Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters

| September 17, 2014

Bad eschatology breeds bad parenting, at least, and poor planning in general. Her children display obvious skepticism. As she sits trying to persuade them that the Rapture will indeed happen any day now, one daughter responds sheepishly, “Well, it could happen.” She is rebuffed immediately: “It will happen. There’s no ‘could’ to it.” In a later private session, the […]

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

| September 12, 2014

Some food for though… When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. […]

Our Children, Our Neighbors

| September 2, 2014

By Jen Wilkin at The Villiage Church If you asked me the single most important insight that has shaped my parenting, it would be this: Children are people. It seems self-evident. Clearly, they have arms, legs, ears, noses and mouths—enough to qualify. But the idea of their personhood goes far beyond possessing a human body. It […]

Loyalty

| August 30, 2014

From Femina One of the most important and long term fruits that our family is working towards is loyalty. We want our children to be loyal to Christ, loyal to us, loyal to one another, and loyal to their broader family – the people of God. Loyalty is not something that will spring out of nowhere […]

Making God real to your young children.

| August 30, 2014

  How can you make God real to your toddlers and young children? One way is talk about your awesome God 24/7 as Deuteronomy 6:5-7 commands. These words urge that God is to be loved so passionately that his commands will be on the hearts of his people. Once this heart infusion of the love […]

Fundamentally Afraid

| August 22, 2014

By Daniel Gardner over there. Parents, are your children cowered into becoming frightened poster-boys of your ideology? Know this: fear eventually wears off. And when it does, they will search for sure footing and find none. They’ll wish you had been honest, upfront and gracious about truth, instead of focusing so much on fear. Fear is appropriate when it walks alongside truth. But when it replaces truth, fear becomes […]

3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

| July 31, 2014

And number three… Their parents preached the gospel to them. As a youth pastor, I can’t do all this. All this equipping that I’m talking about is utterly beyond my limited capabilities. It is impossible for me to bring conversion, of course, but it is also impossible for me to have an equipping ministry that […]

You Have Too Many Children to Give Them What They Need

| July 28, 2014

Somewhere along the line, we created an imaginary set of rules about what kids need  for healthy development and if you’ll listen closely, you’ll hear it: “To love my children is to buy them things.” Suffice it to say, if love equals providing material comforts,  American children are the most well-loved children in the world. Ironically, they […]

Our Year Without Groceries

| July 11, 2014

At 4, he practiced the violin everyday. At 5, he carved one dagger after another from wood. At 6, he built a cob cottage in our backyard. And at 7, he used a grown man’s axe to chop down 30-foot trees for a log cabin. So, when at 8, Jack came to me and my […]

Stop the War on Boys in Classrooms – Homeschool

| July 7, 2014

Great on many points but we beg to differ on many. Step one: Homeschool Boys have little patience for wasting their lives putting in their time and working counter-intuitively to their calling and purpose. Schools are the factory of feminism. Boys who don’t sit well with this are normal. No wonder they are treated like […]

Family Meals: Why Eating Together as a Family Is So Important

| July 7, 2014

The research is shared often: kids who eat family meals together are more likely to do well in school, make healthier choices, feel more connected with their families, sense that their parents are proud of them, and have a more positive outlook on life. In their book The Hour that Matters Most, Les and Leslie Parrot […]

Out of the cave: Leading our Children Away from Celebrity Culture

| July 2, 2014

We are surrounded by images and messages that do not tell the truth about the good life. This week, Forbes released its annual top celebrities list, The Celebrity 100. Quite simply, the list measures, as Forbes shamelessly puts it, “money and fame”.  Calculating the in-crowd includes looking at earnings over the past year, as well as […]

The Reality of Spiritual Warfare in the Home

| June 30, 2014

Numerous born-again Christians have little or no knowledge of the spiritual warfare that takes place all around us. One of the sad realities within the local church today centers on the fact that numerous born-again Christians have little or no knowledge of the spiritual warfare that takes place all around us. The Bible is crystal […]

Does Your Child Have This Habit?

| June 12, 2014

A few weeks ago, we were setting up for a big community garage sale as a fundraiser to help finance a week-long training camp for teens at the state capitol.  During set up, I spent more time chasing down the kids to help than actually working.  The fundraiser was for them, not the adults, but […]

How to Teach Children Godly Character

| April 24, 2014

“Hi June, I need help teaching my children to have godly character. I am new to parenting and not sure where to start or how to begin. Do you recommend any resources that I can use that won’t overwhelm me and are easy to use?” I get messages like this all the time. In fact, […]