Alcohol and the church – now that hipster evangelicals have left teetotaling behind, is alcohol a growing risk for evangelical leaders? Plus Andy Crouch says “the culture” doesn’t actually exist. And Katelyn Beaty tells us about her new book, “A Woman’s Place.” Skye asks if it’s a cookbook. Katelyn hits him on the head. This week on the podcast!
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Like always- good podcast! “A Woman’s Place” looks like a good read. The section about parenting would be interesting. I know here in Australia (and elsewhere), young people are being negatively effected by the western metanarritve- “its all about you”- subsequently many young married people my age are deciding not to have children, or have children then leave them in day care 5 days a week, because children may get in the way of their ambitions or we may feel “all of my creative pursuits will die”. I understand a problem remains- who stays home and looks after the children (that is if you don’t put them in day care straight after their born). I think as christians a push against this metanarritve is needed- self sacrifice . Wether it be male or female- self-sacrifice should not be lost in amongst the struggle of genders. I just hope the children are not the ones feeling like they are not heard, not treated fairly or their dreams are pushed aside.
I agree Ben. Self Sacrifice is the call. I think the frustration is non-traditional rolls. My husband and I have traded being the at home parent and honestly, he’s much better at it. We got a lot of flack for this role reversal when our children were younger. We’ve gone back to that as our kids have grown due to some medical issues with one of our children. While the financial struggle of 1 income is hard to deal with, the peace of mind provided by this personal sacrifice for both of us is absolutely the right choice. Truth is… you can’t have it all! We have to make choices. If you are called to be a parent… be a parent. I think we all know that children do much better with a loving attentive parent at home. That doesn’t mean you have to put your whole life on hold. Just a portion of it. Self sacrifice, dying to self, living for the calling God has placed on your life. All powerful and worthwhile.
As a “missionary husband” whose wife is the missionary Director of a media ministry organization, I found this interview to be very enlightening. My wife has been called a “unicorn” in our missionary organization (Assemblies of God) because a married woman who is on the missions field is NEVER a Director of the larger endeavor, except in this extremely rare situation. My wife is a determined and tenacious pioneer and everyone up the missionary leadership ladder is cheering her on. She is without doubt the best boss I have ever had, and by supporting her in our marriage and on the job, I have a very clear path to serve and flourish. However, within the larger fellowship, most pastors and lay people don’t know what to do with me. Instead of a rare and beautiful unicorn, I am more like a Narwhale peeking up through a street grate and surprising the unexpected and unprepared. (We have no children so I don’t know what strange hybrid they would be).
Speaking of rocking the boat, I subscribe to Skye’s devotionals and frequently use them during our ministry’s morning devotionals. Always very thought provoking. Great stuff Guys!