When God calls a man to be a father, He blesses him; and, through his vocation, He blesses his children in ways that build up the church and stabilize the civil order. The holy office of fatherhood plays an irreplaceable role in leading, providing for, and protecting the rising generation—not only physically or economically, but above all, spiritually. Christians rightly honor fathers as one of God’s greatest blessings.
New this Father’s Day at the Hausvater Project:
- “Unless the Lord Is Building”—Pastor Justin Whitmore offers a hymn based on Psalm 127
- “Happy Birthday! (And Thanks for Putting Family above Work)”—Ryan MacPherson reflects upon the importance of God-fearing priorities
- “This Is Our Toledoth”—Pastor Jonathan Conner reveals the importance of family history, especially as we note our place in God’s family
- “Rediscovering God's Design for Marriage”—Ryan MacPherson’s 2017 presentation in Wasilla, Alaska, is now available in video archive
Unless the Lord Is Building
By Justin Whitmore
Unless the Lord is building,
the builders build in vain.
Unless the Lord is watching,
what good the watchman’s strain?
Happy Birthday! (And Thanks for Putting Family above Work)
By Ryan MacPherson
While sorting through my office recently, I discovered a birthday card that my daughter made for me a few years ago. What she wrote in that card provided some needed reassurance that I have been modeling for her what I ought.
“Character,” wrote C. S. Lewis, “is what you do when people aren’t watching.” I might add a corollary: “The character that really matters is what your children see when you aren’t aware that they are watching.”
My daughter has been watching me. What has she seen?
This Is Our Toledoth
By Jonathan Conner
In Genesis 4 and 5 we find a fascinating and hotly debated word. The ESV rendered it “generations.” In Hebrew it’s “toledoth.” Genesis 5 begins with it: “This is the book of the generations of Adam”—the toledoth of Adam. The word means “generations, account, or record.” It shows up 13 times in the book of Genesis and nearly all of them are significant.
Rediscovering God's Design for Marriage
Marriage is the divinely established (Gen 2:18) life-long union (Mt 19:4–6) celebrating sexual complementarity (Gen 1:27), children (Gen 1:28), and chastity (Gen 2:25); as a sanctified vocation, marriage reflects Christ’s love for the church (Eph 5:25–27).
Learn more by watching the video archive from the Christian Education Symposium (Wasilla, Alaska, July 1, 2017).
Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education XIX
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Forgiveness in Christ: it’s for you and your children. (Acts 2:38-29)
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