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Teleological Amnesia–What I’ve Been Reading (10)

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In God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation, Jonathan Wilson argues that the Church has neglected the biblical doctrine of Creation–he calls it a case of “teleological amnesia”–and all of Western culture is the worse for it. Rather than responding to the onslaught of naturalism, materialism, and Darwinism, theologians of the … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 25: Raising Perfect Parents

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For the final post in this series, I want to again address the children in a family. Kids, do you realize that you have as much time to raise your parents as they do to raise you?  You can have a big influence on how your parents relate to you.  … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 24: Understanding Parents

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Wise children will want to please their parents.  But first they must understand them!  As any teenager knows, parents are tough to figure out.  Sometimes they are just plain weird.  These seven tips may help you see where your parents are coming from: Don’t shy away from speaking their language.  … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 23: What’s Your Parenting Style?

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As we continue our series on parenting, this love comparison chart serves as a helpful tool in discerning your parenting style.  This is adapted from  by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Gary Sibcy. Parents Who Give Healthy Love Parents Who Overprotect Parents Who Overcontrol Parents Who Overindulge Nurture kids to be unique Nurture … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 22: How to Bless Others

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God has so constructed the inward man that he has emotional and physical needs that can only be met by affirmation, acceptance as to intrinsic worth, encouragement, and unconditional love.  We all have the desire and need to receive “The blessings” from others.  Others include both our heavenly Father and … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 21: Yardsticks for Love

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As we continue this series, I wanted to share more wisdom from Howard Hendricks, adapted from “Yardsticks for Love.” 1)  True love involves a responsiveness to the “total self” of the one loved.  You do not fall in love with a body.  You fall in love with a person.  Indeed … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 20: The Danger Zone

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One of the most challenging aspects of parenting teenagers comes when advising them in relationships. Here are some thoughts on “the danger zone” of dating. Your relationship is definitely not true love… When you are expected to compromise your values (to have sex or any other physical contact that is … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 19: Eight Common Objections to Sexual Purity and Eight Common Sense Answers

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Crucial moral battles are being fought in our culture.  Nowhere is this seen more vividly than in the present sexual attitudes and behaviors of Americans.  Each of us needs to think through the implications of sexual alternatives and choose a personal sexual ethic based on intellectual, biblical and Christian factors. … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 18: The Twelve Steps to Intimacy

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As we continue this series on parenting, it is important to remember that the relationship between two parents is crucial  for family life and must be protected. This list of  “Twelve Steps to Intimacy” is one that was originally developed by a behavioral scientist decades ago, but Dr. James Dobson … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 17: God’s Guidelines for the Gray Areas of Life

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As we continue through this series, today I want to share another simple outline. It looks at Paul’s Corinthian principles for dealing with the so-called “gray areas” of life.   The Corinthian Challenge.            1 Cor. 6:12-11:1; 13:1-13    1) Will this action be helpful to me?          1 Cor. 6:12; 10:23 … Read More »

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