Family Conference – Montgomery, Alabama

We are excited to announce that Grace Baptist Church will be hosting the 2nd Annual Family Conference in Montgomery, Alabama on Friday evening March 27th and all day Saturday, March 28th!

Conference Location:

Young Meadows Presbyterian Church off of Vaughn Road. Find directions here.

Conference Fee and Registration:

The conference price is $10.00 per person (max $50.00 per family). Make check payable to Grace Baptist Church and mail it to 6400 Wynwood Place, Montgomery, AL 36117 or bring it with you.


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The Power of Early Mentors – Part 2

My time with John Tebay during the early years of my life reminded me of three principles of mentorship:

1. Youth is a strategic window of opportunity

I believe that God has designed the teens and early twenties as formational periods that both older and younger men and women should recognize. The older should avail themselves to the opportunity and the young should seize the opportunity. Youth is a season of inquiry and desire for significance. It is particularly formational. I believe that these years have significant and disproportionate leverage for the future.

2. Don’t miss the strategic window

It is a common trap for older men to be caught up in their busyness, and the younger men to be entrapped by unprofitable activities, while there is an enormous opportunity for the older to teach the younger. This is the way God designed it – he provides the older for the younger.  If you are one of those older ones, look around to see whom the Lord may have for you to invest in. Pray for the young. Gravitate toward them. Conversely, if you are younger, look for the best mentors near you in your church and seek them out. Don’t miss the window.

3. Mentors won’t hunt you down

Experienced men understand the principle of intrinsic motivation. They know that only those with an internal desire for mentorship will be profitable investments. They have most likely tried to mentor the unwilling and realized how unprofitable it is. This is why most young men won’t have an older wiser man come to him and say, “let me mentor you.” They understand that wisdom is for those who seek it. Gold does not strike you, you strike gold. This might sound cold but if you don’t have a mentor, it’s probably your own fault. You’ve not sought them out with sufficient internal passion and motivation.

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The Power of Early Mentors – Part 1

It is hard to overestimate the effect early mentors can have on our lives. They catch us at a formative moment. Their impact can be enormous.

I had the pleasure recently to visit John and Grace Tebay, my pastor and his wife in California who played such a pivotal role in the early years of my Christian life. He was the pastor of Calvary Church in Placentia, California for forty-five years.

He was (and is) a disciple maker. She was (and is) a wonderful mother and pastors wife. She also played the piano for our worship in the church, and when I sing those songs today I often remember her and the blessing she was to the church and to my soul.

As we were together again last week, it occurred to me that, in God’s providence, most of the things that I am devoted to today were first planted in me during those early days when we were together at Calvary Church. Here is a list:

Sovereignty of God

Love for the church

Centrality of the local church


Expository preaching

Personal discipleship

Relational churches


Age Integration among the generations

Jonathan Edwards

Authority in the church

Authority and submission in the home

Biblical Eldership

Child discipline


Here is a more lengthy article about that season in my life and John Tebay’s role.

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The Fruit of Many Men’s Labors

The NCFIC is the fruit of many men’s labors-past and present. As the Lord has provided, we have added more staff for the churches and families listed on our web site. Pictured here are our Wake Forest staff and our Regional Facilitators scattered around the nation. Pictured left to right are: Scott Brown, David Brown, Colton Neifert, Connor Stearns, Stephen Hopkins, Mike Cox, Tom Ford, Mike Cheney, Jason Dohm, Kirk Smith, and Tony Lepore.

Click here to be taken to our regional facilitators page.

Click here to be taken to our NCFIC staff page.

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Three Blessings of the Shepherds’ Conference

Last week, I attended “The Inerrancy Summit” at Grace Community Church, headed by John MacArthur.  I highly recommend listening to the sessions. You can watch them here for free.

There were many blessings of this conference. Here are three: (more…)

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22 Church Discipline Mistakes to Avoid

As we are gearing up for our Church Discipline Conference, July 9-11, here are “22 Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline” in the Appendix of Church Discipline, by Jonathan Leeman of 9 Marks: (more…)

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Men Who Do Not Worship God

Eight Observations from the Church Leader’s Luncheon


Last week, Tom Ford, the NCFIC’s Regional Facilitator for the Southeast, arranged three meetings for the two of us in Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; and Alabaster, AL (near Birmingham). There were about 40 men total that joined us. We were extremely encouraged to be with men who seemed fully devoted to the sufficiency of Scripture for their church and family life. During our time, I shared our seven objectives; and we also gave away resources, shared stories, and prayed together.

