Posts in Marriage and Family

Helping without Enabling or Disabling Our Kids

By Jane Carr Mar. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation

... Kids today are surrounded by a secularized society that bombards them with advertising, television, and social media messages. Parents are juggling demanding careers and family life in light of societal pressures to be more, do more, and have more. Our good intentions of helping, protecting, and providing for our kids can quickly turn to enabling or even disabling them.

How do we help our kids grow into mature Christ followers without falling into the trap of enabling or disabling them? ...

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What is a Christian Worldview of Aging?

By Sean McDowell Mar. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written over 150 books and spoken to more young people live than anyone in history. But what I appreciate most about my father is his love for my mom, for his kids, and now for his many grandkids. Enjoy! ...

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Disney Introduces a Gay Character in Beauty and the Beast: Six Reflections

By Sean McDowell Mar. 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Although there have been rumors about supposedly gay characters in Disney films of the past, Disney is officially introducing a gay character in its upcoming live-action film, Beauty and the Beast. The issue is not the mere existence of a gay character, for gay people are obviously as much a part of our culture as anyone else. The question is whether Disney uses this character as a way of promoting a certain view of sex and relationships that Christians may find objectionable.

Christians will be tempted to respond in a number of different ways. I don’t pretend to have the right answer for how Christians should respond. In fact, I am not sure there even is one right answer for Christians to embrace.

Nevertheless, here are six thoughts for reflection ...

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Does Porn Really Harm Society? An Interview with Dr. John Foubert

By Sean McDowell Feb. 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Dr. John Foubert has been studying pornography and its effects on people for over a decade. I have written and spoken extensively on pornography, so I was eager when Dr. Foubert graciously asked me to endorse his recent book How Pornography Harms. And it did not disappoint. In fact, I would consider an indispensable resource for students, parents, teachers, and pastors to be informed about how pornography is changing the way people think about sex ...

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Doing Ministry Together: Priorities of a Good Family Life

By John Hutchison Feb. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

One of the greatest assets to effective ministry is a positive message coming from the home—specifically a healthy marriage and stable relationships with children. Patterns of dysfunction here can be disastrous. Paul provided for two young pastors, Timothy and Titus, a list of qualifications for church leadership (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9), most of which emphasize character qualities. One notable exception is the more visible factor: “He must manage his own household well . . . for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (1 Tim. 3:4-5) ...

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Parable of the Trees

By John McKinley Feb. 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation

The story that follows is a parable of human experience as essentially relational. People are individuals and vitally connected to others. Everyone lives according to relationships. The overemphasis on our individuality is misleading so that we ignore the ways that other people affect us in beneficial and disabling ways. This parable is an illustration of one sort of benefits and damages through being generated in families ...

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Whatever You Do: Stewardship and the Purpose of Life

By Karin Stetina Jan. 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

What is the purpose of life? How does work fit into the purpose? As a college student I spent many hours contemplating these important questions and many others, such as:

  • Do we have free will or are we predestined?
  • What is the best form of worship- hymns or praise songs?
  • How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Maybe you have asked some of these same burning questions? ...

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