Why Do Kids From Good Families Walk Away From the Faith?

This post originally appeared at Teach 4 the Heart and has been re-posted here with permission by the author. What causes Christian teens from good churches and good families to leave the faith as an adult? This question plagues parents, teachers, pastors, and youth workers. And I'll be honest - I don't know what the answer is.I do know I've seen too many of my friends and classmates either slowly drift away and get out of church or disregard the faith completely. It's tragic and sad - and … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]

Does God Use Dreams to Speak to Christians Today?

Does God use dreams to speak to Christians today?Many years ago, I would have immediately replied with a vehement and emphatic “No!” My fervor for protecting the place of Scripture as God’s revelation of Himself demanded it. Or so I thought.Now, I’m not so sure that dreams have no place alongside my continued insistence on the rightful place of Scripture as “the only rule to direct how we may glorify and enjoy Him.” As I read Scripture, I see God using dreams to guide His people, not just … [Read more...]

5 Truths Children Won’t Know About Marriage Unless We Teach Them

Marriage is under attack in our culture. From the sexual revolution to the rise of divorce to the fight over same-sex marriage, this precious institution is being bombarded from all sides.And our children are right in the middle of it.Hollywood, the media, our school systems, and sometimes even fellow Christians are constantly portraying an untrue version of marriage to today's children and teens. And it's taking its toll.Most girls spend lots of time imagining their fairy tale … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: Interview with Peter Greer (Part 2)

My recent interview continues with Peter Greer. Peter is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training.  He is also the author of the new book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. You can hear Peter speaking in a lab session at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta October 2-4, 2013.  Bill: Your chapter on Jesus as that 3 AM friend and your own candid sharing of shortcomings in that area of accoun … [Read more...]

See a Few of our Favorite Things at Walt Disney World

When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. ~ Walter Elias Disney Our family has been to Walt Disney World (WDW) in Orlando, Florida, a few times. Well, maybe more than a few. We've even spent an entire month living there once. You can see a little bit of why here in my post Why Walt Disney World Is Our Favorite Place to Be a Family.  But perhaps the best way to understand why WDW is our favorite place to be a family is to share a few of our family's favorite things from WDW. … [Read more...]

Why Walt Disney World is our Favorite Place to be a Family

The important thing is the family. If you can keep the family together–and that’s the backbone of our whole business, catering to families–that’s what we hope to do.  ~ Walter Elias Disney Over the Labor Day weekend, I talked to a few friends who are traveling to the "Happiest PLace on Earth" in the coming weeks. The conversation reminded me of some of the best family times we've ever experienced there at the house the Mouse built.Walt's dream for Disney parks was inspired by his desire to s … [Read more...]

I’m Bored. There’s Nothing to Do in Atlanta

I almost laughed right then and there when the Subway sandwich artist said it.My lovely bride and I were exploring options in Atlanta last fall during the Catalyst conference and had stopped for a quick bite. Because we were considering moving to Atlanta at the time, we asked the man with the disposable gloves what he thought of Atlanta."There's nothing to do in Atlanta," he replied, matter-0f-factly. Had I been eating, I would have choked on a mouthful salami and banana peppers. Here he … [Read more...]


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