Fitness Trackers, Dating Apps, and Other Ladders to Nowhere
Why secular substitutes for religion will always leave us exhausted and unhappy.
Throughout history, people married for practical reasons: for economic security, for land, for children. Children bear impossible burdens. Our children are our second chance.
Learning to Love Modern Day Lepers
As Christian doctors and development workers take on tuberculosis, trust is key to the cure.
She is a single mother, a refugee from Somalia, and all five of her children have tuberculosis, commonly called TB. In other words, Fathia and her children are modern-day lepers.
If You Want to Evangelize, Try Talking About the Weather
Why small talk and friendship are fundamental to faith formation.
As Matt and I grew in kinship with this community, I finally began to understand that spiritual direction should be happening mostly between friends, spouses, parents, and children.
The Best Books Are Companions, Teachers, and Hope-Givers
A conversation on reading with an avid reader, “Book Girl” Sarah Clarkson.
Packed with book lists in categories ranging from theology to children's books to fantasy novels, Book Girl makes the case for reading as a pathway to delight, spiritual formation, and
If You Give a Tsunami Survivor a Crayon
Ministries in Sulawesi, Indonesia, engage kids in a crucial first step in trauma healing: play.
Krause. In a church in the bayside city of Palu, Indonesia, volunteers smile wide as they lead dozens of children in sing-alongs with hand motions. They
Joy, the Overlooked Aspect of the Cross
Even in the midst of the sorrow, pain, and shame of the cross, Good Friday is still very good.
Only children are full of joy. We see joy at work in small children when a parent comes home from work or comes back into the room after a brief absence.
With All Your Heart, Soul, Wi-Fi, and Websites
Stephen Lowe offers a biblical defense of online spiritual formation.
and kinesthetic- tactile. All these different parts of the family experience that he encourages parents to use to form their children spiritually. How do you
Florida’s Oldest Place to Grow Old
Dowling Park was a retirement community built around widows and orphans. A century later, it’s a model for intergenerational ministry.
In 1914, a few months after the first children came to Dowling Park, the first retirees arrived, establishing a culture of young and old living and working together.
Easter Joy Belongs to the Melancholy
The celebration of Christ’s resurrection stands in contrast to Christmas joy.
of Christmas and Easter. At Christmas, he says, we rejoice with the “natural, unmixed joy of children.” Easter joy, however, is not the same. This joy is
Study: US Churches Exclude Children with Autism, ADD/ADHD
Children with the greatest need for a supportive community were the most likely to feel unwelcome.
Children with the greatest need for a supportive community were the most likely to feel unwelcome. Study: US Churches Exclude Children with Autism, ADD/ADHD.
Mr. Rogers Had a Dangerous Side
Underneath the gentle smile and neighborly manner, he was driven by anger at the way the world treated children.
Underneath the gentle smile and neighborly manner, he was driven by anger at the way the world treated children. He was incensed. This was supposed to entertain children?
Abolitionism at the Tipping Point
Slavery has been around since before Moses, but International Justice Mission’s president thinks its demise is only decades away.
Or take immigration from Central America. In many cases, it's women and children fleeing communities where there's no law enforcement and no protection.
Mastering the Fundamentals of Mission
If you can’t do the fundamentals with excellence, then you will never be successful—at least not for long.
Blocking. Hitting the cutoff man. Every time. It's skills taught to small children when learning their sport that, years later, will separate the winners from the losers at every level.
Your Empty Nest Is God’s Opportunity
Four ways to rethink your post-parenting years in light of the Great Commission.
Recently, I sat with a friend who uttered the tear-filled words, “I am no longer a mother.” She explained that her children had gone to college in different states, her nest was empty, and
Jewish Christians United for Israel?
Messianic Jews advise American evangelicals on how to best understand the Zionist state
best.” ~ Jamie Cowen. This is getting better, as their children get drafted into the army and rub shoulders with the general Jewish population. But progress