulum swings too far in either direction and I very rarely see it fall where is should. This makes it very hard for Christians to have the impact on the culture that they are supposed to.
If there are any of you who read this blog, if you find anything weird with the blog, please comment and let me know. You see, when I changed the template to match my site, I made quite a few HTML mistakes. I keep discovering them and fixing them. Like the mistake I just corrected… It seems that article links weren’t working. I corrected that mistake. I am really trying to learn this HTML stuff. It is frustrating sometimes, but I think I am getting there.
A Good Article
Our entire church family will be traveling to the regional NCFIC conference this weekend. I will be working a half day on Friday and then traveling in caravan with my mom and dad’s family. Between our Ford Escort and their Chevy Lumina we have enough seats for the 11 of us, and that means that they don’t have to take one of their trucks which consumes fuel at an alarming rate during this time of high fuel prices, nor do they have to use my sisters untrustworthy car which usually won’t start after the engine has warmed up (sounds like a starter or starter solenoid needs replaced to me). We are looking forward to see what sort of good teaching we will be hearing down there.
Some more changes around here
As you may have noticed by now, there are some more changes with my blog. I took the time this morning on the drive in to Franklin (Rachel was driving the car) to modify my blogger template so that it actually fit with my website. It has the same navigation buttons and stuff now. You will also notice the RSS buttons for both my blog and the Home Page of my site. RSS is a wonderful thing for those of you who don’t yet know what it is. It’s a live feed that you bookmark in your RSS reader, and it will automatically download new articles and notify you that there are new articles available.
Have fun… will post some more stuff soon, and hopefully it will be inetersting next time.
An Article by Doug Phillips
Doug Phillips posted a wonderful article HERE.
The Purpose of Homeschooling
What is the purpose of homeschooling? Is the purpose excellence in education? Is the purpose sheltering of the children? Is the purpose of homeschooling because the family is all important? Is the purpose of homeschooling because to do so is cool? Is it because we don’t have enough money to send our kids to private school? Is it because that is just what we are supposed to do? Or is it because children shouldn’t be educated unless they ask to be?
These and many more reasons are not good, Biblical reasons for homeschooling.
I was in a private Christian school through the 4th grade, as grading systems go. I was a straight “A” student. I remember I once got a “B” and I was horrified. My parents were determined that I would not go to public school because of their own experience in that system. The corruption, the ungodly things they learned from the other kids and from the teachers as well. The problem was that as I was to be entering the 5th grace, and my sister would have been entering the 2nd grade, my parents discovered that they did not have enough money to continue to pay for our tuition. So they decided to homeschool us because they felt public school was not an option. And that is to be commended.
It was not until a few years later that my parents began to see the real reason for homeschooling. Ultimately, the real reason was that they felt homeschooling to be the best means available to them for providing their children with good, God honoring education. They saw it as a way they could teach us when they were sitting down, rising up, walking by the way, they were in complete control over what I was being taught. They were in control of the perspectives we were being taught, the motives for the teaching, the theories, they were in charge of everything.
But there is a problem among the homeschool community. The distinction is that of what Douglas Wilson refers to as Homeschoolers, and Homers. Homers place the highest and utmost importance on the family. The family should never be split apart so they must do everything together. In some extremes, the children must all do Kindergarten together, 1st grade together, and so on. If the children play with friends, they must play with friends all together. Above all, the family must not be separated from each other for any reason. They worship the family as their god. This means (in some cases I have known) that 15 or 16 year old Johnny can’t go help Joe Moe hang drywall down the street unless the whole family goes. This means that Daddy can’t go out to make a living unless the whole family goes. In their view there is to be no distinction between ages because age segregation is just bad and evil, an invention from the pit of hell itself.
The problem with all this is that it is not Biblical. Biblically, the family ranks as very important, but does not occupy the highest and most important place. And indeed the family is split and splintered and fragmented in today’s modern culture, but Homers have a knee jerk reaction to this and carry it to an extreme. We should feel it a good thing if 15 or 16 year old Johnny goes of down the road to help Joe hang his drywall. And no matter what your view on the industrial revolution, we should view it as a good thing that daddy is out being the breadwinner and not making his wife or children fill that role so that “he can be home with the family”.
And Biblically, age segregation is a must. The Bible itself age segregates when it addresses a particular age group. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1. And there are other types of segregation when the Bible specifically addresses women, such as older women must teach the younger women. That is gender segregation.
To be sure, in today’s culture we are segregated to death, to the point that we can’t even go to church and worship together. And to that point that children must be with their own age group in order to play together and get along together. This ought not to be. But again, the Homers assume a complete knee jerk reaction to an ungodly society.
