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  • Home | Lindsay Banton

    ​ ​ Lindsay is wife to Gil and mom to three beautiful children. She lives in New England but is a Virginia girl. By day, she homeschools her children and works alongside her husband as a campus missionary. By night, she writes for a handful of publications and on her blog. She loves exploring and treasuring hunting of all sorts- in thrift stores, used book shops, geocaching, and the local swap shop. ​ They shall be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord, for his splendor. Isaiah 61:3 Look for Jesus in the places you might not expect. Go to my blog Subscribe to Lindsay's Newsletter. Submit

  • Contact | Lindsay Banton

    Contact If you need more information or have questions, please be in touch. You can contact me via email or by filling out the form. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible! Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • About Lindsay | Lindsay Banton

    About Lindsay Been featured in: MOPs Magazine (print) Redbud Post Light for the Lost Newsletter Chi Alpha Newsletter Living Education Journal Living Education Journal ​ Me I'm an accidental writer. Actually, I didn't like writing as a student. Coming up with something to say was difficult. I focused on following the rules for writing rather than communicating an idea. But, when I learned how to password protect a digital document in college, I began writing as a way to process my thoughts. Over time, I developed an appreciation for a well-crafted sentence, a well-developed argument, and anyone who made complex ideas simple enough for others to understand. ​ I hope you feel welcome here and perhaps find something helpful.

  • Trail Guide (coming Fall'22) | Lindsay Banton

    Trail Guide A Quick Guide to Understanding the Bible ​ by Lindsay Banton Send me an email when it releases Reading and understanding the Bible is quite possible when you are provided with a helpful guide to assist you along the way. Trail Guide, releasing in the fall of 2022, offers straightforward and basic skills to navigate scripture reading.

  • Theology 101 (Teen Edition) | Lindsay Banton

    Theology 101 Teen Edition A super basic, super easy, theology course designed for teens (or those that think they are teens or have smelly armpits or messy bedrooms like teens). Each lesson will be short and easy , just enough information to fit on one page of notes. There will also be a Prime the Pump video to get you thinking in the right direction. Sign up here ... then go tell your friends, youth pastor, classmates, and the guy behind you in line at Starbucks about it and have them sign up also. About Me Ready to sign up? Sign up! Thanks for submitting!

  • FPTP VI | Lindsay Banton

    Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They Heard Jesus Pray Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part VI - They Heard Jesus Pray John 17:15-19 “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They are not part of this world anymore than I am. Make them pure and holy by teaching them your words of truth. As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself entirely to you so they also might be entirely yours.” Let’s take a deep look at John 17. Pause for a few moments, grab a Bible and read these very personal and heartfelt 26 verses. In the hours before, Jesus and the disciples share powerful, life changing dialogue about the great teachings Jesus came to leave with his people. The opening of chapter 17 says that when he finished saying all these things, he looked up to his Father and began praying and we are given the unforgettable opportunity to listen in to Jesus speaking to his Father about his most loved treasures- the disciples. Jesus begins by bringing attention to the fact that he received his disciples as a gift from God (vs.6-7) and moves onto verbalizing his discipleship training method in some detail. If we put it in a list format, it would look like this: Jesus mentions that he kept them and guarded them (v.12), Jesus told them many things (v. 13) and gave them God’s word (v.14), Jesus sent them into the world (v.18), Jesus told them God had sent him and loves the world as much as he loves him [Jesus] (vs.23 and 25), and Jesus revealed God to them (v.26). Then, through close reading, you will find that Jesus has specific requests from God that he mentions on behalf of the disciples. Again, here it is in list format: That God will keep them safe (v.15), That God will make them pure and holy (v.17), That the disciples will be one with other believers (v.21), and That the disciples will be with Jesus again (v.24). Do you see a connection between the two lists? Perhaps if blended together, the links between what Jesus did for the disciples and his requests for God to do for the disciples will be clear. Try reading them again, like this: Jesus receives the disciples as gifts from God (vs.6-7), Jesus mentions that he kept them and guarded them (v.12), ​That God will keep them safe (v.15) Jesus told them many things (v. 13) and gave them God’s word (v.14), ​That God will make them pure and holy (v.17) Jesus sent them into the world (v.18), ​That the disciples will be one with other believers (v.21) Jesus told them God had sent him and loves the world as much as he loves him [Jesus] (vs.23 and 25), and Jesus revealed God to them (v.26). ​​That the disciples will be with Jesus again (v.24) Perhaps, we as parents could use this skeleton of Jesus’ prayers for those he was in charge of training and preparing for the future (the disciples) and apply it as a guide to train, prepare, and pray for those we are given (our children). Let’s see if it fits. As parents, We are to receive them as gifts from God, We are to keep them and guard them during training, ​We are to pray that God will keep them safe and supply their needs. We are to teach them many things and give them God’s word, ​​We are to pray that God will make them pure and holy. We are to reveal God to them, and ​We are to pray that God will provide other believers for them. We are to send them into the world. We are to pray that they can reveal God’s word to the world And that one day they will be with Jesus again. Let us notice a few interesting points about this passage. First, the disciples were present as Jesus prayed these things over them. They probably heard every word and felt his earnestness with which he desired these things for his loved ones. We can also see that Jesus had done his part and verbalized in detail how he equipped these followers for the task ahead. Reading beyond the final statements in Jesus’ prayer, we can see that Jesus met with God about his requests and kept moving further with the disciples. Waiting around was not an option for Jesus, he simply trusted that God was going to answer his petitions. ​ So where do you and I fall in the line-up of Jesus’ model of equipping and praying for our “disciples”? With which techniques are we successful? Which ones can we check off the list as complete? ​ Thanks for sticking through to the end. I'm thankful. Happy Easter week, friends! Love, Lindsay

