Grace-based Parenting: A Review of “Connecting Church and Home”

It's about time!That's what I thought as I read the wisdom-packed pages of Tim Kimmel's latest book Connecting Church & Home.  Tim Kimmel is the founder of Family Matters and long-time cheerleader for grace-based parenting. You can check out the Family Matters site here for a lot of valuable parenting resources.Connecting Church & Home is a quick, easy read that should be required for any family ministry leader. For that matter, any pastor who claims to care about families in the … [Read more...]

A Psalm for Kermit Gosnell

I've steered clear of commenting on the horrific trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. I've known about the story for some time, but just couldn't bring myself to focus on the horrors in which he was engaged.Much has been made of the lack of media coverage. My friends here at Patheos Evangelical have done much to change that. Rightly so.For those not familiar with the case, I point you here, somewhat reluctantly, because the crimes he allegedly committed against helpless infants is r … [Read more...]

See How Peer Pressure Can Increase Your Faith

Peer pressure can be a wonderful thing. Especially when it can increase your faith. That's not to say it always works the way we want it to.Often throughout my dozen years as a school administrator,  I dealt with the negative side of peer pressure --w hen kids were led astray by hanging out with others who influenced them in the wrong direction. I got used to citing verse like the following:He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Prov. 13:20) … [Read more...]

Life After Art: In Search of Beauty

Today I am pleased to share a guest post from Eileen Knowles inspired by a book that is making some waves, Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room by Matt Appling. You can find Eileen and follow her journey as she takes The Scenic Route at www.eileenknowles.com Connect on Twitter and Facebook. "As artists and humans, we have to learn to color inside the line that is imperfect, messy or even a mistake. Nothing in your life will ever be just right. There … [Read more...]

New “Mother India” Film Captures Life through the Eyes of the Orphan

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. ~ Mother Theresa So the story of the new Mother India film is this: two guys went to India. They saw orphans. A lot of them. They returned to the US. They thought they could do more to tell the story of the 31 million orphans in India. And so they did.Mother India: Life Through The Eyes of The Orphan a new documentary film from Word releasing April 23, 2013, is the result of the passion and talents of David Trotter and Shawn S … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife: What She Really Wants

While I am equipping ministry leaders in Guam, I'm privileged to feature a post from my friend Shannon Milholland here at FaithWalkers. Shannon is a morning runner, an afternoon carpooler and all-day lover of Jesus.She is the voice of Jesus & My Orange Juice, a fresh-squeezed oasis for ordinary living. Shannon finds joy among piles of laundry and miles of carpools and delights in leading others to this place of contentment in life, through the written and spoken word.Connect with her … [Read more...]

How to Practice the Art of Appreciation: A Practical Tip

During my missions effort equipping ministry leaders in Guam, it's my privilege to feature this guest post from my good friend and mentor Richard Savidge, President of Ministry Coaching International. I first encountered him through this post from Michael Hyatt. Check out his weekly blog here, his awesome coaching and retreat adventures (Savidge Adventures), and follow him on Twitter andFacebook. When was the last time that you encountered a person whose life seemed to exude joy?Their … [Read more...]

How to Care for Aging Parents: Practical Tips

It happens to all of us – if we’re lucky. When you were a newborn, your parents prayed for the chance to make it to old age. They spent the first several decades of their life caring for you.  Until the tables turned a few decades later.Now as they become aging parents, you are the one caring for them. And with that change can come significant challenges.For the last seven years, my wife has helped care for her grandparents who were blessed with years well into their nineties. My pre-t … [Read more...]


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