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The Power of Plastic Love in Parenting

by Coleman M. Ford – Jan 29

There is delicate balance between authority and love in parenting. Perhaps some of have memories of parents who were too permissive, allowing you to get away with almost anything, all because they were afraid that punishment was the opposite of love. Or maybe some of us have memories of authoritarian parents who kept us […]

Children and Picky Eating

by rbayer – Jan 27

Over at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) blog, Dr. Justin Smith writes about toddlers and picky eating. Though it may not seem at first glance that such a topic is worthy of theological reflection, Smith does an excellent job breaking down the issue in order to help parents analyze this behavior. He […]

The Greatest Barrier to Students on the Mission Field? Parents.

The Greatest Barrier to Students on the Mission Field? Parents.

by rbayer – Jan 20

Over at Desiring God, Kim Ransleben reflects on young adults’ desires for international missions work. Their infectious eagerness is encouraging,  however, there are numerous questions regarding how to make this work. She remarks:

My husband and I sat with a couple dozen college students one night to […]

The Christ-Centered Family

by Coleman M. Ford – Jan 6

Recently on Ask Pastor John, a regular podcast from Desiring God, Francis Chan shared his reflections on having a Christ-centered family. Here are some stand-out quotes:

  • “The more I spend time with Jesus…the more my wife and kids like me.”
  • “The more I pray to God and the more I see answers to prayers, the more […]

Happy New Year From Family Ministry Today

by Coleman M. Ford – Jan 1

With the new year, there is always talk of making resolutions. Read your Bible, give more, go on mission more and numerous other imperatives flood our inboxes and Twitter feeds. Many of us will hear sermons exhorting us to greater faithfulness. And all this is good. Rather than presenting another list of “must-dos” for […]

Teaching Children About the Greatest Gift

Teaching Children About the Greatest Gift

by Coleman M. Ford – Dec 18

We all know about the busyness of the season. No matter how much we tell ourselves not be stressed and overcome by media telling us to buy more or the cultural expectation of having the perfect holiday meal, the temptation to stress still creeps in and […]

How to Deal with Holiday Family Tensions

by Russell D. Moore – Dec 16

We tend to idealize holidays, but human depravity doesn’t go into hibernation between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. One thing that will hit most Christians, sooner or later, are tensions within extended families at holiday time. Some of you will be visiting family members who are contemptuous of the Christian faith and downright hostile to […]

Family Ministry: Five Points for Passing on the Faith

Family Ministry: Five Points for Passing on the Faith

by Coleman M. Ford – Dec 11

Kevin DeYoung recently shared five thoughtful points to remember for parents who wish to pass on the faith.  These points and insights come from the recent book, Families and Faith by Vern L. Bengtson (with Norella M. Putney and Susan Harris).

  1. “Parents have more religious […]

Family Ministry: How Singles Can Contribute to a Marriage Culture

by Coleman M. Ford – Dec 9

At the 2014 Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission National Conference, Jennifer Marshall shared some engaging thoughts on how singles can contribute to a culture which promotes the importance of marriage.


HT: ERLC

 

Family Ministry: Too Busy for Family Devotions?

Family Ministry: Too Busy for Family Devotions?

by Donald S. Whitney – Nov 20

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a Baptist pastor in London for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. His is one of the most recognized names in Christian history, but he’s best-known today as the Prince of Preachers.

An electronic search of the mountain of material produced […]