Here are seven observations from our time: (more…)

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God Will Not Underwrite My Worldliness

In Ray Ortlund’s commentary on Isaiah 40:31, he speaks of the strength that comes from the Lord that makes us mount up with wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. He makes this observation,

“It will not do to put my faith in God while I keep my heart on this world. God will not underwrite my worldliness with his power. He never promised the soaring strength of eagles so I could go on grunting in the sty of Babylon.”

Raymond C. Ortlund, Isaiah (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005), 225.

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Have You Forgotten His Sovereign Control?

Have you lost touch with the ever-present sense of the absolute control and majesty of God? Have your thoughts become too earthbound for your earthly good? 

Isaiah 40:21-24, shows us the majesty of God and how refreshing and invigorating it is to get above the fog and dust and clouds in order to get God’s view…a view from the circle of the earth. There the immeasurable king of everything sits in absolute self sufficiency; ruling in independent sovereign authority; observing everything happening on the earth in His incomprehensible immeasurable immensity; and governing everything in undisturbed serenity. 

There are four questions that Isaiah asks in verse 21. These questions are designed to set our thinking straight about God’s control and our dullness about it and forgetfulness of it. It is as if he is saying, “Have you forgotten what you have always known?” These questions are a call to remember the majesty of God. It is easy to have our thoughts so earthbound, so temporal, so focused on our petty concerns, and so fearful of potential outcomes that we become blind to the glory of God. We forget what we knew and our only hope is to revive our memory of His majesty. These four questions may be exactly what you need to bring you back to a sense of reality. 

Then, Isaiah answers these questions with four visions of the majesty of God in verses 22-24: 

1. He sits above the circle of the earth (verse 22) 
2. He controls princes (verse 23a) 
3. He controls judges (verse 23b) 
4. He blows them away at will (verse 24)

How refreshing and invigorating it is to restore your sense of the greatness of God. This passage is designed for just that.

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Husbands: Love Your Wives, Because They Are Your Wives

Why should a husband love his wife? William Gouge provides much wisdom on the matter:

“The cause of Christ’s love was His love, as Moses noteth, He set His love on you because He loved you (Deut. 7:7-8)…In imitation hereof, husbands should love their wives, though there were nothing in wives to move them so to do, but only that they are their wives. Yea [they should love their wives] though no future benefit could after be expected from them. True love hath respect to the object that is loved, and the good that it may do thereunto, rather than to the subject that loveth, and the good that it may receive. For love seeketh not her own (1 Cor. 13:5).”

– William Gouge

William Gouge, “From Husbands, Love Your Wives,” in A Theology of the Family, ed. Scott T. Brown and Jeff Pollard (Wake Forest, NC: The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 2014), 133-134.

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Interview With Jason Delgado

I was recently interviewed by Jason Delgado from The Confessing Baptist on A Theology of the Family, as well as other topics. You can listen to the audio here: “Interview #80 – Scott T. Brown – A Theology of the Family [Audio Podcast].”

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Lessons of Manhood from Iwo Jima


Today is the anniversary of the World War II Pacific battle of Iwo Jima. It is important that we remember this historic battle and draw lessons from it for our sons to teach them about manhood. Here are twelve lessons of manhood that I wrote about in a book called Preparing Boys for Battle:

1. Quiet fathers impoverish their children. (Psalm 78:1-9).

The experiences on Iwo Jima should warn us about the effect of clamming up. The common story of the Iwo Jima veterans is that they kept silent about their experiences and denied their children an understanding of their heritage. This pattern, which was almost comprehensively followed by Iwo veterans, is a warning to fathers about the consequences of clamming up and keeping stories of God’s faithfulness inside by not telling their children the praises of the Lord.

2. The knowledge of the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is the most important knowledge one can have (Daniel 4:34, Psalm 103:19).

The stories of Iwo Jima teach me that the knowledge of the sovereignty of God in history is empowering. A providential view of history is critical for perspective in the midst of difficult moments in history. My experience with hearing the stories of Iwo Jima is that confidence fills the hearts of children who understand how God has worked in history. I also observed that the sons and daughters we met on Iwo Jima were strengthened by their understanding of what their fathers went through.