  • FPTP II | Lindsay Banton

    Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism A year or so into our marriage, my husband Gil, and I found ourselves bored on a Wednesday night and decided to do something out of the norm- we went to the Wednesday night Bible study at our church. So adventurous, right? When we arrived, we sat down and waited for the Bible study to begin and an older gentleman, someone very well known and respected in our church approached us and asked us why we were there. We were a bit taken back and didn’t quite know how to answer Mr. Rusty because, well, we thought it was ok to attend church on a Wednesday night. So, we looked at each other and somewhat stumbled to say that we just thought it would be nice to come. Without even a second to think about it, Mr. Rusty leaned down and whispered loud enough for both of us to hear, ​ “You need to go back home and make babies”. I almost choked on my peppermint! Excuse me, did the oldest guy in my church, the man who is so good and humble, just tell me and my husband to go home and make babies? Gil was the first to respond. He looked at me with hopeful eyes and said, “Did he just say what I think he said?” I gave Gil the “not tonight, buddy” look and hesitated to glance back at Mr. Rusty. Then, without delay, Mr. Rusty continued to explain his statement. He said that if every young Christian couple decided to have 5 or 6 children and raise them up to be Godly adults, then our nation would be a Christian nation in few generations. Then he walked away. A few awkward moments passed while Gil and I waited for Mr. Rusty to walk far enough away so that he couldn’t hear us and then we released our embarrassment with laughter, hoping nobody else heard our short and unforgettable conversation with the legendary, Mr. Rusty. We sat through the Bible study unable to pay attention to our pastor and thought through what we had just been told. He’s right. The Rusty Plan of Evangelism, as my husband and I have dearly labeled it, would work. This silly idea of raising our kids to be real, living, breathing, giving Christians with the idea of changing our world might just work. Did you read that? We can change the way the world looks for everyone we, and our children, encounter- if we are willing to work a bit harder and think a bit deeper before we set out with our parenting strategy. In his book entitled, Raising Worldly-Wise, but Innocent Kids , David Wyrtzen says, “effective parenting is more than teaching facts about life or the Bible. Our kids might be champion Bible trivia players, but that does not guarantee they will have moral character.” Knowing the words typed in our Bible is not the key to figuring out this thing called “life”. In fact, knowledge of those words is just the beginning to understanding the greatness God has for us. Just as a child becomes familiar with hearing his native tongue before he has the skills to speak it himself, so we can simply familiarize ourselves with the words of scripture before we are able to apply it to our situations. A safe time of learning the words of the Bible is wonderful and should be prioritized, but this will not provide the deep roots needed to help sustain life. We need more than memorizing Bible verses and fun songs. We need life altering directions and council from God and others in our lives that have walked the years before us. ----- Come back for the next installment of From Protected to Projected next week! Also, I would be deeply grateful if you'd share this with friends and family that might enjoy it. Love, Lindsay

