Family Worship

Scott Head has written an encouragement for fathers to practice and lead family worship.

As fathers it is plainly expressed in the Word that it is our duty to disciple our children ourselves, always and continuously. While there is a great blessing in other ordained venues and through gifted teachers such as the corporate worship and preaching of the Word, the primary duty passing on of the faith falls squarely upon the father; the father is the responsible party. This is why family worship is critical, it is a great and mighty tool in the duty of discipling children. You, dear brother, should lead out by establishing this practice in your home.

In our family we have been having family worship every night for the past year and a half or so, and it has really impacted our family.  We read scripture, study catechism, learn theological concepts, sing, and pray.  I would encourage every family to diligently practice family worship.

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San Diego Will Not Require Permit for Bible Study

Just to close the loop on this post, SignOnSanDiego.com (ht: 5 pt. Salt) reports that San Diego County has decided not to force David Jones to obtain a religious assembly permit for holding a Bible study in his home.

Just a couple of observations on my part:

1.  It seems as though the code enforcer was a bit overzealous in the first instance

2. It’s important for home Bible studies to be considerate of neighbors

3. Regardless, we should be thankful for our religious freedom.  It’s probably more tenuous than we think.

Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit

From FoxNews:

Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.

It Does Not Matter What the Bible Means to You

Wise words from Michael Patton:

Today, I believe that we (evangelicals included) are dangerously close to Gnosticism with regards to our Bible study.  We have lost the spirit of Reformation hermeneutics, especially in the pews.  We sit around in Bible study circles and ask “What does it mean to you Billy?… And what does it mean to you Sal?…What does it mean to you Kevin?”  We affirm each person’s response even if it means something different to each person.  Can the text have different meanings?  Only if you are practicing a Gnostic hermeneutic where the Bible becomes a magic book with a secret spiritual meaning that trancends the literal.”

Read the whole thing here.