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Trained in the Fear of God: Family Ministry in Theological, Historical, and Practical Perspective Paperback – August 19, 2011
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About the Author
Timothy Paul Jones (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of leadership and church ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written a number of books, including Misquoting Truth and Perspectives on Family Ministry.
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Later on in the week the new bride decides to question her mom about this practice of lopping off the ends of the roast. The mother's reply is the same as the daughter's, "that was always the way my mom made it". The two curious ladies decide to ask grandma why she cut off the ends of the roast. She says, "I always cut off the ends of the roast because that is the only way that I could get it to fit in the pan".
The point of the story is that generations upon generations can dutifully follow a tradition without even understanding it. What is worse when ripped from its original intention the new generation's following of a practice is not only stupid it is also quite unhelpful and maybe even harmful. What happened with the grandmother and her roast is that she taught the daughter the practice but never explained why she did it. The daughter then was not able to contextualize the recipe for her own setting and so she slavishly followed a tradition and handed an unnecessary "must" down to her own daughter.
What is true of a three generations of ladies cooking a roast is just as true of many churches.Read more ›
The book is divided into three parts:
The Character of God and the Created Order: A Biblical and Theological Framework for Considering Family Relationships
Covenants and Community: Family Discipleship in Christian History
Growing the Family of God: Guiding a Congregation toward Theologically Grounded Family Ministry
Within each part there are chapters that cover the following, although this is not an exhaustive list by any means:
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: The Trinity as Theological Foundation for Family Ministry, Bruce A. Ware
Male and Female, He Created Them: Gender Roles and Relationships in Biblical Perspective, Randy Stinson
Among Your Company at Home: Family Discipleship in the Late Ancient and Medieval Churches, C.Read more ›
The First point from this book provides an instrumental foundation to understanding how the church functions as one body. This does not call the church to be segregated, yet it calls for the church to get involved in each others lives. This looks more like youth sacrificing their Saturdays to serve the elderly or serve the chiildrens ministry on a Sunday night, instead of being cut off from the church forming a "parachurch." This book really places an emphasis on how the church is a body of believers that are from every age,tounge, tribe, and nation focused on Christ and Him alone.
The second point of the book is a very basic call for any parent of children to be investing in the lives of their children daily. This book does a great job of capturing is that training your children is more than plugging them into a ministry at church for a couple of hours a week. The call to raise or train your children is a constant process, whether it be fleshed out through daily scripture readings, worship, and/or prayer parents are called to constantly to be pointing their children to Christ. The book points us to the passage in Deuteronomy 6:1-9 as background for this process.Read more ›
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"Trained in the Fear of God" provides deep theological, historical, and practical reflection for the growing family-equipping movement within evangelical churches. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Casey McCall
I was delighted to have the chance to read "Trained In the Fear of God", as I am always intersted in books on theology and biblical perpective and History. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Godspoetic1
This is an excellent resource to help those in ministry consider what a true gospel saturated church should look like. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Gkeen1
This book comes at a timely moment for me, as pastor of a church that is concerned about continuing a pattern of godly, biblical training for all ages. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Kevin Sorensen
Trained in the Fear of God began so well I was reading it with a highlighter. I was excited by statements like: "Christian households and churches are not shelters from the... Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by theresa
In nearly ever church I've attended, I have noticed the alarming problem of faith being lost from one generation to the next. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Ann B. Hibbard
There are so many books to be read . . . some cover to cover and some browsed as a reference. I found this book difficult to get into initially but when I got over my need to read... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Karla