Category Archives: Parenting

How to Involve Parents in Children’s Ministry

We hear a lot of talk today about partnering with parents but how do you do this if you have little exposure in the pulpit? The best way to partner with parents is to get parents involved with the children’s ministry program. In other words, use the kidmin program to disciple the parents. I meet […]

The Big Lie Evangelicals Tell Christian Parents

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 We have heard it preached from the pulpit for years. “If you are a good parent and train up your kids in the Christian faith they will not leave the faith.” I’ve preached it […]

Are Parents Really The Primary Spiritual Leader Of Their Kids?

There is a big emphasis in churches today on family ministry. In the context of family ministry, we hear a lot of talk about parents being the primary spiritual leaders of their kids. Many churches take this concept so far that they will not pray with kids to receive Christ, as they say, this is […]

The Emotions Of Christmas

Christmas is a high-risk holiday. Many times I have had my expectations really high only to be disappointed by others. There have been more than a few Decembers I have drove hundreds of miles through inclement weather asking myself questions like, “Why am I doing this?” Let me explain. I could have a really fun […]

Seven Tips For Teaching Kids To Be Thankful

Do you ever feel like you pour your life into to your kids but they don’t seem to appreciate what you do? If you get the sense that your kids are not thankful for what you give them, you may be giving too much. Worse yet, you could be giving them a sense of entitlement. The bottom […]

What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?

Imagine for a minute that it is your birthday and your best friend has planned a birthday party for you. You are super excited as you arrive at your party. Everybody is having a great time, but for some reason no one talks to you. When it’s time for gifts, your friends give gifts to […]

How to Get Kids to Read the Bible

Take a few minutes and ask yourself some questions: • What can I do during the grade school years to prepare kids for the teen years? • What does a spiritually strong 10-year old look like? • What type of skills does he or she have? This is at the top of my list: When […]

Protecting Kids From Pedophiles in Churches

Last week a local Fox News Channel aired a story that hit a little too close to home. The story is titled “Child Porn Investigation: His Charisma Can Fool You”. It’s about a family who are members of my former church and a 14-year old girl that was stalked by a pedophile. The really scary […]