Who Really Disciples America’s Children?

"Discipleship" doesn't always come with religious connotations: "Schools, media, and peers are the 'disciplers' of America's children--discipling them in secular humanism and vague, self-centered spirituality that has nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus...

Jonathan Edwards Admonishing His Congregation on Family

"Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by His rules. And family education and order are some of the chief means...

Family Communication Tool

I'm currently enrolled in a graduate program through Wesley Seminary. This past week, my assignment was to create a communication tool for families and we had the option to use whatever medium we chose....

Faith Must Reside First in a Parent

The power of a parent is to exude and model faith: "Here in this opening injunction (the Shema), God invites Israel to enter into a wholehearted love relationship with Him. But the passionate, all-consuming love for...

What Gets Through to Teens…

"What gets through to teens are factual messages, in context, delivered consistently, over time, that parents echo." source USA Today article

Identity and Instagram (or any other social media platform)

Where do we find identity? How is our identity shaped? In whom is our identity formed? These are pertinent questions for your middle school and high school student. And they are always asking the big...

How to Block Porn on Your iOS Devices

I remember a time that it took work to find a dirty magazine. You either had to know a friend whose father had it, or you had to hope someone left an errant copy...

A New Kind of Parenting in this Digital Age

A Couple of Highlights from the "Digital Parenting" infographic below Make sure your student understands the difference between "virtual life" and "real life" Don't "friend" someone online who you haven't met in person Be open with your...

Family Ministry and Parenting Reading List

Here is a list of "Family Ministry" and some "Parenting" books I have consolidated into a list. If I'm missing something on this list, please comment below with the title and the author and...

Trophy Child by Ted Cunningham // Book Review

In almost every culture, children are valued. Historically speaking, kids are important to the family line, productive contributors to the family’s vocation, and mostly a joy to live life with. Children have been an...

Where’s Baby Jesus?

The other day my two girls were admiring the manger scene in the foyer of our church. They were a little confused, however, as to a missing element: baby Jesus. They came to me...
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My Kids are Cooler Than Me

I'm a children's pastor in a small town. And I've been here in Hayward for almost 10 years now. This longevity has afforded me some credibility in relationships, mainly with kids. Whether I'm shopping...