Our family has enjoyed Jamie Soles’ music from the day we were introduced to it around 15 years ago. He has produced albums for adults and children but I enjoy his children’s music as much if not more than his music for adults. In fact, I almost always have at least one of his children’s CDs in my car.
His music flows directly out of the Bible and will even challenge your knowledge of the Bible at times. For instance, he has songs for every judge in the book of Judges, often focusing on what might appear at first to be obscure details. The children’s songs are fun but not shallow and will increase your knowledge of the Bible, especially the historical Bible stories.
His website (www.solmusic.ca) allows you to listen to his songs and purchase an entire album (CD or MP3) or individuals songs. Following are my favorite children’s CD (The Way My Story Goes) and my favorite adult CD (River).
If I could recommend one thing to parents seeking to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, it would be regular family worship. Throughout history, reformations of the church have been accompanied by revivals of family worship. Determining cause and effect is often difficult but that they are mutually reinforcing, there is no doubt.
I have linked two books below. Both are exhortations by contemporary authors to practice family worship. Don Whitney, professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of one of the books, has this to say, “Without some regularity and structure and purpose, it is one of those things that we assume we are doing but never actually do. Consistent, father-led family worship is one of the best, steadiest, and most easily measurable ways to bring up children in the Lord’s discipline and instruction.” Continue reading “Family Worship”
Following is an excerpt from an email I received from a Pastor. The overarching message about sexual abuse is clear but the underlying message about sin and grace needs to be repeated over and over again, especially in our day of healing sin lightly: Continue reading “Sin … and then Grace”
Here’s a great article on faithful child rearing. What we’re after is not just good, obedient children (although we do want that) but we should want more than that. This article does a good job of addressing what that “more” is and how to nurture it:
Nurturing Fat Souls
What is sorely lacking in the church and what the church most desperately needs now is leadership. The Scriptures paint a compelling picture of how God works through leaders to bring repentance and deliverance. At the same time, the Scriptures paint a picture of the corrosive effect of poor and wicked leaders.
The Courageous Leadership of Winston Churchill
I feel a little funny posting this on a blog. After you read it, you’ll understand why. But, it is a perspective worth reading and considering. Even if one doesn’t go cold turkey, as the author is doing, all of us likely could and should reduce the time we spend online.
I’m Thinking It Over
Here’s Doug Wilson, the founder of the modern C&C school movement, on the occasion of his 40th wedding anniversary, reflecting on Christian marriage:
No Kidding. 40 Years.
Following is a good article by Larry Arnn, the President of Hillsdale College, on the relationship between religious liberty, property rights, and all other rights. This is a connection the founders of America understood and it served as a guiding principle in the construction of the new constitutional republic.
This type of thinking grew out of hundreds of years of Christianity slowly, like yeast, working its way into the civil realm, first in Europe and then in America. For a variety of reasons, we’ve lost both the biblical literacy and the historical consciousness that characterized the founders of America. For America to survive as a free nation, we need to recover both.
Property Rights and Religious Liberty
Rosaria Butterfield on why she sings the Psalms (and why we should as well). The psalms have historically been known as God’s hymn book but the modern church has lost sight of this. Hopefully, this will be an exhortation to some to recover this glorious practice.
Why I Sing Psalms
“The value of the old liberal education was not that it made men ‘well-rounded,’ like a ball-bearing, but that it gave them the freedom of the height and breadth and depth of human experience, including man’s mysterious encounter with his Creator. To be free is not to live in no place and at no time but to live in one place as in the shadow of all places, and to live in one time as in the morning twilight of eternity.”
Anthony Esolen; Life Under Compulsion, Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child