On the twenty third episode of the Family Discipleship Podcast the hosts (Adam Griffin and Cassie Bryant) talk about family discipleship with Ray Ortlund.
Questions we talked about in this episode:
- If we asked your kids and wife about you, what kind of man would they describe?
- This is a podcast about spiritual leadership. When you started growing your family, who did you look to in order to teach you about or be an example for leading the spiritual life of your home?
- Your family has accomplished A LOT for the kingdom of God. How does that sit with you, how does it make you feel to see your family making significant contributions and leading so well?
- Can you think of a time that things did not go “according to plan” in the Ortlund home?
- What would you say to the parent who is really discouraged right now in the spiritual leadership of their home? How can you encourage our listeners?
- What role has the church played in coming alongside your family as you’ve discipled them?
- You recently put out a book addressing pornography, The Death of Porn. It’s written like a father to a son. Why is this an issue that was of particular importance to you and talk to us about how it intersects with a Christian home?
- Is there any scripture that you or your family can point to that has been a guide to you in how you’ve led your home or how you think about your hopes for your kids and the generations after them?
Some of our favorite quotes from Ray in this episode:
- “Like every family we are a convergence of flaws and God’s grace. Great things happen when those two things get together.” - Ray Ortlund
- “I had the advantage of having a fantastic dad. My dad was the greatest man I’ve ever known.” - Ray Ortlund
- “There is no formula. This is not an assembly line. Our family is all an ongoing miracle of grace.” - Ray Ortlund
- “What can we do that would make it easier for our kids to believe in God?” - Ray Ortlund
- “What parent is not discouraged? We all hit a wall. We all fail. Our kids let us down too. I’m so thankful for those three words in Romans chapter six, “newness of life.” I see so much hope there. We are not stuck with the reality we are experiencing right now.” - Ray Ortlund
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