I was talking with someone who visited the Assembly once in 1992 with her husband and children. Once, mind you. And that was a long time ago. "We never came back," she said, "because I just couldn't make the commitment to raise my children that way. It was too hard." After that, she felt for years like … Continue reading Does discipline really produce godly character…?
Just finished reading The Happy Room by Catherine Palmer, a fictionalized account of growing up as a missionary kid in Africa. Very interesting parallels with the Assembly. Children of missionaries are now termed "third culture kids". I think many Assembly kids fit that category. Some AK's were allowed a certain level of cultural participation. They … Continue reading “The Happy Room”
The iMonk posted some thoughts and questions for parents on Fathers' Day. Good stuff, as usual. He talks about the implications of the wired world, the question of your own deepest values that shape your every day life, the peril of flash-in-the-pan evangelicalism. Point 1 is about entitlement. That is probably a tough one for … Continue reading The Internet Monk on parenting teens….
After five years of post-Assembly recovery, it seems that quite a few former Assembly members have regained some sense of stability in their lives and the beginnings of restored faith. But the parents among them may still be watching their children struggle with life. Many of us who left long ago - maybe even most … Continue reading Our children….