The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #9

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Is It Sinful to Observe (or Not To Observe) Lent?

A balanced overview of a practice which is increasingly common in Reformed and evangelical circles. It includes links to position-pieces by a number of Reformed theologians.

In What Sense Does God “Choose” Our Offspring?

Pastor Spotts explains Deuteronomy 4:37 in light of the two-fold way of relating to God in covenant.

The End of Parental Rights? A Chilling Case From Canada

While unpleasant, this article by Al Mohler exposes an area of mounting concern. The freedom of Christians parents to raise our children according to our convictions is narrowing. “The court ordered that a 14-year-old girl receive testosterone injections without parental consent. The court also declared that if either of her parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, the parents could be charged with family violence.“

Education in Ancient Israel

Did you know that in Jesus’ day, primary education was mandatory among the Jews meaning that average people could (and did) read Scripture? Here’s a fascinating glimpse into that period. Some of their teaching methods are surprising.

A Sermon Notes Sheet for Young Children

It is what it says it is.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

Rev. Michael Spotts

Pastor Michael has been involved in ministry for over ten years. Before his ordination at Phoenix URC, he participated in foreign missions (Australia, Russia). He holds an Assoc. in Biblical Studies (2004) and an M.Div (WSCAL, 2016). 

Prior to ministry, he owned a commercial photography business for ten years. He still enjoys shooting landscape photos.