Category: Family

Fighting for the Sexual Purity of our Children

Parenting is often as much a challenge as it is a joy. Helping our kids resist the sexual temptations they face is a daunting challenge. Song of Solomon 8:9 states, “If she is a wall, we will build on her a battlement [the top of a castle wall designed for ... Read More »

China, Children, and the Creator God

God and the Creation of New Human Life China has been revising its One-Child Policy, a law first implemented in 1979 that limited almost every family to only one child. In November 2013, the ruling Communist Party announced that married couples in which one sp... Read More »

Table for Six, Please

My family consists of six people—two adults and four children. Needless to say, in today’s economy, we do not eat out often. However, when we do eat out, there are numerous restaurants to which I cannot take the “Patrick 6.” First, there are the restau... Read More »

What’s In a Name?: Evangelicals and Marriage

Editor’s Note: This post is the second installment of a multi-part series reflecting on my recent radio discussion with Brandan Robertson, spokesperson for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality. The audio of that radio “debate” can be found here. The fi... Read More »

Words Have Meaning: Defining Marriage in the Marriage Debate

Editor’s Note: This post is the first installment of what will be a multi-part series reflecting on Lenow’s recent radio discussion with Brandan Robertson, spokesperson for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality. The audio of that radio “debate” can b... Read More »

Turning Boys into Men

Sports talk radio is not my normal stop when looking for solid theological content and cultural commentary. However, I found a little of both this week on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike.” The story du jour was the video of Ray Rice hitting his fiancée an... Read More »

If you never swing the bat, you will never hit the ball

My 10-year-old son Will and I share a common love—baseball. While he’s not naturally gifted at playing the game, Will loves to be part of the team, and as with most kids his age his skills have progressed each year through repetition and practice. This pas... Read More »

Machismo vs. Manhood

Football is the ultimate expression of machismo in American culture. Bigger, stronger, and faster is the goal. Gladiators armed with nothing but their bodies fly around the field attempting to dominate their opponents in both strength and strategy. Boys around... Read More »

Raising Up Teenage Spiritual Champions

Our liberal friends are not too keen on the idea of student achievement in schools. Last week I heard of another high school that no longer will conduct awards assemblies at the end of the year. Progressives want to pull achieving young people back into the mu... Read More »

Functional Obedience

In her recent book, The Good News about Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce, Shaunti Feldhahn, a Harvard-trained researcher, confutes the widely held belief that the divorce rate among Christians is generally the same as that of n... Read More »