Family Driven Faith

March 28, 2008

I recently finished Voddie Baucham’s book Family Driven Faith. The overall premise of the book is that multigenerational discipleship and faithfulness begins in the home, and therefore, it is the responsibility of father’s and mothers (particularly fathers) to cultivate, nurture and model biblical faith within the home.

 Much of this book is derived from Baucham’s study of Deuteronomy 6. This passage makes it undeniably clear that God understands the home to be the normative environment for cultivating biblical faith. The home and the biblical relationships nurtured in the home are God’s greenhouse for faith.

Baucham is hard on mainline contemporary youth ministry and its current structure. He may also go too far in his presuppositions about the role of the father (ideas which don’t naturally emerge in this book but if you spend some time getting to know Baucham they will surface), but I believe Baucham’s message is a needed one within our Western church culture.

The book itself is falls short of an abundance of practical advice, suggestions, and resources as it relates to family worship and homeschooling (which are talked about a lot), but while a weakness, it doesn’t overshadow or detract from Baucham’s strongest points of emphasis. This work is thoroughly biblical, provocative and theological in its nature. I would definately encourage parents of any age children to read it, talk about it, and measure Baucham’s message over against Scripture. I think you’ll find that while his message is challenging, and the call to embrace it would require changes in many of our homes, it is a message full of truth and wisdom.

One of the issues that I’ve been thinking about for several years is the relationship between parents and the church. I can say that this book has put a renewed sense of urgency in my heart to re-imagine student ministry and figure out how to make the relationships between multi-generations within the church more dynamic, edifying and biblical.

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