While I was participating in the D6 Connect Tour earlier this year, my friend Ron Hunter asked me to share some ideas about how to minister to children and youth whose parents don’t attend church. Bundled with an interview with Leneita Fix about serving families in crisis, D6 turned this conversation into a free resource to equip family ministry leaders to serve struggling families.Continue reading.
In September 1955, the bloated and broken corpse of Emmett Till arrived in Chicago. His mother identified his body and made the decision to leave his casket open for the funeral. “Let the people see what I’ve seen,” she told the owner of the funeral home, and the people did. What they saw changed the world.Continue reading.
My family and I enjoy movies—a lot.
The problem is, there are many movies that, for us at least, are too riddled with unnecessary profanity and sexual innuendo to enjoy together. And, honestly, I know that I myself am unable to deal well with any sexual nudity in a film.
Other Christians have different convictions on what is appropriate in films, and there is space in the body of Christ for differing perspectives on these issues. “Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? … Each must be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:4-5).
A Different Kind of Tool for Filtering Films
Thirteen years ago, my wife and I sat at a table in a cramped office that reeked of scorched coffee and mildewed carpet. By that point in our lives, we had journeyed for nearly two years on a long and difficult road toward adoption. While social workers shuffled around us, we pored over page after page in a file that never seemed to end.Continue reading.
Parents in your ministry don’t have time to disciple their children—or, at least, that’s the way many of them feel when they look at their weekly to-do lists. According to comprehensive surveys and interviews with hundreds of parents, half of all church-involved parents have simply resigned themselves to the notion that their families are too busy to engage in consistent practices of family discipleship.
So what were the factors that prevented these parents from having the time for intentional spiritual formation in their households?
For a significant minority of parents, it was children’s sports and school activities that trumped time together as a family when it came to scheduling priorities. Nearly one-third of parents agreed that they were willing “to do whatever it takes” for their children to succeed in certain sports or school activities.
And what if the resulting schedule was so hectic that it prevented the family from eating even a single meal together during the week?
As long as the payoff at the end included academic or athletic successes for their child, these parents suntested that they were willing to pay the price.