Category Archives: family

Parents, your faith is important

Christianity Today reports on a new study about parent, children and the resiliency of faith. The study was released in a book by University of Southern California researcher, Vern Bengtson. The book is called Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed … Continue reading

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Moving toward MLK’s dream: 5 ways to give your children a rich cultural experience

Today is the 50th celebration of Martin Luther King’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, DC. Most of the readers of this blog are white and middle class. As such, we will notice the rally happening there again … Continue reading

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2 point 62: Moderating life to be a better parent

This morning I went for a run. (Actually, I used to run. Now I trot and breathe really hard.) As I took off on this run, I set my running app for 2.62 miles. That may seem like a random … Continue reading

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Relocation Stress Syndrome and the first days at college

I have a couple of personal events taking precedent in my life this week, so rather than just shutting down the blog for a few days, please indulge me with this opportunity to share what I’m learning through these events. … Continue reading

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What is marriage? Reflections of 25 years

I have a couple of personal events taking precedent in my life this week, so rather than just shutting down the blog for a few days, please indulge me with this opportunity to share what I’m learning through these events. … Continue reading

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How to raise kids to change the world

Yesterday, the last 3 seconds  of an advertisement caught my eye. It was a boy about 11 or 12 talking about doing well in school and ended with the line, “then I can be a scientist, and I can change … Continue reading

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Parent’s goals of success can trip their kids on the way to their callings

One afternoon I had an opportunity to talk with a parent of one of the young men who had graduated from my ministry. “I hear Billy (not his real name) wants to go into a ministry with disabled people.” I … Continue reading

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For Nurturing Children and Churches: Why Safe is Not Always Better

Parents are tasked with protecting their children. Church leaders, likewise, are responsible for protecting their church. In both of these cases, protecting does not mean taking the safe way all the time. Parents should put their kids in child seats. … Continue reading

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3 things you can do with kids that might serve them better than Sunday school

In many people’s minds, Sunday school or the Sunday morning children’s program is the standard for the spiritual development of children. When a child doesn’t like their class, parents are often greatly concerned. I’ve had many ask me to help … Continue reading

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One equation proven to make you a better parent

Parents often ask, what do I do when…? Those are good questions, but the answer is seldom simple. Many “parenting experts” have sold books based on trying to make it simple. The problem is that their one-size-fits-all solutions don’t fit … Continue reading

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