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Book List: Our Favorite New Releases for Kids
10 faith-enriching picture books.
We've reviewed some of the newest releases from Christian publishers to identify top-notch picture books that will engage children's souls and aid in their spiritual formation.
Opinion | Family
Give Your Kids the Gift of Absence
Time and attention are not the only ways to bless our children.
absence played a notable role in his ministry, and that he withdrew at times to attend to his own needs and to grow the disciples' leadership. As the mother of three young children, I'm
interview | Discipleship
A Stroke Freed Me to Redefine Beauty
Former model Katherine Wolf reveals how a nearly fatal experience altered her faith.
is that it will inform the rest of my life as well as my husband and children's lives. To learn more about Katherine and Jay Wolf's story and ministry, visit the Hope Heals website and follow
Reporting | Church
Why Millions Watched this Church Christmas Video
The underage narrators get the story right. Almost.
They prompted children to imagine scenes of the famous biblical narrative. What was Mary doing when the angel came to her? Just as Jesus invited the children to come to him (Matt.
Opinion | Discipleship
Why Advent Is More Jewish Than You Think
As a Messianic Jew, I see the rich origins of this liturgical season.
My husband and I are both Jewish followers of Jesus and wanted our children to connect with the hope and history embedded in both observances.
excerpt | Family
Motherhood Is Physical—and So Is the Gospel
Encountering the Incarnation in birthing, breastfeeding, and bathing.
After my children's bath, I have been more than sprinkled with water—doused is more like it. She is a mother of three and serves alongside her husband in a community-based ministry.
Opinion | Discipleship
What Women Want: More Opportunities to ServeSubscriber access only
Need Christians to help and lead at church? I know plenty.
Some might consider women's desire to take on roles beyond the children's ministry as a form of entitlement mentality. Yet, this is our calling to the Christian
Opinion | Pop Culture
Q+A: The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible
Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote a kids Bible so popular that they’re releasing an adult version.
with children, and some friends have said they experienced the text differently without children, as more and are there lessons for us to learn about the way we do ministry among adults
Opinion | Sexuality
Trusting the Church After AbuseSubscriber access only
How I found comfort in continuing the conversation.
Speaking to my senior pastor was only a first step. Picking up my eldest from Sunday school, I pulled aside the children's ministry director, and asked if we could grab coffee later.
Opinion | Sexuality
A Hidden Opportunity in Your ChurchSubscriber access only
How Christ-centered hospitality can help families affected by autism.
Is the format of your kids' ministry too overwhelming for their child will often require extra attention and care, beyond what a Sunday school teacher can provide in a class full of children.
Opinion | Sexuality
Why We Really Put Our Kids in Sports
Our goodhearted support prioritizes athleticism more than we think.
rethink why we want our offspring to be bigger, faster, and stronger than the children of other parents, who are image bearers of their Creator, too. And the very life and ministry of Jesus
Opinion | Sexuality
My Toddler Survived Brain Cancer—Here’s What I Learned
7 things you should know, from a mom who’s been there
its midst. In these situations, we often we feel at a loss for words, utterly stunned that such young, innocent children face such punishing diseases. As
Opinion | Family
The Benefits of Having Other People Raise Your KidsSubscriber access only
Why doing it all alone isn’t the best (or most biblical) parenting strategy.
I only have one kid, after all, so why couldn't I keep up? Why couldn't I be like those other, better mothers, who dutifully tend to their many children all day long, all on their own?
Opinion | Sexuality
What Vacation Bible School Looks Like in a Nursing HomeSubscriber access only
We found some new VBS students: My grandmother and her friends.
grandmother. Sharing the old Bible stories in a simple way and making simple crafts might, on the surface, appear to be treating the elderly like children.
Opinion | Family
The Apologist MomSubscriber access only
Why Melissa Cain Travis thinks it's crucial for her to be a mother and an apologetics scholar.
of my earthly ministry turn out to be well-equipped, God-honoring sons who go on to impact the world for Christ, I could not ask for more. This is why I consider my children's apologetics
Opinion | Discipleship
The Blessing of Missing ChristmasSubscriber access only
In my Jewish home, my lonely celebrations as a teen changed how I view the holiday.
have followed suit, filling December with extra programming— Christmas teas, children's concerts, outreach God with us, found those most receptive of his earthly ministry—and continue
Opinion | Pop Culture
What Refugees in Your Neighborhood Need from YouSubscriber access only
The mission field is arriving in the United States.
provide cell phones or household items, advocate for their school needs or children's activities, and in a rental van with a Rwandan woman devoted to this ministry and accompanying
Opinion | Pop Culture
All God’s Children: The Spiritual Cost of Opportunity InequalitySubscriber access only
Christians help bridge the gap by making the local church really local.
children.” Furthermore, if the church focuses on its local context, it will ensure that evangelism and discipleship paradigms arise out of local needs, not social media trends or ministry
Opinion | formertcwissue
The Unhappiest Year of My LifeSubscriber access only
The high (and holy) cost of motherhood
Jesus was, undoubtedly, exhausted at times by his ministry on earth (Mark 4:37–39), and all of his life was aimed at the supreme act of We are not the Savior of our children—Christ is.
Opinion | Sexuality
Our Unhealthy Obsession with PastorsSubscriber access only
A truncated view of ministry actually discourages women’s involvement.
consciously or unconsciously, that the man standing up front every Sunday is the only one doing real ministry. Sure, our church might have a "music minister," a "children's minister," and
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