Category: Parenting

Fatherhood – The Least Understood Profession

Most humans seem to perceive fatherhood as having exhausted itself at the end of a moment of intimacy with a member of the opposite gender. The male member of the species bows out since the conception inside the woman’s womb is thought to be “part ... Read More »

Teenagers, Competitions and the Sabbath

A youth pastor told me he was missing some of his core teenagers on Easter Sunday morning. They were playing in a school volleyball tournament. How did our culture come to this? Plenty of parents take zero interest in their children and their activities. Youth... Read More »

The Forgotten Value of Time with Our Children

Last week, I took my 10-year-old daughter to a baseball game. It was just the two of us. Our other three children were home with my wife. For nearly four hours, we spent time together in the car and at the stadium. My phone mostly stayed in my pocket (except f... Read More »

The Peril of Entertaining Our Youth

As a parent of teens, I long for my kids to mature into faithful followers of Christ who put others before themselves, live for a greater purpose, and embody Christian virtues. I long for them to be surrounded by a community of Christ-following peers and mento... Read More »

Stick Figures as an Act of Worship: 8 Tips for Helping Children Listen in Big Church

Drawing stick figures can be a spiritual act of worship. That statement may sound childish to you, but it can become a gateway into engaging your children with your pastor’s weekly sermon. And, you might be surprised at how often it causes you to engage more... Read More »

Kindness vs. Thermoplastic

My truck this morning is carrying a large box filled with countless pieces of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, commonly known as Legos. Yes, every Lego my four children own—and I do mean every little brick, special piece, and Lego people part—is in a large... Read More »

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 »

The Name of the Game: Keeping a Good Reputation in Sports

From halfway around the world, I got a message from my wife—“Have you seen the replays of Odor punching Bautista?” We are baseball fans in my family, and we religiously follow the Texas Rangers. My wife kept me updated while I was on a recent trip to the... Read More »

Three Ways To Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It)

I teach apologetics at a seminary partly because of my kids. I want them to grow up in a world where belief in God is viewed as plausible and desirable. Unfortunately, there are loud voices—Internet atheists, new atheists, new new atheists—who think belief... Read More »

Letting Kids Learn the Lessons of Losing

Spring is in the air, and fields are filling up with children playing sports. My oldest daughter just started playing soccer after a hiatus of a couple of years. Her team has lots of wonderful girls and a great coach with loads of experience. However, they hav... Read More »