It is true that a man who does not manage his own family well is not fit to manage God's church. Yet I do not wish the brotherhood of ministers to see their family as something either hindering or helping them obtain a certain role or goal.
Model before a dying culture a living example of Christ and the church through your husband and wife relationship.
How should pastors think about parenting kids growing up in the ministry fishbowl?
If our churches are following the New Testament grid of ministry, orphan care will be natural, just another outlet for the powerful message of Christ that gathers and disperses us each week.
Having my fears become my reality hasn’t changed my belief in this truth. Now, more than ever, I affirm that, despite our fears, we can trust and obey God.
Perhaps nothing outside of a change in your job has so much potential to turn the family schedule upside down. Is it possible your family's sports-centric life is evidence of upside down worship?
I'm finding these days that tucking my children in to bed has much more to do with securing the edges of life than the edges of blankets.
My parents divorced when I was nine. I’m not a victim, but the break still broke me.
We’ve struggled to find the right manner and method. It’s hard work and requires constant attention. But in our house, we’ve found that effective family devotions are made up of three basic rhythms…
While there may be easier ways, we wouldn't have it any other way because we know this God's plan and we trust him.
When my kids were young we set certain rhythms of life that allowed the gospel to flourish in our home through the practice of family worship. And we knew that if we could not answer the question of when, the how of family worship would become irrelevant.
There is a powerful beauty in beholding oneself in another.
Alvin Reid said recently, “If youth can learn trigonometry in high school they can learn theology in church.” How can we expect to grow mature adult disciples without a solid foundation when they are younger?
Every family devotion time isn’t a home run. Sometimes it’s a sacrifice bunt that you believe God will somehow use in the story of their lives. So we choose, by faith, not to be discouraged, but instead to believe in a God who is drawing our kids’ hearts to Himself.
May our times of family worship and discipleship be richer and fuller because we have experienced the good God has for us in His command to sing.
How can Christian families bear witness for Christ in today’s culture?
How does a busy pastor not only keep up with the fast pace of ministry, but also include his family in that pace, as well as make time for them when nothing concerned with ministry is going on?
Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?
Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family.
When it comes to our children's salvation, we must be careful that our eagerness does not overcome their readiness.
God delights in children, and since he delights in children, we do too.
It’s painful, but good shepherding often means that we say things that are challenging to our people.
The way to help my daughter pursue purity isn't to lock her up in a castle, but to help her walk in the freedom of the gospel.
Pastor's Kid, your dad devotes his time and talent to faithfully steering the church toward Christ. As his son or daughter, don’t detract from that mission. Be a catalyst.
When one voice tells me that my family comes first and another tells me I'm being selfish and need to sacrifice for the ministry vision, I am torn between which to follow.
I want my children to understand that the gospel of Jesus and the spread of that message is the most important thing on earth.
The cultural world of sports in which some people live and move and have their being is a place that should be engaged by a robust Christian witness.
This is isn't a post about how I have the perfect formula to manage a busy life in seminary, or how I have this figured out. This is just a post to encourage fellow family men in seminary with full plates.
Even just visiting the fatherless in their affliction is considered among the most holy and Christ-like of actions.
On our fourth day, after a few days of rest and detox, we sat at a picnic table under an Aspen tree, next to the Colorado River, and we created our family mission statement. We want to spend our days and our nights on purpose.
The way to happiness is when we exchange our sin and selfishness and small dreams for something harder and better and God-honoring.
What advice would you give a young couple struggling with family worship?
How do you encourage a young family struggling with family devotions?
FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What encouragement would you give young families wanting to start family devotions?
You never take a vacation from your Christianity, so why would we stop attending worship on the Sunday of our vacation?
Parents should take comfort in the fact that the primary work of salvation in a child’s heart is the work of God.
We ask Dean Inserra, "How can a pastor protect his family, his church, and himself from moral failing?"
FTC.CO asks Dr. David Prince, "What advice would you give parents whose children are active in athletics?"
In ministry, we must protect our families, but we need not sequester them. Balance is hard to find, but perhaps these five principles will help.
I want the Father’s adopting-love ingrained into the very fabric of my thinking
Here are 3 ways your family can participate in God's mission by building a God-honoring legacy . . .
God is committed not to our behavior but our hearts; not just in what we do but to what we are becoming.
Can we ingrain the gospel so much in the way that we talk, think, discipline our children, or converse around the dinner table, that it’s part of our very fabric of living, and not just an occasional topic of conversation?
Here's what I think every Christian home library should include . . .