Andy Stanley’s Ridiculous Attack on Families and Churches

I like Andy Stanley. His writing and teaching have been a help to me over the years. But his recent attack on families and churches leaves me wondering if he hasn't drunk too much of his own mega-church Kool-aid.I've enjoyed Stanley's leadership sessions at Catalyst and elsewhere. Although we've never met, we have a number of mutual friends. He is the pastor of the largest church in America.But his recent slam on any church that isn't trying to be a mega-church and any family that isn't … [Read more...]

10 Topics Every Christian Couple Should Discuss before Marriage

How do I know the person God wants me to marry?My son asked me this question not long ago. It's a question I get often from readers trying to figure out what God wants them to do next.On the one hand, the question is much simpler than we make it. On the other hand, it is far more nuanced than we'd like to admit.Almost 18 years have passed since my wife and I said I do. Six kids later, we're rapidly approaching that time in life when our own children will be deciding when to get … [Read more...]

Why My Children Wear Blindfolds in Your Church

The following letter was, to the best of my recollection, sent in anonymously after allegedly being discovered in crumpled pieces behind a church dumpster. Given the magnitude of the problem of immodesty in the church today and the dire straits of this man whose children wear blindfolds in church, I thought it worth sharing here in it's entirety without edits. If you have seen any churches that fit his description, please leave a comment with a click here so the letter can be returned … [Read more...]

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...]

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 of HOPE International

Privileged to feature a recent interview 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:  Can you tell me a little bit about HOPE International, a brief version about what you do for those w … [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...]