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What I Read Online – 05/17/2013 (p.m.)

18 May
    • One of the most ridiculous books given to some high school graduates is Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. It is filled with the kind of logic that fuels the self-esteem movement and the culture of self-expression. It’s message is encapsulated in passages like this: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
    • First of all, we do not believe that the Christian minister controls his own destiny
    • This is the question every true minister of Christ should long to be asked. Note carefully that it only makes sense to ask this question after something happens that demands it. Sadly, there have been many who have entered the ministry and retired into history, never having been asked this question. This question is asked of the bold, the courageous, the convictional. This is the question asked in the wake of any great demonstration of the Gospel’s power and of God’s determined power to save. It is the question asked in the wake of true revival. It is the obvious question to ask when a lame man begins to walk and leap, when the blind begin to see and the mute begin to speak.
    • But it is also the obvious question to ask every time the great good news of the Gospel is declared. Indeed, it is the obvious question to ask every time the Word of God is rightly and bravely preached. “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
    • Following the example of the Apostles, all that we do for Christ is done in his name.
    • For the inaugural article in our new series “Big Questions,” The Gospel Coalition asked four Christian historians, “After AD 70, what day most changed the course of Christian history?”

       

       

       

    • Triumphant responses and matter-of-fact reporting aside, quite a few French folks seem to think Druckerman’s overstated her case, and that, more broadly, Americans need to chill out with the French stereotypes.
    • Viewed from the United States, French women are close to perfect creatures,” agrees an article at L’Atlantico.fr. But “the French bourgeoisie Pamela Druckerman was living in don’t necessarily reflect global reality,” it points out. “Americans, reassure yourselves: little terrors exist in France, too.
    • In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%.
    • French child psychiatrists, on the other hand, view ADHD as a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. Instead of treating children’s focusing and behavioral problems with drugs, French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child’s brain but in the child’s social context. They then choose to treat the underlying social context problem with psychotherapy or family counseling. This is a very different way of seeing things from the American tendency to attribute all symptoms to a biological dysfunction such as a chemical imbalance in the child’s brain.
    • According to Sociologist Manuel Vallee, the French Federation of Psychiatry developed an alternative classification system as a resistance to the influence of the DSM-3. This alternative was the CFTMEA (Classification Française des Troubles Mentaux de L’Enfant et de L’Adolescent), first released in 1983, and updated in 1988 and 2000. The focus of CFTMEA is on identifying and addressing the underlying psychosocial causes of children’s symptoms, not on finding the best pharmacological bandaids with which to mask symptoms.
    • the definition of ADHD is not as broad as in the American system, which, in my view, tends to “pathologize” much of what is normal childhood behavior.
    • But French parents have a different philosophy of disciplinine. Consistently enforced limits, in the French view, make children feel safe and secure. Clear limits, they believe, actually make a child feel happier and safer—something that is congruent with my own experience as both a therapist and a parent. Finally, French parents believe that hearing the word “no” rescues children from the “tyranny of their own desires.” And spanking, when used judiciously, is not considered child abuse in France.
      • There are about 300,000 Protestant pastors in the USA.
      • These pastors buy an average of 3.8 books per month per person.
      • 92% of them buy at least one book per month (compared with 29% of general population).
      • They buy between 8-13 million books a year.
      • Younger pastors buy more books than older pastors.
      • Most books are bought with a particular ministry topic in mind.
      • The other main factors in a purchase decision are author or recommendation.
      • Spirituality, theology, and leadership are the most popular topics.
      • 50% of pastors are reading biographies and 33% are consuming business books.
      • Christian retail stores and online are the two primary channels of purchase.
      • Although 50% of pastors use an e-reader, most pastors still prefer a hard copy.
      • More than 90% of pastors make book recommendations to their congregations.
    • They are convinced that their children need to develop, not only a “working” knowledge of God, but also a personal relationship as well.
    • He argues persuasively that if families are not spending time in worship at home, children will be more likely to find corporate worship irrelevant. He maintains that if we take the time to “catechize” our families and worship with them beyond Sundays, they will understand how worship is to be found in all of life.
    • In an increasingly secular society, it has never been more important than it is today to dedicate time to family worship.
    • There is an intense battle under way. Any student of Scripture notices the unmistakable language of warfare used in both Testaments. The world is indeed a hostile environment. The home, then, must be the site of basic training for our kids.
    • But if introduced to either one in childhood, they have the appetite for it the rest of their lives and view it as perfectly normal to eat. So it is also true with the Word of God. It is essential we facilitate our children developing an appetite for God from an early age, particularly in the home.

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