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Stumped

Stumped

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

The Day of Silence and Shallow Tolerance

The Day of Silence and Shallow Tolerance

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…

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Why Young People Leave the Faith

Why Young People Leave 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 part of the National Study on Youth and Religion, led by…

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The Great Commission and Your Children

The Great Commission and Your Children

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…

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The Teaching Parent: Who, Me?

The Teaching Parent: Who, Me?

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!

Let the Questions Roll!

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…

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They’re Bullying Our Beliefs

They’re Bullying Our Beliefs

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….

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Marriage Is … ? (For family discussion)

Marriage Is … ? (For family discussion)

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”…

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