Answers to Recent Questions from Comments
I understand the thought behind this question, and I know of one local church here in Kentucky that actually encourages parents to keep their children in the service in order that the mothers might benefit from the preaching. So it's not unheard of to do this. That said, I think it's fine for churches to have "cry rooms." I love children and want them to be appreciated, but they can easily distract an entire congregation from the message. Better to avoid distracting a whole group of people than to keep the child in the service. There are limits to our tolerance of crying and all that.
CLB asked about a Reformed secondary school:
That's a fun idea. I suppose it would be pretty cool to have a Reformed school that would compete with the Grotons and Exeters of the world. So sounds like a good idea to me. It troubles me that Christian schools are known more for simple indoctrination than they are for teaching revealed truth and at the same time teaching students how to think and reason for themselves.
Ryan Hill asked about the state of Gordon-Conwell
Gordon-Conwell has a number of fine scholars, men whose wisdom and intelligence I have personally benefited from. I am thankful for the school's presence and am sure that it continues to turn out a body of godly men to minister in New England and beyond. But I worry about the school, particularly as I know a number of faculty members are egalitarian in their approach to gender roles. This is a deplorable accomodation to culture and one that directly contradicts the literal hermeneutic that must characterize any true Christian (much less a Christian teacher). Though I'm sure it's quite possible to get solid training at GCS, I would encourage students to attend Southern Seminary. Westminster is also solid and Master's is faithful.
Those are some quick thoughts. Leave me a question in the comments section and I'll try to answer it every couple of weeks or so. Do have a fruitful and stimulating weekend.