Blog Entries on Parenting

Jun 5, 2018

When Your Son Needs Fatherly Approval by David McLemore

Approval flows from heaven and floods this earth in Christ. Let’s advance the tide in our day.

Feb 3, 2017

When They Say Parenting Gets Worse by Andrea Burke

You don’t get to decide to lay down your life one day and then not think about it again

Jun 13, 2016

When Mommy Loves Jesus More

How the Gospel Changes a Mom's Heart and Actions

As awkward and abrasive as it might sound to my son’s little ears, I will continue to tell him that I love Jesus more.

Nov 15, 2018

When It's Hard to Be a Patient Parent by Joel Littlefield

What if the bigger issue in having your kids obey isn't their obedience, but rather, is your patience with them?

Oct 3, 2015

When Can A Child Respond to the Gospel? by Robert Matz

While the Bible does not provide a fully-developed treatment of child-development, a careful study of the Old Testament reveals several presuppositions about the nature of children which can be applied to questions regarding their readiness for the Gospel.

Feb 21, 2017

What Will Your Children Remember About You? by Steve Burchett

When your children grow up, and they are asked, “Tell me about your dad” or “Tell me about your mom” - what do you think they will say?

Feb 24, 2016

What I Want My Daughters to Know About Food by Jenna Fleming

Not too long ago, my five-year old daughter asked me why I exercise, and I hesitated. The language we use regarding food is vitally important.

Oct 19, 2018

What I'm Learning About Parenting Teenagers by Christine Hoover

Your consistency and persistence in the younger years will pay huge dividends in the teenage years.

Mar 7, 2016

What Does It Really Mean to Train Up a Child? by Chris Borah

To show and teach our kids what a renewed mind thinks requires us to renew our minds.

Apr 29, 2015

We Wait, Eyes to the Ground by Andrea Burke

“No,” she pulls a blanket up over her head. I know you want to hide, I want to say. Confession makes us feel naked even with all of the weight of hiding on top of us. I know where she is, but I ask for her to show herself anyway. Coming face to face with the one you’re confessing to is important. I know it from the garden. I…

Feb 20, 2019

Three Reminders For Parents In The Trenches With Young Children by Kole Farney

Compassion remembers the frame of our children like God remembers that we are dust and prone to weakness. 

Oct 4, 2018

The Pastor and His Words at Home by Jim Essian

I carefully study, edit, prepare, and pray over my sermon every week. What would it look like to prepare and pray about the words I speak at home?

Jan 5, 2016

The One Word That Defines Our Parenting by Zach Crook

I can still remember the first time my oldest son asked for it.  He’d callously knocked down his one-year-old brother in pursuit of a toy.  I was coming down the hall, ready to dole out some parental justice. But his four word exclamation stopped me in my tracks. 

May 5, 2017

Theology 101 From My 2-Year-Old by Joshua Hedger

He cared for the one who was lost and that is what Jesus does.

Mar 20, 2018

The Enduring Effects of a Parent's Daily Chatter by Steve Burchett

Three questions to help parents begin evaluating the way they talk to and around their kids in more relaxed settings.

May 26, 2016

Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality by Adam McClendon

Engaging our children in healthy, God-honoring conversations about sexuality is less about "keeping up with culture", and more about learning to set the pace.

Jan 2, 2019

Some Hope for Disciplining Children by Russell L. Meek

We love them, shepherd them, and pray for them, but we can’t make them follow the Lord. 

Apr 8, 2016

Should We Tell Our Little Girls That They're Princesses? by Owen Strachan

If virtuous conduct is what we mean by telling our little girls they’re “princesses,” then cool. I wonder, though, if “princess” culture can, perhaps unintentionally, encourage girls to construe their self-identity narcissistically and aesthetically.

Nov 19, 2015

Should Christians "Disown" Gay Children? by Jonathan Leeman

From time to time I hear about Christian parents disowning, cutting off, or permanently shunning a son or daughter who adopts a gay lifestyle. Is that the right thing to do? Is this a requirement of biblical faithfulness?

Feb 11, 2016

Shaping Your Child's Discipline with Doctrine by Joel Littlefield

Let the Gospel of the cross be your proof to them that Jesus loves imperfect people.

Mar 4, 2019

Set The Pattern by Adam Kareus

There is more to it than just the pattern, but the pattern sets us up and supports the truth. 

Nov 8, 2018

Salvation in the Car Seat (and Other Mundane Miracles) by Jared Musgrove

Parents, use the sacred space of car rides and other "as you go" moments to explore and deepen your family faith story with the people who matter most.

Aug 23, 2018

Reflections on Parenting as Gospel Ministry by Casey Lewis

As parents, we are to point our children to Jesus. But before we can point them to Jesus, they, like us, need to see their need for him.

Nov 2, 2016

Redemption in the Mourning by Tish Hedger

Mothering is not about fulfilling my dreams or satisfying any craving in my heart. It is about offering my heart to be wrung out on behalf of His redemptive plan, for his glory.

