Sometime ago I was talking to an American friend about a Christian homeschooling curriculum for history. We talked about Church history, influences of Rome and Greece, and finally hit upon a pertinent question that could have perhaps, stirred up a hornet’s nest. Continue reading
Before we take a plunge into the practice of Family Worship, it’s important to understand the necessary intersections and differences between corporate worship in the common assembly of God and in the family. Many have sought to replace one with another calling a Sunday morning worship at the breakfast table as “church” or making sunday school a replacement for sound teaching that should begin at home.
The Family, as we saw in my earlier post, is not an independent, cocooned institution. The family is Continue reading
Some problems are unique to our age. I once heard about an Indo-American youth who was busy rattling off on his computer at home, when his mom told him about his aunt’s ill health. The bug never bothered him, and he continued without missing a keystroke and nonchalantly replied, “Oh, that’s ol’ news. Gran’ma shared it with me a week ago”. You see, Gran’ma was 8000 miles away in India, but the lad was “deeply connected” with his sassy-savvy Gran’ma through Facebook. Pity the mom, she was too late to catch up with her next room son. Often times, in our virtually connected world with ironically compartmentalized homes, each one of us have become private bees having enormous public lives in our workplace and in the online space, such that we are too busy for our family. Some of us catch up with Scripture reading while running to catch a bus and fast our family meal times for fast-food times. It would be surprising in our day and age to witness a family sitting together peacefully at the breakfast table and sharing a meal together. It’s simply unthinkable. Given this context, talking about Family worship would be such a taboo. However, Continue reading
Last year, a cousin of mine, who is a Hindu, wrote to me just about this time, mentioning the coincidence of his date of travel with Christmas. He assumed the day was important to me and I politely shocked him otherwise. For a minute, he was confused. “You are a Christian right? Isn’t 25th of December Christmas? Have you nothing to say on that note”? He’s right. I’m Christian. 25th of December is celebrated as Christmas. And I do have something to say on why we, as a family, don’t celebrate Christmas. Continue reading