My goal in creating Discerning Dad is to understand the topics and challenges we face by looking through the lens of the Bible. My foundational verse is Philippians 1:9- “May your love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” This verse speaks to the importance of discernment but also love. Without love, we are but a clanging gong regardless of our insight (1 Corinthians 13:1)
Our mission statement is: To encourage Dads and all Christians to fulfill their calling, grow in relationship with Jesus, and be the discerning leader of their home. Romans 12:2 is our featured verse: Do not conform to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) is featured in the original logo because only through the knowledge of the Spirit can we properly understand anything. I wanted an outlet to be able to share and journal my thoughts, too often I keep things bottled up without a proper outlet to express them and this can be self-destructive. I feel this will be beneficial to me regardless of who reads it. With that said, my hope is that this will be helpful to other Christians and Dads specifically to help understand the importance of discernment in everyday life. Discernment is a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10) and one that I have always felt was a strength of mine. Find out for yourself at spiritualgiftstest.com . Even if you are not gifted in discernment, it is an important thing to exercise growing in because every day we make choices and if we do not view them in light of the Bible, we can make sinful, negative, or destructive ones.
I do not profess to have all the answers, far from it. I do not consider myself an expert on the topics I will address, but I will always use Scripture as a foundation. I understand that I will sometimes be wrong in my thoughts and interpretations and I welcome any constructive feedback you may have. This is the goal of discernment, to be able to “test all things in light of scripture and hold fast to what is true” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. You should have discernment about what I am saying as well as anyone else that shares their opinions and views.
If you embrace the brand of “Discerning Dad”, this does not refer to me as THE Discerning Dad, but a call to all Dad’s to be the discerning leader of their family or a “discerning disciple” of Jesus if you are not a Dad.