Feb 15, 2018

Praying For Our Children by Jonathon Woodyard

One thing I know I can do in the midst of the complexities and difficulties of the parenting task: I can pray.

Dec 4, 2018

Parents, Your Tiredness is an Opportunity by Kristen Wetherell

Parents, when you’re so tired you can barely function, consider this a chance to enjoy the privilege of friendship, family, and fellowship in the body of Christ.

Dec 28, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 2 by Adam McClendon

These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.

Dec 21, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 1 by Adam McClendon

Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas

Mar 30, 2018

Once Upon A Time by Adam McClendon

As my Father takes me down life’s uncertain roads, I pray he will help me to respond by trusting him.

Nov 1, 2016

Mom as Unsung Disciple-Maker by Sam Bierig

If it’s true that the first shall be last and the last first, there are going to be a lot of moms who wind up first in the ultimate line.

May 27, 2015

Mom, Are You Doing It Right? by Ashley Haupt

Mom-judging is inevitable.  It will always happen, even in the best of scenarios and the best of friends and the best of hearts.  But it doesn’t mean we need to get stuck in a quagmire of doubt.

Dec 8, 2016

Lord, Help Me Raise My Children With a Backbone by Michael Kelley

Their mettle will be tested. Their faith will be challenged. They will be pressured to succumb on any number of fronts.

May 20, 2019

Jesus Sympathizes With Moms by Gail Emerson

Even though Jesus isn’t a mother, he is still able to sympathize with every weakness we face as moms. 

Nov 9, 2017

I Want My Kids to Be Good by David McLemore

I can’t reroute my kids' sins to me. I can’t undo the pain they’ve already felt. I can’t remove the stain with which they were born. But Jesus can.

Mar 28, 2018

It's Hard To Love My Foster Son by Russell L. Meek

 But this thing is far too hard without the Father’s love coursing through me. The truth is that I don’t love like he does. 

Jun 22, 2016

Is It Anti-gospel to Teach Kids Self-control Before Conversion? by Owen Strachan

Your children will thank you after their conversion that you trained them in good habits, even as they will recognize that only the gospel truly sustains holy living.

May 6, 2015

I Doubt It All by Andrea Burke

The fight for love is sometimes not letting go.

Jul 29, 2019

How Weekly Participation in the Lord’s Supper Can Help Your Children by Ronni Kurtz

One of the joys of weekly communion is the opportunity it affords the parents in our churches to declare the great news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to their children.

Aug 9, 2015

How to Almost Guarantee Your Children Will Run in the Opposite Direction from the Faith by Staff

Do we want to guarantee that our children will run in the opposite direction of our most cherished biblical convictions? All we have to do is sterilize our churches.

Aug 31, 2016

How Can Single Mothers Raise Godly Young Men? by Sharon Dickens

We must not, therefore, underestimate the importance of the local church family when it comes to pastoral issues regarding single parent parenting and discipleship. 

May 3, 2017

How are Children a Blessing? by Rebekah Hannah

I need to be reminded that even though my little children will one day be grown, joy in Jesus is possible now, will be possible then, and will be fully complete in heaven forever.

Nov 15, 2015

Gospel Deeps From My Two Week-Old by Sam Parkison

It is amazing to me that my helplessness before God mirrors the helpless of my two week-old son.

Nov 20, 2017

God Can't Save My Child by Kole Farney

Confidence must never rest upon the situation, but upon the Savior Himself.

Sep 9, 2016

Give it All, Just Not For Your Kids by Emily Jensen

If you want to give really good, eternally significant gifts to your children, become poor in spirit, take up your cross, walk in freedom from sin, and be willing to do whatever Jesus asks of you in this life.

Jan 30, 2019

Foster Care and Spiritual Formation by Russell L. Meek

The dark parts of our hearts have been exposed by learning to care for another human being who is not biologically related to us. 

May 5, 2016

Don't Provoke Your Kids by Jim Essian

How do we work for our child in the midst of their selfish desires?

Dec 5, 2015

Don't Miss the Moments by Bill Laky

“Daddy, worshipping Jesus makes my heart happy,” her little voice whispered into my ear. “Do you know why that is?” I asked.

Sep 19, 2019

Discipling Our Children Starts With a Question, Then an Answer by Autumn Kern

So how do we—as parents, mentors, and church leaders—help the children in our care separate wisdom from folly? We train them as the Church has for generations: we catechize.

Sep 10, 2015

Dear Mama of Littles by Christine Hoover

When I was Mama to littles, I mothered hard but often only with reward in mind: the end of the day, the occasional morning to sleep in, the dazed stroll around Target. My hope, I'm saying to you, was in false hopes, temporary hopes, lifeless hopes, hopes that were never guaranteed to give me anything.

Feb 12, 2016

Comfort for Parents of Unconverted Children by Jim Elliff

Although salvation is the work of God and not something that we can do for our child, there is hope.