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What Courtship Is Really About

There has been quite a hubbub over courtship lately, engendered by Thomas Umstattd’s blog post, Why Courtship Is Fundamentally Flawed. Douglas Wilson has responded here and here. I thought I would bring a different perspective to the topic by relating a phenomenon I have encountered as a pastor: A Christian in their 60’s, 70’s, or even 80’s, loses their spouse of many years, with whom they have raised children to adulthood, who are now raising their own children. The widowed Christian finds themself lonely and falls into a whirlwind romance with a similarly aged member of the opposite sex. This sends their children into full panic mode, because the love train is barreling down the tracks, there are warning...

What Courtship Is Really About
posted on: Aug 22, 2014 | author: Alan Burrow

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posted on: Jul 1, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

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posted on: Jun 14, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

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posted on: Jun 13, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

The Nurture of God’s Children – Part 5

Whose Children? Part 4 Ezekiel 16.20-21 Fourth, because they are God’s children, born to Him, we should grab them by their identity in Christ. When Jonathan Edwards’ children misbehaved, he would “grab them by their baptism.” He would remind them of whose child they were (God’s) and of the obligation to bear a family resemblance. Similarly, if a husband or wife is flaking out, the thing to do is grab them by their marriage – remind them of their identity and exhort them to live up to it. This approach would seem to be common sense, but the Church has had a long history of trying to use doubt to fight presumption. The Church has a habit of imposing additional...

posted on: Feb 22, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

The Nurture of God’s Children – Part 4....

Whose Children? Part 3 Ezekiel 16.20-21 Third, because they are God’s children, born to Him, we should focus on covenant nurture, not crisis conversion. Jesus’ concern for covenant children was not to bring them to a self-conscious conversion experience, but to nurture them and remove stumbling blocks from their path (Mat 18.5-6). In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus speaks of the seed of the Word springing up into tender plants, some of which shrivel for lack of moisture (due to shallowness of root), others that are choked by thorns and thistles (the cares and pleasures of life), and still others which grow to fruitful maturity (Luke 8.5-15). (Jesus is not denying the sovereignty of God here. He...

posted on: Feb 15, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

The Nurture of God’s Children – Part 3

Whose Children? Part 2 Ezekiel 16.20-21 Second, because they are God’s children, born to Him, we should bring them up in the faith, not to the faith. Paul says we are to bring our children up in the admonition and discipline of the Lord (Eph 6.4). Hebrews says the Lord’s discipline is only for his children (Heb 12.6-8). Connect the dots. We are often suspicious of little children’s faith, but Jesus does not share our suspicion (Mat 18.2-6). When Christian parents tell their infant child about Jesus or anything else in the Bible, their child will believe them implicitly. Indeed, the faith of a small child is the model for genuine, guileless faith (Mat 18.3-4). To be converted is...

posted on: Feb 6, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

The Nurture of God’s Children – Part 2

Whose Children? Ezekiel 16.20-21 In Ezekiel 16, God rebukes his people for spiritual adultery. They were giving lip service to the living God who loved them while having spiritual dalliances with the false gods of the nations. Of all the manifestations of that spiritual adultery, none was more heinous than what God describes in Ezekiel 16.20-21. A number of his people were not only worshiping false gods, they were sacrificing their children in the fire to those gods. As shocking as that is, God makes it clear that the deepest aspect of this sin was not that his people were sacrificing their children, but that they were sacrificing his children (Eze 16.21). How were they his children? God tells...

posted on: Feb 4, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

The Nurture of God’s Children – Part 1

Getting the Big Glorious Picture The topic of these posts would typically be called “child raising,” or “training up your children.” But for reasons which I hope will become clear as we go along, I am calling them “The Nurture of God’s Children.” This is obviously a very practical topic, and partly because it is so practical, we have an impulse to jump right into the nuts and bolts. We need to resist that impulse. The bigger the project, the more important it is to have the big picture in view before we start. Otherwise, when the going gets tough, we can lose our perspective and lose our way. So before we delve into the details, let’s get...

posted on: Jan 28, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Marriage Booster

Husbands, Love Your Wives Part 3 Ephesians 5.25-32 Washing with the Water of the Word As Christ washes his Bride in the Word, so husbands are to wash their wives in the Word (Eph 5.25-26).  This is an indispensable means of nourishing and cherishing.  A husband must lead his family in the Word regularly.  The Word is food, and eating every once in a while is not nourishment.  He should establish and conduct regular family devotions.  Just 15 minutes on a regularly basis would be a vast improvement in most homes. It is also especially beneficial to have little time of regular prayer with just you and your wife. Washing with the Word also contemplates “letting the Word...

posted on: Sep 10, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

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