Approval flows from heaven and floods this earth in Christ. Let’s advance the tide in our day.
You don’t get to decide to lay down your life one day and then not think about it again
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.
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.
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?
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.
To show and teach our kids what a renewed mind thinks requires us to renew our minds.
“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…
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?
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.
He cared for the one who was lost and that is what Jesus does.
Three questions to help parents begin evaluating the way they talk to and around their kids in more relaxed settings.
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.
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.
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?
Let the Gospel of the cross be your proof to them that Jesus loves imperfect people.
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.
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.
One thing I know I can do in the midst of the complexities and difficulties of the parenting task: I can pray.
These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.
Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas
As my Father takes me down life’s uncertain roads, I pray he will help me to respond by trusting him.
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.
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.
Their mettle will be tested. Their faith will be challenged. They will be pressured to succumb on any number of fronts.
What role do fathers play in the life of discipleship?
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.
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.
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.
The fight for love is sometimes not letting go.
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.
We must not, therefore, underestimate the importance of the local church family when it comes to pastoral issues regarding single parent parenting and discipleship.
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.
It is amazing to me that my helplessness before God mirrors the helpless of my two week-old son.
Confidence must never rest upon the situation, but upon the Savior Himself.
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.
How do we work for our child in the midst of their selfish desires?
“Daddy, worshipping Jesus makes my heart happy,” her little voice whispered into my ear. “Do you know why that is?” I asked.
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.
What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?
Although salvation is the work of God and not something that we can do for our child, there is hope.
Most guys fail to parent their children well because they don’t know how to parent themselves.
We asked Barnabas Piper: "What should pastors and their wives know about raising pastors’ kids?
The difficulty we face in our families takes time to process, and in The Storm-Tossed Family, Dr. Moore walks with the reader every step of the way.
Where we may run amok is forgetting that our confession and receiving of forgiveness should be effecting something significant in us.
To my daughters: I pray that you will be a light for Jesus, that you will live for him, and tell others about him.
I have a son. I did not father him, nor did my wife give birth to him. Yet, he is my son.
No man wakes up one day and instantly becomes the pastor of his home. It takes years of experience to grow into that role and many awkward face-plants while trying to shepherd their family. But here are a few simple habits that will get you on the trajectory to being a healthy "pastor dad."
Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed in others—and, unfortunately, in myself—three parental motivations to avoid. Like weeds that force their way through the best-cultivated garden or thickest concrete, these motivations seem stubborn, always reappearing; resilient, always resurfacing.