3. We should spend our time strategically and be involved in important efforts (Ephesians 5:16, Matthew 16:26).

Iwo Jima was an island of strategic importance, showing us the need for carefully planning our time and efforts in order to be prepared for the major events which God brings to our lives.

4. Be aware of the unseen forces working in your heart (Ephesians 6:11, 1 Peter 5:8).

Iwo Jima was a place where there was an unseen enemy, and we also have an unseen enemy, prowling about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour us.

5. Friendship includes defending your friend even when it might cost you everything (John 15:13).

It was a place where friendships were tested by mortal danger which illustrates Jesus’ words, “Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friends.”

6. Manhood is tested by pressure–don’t despise or fail the tests (1 Kings 2:2).

Iwo Jima’s challenges put manhood on display. Even though war is a terrible reality, the way it is played out profiles many important qualities of manhood that need to be passed on from one generation to the next.

7. A godly response to authority is one of the most important factors for success in life (Ephesians 6:1-4).

The fierceness of the battle and the demands of the terrain made Iwo a place where honor and obedience in the face of conflicting emotions were required to accomplish the mission. This is the foundation of strength that is necessary for success in every workplace, marriage, and church.

8. Giving honor where honor is due secures success (Exodus 20:12).

With the passing of a generation, I am confronted with the proposition that fathers should be honored. It is a duty for sons and daughters to honor their fathers, and it has tremendous leverage for good for many generations. Scripture commands it and God makes specific promises to children who honor their parents. Not only do I want to honor my own father, I want to have an influence on my friends that might have the effect of getting them to ask, “How will I honor my father?”

9. A heritage will fall into oblivion if you don’t ask about it (Deuteronomy 32:7).

We see the importance of the principle that children should ask their fathers to tell them the stories of God’s faithfulness towards them. In this way, children demonstrate that they care about their heritage. It is to their benefit to ask questions of those who went before so that they will be able to stand on the shoulders of the previous generation instead of starting from scratch. Nobody has perfect parents, but most parents have something to give that will make us wiser and more effective in life. The answers to the questions you ask can serve as teaching tools for bringing glory to God.

10. Powerful legacies are activated through allocation of time, a listening ear, and an active pen (Psalm 71:17-18).

Children should work to exert energy to collect the stories of their fathers, and they should glory in God’s faithfulness to their fathers. They should take time to sit at their feet and listen and diligently glean the best lessons. This takes a listening ear, an active pen to record the memories, and time for reflection to crystalize the critical messages. We hereby declare that fathers have something to say. Yes, everything in our fathers’ lives is not praiseworthy, but we should just grow up and take the best we can find. As I have said too many times: no one ever got a perfect father. This is just the way it is.

11. Communicating a providential view of history will be for the joy and encouragement of the next generation (Psalm 71:17-18).

Because of hearing the stories of Iwo Jima, I am more aware of my responsibility to tell my own children about the great deeds of God in our own family history.

12. There are no little islands, attitudes, actions, or sins (Zechariah 4:10, James 3:5).

I am more aware of how little things have a big impact for good or evil depending on who governs them. Iwo Jima was a little island only 2.5 miles wide and 5.5 miles long, in the midst of a vast ocean, yet it had a big impact.

Because of the anniversary of Iwo Jima, I am offering three books on sale: Preparing Boys for BattleMoment of Courage, and Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer. Normally, these three books are 37.85, but for today and tomorrow, you can purchase all three for $25 in the NCFIC store. Preparing Boys for Battle and Moment of Courage tell the story of Iwo Jima and teach lessons that our generations of boys must know. In Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer, my daughter Kelly, granddaughter of a Second Lt. Bill Brown, remembers her hero’s story. She writes a letter to the next generation, inspiring them through her grandfather’s story to think beyond themselves and towards having a multi-generational mindset–not living for the moment, but for the lives of their children, and their children’s children.


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The Sum of a Child’s Duty: Honor His Parents

Young people, dwell upon this single, simple thought: a child’s pleasure should be to please his parents. This is love and the sum of all your duty. If you would adopt this rule, if you would write this upon your heart, if you would make this the standard of your conduct, I might lay down my pen: for it includes everything in itself.

– John Angell James 

John Angell James, “From The Duties of Sons and Daughters to Their Parents,” in A Theology of the Family, ed. Scott T. Brown and Jeff Pollard (Wake Forest, NC: The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 2014), 558.

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