Jay Younts

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John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.

Parents, do you love questions?

If you think that this sounds like a loaded question, you’re right, it is! Toddlers and preschoolers can be prolific question askers. However, it is sometimes a challenge to maintain a high level of interest and enthusiasm to a seemingly unending stream of interrogation.  By contrast, many parents are starved for questions coming from their teenagers beyond the standard ones such as, “can I have the keys?” (If you live in Europe, substitute train pass for keys.) I believe there is a connection with the wearisome, almost detached response frequently given to the questions of young children and the lack of sincere questions coming from apparently detached teenagers. I have several thoughts along these lines for you to consider, but […]

A Psalm of the Gospel

Psalm 130 is a song of ascents. This means that the Israelites sang this psalm as they traveled to Jerusalem for one of the three annual sacred assemblies. The 3rd and 4th verses of this psalm contain the essence of the gospel. 3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. The psalmist acknowledges that no one can stand before God apart from his mercy. Then, he reminds us that there is forgiveness with God. This wonderful truth blows the psalmist away, so his response to the blessed forgiveness of God is a holy and awed fear. As you head for church each […]

Earl, Stephen Hawking, and God

This weekend Hurricane Earl is visiting the East Coast. While a direct hit on the coast does not appear likely, Earl will no doubt cause widespread damage in areas not typically affected by hurricanes. It intriguing that this intense low pressure center is given a human name. Low pressure is a common meteorological occurrence and is frequently associated with stormy weather. On any given day a weather map will show both low and high pressure systems moving across the continent. However, no one attempts to name or even number these systems. They simply come and go. But several times each year, a low pressure system that forms in the warm waters of the tropics will grow to such a large […]


Stress. Anxiety. Pressure. These triplets are part and parcel of life in Western culture. If you would like to conduct an informal survey to support this statement, observe the themes of prime-time television commercials. Stress is produced by everything from having the wrong shampoo to having an untidy toilet bowl. Anxiety is said to be cured by taking the right pill or by calling a credit relief agency.  Pressure results from not having the right stock broker, the right shoes, driving the right car, to having gray hair. And of course, with the mid-term elections right around the corner, pressure, stress and anxiety will certainly result from supporting any political candidate other than the one making the commercial.

Who Had it First?

Two children plus one favorite toy on equals trouble.  No, this is not the beginning of new math word problem. But it is a scenario that leads to disruptions in families every day. Two children each want the same toy.  In this case, this toy was a recent gift from Grandma. On this particular morning, Andrew is the first one to claim possession.  Lydia knows this means that she will not be able to play with this toy for at least several hundred years. So Lydia, with tears welling up in her eyes, goes off to find Mom to inform her of this great injustice.

Shepherd Press Partners with Covenant Eyes

Shepherd Press is pleased to announce that we will be partnering withCovenant Eyes. Covenant Eyes provides a unique resource for addressing internet pornography. Their creative approach not only deals with stopping this particular sin, but it also has the potential to build relationships between teenagers and their parents. It is this feature of the Covenant Eyes program that is particularly attractive to Shepherd Press.  I have asked Luke Gilkerson of Covenant Eyes to write a post which will introduce their approach to our readers.  We are looking forward to working with Covenant Eyes.  More information about our partnership will be available shortly. Here is Luke’s post.

Rebuilding the Tower of Babel

Elements of America’s judiciary have chosen to rebuild the Tower of Babel. But this time, words, not brick and mortar, are the construction materials.  The Tower of Babel defied the mandate of the living God. God commanded that man should occupy the earth  and have dominion over it (Genesis 1:26-28). However, some of Noah’s descendants decided they didn’t like the idea that they should spread out over all the earth at God’s command.  Rather, they wanted to make a name for themselves, thus rejecting the Name of their Creator. Their thinking was that if they banded together and built a city with a tower that would reach to the heavens, they could avoid being dispersed and build a center of […]

The Gospel Matters to Your Teenager

The teen years are challenging. This statement isn’t startling to you, is it? (If it is, just by any teenager and/or their parents.) For example, if an unexplained mishap occurs in the home and  teenagers are present, which of the following three individuals would be the most likely to suspect as the culprit: a – the teenager; b – the teenager; or c- the teenager? In all seriousness, being a teenager in a Christian home can be difficult.