The Hausvater Project

Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

Quotations

As the Family Goes, So Goes the Nation and the Church

This psalm [Psalm 128], which is a blessing on the family, is also a blessing on the nation, because as the family goes so goes the nation. The blessing of a nation starts with godliness in the hearts of parents. Such parents fear God and obey his commandments. Their strength flows to the children through the contentment and peace it produces in the family.
From solid families strength flows to the nation. From solid, godly families come workers who will build up the nation, parents who will raise godly children, and children who are our hope for the future. Without such families the future is dark. From such families the nation and the church will find strength.

John F. Brug, Psalms II, People's Bible Commentary (Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1989; rpt. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1992), 2:229, re Psalm 128.

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