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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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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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 […]


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, but […]


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 content in […]


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 Summer OFF. […]

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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 are going […]

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