Parenting

Delicious donuts with glaze on wooden background

Jesus & Donuts

I was talking to my son, Zion (10 years old), the other day about things we think are both cool and good and he said, “I like Jesus and donuts.  That seems like a combo Solomon would come up with because it goes so good together.”  Then he added in, “And good coffee with gluten free donuts for you, since you like…

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Kids & Parents: Needs vs. Wants

I was reminded of a truth today that I needed to hear. I was reminded by a pastor friend who not only is a true brother to me, but also allows himself to be used by God as a mentor. He passed along something to me that is worth mentioning here. God doesn’t “need” us, He “wants” us. Let me explain. This…

Fingernail Polish and an Achey Heart

My daughter Abigail recently turned 8, and if you have a girl around this age, then you know the kinds of things girls this age are into… music by Jonas Brothers, movies like High School Musical 3, clothes from Justice, talking in text messaging lingo, and… finger nail polish.  Thanks Libby Lu. I’m a guy who recognizes that much of culture is…

Truth-telling Kids

It’s Friday the 13th, and my wife and I just experienced a “student-led” parent-teacher conference with my second grader. My wife cried. Scary? No. Refreshing. We were touched as we watched the cultivation of truth-telling kid. We were sitting in the smallest of chairs, hunched over little table desks. As we listened intently, our daughter summarized her grades and ranked her performance…

Be a Witness to your Kids

Can having Gospel-centered communication lead to spiritual impact?  I was playing golf with an old mentor, and he explained to me that children need a witness.  For your reflection, consider being a witness to your child in daily concerns, paving the way for you to be a witness in spiritual concerns. His testimony elaborated: A WITNESS Kids need an encounter with a…

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Video Games, Idols, and Your Child’s Heart

Video games are one of the most influential and time consuming recreational activities in our society today. On average gamers spend 18 hours per week playing video games. This extensive time investment is reflected in the money invested in video game consoles and software. In 2009, $19.7 billion was spent on video games worldwide, $2.6 billion more than was spent on movies…