Stained or Painted with the Gospel?

Article originally appeared @ wesleyankids.org on May 29, 2014 Jared Martin shared an amazing insight a while back. I've reordered the question: Are we stained or painted with the gospel? I think for many who teach children, we...

Dear Parents, “Please Challenge Your Children (and Yourself)”

Dear Parents, I was recently talking to a mother of a 7th grade student who was sharing with me that her son didn’t want to come to Sunday school and Youth group at church. “Every Sunday...

Initial Family Discipleship Objectives

Six years ago, I wanted to clearly define a path forward in the discussion at Hayward Wesleyan Church regarding family discipleship. In order to do this, I wrote up a one-page document which clearly outlined...

Dear Parents: Here’s Some Language You Can Use with Your Children

I just sent this letter to the parents of our Followers students regarding what happened with the story we interacted with this past Monday. Followers is an after-school program that Hayward Wesleyan Church does...

This Is My Family’s Working Discipleship Plan

I received this email from a children's pastor a few weeks ago and I'd been thinking about how to respond. Here is the email: Hi Jeremy, I was reading your post at Kidzmatter on Have You...

Dads Need to Wrestle With Their Sons… Everyday

The longer I work with children and then watch them grow up into teenagers and young adults, I believe this to be true about boys: They need to be able to wrestle with their dads. Everyday. They...

Parenting Is Inconvenient

From my journal dated: May 20, 2014 This morning was rushed. The girls slept till 7:50a. School starts at 8a. Sari woke up frustrated that she'd be late to school, but also didn't want to rush...

Too Many Things at Once!

Sari and I had a rub one morning a while back. We were running late on our mission to get out of the door for school so I was trying to move her along. I...

Water Costs Money?!

I walked into the backyard after having been inside for a while. I saw the water hose lying on the ground, which isn't unusual for us because we leave it out fairly often. What was...

Apologizing to My Own Kids is Difficult!

I was tickling my youngest daughter, Macie, on the couch. Boy was she giggling! She was loving it just like both of my girls do. For some reason, for them, tickling is REALLY fun....

The Cottonmouth Children’s Book Series

Tim Keller shares an applicable story related to substitutionary atonement (fitting for a children's book review, right?!): What if you and a friend were walking alongside of a river and your friend looked over at...

Regrets You’ll Never Have Video

When parents are in the thick of life with their children, they often take little time to stand back and reflect on the big picture. The big picture being: engaging with your children in the...