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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. 

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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 […]


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 […]

Discerning Culture|

Gospel-Infused Parenting: A Conversation with Bob and Julie Kauflin

The Kauflin name is probably very familiar to you.

Although you may know him for his contribution to worship, you may not know that Bob Kauflin has thought a lot about parenting. I first heard Bob teach on parenting at a conference probably about 10 years ago and I thought, “This is excellent teaching from a godly man.” He and Julie graciously agreed to talk with me recently.

Bob is the Director of Sovereign Grace Music and the author of numerous popular worship songs. He is also the author of two books – Worship Matters and True Worshipers. In addition, He is a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville KY.

He and Julie have been married for 43 years, have six […]


Thoughts for the Summer

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Cookouts and Family Discipleship – Intentionally capture some great opportunities at these events.

Vacation, Family Trips, and Family Discipleship – Do you know the difference between a vacation and a family trip? Are you prepared?

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

If you are a parent, God has given you eternal souls to influence. […]


Biblical Investment: Thinking Differently About Money

Do you and your spouse argue about money? Do you have a common understanding of what the Bible teaches about money? How are you teaching your children about money? 

In today’s podcast, I want to introduce you to my friend Daniel Howe. Daniel is the pastor of Christ Reformed Presbyterian church in East Providence RI. I invited him to address some of our families in our church and talk about the budgeting software application “You Need a Budget”.

I have just recently discovered this online site and love it. If you are feeling like you don’t have a handle on your spending, I highly recommend this application.

Daniel has a view on money that I have not heard widely before but I subscribe to –that is investing. What I hear from a lot of Christian teachers involves not spending –and that can […]


Loving One Another 101

As Christians, we are commanded many times in the New Testament to love one another. But how does that play out in our daily lives? And how do we train our children in this?

Jesus told us that all people will know we are his disciples if we love one another. In fact, that command is repeated 11 other times in the New Testament. But what does that love look like? 

In today’s podcast I invite you to listen in on five different aspects or facets of this diamond. You may think of these things as simple But I am regularly surprised at how many Christians don’t practice them. And for our particular application, how many parents don’t train their children in these qualities. 

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Pray For Me Campaign with Tony Souder

Studies show that young people who are connected with other adults in church have a much higher percentage of remaining with the faith. But as a parent, how can we facilitate this? And as a church leader, what can we contribute? In this episode, Tony Souder of the Pray for Me Campaign discusses how he has helped supercharge this idea for churchwide application. 

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