One of the strangest chapters in Steve Chalke’s The Lost Message of Paul is chapter 24 – ‘Wired’. Strange because it doesn’t really belong in a book about Paul and his theology. Also strange because one has to wonder how competent Chalke is to deal with some of the subject-matter of this chapter.
Let me see if I can make some sense of what he’s trying to say.
While we all tend excuse our own bad behaviour (we are good people affected by bad circumstances), we are much more ready to attribute others’ bad behaviour as due to failed personal morality (they are bad people). …
In Matthew’s Gospel, the figure of a child features prominently in the teaching of Jesus. It:-
expresses a doctrine of revelation and election. The Father and the Son are made known to the least likely, to “babes” (nēpioi, Mt 11:25–26); those, that is, who recognize their weakness and utter dependence upon divine grace and accept the invitation of Jesus as the Wisdom* of God (Mt 11:27–29).
expresses a requirement of membership in the kingdom of God: radical humility (Mt 18:1–4; cf.
Imagine the scene: Jesus is resting, perhaps, in the home of one of his friends. There is a sound of chatter at the door. Mothers and fathers, grandparents too, are arriving with little children, toddlers, babies. They’re asking to come in, so that Jesus can touch the little ones.
Peter and the others will have none of it. Standing in the doorway, they seek to protect their Master from all this fuss and intrusion. …
Children as young as three are being asked what gender they identify with.
Parents in Brighton and Hove who are seeking a place for their children in primary school, have been asked to ‘support your child to choose the gender they most identify with or if they have another gender identity please leave this blank and discuss this with your child’s school.’
Read a more detailed report, along with some thoughtful comments from one of the parents, here. …
11. Male obligations have been re-branded as “privileges”. The male obligation to provide for his wife and children is now regarded as a privilege. No-one has bothered to ask men whether they would prefer to go out and work in an office, mine or factory, rather than spend more time with the family. But if a woman thinks she would be more fulfilled by going out to work, rather than staying at home, she should have the choice. …
1. Train them in the way they should go, and not in the way they would.
2. Train up your child with all tenderness, affection and patience.
3. Train up your children with an abiding persuation on your mind that much depends on you. “Beware of that miserable delusion into which some have fallen – that parents can do nothing for their children, that you must leave them alone, wait for grace, and sit still … The devil rejoices to see such reasoning.”
An important study, published in September 2014, showed that children who live in a family with married parents are better behaved, and have higher educational and employment attainment, than classmates brought up by unmarried parents.
The government-backed research – part of the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education project – analysed data from 3,000 children from early years up to 16.
The study identified a number of factors influencing future education and employment success. These factors included size of family (children from smaller families tended to out-perform those from larger families) and the provision of pre-school education. …
Some maintain that all those dying in infancy are regenerated. Spurgeon attempted to demonstrate this from 2 Sam 12:23 (New Park Street Pulpit, 1861, p509).
If infants are saved, it must be on the basis of redemptive grace, Jn 3:3; 1 Tim 2:5. Scripture indicates that it is possible to be filled by the Holy Spirit from an early age, Lk 1:15, cf Ps 22:10. This implies an intuitive knowledge of God, apart from usual process of hearing and understanding the gospel.…