I am not nearly the fastidious blog reader I once was–I catch up on posts about a month after they hit cyberspace! That is the case with this wonderful little gem of a post by Dr. Jim Hamilton who is a professor at SBTS. This post on family worship is actually a guest blog post on Dr. Russel Moore’s blog. It was posted over a month ago but I just now read it, however, I was so encouraged by this post, I had to pass it on to the thousands of faithful Elect Exiles readers (that last bit was a joke!).
During the Sunday school hour at my church, I have been teaching a series on the Spiritual Disciples, utilizing Donald Whitney’s helpful book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Two weeks ago I taught on the Spiritual Discipline of Family Devotions (otherwise known as Family Worship–that particular discipline is not in Dr. Whitney’s book, but as a former student of his, I think he would be proud that I added it to mix). As the family pastor of my church and a newly married man, family devotions are something near and dear to my heart. So when I read Dr. Hamilton’s post on what he does with his children in family worship, I thought I better pass it on to you!
I don’t know Dr. Hamilton well, but interestingly enough, I met him on my last Sunday at my former church in Louisville. I remember meeting him because I did a short overview of the book of Jude and had no idea that a Seminary professor was sitting in on my Sunday School class as Dr. Hamilton had just moved to Louisville to teach at SBTS and had come to visit my church! I guess I didn’t teach heresey or anything as Dr. Hamilton was very complimentary afterward. Anyway it was a chance encounter because one of the elders in my church, who knew I was going to be serving as a family pastor, had told me several times that I should contact Dr. Hamilton as he is someone who is passionate about family ministry and has sought to redirect Children’s ministry to incorporate the whole family–something which I think is crucial to the health and vitality of the local church. Anyway, Dr. Hamilton is someone I intend to contact as I think through how to build family ministry at New Covenant Baptist Church and his post on family worship is simple and hopefully will encourage you to take some simple measures to worship the Lord with your family at home! Here is the link one last time!