Dr. David Murray: Exploring the Bible Together

Does the idea of family devotions make you feel guilty. Have you tried and failed to have a family time with the Lord?  Then this episode is for you.

Family worship and devotions can be an ongoing source of guilt. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

In today’s podcast we are going to talk with Dr. David Murray. Dr. Murray has just released the book Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-week Family Worship Plan. 

But before you become overwhelmed with that, take a listen to this podcast. You will discover that it is a simple plan that takes about 4-5 minutes a day. I think you are going to love it. In addition, it is family companion to the study for individual use. So your children 7-12 […]

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Thoughts on Poverty

The United States is experiencing an unusual time of turmoil. Our young people will be influenced to think emotionally like the world or to think more Scripturally.

This is my attempt to think biblically about poverty. Let me be clear that this is NOT an area of expertise. But it is an area where voices are influencing our children. We want to think as clearly as we can. Christians may disagree with applications but the following biblical principles are meant to guide our thinking.

As with everything, I do my best to think through things from a biblical framework. I also attempt to be so Bible-saturated that the biblical balance is articulated. Finally, I want to think in terms of principles and let the application flow […]

How to Be Effective in an Unstructured Day

I have been a paid pastor or in full time ministry for over 30 years. At the beginning, I remember wrestling with having so much time on my hands and trying to make it effective. Recently, I was asked what principles I follow to be a good steward of my time. These are not exhaustive but a start. Although this doesn’t specifically apply to parenting, I think it may be helpful to you. 1. Try to work a certain number of hours every day. Put yourself on a schedule. If you steal time in the middle of the day pay it back later. Work at least 8+ hours a day. To quote the old saying – “I find the hardier I work, the luckier I get.” 2. Set goals. Then […]


Nine Principles for Overcoming Anger Toward Your Children

Not again! You’ve lost it with the children, yelling at them and hitting the table. And you see them cower in fear or scramble to their rooms. You end up feeling ashamed and embarrassed. “What is wrong with me?” you say to yourself. “How can I get control of my anger?” In this podcast, we’re going to talk about answers to that question. We’re going to listen in on a webinar that I conducted on that very topic.

As I looked over my podcasts, I realized that even though I’d done interviews on other podcasts on this subject, I’d never made it the topic of my own podcast! The closest I came was in episode 38, where I shared a sermon that I preached on […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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