Standing on the Promises
1. A Short Overview of Covenantal Childrearing ^2. The Promises of God to Parents ^3. The Duties of Parents Before God ^4. Covenant Continuity ^5. The Nature of the Child and Covenant Nurture ^6. The Authority of Parents ^7. The...
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1. A Short Overview of Covenantal Childrearing ^2. The Promises of God to Parents ^3. The Duties of Parents Before God ^4. Covenant Continuity ^5. The Nature of the Child and Covenant Nurture ^6. The Authority of Parents ^7. The Necessity of Christian Education ^8. Love and Security Through Godly Discipline ^9. The Application of Godly Discipline ^10. Miscellaneous Concerns ^11. And When They Are Older ^165 Pages^
God has designed each family to be a culture - with a language, customs, traditions, and countless unspoken assumptions. The culture of the family intimately shapes the children who grow up in it. It is the duty of the father to ensure that the shaping takes place according to biblical wisdom. Some fathers establish a rebellious culture for their children and bring upon their children the wrath of God, sometimes for generations. Other fathers fail to establish any distinct culture, and outside cultures rush to fill the void. Through the Messiah, God promised blessings to His people, "their children, and their children's children forever." The norm for faithful members of the covenant is that their children will follow them in faithfulness. The oddity should be children who fall away. Unless we reestablish faithful Christian culture in countless homes, we will never reestablish it anywhere else.
Douglas Wilson has an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Idaho and has pastored Christ Church, in Moscow, Idaho, since 1977. He is a prolific author, with more than thirty titles, including two children's books, a selection of poetry, and two biographies. He is best known for his books on education, which have helped to spark the Classical Education movement, and the respected Family Series, which he wrote with his wife on marriage and family.
As well as pastoring Christ Church, Doug serves as the moderator for the Anselm Presbytery of the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). He has been involved in founding and teaching at Logos School, New Saint Andrews College, and Greyfriars Hall. He is the editor of Credenda Agenda magazine, which, given the other editors he has to work with, is too much fun. He has contributed to numerous books and magazines (such as Ligonier Ministry's Tabletalk over the years.