Posts Tagged "Tedd Tripp"

Blog Patrol (May 19, 2009)

Welcome to “The Blog Patrol” where every week we bring you the best of the blogs related to Christianity in general with just a little emphasis on Children’s Ministry.


These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last week’s Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 2-3

  • I just found this blog this week, so the stragglers includes several older posts. This one offers practical ideas for teaching 2 and 3 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 4-5

  • Practical tips for working with 4 & 5 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Grades 1 and 2

  • This article looks at advice for teaching first and second graders.

Plant a seed…Grow a Volunteer

  • This article offers 77 bits of insight related to recruiting and working with volunteers.

Tuesday (May 12, 2009)

Four Points Of Attack – Your Motives

  • Perry Noble begins a series on four areas any Christian Minister/Ministry will face.

Children’s Ministry Think Tank: What Is Your Church’s Policy About Baptizing Children?

Building Faith Skills in Kids (5 of 5)

  • In this final installment of this series, Jabberfrog looks at the skill of giving to God.

#69 Saving Seats at Church

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this is actually an older post revisited, but I liked #7 in the list so much that I decided to include it in this week’s Blog Patrol.

Preaching the Sermon on the Mount from Memory

  • In this article, Trevin Wax challenges Pastors to preach large sections of Scripture from memory.

Complaining: A Rejection of God

  • From Charlie Wallace, this article on complaining starts “Ironically, parents complain that one of the areas of parenting that is most frustrating to them is when their children complain.”

Moore: “The Devil Votes Christian Values”

  • From Between Two Worlds, this is a transcription of a sermon preached by Dr. Russell Moore in which he looks at how the Devil tries to usurp the power of the Gospel. I have not read the transcript but listened to the sermon several weeks ago. It is well worth a read and a listen!

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Ch. 12 – Embracing Biblical Methods: Appeal to Conscience – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 12 – Embracing Biblical Methods: Appeal to Conscience.”

The issues of communication and the rod dealt with in the last several chapters imply two additional issues which are addressed in this chapter – appeal to the conscience and focusing on the redemptive work of God.

Appeal to the Conscience

As parents, in order for correction and discipline to be effective, they must be directed at our kids’ conscience.  Kids will either excuse themselves or accuse themselves because of their conscience.  As Tripp explains, “This God-given conscience is your ally in discipline and correction.  Your most powerful appeals will be those that smite the conscience.”  Tripp points to Proverbs 23 and  numerous examples of verses in that chapter (17, 19, 22, 23, and 26) which model appeal to the conscience.  Tripp explains, “the rod gets the attention, but the conscience must be plowed up and planted with the truth of God’s way.”

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Ch. 11 – Embracing Biblical Methods: The Rod – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 11 – “Embracing Biblical Methods: The Rod.”

Before Tripp ever gets into the meat of this chapter, he shares an observation that I found very profound, “All earthly punishment presupposes the great day when destinies are eternally fixed.”  I had never really thought about parenting in that light before.

Tripp begins the discussion of “The Rod” with a look at the current societal view of it.  Of course, he touches on the fact that the rod, as discipline, is no longer a fashionable idea, and many people in today’s society view this biblical form of punishment as child abuse.  Tripp observes, “I fear the majority reaction against spanking is a matter of fashion or style.  The world of ideas is continually in flux.  Ideas have their periods of popularity and unpopularity.”

Tripp looks first at the “Rationale Behind the Rod.”  As he explains, if children were born morally neutral, there would be no need for the rod.  They would not need correction, only direction.  They would need instruction rather than discipline.  The fact of the matter though is that kids are not born morally neutral.  In Tripp’s words, “The child’s problem is not an information deficit.  His problem in that he is a sinner.”

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Ch. 10 – Embracing Biblical Methods: A Life of Communication – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 10 – “Embracing Biblical Methods: A Life of Communication.”

Tripp begins this chapter with the following observation, “Communication not only disciplines, it also disciples.”  Tripp reminds us of the call Deuteronomy 6 to talk to our kids at all time – lying down, walking, rising, sitting.  Making communication with our children a habit during normal times makes it easier to talk to them under the strain of difficult situations.

Tripp observes that having biblical conversations with our kids is not a short process.  It is a time-consuming, all-consuming pursuit.  It requires patience, insight and flexibility.  Any parent will understand that there are times when kids want to talk and times when they don’t.  In those times when their hearts are open to talking to us, we must be prepared to drop everything to seize the moment.  We must train our kids to communicate.  This also involves training them how to listen.  The most effective way to do this is to be an active listener ourselves.  Tripp points to Proverbs 18:2 which says, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”  We must listen as parents before we can be in a position to talk.

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Wayne's Random Thoughts…Monthly Round Up (April 2009)

This blog is growing almost every day.  With that in mind, I thought it might make sense to do a monthly recap of the prior month’s posts in case new readers may have missed something.  My goal is to get this out in the first week of each month.  I barely made it this month.  Rather than a sequential listing of the posts for the month, I thought this would be more useful if I grouped things by category.  So, here are the posts to Wayne’s Random Thoughts for the month of April 2009:

Shepherding A Child’s Heart Synopsis

Monday Morning Prophecy

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