  • FPTP V | Lindsay Banton

    Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part V - NASA A documentary reviewing the history of National Association of Space and Aeronautics or NASA during the time of the Apollo 11 projects uncovered what I thought was an alarming statistic. The crew of engineers responsible for building, testing, repairing, and maintaining the equipment and vessels used during the 1960’s had an average age of 28 years old. Today’s crews for NASA engineers average 47 years old. This short dialogue in the documentary might not have jumped into the minds and hearts of many watching, but it is proof that we have babied our children into thinking they are not capable to be successful leaders until they are a certain age. We keep them dependent on us as their parents and prevent them- albeit good reasons at times- from walking through the plans God has for them at the time he has called them. Honestly, I would shutter to think that many of the potential professionals available for hire soon after college in fields as risky as NASA engineering might be assigned to the college grad who’s partied next door to my house every weekend for the last semester. My fears aren’t based on his inability to process complex engineering problems, but more on the trend of his peers and their inability to grow up- or better yet- his lack of opportunity to grow up. Our college students of today aren’t prepared for real life because mom and dad have taken care of all the details for them since they were drinking from bottles as babies. The Wall Street Journal reports that parents today are found to be still paying cell phone bills for their 29 year old adult children who are married and have dual incomes.This trend is so widespread, that the newspaper even suggested ways to gently ease the adult children off of their digital allowance to “make them start paying for overages, require them to manage the family bill, and pay for only one year after graduation.” (Lawton, 7/7/2007) I realize that parents just want to take care of the children and make sure they have all they need, but at what point do our good intentions become the very things that are keeping our kids dependent on us and never reliant upon their own ability to hear and follow God? Dr. James Dobson, Ph.D. writes that “we try to make all their decisions, keep them snugly beneath our wings, and prevent even the possibility of failure. In doing so, we force our young adults into one of two destructive patterns: either they passively accept our overprotection and remain dependent “children” into adult life or they will rise up in great wrath to reject our bondage and interference. They lose on both counts.” ​ There is a middle ground that we must find in order to raise our children with the intent that they become God-reliant and purposeful assets to the kingdom of God. Where is the middle ground? Where would you place yourself on the continuum of Parental Protection?

