I have read Josh McDowell all my life, especially his books on apologetics. This was a different kind of book from him, however, but a good addition to his list. He describes his own “disfunctional” childhood and how he learned all he knows about parenting from being a parent and a student of God’s Word. McDowell gives ten “commitments” (“I will do my best to…”) that he asks fathers to make when raising their children. They are good and yet common: “I will do my best to be an authentic model,” for example. In much of the book one benefits from his apologetic background, especially in those chapters where the commitment is to explain the Word of God to our children. If there is any weakness in his approach it would be in the occasional use of psychology. Whereas other biblical approaches would base our accountability on our servanthood to God and His Word (MacArthur, Tripp), McDowell basis that accountability on our relationship and acceptance toward our children. In the end he brings it back to our fear of God but he takes a while to get there. Overall, I benefited from the book and found a lot of practical helps for fathers.
Walking With God in DeathNovember 1, 2018
We end our series about walking with God where it should end, considering the time of our death. I don’t know why the topic should seem morbid to us, all of us will die and the only thing that can change that is the rapture of the church at the end of the age. That […]
Walking With God in JudgmentSeptember 29, 2018
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 11:13-14). The words judge and judgment and their cognates appear […]
The Meekness of WisdomSeptember 3, 2018
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13) Who wants to violate the first characteristic of meekness and write about it? Who wants to appear to be like the one who brags about being humble? […]