Over the past few weeks we have been discussing different traps that parents often fall into while raising teenagers in today’s culture. This week, we are going to examine the role of athletics in American culture. In many ways, our culture has made the goal of playing college and professional sports an idol. Many families… Continue Reading →
When one of my children was in lower school, she was invited to a party at a friend’s house. The friend’s mother asked my daughter to bring one of her toys, which happened to be the trendy “toy-of-the-hour”. When I told the mom we didn’t have that toy, she replied, “Oh, I just bought my… Continue Reading →
One of the best things to know is what you do not know. Having only been a parent for six years, there is a great deal that I am keenly aware of the fact that I do not know a great deal. Due to this lack of understanding, I started the wonderful hobby of sitting… Continue Reading →
Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, famous aviator and wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh As we release our second Life+ podcast of the year, we pray it will spark good conversation in our homes and stir us all to recognize and experience God’s… Continue Reading →
When I was younger I was always told “the older you get, the faster time goes.” Now older, I find few things in life to be as true as that statement. I have come to realize that my greatest gift in life is time. Every second we have on this earth is an unearned gift! … Continue Reading →
Why are we so busy? Better yet, why do we pride ourselves on being so busy? Our culture has created a reality in which we are almost looked down upon if we are not busy. These questions hit on the important reminder that we are human beings not human doings. Yet, we have structured our… Continue Reading →
GRATITUDE The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. (source: Harvard University School of Medicine) I almost got into Harvard University…. Continue Reading →
Life+ was designed to help families walk through the ever-changing landscape of Christian parenting today. In this episode of the newly relaunched Life+ Podcast, Director of Community and Spiritual Life Jason Suddeth shares our vision for this important resource. Lord give me the wisdom I need to raise my children today. This is my prayer,… Continue Reading →
Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king. I Peter 2:17 No matter the election outcome, the upcoming days will likely uncover even more division in our country. For many people, their hope hinges on the election results. Although governmental elections are important, they are not most important…. Continue Reading →
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. Eleanor Roosevelt We have become a selfie-driven society; we would rather take a picture of a moment than enjoy being in the moment. This constant need to post and repost has led to an incredibly self-absorbed state… Continue Reading →
There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. II Timothy 3:1-4 I recently revisited Neil Postman’s 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. Ironically when Postman authored the book 35 years ago, he was concerned… Continue Reading →
It is the Wild West and there are no rules of engagement to guide our steps….
An awful lot of children born in 2007, turning ten years old as this book is published, have been competing with their parents’ screens their entire life. Andy Crouch, The Tech-Wise Family As we consider today’s teenager in a world driven by “smart” devices, there is a strong tendency to critique their use of technology. … Continue Reading →
The Social Dilemma is a recently released documentary-style film that offers a variety of insights. Its core message is both powerful and relatable to anyone who uses technology on a daily basis. Continue reading……
I recently spent time with a group of students discussing the idea of identity and significance. We watched a video on this topic by Pastor Tim Keller.
Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present. John Maxwell / In many ways, hope is the great equalizer of all humanity. We all seek to place our hope in something. The challenge is not in hoping, rather it is finding the right things upon which to place our… Continue Reading →
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