Tomorrow we celebrate what I sincerely regard as one of our most Christian holidays: Thanksgiving. The Puritans were a group of zealous, committed Christians who sought to make the church what the Bible said it should be; and they gave us Thanksgiving.
I thought it was a bad idea: a conference hosted by one group of Christians to explain how bad another group of Christians is. But the rationale was that since the troubled group wasn't correcting their own troubles, someone had to do the dirty work. Hence was hatched John MacArthur's "Strange Fire" conference.
In the firestorm of the culture war, no Christian wants to sound like he's against the family. Indeed, many Christians assume that what's good for the "family" is good. Period. Hence, the "Family Integrated Church" (FIC) movement has arisen, calling for churches to be family centered. By that FIC advocates mean that families should meet together for all functions of the church. That means, no separate Sunday School classes, no "children's church" and no "youth group". The church meets as families, they say. This is so important, FIC people say, it's worth forming entirely new churches on this distinctive alone. The problems with this, as I see them, are: