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So far Chap Bettis has created 533 blog entries.

Five Principles for Healthy Communication

Words, words, words. If you’re a parent, words are flying around your house. Sometimes those words are helpful, and as you well know, many times they’re sinful. How do we get a handle on all those words? How do we communicate well, and how do we teach our children to communicate well? In this podcast, we’re going to talk about five principles of healthy communication.

Communication is a huge subject, one that could overwhelm us. But in a recent webinar, I spelled out five helpful principles to guide healthy communication. Certainly it’s not all that could be said, but it is a start. And I believe that they will apply whether you’re thinking about communicating with your young child, with your teen, or with your spouse.

Specifically, […]


Tim Challies: Thoughts on Media and Your Family

The media, internet, and screens can seem like a tsunami, overwhelming us and our children. Sometimes it seems to disciple our children more than we do. What should a parent do?

In this podcast, I talked with Tim Challies about his perspective on the media and its use in his family. He has written a book, The Next Story: Faith, Friends, Family, and the Digital World. In our time together we talked about some insights on this new world that could guide us as parents. In addition, at the end of the episode, we touch briefly on his last chapter about having a media plan.

Tim is a well-known Christian blogger and author. He is married to Aileen and father to three children. In addition, he serves […]

Interviews, Media, Podcast|

Tim Challies and His Around-The-World Journey Through Christian History

Does Christian history seem boring to you? Would you like a fun flyover to gain some perspective on your heritage as a Christian?

Perspective is a part of maturity. Christian history can give us and our children perspective on how God’s church has grown and spread out since Jesus walked the earth. Sometimes we can believe that we are the first generation of believers to experience certain questions or conflicts. Christian history reminds us that this is not true.

In this podcast, I talked with Tim Challies about his new book and video series- Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History.

Tim is a well-known Christian blogger and author. He is married to Aileen and father to three children. In addition, he serves as an elder at Grace […]

Interviews, Podcast|

Quick Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was this week.

Our children and teens can be influenced by an environmentalism that is based in fear or worship. In honor of this day, I put together some quick thoughts from the Scriptures. What would you add or change? – Chap

Quick Thoughts for Earth Day

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). He created it and established it. Therefore he owns it. It belongs to him.Creation declares God’s glory (Psalm 19:1). A being who can make the heavens and the intricacies of creation is very great. declares to everyone there is a God (Romans 1:20).Creation is actively sustained by Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:3).The Father is so involved in his creation that not a […]

Young People|

Fathers At Home: Finding Joy In the New Normal

The coronavirus has knocked our lives for a loop. How can dads find some joy in the new normal?

This is a strange and disruptive time. In fact, there has been a significant gap since the last time I posted a podcast. Some of it was because I was actually sick for a while. Some of that was because I was scrambling like you.

But in the meantime, I was thinking about hosting a fire-side chat or webinar to help us get through this time. I hosted my first one on Tuesday night. It was entitled Fathers At Home: Finding Joy In the New Normal.

I spent some time giving 12 suggestions for dads. The time together starts with perspective, and becomes more and more practical as […]


Parenting with Patience

Ashamed of your yelling?

Embarrassed by your outbursts at the children?

There is hope during this stressful time!

Parenting with Patience is a five-week video driven Bible study. It includes five lessons in online streaming videos (think Netflix).

Participant Workbook

The study is based on a beautifully designed Bible study workbook that includes:

an outline to take notes on each lesson,discussion questions for a small group to use,twenty-five daily devotionals (five for each week),anger journal templates for each week to help with personal change,and six parenting essays.

Topics Covered Include:

Lesson 1 – Introduction and Foundational IssuesLesson 2 – Understanding Anger as Your FoeLesson 3 – Understanding Anger as Your FriendLesson 4 – Developing a Plan for Your ParentingLesson 5 – Understanding the Nature of Biblical Change

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Love Is: A Short Bible Study on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

With families in confined quarters, love is even more important. This devotional, from Parenting with Patience, can be helpful for parents or other family members.

Love is…

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

1. Read verse 4. Write out the five characteristics of love.  Then write out the opposite.

 Love is…                                           The Opposite is….







2. Read verse 5. What are four more characteristics of love? Again, write out the opposite.

Love is…                                            The Opposite is….






3. Pray though the qualities in the left columns. Circle the ones that stick out to you. Ask the Lord to grow those Christ-like qualities in you.

4. Look at those qualities in the right columns. Had you thoughts of these as unloving? Circle the ones where you need to grow.

5. Read verses 6 and 7. Use your own words […]

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Erik Raymond: The Gospel Comes Home

There’s so much confusing parenting advice out there. Everyone seems to have an opinion. But who’s right? What if we could cut through the clutter and hear from a real expert? What if we could hear from God himself?

We’re drowning in parenting advice, aren’t we? And here I am doing the same thing. Just a few weeks ago, I completed two back-to-back weekends of my Parenting 101 material. I call it Parenting with Confidence. I hope to make that available soon. But the basis for that seminar is unpacking Ephesians 6:1-4. And in that seminar, I made the distinction between two types of authority that the material had. I compared it to a study Bible. Part of a study Bible is God’s authoritative Word, but […]


12 Principles for Media Use in the Family

Any study on the media is
going to be outdated as soon as it released.

But one study found that teens are consuming NINE hours of media a day, not including texting, school and homework. Another study put it at eleven hours because teens were multitasking;

More than 70% of households said they had TVs in the bedrooms and 66% reported a TV on during the meals.

Not surprisingly, only about half of parents had rules for media use.

As anyone who knows a teen or tween can attest, media is among the most powerful forces in young people’s lives today. The TV shows they watch, video games they play, songs they listen to, books they read, and websites they visit are an enormous part of their lives. These sources […]


Capturing Valentine’s Day for Family Discipleship

Valentine’s Day is upon us again. Like it or not, it affects us. The messages of romantic love come at us and our children. Can we capture them for good?

Hi, my name is Chap Bettis, and I’m the author of The Disciple-Making Parent. I feel like Valentine’s Day sneaks up on me like a tsunami. And I can fight it, or I can use it for family discipleship. That’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

There are a number of different ways that we can do that. In today’s podcast we’re going to go back to a format that I’ve used before. I’m going to read through several different blog posts that I’ve written in the past. I know that people consume content in […]