Do you have questions about Family Ministry?
You’ll want to thank Randy Stinson and Timothy Paul Jones for editing Trained in the Fear of God: Family Ministry in Theological, Historical, and Practical Perspective.
Don’t miss this book. Here’s the Table of Contents:
Foreword by Richard Ross
Introduction: The Problem with Family Ministry, Bryan Nelson with Timothy Paul Jones
- That the Coming Generation Might Praise the Lord: Family Discipleship in the Old Testament, James M. Hamilton Jr.
- Bring Them Up in the Discipline and Instruction of the Lord: Family Discipleship among the First Christians, Robert L. Plummer
- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: The Trinity as Theological Foundation for Family Ministry, Bruce A. Ware
- Male and Female, He Created Them: Gender Roles and Relationships in Biblical Perspective, Randy Stinson
- The Compassion of Truth: Homosexuality in Biblical Perspective, R. Albert Mohler Jr.
- Among Your Company at Home: Family Discipleship in Late Ancient and Medieval Churches, C. Michael Wren Jr.
- The Home Is an Earthly Kingdom: Family Discipleship among Reformers and Puritans, C. Jeffrey Robinson Sr.
- The Challenge of Matriarchy: Family Discipleship and the African American Experience, Kevin L. Smith
- Growing Gaps from Generation to Generation: Family Discipleship in Modern and Postmodern Contexts, W. Ryan Steenburg with Timothy Paul Jones
- The Pastor’s Home as Paradigm for the Church’s Family Ministry, David Prince
- Habits of a Gospel-Centered Household, Peter R. Schemm Jr.
- Building a Milestone Ministry in Your Church, Brian Haynes
- Why Your Child’s Brain Needs Family Ministry, George Willard Cochran Jr. and Brian C. Richardson
- Family Ministry, the Priority or a Priority? Lilly Park
- The Freedom of Christ and the Unforseen Consequences of Feminism, Carolyn McCulley
- Building and Equipping Missional Families, Michael S. Wilder
- Making the Transition to Family-Equipping Ministry, Jay Strother
Afterword by Daniel L. Akin
My contribution to the volume is available free in previously published format: “That the Coming Generation Might Praise the Lord,” Journal of Family Ministry 1.1 (2010): 10-17.
Laying out the role family discipleship plays in the wider context of biblical theology, I also chart some connections between Deuteronomy 6 and 17 and what Solomon is teaching in Proverbs. By teaching Deuteronomy in Proverbs, Solomon is following the pattern established by his father David: the pattern of the king of Israel, father of his people teaching Deuteronomy 6, obeying the instructions for the king in Deuteronomy 17, and meditating on the Torah day and night a la Psalm 1.
Incidentally, I think noting the way that Solomon presents himself as an installment in this pattern is one of the most legitimate ways to argue that a book like Proverbs is messianic.