“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” Romans 8:15
Father’s Day Celebration
As Christians, we–make that I–often forget just how startling it would have been for Jesus’ followers to hear Him call upon God as His Father. A God whose very name had at times been thought unspeakable. A God who shook Mt. Sinai and parted the Red Sea. A God who holds the heavenly bodies in their orbits and who speaks in thunder.
But of course, unlike any other man, Jesus is God’s Son. And as we are found in Christ, our elder brother by faith, we too become children of the living God. What a truly unspeakable privilege!
Our fathers here on earth, though, have the special privilege of teaching us about our heavenly Father. And while that may look like catechism memorization or leading family devotions, it can also be in deed. A father who wraps his arms around his son after a disappointment or makes surprisingly good pizza for the fam so that mom can take a night off for Bible Study.
During the next two weeks, we’ll be exploring fatherhood, primarily with two Christian authors we are thrilled to share with you. Jonathan Rogers’s work has been called C.S. Lewis meets Mark Twain, and his most recent book, The Charlatan’s Boy, was described this way by secular Publisher’s Weekly: “The unusual settings and characters keep the surprises coming, while Rogers’s lovely descriptions and distinctive voice keep the pages turning….” Our second guest, Douglas Bond has written nearly twenty books, and one of which is perfectly titled for today’s topic: Fathers and Sons, Volume 1: Stand Fast in the Way of Truth. You can read more about his very manly work at his website, www.bondbooks.net. We look forward to telling you more about these authors in the days to come!
Click on the comments below and tell us something you learned from your earthly father or father-figure about our Heavenly Father. (Faithfulness, kindness, love for nature via weekends spent fly-fishing…)
Some of us can’t do that because, sadly, our relationship with Dad wasn’t that good. I once heard about a young woman whose home life was so dysfunctional she got her best views of fatherhood from TV–specifically, Jim Anderson of Father Knows Best (one argument in favor of sentimental sit-coms). So, if it’s easier, tell us something you learned about fatherhood from a fictional father–either in a book, movie, or TV show. Next week we’ll select a few of the best responses to receive books by Douglas Bond and Jonathan Rogers. Let the games begin!
While we’re on the topic of parenting, you may have missed our Mother’s Day post by Emily, or a look back at homeschooling in The Graduate by Janie. Or sample the parenting wisdom of some of our readers in What Would You Do Differently?
AS OF JUNE 19, 2011, THIS CONTEST IS OVER. SEE OUR POST Father’s Day Contest Winners TO FIND OUT WHO WON!