First Look at Embracing Godly Character

    People of a . . . more mature generation often lament the state of our world today:

    Now, when I was a kid . . . those were the good ol’ days. Back when you could buy an ice-cold Coca-Cola for a dime and we could still pray in schools.

    Those words feel hollow and empty to younger people. As a self-proclaimed young person (24 is still young, right?), I can attest that a lot of Millennials push back against this idea.

    Aside from the fact that this romanticized version of the past glosses over the negative aspects of days gone by, the world we live in today is, regardless, very different from the world our grandparents grew up in.

    An example: I grew up in a small, fairly conservative Midwest town. Even then, I knew lots of people in high school who hadn’t grown up going to church. Whereas families used to at least attend church on major Christian holidays, I knew kids who had never stepped foot in a church. God wasn’t even on their radar.

    And that was ten years ago.

    I imagine things are even more different now.

    Our culture has shifted—and it’s shifted away from God.

    A growing number of people see the Bible as a literary relic—a stuffy old book that should be confined to the drawers of hotel nightstands.

    So when, as a Christian parent, you’re tasked with building up the faith of a little human, you might start to panic. How can I raise a godly family in a culture that is, at its core, secular?

    There’s all sorts of advice out there surrounding how to raise children in the faith because everyone has an opinion on the best way to raise a family. But before we receive specific advice, we have to start a conversation and define what, exactly, godly character is.

    That’s where Embracing Godly Character: The Christian Community’s Response to a Godless Culture comes in. This isn’t a book that will give you Ten Steps to a More Godly Family. It doesn’t dwell on a romanticized version of the past, specifically discuss sins that pervade our culture, or let politics have a voice.

    Instead, it begins a conversation about raising a godly family. It defines godly character. It builds a case for encouraging Christian fathers and mothers to commit themselves to a more robust exercise of their family’s faith life at home. And it seeks to generate a lively conversation among church leaders about spiritual life in the home.

    So don’t dwell on the fact that our ever-changing culture is godless. Rather, let’s focus on the only thing that is unchanging—our heavenly Father and the promises He has made to us. With His help, you can raise a godly family.


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      1. Doris Claybourn

        I would like to leave a comment that is unrelated to the content of this new book so
        may not be applicable for posting. It pertains to your choice of “options” to identify
        who is requesting your offer. The options you offer seem to me to exclude “lay
        persons serving the church in an appointed position” yet called to shoulder
        major responsibilities. I am a lay person, serve under our Board of Parish Education
        which is chaired by a lay person, I, in turn am Chair of Adult Education. responsible
        for observing a budget, with my committee, searching for, selecting, and offering
        Sunday morning and midweek Bible studies, assuring they are available when
        needed, etc. In light of the above, I am always alert and always seeking challenging
        and relevant studies. Thus, I am happy to receive notices of new studies such as the
        above. But your “other” category seems to me to diminish those of us called to such
        tasks. Wouldn’t it be more inclusive to perhaps offer “Lay Leader” or some such
        indicating value. Other seems rather indeterminate. God calls all His people to

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