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Ginger Hubbard – Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child’s Tongue

Whining, lying, interrupting, complaining, arguing, gossiping. Our tongues are a deadly poison. Are you having  trouble dealing with the words of your children? That’s what we will be talking about today.

Scripture says that the tongue is a deadly poison. And that poison comes into the house through the sinful hearts of everyone who lives there – including me.  For parents, shepherding our children through these issues can be difficult. How do I handle issues like whining, lying, interrupting, complaining, gossiping? The list keeps going.

In today’s podcast I’m delighted to present to you a conversation I had with Ginger Hubbard. Ginger is the author of I Can’t Believe You Just Said That: Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child’s Tongue.  

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Why Do We Discipline?

Are you weary in the work of training and discipline? Have you lost sight of the reason God has called you to this? I recently have been thinking about parents of young children who are tempted to grow weary in this good and exhausting task because they forget the why.

But it is a good and important work. 

Listen to our newest podcast – Chapter 17 of The Disciple-Making Parent.

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If you are a parent, God has given you eternal souls to influence. In today’s culture, you need a strategy.

The Disciple-Making Parent will give you confidence in your parenting.

If you have made it this far, we are happy to give you a free audiobook of The Disciple-Making Parent. Simply email and include “podcast” in your subject line.


Why Don’t We Invite Input?

I have observed a strange parenting phenomenon. Many parents are reluctant and even resistant to asking advice about their parenting. While others can see blind spots, the parents themselves remain… blind to them.

Often older parents or pastors are resistant to mention anything for fear of being accused of being a busybody. J.C. Ryle once admitted, “I would rather correct a man about anything than his parenting.”

Recently I received this email from an older leader in another part of the country,

“Over dinner tonight, my wife and I were discussing some of the interactions we have had with parents of young children in our church.  Our goal has always been to encourage and try to give biblical counsel.  Based on our discussion with each other, […]


Dr. Tom Hines: Choosing and Trusting your Pediatrician

In today’s podcast, we talk with my friend Dr. Tom Hines about choosing and trusting a pediatrician over the long haul. As our country grows increasingly hostile to the gospel, Christian parents can overreact or under-react.

I think this will help you think through thi issue. This podcast reminds me what a treasure and gift excellent, supportive, Christian pediatricians are. I believe that this is vital information that will help young parents in the days ahead. 

Listen below or on itunes here.

If you are a parent, God has given you eternal souls to influence. In today’s culture, you need a strategy.

The Disciple-Making Parent will give you confidence in your parenting.

If you have made it this far, we are happy to give you a free audiobook […]


Proverb’s Financial Secrets for Everyone

The Bible tells us that there are many causes of poverty: injustice and disaster being two of them. This post is not to address those real issues that are out of the control of individuals.

Nevertheless, Proverbs also makes clear that there are some actions that lead toward poverty and some that lead toward wealth. In general, to paint with a very broad brush, as men and women grow in godliness, they will also become better stewards of God’s money. God’s wisdom often leads to an increased standard of living. And yet, too many are ignorant of these things.

I do not claim to be an expert in finances, but I wonder how many are suffering because they do not understand and practice what Proverbs says […]

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Explaining the Christian Mess: 12 Things I Wish I Knew as a Teen

As a Christian, do you look around at the messiness of those who call themselves Christians.  Does their bizarre behavior make you doubt your own faith? 

In today’s podcast we try to answer the question – Can Jesus explain the mess that Christianity seems to be in? Does this mess discredit Jesus?

I think it is vital that our young people understand these issues. Otherwise, they can be tempted to say, I don’t want to be part of this craziness. 

Let’s tune in and start thinking about how we can explain the Christian mess. 

Listen below or on itunes here.

If you are a parent, God has given you eternal souls to influence. In today’s culture, you need a strategy.

The Disciple-Making Parent will give you confidence in your parenting.

If you […]


Proverbs 22:6 – A Second Look at an Unpopular Verse

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22 6

This verse used to be popular for Christian parents. In it, God seems to promise that if we, the parents, do what we should, then our children will not leave that training.

For earnest Christian families this verse was foundational for seeking to raise their children in the faith. The thought went something like this – “If I will train them well, they will not be prodigals but will follow the Lord as adults.”

But this misunderstands this verse and sits on a transactional theology. “If I put the right amount of coins in the vending machine, God is obligated to […]


Teaching Our Kids about Sex in a New Era

Part of discipling our children in the faith is to appropriately protect, teach, and model a biblical view of sexuality. Yet, no topic can make us more tongue-tied. To make matters worse, we are living in a hyper-sexualized and chaotic culture when it comes to this topic.

In this podcast, I talk with Eric Bancroft. Eric is the pastor of Grace Church in Miami, he has been married for 22 years and has three teenage sons.

This conversation is theologically rich along with wisdom that comes from someone who has been a youth pastor, pastor, and father of three teenage boys.

This will be a podcast you want to listen to several times, taking notes as you go!

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A Sentry Keeping Watch in Prayer

And every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her. Esther 2:11

The story of Esther is the story of God’s amazing providence. Working behind the scenes, God brings the beautiful Esther to the royal position of Queen at exactly the right time so that she might intercede for her people.

But beneath this wonderful story is heartache.
The Babylonians had ransacked Jerusalem and taken away Esther’s relatives. Now
living as exiles, Esther is an orphan. Her mother and father had died.
Mordecai, her older cousin, is bringing her up.

But the heartache doesn’t end there. Esther is chosen for a beauty competition to replace the disrespectful Queen Vashti. If she wins, she will be […]

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An Apologetic for the Christian Mess: 12 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Teen

In my teen years, as I was becoming more aware of the wider world, I began to understand that the Christian world is a lot messier than I realized.

Rather than contradicting what Jesus taught, this mess actually fulfills it. But no one ever told me that. 

Here are a few things I wish someone had told me about the Christian mess. Perhaps this list can help you or in your discipleship of your teen.1. True Christians will always be a minority. Jesus said, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life and those who find it are few.” (Matt 7:14). Truth is never determined by the majority. Just because you are in the minority does not mean you are wrong or have […]

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