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Equipping the Generations: I Don’t Know Chemistry and I’m Not Homeless

by Stephen Altrogge – Mar 24

Is it just me or is there a lot of pressure on parents to provide their children with the absolute perfect environment for growth? We are told that our children need to be breast fed, need listen to classical music, need to be able to read by age four, need to play sports, need [...]

Book Review – ‘Prayers of an Excellent Wife: Intercession for Him’ by Andrew Case

Book Review – ‘Prayers of an Excellent Wife: Intercession for Him’ by Andrew Case

by Jacob Dunlow – Mar 21

Prayers of an Excellent Wife: Intercession for Him. By Andrew Case. Louisville, KY: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009, 245 pp., $8.99.

Marriage is not easy. What many struggle with is the connection from the desire to have a God-honoring [...]

“How Pastors Can Care for their Children”

by Derek Brown – Mar 20

Last week, Chap Bettis considered how church members can care for their pastor’s kids.  Today, he offers a few thoughts on how pastors can care for their kids.

The children of pastors face some special challenges. Previously, we thought about how churches can care for their pastor’s children.

But it is not [...]

Caring For Your Pastor’s Children

by Derek Brown – Mar 20

Chap Bettis, writing at The Gospel Coalition, provides church members with practical counsel on how they might care for their pastor’s children.

A young pastor recently asked for my advice over lunch. His church plant was maturing, and he was looking down the road. His own children are ages 6, 4, [...]

Equipping the Generations: How Pornography Works

by Albert Mohler – Mar 19

We are fast becoming a pornographic society. Over the course of the last decade, explicitly sexual images have crept into advertising, marketing, and virtually every niche of American life. This ambient pornography is now almost everywhere, from the local shopping mall to prime-time television.

By some estimations, the production and sale of explicit pornography now [...]

Book Review – ‘Water of the Word: Intercession for Her’ by Andrew Case

Book Review – ‘Water of the Word: Intercession for Her’ by Andrew Case

by Jacob Dunlow – Mar 14

Water of the Word: Intercession for Her, 2nd edition. By Andrew Case. Louisville: CreateSpace, 2010, 248 pp., $8.99.

One does not have to be in pastoral ministry long to see the disconnect that can take place between the biblical [...]

How Do I Honor In-Laws Who Are Overly Involved In My Young Family’s Life?

by Derek Brown – Mar 13

Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, helpfully answers this question in a recent podcast.

Equipping the Generations: Words of Grace for the Repentant Parent

by Todd Meadows – Mar 12

You have read the books, been to the conferences, favorited the latest tweets, and perhaps even received a degree declaring that you are a “certified” expert on how to minister to families. Now, if the parents in your ministry will just follow your advice, their home will be overflowing with Bible studies and wonderful [...]

“So Many Voices:” The Piety of St. Monica, Mother of Augustine

by Matthew Haste – Mar 10

In The History of St. Monica, Émile Bougaud (1823–1888) introduced his subject with the lofty claim that readers should sing such a biography rather than read it (1).  Believing Monica had possessed “the most beautiful love that perhaps ever existed,” Bougaud encouraged mothers to look to her example and recognize “how divine is the [...]

Book Review – ‘Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture’ by Brian Crosby

Book Review – ‘Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture’ by Brian Crosby

by Scott Douglas – Mar 6

Brian H. Cosby. Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry From an Entertainment Culture. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2012, 160 pp., $12.99.

For years the model in youth ministry was to pursue the shock effect, eat copious amounts of greasy pizza, play games, and [...]