Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pastor Dad by Mark Driscoll

I found a cool little e-book that you can read called Pastor Dad by a preacher I like named Mark Driscoll. You can find it by clicking here: http://relit.org/pastordad/

Here are some excerpts I really profited from reading:

"To achieve fruitful multiplication, Genesis 2:24 tells us that a young man
must leave his father and mother to grow up, become a man, start a career, and
learn to govern his own life before he assumes the responsibilities of a husband
and father. Once he has accomplished those tasks, a man is then qualified to
pursue a young woman through her father (if the father is godly and involved),
who lovingly protects her from the wrong men and gives the man permission to
woo and marry the woman he loves. The two then become one flesh and make
the Song of Songs sing again in hopes of having children.
In our godless world, the entire process is inverted and has subsequently
caused much trouble. Young men continue to live at home, freeloading off
their parents as boys who can shave, while they have sex with girlfriends that
they one day may shack up with, and use birth control to prevent pregnancy or
abortion to murder their own child because fools see children as a burden and
not a blessing."

"As a father, you must recognize that if your child will be sitting in a
classroom for six or eight hours a day, for twelve years, you must know the
teachers, their curriculum, and the goal of that education, because you are
responsible before God for the cultivation of your child."

"First, a godly father gives spiritual sustenance to his
children. It is dad who should also be reading the Bible with his kids, praying
with them, and answering their questions—not just mom, the church Sunday
school teacher, or the youth pastor."

"A wise dad may realize that a personal quiet time for himself is unwise;
rather than hiding away in a quiet place to read the Bible, it is often best to do
so in the noisy living room where the kids can see and climb on their dad while
he reads his Bible. Also, if dad frequently has his Bible open, his children will be
more likely to ask him questions about God and life because they see that he
possesses answers from God’s Word."

"Every man in the church is supposed to conduct
himself as a pastor in his home."

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