Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 3

Within 24 hours, they agreed that Jake needed to go to rehab. Tuesday, the Harrisons were on a plane to Florida to a facility that would take Jake. The plane ride was terrible. The two-hour drive to the center was terrible. They got lost. They fought. But by Wednesday, Jake was in rehab, awakening to the truth of God’s love—that through Christ, Jake and Rebecca had the rest they so desperately needed.October 20, 2010 was the first day Jake went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and the fir … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 2

Even with a new bride, a vow to drink more responsibly, and a job he liked, Jake’s depression deepened. He was drinking a bottle of Jameson whiskey a day. He planned his suicide on multiple occasions. He used cocaine regularly. He had an ongoing affair. They were the darkest years of his life. He believed in God, but he ran to the comforts and escapes of this world to ease his pain. “I wanted relief. All I wanted was some kind of relief,” he recalls.Rebecca saw her husband’s burdens and desp … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 16: Kids Should Avoid Smoking & Booze, But Not Sex?

[display_podcast] I recently read an article about three conversations parents should have with their kids this year.  In this order:Making smart choices about sex. Building healthy relationships. Avoiding smoking, drugs, and alcohol.We find it interesting that the author thinks that teens should avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol but not sex.No wonder parents often find it difficult to discuss avoiding sexual behavior with their teens.Parents are given messages that t … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 5: The HARD Testimony (isn’t what you think) with Merv Mattair

[display_podcast] We are continuing our energetic and informative discussion with Marvin “Merv” Mattair. It’s been inspiring to hear about the things that he is doing in his community of Madison County, FL – reaching into a youth culture and making a lasting impact in their lives. Merv is living proof that if you are faithful, God will come alongside you… and he is 100 times more faithful than we can ever imagine! As Merv famously wrote, “You Prayed While I Played: A Message From the Once Lost … [Read more...]

Parent Like You Mean It 15: Should Christian Parents Do Yoga or Other “Normal” Things?

[display_podcast] Hello and welcome to Parent Like You Mean It – the podcast where we examine healthy ways to stretch yourself beyond what is comfortable or convenient and into what is intentional and purposeful in regards to raising your kids. I’m Jefferson Drexler, and just like you, I want my kids to be accepted and viewed as “normal”, without compromising an inch of their integrity and values. Which brings me right to this week’s topic: should good Christian parents allow their kids to part … [Read more...]

An Examined Life 3: Jeffrey Jena

[display_podcast] Comedian Jeffrey Jena, one of my closest friends on the planet, joins the show as we reminisce about our hazy early days in stand up comedy – which leads directly to memory loss due to getting older and frying brain cells when we were younger. You see, where some people have problems remembering things and simply blame it on a “senior moment”, Jeffrey and I know that there are entire sections of our cranium that were burned out at a Led Zeppelin concert in the mid-70’s. But h … [Read more...]