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James Hamilton of SWBTS is interviewed on his Family Integrated Church, Baptist Church of the Redeemer:

3. Define family integrated church and would you define your church as one?

I would define “family integrated church” as a church that is committed to keeping families together and not breaking them up at an institutional level. Within this broad definition, there is, of course a spectrum. At the strictest end of the spectrum would be a church whose mission statement would be along the lines of “discipling dads to disciple families.” Such a church might not have Sunday School classes divided by ages–so the children and the teens and the adults might all be in the same Sunday School class together. Churches on this stricter end might lean toward having fathers leading their own families in taking communion as families.

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Rob Wilkerson has an excellent post at his blog, Miscellanies on the Gospel.  Here is an excerpt:

The lesson here is this: the motivation in telling is telling. In other words, perceiving one’s motivation for telling one someone else is 99% of the story they are telling. If they are telling to get someone in trouble, that’s sinful. If they are telling to help or protect, that’s serving. The tricky part is to be able to tell how much of each is in our depraved hearts at any given time. My tendency is to believe that more often than not, my motivation is probably to want to see someone get what I think is coming to them. So in caution against my heart, I try to pray long and hard before I ever talk about someone else’s problems.

Conclusion:

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As expected, traditional news outlets have not been very kind to Coach Gundy for his postgame outburst, but I for one and grateful for at least a few things he vocalized. Jump to the middle with 2 minutes left if you’re short on time, and listen to a coach who cares for his players.

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Some of my fondest memories as a child include playing Monopoly, Risk, Yahtzee, Stratego, Chess, and the list goes on. Sadly, board games are on the decline. I had overlooked the trend until recently when it was brought to my attention. Perhaps video games and some other forms of entertainment have taken their place, but still there are wonderful opportunities for families to build memories, interact, and get to know each other by playing board games together.

If you’re interested in something new with your kids or family, some of the more recent games that I’ve played and heartily recommend are Blokus for four players (or travel edition for one-on-one) and Settlers of Catan (for up to four players, six with expansion). One of the reasons I mention them tonight is that ironically I’ve been introduced to Settlers online either here for the basic game or here with all expansions.

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Over at the Resurgence blog, and linked through by Said at Southern, here is some helpful advice:

1. Breathe. In and out, slowly. Once you get the rhythm, slowly let your body take it over for you. This helps tremendously when you need to stay alive.

Ok, here we go:

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The Opinion Journal, by the Wall Street Journal no less, has an article about interfaith dating that is worth reading. It includes some thoughtful reflection from personal experience:

Ms. Nagib says that she has no regrets about the relationship [with an atheist]. “God brought me into his life for a reason.” But she also offers advice for anyone going into such a situation. “You should know what your nonnegotiables are. You should talk about faith soon.” And she also suggests that if you find yourself “becoming defensive about it with your friends, there’s probably a problem.”

As well as evangelical response:

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