Parenting

Prayer and Bullies

My husband and I were discussing an elderly person who was being bullied by a professing believer in Jesus in their Christian workplace—unaware that our 10-year-old daughter had overheard us talking. A few days later, however, when my daughter and I were walking around the track at the local fitness center, I told her that I often pray for people as I walk each lap because I find that to

10 Things to Say When Your Child Says They Don’t Believe in God Anymore

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at the ReTHINK Student Apologetics Conference (there are more of these conferences coming—be sure to check out the link and learn about them!). I always enjoy talking to parents after speaking and this weekend was no exception. One thing I realized this time was that at every event where I’ve spoken in the last couple of years, there have been parents

Why Didn’t God Heal Nabeel Qureshi?

I don’t know. I simply do not know the answer to this question, nor can I fathom what it might be. But I was heartbroken when I learned that Nabeel succumbed to cancer this weekend at age 34, leaving behind his wife and young daughter. My tears just kept coming after the news, even though I never had the opportunity to meet him personally. For those who haven’t followed his

Fellow Christians: We Have So Much More Than Same-Sex Marriage and Transgenderism to Discuss With a Secular World

This week, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a document called the Nashville Statement, which aimed to define how sexuality should be viewed through a biblical lens. As you might expect, there has been a tremendous amount of back-and-forth between those who support it and those who don’t. My purpose in this post is not to debate the merits of the statement. It’s to talk about something said

8 Tough Questions Kids Ask About Evil and Suffering…and the Answers You Wish You Had When They Asked

In my own experience and in talking with other parents, questions from kids about the evil and suffering in our world are often the most difficult to answer. Some of these questions can leave us squirming to find the right words…and wondering if we just said something that is biblical at all! If you relate to that, you’re going to love today’s post. Let me introduce you to Dr. Clay Jones,

Kids Win When Teachers and Parents Team Up

The little girl’s eyes watched carefully as her parents met her kindergarten teacher for the first time. She noticed the handshakes and adult smiles. She heard her mother laugh when the teacher told a funny story about chasing a stray dog out of the classroom when setting up for the new year. Slowly, the little girl relaxed and moved closer to the teacher from behind her dad’s legs. “And this

How To Teach Your Children About God

Tweet What are the best ways to teach children about God in the hopes that they might become a child of God? By the Word In our Sunday school children’s program, we require the Word of God to be read during their activities. In doing so, we are exposing our children to the Word of God, and to the power that comes

5 Common Answers to Kids’ Questions about God That Can Do More Harm Than Good

A couple of years ago, my husband and I were invited to a dinner party with a few other new parents from our kids’ Christian elementary school. After we worked our way through appetizers and the requisite small talk, the conversation turned to our respective faith backgrounds. One of the moms confessed that, as much as she loved the Lord, she struggled with how to share her faith with her

Why Kids Should Learn To Code

It’s a given that kids need to learn to code if they want to work as a web designer, software programmer, or computer scientist. Beyond that, you might think that it is a pretty useless skill. Writing line after line of code or debugging software programs do not appeal to the vast majority of people. So why teach kids to code? What is the point if they probably won’t enjoy

Join My Book Launch Team for Talking with Your Kids about God!

I’m excited to announce today that I’m forming a launch team for my new book, Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have (if you missed the recent post explaining what the book is all about, click here)! A launch team is a group of people who are excited about the release of a new book, want the opportunity to read it before anyone else,

25 Enlightening Parenting Quotes

Tweet Not long ago I read a book on parenting. Actually I was doing a book review. It was perhaps the best parenting book I had ever read. I remember lamenting how much I wish it had been available to me as a parent when I was raising my children. The book is entitled “PARENTING 14 Gospel Principles That can Radically Change

Talking with Your Kids about God is Available for Pre-Order!

It is with much excitement that I’m finally able to tell you about my new book today and announce that it’s available for pre-order at christianbook.com, bn.com, and amazon.com! Many of you read my first book, Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, which came out last year. It was written to equip Christian parents with an understanding of 40 important faith challenges kids will encounter today. It covered questions across

Do Your Kids Know Why They Should WANT God to Exist?

