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Interview with Dave Harvey, Part 2: “I Still Do”

You’ve been married now for more than a few years. Kids are everywhere. Work is hard. Fights seem to be increasing. Is this what you signed up for? Would you do it again? Would you still say “I do”?

Our marriages display Christ to our children and the watching world. Jesus said that all men will know you are my disciples if you love one another. If that’s true in the church, how much more is that true in a Christian home where both would profess to follow Christ?

And yet, marriages change over time. You have a history together. It’s easy to settle into indiffererence or cynicism. If that’s the temptation, then the book I Still Do is for you.

In today’s podcast, we are going […]

Interviews, Podcast|

Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls

Things don’t always turn out like you planned. Ask Peter. The acknowledged leader of the apostles, we can see a roller-coaster existence in his rebuke by Jesus, his denial of him, and then his restoration. But then Jesus finishes his restoration by telling Peter that he would glorify Jesus by dying in a way he did not want to. Not exactly the way Peter saw his life turning it out.

Parents of prodigals can say the same thing. Dreams and hopes are dashed. We are surprised and overtaken by suffering. Despair and discouragement are just a few of the many emotions.

Dave Harvey steps into that swirling mess with us in his book Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls. In this resource, Harvey and […]

Book Reviews|

Interview with Dave Harvey, Part 1: Help for Those Who Love a Prodigal

Prodigal. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some it may be Jesus’s beloved story of the father and the two sons. But for others, that word may be a son or daughter, husband or wife who has turned their back on the faith.

If you are an intentional follower of Jesus Christ, nothing can cause more pain than a child or spouse who suddenly turns their back on the Lord. Perhaps they become secretive and withdrawn. Then their sin comes out. Now there is public rebellion and repudiation. That brings alls sorts of emotions – shame, guilt, hopelessness and fear. 

In today’s podcast, we are going to talk with Dave Harvey about his book Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls. Dave has walked […]

Is Something Missing in Our Gospel-Parenting?

I have noticed a good but misguided desire among many young Christians parents. They seek to be intentional in the way they raise their children. Many have an excellent desire to be more gospel-focused. They want to treat their children the way that God is treating them – with grace. So they draw a direct line from this grace and want to parent with grace. Unfortunately, using just this paradigm for parenting flattens the gospel. When we look at the whole of Scripture we see that God adopted Israel as his son and called him out of Egypt. The Scripture tells us that God then placed Israel, his son, under the law for a time. When the proper time came, Israel would be released from the […]


Joel Sedam: The Surprising Presence of Sloth In Our Day

What comes to mind when you hear the word sloth?  The strange animal from the rainforest of South America? Your teenage son? What if I told you that this word might be more applicable to your parenting than you think?

Joel Sedam is a young pastor friend that I am privileged to know. We were talking recently and he mentioned a sermon he had done on the subject of sloth and how it had caused a paradigm shift in him. How he saw sloth all around.  That led me to say, let’s talk about this on a podcast.

You are going to enjoy this conversation. I think this topic has application as a besetting sin of our media age. It has application for my heart. It has […]


Thankfulness and Gratitude in the NT – A Quick Verse Bible Study

Giving thanks is seen in Scripture as a duty of men and women to the one who gives us all things. It is a fruit of the Spirit and of having a converted heart. The following verses are taken only from the NT and do not begin to touch this rich theme in the OT.

Giving thanks is seen as an offering to God. Read and write out the following verses. How does this change your view of this topic?

17:16-18 What did Jesus do? What was the appropriate response?

4:9  What is happening now in heaven?

13:15 What are we to do? What is it called?

Col 3:17 How do we live this out?

2 Cor 9:12 What was the result of their generosity?

Notice what was on Paul’s mind first […]

Verse Lists|

Dan Darling: The Characters of Christmas

Are you rushing around getting ready for the holiday season? Does the Christmas season fill you with excitement or dread? What can you do to remember well this incredible divine event?

In today’s podcast I’m delighted to present to you a conversation I had with Dan Darling about his new book The Characters of Christmas: The Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus. 

If you want something to freshen up your Christmas, this short book is for you. Dan walks through numerous characters including Joseph, Mary, the Shepherds, and even Herod the Monster of Christmas to give you a fresh perspective on a familiar story.  In addition, each chapter ends with suggested discussion questions, making it perfect for family devotion. 

You are going to love this […]


Parenting with Patience: Overcoming Anger in the Home

Are you guilty of mommy rage? Daddy anger?

Finally, there is a resource for you!

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

In addition, it comes with 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

Check out the a sample video from Lesson 1 here:

Check […]


The Patient Christian: Overcoming Anger in Your Home and Life – Podcast

Not again! You lost it, you’re furious, and you feel like a total failure. You yelled, slammed the door, hit the table, or threw your purse. Then the shame and guilt set in.  “These are my precious children! What am I thinking? What can I do?”

What are we talking about? Anger. And the fact is, it is far too prevalent in our parenting. And then we feel guilt or shame, so we cover it up. 

The following podcast is a short sermon that covers the material of my new resource at a high level. And that resource is going to help parents with the problem of anger.

It is called Parenting with Patience: Overcoming Anger in the Home.  If you are a parent who has […]


Book Review: Seven Myths about Singleness

I have been waiting for a book like this. With the plethora of books on marriage, teaching on singleness seems underserved. And yet most people will be single for part of their Christian life. The Bible is filled with teaching in this area.

Allberry has done
the church a service by clearly and biblically slaying seven myths about
singleness while laying a foundation for understanding this topic.

Read this book if
you are single to grasp biblical help for your singleness.

Read this book if you are married so that you will understand your single friends – to minister to and receive ministry from them.

Read this book if
you are a parent so that you cast a vision for your children that may include
prolonged singleness.

Read this book if you are a […]

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