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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

My latest BreakPoint column: Raising Kids Who Can Stump the Dad. It’s a biblical view on raising kids who can think.


Taking a Break From Weekly Posts

Monday, May 20th, 2013

This is a week for a lot of other writing, and I won’t be posting the usual Monday, Tuesday, and Friday focus posts for students, pastors, and teachers.


The Day of Silence and Shallow Tolerance

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Today is the Day of Silence “to highlight the effects of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment” in schools. Parents and teachers, you may hear questions from your youth about this; I regret I did not post this earlier.

An End to Bullying

First, I want to register my full support for putting LGBT bullying to a final and complete end. I’m told by a source I trust that as many as one-third of LGBT teenagers consider suicide. That’s horrifying. It’s likely that peer mistreatment …


Why Young People Leave the Faith

Friday, April 19th, 2013

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Leaving Home, Leaving the Faith

Last time in this series we talked about one great way to help our children remain connected to life in Christ as they leave home: give them a multi-generational experience of that life as they’re growing up. Now for some discussion on why young people leave the faith.

Top-quality research indicates there is one great (?) way above all to discourage students from becoming Christ-followers as young adults. As …

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The Great Commission and Your Children

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

One of my daughter’s best friends is an Olympic hopeful gymnast. I went to one of her meets earlier this year, and sat with her parents for part of it. After her balance beam performance I asked her dad what it was like watching his daughter on that apparatus. He said something like, “I can’t stand to watch. And I can’t stand not to watch.”

His daughter won the competition that day, first place all-around. Needless to say, the dad was very proud.

I have …

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The Teaching Parent: Who, Me?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I just wrote about parents’ responsibilities to teach our children the truths of the faith, including the reasons we believe. That’s a challenge, for sure. But I don’t think we can deny how eternally important it is for our children.

I’d like to open up this thread for discussion on how we can learn how to teach, and teach our children to learn. The floor is open.


Let the Questions Roll!

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Children love to ask questions. Teenagers' questions can be disturbing: “Is this church thing for real?” “Why do I have to obey your rules?” “I'm not sure I believe in God anymore.”

Even more disturbing might be the questions they keep to themselves.

Jesus encouraged questions. They were a major part of his ministry. They're good for us. It's good to be equipped with answers, too! But we need to respect the questioning process, and let it happen.

So we might …

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They’re Bullying Our Beliefs

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

My daughter was bullied all through grade school and even into her high school years. One of those incidents required significant medical attention. Her Christian faith was one reason she was made a target.

Christianity itself is often a target of bullying in the form of ridicule. Dan Savage did it in his speech to high school journalists last year. Here’s the thing, though: bullying is usually a show of strength to hide some weakness. Anti-Christianity bullying is no exception.

Today’s blog post on …


Marriage Is … ? (For family discussion)

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Here’s a discussion you can have around the dinner table, if your kids are old enough: What is marriage? Our culture is getting it wrong more often than not.

You might ask it this way, as I have done on this blog recently:

Why does marriage exist in the eyes of the law? What is it about marriage that merits that attention? That’s what you really, really need to think through.

It’s not so boys and girls can “make it” with each other …

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