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...]

Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration — But Not for the Gang of 8 Bill (S. 744)

This open letter to Congress comes from Kelly Monroe Kullberg, founder of The Veritas Forum, editor and co-author of the award-winning book, Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians and A Faith and Culture Devotional.  She is co-founder and acting president of Christians for A Sustainable Economy (case4America.org) and Senior Fellow at the Acton Institute. To sign this letter or pick up this conversation visit on Facebook and the web: Evangelicals for Biblical Immigr … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke.A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting.Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a degree in … [Read more...]

More or Less: How Much is Enough?

When was the last time you heard someone say that they wanted less?I'm guessing that if you live in the US, or anywhere greatly influenced by the consumerism of modern Western culture, it's been awhile. Hence the need for Jeff Shinabarger's challenging tome More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity.The founder of such efforts as Plywood People and GiftCardGiver.com, co-founder of the Q event, and creative director for Catalyst, Jeff has a history of thinking outside of th … [Read more...]

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...]

Why School Education Reform Is a Lost Cause

Today I feature a guest post from Steven Horwich here at FaithWalkers as I travel on the other side of the world.  Steven Horwich is a teacher, writer, director, and founder of Connect the Thoughts, providing resources and training for homeschooling. You can follow him on Twitter @Homeschoolcurr and Facebook.School education reform is an endless discussion, a droning litany that has pointlessly moaned on for decades. It is a migraine-inducing waltz with little variation and no … [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...]

Off to Guam with Equip Leadership!

It's time.It's time?Did he just say it's time?Sorry. Couldn't resist a little Veggie Tales action this weekend as I return to Guam for an animated few weeks of equipping leaders for the work of Christ.For those of you who are geographically challenged -- as I was -- Guam is about equi-distant from Australia, the Philippines, and Japan. Sort of out in the middle of nowhere yet with access to anywhere in the South Pacific.Oh, and it's not all that far from North Korea.A … [Read more...]