By Robert Rogland. The Bible charges parents to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. But other Christians also have a measure of responsibility: When the Lord commanded his church to teach all nations, surely that included covenant children as well.
We are committed to helping raise up a generation of adults and youth who are self-consciously intentional in understanding and applying biblical truth to the challenges of daily life. Christian education, at least from our perspective, is making disciples who think biblically. That effort requires the cooperation of the church, home, and school.
If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in his world? Is he really God? All-powerful? Good? Does he really rule his world? Where does he fit into the picture with all the bad things going on? And bottom line, we ask, How is it possible to reconcile the realities of life-sin, evil, and wickedness-with God’s all powerful and good rule? Theodicy is an attempt to justify and harmonize those things.
As far as Americans living stateside are concerned, most Muslims are extremely approachable. They enjoy friendships and the giving and receiving of hospitality is a positive thing for them. Sadly, most expatriate Muslims who have been in the United States for five or ten years have never been inside a Christian’s home!
Our culture continues to undergo change and flux. Nothing is the same anymore. Relationships are tense; the level of suspicion has risen and the level of trust has decreased. We are rethinking the concept of “Whose neighbor am I?”
Christianity is waning; other religions are growing. The fastest growing religion in America is Islam. Muslims now outnumber Presbyterians and Anglicans combined. There are Mosques in every major U. S. city. The growth has come not only from immigration but also by marriage, birth, and conversion.
We all want to be part of something significant. To think that what we are doing is worthwhile. And what is more important than to help set the direction of a child, or a teen, or an adult toward the Kingdom of God? Teacher, it could turn your life upside down.
By Elmer Towns. Let’s make the Sunday school of the future the foundation of the church that becomes the place where believers are grounded in doctrine and godly living.
Some say that there is no biblical warrant for Sunday school; yet God has used this part of the church’s life to reach and disciple many children, youth, and adults. A Sunday school that is done well will contribute much to the church’s overall ministry, but as with other programs, it can be done poorly or ineffectively and distract from the church’s ministry.
If we are going to reach this generation it will require more than tweaking a few things. We must rethink everything. That requires imagination, creativity with dependence on and direction from our God.