Atheist Sunday School?

Found this article written by R. Albert Mohler Jr. in the Baptist Press. It is a story about how some atheists have organized a “Sunday School” for their children.

It seems that many atheist parents are concerned that their children should learn at an early age how to deal with the challenge of living among Christian believers. Furthermore, these parents want to ensure that their children and teenagers learn their own secular values.

Actually I find it commendable that parents are concerned with teaching their values to their children and are willing to be proactive in the effort. Having said that, I also believe their values are misguided. I find it interesting that they are choosing to use Sunday School as the model for the things they are trying to do.

“But some nonbelievers are beginning to think they might need something for their children. ‘When you have kids,’ says Julie Willey, a design engineer, ‘you start to notice that your co-workers or friends have church groups to help teach their kids values and to be able to lean on.’

Dr Mohler sums it up very nicely. He says

In a strange way, the rise of atheist Sunday Schools illustrates the central dilemma of atheism itself. Try as they may, atheists cannot avoid talking about God — even if only to insist that they do not believe in Him. Now, atheist parents are organizing Sunday Schools as a parallel to the Christian practice. In effect, atheists are organizing themselves in a way similar to a local church. At least some of them must sense the awkward irony in that.

This is a very interesting observation. The dilemma faced by atheists is quite telling. It seems to me that if there really was no God that they would not have this problem. The old saying says that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. So what can we learn from this?

First, Sunday School is a very effective way to teach our children (our adults too). Unfortunately, many people choose not to go or take their children because they do not see the value in it. That is a huge mistake and they are hurting themselves and the church in the process.

Second, churches should re-double their efforts to teach their members the importance of the small group atmosphere in discipleship. In my own Sunday School class we seek to create a sense of family. One way we attempt to do this is by having monthly fellowship events and members homes. We don’t do anything church related, we just eat (we are Southern Baptists after all) and fellowship. By spending time with each other outside of church we are investing in each others lives. This allows us to honestly teach and discuss the principles and text of the Bible.

Third, discipleship is a team effort. We can effectively teach our children ourselves but those lessons will be best learned and remembered by our kids if they are reinforced by other adults in positions of authority in the lives of our children. Sunday School leaders can and do fill those positions by people who share the values of the parents.

If you are not involved in a Sunday School class then I want to urge you to join one. Take your time and find the one that best fits you in your church. You will be doing yourself a favor and be a blessing to the members of your class. You will also receive many blessings from your class so set your clock an hour earlier on Sunday morning from now on.

Exceeded 10,000 views today

Today my blog exceeded 10,000 page views.  I am a bit surprised at the speed at which I reached this milestone.  I know that it is not much compared to others but it still humbles me a bit.  I started the blog on 7/3/07 not knowing if I would enjoy it or not.  I must say that I have enjoyed it very much.  I plan to keep it up (as time permits) for the time being and will continue until I no longer have time or no longer enjoy it.

I want to thank those who visit this blog and those who contribute comments.  The interaction is fun and informative. So as we move forward, please feel free to continue to share your thoughts and concerns here and we will all grow closer to our Lord through the process.

Building Bridge Conference Audio links

Here is a link to where you can listen to the speakers presentations of the conference.  I really wish I could have gone but at least I can listen to the sessions.

Let me know what you think after you listen.

Thomas Jefferson Quote on Excessive Taxation

“Excessive taxation…will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.”

— Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Taylor, 1798)

Source:  The Patriot Post

Legalize Same Sex Marriage?

Found this post over at Reformed Baptist Fellowship.  It is short and gives three very good reasons why same sex marriage should not be allowed.  The three reasons are:

1. Because there is such a thing as right and wrong.

2. Because the government has a solemn obligation to create laws which protect society           and promote the public good.

3. Because same sex marriage steps out onto a perverted slippery slope.

Read the post to see if you agree with his reasoning.

Ann Coulter on How Liberals Deal With Adversaries

“Liberals protect themselves from detection with wild calumnies against anybody who opposes them. They have no interest in—or aptitude for—persuasion. Their goal is to anathematize their enemies.” 

— Ann Coulter

Source:  The Patriot Post

Joe Lieberman Quote on Current Democratic Thinking

“There is something profoundly wrong—something that should trouble all of us—when we have elected Democratic officials who seem more worried about how the Bush administration might respond to Iran’s murder of our troops, than about the fact that Iran is murdering our troops.”

— Sen. Joe Lieberman

Source:  The Patriot Post

My Daughter’s Poetry

My daughter likes to write poetry. She is 11. She wrote a new poem for a contest at school. It is pretty good but I might be a little bit biased. Click here to read her latest creation.

My wife and I have encouraged her to organize her poems and stories into a notebook. She has been watching me using this blog and decided she would like to try her own blog. At first I was against it but while discussing it with my wife she point out that it would be a good outlet for our daughters creativity. Faced with that wisdom, I relented. If you have a moment, check out my daughters poems.

Fred Thompson Endorsed By The National Right To Life Committee

For a campaign that seems to have been struggling for the last couple weeks this should be a much needed boost.  Click here to read the actual press release from the NRLC.  Click here to read Fred’s response to the endorsement.  And click here to read an interesting post entitled “What you should know about Fred’s NRLC endorsement (with highlights!!)” discussing the endorsement.

All in all, this is an endorsement all the candidates would have liked to have received but in reality only a couple of them really qualified.  Of the frontrunners, the records of Giuliani and Romney immediately disqualified them.  That only left Thompson, McCain, and Huckabee.  I am not sure of the records of McCain and Huckabee but being from Tennessee I do know about Thompson’s record.  I am not surprised that he received this endorsement.  He has exhibited exactly the right understanding and position on the abortion issue in his voting throughout his political career.  Hopefully now, the pro-life voters can get behind Thompson and propel him to win the nomination.

Quote by Sgt. Roger Helle on Politicians Who Hate Our Country

“I want to believe that some of our politicians are just blinded to the truth of what we are facing, but reality tells me that there are some in politics who hate everything that this country stands for and want to see us defeated, again, by our enemies. But this enemy is unlike any that we have ever faced. May God help us to stand for what we believe, or we will certainly fall before the onslaught of radical Islam.”

— Sgt. Roger Helle (USMC Ret.)

Source:  The Patriot Post