I’ve said before that if you cannot teach something to a child, there’s a good chance you don’t understand it yourself. I’m not talking about the intricacies of things not age-appropriate; you won’t teach a five-year-old calculus, but many important lessons can be taught at a basic level. Recently one of my children taught me… Continue reading Teaching Children Scripture
“Triggered” is a word gaining popularity in our culture. I remember a time when it was not part of common language. Now it seems very common. It generally means that something has stimulated a powerful emotional reaction from the person who is “triggered.” In their recent book, Triggers: Exchanging Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses,… Continue reading Loving Our Children Who “Trigger” Us Guest Blogger Shannon Madden
Shannon is my wife, and mother to our three children. She loves reading, and especially loves reading to our children. She has developed a list of five fiction books, and how they portray the Christian worldview. All of these books would be great gifts for your children. Tim You may have heard the expression that… Continue reading Children’s Fiction with Christian Worldviews by Shannon Madden
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
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
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?
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
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?
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?
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…