What if life was like curling?

Over the winter my wife and I took up curling. Curling is that Winter Olympic sport that is televised on the 8 broadcast channel, and if you’re like me you’ll spend the whole Olympic season relearning the rules and strategy that come with that game that looks something like bowling and shuffleboard. Anyhow, I’m loving it. […]

5 ways to not get caught up in me during the holidays

Good morning blog. I know you’ve sat idle for some time and I’ll get back to why and what I’m doing about that. Today I’ll wake it up because recently I was asked a question that I think many parents will be considering this season. Q: “What can my family do to take the focus off […]

Viable Family Ministry Models Part 2 of 4

This is the much delayed (many months, sorry) second post in a four part series discussing different models of family ministry. In our first post, we talked about how two scholars (Timothy Paul Jones and Denise Kjesbo) have defined family ministry. In this post, I’ll break down the elements Etchea’s mode. It is important to […]

Are there effective ways to raise the next generation?

If you ask me what is the most efficient way to teach my children to be spiritually whole, to be mature in their humanity, or to be disciples of Jesus Christ, you will stump me. Why am I stumped? Because that question will have created a conundrum. To be human, to be spiritual, and to […]

Viable Family Ministry Models Part 1 of 4

[This is the first of a 4 part series discussing different models of family ministry.] After serving as a youth pastor in a small church for half a dozen years, Bobby received a call from the church of his childhood. They were replacing their previous youth ministry leader and thought he would be a great […]

Teaching your daughters to be preachers

I just accepted an opportunity to speak to a father/son camp this summer, which, of course, got me thinking about how I should talk to dads about discipling their sons. Since I don’t have sons, I started by thinking what a father (me) should be teaching my daughters. As I’ve thought, I’ve realized that what […]

Women are marrying down

The family is changing. A recent Pew report show that women are now more educated than their husbands. This is the first time in history that women surpass their spouses in this category. As one looks at the data, it appears that this trend will only widen the gap between women and men. What does […]

Husbands or wives can be breadwinners in the family

Let me write this in defense of many good men who, I think, are being led down the wrong path. Let me write this in support of many good women who are being relegated to a singular calling. Let me write this because I’ve experienced this issue myself. On multiple occasions, I’ve encountered horrible misinterpretation […]

Discipleship is a human interactive process

I feel better knowing that a human, Joshua DuBois, took interest in Barak Obama’s soul. I’m just as excited to know that the President takes these devotionals seriously. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25456907 Who is waiting our there for your messages of Christ’s love?

Christ must be the gospel of family ministry

There is a warning, or a concern, I have for the leaders of family ministry. It is a temptation that can overcome anyone, no matter what their ministry focus, but I see it constantly creeping into posts, books, and sermons about family ministry. We must be careful to keep Christ, and his message, as our […]