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As a parent, you are not just dealing with bad behavior but a condition that causes bad behavior. Paul D. Tripp This week several parents reached to us asking for advice on how to handle a particular situation with their child.  They had tried different approaches but felt like nothing was working.  So often, many… Continue Reading →


You must be committed as a parent to long-view parenting because change is a process and not an event. Paul D. Tripp It is incredibly hard in life to take the “long-view” approach to almost anything.  It’s no secret that we live in a society where we want and expect immediate results.  When it comes… Continue Reading →


If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identity in your children. Paul D. Tripp I spent over a decade coaching high school athletics.  During that time, I interacted with many parents who delicately balanced the ongoing tension between pushing their children to excel and encouraging… Continue Reading →


Parenting is not about exercising power for change in your children.  Parenting is about your humble faithfulness in being willing to participate in God’s work of change for the sake of your children.  Parents, here’s what you need to understand: God has given you authority for the work of change, but has not granted you… Continue Reading →


“Your children need God’s law, but you cannot ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish.“ Paul D. Tripp I have had the opportunity of teaching the Bible to teenagers for over twenty years.   Each time I get to the book of Exodus there are always questions about the law of God, and… Continue Reading →


“God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you.“ Paul D. Tripp We both grew up in what most would consider big families; Doug the youngest of four and I (Neely) the third of eight children.  Needless to say, we… Continue Reading →


“Nothing is more important in life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul.“ Paul D. Tripp When we were growing up, the typical life pattern was this: (1) go to college (2) get married (3) start a career and (4) have children–in that order.  It was just what you did.  That… Continue Reading →

21-22 Life+ Series: INTRODUCTION

Hilton Head Christian Academy‘s Life+ blog was created to equip today’s Christian parents with practical tools, thought provoking content, and honest conversation. Its goal is to empower you to implement intentional Christian parenting in the midst of a culture that cultivates chaos and confusion almost every day. The multitude of questions and messages we face… Continue Reading →

Mama Bear

This week, Doug and I are writing a book review together on Mama Bear Apologetics, a book we both recently read. The authors, who created a ministry by the same name, are Christian mothers who realized they needed to be better equipped as parents in dealing with different worldviews taught in today’s culture.   When I… Continue Reading →

A Paul and A Timothy

When I was a child, my father was a pediatric surgeon with his own private practice. I fondly remember countless afternoons spent at his office “helping” his nurses and office staff. Those early childhood experiences created a desire in me to become a nurse so I could help and heal people, too. As I got… Continue Reading →

PODCAST: Lies Parents Believe

Since our child attends a Christian school, we don’t have to worry about . . . . . Today’s Life+ continues the series: “Lies Parents Believe” and tackles a belief that many of us face at some point when our children attend a Christian school. Community Life Mentors Neely Langhals and Jason Suddeth sat down… Continue Reading →

God Doesn’t Waste Pain

The Lord will keep you from harm-He will watch over your life. Psalm 121: 7 As Christians, we sometimes wrestle with this verse when we experience the pain of this broken world.  However, our hope is in a God who is powerful enough to use our pain.  In the message below, Jason Suddeth, HHCA Director of… Continue Reading →

Countercultural Parenting

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 →

Which Map Matters

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 →

Live With Intention: PODCAST

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 →

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