Under the leadership of the prolific Timothy Paul Jones, the Gheens Center for Christian Family Ministry has re-launched The Journal of Family Ministry. The editorial introducing the new journal recounts in miniature the remarkable changes that have happened at SBTS since the late 1980s.
If you’re thinking about ministering to youth and families, you’ll want to avail yourself of this new resource. I’m honored to have an essay in the first issue. Here’s the table of contents:
2, The Editors, “Acknowledgment: The Gheens Family”
4, Timothy Paul Jones, “Editorial: The Long Journey Back Home”
10, James M. Hamilton Jr., “That the Coming Generation Might Praise the Lord”
18, Robert L. Plummer, “Bring Them Up in the Discipline and Instruction of the Lord”
28, Andy Stirrup, “From Whom Every Family in Heaven and on Earth is Named”
36, Bryan Nelson with Timothy Paul Jones, “The Problem and the Promise of Family Ministry”
46, Andrew Parker and Brandon Shields, “Research Briefs” (summaries of their dissertations)
48, William Cutrer, “Medical Issues in Family Ministry: When Does Life End?”
52, Lauren Foster, “JFM Forum: Connecting Church and Home Conference 2010″
58, Book Reviews
66, Jay Strother, “Equipping the Generations: Learning to Listen”
This journal represents an important effort to address family issues with rigorous and careful study, submission to the truth of the Scriptures, and love for God and his people. I just got my copy yesterday, and I’m eager to read the whole thing. Here are a couple reasons why:
- Rob Plummer is an insightful interpreter, and glancing through I notice that he has collected a sampling of texts on family ministry issues from the Apostolic Fathers.
- Paging through Andy Stirrup’s essay I note a sketch of Artemis from the Ephesus museum, as well as pictures of coins from the reign of Claudius and Vespasian. What do such artifacts have to do with family ministry? You’ll want to read the essay to find out!
Thanks to the editors for graciously allowing me to post my essay here: James M. Hamilton Jr., “That the Coming Generation Might Praise the Lord,” Journal of Family Ministry 1.1 (2010): 10-17.
In this study I’m looking at the role of family discipleship in the OT. Here’s the outline:
God’s Purpose to Cover the Dry Lands with His Glory
Instructions for Fathers and Kings in Deuteronomy 6 and 17
Instructions for Fathers in Deuteronomy 6
Instructions for Kings in Deuteronomy 17
Solomon’s Example in Proverbs 3
Table: The Influence of Deuteronomy 6 and 17 on Proverbs 3
May we teach the Bible diligently to our children (Deut 6:4-9), that the coming generation might praise the Lord (Ps 102:18).