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Jesus -- a Tiger Parent? Matthew 21:23-32

Jesus -- a Tiger Parent?

Jesus offers a model for parenting -- and leadership.

At a Glance

Amy Chua, a professor of law at Yale Law School, sent American parents into a tizzy last January with the publication of her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She disdains the American parenting style (worry about self-esteem and "learning should be FUN!"). So we start with Chua, and then move to Jesus' story about a dad with two very different sons. One of them will likely get in to Harvard (like Chua's oldest daughter Sophia), and the other not. One is headed for the kingdom; the other -- not so much.

Editors' Pick

For material based on the epistle reading, see "The Daffodil Principle," September 29, 2002, at:

What mother would say to her daughter, "Hey fatty -- lose some weight?"

A Chinese mother -- according to Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School, the author of Day of Empire and World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability and her most controversial published in February 2001, Battle Hymn of...

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