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 [...]


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 [...]


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…. ----------------------------------|----------------------------------------------- a. b. c. d. e. 2. Read verse 5. What are four more characteristics of love? Again, write out the opposite. Love is…                                            The Opposite is…. ----------------------------------|----------------------------------------------- a. b. c. d. 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 [...]

Scripture Lists|

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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Summer OFF: An Interview with Tim Zulker and Miranda Laughlin

You want to raise your children to live on mission, to bring the good news of the love Christ to the world. You want them to have stretching experiences of serving and learning from others. But how can we do that? How can we do that as a family? We want to have the joy of telling others about Jesus and we want to train our children in this way also. It is a joyful privilege when God uses us.  But how do we go about doing that? Sharing the love of Christ is often a individual endeavor. In today’s podcast, I have a conversation with Tim Zulker and Miranda Laughlin about a summer park ministry that has flourished here in Providence. It is called [...]

Interviews, Podcast|

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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