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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 […]

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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Bullying and the Gospel: What’s a Parent to Say and Do?

Bullying is a common childhood problem.

How would you help your child if this happened to him or her? Are Christians always to turn the other cheek? How does the gospel apply?

Listen in as I have conversation with Kevin McKay about the wise way he walked his son through this very problem.

Jesus Came to Testify to the Truth

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:36-37

Why did Jesus come into this world?  One reason was to speak the truth.

We live in a world ignorant about God, ignorant about righteousness and sin, ignorant about successful living. Jesus came into this world to speak truth. His kingdom is established, not by arms, but by truth.

In […]

How We Handled Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy

We are past this stage in our parenting but I thought it might be interesting to post how we handled Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy.

This issue is not at the heart of the gospel (Romans 14:4, 17). I was brought up on Santa until age six. That Christmas Eve night we were driving home from my grandmother’s house. As I looked out at all the homes in my city, I just knew that there was no way Santa could visit every house in the world in one night. And I am following the Lord today.

However, anytime we talk to our children about someone who knows if we are sleeping or awake (omniscience) and who knows if we’ve been good or bad […]

Around the Web

Kids Opting Out of Social Media – I’m sure you know of this trend but it still interesting to see an article on it. Our children are narrowcasting not broadcasting. Make sure you are talking with them.

With Him – Jesus’ Discipleship Method.  This has huge implications for parents. Are you “with him?” Are you bringing your children “with you?”

Ask Questions Like Jesus – One author says that Jesus was asked 183 questions but asked 307. Questions are powerful teaching tools. This article looks at different types of questions and will help you in your communication.

10 Questions to Diagnose Your Smartphone Usage – I found these enlightening and helpful.

5 Ways Christianity is Increasingly Viewed as Extremist – I don’t take Barna too seriously. Nevertheless, he usually is on […]

How TV Affects Our Family and World

Here is research proof  to what we already know.

As TV spreads, it changes culture. This article points out how the spread of TV  has reduced Brazil’s birthrate and influenced social mores in India gradually.

The article goes on to point out how TV has changed our culture’s acceptance of homosexuality.

Some applications as I see it.

1. We are imitators. We can’t help it. The question is what will we imitate. We will imitate those we admire. If I am saturating myself with TV characters then I will want to emulate them. If I put myself around those who are godly and admire them, I will want to emulate them.

2. Our children are imitators. They can’t help it. The question is who will they imitate? They will imitate […]

Yolanda Weinberger: A Christian Woman Thinks about Race and Racism

I am honored to have an articulate and wise board of The Apollos Project.

In this interview, I talk with Yolanda Weinberger about her thoughts on race and racism.

00:01 – Meet Yolanda!
04:51 – A few stories of of racism
08:34 – How Yolanda thinks about racism
13:45 – Advice for “guilty feeling” whites
17:24 – Advice for Americans of African descent
22:38 – How Yolanda has tried to disciple her children thinking about race
25:17 – Thoughts on Ferguson and Baltimore
31:40 – Applying the gospel to this issue
34:09 – Ways to stay connected with Yolanda.

Download it here.
I think you will agree with me that the information here is solid gold.

You can follow Yolanda at her website www.yolandaweinberger.com


Deciphering The Worldview of a Movie

Art has a way of affecting our emotions.

If the story it tells is true, then that art is powerfully helpful. If that story is false, then it can deceive us. One helpful thing we can do is actually decipher the message of a movie. And all movies do have a message.

The following are some questions that have been in my notes. I am sure they are not original with me. Consider printing this list down and asking a few of these questions of the next movie you see.

What does this teach about God? How does that compare the Bible? Remember not saying anything about God is saying something.
What does this say about the nature of people? How does that compare the Bible?
What does this say about […]

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Dating Advice for Young Men

CBMW has my latest article up here.

I wrote it to encourage young men to take manful initiative and care in a dateless world.

Have Manful Motivation
1. Treat her as a sister with absolute purity.
2. Treat her as a sister with selfless love.

Take Manful Action
1. Spend some time in groups with guys and girls.
2. Have some modesty toward her.
3. Date with Jesus, not Cupid in mind.
4. Make a formal, in-person invitation.
5. Be ready for rejection. Y
6. Go somewhere.
7. Minister to her by asking her questions about herself.
8. Thank her for her time.
9. Keep your mouth shut around others.
10. If you want to pursue things further, then repeat 3-9.
11. Repeat 3-9, until she tells you to call her father.

My last line:
Men, you can do this! You can show […]