Role Three: Christian Men Who Are Fathers
Session Five: Resources for Fathering
Discussed at Men to Men, March 25
Everyone has, or had, a great relationship with their father or wishes it was so. In other words, our experience with our father matters to us. No one is indifferent to the role their father played in their life. Fatherhood comes preloaded with huge expectations.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that much, if not most, of a society’s problems stem from a failure of husbands and fathers. These roles are that influential.
Consider how the portrayal of fatherhood in the entertainment industry has changed in just one generation. We have gone from “Father Knows Best” to “Father Hasn’t a Clue”, if he is present at all. Satan knows that the best way to destroy the family is to destroy the role of the father.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:4–7, ESV)
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4, KJV)
The following recommendations are not the only good resources on the subject but are those that the elders found to be helpful in their own work as Christian fathers trying to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
The Church History ABCs by Stephen J. Nichols and Ned Bustard (Amazon)
Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumbull (Amazon)
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
(Proverbs 14:4, ESV)