Books for Christian Teens

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I get a lot of questions about teenagers. It only makes sense, I am the pastor of student ministry at my church. The questions range from why I do what I do (I point them to my philosophy of ministry), to what am I teaching, to “how do I disciple my kids at home that will be a benefit to their spiritual growth?”

One of the top questions I get is, “what resources/books would you recommend for my teenager?”

My first response is always “read the Bible. It is God’s Word. They will get more from being committed to spending time in God’s Word (reading, studying, praying over, etc) than they will get from reading 100 books.… Continue reading

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Homeschooling: That’s in the Bible, Right?

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empty school deskIn response to observing an ever-increasing movement within the church, the contributors here on PS23 thought it opportune to evaluate the FIC (Family Integrated Church) from a biblical perspective. As John Chester noted in his post earlier this week, while we would contend that the FIC has done well in identifying many problems in today’s church and family, it only offers narrow-minded solutions to those problems, “rather than exclusively on biblical answers.”1 Consequentially, the line between strongly held personal preferences are muddied with clear biblical commands. That has damaged the church:

Parents don’t often see the difference between strongly held personal preferences and explicit biblical principles, and therefore their consciences often become the “rule” of what defines a “godly” home life. 

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Halloween To Me

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The last time I celebrated Halloween was 1988. I was 4 years old and dressed up as Big Bird. My family did the traditional thing: dress-up, go door to door at night, say “trick or Big Birdtreat,” get candy, repeat, come home, spill the candy, compare with siblings, make candy trades, begin eating candies, get scolded by mom for eating too much candy, get candy taken away and told it will be rationed over the year, argue about how un-fair that was, get a spanking, get sent to bed, sneak out of bed at 1am, eat more candy, get a stomach ache, realize mom was right, sleep in the next morning because I was sick.… Continue reading

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Discipline: A Heart-check for Parents

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parenting comicDiscipline… the paradox of parenting. It’s a love/hate relationship brought with tons of emotion – overwhelming love, yet inseparable from overwhelming grief at the same time. On the one hand, you hate disciplining. You hate that your child needs it; you hate the consequences of your child’s disobedience. But, you love your child regardless; you love the opportunity to train your child in righteousness. And with a strong-willed toddler of my own (I blame my wife – she prayed that he would be like me), and another due in less than a month, I’ve been contemplating this reality:

Discipline is necessary, but often we’re consumed with the heart attitude of our child when we discipline, but I think we often miss an important opportunity to evaluate our own.… Continue reading

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