I’ve written over 250 blog posts here since 2011. People still come across my old posts by searching for something on Google, so nearly every day I receive new comments on a wide variety of old posts. Many of the comments are from atheists. As I read the latest comments this week, I noticed a running theme. The vast majority of atheists who comment here don’t seem to want God

For All the Moms Overwhelmed by Raising Christian Kids in a Secular World

I don’t normally write just to moms—my readers are both moms and dads—but in honor of Mother’s Day this one is specifically for all the moms out there. For the past few days, I’ve been sick with some kind of flu/cold combination. Yesterday, I pulled myself out of bed while feeling like I had a thousand pounds on top of me. As every mom knows, being sick doesn’t exempt you

Win a Scholarship for Your Child to Attend a Life-Changing Christian Summer Camp

A few months ago, a blog reader sent me some information on an atheist summer camp. I was fascinated to read all that they are doing to promote an atheistic worldview with their young campers. It immediately made me wonder how Christian camps stack up. After all, about 40 percent of all U.S. teens have been a camper at least once at a religious summer camp—making camp a perfect opportunity

The Art of Raising Kids Who Will Not Bow to the Idol of Science

There’s a new hero in town. He’s thought to be all-powerful, always right, and everyone’s best friend. If anyone says something that could possibly be construed as being opposed to this hero, they are to be quickly shamed and put in their place. You see, if the world wants to move forward productively and intelligently—or so the story goes—they must get in line behind this hero. He is today’s “way

Your Kids Need to Think Critically About the Resurrection…Because Secular Media Does Not

This month’s issue of Scientific American magazine features an article by atheist Michael Shermer entitled, “What Would It Take to Prove the Resurrection?” It’s boldly subtitled, “How to think about claims, even the Resurrection.” Wow! This article in a popular magazine says it’s going to teach us how to think about the resurrection. I couldn’t wait to read it. It was even worse than I thought it would be. Every

Is How We Live More Important Than What We Believe? (Bad Secular Wisdom Series #1)

Today I’m starting a blog series called, “Bad Secular Wisdom.” If you’re not familiar with the term, a blog series is where an author writes multiple posts on a related subject. I’m not normally a fan of such series because I think they get old fast, but in this case there are so many interesting and important topics for Christian parents that fall under the umbrella of “Bad Secular Wisdom,”

How Facebook Can Make You a Better Christian Parent

I’ve finally wrapped up my next book, taken a couple of weeks to recover, and am ready to get back to blogging! I have a lot to tell you about my new book, but it doesn’t come out until October, so I’ll wait a bit to share more about it. As I worked against my writing deadline in the last few weeks, I spent a lot less time on Facebook.

5 Ways to Help Keep Your Kids From Becoming Secularized Worshipers

[Today I’m honored to feature this important guest post from Alisa Childers. As a worship leader and former member of the CCM recording group ZOEgirl, Alisa has a unique perspective on how secularism can even creep into our kids’ worship experience. I love what she has to say and pray it will challenge all of us to consider how we can better help our kids stay focused on God-centered worship in a

Christmas Giveaway! 5 Signed Copies of Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side

Today is a special day for me. It’s the 5-year anniversary of my blog! To celebrate my blogiversary, I have a couple of great things to tell you about. First, I’m doing an early Christmas giveaway! Three winners will each get five signed copies of my book, Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side. Why do you need five copies? YOU don’t. The idea is that you can keep one and give

What Christian Parents Should Tell Their Kids About the Election

I know there’s a lot of election fatigue already setting in. Be assured: I do not want to rehash anything that has been “hashed” anywhere else. But, as always, I want to comment on what’s going on from the perspective of a Christian parent…for other Christian parents. One of the most common sentiments I’ve been seeing from those who are disappointed about the outcome of the election is, “What should

Big News: I’m Writing Two More Books!

I have some very exciting news to share with you today…I’ve signed a deal to write two more books! The title and cover art haven’t been finalized yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer to tell you what I’m working on, so I’ll just share what I can. I think that most authors, after releasing their first book, can’t help but start thinking about what they might want to write

What it Takes to Raise a Christian Child in a Country Ruled by Moral Confusion

Oh, this election. How it’s brought out the worst in everyone, including the two people running for office. As crazy as the last few months leading up to the election have been, I haven’t felt inspired to write anything about it…until now. The recording of Trump making vulgar and lewd comments about women is bringing me out of my election silence. But not for the reason you might think. In

5 Signs You’re Forcing Your Religion (or Atheism) on Your Kids…and 5 Signs You’re Not

Since my book, Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, came out in March, I’ve been blessed to receive 75 five-star reviews of it on Amazon. To all who have taken the time to leave those reviews, thank you! It means a lot! In addition to those 75 reviews, I’ve also received 2 one-star reviews…from people who haven’t read the book. One headline says, “How to brainwash and indoctrinate your child instead

Fantastic New Apologetics Resource for Families: Cold-Case Christianity for Kids!

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ve often seen me recommend the books of cold-case homicide detective (and former atheist), J. Warner Wallace. Det. Wallace’s books, Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene, evaluate the case for the truth of Christianity and God’s existence from a detective’s perspective. They’re excellent, engaging, and wonderfully balanced between being sufficiently meaty and readable at the same time. I love them so much