  • FPTP III | Lindsay Banton

    Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part III - The Learning Curve A professor in one of my early seminary courses spent a days’ lecture on the fact that all biblical concepts can be simplified enough to teach a child. Christian bookstores offer countless Sunday school curriculum options because life-changing truths are easy enough for children to learn. Still, many parents feel inadequate at “training their child up in the way they should go” as we are directed in Proverbs 22:6. Since we are commanded to be living, breathing examples of followers of God, then we need to bring the lessons home with us and teach our children during daily life rather than just for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning. It isn’t as a hard as you might think to insert simple teachings of Christ, you just have to be intentional about your reasons and verbalize, in an age- appropriate way of course, what and why you are choosing to do things a certain way. I’ll give an example. “Mine, mine, mine, mine” ​ My daughters learned the word “mine” quite early. They learned it so well in fact, that each time meals were served, a toy was found, or sweet treats were shared, I felt like I was in the scene of Finding Nemo when the pelicans saw Marlin and Dorey on the dock and began all calling “mine, mine, mine, mine”. This attempt at putting oneself first isn’t new to the world and I am sure you, as a parent, have experienced the same feelings of being raided by the kids when your hands are full of lollipops from the bank teller. To curb this early, we began teaching the basic biblical concept of serving others first. When sippy cups were filled, one child had to hand out all the others before serving herself. This is a great way to teach servant hood to a small child. For a preteen, this concept could be displayed by allowing your child to observe how to pay monthly bills and how you prioritize giving through tithes and offerings as a family, then expect him to do the same with his own funds. For older kids, serving others first can be taught through training your highschooler to offer the family computer to others before parking in the desk chair for an evening of chatting with friends or polishing up their online profile webpage. Are you getting the point? While still young, our children can learn the concepts of basic biblical living, we just have to teach each point of discipleship at age-appropriate levels with everyday language and applications- just like Jesus did for his first followers! In his book, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions , George Barna writes, “if you connect with children today, effectively teaching them biblical principles and foundations from the start, then you will see the fruit of the effort blossom for decades to come. The more diligent we are in these efforts, the more prodigious a harvest we will reap.” The great thing about implementing this parenting skill of teaching biblical concepts to our kids when they are young is that it requires us to learn it first. As parents, we are the greatest models our kids will see day in and day out. We need to accept that we are the real teachers for our kids and prepare our personal lives as such. Parents that are living lives of integrity- or not- will be identified very quickly by an intuitive youngster or teenager. We must be living our lives according to the principles we are expecting and hoping our kids to apply to their lives. Don’t be discouraged if you’re just now learning what these biblical concepts are for your own life. Sadly, there isn’t a hormone that is released the moment you become a parent that changes all manners of living and creates perfect, God-honoring followers instantly. This takes time in our own lives, just as it will take time in our kids’ lives. But if your Jesus learning curve is huge right now because you’re a new believer, (or because you've entered a new stage of life and everything normal has just shifted and you've lost your brain and now you feel like YOU are the child because you keep getting things wrong…) it will also be the same for your child- no matter the age. Those with older kids will have to work harder to implement Jesus’ teachings into daily, family life. But, it can definitely be done! What is God’s plan and purpose for us in terms of raising our kids? Proverbs tells us and gives us the tools to do it. Proverbs 1:4 says, “These proverbs will make the simple minded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to the young people.” Parenting with the final goal of releasing our kids into adulthood requires that we parent in a way that gives “knowledge and purpose” by applying divine wisdom and moral instruction to daily life. Divine wisdom could be defined as thoughts, ideas, ways, and knowledge found only through God. As instructed in Proverbs, this wisdom is intended for daily life. As parents, daily life sometimes consists of diaper changes, driving lessons, dating, and discipline issues. Other days, parenting includes long talks, family movie nights, shopping for school clothes and victories on the athletic field or in the classroom. The ideas taught in Proverbs are intended to apply to all of these areas of parenting and more. We need not limit the use of scripture to prayer over the golden turkey at the Thanksgiving or when our daughter goes out on her first date. Neither should God’s word be “dumbed down” to trite bedtime prayers for our preschoolers or used as mere terminology thrown around during moments of parental conflict. God purposed his word to be used daily (Proverbs 3:6) and in all situations (2 Timothy 3:6) because it is “full of living power.” As the leaders of our homes, whether we feel ready for the job or not, our task is to bathe our children in the word of God and teach them how to apply it to our ever changing world around us. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8) and his word will be applicable to the parenting puzzles of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We need not fear! ​ Whether our kids are in diapers or in the driver’s seat, we need to remember that God has given them to us to nurture for a season of both physical infancy and spiritual infancy. As Christian parents, I don’t think our parenting worries or weaknesses are only found in the growing and nurturing parts of parenting- but in the releasing and sending part. So, if you're still with me, sometimes parenting makes me feel "simple minded" because I feel so inadequate. But, I can trust that I can find the strength and wisdom necessary for this parenting gig in scripture and wisdom from mentors. What part of your task-at-hand seems the most daunting at this point? Love, Lindsay Barna, George. Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions. Regal Books. 2003. Page 42.

