My spiritual growth influences my children

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Spiritual |

This morning I posted a little rant on Life In Student Ministry about, “What’s missing from family-based ministry.” You should check it out if you want the full story, but I’m basically saying that family-ministry can’t be something we just try to get others to do at church — it has to be…

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Listen to your kids slowly

Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 in Featured, Parenting |

Author Charles Swindoll once found himself with too many commitments in too few days. He got nervous and tense about it. In this book, “Stress Fractures: Advice and Encouragement for Handling your Fast-Paced Life,” he writes: I was snapping at my wife and our children…

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Planning family date nights

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Family |

We’ve probably all heard of the importance of doing a regular date night with our spouse, but two weeks ago Dana had the idea of doing a Family Date Night. I’m sure others have thought of this before, too, but it was our first time to officially go out as a family and do something [...]

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Free ebook, “Pastor Dad”

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Parenting |

Not sure how I missed this the past couple years, but Mark Driscoll, pastor at Mars Hill Church, has published a short 45-page ebook titled, “Pastor Dad,” that’s based on a sermon he presented back in 2001. That makes this content about 10 years old now, but after…

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Creating a non-toxic home

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Family |

About a month ago, a pastor’s wife who I look up to with great respect encouraged me to throw away all of my harmful cleaning supplies. I have yet to do so, but have continuously been feeling convicted to do so. Yesterday at a women’s Bible study I attend there were a couple…

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Time management accountability from your family

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Family |

One of the reasons I haven’t been updating regularly for the past few weeks is because I’m in crunch mode to get my next book finished and out the door to the publisher. (More on the book in a later post.) Lord willing, I’m hoping to finish it today or tomorrow because I have a…

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Passing faith to pastors’ kids [video]

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Parenting |

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Doug Fields and tap into his wisdom. The first question I asked him (and most important to me as a young dad) is: “How can those of us who are serving in the church and new to parenting instill a faith into our kids that lasts as they grow up?” As much as we all hate…

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Increase ministry income: Turn your hobby into money

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Finances |

In 2005 I was bored one evening. Instead of playing video games like normal, I noticed that was available, so I snagged it and and setup a blog. I had no idea what to write about really, so I just wrote about whatever was going on in my life — mostly the kind of stuff only…

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Increase ministry income: Make your money behave!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Finances |

Yesterday I introduced this topic of money on my main blog at Life In Student Ministry. I shared a bit about mine and Dana’s financial story, how stupid we were at times, and how far we’ve come over the past several years. Two weeks ago Dana shared a little bit about that story…

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How to make your husband to wither inside

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Marriage |

Just a little note for the laides out there: be sensitive when correcting your husband in front of other people. Your husband naturally values godly feedback from you, but if it feels condescending, critical, or like a personal attack, you’ll cause him to wither inside. Guys have two primary…

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