Jonathan Threlfall

About Author Jonathan Threlfall

Jonathan Threlfall serves as assistant pastor at Hanover Baptist Church in Glen Allen, VA. He and his wife Christa have four young children. Jonathan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldviews.

For the Heart

Snip Your Enemy/Idol Line

Our little “idolatry/enmity” game has simple but firm rules: delight me, humor me, comfort me, or love me, and you get closer to my “idol” pole; but annoy me, disregard me, disappoint me, or threaten me, and you get closer to my enemy pole. Whenever a relationship promises to deliver happiness, we scoot that person toward the “idol” pole of our line. And whenever a relationship threatens to obstruct our happiness, we push that person toward the “enemy” pole of our line.

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For the Heart

Should I Tell My Child She’s a Sinner?

Had I just committed the unpardonable parenting crime? I had finished a conversation with my four-year-old daughter: “We are all sinners,” I looked her straight in the eyes as I continued, “And sin always hurts. It hurts us because we deserve to be punished in hell for it.” I had just told my daughter she was a sinner, condemned by God. Had I cruelly set time-bombs of depression and despair in her little heart by teaching her the doctrine of original sin?

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