Monday, November 2, 2020

Family Building Blocks

By David Bragg

    Police were summoned to the Camillus, New York home after receiving a call from one side of an altercation in late May 2018. Upon arrival they were faced with a heated dispute between a 30-year-old son and his parents. His parents had won a previous court decision that their son could no longer live in their basement. The son was finally collecting up his belongings and complying with the court order when the dispute escalated.
    As members of the press gathered to witness and report on the dispute, the son informed them that he had called police when his parents refused to hand over their grandchild's, the complainant's 8-year-old son’s, Lego set (
    No family is perfect because all families are composed of people, mortal creatures marred by sin (Romans 3:23). Yet, every family has a perfect pattern for assembling the divinely ordained building blocks freely available in the pages of scripture. Through inspiration the Apostle Paul clearly laid out the essential foundation for the family as he argued for Jesus’ relationship with the church He established in Acts 2. Within the roles of husbands and wives (Ephesians 5:22-33), and of parents with children (6:1-4), Paul saw this blueprint for a successful family: “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (5:25).
- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: or his blog:

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