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 Do Your Kids Say About You?

I really enjoy talking with kids. They are always brutally honest. When they are young it is cute. However, the older they get (elementary school age) they learn more and more and there is...

Outsourcing Our Children’s Spiritual Development?

Yesterday in church, Matt Jones shared about his role as a parent in the lives of his children. Specifically, Matt was alluding to his job (along with his wife, Cara) as the chief source...

Parenting and Some Spray Paint (or Water)

This picture is from PostSecret.com, where people, you know, post secrets. I got the idea for this post from Parents | Celebrate Your Kids. As a parent myself, I wondered how I would have responded...

Take Your Children to Church and “Second” the Message at Home

Samuel Clarkson wrote a book called The Church at Home: A Plea for Family Religion (available for free @ Google Books) circa 1860. I wrote a post called Do As I Say, Not As I...

Mind Warp

The title of this post should be: Random. But “random” is well, random. So I borrowed the title of the chapter where this story come from in the ministry book I’ve been reading: Middle School...

Rites of Passage Project

This is fascinating... I wonder what kind of conversation this would spark, not only in the family unit between father and son, mother and daughter, but also in the faith community as a whole...

A Leading Question We’ve All Asked Our Kids: “What Do You Say?”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EzZ-97HpN8?rel=0] Hopefully our parental engagement with our kids include teaching them how to say please, thank you, and you're welcome. It takes lots of practice, doesn't it? In the process of this constant reminding, we've...
Parental Discretion Advised: To Friend or Not To Friend?

Do You Monitor Your Student’s Facebook?

I came across this infographic about parent's monitoring their children's activity on Facebook. I was actually encouraged that the research seems to indicate that parents take monitoring their children online seriously. HT YouthMin.org

“The One You Need” | Shane and Shane (video)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEYjSQipL60?rel=0] HT Take Your Vitamin Z source YouTube
discipline

Join God’s Work // Discipline w/ the Gospel in Mind

This series of posts comes from a workshop / seminar I gave to a collection of youth leaders in Superior, WI called: Discipline w/ the Gospel in Mind. // Join God’s work in their lives...

Helping Children Deal with Death

Sometimes other people have said things (and organized their thoughts) better than I could do, especially regarding dealing and coping with the topic of death. There’s no way to avoid this simple fact: death happens And,...