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11 Tips for Catechizing Children at Home

Catechizing children is not merely a task given for official church catechists to carry out - pastors and elders - but also for parents. As Matthew Henry put it, “Public catechizing will turn to little account without family catechizing.” But how do you get squirmy kids to memorize a catechism? How should parents go about catechizing? Are there "tricks of the trade" that can help parents? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon give eleven tips for at-home catechesis. 

For more information, see: 

Catechized for Battle by J. Brandon Burks 

Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children by Donald Van Dyken 

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett 

The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism by Bill Boekestein 

The Duty of Catechetical Instruction by Archibald Alexander 

More Catechism Needed by Cornelius Van Til 

Classical Christian Catechesis by R. Scott Clark 

The Early Church at Work and Worship: Catechesis, Baptism, Eschatology, and Martyrdom by Everett Ferguson 

Educating People of Faith: Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities ed. by John Van Engen 

Essays on Christian Education by Cornelius Van Til 


11 Tips for Catechizing Children at Home (Audio)

Catechizing children is not merely a task given for official church catechists to carry out - pastors and elders - but also for parents. As Matthew Henry put it, “Public catechizing will turn to little account without family catechizing.” But how do you get squirmy kids to memorize a catechism? How should the parents go about catechizing? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon give eleven tips for at-home catechesis. 

For more information, see: 

Catechized for Battle by J. Brandon Burks 

Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children by Donald Van Dyken 

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett 

The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism by Bill Boekestein 

The Duty of Catechetical Instruction by Archibald Alexander 

More Catechism Needed by Cornelius Van Til 

Classical Christian Catechesis by R. Scott Clark 

The Early Church at Work and Worship: Catechesis, Baptism, Eschatology, and Martyrdom by Everett Ferguson 

Educating People of Faith: Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities ed. by John Van Engen 

 

Implications from Jeremiah 31: Baptism and Covenant Community

When Jeremiah said, "All will know the Lord," does mean that only professing believers are members of God's covenant? What about the children of believers? How should Jeremiah 31 be understood? 

For more information, see: 

Jeremiah 31: Infant Baptism in the New Covenant by Richard Pratt 

Covenant Theology in Hebrews by Jeremy Boothby

Baptism, Covenant, Election (video) by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. 

Why Do We Baptize Our Children? (video) by Richard Pratt 

Infant Baptism (video) by Lingon Duncan 


Implications from Jeremiah 31: Baptism and Covenant Community (Audio only)

When Jeremiah said, "All will know the Lord," does mean that only professing believers are members of God's covenant? What about the children of believers? How should we understand Jeremiah 31? 

For more information, see: 

Jeremiah 31: Infant Baptism in the New Covenant by Richard Pratt 

Baptism, Covenant, Election (video) by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. 

Why Do We Baptize Our Children? (video) by Richard Pratt 

Infant Baptism (video) by Lingon Duncan 

End Times Views Explained

When you begin speaking about the End Times, it becomes immediately apparent that there are several different views, that complicated terminology is often used, and that very smart people are on all sides of the debate. This can cause some to declare that they are "Pan-millenialitst," that everything will "pan out" in the end and they need not worry about understanding such things. Nevertheless, the end times are important, and the different views can impact how you understand other texts of sacred Scripture. In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon survey the various views of end times. 

For more information, see: 

Revelation: A Shorter Commentary by G.K. Beale 

The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation by Vern Poythress 

The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views ed. by Robert Clouse 

Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond ed. by Darrell Bock 

A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding End Times by Kim Riddlebarger 


End Times Views Explained (Audio only)

When you begin speaking about the End Times, it becomes immediately apparent that there are several different views, that complicated terminology is often used, and that very smart people are on all sides of the debate. This can cause some to declare that they are "Pan-millenialitst," that everything will "pan out" in the end and they need not worry about understanding such things. Nevertheless, the end times are important, and the different views can impact how you understand other texts of sacred Scripture. In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon survey the various views of end times. 

For more information, see: 

Revelation: A Shorter Commentary by G.K. Beale 

The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation by Vern Poythress 

The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views ed. by Robert Clouse 

Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond ed. by Darrell Bock 

A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding End Times by Kim Riddlebarger 

 

What are Demons?

In the previous episode, Pastors Brandon and Zac explored what the Bible had to say about Angels and the various heavenly hosts. In this episode, they turn their attention to fallen angels, also known as "demons" or "unclean spirits." 

For more information, see: 

Spiritual Warfare - Part I (video) by Vern Poythress

Spiritual Warfare - Part II (video) by Vern Poythress

Spiritual Warfare - Part IIII (video) by Vern Poythress

Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat by Joel Beeke

The Whole Armor of God: How Christ's Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare by Ian Duguid 

Christians and Demonic Activity Today by Michael Horton 


What are Demons? (Audio only)

In the previous episode, Pastors Brandon and Zac explored what the Bible had to say about Angels and the various heavenly hosts. In this episode, they turn their attention to fallen angels, also known as "demons" or "unclean spirits." 

For more information, see: 

Spiritual Warfare - Part I (video) by Vern Poythress

Spiritual Warfare - Part II (video) by Vern Poythress

Spiritual Warfare - Part IIII (video) by Vern Poythress

Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat by Joel Beeke

The Whole Armor of God: How Christ's Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare by Ian Duguid 

What are Angels?

What are angels? What do they do? If they sin, will God forgive them? Do we become angels in Heaven? Pastors Brandon and Zac explore what the Bible says about Angels in this episode. 

For more information, see: 

Marriage According to Scripture by CincyReformed 

Reformed Dogmatics: Abridged in One Volume (ch. 10) by Herman Bavinck 


What are Angels? (Audio only)

What are angels? What do they do? If they sin, will God forgive them? Do we become angels in Heaven? Pastors Brandon and Zac explore what the Bible says about Angels in this episode. 

For more information, see: 

Marriage According to Scripture by CincyReformed 

Reformed Dogmatics: Abridged in One Volume (ch. 10) by Herman Bavinck 

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