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

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

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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, … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

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Failure. You are planning to experience it again aren't you? Some years ago I added this line to my life mission statement: "Embrace failure as the only path to success." [ Tweet this! ] I've had to remind myself of it far too often of late. How to Bounce Back A recent failure reminded me of a family scene from a few years ago. We were vacationing in sunny Charleston, SC. It was our kids' first experience with ocean surf. At the time, they were toddlers who had trouble walking on solid … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Your Kids: 3 Simple Steps to Success

It shouldn't be that hard to do, should it? To talk to your kids? To carry on a conversation with a 5, 7, or 12-year-old? You'd think we wouldn't have to give it too much attention to make it happen. After all, we drive and talk all the time. You can multi-task when trying to talk to your kids can’t you? Well, sometimes. Maybe. But we're not likely not have much success, and certainly not much intentional growth. [ 5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith ] Maybe we should take … [Read more...]

Marriage Retreat: How to Plan a Weekend Getaway

Fifteen years -- and counting. I know. Ours is not the longest marriage on record. But it is the happiest. I have the certificate to prove it. Somewhere. It's right --  well, it's not important now. I'll look it up later. Right after we get the six kids to bed. Now that we've covered Why You Should Plan a Marriage Retreat, let's get practical and talk how to plan a weekend getaway. Well, it doesn't have to be a weekend getaway, as you'll see, but it would sure help. One excuse I've heard … [Read more...]

Parenting Fail: What’s In Your Blind Spot?

As much as I like my car, I must agree with my wife -- it does have a few blind spots. Backing up can be tricky. The narrow side windows and raised rear of the vehicle make it a challenge to see what's behind me. Or beside me. I nearly sideswiped a fellow traveler last week on a rainy freeway because of it. Fail. I think I can fix it with a couple of those wide-angle mirror attachments. But until I do, I'd do well to double check my blind spots instead of assuming I know what is behind or … [Read more...]


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