Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Puritan Reformed Journal and Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books. He has written and co-authored one hundred books (most recently, Reformed Systematic Theology, Reformed Preaching: Preaching God’s Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith, and Debated Issues in Sovereign Predestination), edited another one hundred books, and contributed 2,500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children and four grandchildren.
My dad read “Pilgrim’s Progress” to us every Sunday evening after church for about 30 to 45 minutes for all 20 years I was at home. … At my parents 50th wedding anniversary, when all five of us children thanked each parent for one thing, all five of us chose to thank my dad for those amazing times… .
How to Do Family Worship
This address first examines our biblical duty to do four things in family worship: the reading of Scripture, leading our family in discussion about the Scripture read, praying, and singing. The second and main part of the address will provide practical guidelines for doing each of these four parts of family worship. Third, I will answer some objections against doing daily family worship, and then conclude by providing some powerful motivations for doing family worship.
How Men Should Lead Their Families
In this address, I will expound the main biblical paradigm for fathers in leading their families—that is, as fathers we are to exercise the threefold office of prophet, priest, and king in our own homes. I will then unpack a variety of ways both biblically and practically that we are to exercise each office for the well-being of our families.