The right and Biblical reason for homeschooling is because God commands parents to train their children, and to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. That’s almost, if not entirely impossible to do in the public school. The principle is that parents are responsible and ultimately answerable before God for the training of the children God has given them. This does not mean that we cannot delegate certain teaching to teachers. For example, both myself, and my wife would be completely unqualified to teach our children how to pay the violin. Neither of us play one, and we would therefore not be able teach our children how to play one. If one of our children (providing the Lord blesses us with children) expresses an interest in learning to play the violin, and if we have the means, we cannot deny it to them only on the basis that we can’t delegate the responsibility of teaching to someone else. That’s silliness, and yet I know Christian homeschoolers who would say just that. Now, we are responsible for what the teacher we hire teaches of course.
The principle I am trying to communicate here is that of Christian discipleship. Not excellence in education, or any of the other reasons I mentioned at the beginning of this post. The reason for everything we do should be Biblical. Homeschooling for the wrong reasons is still homeschooling for the wrong reasons no matter which way you slice it.
Moving the last of my stuff
I’ll be getting off of work early today to go to Lobelville and move the last of my stuff out of mom and dad’s old place. They have pretty much moved into the new house even though it is not yet finished. They were mudding and painting drywall last I knew.
I don’t even know what all I have left at Lobeville for sure. Among other things there is a welder that dad would like to keep at his place for a while, but he needs help moving it to the new place. I know I have a lot of mag motorcycle wheels lying around the shop from my buggy building days. I don’t know if I have ever mentioned that on my blog. I used to build buggies (the kind that horses pull). I didn’t build a too many. I think I actually built maybe 8 to 10 or so. I also built other horse drawn equipment like fore carts. That is basically an Amish tractor. You hook too horses to it, and you can pull trailers and just about anything else with it. Ah, my past life. Working in film is so much different.
I am looking forward to going to the regional NCFIC conference in Alabama next weekend, although I didn’t recognize any of the speakers, it is put on by the Vision Forum.
Most of what I have been doing at work lately is mixing the audio for The Peasall Sisters live concert. It is for the DVD we are working feverishly on. We are very near completion now and should be releasing it shortly. We have already started taking orders for it on our website. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I am really excited about being able to work for a family oriented company.
The Weapons of Our Warfar
The dust has settled just a little bit. We did survive the Film Festival and the drive back home, and I am still not caught up on sleep… so everything is back to normal.
We did have an awesome time at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. There is real promise from the Christian filmmakers that were assembled there. You know, film is an area of our culture that has too long been dominated by the enemy of our God. The purpose of the SAICFF is to conquer that realm of Godlessness. We believe it is part of the dominion mandate God has given us. We also believe it is our job to impact the culture in a positive way. To be salt and light is our God given calling. The medium of film is an incredible means by which we can be an impact on the culture around us. Now more than ever are there tools (and cheaper than ever before) to accomplish the conquering of the film arena.
I went to a couple of RC Sproul Jr.’s seminars, and one of them was titled, “The Weapons of our Warfare.” The elements that make up our weapons are truth, beauty, and goodness. Particularly truth though. The reason for this is that our enemy really has none at all. What a powerful weapon. To illustrate, he told a story of when he was in college. He fought the good fight for the “theory” of objective truth in a world that says we make our own truth. “There is no objective truth,” the world says. And so RC was out to prove that there was. He was quite outspoken about it too. Then one day the dean of the school called him to his office. The dean told him he had no complaint with his studies, he had very good grades. No, rather his problem was that he was arguing with the teachers that there was objective truth. “It’s okay for you to believe that,” the dean told him, “just don’t be so vocal about,” he said. So RC couldn’t help himself, and he said, “I think I understand you sir, what you are saying is that you want me to not be quite so vocal about my view that there is objective truth?” The Dean replied, “Yes, that is it exactly.” So RC said, “Well let me make sure I am understanding you just so that there can be no mistake, you are saying that it is wrong for me to be so outspoken about my view that there is objective truth?” “Well yes,” replies the Dean, “That is exactly what I am saying.” Since he still did not get it, RC had to help him just a bit more. He said, “So sir, you are saying that the objective truth is that it is WRONG for me to say that there is objective truth?” The Dean simply lowered his head a couple of notches and said, “You may go now, Mr. Sproul.”
You see, how could the dean tell RC that the objective truth was that it was wrong for him to propagate the view that there is objective truth when there is not supposed to be any objective truth? After all, we make our own truth.
My point is that we, as believers, DO have the corner on truth. We have a powerful weapon in our arsenal that is truth, and it is particularly powerful because our enemy has NONE. Sure, sometimes our enemy mixes a little lie with a lot of truth, but we know that a partial truth is a lie. So our enemy has no truth. When we confront the enemy with truth he has no defense for it. And we must be merciless with the truth.
Catching up on Sleep
I’m still trying to catch up on sleep after the Film Festival. I hope to post more soon.
New link to my Blog
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