My observations of contemporary parenting are well known among those I serve as pastor. It seems that most parents are taking the path of least resistance in rearing children. When I hear a parent, say “I just can’t control my child” I think (sometimes out loud) “What a wimp!” The issue is not control, it is engagement and discipline. By the standards of contemporary parenting, I was reared “old school.” My mom and dad certainly didn’t have any trouble “controlling” me and my two brothers. With a snap of dad’s finger we came to attention.
I spent a few days last week attending Theology Week at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California listening to N. T. (Tom) Wright lecture on the theology of Paul. As I was listening to his first lecture it occurred to me that his lectures are best described as excellent expository and theological preaching. He is engaging, challenging, and inspiring.