by Adam Bayne Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. -Proverbs 11:14 Editor: this post was adapted with permission from Adam Bayne’s Blog. A friend once sent me an email asking me the following questions about kids ministry. Here’s how I responded: 1. What are 3 big… Read More 3 Questions For Children’s Ministers
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. -Ecclesiastes 6:3 The Wall Street Journal confirms what… Read More Dads Are Important
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6 You’ve heard of helicopter parenting. You’ve met tiger moms. But what about python parenting? They do more than restrict freedom; they constrict life out of their children. The way constrictor snake breeds… Read More Do You Parent Like A Python?
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” -John 8:7 Maddi Runkles’ story has drawn no shortage of headlines. I relate to it. Like her, I live in Maryland. Like her, I’ve… Read More The Sin Of Pregnancy?
by Rick Malm But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. -Galatians 4:4-5 Editor: this post originally appeared here. Bob and Carol were an amazing couple. As a… Read More Growing Up Christian And Rejecting God
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:2-3 I was six years old when I went to my first funeral. My agnostic parents and grandparents explained… Read More Disney & The Death Of Innocence
by Chap Bettis But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man… Read More A Biblical Overview Of Teens & Sexuality
by Justin Holcomb Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. -1 Peter 3:3-4… Read More 11 Ways to Protect Your Daughter From Barbie
Editor: an earlier version of this post originally appeared on The Youth Ministry Blog in February of 2015. In my last post I used the metaphor of a tumor to describe an unhealthy youth ministry in contrast to the Bible’s imagery for the “church body.” In this follow-up post I want to highlight some of the… Read More Youth Ministry? That’s Not In The Bible!
by Charlie Self Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. -Ephesians 6:4 Editor: this post originally appeared at the Acton Institute Power Blog. The spate of Planned Parenthood videos raises many issues, one of which is the importance of nurturing the lives… Read More Insights On Parental Discipleship-Nurture In The Economy Of Love