I have had the privilege of preaching, writing and collecting what I consider to be wise material on parenting for many years. One of my sabbatical projects has been working on a new parenting class I hope to teach in the fall. It is called something like, Pastor Paul's Parenting Opinions. The reason I am stressing opinions, is that the Bible actually has very little to say about the details of parenting. Wise parents will talk to those who have gone before them and collect (and evaluate) their opinions to chart their own course.
However, that does not mean the Bible has nothing to say about parenting. So, here is some of the material I have been blessed by or preached on or written about over the years. I hope it is useful to you!
PART ONE: ARTICLES
Texts of Scripture you need to think hard about in order to be a faithful parent
by Jim Elliff
WALTER ON THE FAMILY
“Well, well, well. It's been longer than a Hereford's tail since I wrote last and I am glad to get back to pen and pad. The colder weather makes sitting still a might easier to do, and all that time on the tractor this fall has filled my head with perhaps a couple good things to share with you. Mrs. Walter is all in a wonder that you would want to hear my babbling again, but what's a wife for if not to remind you that you're not half as good as you once thought you were!”
WALTER ON PARENTING LITTLE CHILDREN
“Now, the Lord never gives anything that He doesn't include the instructions or resources for - but what I have always found peculiar is just how little he says about parenting. I recall those early days of our first little olive shoot (Ps 128:3), when we wondered when exactly it was we stopped being children and started having them!”
WALTER ON BEING A DAD
“Thanks for taking the time to read these letters. You've got more patience than a chipmunk stuck at a turtle-crossing!
Well, last time I wrote I tried to make clear that the most important thing for your family is a happy marriage. Husband and wife loving each other and living in unity will create a family bond stronger than duct tape and binder twine.
Today I want to move on to the role the husband plays in the family.”
WALTER ON BEING A MOM
“Besides climbing up a greased fireman's pole backwards and blindfolded with your arms tied behind your back, there are few things more difficult in life than being a mom.“
AUTHORITY AND SUBMISSION IN THE CHURCH
WHY KEEP THE WHOLE FAMILY TOGETHER FOR CHURCH?
WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM ME? SOME IMPORTANT THOUGHTS FOR CHILDREN
PART TWO: AUDIO SERMONS
Let's Just Parent Like Christians
October 17, 2021 Speaker: Paul Martin Series: Let's Just Act Like Christians
Topic: Expository Preaching Verse: Ephesians 6:4–6:4
1. Do not exasperate your kids
2. Lovingly stop and correct bad behaviours in your kids
3. Teach and urge compliance to the truth in your kids
Family Dynamics (Part 1)
November 22, 2015 Speaker: Paul Martin Series: Be Wise, Young Man, Be Wise
Verse: Proverbs 1:1–31:31
1. The Kids
Proverbs 10:1; 28:7; 17:21, 25; 20:20; 30:17; 23:22-25
2. The Parents
Proverbs 22:6, 15; Romans 1:16-17; 10:9-11
Family Dynamics (Part Two): Parenting
December 6, 2015 Speaker: Paul Martin Series: Be Wise, Young Man, Be Wise
Verse: Proverbs 1:1–31:31
1. The state of the child
a. Behaviour is an overflow of the heart
b. Every heart is full of folly
2. The duty of the parent
Being a Gospel-centred Kid