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Why Am I Called A Christian? . . .

As you celebrate God’s good gift of Sabbath today, here is a question from the Heidelberg Catechism to ponder. . . Question 32. . . “But why are you called a Christian?” The Catechism provides an answer that reminds us of the glorious fact of whose we are, what we are, how we are to live in this world,... more »

The Sex-Positive Movement and our Kids. . . Part 3

This week, I’ve been posting a three-part series on the Sex-Positive Movement, a trending and powerfully dangerous influence on all our kids. Today, Part 3, an overview of God’s grand and glorious design for sexuality and gender. Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, and the downloadable pdf Trend Alert that offers the... more »

The Sex-Positive Movement and Our Kids. . . Part 2

This week, I’m posting a three-part series on the Sex-Positive Movement, a trending and powerful influence on all of our kids. Today, Part 2, an overview of the core beliefs of the Sex-Positive Movement. What Cardi B and the culture-at-large is now propagating are the core beliefs of what is known as the sex-positive movement,... more »

The Sex-Positive Movement and our Kids. . . Part 1

This week, I’m posting a three-part series on the Sex-Positive Movement, a trending and powerful influence on all of our kids. Today, Part 1. Almost thirty years have passed since an interviewer asked Madonna if she saw herself as “a kind of a sexual missionary.” This was her response: “I suppose that’s one way to... more »

The TikTok Suicide Video: Guidance For Parents. . .

It was just two weeks ago, on Monday, August 31, that a 33-year-old Army veteran who had served in Iraq took his own life by firearm. . . all while livestreaming his death on Facebook. While we know little to nothing of the backstory and circumstances, I’m sure many are pondering the role PTSD might... more »

Why I Shocked My Dogs. . .

This morning I sat here thinking back over all the sad and sorry brokenness of the last six months. I was prompted to do so by receiving word that my friend Tim Russell’s memorial service is being held tonight. . . finally. . . at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. During those first couple weeks... more »

Jerry Falwell Jr., Becki Falwell, and Me. . .

“Everything is broken” sang Bob Dylan back in 1989. Has there ever been a song title that tells the honest-to-goodness truth in a more direct way than that? I don’t know. What I do know is that the older I get, the less shocked, surprised, or stunned I am by stories like those we’ve been hearing... more »

Cardi B, WAP, And Our Kids. . . Some Thoughts. . .

So the female rapper Cardi B has us all thinking. She’s got us all talking. And as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most-Influential-People of 2018 (labeled by Time in that list as a “pioneer”), her latest single release has landed in big, big ways in a youth culture that’s primed and ready to be influenced... more »

A Prayer For Kids At The Start Of The School Year. . .

School is starting. This year, some of our kids are heading to a building.  Others are going to school online. Still others are being home-schooled out of necessity rather than choice. I love looking at all the first-day-of-school pictures that are popping up on Facebook. Because I remember taking many of those photos myself. .... more »

My Kids, My Identity. . .

If it doesn’t happen, who is going to be more disappointed? You? Or your kids? That question haunted me in a personal way as I rode past a high school football stadium during the last week of July. Coaches and players were assembled on the field for workouts in preparation for a season that might... more »

My Marriage Prayer. . .

Last Sunday I experienced for the second and last time the joy of walking a daughter down the aisle. I did it eight years ago for my daughter Caitlin, and then this time for my daughter Bethany. Until you’ve done it, you can’t describe the mix of emotions which flood your being. On both occasions,... more »

Going Back To School

This is a guest post from Kim Seldomridge. Kim is a Board Member and Treasurer for the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He worked as a school adminstrator for over 35 years. You can download this blog post as a printable handout to pass along to parents by clicking here. COVID19 has had a devastating impact... more »

How To Take A Social Media “Purposeful Pause”. . .

Two of social media’s most negative effects are 1) How it can become a time waster for both those who post and those who are consumed with reading posts, and 2) how social media is uniquely suited as a playground to indulge our sinful natures in impulsive “speak-before-thinking” ways that lead to all kinds of... more »

A Prayer To Change The Spiritual Climate Of The World. . .

We live in a time marked by generational snobbery that has been shaped in large part by a marketing machine that encourages us to trash the old in favor of embracing only that which is new. Sadly, this commitment extends far beyond the clothing we wear, the cars we drive, and the way we style... more »

2020: Summer Of Love?

Here we are, just a little over six months into 2020, and already we know that this will go down in our own histories as a year filled with unexpected challenges. The first half of the year has brought monumental lifestyle changes and interruptions thanks to a pandemic, along with the challenges of dealing with... more »

Love, Sex, and Marriage. . . The Conversation With Your Kids. . .

For me, my conscious first memories of engaging in the simplest of ways with the topic of love began in Kindergarten. Every year when I was in elementary school, I would spend the evening of February 13 punching out two-dozen Valentine’s Day cards from perforated sheets, signing them with my name, and stuffing them in... more »

Massachusetts & Polyamory. . .

Like you, I saw the headline a few days ago: “A U.S. first? Massachusetts city votes to recognize polyamorous relationships in domestic partnership policy.” The headline took me back a few years to some things we had written and recorded on this growing trend toward polyamory moving in our culture from vice to virtue. Specifically,... more »

In-N-Out Church. . .

So many of us have come to love In-n-Out Burger. I wish there was one near us here in Pennsylvania! Do you know the story behind how the burger chain got its name? The first In-N-Out Burger was opened in Baldwin Park, California in 1948. Newlyweds Harry and Esther Snyder, founders of In-N-Out Burger, wanted... more »

A Prayer For The Fatherless. . .

A prayer for those who find this day difficult. . . Heavenly Father, on this day when our culture focuses on celebrating our fathers, we recognize that for millions upon millions in our world, mention of the word father brings sadness and difficult memories, rather than joy and gladness. This is not an easy celebration-filled... more »

Lord, In These Days. . . Teach Us To Pray. . .

The request of the disciples recorded in the opening verses of Luke 11 are timely words for us to echo as we navigate these difficult days: “Lord, teach us to pray.” What follows immediately as Jesus’ answer is what we now know as the Lord’s Prayer. Because of the liturgies and practices in my own... more »