Back to Basics: Teaching Children about Sinful Desire

One of Satan’s most devious strategies is to convince people that today’s issues are just too complex to determine whether something is right or wrong, truth or error.  This includes explaining human behavior, which secular professionals have worked overtime to establish as overly complicated.  We are all meant to throw up our hands and surrender our…

Talk to your Children about the Real War

It seems as though each week at the dinner table, I’m talking to my children about another war.  Some weeks, it’s the war of radical Islam against the western world.  Other times, it’s the culture wars, involving issues like abortion, transgender issues, and gay marriage.  Sprinkled in between are discussions of political wars between left and…

Ordinary Children’s Ministry

Ordinary. Adjective. The opposite of exciting.  That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it?  Why in the world would we want to be a part of anything ordinary?  The last thing we want in our church is just a plain old, ordinary, boring children’s ministry!  After all, we live in an age where most people expect–even demand–events…

The Bible is for Boys Too!

Warning: The following post contains many broad generalizations on the subject of boyhood and girlhood.  Please trust that the author knows that not ALL girls or ALL boys are exactly alike.  He certainly realizes that there’s a spectrum of both masculinity and femininity–so not ALL boys enjoy blood, guts, hunting and football; nor do ALL…

Just Answer the Question!

Children ask questions.  Lots of questions.  And when you have lots of children, as in my case, the questions grow exponentially.  In my most recent estimation, I believe I am asked a question by a child of mine every 2.7 seconds I’m around them (my wife clocks in at about one every 1.9 seconds).  Now,…

The Power of Talking to Your Child

A recent New York Times article by Tina Rosenberg entitled “The Power of Talking to Your Baby” summarizes new research into the educational gap between children from poor families and those raised in wealthier ones.  It begins with the sad reality that before a child has his first birthday, he will most likely have fallen…

The Short Attention Span Myth

Attention span is the amount of time that a person can concentrate on a task without becoming distracted.  If you lost focus before making it to the end of that sentence, then you have a really, really short attention span!  In all seriousness, the belief that virtually all modern children have short attention spans has totally changed…

The Highlights are not Enough

I’ve been a big NCAA March Madness fan ever since the 1979 match up of Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans vs. Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores.  I have watched many a basketball game since then, and filled out a ton of brackets (even before it was cool).  Now, my wife would rightly point out that…

What’s in a Name? (part 2)

You don’t have to read very far in the Old Testament to learn the importance of names.  Adam’s name for his wife certainly summed up her role as the “mother of all the living.” Jacob’s name captured a theme of much of his life, until God graciously changed it to Israel.  And, most importantly, the…