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How Do I Teach My Kids to Contend for Their Faith?

For your kids to stand strong in the faith, they must learn how to wrestle for it. In the third episode of my new Life Audio podcast, CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, discover seven steps that you can take to help your children contend for their faith. Click on the image below to hear the podcast: For a recap of this […]

What Can We Do about the Massive Youth Exodus?

An astronomical number of Christian young people are leaving the faith after they leave the nest. A recent New LifeWay Research survey shows that two-thirds of Christian youth stop attending church for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22. A study from the Assemblies of God shows that “at least half and possibly over two-thirds […]

Why Are So Many Kids Falling Away from the Faith?

WELCOME to the debut episode of my new podcast with LIFE AUDIO! Yes, I have a new podcast. It’s the perfect time to start a podcast, isn’t it? I’m kidding. The timing is terrible. Everyone and their mother and their mother’s brother has a podcast. Literally. Leave it to me to wipe up the tail […]

Selah Award Finalist!

I am honored to have this labor of love selected as a finalist in this year’s Selah Awards for “Best Online Article.” Sometimes you plant a seed and it takes a while to grow. Most articles that I write take a couple of weeks, tops. Not this one. I researched this material for over a […]

Does Scripture Oppress or Liberate Women?

Scripture gets a bad rap when it comes to women. I’ve always considered this fact a bit odd because when you compare the depiction of women in Scripture to other ancient literature and historical accounts, the Bible is revolutionary. Homer portrayed women as objects, war prizes, pawns, and possessions, “the cause of all conflict and suffering” in […]

How Should Christians Talk to Their Kids about LGBTQ Issues?

We were watching an episode of House Hunters on HGTV. My first grader looked at me with inquisitive eyes. “Why does that family have two daddies?” she wondered. The question hit me out of left field. I didn’t expect this topic to come up while watching a home improvement show. Agenda-driven television isn’t reserved for prime […]

Should Christians Be Concerned by the LGBTQ Direction of Hallmark Movies?

Last December, I wrote an article giving five reasons to be careful when watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Overall, the article was a light-hearted endorsement of this network which has remained committed to family entertainment. The concerns weren’t deeply disturbing. They simply highlighted areas where one ought to be cautious. Now, there is a sixth reason to be […]

Lessons about Race from a Child in a Basket

In the mid-70s, my parents adopted a child from South Korea—an infant girl left on the side of the road in a basket. She was strategically placed near a route where the orphanage workers travelled. I’ve often wondered if her mother or an older sibling watched to make sure that she was safe, just like […]

How to Deal with the Terribly Disturbing Parts of Scripture

This article was originally published on Crosswalk. Scripture doesn’t say what I want it to say sometimes. I’m not a fan of the whole Tamar incident in Scripture, where she was tricked and then raped by her half-brother, Amnon. King David, their father, was “furious” according to Scripture. And yet he did nothing. And I’m really not […]

Why We Should Reconsider What the Bible Really Says About Women in Ministry

This article was originally published on Crosswalk.com. Two short sections of Scripture have been used for thousands of years to say that women should be silent in the church, and women should not be allowed to teach men. Claiming that there are numerous passages conflicting with this interpretation, many evangelical denominations, as well as mainline […]