I've been suffering from a block of sorts lately. I'm still writing posts, so it's not writer's block; I just can't bring myself to publish them, so I guess you could call it publisher's block. I have thirteen (thirteen!) posts sitting in my "drafts" folder that just aren't quite right. I keep tweaking and editing and rewriting them. One of these days I'll either delete them or publish them, I'm not sure which.
For the time being, I thought I would share this article about family worship by Dr. Beeke. Our family practices family worship regularly, and it's a very important and dear tradition to me. The starting point for reading about family worship, of course, is the Westminster Directory for Family Worship; but this article by Dr. Beeke is also quite interesting. I especially enjoyed the part where the Beeke siblings thanked their father for his faithfulness in leading family worship. I knew Dr. Beeke's father when I was a child. He was a very godly man, and I can easily imagine him teaching his children with tears streaming down his face!
Here's the link:
I'm not wholeheartedly endorsing everything that Dr. Beeke suggests--for instance, my preference would be for psalms only in family worship (I haven't gotten tired of them yet!), whereas he suggests including hymns as well.
I also noted something perplexing: he suggests reading not only from the Bible, but from various other good books too; memorizing Scripture together; and singing not one, but several psalms and hymns--I don't see how the worship he describes could possibly fit within his suggested ten to twenty-five minute timeframe! Perhaps he and his family sing very quickly!
In other news, I have added a blog roll on a separate page (see the tabs at the top). This list will probably change as I remember important blogs that I have forgotten to include. If your blog is listed and you don't want it there for any reason (perhaps privacy?), please let me know and I will remove it. :)