The Kingdom-Driven Family

Building a Home That Serves Christ and His Kingdom

Question: Why are we constantly under surveillance?

Question Behind the Question:  What is it about the mindset of our society that sets up a situation where our freedoms are threatened?

Episode #1 of the OUT OF THE QUESTION Podcast addresses this from a biblical point of view.



Gender is something that is determined by God and thus needs to be understood in terms of His law-word. While modern culture has now moved to the irrational position that individuals can fluidly gender-identify as they see fit, Christians need to realize what is at stake when this ground is ceded to the ungodly.   The book of Genesis tells us that God created male and female.  Throughout Scripture there are clear delineations between the roles of men and woman. Any assault on this doctrine undermines the entire Christian faith.

In this two- part Kingdom Driven Family Podcast discussion, Andrea Schwartz and Catherine Brown discuss gender roles from a Biblical perspective.

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We are all products of our times. Although we like to think otherwise, unless we evaluate our practices and traditions from a Biblical perspective, we are likely to be using the methods of secular society and adapting to the ways of the world. We are expressly told in Scripture that although we are in the world, we are not to be of the world. In fact, Jesus’ prayer for us to the Father was: “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15).

When it comes to parenting children, the prevalence of humanistic thinking in our day is more influenced and directed by the world of child psychology than it is by Scriptural mandates. What’s more, because the concept of discipline is often reduced to corporal punishment, many professing Christian parents have ignored or abandoned Biblical methods in the training of their children. (Read more here)

Anne with her five children “homeschooling” in Indonesia.

At the start of her “solo parenting” journey with five children ages 3 – 10 from Texas to Indonesia. Her husband held down the fort at home.












Listen to my recent podcast on Reconstructionist Radio with Anne, a homeschooling mom of five.


When people take God and His Word for granted, they minimize the effects of sin in their lives and the surrounding culture.  Instead of recognizing that failing to obey God produces negative consequences, they instead “wait” for future judgment rather than recognize its present reality.  I often say in my Biblical Law classes, “The judgment is in the sin.”

One of my students shared with me how she and her husband have incorporated biblical law into the life of their family, with this amusing story she sent to me in an email message: Continue reading

Christ came to earth to break the bonds of sin and death.  All outside of Christ have Hell as their ultimate destination.  What is Hell?  How many think about it seriously, or even consider it is a real place?

The following is excerpted from the chapter entitled “Hell” in R.J. Rushdoony’s “Sermon on the Mount”.


To understand what hell is, therefore, we must see the meaning of Gehenna – [a trash dump].  A trash dump is the place of irrelevant and meaningless items.  What cannot be used because it is useless is consigned to a refuse pile.  Hell is thus the habitation of all who are determined to be useless to God.  Whatever their opinion of themselves, if they are useless to God, they go into His cosmic trash pile.  God’s righteousness or justice is the criterion of usefulness to God, and God’s righteousness is incarnate in His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Widows have never been a popular group in any era of history. Many cultures had such a low regard for widows that in some cases they were buried along with their husbands. At other times, the culture did not allow women whose husbands had died to remarry. This was true even if the marriage occurred when the woman was a child.1 This overlooking of widows must also have been true in terms of Old and New Testament histories because there are repeated instructions and warnings to care for widows, as well as orphans.

Two passages are well known but rarely given much heed, in our day, within the body of believers. Too often, Christians are quick to cite the shortcomings, distortions, and negative effects of modern humanistic statism, without first taking the mote out of their own eyes (Matt. 7:5).

The two passages that are virtually ignored, or merely given lip service, are:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)

So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. (1 Timothy 5:14)

How many Christians are overly concerned about their religion being pure and undefiled? Based on the amount of time given to visiting orphans and widows, most would fail. Some would counter that they do not have many widows in their congregation, and those widows in their church have family that attend to them. This reveals that the term widow in our day is often considered synonymous with an elderly woman whose husband has died.

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{This essay originally appeared in the Sept-Oct issue of the Chalcedon magazine Faith for All of Life.}

Most people expect to spend twelve years in school before they move on to higher education. This may involve another four to twelve years depending on the chosen occupation. A common question is, “When will you be done with school?” as though once schooling is done, education is complete. When we approach the subject this way, we fail to appreciate that the entirety of our lives is involved in education. Looking at education through a humanistic lens causes us to erroneously conclude that we have learned all we need to know. God’s Word tells us that our sanctification is a continual process whereby we grow in knowledge, wisdom, and discernment. Continue reading

In a day when many decry the assault on traditional values  regarding  gender identification and the redefinition of marriage as presented in the public square, it is easy to miss the target of the onslaught. The target has always been Jesus Christ and His law-word. When God’s creation of people as male and female is deemed “not the final say on the matter,” we end up with such confusion as to make everything else in life meaningless. If God didn’t get this right, then who can? Likewise, if we decimate the essence and reality of what becoming “one flesh” means (uniquely possible only between a male and a female), we are destroying the image the Bible gives us of Christ’s relationship to His church and the individual believer.

Martin Luther had this to say when it came to the distinctions of Biblical faith:

 Faith must be purely taught: namely, that He and thou art made as it were one person: so that thou mayest boldly say, I am now one with Christ, that is to say, Christ’s righteousness, victory and life are mine. And again, Christ may say, I am that sinner: that is, his sins and his death are mine because he is united and joined unto me and I unto him. For by faith we are so joined together that we are become one flesh and one bone, we are members of the body of Christ, flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones: so that this faith doth couple Christ and me more nearly together than the husband is coupled to his wife.[i]

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When we hear or read stories about people stepping up to assist in the midst of a natural disaster or an accident, we would like to think that we would do likewise. Yet, there is a lingering doubt that maybe we would freeze or take the easier path. We often cover up those feelings of potential inadequacy or cowardice with the refrain: “It takes a special person to do something like that. He/she is a real hero!”

Recently, I had the chance to witness this phenomenon up close and personally. My daughter, on her way to her nursing job at a regional hospital, encountered a horrific scene as she was travelling 65 miles per hour in the fast lane. She observed a car maneuvering in front of her as if to avoid hitting something. She was correct. The driver ahead was darting out of the way of a significant amount of debris. She needed to do likewise, and as she did she saw what looked like a body that had been hit and was somewhat dismembered. But, she did not have time to dwell on that as she observed a car crushed and smoking in the divide ahead. Continue reading