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Join Me in the Hill Country of Texas for a Fatherhood Tune-Up

I hope you can join me in Kerrville, TX with the speakers pictured above on September 5-7, as we partner with FORGE ministries to bring you the Master’s Plan for Fatherhood weekend event.

Why are we doing this conference? The practices and principles of fatherhood have nearly disappeared in our society and we want to recruit men to take on the biblical fatherhood paradigm. It is time for a new generation of fathers to rise up and throw off the old, broken paradigms which were the norm for our fathers. We need a new kind of father – the kind of father that Scripture tells us about.

Here is a brief video trailer for the conference:


“The Master’s Plan for Fatherhood” Talks

  • The Doctrine of Fatherhood from Genesis to Revelation, Doug Phillips
  • Abraham – Understanding the Purpose of Your Life, Genesis 18, Scott Brown
  • Asaph – Breaking Free from the Patterns of Your Fathers, Psalm 78, Cody Carnett
  • Moses – Saturating Your Household With the Word of God, Deuteronomy 6, Michael Gobart
  • Case Study of Headship in the Home, Numbers 30, Kevin Swanson
  • Fathers and Sons Working Together, John 5-8, Scott Brown
  • The Secret of Happiness in the Home, Psalm 128, Doug Phillips
  • By Wisdom a House Is Built, Proverbs 24, Bob Welch
  • The Father Who Would Not Restrain His Sons, 1 Samuel 1-4, Michael Gobart
  • The Discipleship of the Lord Jesus Christ As Our Pattern for Fatherhood, Scott Brown
  • Job – The Sanctifying Fatherhood of Job, Job 1, Stephen Hopkins
  • David – A Father Who Taught His Son, Proverbs 4, John Latham
  • Malachi – Fathers’ Hearts Turning Towards Home, Malachi 4, Kevin Swanson
  • A Father’s Child Raising Handbook, Proverbs 1-31, Don Hart
  • The Rechabites – 300 Years of Honor, Scott Brown

In addition to our messages on fatherhood, notice these amazing messages that will be given at the same time (more…)

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My New Granddaughter

I have a new granddaughter – grandchild #10.  Samantha Verity Brown, born at 10 pounds and 13 ounces to David and Monica.

David and Monica, you are involved in such wonderful, fulfilling, and dangerous work as you are bringing up your children in the training and admonition of the Lord. It will take all you have to perform it, but it is such a happy and glorious task. I loved it when I was your age, and I can see that you do too.  The early church father, John Chrysostom speaks of the beauty of the season that is upon you,

“To each of you fathers and mothers I say, just as we see artists fashioning their paintings and statues with great precision, so we must care for these wondrous statues of ours. Painters when they have set the canvas on the easel paint on it day by day to accomplish their purpose. Sculptors, too, working in marble, proceed in a similar manner; they remove what is superfluous and add what is lacking. Even so must you proceed. Like the creators of statues do you give all your leisure to fashioning these wondrous statues for God. And, as you remove what is superfluous and add what is lacking, inspect them day by day, to see what good qualities nature has supplied so that you will increase them, and what faults so that you will eradicate them. And, first of all, take the greatest care to banish licentious speech; for love of this above all frets the souls of the young. Before he is of an age to try it, teach thy son to be sober and vigilant and to shorten sleep for the sake of prayer.”

John Chrysostom’s Right Way for Parents to Bring Up Their Children.

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Making Students Unlike Their Fathers

While president of Princeton, Woodrow Wilson said, “Our problem is not merely to help the students to adjust themselves to world life.” “Our problem is to make them as unlike their fathers as we can. Their fathers are specialized persons. The problem of the college faculty is to generalize the younger generation all over again.” from The New York Times in 1909.

This type of thinking is not the product of the Bible but of the world. Fathers are to have an intimate role in the discipleship of their children (Deut. 6:6-9). Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This can apply to a discipline, a trade, or a career as well.

It is not the duty of teachers to undo the training of fathers. It is the duty of children to honor their fathers and what they have taught them. Proverbs 6:20-21 says, “My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck.”

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The Father of My Friend: Howard Jay Phillips

I just returned from the funeral of Howard Phillips, 1941-2013.

It was a rich time to be with the family and to hear well over thirty speeches from friends, family, and fellow workers.

Most people knew Howard as a statesman, but I did not know him that way. I knew him as the father of my friend. Doug spoke often of his father. It seemed to flow out naturally, effortlessly, and randomly – in the stream of consciousness, during private conversations, platform speeches, and casual moments in small, unscheduled collaborations. Boiling it down, he honored, praised, quoted, and told stories of his father. I knew Howard because he was my friend’s father.

I also knew Howard Phillips another way – as a fan of his son. I saw his love for his son on many occasions, since Howard was a regular participant in Doug’s conferences. He adored his son. I walked beside Howard on history tours and sat beside him at conferences. I went to hear him lecture. We were often in the same hotel overnight. Howard was an early riser and so am I. I would get up early and head to the restaurant for a cup of coffee and a newspaper and often Howard would be there, and we would talk over the news. He would often say, “Scott, thanks for being Doug’s friend.” I knew his love for his son was at the bottom of that statement, for he was a father who hoped for loyal friends for his son.

One thing is clear: Howard was a communicative father. What made him different was that he had passion in his heart, and he captured the moment for it. He seized time and used it to teach his children. This marks the difference between great fathers and poor ones. Howard would take command of the moments at the dinner table, on the road, in his office, and use them for  the discipleship of his children. Howard was a busy man, but he had the same twenty-four hours everybody else had. What set him apart was that he took time by the neck and squeezed it for all it was worth. The time that passive men let slip into irrelevant oblivion, Howard filled with content for his children.


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