Adoption · Children · Foster Care · Parenting

How Adoption Reflects the Heart of God

For those who are unaware, November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Although my wife and I have not adopted, we have many friends and some relatives who have and have gleaned much from them. I also want to recognize those who have fostered children. First, I am not advocating that everyone adopt. There are some… Continue reading How Adoption Reflects the Heart of God

Children · Church · Vacation · Worship

Why We Go to Church on Vacation

If you stumbled upon this blog it’s important for you to know that I currently pastor a church. While I think that this article is important to pastors, I believe it is also important for everyone. I want to talk about why I still go to church while I am on vacation. First let me… Continue reading Why We Go to Church on Vacation

Catechism · Children · Children's Ministry · Doctrine · Unity

Why Catechism?

Everyone has an  idea of what church should be like. Some people are looking for specific traditions or programs  they believe the church needs in order for them to attend. Others have a long list of requirements, to the point that they will never find the “perfect” church they are looking for. So when someone… Continue reading Why Catechism?

Books · Catechism · Children · Children's Ministry · Christocentric · DVD

Theology Books for Kids

Shannon and I love our children. They are among the greatest bright spots of my day. Because I love my children, I want them to grow up with good theology so that they know the real God. There are thousands of children’s books that you can pick up from the Dollar Store to the big… Continue reading Theology Books for Kids

Children · Mother · Parenting

Who Sewed it Back On? 

One of my favorite TV shows growing up was Home Improvement. One of the classic episodes had one of the guys give a Mother’s Day poem. He stands up, takes off his hard hat and recites all the things that his mother did for him. His last line was about his severed thumb. “But who… Continue reading Who Sewed it Back On? 

Children · Parenting · Technology

What Age Should a Child have a Device?

My guess is that this Internet fad isn’t going away. In some ways our society is driven by the Internet. Computers are in every area of our lives whether we like it or not. Modern cars have computers and so do airplanes; we shop using computers; computers help us find destinations. Some of us grew… Continue reading What Age Should a Child have a Device?

Children · Divorce · Forgiveness · Love

Divorced Parents Should…

Painful topics are just that, painful. They dig up hurt. Let me state from the outset, that this is not the intention of this post. The divorce rate of people with children is lower than people without children, but many children are dealing with the issue of divorced parents. While statistics vary, most of what… Continue reading Divorced Parents Should…

Anger · Children · Parenting

How to Tick Off Your Kids

If you grew up like me, you were told to obey and honor your parents a thousand times, and rightly so. Fortunately for me, I had parents that were honorable. We could use more families like this in our society, could we not? It seems that today’s kids and teenagers have much less respect for… Continue reading How to Tick Off Your Kids

Books · Children · Grace · Parenting

Parenting Book Recommendations

Every so often I’m going to take a break from talking and point you to others you should listen to. This week I want to give a couple recommendations on parenting books. While we can use hundreds of principles from the Bible to parent, there is very little in Scripture (compared to the size of… Continue reading Parenting Book Recommendations

Children · Children's Ministry · Jesus · Old Testament

Flannelgraph Theology

Some of you may have grown up like me. You went to Sunday School every week. I still remember some of my teachers, the little snacks we got, the uncomfortable clothes my parents made me wear (love you mom), the songs we sung, and most of all the flannelgraph. For those who don’t know what… Continue reading Flannelgraph Theology