  • FPTP IV | Lindsay Banton

    Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part I - Introduction Part II - A Rusty Plan of Evangelism Part III - The Learning Curve Part IV - Our Most Prized Possessions Part V - NASA Part VI - They heard Jesus pray Part IV - The Learning Curve As parents, if we are honest with ourselves, we would probably say that we are more frightened by what the world has to offer our kids rather than our kids hunting down the evil for themselves. We fear that Satan and all his cronies will be lingering around every corner and snatch, harm, and lure our kids away from the truths that have been taught to them. Being a mom, I fear that my girls will be lied to and they’ll find themselves confused. Other parents fear their sons and daughters will not be able to stand up to the temptation offered by the world. These are all very real things that happen in our society, but they aren’t new. None of the sin that is in our world today is fresh. Satan has been around the block a few times and just reuses his strongest weapons over and over again. Knowing he is crafty at what has been done before, our families can be armed and ready to face the schemes he thinks will snare us. However, at this strategizing point of the battle plans, Christians often fall prey to fear and retreat. We run and hide in the bunkers of our buildings and safe havens. We find Christian shirts to wear, we use Christian lingo, and we surround ourselves with Christian people, activities, and teachers. Perfect! Not so perfect, my friend. May I bring to your attention that this might just be Satan’s greatest weapon? If Satan can gather all the Christians that really love God and truly want to be Christ-like, and keep us all together in the same buildings speaking terminology that nobody but us understands, then I think he might have gotten a step ahead of us in our own battle plan. He has scared us stiff and we’ve all gone running away from the very people we are called to serve and share the message of the Gospel with! Our of fear, we use the “monastery parenting” approach, as Wyrtzen calls it and we try to build walls high enough to keep the evil out forgetting that the origin of the sin of this world is found within our very internal nature due to the fall in the Garden of Genesis. Jesus said “It is the thought life that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All of these wile things come from within; they are what defile you and make you unacceptable to God.” The barriers we place around ourselves and our kids can’t be built high enough or bunkers deep and thick enough to protect against such snares of the enemy. These snares lie within our hearts. Yes, there are horrible parts of the world that we can, and definitely should, shield our kids from such as pornography, abuse, and the like. But we need not ignore that these things happen in our society and intentionally teach our kids about them so they are armed with the truth to fight the battles they will face in the same world we are called to love and serve. Wyrtzen goes on to write that the children that are raised in such “monastery” homes tend to be the ones that flea such sheltering and raise their own children with a no-rules policy out of desire for freedom and discovery. So not only does living behind a barricade leave the child thinking that sin only lives on the other side of the wall, but often causes him to respond negatively simply because he so desires to discover what’s out there. When one is raised with this “bunker” thinking, life’s motto becomes “life is only about surviving and enduring our time on earth until Christ returns or we go to meet him in death” and not really about the instructions Christ left us found in Matthew 28:19-20 to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit". My question to you, as a fellow Christian, is to what extent is the protection of the hearts, minds, and bodies of our children left in the hands of Christ? How far are we willing to let God take our kids before we pull the reigns of authority and cry “too far God”? Are we bold enough to pull parental rank on God’s call for the lives of our kids? Please don’t assume that I am encouraging you to throw caution to the wind and release your children into any wavering notion they come across in life. Don’t neglect to use the wisdom God provides parents. Sometimes the perspective of a parent can be just the footing necessary to ground the flighty thoughts of an excitable young adult. God has a trajectory planned for our kids’ lives and we need to be ready to release that energy that propels them into the correct flight pattern. Interacting with college students everyday gives me a chance to see the outcome of parenting strategies across the board. I’ve come in contact with healthy, strong, confident, able, and focused students and I’ve met worried, fearful, hidden, and unhealthy young adults. In most cases, there is a direct connection between the health- both spiritual and mental health- and the strengths or weaknesses of the parents. Not to say that mothers and fathers reproduce themselves, but simply that choices, goals, and motivating factors parents choose when raising their kids have a strong impact on the child. Some Christian students fear befriending the hallmate known for partying on the weekends for a few reasons, either they don’t want to be associated with such individuals for fear that others will assume they participate accordingly or they fear the lure of the temptation to party with such drinkers. In the end, both students loose the chance for growth- the partier doesn’t develop a friendship that could draw her closer to Christ and the Christian lives in fear of falling into sin or a potential strike on her reputation as living a pure lifestyle by not associating with such sinners. This type of timidity causes a false sense of pride and drives the divide between believes and non-believers wider. As Christians we aren’t called to love and obey God with just our own priorities, finances, and friendships, but with our most prized possession as well-our kids. Let us not fear releasing our children into the plans and purposes God has for them. Let us not fear training them and impressing upon them the scriptures we’ve found so true in our own lives. Let us not fear the work laid before them and do what we can project them onto the pathway marked out for them.