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The Trap of the Clean Stall

In ministry we think, "If you want a job done right, do it yourself." You may avoid messes, but you have just stepped into the "Trap of the Clean Stall". Proverbs 14:4 reads, "Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but much increase comes by the strength of the ox." In the ancient [...]

I Want My Kids to Argue — Part 4

Our family has decided that teaching our kids to argue is a valuable life lesson that we can provide important training on in our home. You can read more about our process here, here and here. All the Answers? As a parent, I’m a fool to think that I have all the answers, all the [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog List, General|0 Comments

I Want My Kids To Argue — Part 2

Last week I suggested that it might be to a parent’s — and child’s — benefit to argue. BUT, it must be conducted under certain parameters that allow parents to lead with wisdom and remain in authority. May I Make An Appeal? About 15 years ago, I observed an interaction between a six-year-old child and their [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog List, General|0 Comments

I Want My Kids to Argue — Part 1

If you're a parent, you are routinely embroiled in disputes with your child. Those disputes, especially in teens, are the symbol of appropriate developmental separation from parents. It's a vital part of growing up, but it can be extraordinarily wearing on parents. There is an art form to training up your child through argument with [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog List, General|0 Comments

Blessed to Give

Is it truly better to give something away then to receive something? How does the mathematical equation of that scenario work?  How does this add up?  How can I actually have more after giving away? "Remember the words of our Lord Jesus, It is  more blessed to give than to receive." Doesn’t it seem somehow backwards? Doesn’t this [...]

Leadership Development Via Parenting

We have an unprecedented opportunity to begin leadership development with our own children. It is simply identifying the basic qualities of leadership that already exist in your children and fanning that gift into a flame. Involve Your Kids; Take the Time. We can involve our kids in our normal and basic duties at home. However, [...]

God is Faithful in Parenting

God is searching the earth for someone that he can strongly support. He’s looking for someone upon whom he can show himself faithful.  How beautiful it would be if I were that person.   The person who literally catches God’s eye as he spans across the entire globe.  I want to be the type of person that [...]

Another Significant Adult

Truth:  75% of strong evangelical kids left the church between ages 18 and 29.  I’m most interested in what took place in the 25% who stayed.   One factor present in someone staying was the  influence of another adult who believe the same thing as mom and dad. Diversifying Influence At some point, kids are not going [...]